Disneyland Paris Daily Mail offer- spending your time

28 11 2009

By now I’m sure many of you have seen the offer the Daily Mail are running on visits to Disneyland Resort Paris during the first part of 2010. As the main offer featured is a one day trip, with the option of a two day resort stay I thought it would be best to give my view on how to best allocate your time.

Which hotel?

Firstly, let’s look at the best deal offered using the Daily Mail discount. For me the best deal is a two night stay in Disney’s Sequoia Lodge with a two-day admission to both Disneyland Resort Paris parks. This comes to a cost of £389 (£349 plus the £20 per night supplement for upgrading to Sequoia Lodge). The reason I think this is the best deal is that you get a very high quality hotel (comparable to a three-star in the UK, with five-star service) at  a price you’re not likely to find anywhere else.

Other hotels available include Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch, which offers many outdoor activities, Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne and the non-Disney property Vienna International Magic Circus hotel. If you feel you’d rather save the money than go for Sequoia Lodge I’d recommend the Hotel Cheyenne (additional £10 supplement per night) or Davy Crockett Ranch. Whilst the Magic Circus hotel may be as good value as Davy Crockett Ranch it’s not a Disney owned property which means you may miss out on perks such as Extra Magic Hours and free shuttle transportation.

Your time in the parks: One day touring

If you decided to go for the on-day visit to Disneyland Resort Paris it’s highly unlikely you’re going to see everything, especially if you don’t get to the park in time for opening. This means you’re going to have to make some decision as to what you want to visit and what you don’t. As this is a family offer this may be dependent on your kids and their tastes. Here’s some touring tips based on different tastes.

Thrill seeking kids

Whilst most boys will enjoy the child-orientated attractions the older they get the more they tend to want to hit the big thrill rides. This can be hard when visiting Disneyland Resort Paris for one-day as the thrill rides are distributed between the two parks.

If your kids are interested in thrill rides but are not used to them it may be best to start them on some of the ‘mild but wild’ attractions at Disneyland Resort Paris. Handily enough these attractions are mainly based in Disneyland Park.

Mild but wild attractions:

  • Big Thunder Mountain- Disneyland Park (intensity rating 6/10)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean- Disneyland Park (intensity rating 4/10)
  • Star Tours- Disneyland Park (intensity rating 7/10)
  • Crush’s Coaster- Walt Disney Studios Park (intensity rating 7/10)

Some of these attractions do have height requirements, which can be found on Disneyland Paris’ official website. All the attractions stated above are thrilling but are certainly not on par with the big thrills attractions in the parks. It’s still important however to make a personal judgement on whether your child will enjoy the attraction or not as every child is different.

Mild but wild touring plan

  1. Ensure that you are at Walt Disney Studios Park before 30 minutes before the park opens with ticket in hand.
  2. Once Walt Disney Studios opens go directly to Toon Studio and ride Crush’s Coaster.
  3. After riding Crush’s Coaster head for Disneyland Park
  4. Once in Disneyland Park head to Frontierland and go to Big Thunder Mountain
  5. If the line is less than 30 minutes long ride Big Thunder Mountain. If the line is longer obtain a Fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain
  6. Head over to Discoveryland and ride Star Tours
  7. If you got a Fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain return any time after the start of your hour return time, don’t worry if you missed your allocated time, you’ll still be allowed to use your Fastpass.

Big Thrills

If you think your children are okay to go on the big thrills attractions at Disneyland Resort Paris it becomes harder to tour due to these attractions being distributed between the two parks more than the mild but wild attractions. Here’s a list of big thrills attractions:

  • Space Mountain: Mission 2- Disneyland Park (intensity rating 8/10)
  • Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril- Disneyland park (intensity rating 7/10)
  • Rock ‘n’ RollerCoaster- Walt Disney Studios Park (intensity rating 9/10)
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror- Walt Disney Studios Park (intensity rating 8/10)

All of these attractions are high intensity and may scare young children. If you feel that your children will be okay to go on these attractions it’s still very important that you prepare them for the experience beforehand in order to ensure they know exactly what is going to happen during the course of the ride.

