Located just 20 miles towards the east of Paris’ fascinating city centre and easily accessible from many of our Paris holiday apartments by either car or public transport, Disneyland Paris is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the whole of France. Bursting with fun and entertainment for all ages, the resort is a place which exudes charm and character and offers a memorable experience to everyone who visits.
On 12th April 1992 Disneyland Paris opened its doors to the public and has since become one of the top visited places in Europe, attracting millions upon millions of visitors every single year. Part owned by the renowned Walt Disney Company, Disneyland Paris boasts a huge array of magnificent facilities, including several hotels, a gigantic entertainment complex, two theme parks and a fabulous golf course. The impressive resort, which spans over a staggering 4,800 acres, is the second largest of the Disneyland resorts outside of the United States in the world and is a sight certainly not to be missed whilst visiting the wonderful city of Paris.
Brimming with iconic features, such as the world famous Sleeping Beauty Castle, the resort is where visitors are able to meet some of their all-time favourite childhood characters, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, Pinocchio and the legendary Seven Dwarves, as they parade through the streets in a daily carnival like procession. Enchanting shows take place throughout the day, followed by the Disney Dreams extravaganza which attracts the crowds during the evenings. The enormous 27-hole golf course known as Golf Disneyland, together with the remarkable Disney Village complex, which is filled with shops, eateries, bars and even a cinema, ensures that there really is something for everyone to enjoy within the resort.
The first of Disneyland Paris’ brilliant theme parks is the Disneyland Park, which is divided up into five entertaining lands – Adventureland, Discoveryland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and Main Street USA. The lands allow visitors the opportunity to explore different themes, ranging from the vibrant Wild West to a charming storybook village, as well as allowing them to experience the thrills of the rollercoaster rides, such as the superb ‘Big Thunder Mountain’ runaway mine train. The second theme park is the fascinating Walt Disney Studios Park, which provides an insight into Disney productions and animations. In addition to a collection of interactive studios, the park also has plenty of rides and attractions for visitors to explore.
Disneyland Paris is also much loved for its year round calendar of fun-filled events, festivals and exhibitions, including festivals at Halloween and Christmas, summer celebrations and a simply spectacular firework display which takes place on certain dates around Bonfire Night (5th November). Further information relating to seasonal events and shows, together with opening hours, ticket prices, special offers and practical information, can be found on Disneyland Paris’ official website – www.disneylandparis.co.uk/index.html