Happy Friday! Sorry for the radio silence here on the blog these past few days, it’s been a bit of a crazy week! On the bright side, I was able to score HAMILTON tickets earlier this week (woot woot!). In case you didn’t know, I’m a HUGE Broadway lover! In fact, in 2015 one of my resoultions was to see at least one Broadway show a month and I’m pleased to say that in 2015 I saw 13 Broadway shows! Hamilton is coming to Chicago in September (I was able to get tickets for an October show) and I couldn’t be more excited to cross it off my broadway bucket list! Speaking of bucket lists, back in April I got to finally cross visiting Disneyland Paris off my Disney bucket list. Disneyland Paris was AMAZING but Walt Disney Studios Park definitely had a charm to it as well. The Walt Disney Studios Park is the second of the two theme parks at Disneyland Paris. Walt Disney Studios Park is dedicated to all things show business, movies, production, and behind-the-scenes! So essentially, Walt Disney Studios Park is like the Hollywood Studios or Disney California Adventure of Disneyland Paris.
As soon as you walk into Walt Disney Studios Park, you pass the Walt Disney Studios Store (very clever Disney) which is a HUGE gift shop.Look, it’s The Earffel Tower!
There’s something about seeing Sorcerer Mickey that always makes me happy!
When I was a kid, I LOVED riding the Studio Backlot Tour at Hollywood Studios (back when it was MGM). I was so sad when they closed the Backlot Tour in 2014 (although I am super excited for Star Wars land and Toy Story land to come to Hollywood Studios) so I was happy to learn that Walt Disney Studios had their own studio tram tour. Although I prefer the old Hollywood Studios version, the Studio Tram Tour at Walt Disney Studios was still pretty fun (and there was never more than a 10 minute wait so that helped).
My favorite thing about the studio tram tour, besides learning some of the behind the scenes magic at Disney, was seeing a life size version of the RC car from Toy Story (how cool is that?!).
It’s hard to believe that picture was taken in PARIS?! It looks so much like California, from the looks of it, you’d think this was Disney California Adventure but nope, it’s still Walt Disney Studios Park!
In Europe, Zootopia is called “Zootropolis.”
Regardless if I’m at Disneyland, Disney World or Disneyland Paris, the Tower of Terror will forever be one of my favorite rides!I just noticed that Walt Disney Studios Park has a lot of Pixar elements to it! They have a Toy Story Land, a little Monster’s Inc photo spot, a mini Cars Land, a roller coaster based off Crush from Finding Nemo and of course, the new Ratatouille section of the park (I’ll get to that a little later!).I LOVED how the shows at Walt Disney Studios Park had both French and English show options!
Speaking of shows, Walt Disney Studios Park is know for having two (AWESOME) shows: CinéMagique and Animagique. Unfortunately, Animagique was closed (insert sad face) but luckily CinéMagique was up and running because it was AMAZING!
CinéMagique is a theatre show at Walt Disney Studios Park that mixies the live performance of an actor with synchronized movie scenes on a big screen. The show is half in french and half in english but it’s super easy to follow. I don’t want to give too much away but I HIGHLY recommend seeing it while you’re at Walt Disney Studios Park!
Can I just say how HAPPY I was to see this mini Esméralda statue outside of Toon Studio! Finally some love for The Hunchback of Notre Dame.The Art of Disney Animation was one of my favorite attractions at Walt Disney Studios Park. Here, you get to discover the secrets behind classic Disney animation (doesn’t that sound fun?!).
I LOVE this Alice in Wonderland artwork so much. In fact, I have this exact print on my Disney gallery wall.
There was this super cool exhibit inside the Art of Animation called Conception Characters Concepts where you got to see Tinker Bell, Ursula and the Beast in their early development stages.
Imagine if the Beast and Belle would have looked like this?!
Yassss Ursula, get it girl!
It was so much fun seeing how these three characters started off before the animators settled on their appearances and they became the characters we’ve grown to know and love.
There was quite a bit of construction going on in both Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park in preparation for next years 25th anniversary celebration (which I’m definitely attending!) so a few rides were closed. Sadly, the Rock’n Roller Coaster (which is one of my favorite rides) was one of those rides. Fun Fact: Disneyland Paris opened April 12, 1992. I was born April 17, 1992 so me and Disneyland Paris are basically twins (who were born five days apart!).
Although I really enjoyed Walt Disney Studios Park, I have to admit it doesn’t really measure up to a lot of the other Disney Parks. Don’t be me wrong, it’s a fun park to visit for a day (maybe two) but it definitely has a long way to go. I will say that the Ratatouille section (which is the newest addition to the park) is absolutely breathtaking. The Ratatouille area alone is reason enough to visit Walt Disney Studios Park.Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy was such a unique ride, although I have to admit it is NOT worth a two hour wait. My suggestion is to grab a fastpass (I was never able to get one because they ran out so fast) or just ride as a single rider. I rode Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy four times and I never waited more than 10 minutes (you got to love the single rider line!).
Can we talk about how gorgeous that is?! The theming in the Ratatouille area was top notch.My heart couldn’t handle the little Chez Remy sign outside of the Bistrot Chez Rémy restaurant. Seriously, if that’s not the cutest thing ever, I don’t know what is.
That’s a wrap Walt Disney Studios Park! See you again soon!
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