This article is part 3 in my Disneyland Paris series of articles and it is all about Fantasyland. 🙂 If you missed my first 2 articles about transportation, hotel and arrival or my article all about my excitement on Main Street, feel free to see those here –> Disneyland Paris Part 1 and Disneyland Paris Part 2.
Since I was a young child, Fantasyland has always been my most favorite land in the Disneyland Park in California where I live and when I went to Disneyland Paris, I had the same reaction! Fantasyland is such a magical place where all of the storybook character rides are located and I always feel the biggest connection to my youth in this land because I have a chance to spend sometime inside of the stories that I loved as a young child that I still love today. Some of these include: Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and more!!
When entering Fantasyland, the item that stood out to me was the tall beanstalk from the story, “Jack & the Beanstalk!” We proceeded to make our way over to the beanstalk so I could take several photos of my hubby with the beanstalk as pictured below. We were pretty impressed with the enormity of the beanstalk formation created with plaster and towering above Fantasyland. This is definitely something we do not have at home in Disneyland California, so it was special to me.
From there, we just had too many sights to take in and once again I instantly became like a kid in a candy store, not knowing which area to tackle first! All of the rides seemed to be in different locations than they are at the Disneyland California or Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and there were several attractions or total differences in rides in comparison to our parks in America. We made our way over to Pinocchio because it was close by to the beanstalk. This ride was exactly the same as it is here in California, except the title was written in French. This is always an adorable ride! 🙂
Next we went on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This ride had some similarities to ours in California, but it was much livelier and the story was much lengthier. In California, the ride was never completed and we never get to see the “Happy Ending,” however in Paris there is an ending with Snow White, her prince and the seven dwarfs. See my photos below! We went on this ride twice because we were so stoked to see an ending! J At home in California, we always wonder why this ride was never completed…I personally think it is because we ran out of space.
Making our way over to Peter Pan, we saw that the line was quite long…exactly like Peter Pan is here in California…We will never understand why this line is always so long and we always get frustrated with this, but we waited it out and did the ride. There were a few things different, but the majority was the same. See the line photos below.
Mad Hatter Tea Cups was covered unlike the ride in California, yet similar to the design in Florida. The teacups were fun as always and we took some fun photos.
Close to the Teacups, was the Curious Labyrinth which Disneyland Paris has in place of the Alice in Wonderland ride we have in California. The curious Labyrinth was an awesome maze that you could walk through and all of the characters from the Alice in Wonderland story were housed inside including the Cheshire cat, the smoking caterpillar and more. As you make your way through the maze, different animatronic cards come to life, as well as the queen of hearts that literally pops out of the ground to startle you.
Once you complete the maze, you can visit the top of Aladdin’s Castle which has an awesome view from the top as you can see in my photos below!
When you make your way towards the exit of the Curious Labyrinth, you have an opportunity to take photos in the scene from the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. There are some awesome large seats and a full tea party just like there is in the movie and the hubby and I had way too much fun stopping for a photo session! 🙂
A short distance from the Mad Hatter’s tea Party, you arrive at “It’s a Small World.” This has been my favorite ride since I was a child and I took a photo of literally every doll in this ride, and unlike our aqua colored boats at Disneyland California on the Small world ride, their boats were pink! There were a few dolls that were different in the Paris Disneyland ride as you can see in my photo collage. I loved how they had a Hollywood section of dolls…it made us feel right at home. The dolls from Holland that pop out of tulips, which have been my favorite since I was a small child are singing while sitting inside of orange tulips, unlike the yellow ones we have in California. Small touches like this made the ride really special for me!
Shortly around the bend from small world is the Storybook Land ride, which looked absolutely nothing the same as our ride! There is a huge storybook at the entrance and when you get to the front of the line, you arrive on a small circular moving platform where you are whisked away in a boat…My hubby was excited for this part because at Disneyland California he cannot stand when we go on this ride because the boats are small and cramped…The boats at Disneyland Paris were like luxury boats and it was quite a pleasure to ride. Instead of entering the mouth of the whale like the storybook ride at home, you enter through the Cave of Wonders from Aladdin. Casey Junior’s train is right next to the Storybook land ride.
Fantasyland was so awesome to see and we spent a few days just walking around the land and taking the sites in. I hope you have enjoyed my photos and explanations of this magical place. Stay tuned for more adventures in a few more posts coming that will be all about the other lands throughout the Disneyland Paris Park. Have a magical day!
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