Big Thrills touring plan

  1. Get to Disneyland Park 30 minutes before park opening
  2. When the park opens head to Adventureland
  3. Ride Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
  4. Head over to Discoveryland
  5. If the line is under 20 minutes long ride Space Mountain: Mission 2. If the line is longer than 20 minutes obtain a Fastpass
  6. Head over to Walt Disney Studios Park
  7. Ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  8. Ride Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster if line is shorter than 30 minutes

As this isn’t peak season the need to use Fastpasses should be minimal for the mild but wild and big thrills attractions apart from Big Thunder Mountain which see’s large lines all year round. The two Studios attractions tend not to have large lines, especially not early in the morning, hence why I didn’t mention using Fastpasses. However if lines are long both attractions should have Fastpasses available until mid-afternoon.

No Thrills Adventure

Plenty of kids under the age of 11 find some of the more thrilling attractions at Disneyland Resort Paris a little bit too intense, thankfully the majority of attractions in both parks are aimed at those who aren’t really into thrills and prefer a tame attractions that’s both exciting and provides a great story. Because there’s so many attractions to see in both parks besides the thrill rides it’s really hard to say how to fit it all into one day, but here’s my ideas.

Fantasyland

Firstly most children and adults greatly enjoy Fantasyland, the area is the quintessential Disney land that contains many of its most famous attractions including the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle . There’s a number of attractions in this area designed for the young and the young at heart. This makes the attractions very popular and hence lines can get long even during the slower periods such as the time between January and March. For this reason it’s always a good idea to ensure you hit Fantasyland early, especially with young children who love the classic Disney characters as this is the most character-dense area in the whole resort. The attractions I suggest visiting in Fantasyland are:

  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Mad Hatters Tea Cups
  • It’s a Small World
  • The Voyages of Pinocchio

The main attractions to get done in the morning in Fantasyland are Peter Pan’s Flight and Dumbo the Flying Elephant. The main reason for this is that lines build up quickly due to the popularity of both attractions and Dumbo having very low capacity. Mad Hatters low capacity can also cause long lines, however this doesn’t seem to be as much of a problem as at Dumbo.

The other Fantasyland attractions are all worth a visit, especially with younger children. However, these are the attractions which need to be visited early on in the morning in order to ensure that you’re not going to be waiting in long-lines.

Adventureland

Adventureland offers lots for those who are looking for a no thrills day. On the plus side the attractions in Adventureland suitable for children generally don’t need to be visited in the morning as lines are low or non-existent, especially during the lower season when the discounts are available. Two of the attractions in the area are adventure play areas. Both Adventure Isle and La Cabane des Robinson are designed for children to have fun in an area designed for exploration. These attractions are not likely to get too busy during the low season so visit anytime during your visit.

The other attractions children will be able to go on with minimal scares is Pirates of the Caribbean. Whilst I did mention Pirates in the ‘mild but wild’ section it’s generally suitable for children of all ages though some may be scared by some of the special effects. Thankfully Pirates is a very efficient attraction when it comes to loading, meaning lines tend to be short during the low season. This allows some flexibility in your touring, especially if you’re trying to include the Fanstasyland attractions.

Discoveryland

Whilst two of the major attractions in Discoveryland are thrill rides (Space Mountain and Star Tours) there are some attractions for younger audiences or those who aren’t interested in the big thrill rides. Here’s the attractions I recommend in the area:

  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
  • Orbitron
  • Autopia

First things first Buzz Lightyear is very popular as the attraction appeals to people of all ages. For this reason I suggest making this your first stop of the day before heading to Fantasyland. If you’re staying in a Disney hotel then take advantage of Extra Magic Hours for this attraction as lines build up quickly when the park opens. Another thing to take into account is thar Orbitron is very similar to Dumbo but with a Sci-Fi theme. If your kids are interested in space go to this attraction rather than Dumbo, if your kids are obsessed with Dumbo go to Dumbo instead as there’s little value in doing both, especially when you’re time restricted.

