A tour of Disneyland Paris: Fantasyland
Published: July 26, 2012 at 3:47 PM
After our tour through Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant
this morning, let's take a look at some other highlights in Fantasyland at Disneyland Paris
We'll focus on your next-favorite sight in the land (according to Theme Park Insider reader ratings), and another attraction unique to Paris, Alice's Curious Labyrinth.
As you might expect, the directions through this maze are perfectly clear.
Though plenty of characters are here to greet you along the way.
Though some are less happy to see us, I suppose.
Don't miss the opportunity to climb up the tower.
You'll find some wonderful views up here.
Here's a great aerial view of the Disneyland Paris Resort from the tower in Alice's Curious Labyrinth. From left to right, you can see the Disneyland Hotel, the castle, the Tower of Terror, Big Thunder and the construction cranes for the Ratatouille ride at the Studios. (Click the image for a high-res version.)
Once you're back down on Earth, perhaps you'd fancy a bite to eat? I love the motto on Toad Hall Restaurant.
Fantasyland's Auberge de Cendrillon is the most expensive restaurant in Disneyland Paris (even more than Walt's). But if you want to dine with a princess, this is the place to go. "Cinderella's Inn" serves a 64 € Menu for adults that includes a cocktail (with actual alcohol!), amuse bouche, foie gras, choice of main course, and dessert. Not to mention visits from all the princesses. (The child's Menu is 29 € and, obviously, does not include the booze. Or the foie gras.)
Looking for something less expensive? Pizzeria Bella Notte serves the same menu as Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost, which we reviewed in our Adventureland tour. And Au Chalet de la Marionette is Pinocchio's, with the same old burger and hot dog menu.
Here are the rest of the Fantasyland attractions in Disneyland Paris. Click through the read other readers' ratings and reviews (or to submit your own):
Previously: Main Street USA, Frontierland, Adventureland, and Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant
Published: July 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM
That looks great! However, did you do anything else in the land? My sister and brother-in-law said that the whole land is completely different than other Fantasylands. How did you find the land itself to be?
Published: July 26, 2012 at 9:09 PM
Paris' Fantasyland is huge - it reminded me more of Tokyo's than either of the Fantasylands in the United States. I tried to focus on the castle and Alice, because those were the two most unique attractions (and the highest rated ones on the site). But I did walk around the rest of the land.
Storybook Land is located around the corner behind the Alice maze. (Casey Jr. was down when I walked by, and that sent the queue to the boats to overflowing.) If we hadn't wasted the morning at the Studios, I'd have wanted to spend more time in Fantasyland, starting with Storybook Land. After that, I'd add Small World and (if someone dropped a ton of cash on me), Cinderella's Inn.
For as large as the land is physically, it doesn't have as many attractions as the other Fantasylands. The layout's much the same - the carousel behind the castle, flanked by themed buildings on either side. But one of those two is the Cinderella restaurant. (The other side has the Pinocchio and Snow White rides.) Throw in Dumbo and the teacups, and that's it. There's a large castle-like out building to one side, where the pizza restaurant is, but that's the same selection as the Col. Hathi's restaurant where we ate in Adventureland.
Published: July 27, 2012 at 1:47 AM
DLRP's Fantasyland is one of the best IMO.
I love how the Toad Hall restaurant looks just like Wild Ride at DL.
Published: July 27, 2012 at 6:32 AM
As a Disney Parks fan, I would like to visit all the theme parks (I've only been to Florida and California), but I think Toad Hall Restaurant just bumped Paris to the top of my list. I don't care if it only has a reader rating of "5".
Published: July 27, 2012 at 8:01 AM
While I love the look of all the restaurants at Disneyland Paris, its biggest problem is that the selection of counter service food at the park is easily the worst in the Disney theme park family. Burgers, chicken, pizza, a little BBQ - that's it - the same selections at restaurant after restaurant. Very stereotypical "American" fare. But for an American? Booooooring.
Published: July 27, 2012 at 8:45 PM
Who would want to walk through a maze after walking through a theme park all day? Walk through attractions such as Alice's maze or the Nautilus exist only because they didn't have the money to make the ride. Sorry but meet and greets and walk through attractions pale in comparison to a ride. That's why Disney ditched the idea of a walk through pirates attraction -instead he created his masterpiece that we all know and love today. That's why imo this park, and magic kingdom beautiful as it is has not surpassed the original Disneyland, which still has more rides than both.
Published: July 27, 2012 at 9:42 PM
I'll take the bait and defend walk-throughs. They allow visitors the opportunity to linger over detail and experience an attraction at their own pace. As much as I love rides, I also love when parks mix things up and give us opportunities to experience other narratives at a different pace. (The key is, of course, that walk-through offer enough detail to justify lingering with them.)
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