Apart from being the only Disney theme park on the European continent since 1992, Disneyland Paris is one of Europe's top attractions, drawing in tourists of all ages from all corners of the globe. Adventureland, Main Street U.S.A., Fantasyland, Frontierland, Marvel Avengers' Campus, and Toon Studio, are just some of the zones inspired by the American wonderland.
However, the French park is unmistakably distinct from its Disney counterparts globally. Read on to learn interesting facts that make Disneyland Paris, Disneyland Paris.
Your favorite characters need to be able to quickly cross from one country to another, and if there were plenty of people in the way, they'd never make it. These systems of tunnels allow actors, and sometimes a number of important and heavy pieces of machinery to be transported to maintain an undisturbed magical experience above ground.
If you look closely enough, you may see Mickeys disguised in the buildings’ designs or even in something as minute as the rust spots on a treasure box. You might not first recognize them as such but it's a mystery how many there are.
An absolute jewel of Main Street, this vintage phone booth is a rare sight indeed. You can find it at the infamous Market House Deli, and picking it up will let you listen to a humorous cycle of "genuine" chatty phone conversations. Be sure to tune in to the whole, hilarious loop to learn all about the behind-the-scenes magic.
Jeff Burke, Tom Morris, Tim Delaney, Eddie Sotto, and Chris Tietz are just a few of the names you'll notice on a poster in the Main Street dentist's window. Except those names aren't chosen at random. They are responsible for developing the areas known today as Discoveryland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Main Street, USA, and Adventureland.
Disneyland Paris castles are more complex and dreamlike than others because castles were already an integral part of European history. The Sleeping Beauty Castle took inspiration from Mont Saint-Michel, a true architectural marvel. There are 24-karat gold leaves on the towers of the castle and on the roofs of the buildings in Small World.
The English stained-glass craftsman Paul Chapman was in his eighties when he oversaw the building of the windows for Princess Aurora's Castle. He had worked previously on the renovation of Notre Dame. If you're around the area, make sure to visit Snow White's beds. Unlike the empty beds in the movie, you can find beds loaded with treats.
The idea and construction of Disneyland Paris owe a great deal to the contributions of several of Main Street’s "tenants." On one of the storefront windows, Walt Disney along with his brother Roy is named as "Founders and Partners," while on another, Walt's longtime friend Martin Sklar is identified as the newspaper's editor.
Forced perspective is used on Main Street to give the impression of a bigger area. The castle is just a few metres away, yet it seems far away when you approach the park. This is because, as you go south on Main Roadway, the street itself widens due to the building facades. On the other way, the park's exit seems closer as you go down the road.
The various animals that wander free at Disneyland Paris are managed by the "Wildlife" department. Once an employee uncovered a fox that had taken up residence within the Peter Pan ride. Disneyland Paris is also home to a large number of stray cats. For their part, people provide food and care for cats in shelters by bringing in new litter.
One of the palace guards will change to pink while the other will turn blue if you snap a photo of them with a flash. Similarly, the raven statue's eyes will become red if you photograph it with a flash. And when you look at photographs of Disneyland Paris' castle, do you ever wonder how they manage to make it appear so good? That's due to how precisely it was constructed.
At Disneyland Paris' Frontierland's Haunted Manor attraction, one of the massive graves really beats with the visitors' hearts. Find a big grave that seems to be made of marble in the cemetery just outside of Phantom Manor's front door. Its pulse should be audible if you put your ear close to it. It's one of the best-kept secrets in all of Disneyland Paris while being one of the creepiest.
Disneyland Paris, although now a symbol of the French city, was not planned to be built there. In the beginning, Disney was looking for a European site with temperatures more like those found in Florida and California. However, Paris was chosen as the host city because it's just a 2 hour flight from Central Europe.
Some of the most fascinating fun facts about Disneyland Paris are that the original location of the theme park was not supposed to be in the French Capital, one can hear beating hearts in the cemetery in Disneyland Paris and one can even find wild animals running free occasionally inside the park.
Disneyland Paris came into being on the 12th of April, in the year 1992. 2022 marked the 30th anniversary of the theme park.
Disneyland Paris spans an area of 22.3 km².
A. Visitors to Disneyland Paris will be treated to a wide variety of exciting and picturesque attractions. Experience the summer of your fantasies to the fullest at Disneyland Paris's two theme parks: Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland Park. Walt Disney Studios feature attractions like Toon Studio, Production Courtyard, and more, whereas Disneyland Park has the infamous Adventureland, Fantasyland, and more.
Absolutely! Every member of the family or group of friends can expect to have a fantastic and exciting day at Disneyland.