Frontierland

Frontierland is dominated by Big Thunder Mountain, which isn’t really a suitable attraction for those who don’t like roller coasters or thrill rides. Phantom Manor is the only attraction in Frontierland I’d recommend as a part of a tour. The reason for this is one of the other attractions is an adventure play area which isn’t as good as what’s on offer in Adventureland and there’s one Wild West Show and a walk through attraction, both which receive mixed reviews and aren’t worth it when you’re constrained to one days touring.

Walt Disney Studios

There are a number of attractions in Walt Disney Studios suitable for those not interested in thrill rides. Here’s my choices for the best when you’re doing a one day tour:

  • Cars Race Rally
  • Motors, Action Stunt Show Spectacular
  • The Art of Disney Animation
  • Stitch Live
  • Flying Carpets over Agrabah

Cars Race Rally is pretty low capacity, although lines are not too bad, especially during the low season. Motors, Stunts Action has limited shows per day and this must be worked into a touring plan, which can be hard as times can vary. The Art of Disney Animation is good to visit any time of the day and isn’t essential. Children love Stitch and demand for this attraction can be high, though they shouldn’t be too bad from January to March. Flying Carpets is near enough exactly the same as Dumbo but with an Aladdin theme, so you may want to chose between the three similar attractions. There are other attractions suitable for the children which you can see at Disneyland Resort Paris’ official website, however when times an issue I don’t see them as important enough to visit.

The no thrills touring plan

This touring plan contains a mixture of the attractions I’ve mentioned above. This touring plan may have to be tweaked, especially depending on the time of the Stunt Show. This is a rough and ready idea of how to avoid crowds and if you can make any improvements please get in touch.

  1. Get to Disneyland park 30 minutes before the official opening
  2. When the park is open head down the arcade at the back of the shops on the right hand side of Main Street
  3. Ride Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
  4. Head over to Fantasyland
  5. Ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  6. Ride Peter Pan’s Flight
  7. Ride It’s a Small World
  8. Ride Mad Hatters Tea Party
  9. Ride Voyages of Pinocchio
  10. Head over to Adventureland
  11. Ride Pirates of the Caribbean
  12. Head to Frontierland
  13. Ride Phantom Manor
  14. Leave Disneyland Park and head for Walt Disney Studios
  15. Check the showtimes for Motors, Action Stunt Show, if the next show is within an 45 minutes wait in line
  16. After seeing the Stunt Show ride Cars Race Rally
  17. Experience Stitch Live
  18. Experience The Magic of Disney Animation
  19. Head back to Disneyland Park
  20. Experience Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
  21. Ride Autopia

There’s plenty more to do at both parks than mentioned in this touring plan, however I feel these are the most important attractions to experience if you’re not interested in thrill rides and only have one day at the park.

This is pretty much my guide for the different types of guest visiting the park using the Daily Mail offer for one day or two days. Whilst those staying for two days may not need to follow the plan it can be really useful for those only visiting for one day.

In my next blog post I’ll be looking at a combined touring plan for the experience, including all the major attractions to visit during this first-quarter of the year off-season.





New Tower of Terror tours at Disneyland Paris

25 11 2009

DLRP Today posted an article about new tours to take place at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Disneyland Resort Paris. It’s the first time this kind of tour will be offered at any Disney Park around the world and it’s one not to be missed if you’re in Disneyland Resort when it takes place.

The tour will be one hour long and will cover all aspects of the world famous attraction in detail, including a behind the scenes look at the advanced ride system and information on the various Twilight Zone references contained within the attraction.

The tour takes place on a Saturday morning before Walt Disney Studios opens to the public, places will be restricted as only 10 guests will be admitted per tour, which isn’t a bad thing as it means if you have a question you’ll be able to bring it up without any interruptions.

This is a must-do for all Tower of Terror fans, I’ll certainly be doing the tour myself during my next visit to Disneyland Resort Paris.

