I can’t believe it’s been a whole month since my trip to Disneyland Paris (man, it seems like time flies by so fast these days). I know it took me forever to get this post up but between traveling to Disney World for the Epcot International Flower and Garden festival (and getting that post up before the festival ended May 30) almost immediately after returning home from Europe and getting over a terrible cold (being sick this time of year is the absolute worst), I just didn’t have the time (that and I had thousands of Disneyland Paris photos to sift through). I decided to spend all last weekend (finally) going through all my Disneyland Paris photos so I could finally share with you all my Disneyland Paris experience (spoiler alert: It was AMAZING!). Also, just a heads up, this post contains almost 200 photos (I know, I know but I tired to edit it down, and I did, but I HAD to include all these photos). Since this post is so photo heavy (and long), I’ll be covering Walt Disney Studios Park (the other park at Disneyland Paris) in a separate post.
Before you actually enter Disneyland Paris, you have to pass through (well, under) the Disneyland Paris Hotel and you guys, it’s seriously the CUTEST hotel ever! (If you couldn’t tell, I have a thing for pink Parisian hotels!).
Oh Disneyland Paris Main Street, how I love you so! There’s just something about Main Street, whether it be Disneyland, Disney World or any Disney Park, that just makes me feel happy. Walking down Main Street is like a Disney right of passage. It’s the perfect start to any Disney day. One of my favorite things about Main Street (besides all the fun shopping) is seeing all the gorgeous window displays and trust me, Disneyland Paris is no stranger to ADORABLE window displays. Here are a few of my favorite spring-filled window displays at Disneyland Paris:
So much cuteness! Speaking of cuteness, since I visited Disneyland Paris during the “Swing into Spring” festivities, I got to FINALLY see all the adorable Disney character Easter eggs in person (I’ve been stalking IG photos of those adorable eggs for years now!).
Seeing my babies (and FAVORITE Disney characters) Chip ‘n Dale in Easter egg form just about made my year! Seriously, how cute are those two?
Although Cinderella Castle in Disney World will always feel like home to me (since I grew up at Disney World), visually, Disneyland Paris’ Sleeping Beauty Castle might be my favorite (although I do love Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland too, don’t get me wrong!).
Since this was my first time visiting Disneyland Paris, I wanted my “first ride experience” to be one I’d always remember so of course, I went with It’s A Small World for my first ride (the fact that I was half way around the world in Paris to begin with proves what a small world it really is!).
What I LOVED about the Disneyland Paris version of It’s A Small World (and seemingly all of the rides at Disneyland Paris) was how small it was and how close you were to the animatronics on the ride. Everything was so close you could practically touch it. I loved that the rides at Disneyland Paris were so intimate like that, it really felt like you were apart of the attractions themselves (which is cool!).
Disneyland Paris had several walkthrough attractions that I really loved! My favorite walkthrough attraction definitely had to be Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, which is a maze attraction where doors of different sizes and the Queen of Hearts’ maze lead you to a castle-top view of the entire park!
The view of Disneyland Paris from Alice’s Curious Labyrinth was amazing! I definitely recommend doing Alice’s Curious Labyrinth either early in the day or late at night so it’s less crowded (trust me, nothing’s worst than a crowded maze!). Another walkthrough attraction that I really enjoyed was Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin, which is a fun journey through different miniature sets of famous scenes from Aladdin.
Speaking of miniature sets, I loved the Le Pays des Contes de Fées ride at Disneyland Paris (which is exactly like the Storybook Land Canal Boats ride at Disneyland)! (If you can’t tell, I LOVE miniature sets, especially Disney ones!).
It’s crazy how much that actually looks like the Beast’s Castle (seeing it definitely brought back happy memories of dining at Be Our Guest restaurant in Disney World!).
The Beauty and the Beast miniature set was definitely my favorite (I spy Belle during the “Belle” scene!)
If you want a little bit of an aerial view of the miniature sets in the Le Pays des Contes de Fées ride, I highly suggest taking the Casey Jr le Petit Train du Cirque!
Another ride I HIGHLY suggest is Phantom Manor, which is the Haunted Mansion equivalent at Disneyland Paris but with a little bit of a different background story to it!
While most of the rides at Disneyland Paris were similar (almost exact copies) to their counterpart rides at the other Disney Parks, like I said earlier, there was a certain closeness/intimacy about the rides at Disneyland Paris that really set them apart!
The Snow White ride was practically cool (and creepy) since you were so close to the animatronics. There was one part in the ride where the evil queen was literally right next to my shoulder (I could literally grab the poison apple from her hand, it was that close!).
Inside Sleeping Beauty Castle was this gorgeous Sleeping Beauty stained glass display and underneath the castle was, get this, a DRAGON!
Although I’m a huge fan of Disney rides, some of my favorite things about the Disney Parks are the decorations, the shows, the fireworks and the parades, and Disneyland Paris is no different!
My one complaint about Disneyland Paris would have to be that the food wasn’t all that great, it was okay don’t get me wrong but it definitely wasn’t like the food you’d find at the other Disney Parks. Although, I will admit that the restaurants themselves were super adorable (I just wish the food was a little better).
Here are a few more of my favorite Disneyland Paris photos:
Since I’m currently a Disneyland Paris annual passholder (so worth it!), I definitely plan on visiting Disneyland Paris again soon (hopefully sometime in early 2017)! Until then, I’m left with so many magical memories (and photos) of Disneyland Paris!
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