The Park Disneyland or Disneyland Park is a park with topics of the Walt Disney Company located in France, in Seine-et-Marne with Marne-the-Valley, which opened its doors the April 12th 1992. It belongs to the complex of leisures Disneyland Resort Paris in the past Euro Disney Resort .
The park with topics was initially called Euro Disneyland until in 1994 then Disneyland Paris until in 2002 where it acquired its current name of Parc Disneyland . These successive changes of name symbolize also the difficulty of the park of finding its identity and its frequentation. The park does not belong directly to the Walt Disney Company but to Euro Disney Associés SNC held by Euro Disney SCA.
The name Disneyland Paris , used by the majority of the fans, remains however most explicit to differentiate it from the others magic Royaumes of Disney.
It is about the second tourist site more visited in France, after Notre-Dame de Paris, with 12,2 million visitors per annum.
Dedication" To all who like to this happy place, welcome. Ounce upon has time… has master storyteller, Walt Disney, inspired by Europe' S best loved bruise, used his own special gifts to share them with the world. He envisioned has Magic Kingdom where thesis stories would like to life, and called it Disneyland.
Now his dream returns to the Land that inspired it. Euro Disneyland is dedicated to the Young and the Young At heart… with the hope that it will Be has source off joy and inspiration for all the world." - Michael D. Eisner, April 11,1992
- " With all those which arrive in this enchanted place, welcome. He was once… a Master storyteller, Walt Disney, which, inspired by the most popular tales of Europe, used its own gifts to divide them with the world. He imagined a Magic Kingdom where these stories could take life, and called it Disneyland.
- Maintaining its dream returns towards the ground which inspired it. Euro Disneyland is dedicated to the young people and to the young people of heart… with the hope which it will be a source of joy and inspiration for the world entier." - Michael D. Eisner, April 11th 1992
The project and the concept
The origin of the project is treated in the article Disneyland Resort Paris.
For information concerning the complex to see Disneyland Brings out Paris and also:
The concept is that of a magic kingdom based on the original Disneyland (in California). In order to satisfy the famous European population more difficult than American or the Asian one, the imagénieurs of Disney had to push their concepts.
See also: Concepts of Disneyland Paris
The park with topicThe park is a magic kingdom . For this reason, it takes again the radial plane of Disneyland and the various countries. It extends on more than 55 ha what makes of him largest magic kingdom but it remains far behind the 200 ha of Disney' S Animal Kingdom.
The park received an important imaginary historical basic effort which takes part in the quality of the place. The buildings have a history, characters would have lived there, of the facts would have been held there.
See also: concepts of Disneyland Paris
The castle, symbol of the park is that of Sleeping Beauty as for Disneyland but it adopts here a more extravagant architecture inspired by works of the Très rich Heures of the Duke of Berry as well as twinge and lightness of the Mont Saint Michel. The castles of the other Disney parks are designed in a rather realistic way. However in Europe, the castles make more part of the daily newspaper that for the Americans or the Asian ones, thus it was decided to build a castle left a fairy tale, less realistic but more enchanter.
The entry of the park is done initially by the Fantasia Gardens in front of the Disneyland Hôtel. It is a whole of gardens with a basin in the center. Then it is necessary to pass under the hotel with its many counters (64 on the whole) to reach the entry of the park, symbolized by the station of Hand Street the USA.
Hand Street the USALocated behind the station of the Disneyland Paris Railroad, it is the main street of the park with shops and restaurants. The visitor arrives on the place of Town Square . The topic is more recent 10 years compared to Disneyland, from where the presence of flashlights at the end of the street. A strange element is the use of the silhouette of the railway station of Disneyland for the frontage of the building located on the right on Town Square and which is used as garage and stable for the vehicles of Hand Street.