M. Owen

 





Disneyland Paris – Hotel Cheyenne or Hotel Santa Fe?

22 11 2009

It’s pretty simple to break up the Disneyland Paris hotels into four distinct categories, much like you can with the hotels at Walt Disney World. Firstly there’s the Value Resorts, Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne and Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe.  Then there’s the Moderate Resorts, Disney’s Newport Bay Club and Disney’s Sequoia Lodge. The most expensive options are the Deluxe Resorts, the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Hotel New York. Finally there’s Davy Crockett Ranch, which can be put into its own category due to the activities it offers.

Disney's Hotel Santa Fe

Although Disney doesn’t place the hotels into categories like this officially it is an easy way to work out the quality of the hotels on-property and compare them to those hotels you may be used to at Walt Disney World. During my last two trips to Disneyland Resort Paris I’ve stayed in the two Value Resorts, Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne (February ’08) and Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe (August 09) and I thought it would be a good idea to compare both in order to help readers decide which hotel is the best option when on a budget.

Price

I’ll start off by talking about price, simply because it’s the easiest to discuss. There’s really no difference between the price of both hotels, many times when I’ve been planning a trip the prices have been identical. Every now and again prices at Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe may be a little cheaper than the Cheyenne but this is only by £10-£20 per person which when compared to the price of a two or three night stay is minimal, although it is something to take into consideration if you do see price differentials when booking.

Rooms

The rooms at both hotels are very similar, both sleep four people, have an en-suite bathroom, television and a fan in the centre of the room for those hotter days and nights. The main difference comes with the types of beds. Rooms in the Hotel Santa Fe have two double beds whereas the Cheyenne has a double bed and bunk bed that sleeps two. If you’re travelling as a party with two adults and one child either may be fine, in fact the Hotel Cheyenne may be easier as the kids wont have to share, however, if there’s two couples sharing a room or people who may not be able to climb to the top bunk the better option may be the Santa Fe.

Another think to take  note of is that the Cheyenne has two-story buildings only, whereas the Santa Fe has some three and four story buildings. The four story buildings do have elevators but it’s always a good idea to consider that the elevators may be out of order at some point during your stay. Of course this shouldn’t be a problem as you can always request a ground-floor room if there is someone in your party who may not be able to walk up multiple flights of stairs. On the same subject many of the two-story buildings don’t have elevators, so I’d always suggest requesting a ground floor room if there is any trouble with members of your party going up stairs.

Proximity to the parks

This is one of the big aspects in the decision making process for me. Both parks are a fair distance from the parks. Walking from the gates of Disneyland Park up to the lobby of the Hotel Cheyenne will most likely take you around 15 minutes minimum if walking at a fast pace. The Santa Fe on the other hand may take 10 to 15 minutes longer to walk to the lobby from Disneyland Park. Whilst both hotels seem to be very close to each other when stood along the ‘Rio Grande’ the far end of the Hotel Santa Fe is pretty far from the river that separates the two resorts, meaning it can be a long walk to your room at the Santa Fe, especially when carrying bags when checking-in.

Both parks do however offer shuttle services, although you will have to wait for a shuttle and may be behind a considerable line at peak times, although I never witnessed large lines at either of the hotels shuttle stops. My use of the shuttle service is a good way to illustrate my point about the proximity to the park, during my stay at the Cheyenne I used the shuttle services once, whereas during my stay at the Hotel Santa Fe I’d use the shuttle service near enough every time I went to or came from the parks, which isn’t too nice on a hot and crowded day.

Disney's Hotel Cheyenne

Service

I had two different experiences checking in at the Value Resorts. The check-in at the Hotel Cheyenne was quick and simple. It was around 25 minutes from walking into the hotel lobby to dropping my bags off in my room and heading out to the parks. The Hotel Santa Fe took a lot longer. There was snaked lines at check-in which took around 15 minutes to get through and the whole process seemed to take a lot longer. Add onto this the longer walk to the room and it took me a lot longer to get from check-in to the parks.

