Disneyland Paris

I don’t think a group of  20-year-olds have ever had as much fun in Disney as the seven of us that went today did.

No seriously, it hasn’t happened.  It’s impossible.

It’s only a half hour train ride from Paris to Disneyland Paris, so we left early this morning (well, around 9:30, but early for a day off from class) and got to the park an hour after it opened.

We were literally bouncing at the gates with excitement, and had a great ten hour Disney parks marathon.  There were not as many differences between Disneyland Paris’ Magic Kingdom and Hollywood studios and Orlando’s parks as I thought there would be.  The park operates pretty much bilingually, and since I have not picked up quite as much French yet as I would like, it was a bit of a relief to be able to speak to cast members (Disney lingo for park employees) in English.

Our group in front of le chateau Belle au bois dormant, or Sleeping Beauty's castle
Our group in front of le chateau Belle au bois dormant, or Sleeping Beauty’s castle

We went on all of the staples–Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain, It’s a Small World, Rockin’ Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror.  Those rides were all pretty much the same as the Orlando versions, but Space Mountain was much faster and went upside-down.

I have read before that the Imagineers designed Disneyland Paris’ castle differently because Europeans have seen actual castles before, and it was pink and a bit more cartoonish than Cinderella’s Castle.  It also had a dungeon with the dragon from Sleeping Beauty in it, which was fun to go down to see.

The dragon that guards (or terrorizes?) Sleeping Beauty's castle
The dragon that guards (or terrorizes?) Sleeping Beauty’s castle

The only bad thing that happened was that we did not ask anyone what time Hollywood Studios closed and only got there an hour before it closed.  We were able to get on Tower of Terror and Rockin’ Roller Coaster but missed out on Crush’s Coaster and the Toy Story land, which we were disappointed about for approximately three minutes but then remembered we were in Disney and got over it.

Goofing off with Baloo from the Jungle Book
Goofing off with Baloo from the Jungle Book

It was a great day and we decided to go home before anyone got too cranky or tired (or what we coined as a Disney hangover).

The view of the castle when we were leaving Discoveryland (Tomorrowland) and heading home
The view of the castle when we were leaving Discoveryland (Tomorrowland) and heading home
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