The Emporium is located as in the other Disney parks on the left and the photographer on the right. Then the shops are arranged as in the other parks. An interesting fact showing the attention paid to the art of cooking is the presence of a restaurant to each angle of the last two blocks as of the street. The Walt' S and the Market House Deli on the level of the transverse street then the Casey' S Corner (on the left) and the Victoria' S Home-Style Restoring (ex Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor ) (on the right) with their terraces on the great place of the Castle.
At the end of the avenue Central Plaza , the central place of the park is located. In normal weather, a floor of flowers decorates the center with the " round point". In Christmas, a scene recovers the floor, and on the floors in the neighborhood, a ball of Christmas giant and transparent is posed on false snow, on each floor: Central Plaza is re-elected for the occasion in Jardin of the Tales . During the season entitled Magic of the Summer , a large logo representing Jiminy Cricket is installed (except during the summer 2007). At the time of the season of Halloween, a giant pumpkin (which is in fact a center of make-up) is posed. This year, at the time of the 15th birthday of Disneyland Brings out Paris, a scene (similar to that of the Garden of the Tales) gilded will be installed for the Bougillumination.
But the country is also single because it is only the Street Hand where one can pass behind the shops. On each side of the street is a covered street: on the left the Liberty Arcade and the Discovery Arcade on the right Discoveryland side.
FrontierlandThis country is that of Far West. The visitor is invited to discover the life in the mining city of Thunder Mesa . Attractions of this country are thus all of the places of this city.
The entry is done by the Fort Comstock , a fort in log which is also used as exposure on Davy Crockett, Legends off the Wild West . On the left the saloon lodging is the spectacle of The Lucky Nugget Saloon and the Last Chance Coffee . On the line, the General Blind called Thunder Mesa Mercantile Building côtoient three shops of articles related to Far West.
Behind a small place the Rivers off the Far West opens. Two ways skirt banks of this river. That of left leads to the haunted house, Phantom Manor .
On the way of the manor is the landing stage of Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing from which one can sail on the river on board one of the two paddle steamers, Molly Brown or Mark Twain . Further at the edge of the river a small cemetery with the foot of Phantom Manor offers a splendid sight on the mountain of Big Thunder Mountain but also on a rock unit inspired of sulphuric concretions surrounding the geysers as to Yellowstone. A skeleton of Dinosaur (probably a Allosaure) and two geysers decorate the so called water basins feet of mammoths.
On an island in the middle of the river rises the Big Thunder Mountain appearing the mine of Thunder Mesa. It is necessary to embark on board the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad which is a Russian mountain (minimal size: 1,02 m) to skirt the river by the way of right-hand side. The visitor can also stop with the Rustler Roundup Shootin' Gallery right before the entry of the mine to involve itself with the shooting with the rifle.
Vis-a-vis the entry of the mine, the atmosphere changes and evokes Mexico with the restaurant Fuente del Oro Restoring . This place was used with the opening of the park as scenes for appearances of Zorro.
The way continues by circumventing the entry of the mine until the fine bottom of Frontierland where the Frontierland Depot is Disneyland Paris Railroad. Along the way the visitor will find a barn lodging the Cowboy Cookout Barbecue , then a small driving path with the Pueblo Trading Post and the Pocahontas Indian Village , adventure playground built in 1996 at the edge of the river beside the old landing stage of the Indian Canoes , disappeared in 1994. Further with the foot of the station Frontierland Deposit , the Woody' S Roundup Village a ranch photolocation where one finds Woody amongst other things and Jessie (shepherdess in the Toy Story film), opposite, the Chaparral Theater proposes various spectacles like Tarzan, the meeting during the summer season and Mickey and the Magic of the Winter in autumn and winter.
