Alice's Curious Labyrinth is a maze attraction in the Fantasyland world of Disneyland Paris. Being a labyrinth, there are never any queues so it's a handy one to visit while you're waiting for your Fastpass time slot. For us, it's also a special location - having a huge Cheshire Cat as one of the characters. In addition, if seen from above, the maze itself is in the shape of the Cheshire Cat.
The objective is to get to the castle of the Queen of Hears, and you will encounter many of the characters from the 1951 Disney film: the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar smoking its pipe, the card soldiers painting the roses, the Dodo and others from the Caucus Race - and, finally, the Queen of Hearts.
Once you exit, there is the March Hare Refreshments stall where you can get drinks and snacks in a setting which recreates the tea party from the book/movie.
In the Fantasyland zone
The attraction is an outdoor boat ride through a winding canal past some of the classic Dieny cartoon scenes to music from the same cartoons. In Disneyland (and to those of us more familiar with English than French), the attraction known as Storybook Land.
Here's what you see:
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: the mine
- Hansel and Gretel: gingerbread house
- The Little Mermaid: Eric's castle
- Fantasia: the Greek temple and Night on Bald Mountain scene
- Peter and the Wolf: landscapes
- Pinocchio: wood shop and the village
- Rapunzel: the High Tower 's high tower with a braid coming out of it.
- Aladdin: the Cave of Wonders
- Beauty and the Beast: Belle's village and the castle
- Return to Oz: the Emerald City
In the Fantasyland zone, nearby the Storybook Land
Casey Jr. Circus Train is one of the few attractions that are, I think, unique to Disneyland Paris. You board one of the carriages and the train goes past the miniature versions of scenes of Disney's best known cartoons - these are the same scenes that you would see from the Storybook Land boats, but with the Casey Jr. Circus Train you get more of a bird's eye view
For those with small kids (say, under 3 feet in height) this is probably the only roller-coaster they would be able to ride because of the height restrictions.
In the Adentureland zone
The Swiss Family Robinson is a walk-through attraction based on the Disney movie Swiss Family Robinson. The attraction is built around a giant tree with a treehouse built to resemble movie sets. As you walk through, you can see some of the movie clips.
As with 'Enchanted Passage of Aladdin' this is more of a time-filler for adults and older kids, though the young ones predictably love it.
In Fantasyland zone
Ok, this is one of those places adults withouy kids in tow usually don't go to because it just... does look childish. The attraction essentially consists of fast-moving tea cups that you, the riders, have to spin as well by moving the wheel inside.
You can still have fun though - in summer, when the park is closing, you don't even have to queue. Just walk up and try to spin as fast as you can - tons of laughter guaranteed, and the setting is so much better: in the dark with lit Chinese lamps above you.
Not surprised that it's mostly adults on the ride at that time!
In Adventureland zone
The Enchanted Passage of Aladdin is a walk-through attraction featuring some of the scenes from the first Disney Aladdin cartoon in miniature, along with some Oriental-style decor.
While it will most probably not excite the adults out of their senses, the place offers a nice respite from the crowds and can more than fill in time you have between your last ride and that FastPass that you have. Oh, and kids of any ages are admitted of course, so good if you have some very young ones in tow
There is a huge "Auchan" supermarket, a shopping mall , a food court and an outlet village at only 2 miles from Disneyland, in Val d'Europe, which is a new town, built in Parisian style.
If you happen to need a break from all the Mickey stuff, this is the place to go!
The outlet center is the same concept as the Premium Outlet in Orlando Florida. They have the same brands also, such as Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger etc.
Two other places I thought deserved a mention in the Marne-la-Vallée area are...................
*La Vallée Village*, which is a huge shopping centre only about 10 minutes from Disneyland Paris. Check out their web site.
* The Paris Sea Life Centre* only opened this year, again check out their web site for more info.