Published: July 26, 2012 at 7:23 PMThat 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 PMParis' 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 6:32 AMAs 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 AMWhile 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 PMWho 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 PMI'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.)