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    Disney figures walking around parade
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    Main Street part I

    by a5floor Written Sep 20, 2009
    Main Street
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    At the very beginning of the Disneyparc you will find Main Street. Up here you will find some restaurants and shops. There are lovely shops where you can spend your money. Buy a stuffed animal of Mickey & his friends, mugs, neckless...

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    Meet the characters @ Disneyland Paris

    by maria_ Written May 17, 2008
    Minnie at Disneyland - Halloween 2007

    All over the park during the day, there are a number of characters taking part in 'Meet 'n Greet' events. Apart from the parades, the ones you can see are:

    - Mickey & Minnie Mouse
    - Winnie the Pooh
    - Tigger

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    Ever heard of "Cyberspace" Mountain?

    by Martinewezel Updated Jun 29, 2007

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    Disney Studios, Paris
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    Edit 29 Juin 2007: sadly enough this attraction closed down early this year because of operational problems.
    The show building where it was located will be changed to make room for a new ride with the Disney character "Stitch".
    However, for those who are curious about this former ride, I kept this tip:

    Make your own thrill ride on the computer, do an on-screen test and then...step into the simulator, fasten your seat belt and try out your self made ride!
    There are different degrees of thrills. Add some loopings to make it more exciting!

    There are more interesting free games in this hall...

    Located at the end of the Walt Disney Television Studios in the Studios Park.
    You'll first need to visit the first item and to follow the guided tour, unless they are recording a show for the French Disney Chanel.

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    Crush's Coaster

    by Martinewezel Written Jun 29, 2007

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    WaLt Disney Studios

    The Crush's Coaster opened early June 2007. It's based on the movie “Finding Nemo”.
    Better start your visit here immediately when the park opens, while queues of 90 minutes are no exception.
    No train, but separate carts with rotating seats in the direction of the flow and seats with rear view.
    For parents with little children: many kids come out crying...it seems to be scary for them.

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    Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

    by Martinewezel Written Jun 27, 2007

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    Disneyland Paris

    Name: Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast - "Buzz l'éclair, bataille laser :-)"

    A ride in a vividly coloured space decor. The passengers need to shoot an army of malignant robots with a "double laser" gun. The rotating space ships have a special software to show your shooting score at the end of the ride.
    Especially nice for kids, but also fun for grown-ups!

    This ride is one of the "onmimover" type, which means that the ships are attached as a railway,and make a circle, like in the "Phantom Manor" haunted house ride, so it's a ride with moderated queues.

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    When it gets cold go inside

    by scottishvisitor Updated May 16, 2007

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    On our first visit to the park the weather was grey and cold so we sought shelter inside. The live show at Animagique in the black-light theatre was very funny and featured Donald Duck who let lots of Disney friends escape from the archives. Ha ha I didn't know Donald was bilingual - he was so funny as he switched languages with ease this show lasted about twenty minutes. It was still cold so we then opted for the Art of Disney Animation. There are two theatres here one where you just watch some clips from Disney classics, the other explains all about animation techniques. You can either listen to the presentor who speaks in French or listen through headphones in your own language. This show also last about twenty minutes but here there is more. After the presentation you are led into a hands on activity centre, Kyle loved the interactive computers and we had more time to escape the cold enjoying the educational experience.

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    Visit the City Hall

    by scottishvisitor Updated May 15, 2007

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    A fine old building built in !879 I had to laugh at the date = Disney is celebrating her 15th. Birthday so that can't be right!! The City Hall is not just for show but has an important purpose here on Main Street - it is the tourist office or more politically correct Guest Services. A 'real' place in Disney where you can pick up brochures, park maps and more importantly book some special treats, we did go in on our first day here to book the Character Lunch for a special and secret treat for the children. I still think it looks exactly like I would expect a City Hall to look!

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    Take in a Live Show

    by scottishvisitor Updated May 15, 2007

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    We went to see the musical stage version of the Legend of the Lion King. Please be aware you have to book free tickets in advance from the Booth in Discovery Land you can't just turn up - well you can but you'll miss the show! Again there was a long queue to book tickets but the show was magical. Doors open 15 minutes before show time but not a boring wait, we had fun watching the audience as the camera's panned in on unsuspecting visitors. The show last around one hour and follows the story very well through dance and songs. I only took one picture at the end of the show - I was too busy singing along and enjoying myself - no complaints here from any in the party plus a good rest from all the walking! I nearly forgot to tell you the Theatre is called Videopolis by that name you probably wouldn't have guessed

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    Thrills and Spills for Bigger Kids

    by scottishvisitor Updated May 15, 2007

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    The Roller Coaster all have height restrictions and a little red triangle warning of health dangers, I qualified on both counts but prefer to stay sane. Kyle couldn't go on the Indianna Jones Temple of Peril but did size up for the Rocking Roller which was a surprise judging by speed and loops on this ride - he vows, like me, never again. The Big Thunder Mountain was a great success, I thought its location was one of the pretties places in the park, Kyle played happily with some small stones and an empty bottle, while we waited for the rest of the gang to appear from their white knuckle rides which they all assured me was 'pure dead brilliant' I'll just have to take their word on this!

