We were very lucky to visit Disneyland Paris during the last week of its seasonal show "Tarzan" . It was excellent, the people playing the apes must have been acrobats and gymnasts who put on a wonderful show including ropes and parallel bars and a trampoline. Then there was the story of Tarzan and Jane, who again must be gymnasts.
It is a shame it was only seasonal, maybe they will put it on again next summer too. If they do I recommend you go!
This parade is more to do with films and film making, not so many dancers as in the Main Street Parade, but it is still good.
The parade route is from the Back Lot next to the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster through the Front Lot finishing next to The Flying Carpets in Animation Courtyard. Again get your space 15 minutes before the start of the show.
The Parades in both Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios are great, lots of dancers and floats. Freya just got SO excited clapping, singing and waving away as they passed. The Main Street Parade follows a route from "Its A Small World" in Fantasyland all along Main Street USA. Get your place at least 15 minutes before start time!
Make sure you check out the times of the parades, so you dont miss them. Alternatively if you dont wish to see them this is a grea time to get on the most popular rides.
Favorite thing: I strongly recommend seeing one of the shows in Disneyland. There are a couple of different shows every day. When you are here for more than one day, it's really a must. The shows are so much fun, and so well though out. Great entertainment.
Favorite thing: Disneyland is packed with Disney characters. They usually gather at the main street. But you’ll see them all over the park. I once saw Pluto in Discovery Land wearing a space suit. Isn’t this really what Disneyland is all about?
Favorite thing: Okay, you have left Disneyland and you are at the exit with tears in your eyes. But wait, the fun isn’t over yet. There still is Disney Village. For me the main reason for a visit is the huge Disney Store. Got any money left? You can spend it here on all kinds of merchandise. There are also loads of restaurants here like Planet Hollywood.
Favorite thing: Disneyland is always great. But it doesn’t get really exciting until Christmas. The entire park is decorated and there’s a huge Christmas tree on Main Street. The Main Street Parade is also entirely dedicated to Christmas. Even Santa Clause himself joins the parade for this special occasion.
Favorite thing: Fantasy Land is THE part of the park which is best suited for kids. Take a ride on the teacups, fly along with Dombo or take a look at the voyages of Pinocchio. And there is lots more to see and do here.
Favorite thing: Main Street, the name alone speaks for itself. It is the main street in the park. There are many restaurants on both sides and a lot of great shops. You may also like to take a ride in one of the trams or horse carriages. In the afternoon there’s a huge parade through the street.
Favorite thing: This is the first area you will enter when you come to Disneyland. It's a tradition in all Disneylands apparently to have this typical American smalltown high street. It's your first test: Will get through it without buying anything? We did it. It's also the place where the parades are held. In the end of Main Street you will get to the castle which is already a part of Fantasyland. In front of it you can find a sign which will show you all the waiting times of the park. You then should decide where to start exploring the different areas...
Favorite thing: The 'science fiction' part of Disneyland. Here you find the most exciting rollercoaster 'Space Mountain', the impressive 3D cinema of 'Honey I shrunk the audience' along with many rockets and visions. And you can meet Buzz Lightyear here, too....
Favorite thing: This is the most creative part of Disneyland I guess. It's inspired by children stories like Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. It's wonderful to see all the cute houses here - including the castle of Disneyland (Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant) of course! Small kids will love this part I guess, they can fly on Dumbo's backs, circle in cups or sing along to the puppets of 'It's a small world'.
Favorite thing: This is the land of pirates and legends. The main attractions here are 'Pirates of the Caribbean' - a boatride through Pirate fights and the backwards rollercoaster 'Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril'. There's also various shipwrecks and exciting bridges here.
Favorite thing: Disney built an authentic town from the time of the gold rush here, it's called Thunder Mesa. The main attraction here is the rollercoaster 'Big Thunder Mountain' around the island of Thunder Mesa and the Haunted House 'Phantom Manor' as well as a riverboat ride on the lake.
Disneyland Paris was opened in 1992. Back then it was still called Eurodisney but Disney changed it a few years later to Disneyland Paris - in order get rid of the image it got when it was experiencing financial problems.
It is located in Marne-la-Vallée, a town 32 kms east of Paris. You can get there easily by RER train from Paris or by car from the A4.
Disneyland is not only the park but also hotels, a Disney Village full of restaurants and hotels and a golf course that belong to the theme park. I have not been there so I am not telling you anything about those places - only about the park. I've been there on New Year's day 2002 (a freezing and grey day - ideal for Disneyland because it keeps the queues short!). I thought a day is not enough to every intesting bit of Disneyland but it was. We went on all the exciting rides and saw the whole park and we don't think we have missed anything. Well, the afternoon christmas parade maybe but that's it I think.... We used the time when the parade was on for getting a table in a restaurant and avoiding a queue for one attraction!
I was amazed that food and drink are not too expensive inside the park. I had read a lot of horror stories before but it wasn't that bad. OK the food wasn't great - but at least it was reasonable priced. And cheaper than in Paris....
The day pass for Disneyland costs 36 Euro in High Season (I went on New Years day 2002). I think it's worth it - the park is designed with so much love for details. It also very well organised, the queues are avoidable (read my CULTURAL tips to find out how!) - and if you have to queue it's mostly inside because Disney built lovely houses just for the people waiting. I was really impressed with all that and I think it's worth every cent spent. It's not about fast and heartstopping rides - it's about atmosphere!