Railing thru Europe: Stop 6.2 France – Paris Disneyland~!

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“To Infinity…and Beyond!” I’m sure many of you would have heard that phrase from Tim Allen’s character Buzz Lightyear in Disney’s Toy Story, but in french? Oui Oui…

We took the 40 mins Suburban train ride to reach the town of Marne-la-Vallée where Paris Disneyland is located. Along the way we could see many families carrying all sorts of disney merchandise and one family of 4 (dad, mom, son and daughter) in particular, had a huge collection of disney collectible badges pinned all over themselves. It really is heart-warming to see the family so attached to their inner-child that you cannot differentiate who is the child and who is the adult!

Even the McDonald's here seems 'Disneyfied'

Had a pizza for lunch. Couldn't bear to throw away the cute box after we finished though

 

As this is my first time to Disneyland (Yee has already been to the ones in California and Tokyo), needless to say i was really hyped up to be here and can't wait to soak up the atmosphere.

Disneyland Paris comprises of two theme parks - Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland Park. We headed to Walt Disney Studios first as it closes earlier than Disneyland Park

Sculpture of Walt Disney with Mickey

Cruella de Vil's vehicle from 101 Dalmatians

Stage prop like this was featured in the movie 'Pearl Harbour'

The tram ride brought us to the special effects studio where they demonstrated explosions, earthquakes and flash floods

The stage prop for the movie 'Reign of Fire'

We could really feel the heat from the 'Dragon's Breath'!

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - One of our most 'memorable' rides ever. Just imagine, 1 second the lift door opens and you are greeted with an aerial view of the theme park but before you even catch your breath, the lift plunges down 170ft amidst screams of people around you

As we were leaving, we heard an announcement that there will be a Disney’s All Star Parade coming up, with Disney characters in their fancy vehicles. The atmosphere was great as we saw many memorable characters like Aladdin and the Little Mermaid. There’s even one for the villains!

Entrance to Disneyland Park

Sleeping Beauty's Castle with a sea of tourists on the street leading to it

We were just in time to see the stage performance by the ‘New Generation’ of Disney Stars – Toy Story, Lilo & Stitch, The Incredibles, Monster’s Inc, Ratatouille and the newest member of the family, The Princess and the Frog.

 

Welcome to Alice's Curious Labyrinth! Which way is the exit?

The design of the Sleeping Beauty Castle is actually based on a real castle (Neuschwanstein Castle) in Fussen, southwest Germany.

The Pirate Beach

Welcome to the kingdom of 'Agrabah' - the fictional world of Aladdin

At ‘Aladdin’s Enchanted Passage’, scenes depict the story of the animated film. Walking thru the passage and observing the scenes really brought a sense of nostalgia.

This motion simulator ride known as Star Tours is based on the 'Star Wars' films by George Lucas

While in the queue, you are entertained by the amusing dialogue between C3PO and R2D2

After Star Tours we went to 'Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast' ride.

Beautiful stained glass window depict scenes from 'Sleeping Beauty' at the namesake's castle

Evening view of the Sleeping Beauty Castle

People watching the World cup in a nearby pub

Leaving Disneyland is certainly not something anyone would look forward to, but as the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end” and we have to move on. We still have places to go, things to do. Who knows if we will be back but till then, Disneyland Paris will always be a fond memory. Next stop, Amsterdam.

J and Yee

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