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    Rides mostly for little ones and me

    by scottishvisitor Updated May 15, 2007

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    To keep the kids happy and me as well we chose the non white knuckle rides. While on most of the rides it is near impossible to take pictures, the Pirates of the Caribbean is too dark and a bit fast moving but a great experience with all the fighting pirates. I thought I'd be in luck with Snow White's journey through the dark forest so my camera was at the ready. We had fast tracked this ride because the queues had been long all day - I do think Disney speeds rides up when they are busy - we crashed through the doors into every scene at a rate of knots with no time to digest the story far less take a decent picture - as Lorna remarked "It went so fast I missed the death scene" Dumbo was a self controlled ride where you could fly as high or low as you liked, I sat with Shannan and to my horror she had me terrified as she had the elephant jumping up and down like a pogo stick. The backlot tour was my favourite - it felt quite real travelling through the action from a safe seat The sail around the lake with Mark Twain wasn't worth the crush so I only took a picture and was left wondering why so many people wanted to go on a paddle steamer for a few minutes. Ah Disney rides to leave you dizzy

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    Catch a Parade

    by scottishvisitor Updated May 15, 2007

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    Parades times in both parks are well advertised in the free park guides times and routes are also available through the web site. We were lucky to be at the front beside the ropes during the parade at Walt Disney Studios and were able to see and enjoy the parade with no extra heads in the way. The situation at the Disneyland park was not as favourable. By the time we got to the location the crowds had already arrived and were growing to mulitude levels. The kids and I spotted a small hill with good views through the trees, time for a rest and a seat on the grass. As the excitement mounted the parade could be seen and heard in the distance, time to stand up and join in the fun we thought. As the parade got to our vantage point to my horror and that of the many children gathered here, adults appeared and stood right in front of the kids. Ah well there is no accounting for some people, we still enjoyed the music and colourful characters even if the pictures contained many heads they still hold happy memories.

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    Character Autograph Hunting

    by scottishvisitor Updated May 15, 2007

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    Disney is all about the famous characters and autograph hunting a favourite pastime for children. The Walt Disney Studio Park had characters appearing with alarming regularity. Maybe it is because it is a smaller park with not a lot of great attractions so this then becomes the attraction. We did see some of the characters in the Disneyland park but most were staged managed here and you had to have an official photo taken but not for free! Shannan and Kyle were both armed with their autograph books and Disney pens, they had great fun with lots of excitement and some arguments about who had the most = Kyle won ha ha he had Chip and Dale, so did Shannan, but he caught them a second time and got their French names of Tic and Tac. By the way carry spare pens with you - the Disney ones don't work for long!

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    A magical journey around the world

    by scottishvisitor Updated May 15, 2007

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    "It's a small world" is a magical indoor boat ride and one of the most popular attractions in Disney. The building, if you could call it a building, has lots of eye catching details
    especially the tick tocking clock which chimes every fifteen minutes with a musical parade of little animatronics who eventually disappear through a wooden door at the top. Lines are long here but interesting to see and hear so many nationalities all going to see the "world" together. Once your boat ride starts you will be met by a spectacle of 281 audio animatronics showcasing countries from around the globe. The dolls are all dressed in traditional costumes and the displays are quite steriotypical of the featured country. The tune gets annoying after a while but the language keeps changing so you can listen in your mother tongue. We loved this ride for its colour and atmosphere I particularly liked the inclusion of small countries like Ireland to one of the biggest - Canada. When your ride is coming to an end look out for the lovely water feature - good fun going around the world but you don't need a passport!

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    The Natural Beauty of Disney

    by scottishvisitor Updated May 15, 2007

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    It is always thrilling for me to discover natural beauty in locations where you would least expect to find lush trees and scenic water ways. This was a solo activity for me, everyone else was too busy rushing to the next ride, while I entertained myself in fascination and wonder with natures greenery. The water ways are a facade of course but beautifully created. I loved the little building with the stained glass window perfectly framed by the trees and was surprised to notice that it was just the public toilets. My most favourite spot was looking through the bamboo towards the little man made beach complete with little fishing boat. I could have been anywhere - totally lost in thought - but that is Disney full of wonderful surprises.

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    Sleeping Beauty's Castle

    by scottishvisitor Updated May 15, 2007

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    Undoubtedly the Centre Piece of Disneyland Park and a favourite with all little girls is Sleeping Beauty's Castle. From outside the Castle looks stunning especially when the sun is shining directly onto it, the pink and blue colour is a perfect combination and the gold coloured Disney Statues are very pretty indeed. When you enter go to the first floor to see the story of Sleeping Beauty come to life through very impressive stained glass windows to rival any Church. While your up there take a walk on the Castle's Ramparts to get a closer view of the decorative roof and turrets. Little boys have something to do here too, back down the stairs then some more finds you inside the dragon's lair - a very dark - cleverly designed smokey cave with great sound effects and realistic dragon - well realistic in Fantasyland. All good fun with a lot of beauty to see. Before you leave you can visit the Castle Gift Shop filled full of dragons and dresses. The kids loved this special place and so did I a place to totally escape reality

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