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Travelogue: Disneyland Paris!

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One thing we decided to do in Paris was visit Disneyland. Yes, I know we live less than an hour away from the Original Disneyland, but how can we NOT go? We love Disneyland, and we wanted to see what was different and the same in this 4th iteration of the park. We had to take not only the Metro, but also the RER out to the edge of town – the far right of the Metro map.

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Security check on the way in

The first thing we did was head to Phantom Manor – their version of the Haunted Mansion. The Haunted Mansion is one of our favorite rides, both in California and Florida, which we visited in 2012.

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California Haunted Mansion, decorated for the holidays

FL Haunted Mansion

Florida Haunted Mansion

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To our dismay, Phantom Manor was closed for refurbishment. 😦

Next stop? Another favorite of ours, Pirates. Sadly, it was also closed for refurbishment. We were 0 for 2. This was a bummer right out of the gate. That whole area, however, was quite pretty.

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Part of Adventureland

We were also disappointed that the Jungle Boat Cruise was not a ride in Adventureland.

We headed over to Discoveryland (their version of Tomorrowland).

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The girls do not approve of this alternate name of Tomorrowland

We managed to find some old favorites – Buzz Lightyear, Star Tours, and Autopia.

We headed over to their second park, Disney Hollywood Studios, after lunch to check out the Ratatouille ride. It was FANTASTIC! That was definitely something we don’t have in California!

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If you look closely you can see the rats holding up the bottles

We did a few more things in DHS, including a mini tram tour and a special effects show. Back at Disneyland, we spent some time in Fantasyland, including Pinnochio, Snow White, Peter Pan, and It’s a Small World. Right away, I noticed the difference between the castle and ours.

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It’s A Small World, Paris

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It’s a Small World, Florida

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It’s a Small World, California

They did a great job, and the America section was really, really big and included the Old West and California.

If you’re not familiar with Disney parks, one building serves as somewhat of a centerpiece of the park is the castle.

In Florida, it’s Cinderella’s Castle.

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In California, it’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.IMG_5819

And in Paris, it’s also Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, which is imagined very differently, but gorgeous!

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We spent ALL day at the parks and headed back late. The kids (and parents) were exhausted by the end of our day.

Even though a few of our favorite rides were closed, we had a great time! I’m so glad we decided to go. Maybe someday we can go back when those rides are up and running!

Coming Up: The Orsay, Sacre Coeur, more Eiffel Tower, and Pompidou!

 

~Genevieve

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