Now that it’s been a week or so since I got back from Disneyland Paris, I thought I’d tell you about what we thought of the place. I’ve now been to Disneyland Paris four times in my almost 30 years (ages 6,12,16 and 29) and it was Topher’s first time.
Here are my observations:
- The castle is definitely the prettiest out of the three Disney’s I’ve been to so far. Sorry not sorry. I also like that it’s on a hill.
- It’s more of a go with the flow park than it’s American counterparts. Rides don’t always work, fast pass machines don’t always work and the weather can change at any minute (though the same can be said for WDW). I didn’t make a concrete plan like I usually do and I’m so glad I didn’t as it was screwed from the minute Topher got sick.
- Staying on property is so worth it. I’ve never stayed on property at any Disney park before as I never saw the point. I still don’t see the point for WDW. The magic hours were great but the best thing about being onsite was being able to hop on a bus and be back at the hotel within 5 minutes. Ideal as it allowed us to tackle the parks in short bursts due to the cold and also Topher being unwell. WDW is just too big to be able to nip back to the hotel unless you’re in one of the super expensive ones close by to the Magic Kingdom.
- The food is definitely not as good as the American parks. If you’re a foodie, prepare yourself. But it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. As we were on the standard meal plan we had to go to the buffet restaurants which I was dreaded. But I was pleasantly surprised. There was a lot of different foods on offer and there was a lot of healthier stuff too. My favourite was the Agrabah Café as I love me some Mediterranean food. A definite thumbs up for the buffets. And they had roasted chestnuts, hot wine and macarons in the Disney Village. Score!
- I loved the arcades down the side of main street. A nice touch.
- Language barrier wasn’t that much of an issue. We got by with the usual pleases and thank you’s as I had forgotten the majority of my high school French.
- Though there’s still a lot of things around to fix, there’s a lot of money being pumped into the resort now so if you go in the future it will be even better.
- We stayed at Hotel Cheyenne which was a wild west theme. The theming was definitely on point! We loved it. The only downside was that our bed in the hotel room was so hard! Luckily there is a sofa bed that pulls out to make two twin beds which are so much softer and comfortable. So if there’s only two of you and you don’t like hard beds, use those.
I also asked Topher what his observations were:
- The cast members coats were awesome. No joke – the moment he saw these coats he couldn’t stop talking about them. If you’re a Dungeons & Dragons/LOTR type of nerd then it’s pretty safe to say that you would love these coats too. I’m sorry but I didn’t take any photos of them. They were forest green, had hoods and kind looked like something an elf would wear.
- It felt similar to California in size – mainly because you could walk from park to park.
- He liked that it had different things so you didn’t have to compare everything to the other resorts. For example, Tomorrowland in WDW and California has a space theme while Discoveryland in Paris is space with a steampunk twist.
- Merchandise was pretty standard across the resort. I noticed this as well. Once you had been in a few shops, it was pretty much the same everywhere. I don’t really know if this is the case with the other resorts as I’ve never really paid much attention to merch until this trip. I guess I’m just mentally preparing for Tokyo Disney as I hear their merchandise is amazing.
- Thunder Mountain was the best one out of the three we’ve been on so far. Space Mountain here is my favourite while Topher still prefers Florida’s.
- It didn’t feel as touristy as WDW but not in a good way. Since there’s a train station right there in the resort, anyone can just pop in so it lost a little bit of the “Disney bubble” that WDW has. This was mainly felt in the Village but also a little bit in the parks. Not a major thing, just something Topher noticed.
- And finally he said that he liked the west side of Disneyland Park. He liked how Adventureland and Frontierland blended nicely.
In conclusion we had a great time and would definitely go back. Just maybe not in February. Damn that was cold! I can’t wait to see all the new stuff that’s being added so I can see us heading back within the next decade once we’re done visiting the other parks. It’s nice to have a Disney that’s so close.