As you’d expect both hotels met the expected level of service that Disney has long provided at all of its resorts. Staff were friendly and always willing to help with anything we needed. This isn’t something you’re going to have to worry about when choosing between the two hotels as both offer exceptional levels of customer service. That’s the ‘Disney difference’ as they say.

Amenities

Both offer very similar amenities to each other. Both come with complimentary (though basic) continental breakfast. Both have counter-service food available as well as a dinner and lunch buffet that takes place at set times. Both have fully-stocked bars.

There’s a gift-shop at both hotels so you can chose from a limited selection of products that you may have seen during your visit to the two parks or the Disney Village. Disney Hotel Santa Fe does can boast having an arcade whilst the Cheyenne can’t. However, the Hotel Cheyenne does have a playground as well as pony rides. This may mean that the Cheyenne is more suited to younger children whilst older children may find more to do at the Santa Fe. Let’s not forget though that there’s two of the worlds best theme parks on your doorstep, why would you kids want to spend time in the arcade or playground?

Theme

It wouldn’t be a theme park blog if I didn’t discuss theme. For me the Hotel Cheyenne wins this hands down. All of the buildings at the Cheyenne have highly themed exteriors, even if they are a little lacing inside. All buildings look like realistic Western buildings and some, dare I say it, wouldn’t look out of place in Frontierland. If either one of these hotels is going to capture the imagination of your kids, it’s the Cheyenne.

The Santa Fe does have a theme, though you wouldn’t really be able to guess. All the buildings look very bland externally and the whole place just looks a tad run down (of course they’re not, but it’s just the way the place looks). It’s worth noting this shouldn’t be too much of an issue, as the hotels are near enough identical inside, but it’s worth noting that the Santa Fe isn’t much to look at, especially in comparison to it’s theme rich counterpart over the river.

Conclusion

Where would I stay? Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne. The location is a lot better than the Santa Fe and the whole place is more visually appealing. That’s not to say that the Santa Fe is a bad hotel, in fact I really enjoyed my stay there. It’s just that I think the Hotel Cheyenne offers a little more and with little to no difference between the price of the two hotels I’d much prefer to stay in the Hotel Cheyenne.

If you agree or disagree with me feel free to mention it in the comments section.

M. Owen





Disneyland Paris discount – Daily Mail

18 11 2009

The Daily Mail will be offering a Disneyland Paris promotion this week, readers of the paper will be able to get a one-day visit for a whole family from just £70.

The deal is valid from January 5th until March 25th 2010, with travel provided by P&O Ferries. More information on the deal will be available in the Daily Mail on Saturday November 11th.

It’s likely this won’t be the only offer available, Disneyland Resort Paris hotel bookings are down in the dumps as of recent and that doesn’t look likely to pick up during the first quarter of 2010. This should mean offers will be available on 1-3 nights resort stays, which is ample time to ensure you can see all you’d need to at Disneyland Resort Paris.

I’ll be posting information on the offer this Saturday, so keep checking back for more information.

Source: Mail Online

M. Owen





Walt Disney Studios to have Extra Magic Hours

11 11 2009

Recently I wrote a blog on how to handle Extra Magic Hours at Disneyland Park in Paris. After writing this I found out that its next door neighbour, Walt Disney Studios Park, will also run Extra Magic Hours over the holiday season. This got me thinking about what the best strategy is for handling EMH at Walt Disney Studios.

My main tip for Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney Studios is to get there as soon as the park opens to resort guests. I mentioned that at Disneyland Park guests wouldn’t have to worry about getting there at the start of Extra Magic Hours as you can still work your way around the major Discoveryland attractions if you turn up half an hour or even an hour after Extra Magic Hours begin. However at Walt Disney Studios this isn’t likely to be an option, due to everyone heading to Crush Coaster to avoid the huge lines when the park opens to the general public.

