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Disneyland Paris

Robert Niles

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Published: July 30, 2012

Disneyland Paris draws more visitors each year than any other theme park in Europe. You won't find as many attractions here as the two Magic Kingdom parks in the United States - at Walt Disney World and the original Disneyland in California. But Disneyland Paris features what might be the world's most impressive Disney castle, Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty's Castle, in French), and the park has won praise from Theme Park Insider readers for its impressive design and decor.

Disneyland Paris opened April 12, 1992 as EuroDisneyland and made more news for its lousy financial management than for the theme park itself. But fans loved the park, and they continue to queue for its top attractions, including Space Mountain: Mission 2, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. Grab a Fastpass ride reservation for one of these attractions when you enter, then visit another while you wait for your return time.

A new version of Star Tours, premiering in the United States this year, is rumored for the Disneyland Paris in 2013. Beyond that, no major new attractions appear on the horizon.

This being France, food should be an important part of your visit, and Walt's on Main Street wins good reviews from many readers for its impressive cuisine at relatively reasonable prices.

Buy your tickets in advance, to save time at the gate. Most visitors select a park-hopper ticket, which allows them to go to both Disneyland Paris and the Walt Disney Studios Park next door. Check the park's operating hours before you arrive, too, so you can arrive at opening and avoid queues that build later in the day.

Disney fans from America might not be aware, but this is one Disney theme park that sees a fair amount of snow in the winter. So come prepared for the Parisian climate. To get to Disneyland Paris by car, take exit 14 from the A4 and follow the signs. By train, take the RER line A to the Marne la Valle / Chessy station. If coming by Eurostar, there is a direct stop in the resort. If flying to Paris' Charles De Gaulle airport, the TGV stops at Disneyland Paris' station, making it the fastest way to the resort (about 10 minutes from the airport).

In July 2012, Theme Park Insider editor Robert Niles visited Disneyland Paris and filed a land-by-land report on the park:

Scroll down to links for Theme Park Insider readers' reviews of Disneyland Paris attractions and restaurants. Or search our archives for more news about Disneyland Paris.

Pirates of the Caribbean9
Pirate Beach8
Adventure Isle8
La Cabane des Robinson7
Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril755
Le Passage Enchante d'Aladdin6
Space Mountain: Mission 2855
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast8
Les Mysteres du Nautilus7
Star Tours740
Captain EO5
Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant9
Alice's Curious Labyrinth8
Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains8
it's a small world7
Le Carrousel de Lancelot7
Peter Pan's Flight7
Mad Hatter's Tea Cups7
Le Pays des Contes de Fees7
Les Voyages de Pinocchio7
Casey Jr. Circus Train6
Dumbo the Flying Elephant6
Big Thunder Mountain940
Phantom Manor9
Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing7
Pocahontas Indian Village6
Main Street USA
Disney Dreams9
Disneyland Railroad7

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Restaurant Hakuna Matata10
Agrabah Cafe10
Blue Lagoon Restaurant8
Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost5
Cafe Hyperion8
Buzz Lightyear's Pizza Planet6
Auberge de Cendrillon9
Au Chalet de la Marionette9
Toad Hall Restaurant7
Pizzeria Bella Notte7
Last Chance Cafe10
Cowboy Cookout Barbecue9
Silver Spur Steakhouse9
The Lucky Nugget Saloon6
Fuente del Oro Restaurante4
Main Street USA
Victoria's Home Style Restaurant9
The Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour9
Plaza Gardens Restaurant9
Market House Deli7
Casey's Corner6

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