Entries from The “World” According to Jack tagged with 'Disneyland Paris'

Boardwalk Resort Castles

Jack Spence is on a leave of absence until 2014. This is a reprint of a blog he wrote several years ago. This blog originally ran in 2008 and was accurate at the time of publication. Anyone who visits a...

It's Disney Theme Parks Quiz Time -- Answers

Here are the answers to yesterday's quiz. I hope you got them all right. This first picture was taken at Hong Kong Disneyland. This fountain is outside of the park in a "crossroads" location. Guests arriving by bus, train, and...

It’s Disney Theme Park Quiz Time - Questions

It's time to pull out your thinking caps again. I have another Disney quiz for you. This time, you have to name at which of the eleven Disney Parks the picture was taken. Now I realize that most of you...

Disney Steam Trains - Part Four - Tokyo, Paris & Hong Kong

In this final blog about Disney steam trains I'll be discussing the Tokyo, Paris, and Hong Kong parks. Tokyo Disneyland The Western River Railroad is unique among its steam train cousins in the other Disney parks in that it doesn't...

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror -- Part Three

In Part One and Two of this blog series, I discussed in detail the Tower of Terror (TOT) attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios. In Part Three, I'm going to give you an overview of the other three TOT's around the...

Walt Disney Studios Park Paris - Part 8 - Toon Studio – Flying Carpets Over Agrabah, Cars Race Rally, and Crush's Coaster

Les Tapis Volants - Flying Carpets Over Agrabah For those of you familiar with the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, "Flying Carpets Over Agrabah" is the exact same attraction as "The Magic Carpets of Aladdin" in Adventureland. Sixteen...

Walt Disney Studios Park Paris - Toon Studio – Part 7 - Art of Disney Animation & Animagique

When the Walt Disney Studios Park opened in 2002, Toon Studio was known as Animation Courtyard. The area was uninspired and building exteriors lacked magic. In January 2005, Disney announced that Animation Courtyard would receive a makeover and expand....

Walt Disney Studios Park Paris - Part 3 – Production Courtyard – Stitch Live

Walt Disney Television Studios When the Walt Disney Studios Park opened, the "Walt Disney Television Studios" offered guests a backstage tour of the Disney Channel's French headquarters. When I took this tour in September, 2005, I was never so...

Walt Disney Studios Park Paris – Part 1 – Front Lot

Disney has eleven theme parks around the world. I rank Tokyo DisneySea as my favorite and Disneyland Paris as my second favorite. I rank the Walt Disney Studios Park dead last. Visiting this park makes me long for Disney's...

Disneyland Paris - Discoveryland – Part 4 – Star Tours, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, and Autopia

Star Tours Star Tours is the one attraction in Discoveryland that deviates from the overall theme of the area. Instead of looking like the future as seen through the eyes of early visionaries, this ride's exterior features architecture more in...

Disneyland Paris - Discoveryland – Part 3 – Space Mountain: Mission 2 and Les Mystéres du Nautilus

Space Mountain: Mission 2 Once again, I have to say that Disneyland Paris takes first prize when comparing one of its attractions to its overseas cousins. Space Mountain is easily the most beautiful of the five futuristic peaks and it...

Disneyland Paris - Discoveryland – Part 2 – Orbitron and Videopolis

One of the first attractions you see when entering Discoveryland is "Orbitron - Machines Volantes" (Flying Machines). This is a simple, yet visually appealing attraction. Twelve 2-passenger rocket ships circle a stylized orrery. (An orrery is a mechanical apparatus that...

Disneyland Paris - Discoveryland – Part 1 – Entrance, Le Visionarium, and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

When I was a kid, Tomorrowland at Disneyland, California was my favorite land. For me, Walt's vision of the future was fantastic. Space-aged architecture and vast amounts of concrete created an exciting world for an impressionable mind. In the early...

Disneyland Paris - Fantasyland – Part 5 – “it’s a small world”

Like so many other attractions at Disneyland Paris, I think their version of "it's a small world" is superior to all the rest. Let's start with the exterior of the attraction. The first IASW ("it's a small world") was in...

Disneyland Paris - Fantasyland – Part 4 – Le Pays des Contes de Fées (Land of the Fairytales) & Casey Jr. – le Petit Train du Cirque (The Small Train of the Circus)

Both "Le Pays des Contes de Fées" and "Casey Jr." are located outside the perimeter of the Disneyland Railroad. To reach these attractions you must pass under a trestle. Le Pays des Contes de Fées (Land of the Fairytales) This...

Disneyland Paris - Fantasyland – Part 3 – Dumbo, Tea Cups, and Alice’s Curious Labyrinth

Dumbo the Flying Elephant Dumbo is a timeless classic. Both the movie and the attraction have been delighting children and adults for years. And the Dumbo attraction at Disneyland Paris is perhaps the most delightful of them all. Much of...