AdventurelandThis part of the park has as a subject the exotic adventure. The entry is done since the central place by Adventureland Bazaar . It is a souk inspired of the Tales from the Arabian Nights and adventures of Simbad the sailor. Its contents changed several times since its construction. At the origin, a lane full with artisanal objects and three shops: the queen of the snakes , the graver of Aladdin and treasures of Scheherazade ; then transformation of the queen of the snakes into living room of in 1996, then creation of the restaurant Agrabah Coffee in 1999, emblobant the lane and the graver of Aladdin . Opposite a small attraction on Aladdin, the magic Passage of Aladdin, opened its doors in 1994. The park Disneyland Paris is the only one to have with this souk a section on the Middle East apart from the Arabian Coast of Tokyo DisneySea (EPCOT has also a house of Morocco) .
Vis-a-vis the bazaar, the shop the Curious Girafe evokes Africa and a small house accommodates the Café of the Bush . The topic is supplemented a little further by the restaurant With magic spices renamed Hakuna Matata in 1995.
The remainder of the Land is articulated around the river encircling the two islands of Adventure Isle .
The southern island is surmounted by gigantic the Disneyodendron (tree) of the Cabane of Robinson , according to film on robinsons Swiss. Under the tree, a network of galleries named the Belly of the Earth
On the other side of the island is the restaurant Colonel Hathi' S Pizza Outpost , whose name of origin is Explorer' S club , which is an attempt at re-use of the concept developed for the Enchanted Tiki Room but without the attraction part. Beside this restaurant was added in 1994 the first Russian mountain with a loop, Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Danger.
The second island adopts the topics of Peter Pan whose attraction of Fantasyland is not far. Thus the pirate boat of the Captain Hook (a restaurant named Captain Hook' S Galley occupies the lower bridge) damping with the foot of Skull Rock , a rock in the shape of death's-head. Behind this rock, another network of galleries opens, named Ben Gunn' S Cave in homage to the Island with the treasure. With the top of the undergrounds, a point of observation and Rock-Which-Rocks make it possible to divert young people.
A suspended bridge connects the two islands by the heights while a floating bridge decorated of a wreck (indicated as being that of let us robinsons Swiss) made in the same way on the back to the foot of the Temple of the Danger .
In the extreme north of Adventureland a fort is hones some evoking the Caribbean. It shelters attraction Pirates of the Caribbean , restoring it Blue Lagoon and the shop the trunk of the captain .
FantasylandFantasyland is the country of the fairy tales. One finds there many heroes of cartoons Disney.
The castle marks the main entrance of this country. But one can join it with foot since Adventureland, Discoveryland or in the train with Fantasyland Station. With the foot of the castle, on the central place, a theater of outdoor proposes to spectacles for young people like Winnie the Bear cub. It sobrement is sobrement called Théâtre of the Castle , which previously accommodated the spectacle " Winnie the Bear cub and its Amis" , and which is used now as place of appointment for certain Disney characters.
The castle has, which is a first for Disney, of the ditches and the undergrounds which can be visited. The drawbridge is also curved instead of being droit.
On the first floor of the castle a gallery is telling the history of Beautiful with Wood sleeping through frescos, of tables, stained glasses and objets d'art, the Galerie of Beautiful with Wood Sleeping. It gives on an air sight of the commercial place of Fantasyland. The gallery is accessible since a staircase imitating a tree. Two shops divide the ground floor of the castle, one dedicated to Christmas, and the other with the objects out of crystal. It is in the latter that a staircase goes down in the depths from the castle. They lodge a dragon with 27 meters length half deadened, a audio-animatronic .
In the building located at the west is several attractions: Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs and adventures of Pinocchio like two shops and a restaurant.
The building located at the east accommodates as for him several shops and a restaurant. The Auberge of Cinderella is located at the foot of the castle in a court of the building in the east. The entry is marked by one fits with body silver plated in the pumpkin shape, almost resulting from film. This fits with body, belonging to a parade, at summer offered by the park Walt Disney World like gift of opening. More in north, is two shops of which one has in a small garden a magic Haricot, inspired by the medium-length film Mickey and the magic Bean (1947).