On my last visit to Disneyland Resort Paris in August of this year I got to Walt Disney Studios 20 minutes after the park had opened (with no EMH) even then the line for Crush Coaster was 2 hours long. This line won’t get shorter throughout the day and there’s no Fastpass so this is an attraction you must try and ride during Extra Magic Hours. Not only must your ride it during EMH it has to be your first stop, people will be running to the attraction but avoid it, just keep a fast walking pace from ropedrop and you shouldn’t be looking at too big a line when you get to the attraction.

After Crush Coaster you may want to go ride Magic Carpets if you have small children. This is another attraction that hosts long lines from opening so if you’ve got children getting in a ride on this attraction early may be your best bet to beat the long lines. If you don’t have young children then you’re options are pretty open. I’d recommend heading to Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster and grabbing a Fastpass (if they’re available) before heading over to the Tower of Terror. Why do it this way? Well, Tower of Terror is a very high capacity attraction, with the smaller crowds during EMH the line shouldn’t get too long meaning it’s a good idea to grab a Fastpass for RnRC, which usually see’s longer lines that Tower of Terror.

This is just a rough guide, as of yet we don’t know what attractions will be open during Extra Magic Hours at the Studios obviously the more attractions the better as crowds will then be spread over a higher number of attractions. The main thing about EMH at Walt Disney Studios has to be Crush Coaster, so don’t forget to hit it up as soon as you can to avoid long waits.

M. Owen





Clever attraction feature at Walt Disney Studios

21 08 2009

Being a theme park geek I pick up on a lot of things in attractions. Not just the elaborate theme’s that are standard in Disney Parks but also the things that are there for other reasons, for example to help Cast Members get their job done. This blog is based around one of those features at the Armageddon Effects Spectacular at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Resort Paris.

After waiting outside of the attraction whilst the group before you finish their pre-show the doors open to the Studio for you to enter and have the same experience. After entering through the doors find your position in the pre-show room then turn around and look back at the doors, specifically above them. There you’ll see a small electronic billboard with scrolling text (in French) and as with everything in Disney’s attractions there’s a good reason why it’s there.

Continue looking at the sign throughout the pre-show. You’ll soon see why it’s there. The text on the sign changes in correspondence with sections of the pre-show. As this pre-show is a particularly elaborate one, with a number of effects in the room itself as well as video footage it’s important that the Cast Member ensures his spiel doesn’t over-run the time so he either gets interrupted by the automated parts of the pre-show or interrupts the pre-show features himself.

It’s fairly simple really, but highly effective. Each time the Cast Member needs to do a certain section of the pre-show a small phrase appears to remind him of the spiel he needs to do and there’s a timer on the side so they can know exactly how long the speil should take. This ensures everything runs like clockwork, as it should at all Disney attractions around the world.

So next time your in Walt Disney Studios go over to the Armageddon attraction and see for yourself some simple, yet very clever, imagineering in action.

M. Owen





DLRP’s Third Gate?

3 08 2009

There’s been a lot of speculation over a potential third theme park at Disneyland Resort Paris but nothing has yet to be set in stone. In this blog I’ll have a look into some potential ideas for a park to accompany Disneyland Parc and Walt Disney Studios in Marne-le-Vallee.

The first concept I want to look at is one that’s been thrown around a lot with members of the Disney fan community, the idea of an EPCOT-style park in Disneyland Resort Paris.

For the sake of ease I’ll call the idea EUROCOT. For me this type of park would be great in Paris. Firstly, EPCOT over at Walt Disney World is a big park, with lots of attractions to keep all ages entertained. It also has an education slant which helps bring on-side some people who are critical of theme parks as a whole. A EUROCOT park would also allow the Imagineer’s to come up with some new countries that weren’t featured in the original World Showcase at EPCOT. Taking this idea a little further a EUROCOT park could also make the World Showcase a little more attractions-orientated instead of just a number of exhibits and some a small number of attractions as you see over at EPCOT.

