Why YOU Should Go To DisneyLand Paris In 2017.
Trying to pitch Disneyland to somebody who dislikes anything other than Pixar is a hard sell, but one I had to do to my boyfriend. Like many people, he thought you stopped enjoying the magic at aged 10 and that it wasn’t really suitable for adults. After 3 days there, it is safe to say that I changed his mind, so here is my little guide on how to enjoy Disneyland as an adult.
Disneyland Paris is a resort with 2 theme parks, a shopping resort and a variety of themed hotels. We stayed at the Hotel Cheyenne, one of the 7 official Disney hotels. It’s themed on the tradition western films so expect cowboys, saloons and BBQ food.
Our room had a very big double bed and a bunk-bed which were more designed for younger Disney fans. It also came with an ensuite bathroom complete with Disney Toiletries (the shower gel is adorable) and a TV complete with French and English channels.
The hotel was roughly a 10-15 minute walk to the Disney Village or alternatively you can take the complimentary shuttle bus. Although I recommend walking back from the parks unless you are a member of a rugby team. The reason? It gets packed and fast so unless you know how to weave your way round a queue get ready to have fit legs.
Of course, the most important part of Disneyland is the theme parks. The first and biggest theme park is Disneyland Park, this is your ‘traditional’ Disney Park with 5 themed lands. Those who are thrill seekers should head towards Frontierland and take on Big Thunder Mountain. A mine-train themed roller-coaster that has just undergone a 18 month renovation and has some beautiful scenery. From there, head towards Adventureland where you will be able to tackle Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, a brilliant themed roller-coaster that has you exploring an ancient temple, right before a 360o loop. You can also enjoy the Pirates of the Caribbean ride where you will see how the pirates conquered the seven seas.
After Adventureland, you can take it a little bit easier in Fantasyland and head towards It’s a Small World, a boat that takes you around the world in roughly 6 minutes. From there head towards Discoveryland. Here you will be able to enjoy a Star Wars themed Space Mountain and the newly improved Star Tours. If you also like to get competitive, then check out Buzz Lightyear’s Laser-Blast, a fun interactive shooting ride where your scores also feature on the on-ride photo (just in case they want proof that you beat them).
After all your adventures, head back to Main Street USA and check out Plaza Gardens. An adorable buffet restaurant that serves some of the most amazing dishes in the park. Expect things like buttered salmon, veal casserole and herby sausages alongside beautiful desserts which taste just as good as they look. After lunch, grab a good spot to watch the daily Disney parade before indulging in some retail therapy before the night-show.
In the evening, you can enjoy shopping in the Disney Village. You have World of Disney for a variety of themed Disney Merchandise (even if you don’t want to buy anything go and checkout the stunning interior design!). The Disney Gallery allows you to make custom paintings and while the Disney Store allows you to buy everything from sweets to sweaters. If you are hungry and want dinner, there are also a variety of restaurants you can dine in, from McDonalds to King Ludwick’s Castle. Then head back to the hotel for a cocktail or two and hit the hay.
After you are awake and fed on day two, head over to the Walt Disney Studios. This, I argue, is the more ‘adult friendly’ theme-park and has lots for adults. As you go through Frontlot, take about 10-15 minutes to enjoy being on the mock movie set. From there, head on towards Toon Studios and grab a Fastpass for Ratatouille. It is important to do this as the queues for this ride are 2 hours long on a quiet day.
Whilst you are waiting, head to Crush’s Coaster. The average wait time here is about 70 minutes unless you do it first thing or you go on the single rider. It is probably my favourite ride in the whole park and has you spinning around the EAC with Nemo, Squirt and Crush. Although don’t do this if you’ve just eaten, YOU WILL BE SICK!
If you are still waiting for your time to go on Ratatouille, go towards Toy Story Playland and if queues permit, take on RC Racer. A 25 metre half pipe coaster where you get to ride in the iconic race-car from Toy-Story, Superb fun.
There is a reason Ratatouille is a 2 hour queue and that is because it is incredible. It combines 3D cinema with a dark ride to create an experience unlike anything you’ll have seen in a theme-park before.
From Toon Studio head towards the Studio Tram Tour. Once you have had a tour behind the magic, prepare to visit the Hollywood Tower Hotel, home to The Tower of Terror. Fabulous theming leads up to a 13 story drop, perhaps leave this out if you have vertigo.
Roller coaster fans who also enjoy rock music should make a beeline for Backlot. Rockin Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, is one of the most intense rides in both parks and has you rocking out to Aerosmith’s biggest hits. For those who prefer to keep their lunch in when they enjoy their thrills head to Armageddon: The special effects. This has you filming an extra scene for the award winning film, with some surprises.
Overall Disneyland is a fabulous place whether you are a child, student or adult. I hope this little guide demonstrates this and shows why you should head there this 2017!