Between the two buildings, rises a carousel, the Carousel of Lancelot . In front of the horse-gear a stone with a sword plugged in is inside, in order to rejouer celebrates it scene where the future King Arthur the extract Excalibur.
Fantasyland is then cut into two by a river coming from Adventureland. Side castle it is continental Europe with France, Germany and Italy. In the north of the brook it is England which occupies a great place but a section evoking the Benelux countries was added in 1994. Two " îles" occupy the center of the land.
On the left, Dumbo' S Flying Elephants with flying elephants is while on the line, the Mad Hatter' S Tea Cups , the famous cups of the Insane Hatter are covered with a hood out of glass evoking works of Baltard. Attraction has a very interesting aspect of night.
Behind Dumbo the English section of Fantasyland is. One finds there Peter Pan' S Flight with at the entry a tower pointing out Big Ben. Behind the Toad Hall' S Restoring is one of the rare evocations of the film the Toad and the Schoolmaster of 1949.
Just at side the station of the Disneyland Paris Railroad with in lower part is the Fantasyland Theater who previously accommodated " Christmas de Mickey " , " Disney Magic Music Days " and since " July; Winnie the Bear cub and his/her friends "
Behind the Mad Hatters' Tea Cups extends an important labyrinth: the Alice' S Curious Labyrinth with the castle of the Queen of Heart. Sad anecdote for the children, the toboggan of the castle was condemned for causes of frequent accidents.
Further on the line the section begins on the Benelux countries, with the mill of the Old' Mill . Between the mill and the labyrinth, a way passes under the way of railroad. He was added in 1994 at the same time as the attraction of the Pirouettes of the Old Mill built to the back of the mill. The way gives access two overlapping attractions:
- Casey Jr - the small train of the circus is the name of the train in Dumbo which here crosses the fields of Holland and passes beside the miniature castle of the Beautiful one and the Animal.
- the country of the fairy tales of its name of origin is a cruising in boat with miniature decorations illustrating the principal fairy tales.
From 2001 to 2005, the space located along the labyrinth and the way for the section on the Benelux countries accommodate at the period of Christmas of the country cottages like a Marché of Christmas. Another also exists in Disney Village.
In the continuation of the building is an evocation of Italy with a restaurant " is; Notte" bleated; and a glacier " Fantasia Gelati" . Between the two an wooded area was to accommodate an attraction on the Beautiful one and the Animal but ever built.
Opposite " Fantasia Gelati" is, of with dimensions, It' S.A. Small World , an attraction often familiarly called " Country of the poupées". Other dimensioned, in the wooded area, an attraction on the Small Siren would have to be born but the project was never succeeded.
It is beside this attraction that or the parades finish begin.
Strange fact, the porch located on the road of the parade between the theater of the castle and the pizzeria Bella Notte was seen of withdrawing its arch in 1999 in order to make pass from the surmounted tanks characters inflatable Disney, the Parade Imaginations . The arch was never given.
Discoveryland was at the time of the opening of the park in 1992 a new concept of Tomorrowland. This section wanted to pay homage to the large European visionaries like Jules Verne or H.G. Wells. For more details, to see the concepts of Disneyland Paris
At the entry of the Land is rocks evoking of the emerging volcanic Basalte of basins with fountains. They are there in order to give a " kinetic energy " and to force the visitor to carry on his way.
The first building on the left of the entry accommodates a shop and an attraction. Attraction was of 1992 to 2005 the Visionarium , a cinema with 360° evoking the large visionaries and making in other meet Jules Verne and HG Wells with the World Fair of Paris in 1900. It closed its doors to make place with Buzz Lightyear' S Laser Blast on April 8th, 2006.