Disneyland Paris - Fantasyland – Part 2 – The Dark Rides

The Imagineers did an excellent job when designing Fantasyland. They took the charming aspects found in Disneyland, California and expanded them into a larger space without losing any of its appeal. Now, instead of having a small village, you have...

Disneyland Paris - Fantasyland – Part 1 – Castle Courtyard and Carousel

When I visit a Disney park, it's not always necessary for me to ride on an attraction. Sometimes, simply being immersed in the wonderful atmosphere is pleasure enough. And for me, Fantasyland at Disneyland Paris is near the top of...

Disneyland Paris - Adventureland – Part 3 – Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean

In the furthest reaches of Adventureland, intrepid explores can discover "Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril." Here you'll find an abandoned temple decaying in the jungle. As you near the temple, a stone lion can be seen guarding the...

Disneyland Paris - Adventureland – Part 2 – Adventure Isle

Disneyland Paris does not have a Tom Sawyer Island. It was decided that most Europeans were not familiar enough with Mark Twain's writings to design an entire attraction around his stories. Instead, the Imagineers came up with Adventure Isle. Here,...

Disneyland Paris - Adventureland – Part 1 – General Area

Just like Frontierland, Adventureland is set back from The Hub. Because of this, it is much less intrusive in this otherwise Victorian area. I've also mentioned that the transition between lands is remarkably seamless at Disneyland Paris. Here is a...

Disneyland Paris - Frontierland – Part 4 – Phantom Manor

Phantom Manor is Disneyland Paris' version of the Haunted Mansion. It is neither better than nor inferior to its cousins around the world. It's simply different. And these differences make it very intriguing for those of us familiar with...

Disneyland Paris - Frontierland – Part 3 – Big Thunder Mountain and the Riverboats

Big Thunder Mountain As with all Disney attractions, your journey on Big Thunder Mountain starts with the queue - and in this case, a very detailed queue. The line twists and turns around rusting mining equipment, amusing signs, and dilapidated...

Disneyland Paris - Frontierland – Part 2 – The Outskirts of Town

Frontierland can be divided into two sections, the town of Thunder Mesa, and the more rural, backwoods section. In my previous blog I discussed Thunder Mesa. Here I will talk about the outskirts of town. Let's start with the Pocahontas...

Disneyland Paris - Frontierland – Part 1 – Thunder Mesa

Frontierland - Part 1 - Thunder Mesa Moving clockwise from the end of Main Street, Frontierland is the first land you come to. You enter the Wild West by walking through Fort Comstock. But before you do, be sure to...

Disneyland Paris - The Hub and Sleeping Beauty Castle

One thing that's a little different about the Disneyland Paris' Hub is the lands that radiate from it are set further back than at other Magic Kingdoms. In other words, Frontierland, Adventureland, and Discoveryland really aren't all that visible from...

Disneyland Paris - Main Street Part 3

Main Street Part 3 In my last blog I discussed the Town Square section of Main Street. Today I'm going to talk about the rest of this Victorian thoroughfare. However, I'm not going to describe things in any particular order....

Disneyland Paris Main Street - Part 2 - Town Square

Town Square is the first area you come to when entering Main Street U.S.A.. Here you'll find a number of "public" buildings like the Train Station, City Hall, and the Transportation Company. The following picture was taken from the second...

Disneyland Paris Main Street Part 1

Before I start to discuss Main Street, I need to give you a little background about the Disneyland Paris Park. When Walt built Disneyland in California, he did it on a shoestring. It was all he could do to scrape...

Disneyland Hotel & Disneyland Paris Park Entrance

You reach the Disneyland Hotel and Disneyland Park through gates near the train station. The picture below was taken of my friend Kelly (hands raised) in 1997, before security checks were in place. Today, everyone must undergo "bag check" which...

Sequoia Lodge and Hotel New York (Disneyland Paris Resort)

My first trip to Euro Disneyland (now Disneyland Paris) was in June 1993 and I stayed at the Sequoia Lodge. This resort is one of the three moderately priced hotels and sits on the shores of Lake Disney. Digital...

Hotels Cheyenne and Santa Fe (Disneyland Paris Resort)

There are six Disney owned and operated hotels at Disneyland Paris. Here are their names and price categories: Hotel Cheyenne - Budget Hotel Santa Fe - Budget Sequoia Lodge - Moderate Hotel New York - Moderate Newport Bay Club -...

Disneyland Paris Opening Blog

Last year I wrote about the Hong Kong and Tokyo Disney Resorts. As the series continued, I received a number of positive emails from readers telling me how much they enjoyed reading about the Asian parks. So I've decided to...

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