Who says a trip to Disneyland is just for kids? It’s somewhere for everyone where imaginations will be sparked, memories will be made and tired feet will be found! Our blogger Sara gives us her guide to a day out at Walt Disney Studio’s Park, Paris.
A lot of people don’t realise that Disneyland Paris is actually made up of two parks – that’s double the fun! It consists of two separate parks, Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios Park, with over 58 attractions between them both. Located 20 miles east of Paris, Disneyland entertains over 14 million people per year.
The Walt Disney Studios Park was opened in 2002 after the great success of Disneyland Paris. This park is dedicated to show business – it’s themed after movies, production and takes you behind-the-scenes of many Disney and Pixar movies.
The park is divided into areas – let me show you around!
The home to most of the shops in this second park. Here you will find shops such as the Walt Disney Studio Store as well as another three stores, all containing the same type of Disney products. It is here that the famous Earful Tower is located, a tall water tower with the iconic Mickey Mouse Ears. It is here that you can also find character statues from the Disney movie Fantasia.
Front Lot features ‘Disney Studio 1’ – a covered walkway with shops and restaurants themed after a soundstage with a recreation of Hollywood inside leading to the production courtyard where the famous Hollywood sign can be seen.
By far one of the best restaurants within this park is located in ‘Disney Studio 1’, the ‘Restaurant en Coulisse’. It serves fast food in Disney packaging and is a must for any fan!
Themed to the life around the production features of Hollywood Movies. With 5 main attractions, Production Courtyard has two main areas – Hollywood Boulevard including the infamous Tower of Terror; and the amazing Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic – here you will learn what goes into making a movie with some very fiery action, and Place des Star which is themed around the production facilities of movie lots. It is here you will find great attractions such as CineMagique (a theatre show which hosts many classic scenes of Hollywood films with a few surprises thrown in) and Stitch Live! A Playhouse Disney production featuring Stitch, from Disney’s Lilo and Stitch.
The Production Courtyard is a great place for character spotting! Having met, Mary Poppins, Bert, Stitch, Aladdin and Jasmine, Princess Mulan, Remy and Emile and Gaston all within an hour of each other, this is the place to be to get autographs and some great photos!
This area is host to three restaurants and a gift shop that is at the exit to the Tower of Terror. I have to admit I absolutely love the Tower of Terror and would spend all day going on this ride if it were allowed.
Themed after actual movie backlots (an outdoor area in a film studio where exterior scenes are shot). This area is really rather plain, but you don’t need excitement here in terms of decorations as the rides and attractions are full of thrills.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is by far my favourite ride from both parks. This is a rollercoaster ride with 3 inversions and has some great music. Backlot also hosts the Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular featuring Lightning McQueen. This is an amazing stunt show featuring many different cars, motorbikes, trucks and the famous Lightning McQueen from Pixar’s Cars. The whole family will love it!
Backlot is also home to the famous Blockbuster Café, a self service restaurant themed with industrial props from the likes of High School Musical and Pirates of the Caribbean, serving hot snacks sandwiches and salads. It is here that you can now meet Spider Man. I personally can’t wait to have a photo opportunity with him during my next trip.
Inspired by classic Disney and Pixar animated characters, this is by far the best area within the Walt Disney Studios Park. It is here rides such as RC Racer, Slinky Dog and the Toy Story Parachute drop are. The theming here is perfect, Meccano as fences, giant fairy lights and other items you will no doubt recognise from the Toy Story Movies.
This land is also home to the relatively new Ratatouille ride, Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, gift shop and Le Bistrot Chez Rémy. These all opened in 2014 and the ride is a fantastic 3D experience with sights and smells following Remy through to the kitchen from the movie.
Crush’s Coaster is again one of the parks most popular rides, featuring Crush and Squirt from Disney Pixar’s ‘Finding Nemo’, you are taken on the ride of your life through the East Australia Current. Just next to Crush’s Coaster are the Flying Carpets over Agrabah, a very similar ride to Dumbo the Flying Elephant over in the Disneyland Park.
Within Toon Studio you will also find a fantastic attraction called the Art of Animation. Here you learn what goes into the animation of a Disney movie and get a chance to give animation a try for yourself. The first time I did this experience, we drew Mickey Mouse, and I still have it up framed in my room now.
As you can see there is no shortage of attractions and rides within the Walt Disney Studio Parks, and with all tickets for Disney being for both parks you are getting a lot for your money. I hope you all enjoy Disneyland Paris as much as I do!