Then the way widens to give place to the Orbitron , a horse-gear of rockets surmounted of an enormous simulating mobile of planets. On the left the entry of Vidéopolis , a theater of 1350 places opens accommodating since April 2004 the Legend of the King Lion . The high part of the room is also used as restaurant fast-food. A Airship named Hypérion according to the Walt Disney Studios of the Hyperion avenue, evokes the film the island on the Roof of the World (Disney 1974). The room counts three input-outputs. The principal one is that Orbitron side with the airship and the counters of the restaurant. But on the other hand an exit gives on the other part of Discoveryland. The center of the building a hall makes it possible to directly join the first ranks of the room. It was used for a technological exposure (sponsored by Philips) until 1998 then two gaming rooms, Arcade Alpha and Arcade Beta .
Opposite, other side of Orbitron, attraction Autopia slack its roads which one can traverse in the miniature car.
Behind Orbitron, imposing it building of Space Mountain rises. The topic of attraction, open in 1995, was Earth with the Moon until 2005 when it was replaced by Space Mountain: The purpose of mission 2, this second topic, is to visit the universe until its limits. The first topic echoed Visionarium while taking as a starting point the novel Of the Earth to the Moon of Jules Verne.
With the foot of the mountain, a lagoon accommodates the mysteries of Nautilus a reproduction of the Nautilus left the adaptation by Disney in 1954 of the novel Twenty thousand miles under the seas, also of Jules Verne.
Behind Space Mountain, the topic " Vernien" change to be more " actuel".
A house resembling a futuristic satellite station lodges the shop Star Traders . On the left a X-Wing mark the entry of attraction Star Turns .
Further on the left with the foot of the X-Wing, an added slope at the end of 1992, makes it possible to join the station of Discoveryland Station of the Disneyland Paris Railroad.
A way was bored in 1995 to join Fantasyland, side It' S.A. Small World. But like it cuts the way of the parade, it is closed several times per day.
On the right of Star Traders the Imagination Institute , an imaginary organization is accommodating the ceremony of the inventor of the year. It is attraction Chérie, I narrowed the public . It replaces since 1999, late attraction Captain Eo with Michael Jackson.
Just after a pizzeria based on the universe of Toy Story is, the Buzz Lightyear' S Pizza Planet . Then the way continues to make the turn of Space Mountain and returns to the lagoon of Nautilus.
the Musical comedies
- the Beautiful one and the Animal of 1992 to 1996
- the Magic Book of Mickey
- Disney Classic: Music and the Magic of 1996 to 1998
- Mulan, the legend of November 28th, 1998 in November 2002
- Mickey' S Show Time of November 9th, 2002 in March 2004
- the Legend of the King Lion of April 2004 to today
- Pocahontas, the spectacle of November 1995 to August 29th, 1998
- Tarzan, the meeting of April 1st, 2000 to today but only during the summer, from April 7th to August 26th, 2007.
- Christmas de Mickey Of December 1992 until January 2006 but only from December to January
- Winnie the Bear cub and his/her friends of 1992 to 2005 with the Theater of the Castle and as from 2006 with the Fantasy Festival Training course , from July 14th to September 23rd, 2007.
the Diurnal Parades
- Disney Classics Parade of 1992 to 1997
- the Parade of Aladdin 1993
- Disney' S California Dream of 1997 with in spring 1998
- Disney' S ImagiNations Parades of November 1st, 1999 in March 2001
- Disney Toon Circus - 2001
- the parade of the Marvellous World of Disney (The Wonderful World off Disney Parade) Of March 30th, 1998 at 1999 then of 2003 until March 23rd, 2007
- Disney Vilain' S Parade - Oct. 2003 - > Oct. 2007
- Disney' S Once Apon has Dream starting from April 1st, 2007 until at the end of March 2008.
- the Small Train of the Characters Disney starting from April 1st, 2007 until at the end of March 2008.
the Night Parades
the other spectacles
- Ceremony of the Tales and the Lights up to 2002 on Town Public garden and since 2003 on Exchange Plaza
- Bougillumination (May in June 2007) (the remainder of the year) on Plaza Exchange starting from April 1st, 2007 and until March 31st, 2008
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