Monday, September 30, 2013

DIsneyland Paris 2013

A trip to France is not complete without a pit stop at Disneyland Paris! 

 Located in Marne-la-Valle, it's not far from Paris.  If you are staying in Paris, you can get to Disneyland by either a 30 minute drive or by riding the RER A4 train which will deposit you at the train station in Disney Village, a general shopping and eating plaza just outside the entrance to the two parks of Disneyland Paris.  If Disneyland Paris is your first stop in France, there is a shuttle that will bring you to the park from the airport.

We decided to stay at the Sequoia Lodge because it was newly renovated and we liked its theme of the rugged outdoors.  Here is the lobby:

We decided to book a stay in the "Golden Forest Club."  The Golden Forest Club gives you centrally located rooms, free breakfast with Character visits and afternoon snacks in a special lounge, a one per day/per guest Fastpass to use on any attraction in the parks and a private check-in that never seems to have a line:

Our room:

 The view from our room:

The breakfast:

We last visited Disneyland Paris in 2011, here is the post I wrote on that visit to the Disneyland Park.  Looking at these photos as I post them, I wish I had a red candy apple right now!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is one of my favorites:  it goes under the lake that surround the ride and is a little longer than the one in California.  After we ride this, the kids and I seem to develop a prospector accent like the one on the ride:  "Tarnation!  Ya cayn't just ride it once!"

The Indiana Jones' ride is a roller coaster that loops upside down:

Inside Sleeping Beauty's castle you can walk around the upper level and see the story told through stained glass:

When you are almost to the end of Pinnochio, you can see a little Bull's Eye sitting on the shelf:

The other part of Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney Studios,  has some of my family's favorite rides: Finding Nemo's adventure is told through the Crush Coaster.  My daughter got to talk to Stitch in "Stitch Live!" and the kids made several visits to the Tower of Terror with their dad.  I wrote about Walt Disney Studios also during our last trip in 2011.  Click here to see lots more pictures and details.

 Toy Story Land:

One of my favorite roller coasters anywhere, The Rockin' Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith:

In between the entrance of Walt Disney Studio's and the park there is a big building you pass through which has most of the fast-food service for this park.  There are kiosks and a sit-down Remy themed restaurant inside the park as well. 

General fast-food menu for Walt Disney Studios:

 One last view of the Crush Coaster...

My husband and I always make time for Disneyland when we come to France because we think it's nice to have a part of the trip that is all about fun for the kids.  They have fun in general, but they also have to be patient and well-mannered so much on a trip like this that it's nice to have a time and place where they can be totally relaxed like we all can when we go to Disneyland Paris.

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