This is part two in a series of articles about my visit to the Disneyland Paris resort in France. This article will cover a bit of Main Street, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, and shows and parades! The first article shares about transportation, arrival and Main Street at the happiest place on earth in France. To see that journey visit here –> DISNEYLAND PARIS PART 1 🙂 These articles are based upon my experiences at Disneyland, Paris and the shows, rides and attractions we were fortunate to see. I definitely think I need to make another trip there to see even more! I can never get enough of Disney! 🙂
Visiting Disneyland Paris had been a dream of mine for a very long time. As a Disneyland California annual pass holder and someone that grew up with Disneyland since I was a baby, Disney is a very special place for me! I have always had a desire to visit all of the different Disney parks around the world and Paris was our third Disney destination, the other two being here at home in California, and Disneyworld in Florida.
When we arrived in France, I could hardly contain my excitement for the unveiling for the very first time for our eyes of the Disneyland Paris theme park. When we entered and walked down main street, I felt like I was in a fairy tale. An eerie familiar, yet completely new feeling swept over me and I felt like I was home at the park in Anaheim, California, but also like I was 5,658 miles away in Disneyland Paris at the same time! Some things on Main Street looked exactly the same and some things were quite different.
For example, as I walked down Main Street in Paris, I saw the Transportation Company where all of the horse drawn street cars enter and exit the streets. We do not have this building here in California. Something that was the same was the Disneyland City Hall. I have actually heard that all Disney parks throughout the world house the City Hall building in the exact same place on Main Street, so that felt quite familiar and comforting. See my photos & see article 1 for more Main Street amazement!
The Disneyland Paris Castle was an extreme surprise and a feast for our eyes! I have heard this castle is the largest of the Disney castles, but with the gorgeous castle underway for Shanghai Disneyland that is opening in June 2016, it may be even larger than Paris! When you approach the castle, you cannot help but take 10 million photos from every angle possible. Enormous in size, with gorgeous landscape surrounding its beauty, there is an adventure both at ground level and inside the entire castle!
Upon approaching the castle on the left hand side, you arrive at a small Dungeness entry with a sign that says, “La Taniere du Dragon” which means in English, “The Lair of the Dragon.” In this lair, lies Maleficent (the evil fairy from the Sleeping Beauty movie made in 1959) an amazing animatronic that occasionally wakes up, roars loudly and breathes fire. There are also stalactites and stalagmites housed in this cave and we stayed there for quite a while. This was one of the most magnificent things to see at Disneyland Paris that was completely different from anything we have here! We were quite impressed!
Upon leaving the cave, we made our way to the entry of the Sleeping Beauty Castle and began to climb to the top as we were enveloped in the fairy tale by looking at gorgeous sheets of stained glass on windows of the castle while the full story unraveled in French from stone books in front of each mural! In addition to stained glass, there were also several tapestries and statues to elaborately explain Sleeping Beauty’s story in detail and once we reached the top of the castle and Sleeping Beauty and her prince were together we had a gorgeous view of the theme park from the top of the castle! The sight was spectacular and we took several photos at the top of the castle before making our way back down to the entry to Fantasyland (same entry we have in the California Disneyland park.) Fantasyland will have its own article as there are too many amazing things to mention there and it has always been my favorite land in Disneyland. I was quite mesmerized by my journey at the French theme park!
There were several shows and parades available for our viewing pleasure at the Disneyland Paris park. The shows and parades change with the seasons, similar to our Disneyland Park here in California and in Disneyworld in Florida. One of my favorite shows took place on the opposite side of the castle. The Mary Poppins show was going on for Spring & it was like eye candy to watch. The costumes, dance numbers, and music were fantastic and with the backdrop of the castle we enjoyed sitting on a grassy patch in the sun and watching the performance!
A few other parades we had the pleasure to see for the spring were “Swing into Spring” & “Goofy’s Garden Party!” See my pictures here for the bright and colorful displays, Disney characters, and decked out performers in the show!
The last and most spectacular performance of the evenings was the “Disney Dreams” fireworks show in which, not only were there fireworks, but there were other awesome visuals illuminated on the castle! The castle literally came to life as ongoing animation of several Disney characters, movies, and more were displayed on the castle concurrently while fireworks exploded in the air! Disney Dreams was certainly the most magical Disney fireworks show we have ever seen at any theme park we have been to in Florida, California or Paris. Paris definitely wins in terms of this show being the most dynamic!
I hope you enjoyed Part 2 of my series of Disneyland Paris articles and if you missed, part 1, please feel to check it out in link at top of my article. Stay tuned for Part 3 of my Disneyland Paris series of articles where I plan to share the amazement of Fantasyland and more!
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