There are of course two major problems with a EUROCOT park. First of all the capital investment into a park a similar size to EPCOT would be huge and with the state of the economy at the moment I would be surprised if Euro Disney S.C.A would really be willing to splash that much cash on one park, especially when there’s improvements still to be made over at Walt Disney Studios Park. Second of all is the great problem over at WDW Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom and Future World are very similar and the same thing could well happen with Discoveryland over at Disneyland Parc. The two solutions? One, change the name of the area at EUROCOT, maybe to something along the lines of ‘The world of innovation’ or ‘Knowledge Central’ after all most of the attractions in Future World aren’t based around the future, so the names not really worth keeping anyway. The second option would be to scrap Future World at EUROCOT and focus on a World Showcase based park. This would allow imagineer’s to develop new lands that weren’t at WDW and make some top quality attractions for an area lacking them over in Florida.

Overall I rate the EUROCOT idea 7/10.

My second idea is also influenced by a park over in Florida, this time it’s Animal Kingdom. During his eventful life Walt Disney spent a lot of time in Europe, in fact he loved it. That was one of the main reasons a resort was opened up in Paris. Walt was a lover of Europe’s nature and wildlife so why not celebrate this with a European version of Animal Kingdom, themed exclusively to Europe?

Firstly, this kind of theme is proven to work. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is themed around the animals of Europe and it’s become one of the best-loved theme parks in the United States, picking up various awards including Theme Park Insider’s ‘Best Park in America’ award. Imagine, a park with a similar theme but with a Disney budget. The possibilities are endless. This also gives Disney the chance to experiment with more thrilling attractions, as can be seen over in Busch Gardens. Disney has long been known for only offering wild but mild thrills, especially when it comes to roller coasters. If Euro Disney S.C.A were willing to put a decent budget into a park like this I believe the imagineer’s could come up with something truly thrilling and brilliantly themed.

The downside? Whilst I’m more than happy to compare a potential animal themed park to Busch Gardens I’ve failed to mention Disney’s own verson- Animal Kingdom. The park over at Walt Disney World just simply isn’t up to scratch. It only offers a small number of E-Tickets set amoung a large amount of slightly themed carnival rides. Animal Kingdom, in my opinion, only has one true Disney classic attraction and that’s Expedition Everest. Simply put, I’m not sure if Disney ‘do’ animal themed parks well and it’s a big gamble for DLRP’s holding company if the imagineer’s can’t come up with the goods.

Overall I rate the Animal Kingdom idea 5/10

My final idea is one which hasn’t really been mentioned and one I think would fit into Disneyland Resort Paris perfectly. A version of DisneySea from Tokyo Disneyland Resort. DisneySea, by far and away, is the best looking Disney parks. Some of the area’s are simply beautiful to look at, it’s a real look into what the imagineer’s can do with a big budget at their disposal.

The one thing that makes me think a DisneySea park would fit into Disneyland Resort Paris is in the name itself. Sea. DisneySea has lots of water and a number of water-based attractions. Disneyland Resort Paris has no major water-based attractions and Splash Mountain looks a long way off for Disneyland Parc. Another great feature is the park doesn’t have to be exactly the same as in Tokyo, themed lands could change as long as you stick to the main theme. it offers so many opportunities for so many different attractions and if done right could be a showcase for what Disney can do. as the original DisneySea was when it opened in Tokyo.

The main downside to this is of course the cost. DisneySea is the most expensive Disney Park ever made, coming in at a total cost of around $4 billion. Euro Disney S.C.A simply don’t have that kind of money to throw around and with the expansion of Disney’s California Adventure going on neither do the Walt Disney Company either. Simply put the idea has so many possibilities yet it’s crucial flaw is that it’s impossiblele.

I rate the DisneySea idea 7/10

Overall I’d say don’t hold your breath for a new park over in Paris just yet. Walt Disney Studios Park still needs a lot of work and with plans for the 20th anniversary already in place it’s not likely we’ll even see concepts until after then. Hopefully if we do see a third gate at Paris it will be well planned and will have a good budget to ensure the park opens with Disney quality features, rather than them needing to be added later on as we’ve seen at DCA, Animal Kingdom and WDSP.

If you have any idea’s of your own feel free to get in-touch.

M. Owen