Disneyland
Paris - France
Sleeping Beauty Castle


Disneyland Paris is located in Marne-La-Vallée a town east of Paris, and takes about one hour per train from downtown Paris.

It consists of the park Disneyland Paris, the Walt Disney Studios park, a commercial area called Disney Village, a number of hotels including Hotel Disneyland, Disney Hotel New York, The Newport Bay Club, The Sequoia Lodge, Disney Hotel Chayenne, DIsney Hotel San Fe, and Disney Davy Crockett Ranch.

How to get there:
The easiest way for a traveler to get to Disneyland Paris or one of its hotels is to take the Magical Shuttle (a bus service you can find at either Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports); the trip in either case takes about one hour. I once used the regular train service from Orly to downtown Paris, and then to Marne-La_Vallée at rush hour, and today I still regret I did it; it was almost three hours, trains were packed, and even we missed some trains that didn't stop. Trust me, it's not worth it specially if you are carrying suitcases.
However, if you decide to travel by train or even walk in the streets you should be alert for pick-pockets.

Arriving
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Arriving to Disneyland Paris Arriving to Disneyland Paris






Atractions
The following are a few pictures of my favorites attractions at Disneyland Paris:.


Sleeping Beauty castle It's a Small World Alice's Curious Labyrinth

Frontierland Phanton Manor Pirates of the Caribbean



While walking in the park



Main Street USA


While walking to Sleeping Beauty's castle we found this double-decker bus, and a USA street with a French touch.


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Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant
(Sleeping Beauty Castle)





Once you arrive to Sleeping Beauty's castle you have to go up to the second floor using the stairs located next to the book (See picture No. 4 in the gallery). As you climb the stairs you will be the tale depicted in Rose-Glasses, pictures, and sculptures.

Princess Aurora is cursed to die after she turns 16 years old when she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die. Her fairy godmothers weaken the curse, so she and all casltle inhabitants will sleep for eternity unless she is kissed with a true love kiss.

Her father, King Stephan orders to burn all spinning wheels, but as you may imagine she indeed finds a spinnig wheel and gets pricked. The rest of the story... well, come and see for yourself.


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It's a small world


It's a small world.

A Disney classic, "It's a small world" is a travel around the world where children greet the visitor.

We start the trip by taking a boat that slowly sails across the globe thorugh different countries. Great for both young children as well as adults.
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While walking in the park



Tea Cups

While walking to Alice's Curious Labyrinth we found the Tea Cups ride & the Toys Mansion.



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Alice's Curious Labyrinth


Alice's Curious Labyrinth


Alice's Curious Labyrinth is a hedge maze specially designed for children; it's open during day light hours only, so try to ge there early.

The hedge maze is themed around scenes and characters from the Disney 1951 feature Alice in Wonderland. It comprises two sections: the first one with some of Alice's adventures prior to meeting the Queen of Hearts, and the second based on Alice's encounter with the Queen, who had a similar labyrinth in the film.

The goal of the maze is to reach the Queen of Hearts's Castle, where one can obtain an aerial view of the Fantasyland section of the park. One can exit the maze prior to entering the second area, and the maze's route is similar in shape to the body of the Cheshire Cat, with a semi-floral recreation of the character's face adjacent to the attraction.

Alice's Curious Labyrinth - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice's_Curious_Labyrinth


Alice's Curious Labyrinth




Alice's Curious Labyrinth


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While walking in the park



Up.

Look who I found; Russell and Mr. Fredricksen.



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Frontierland



Frontierland

One of the main sections of the park Frontierland takes us into many adventures. Starting in the Wild West, taking a boat in the Mississippi river, or cruising in a ship with captain Jack Sparrow; there will always be a new adventure.


Frontierland

Frontierland

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While walking in the park



Suspension bridge

Walking on a Suspension Bridge.



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Pirates of the Caribbean


Pirates of the Caribbean


Another Disney classic "Pirates of the Caribbean" is one of the largest attractions, and it's located at Fantasyland.

The ride consists in slowing navigating through dark and sometimes foggy places. In those places we'll see pirates fighting, stealing, and having lots of fun. Also, we'll see captain Jack Sparrow hidding from his enemies, and eventually winning them.



Pirates of the Caribbean


Besides the main attraction there are also places to visit, shop, or eat. Perhaps the most attractive place is captain Jack Sparrow's restaurant; an eigtheen hundred Caribbean house that serves as captain Sparrow's hideout, but disguised as tourists restaurant.

Captain Jack Sparrow's restaurant.

Captain Jack Sparrow's restaurant.

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While walking in the park



Maleficient

My wife Cristina as Maleficient.


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Phanton Manor


Phantom Manor


Phanton Manor is the version of the 'Haunted Mansion'; a house full of ghosts who will make fun out of you!

Located in Fronteirland, Phantom Manor is a ride in a two-seat car -that can turn 180 degrees- through a manor and a grave yard. Although the ride is about ghosts and dark spaces; it's not really scary, and it's suitable for small children.


The story about the Manor goes as follows:

The owner of the manor, Henry Ravenswood cherished his only daughter Melanie;
who attracted the attentions of four different men... each of whom came to a
mysterious and untimely end. Rumour has it that her father didn't think any of
them were good enough for his darling girl. In fact, some say he had a hand in
the young men's disappearances, but nothing has ever been proven. One thing is
certain, the bride-to-be has been waiting many long years for her wedding day...

and will likely wait for hundreds more!


Phantom Manor.

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