There were so many more outfits to wear and so many more things to do that we wanted to get an early start on our return visit to Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris. This is day three (our final) in the parks. We rode our favorite rides during early entry, a perk for Disney hotel guests that gets you in early before general admission guests can get in. We made sure we arrived at Phantom Manor just before 10 am to get a picture with Phantom Mikey. This is the only park you can meet him at. Emma in particular wanted this photo.
One of the areas of the park that was in place when I visited in the 90s was Adventureland. I remember the pirate ship was sitting by a frozen waterfall because it was so cold. It is also the home of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. It is a great version. Like the attraction in California, there is a restaurant that looks out into the ride. We will eat at Captain Jack’s tonight.
The ship sits next a waterfall that comes from a large skull rock. The skull rock is more than just a decorative element. There are trails, lookouts, and activities in this area and it is worth a walk-through. Nearby is the Swiss Family Treehouse which is not very popular in the other parks, but this one is very well done and was more popular with park guests.
They also incorporate Aladdin-themed elements into Adventureland including a entrance passageway with amazing lighting and a really cool camel chair. You can also meet Aladdin and even rub the magic lamp. At the right time, the smoke (genie) will appear.
Next stop was an interior visit to Sleeping Beauty Castle. The lower portion gives access to the shops and dungeon, but go up the stairs and you can follow the story of Sleeping Beauty through stained glass and tapestries in La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant. Great photo opportunities. There is also a balcony from which you can look out over Fantasyland.
We also didn’t want to miss the opportunity to see the parade one more time. We picked our spot so we would have the castle as our picture backdrop. Its a Tuesday, so this is the one day of the week that they bring out a special character, one that is rarely seen. Today is was Jasmine’s father, the Sultan from Aladdin. Pretty good timing since the new Aladdin movie is being released this week in the US.
I mentioned in an earlier post that Maggie designs and sews Disneybounding outfits for us to wear at the parks. This is very big in the US, especially at the California parks. The guests here clearly didn’t get it. Some even laughed. We didn’t care; we might be the start of a European trend. Either way, we enjoyed ourselves.
Maggie started by making decorative and unique (Disney) ears. Next she branched out to full outfits including some incredible dresses. Last summer we visited Fantasyland in Florida wearing dresses that Maggie designed and made based on park attractions. We even ran into HGTV designer David Bromsted who complimented us on Disneybounding.
This trip we are wearing dresses associated with Sleeping Beauty. Both Emma and I consider Aurora/Sleeping Beauty our favorite Princess. We love the part in the animated movie (of our generation) where the fairies fight over what color her dress should be, blue or pink. My preference is blue and Emma’s is pink. Ironically, the dresses we are wearing are opposite. I am wearing a dress that is primarily blue, although you will notice the fairy “making it pink” (which is spelled out in beads on my purse-I may have forgot to mention that Maggie also makes us purses that compliment our dresses). Emma’s dress is primarily pink. Maggie is dressed like Aurora. When in Disneyland Paris…
There was still more for us to see in Fantasyland. There is a Storybook ride in California and it is recreated here with more efficient loading as Le Pays des Contes de Fees. After your boat goes through the Cave of Wonders (from Aladdin) you come to the miniature recreation of castles, homes, and locations from Disney movies. This version is very well done.
We toured through the Alice in Wonderland maze, Alice’s Curious Labyrinth. It is an attraction that is unique to this park. It is a cute exhibit and you can also go up on the tower for a better view of this older section of the park. This is the perfect attraction to enjoy with young children; it offers lots of opportunities for fun pictures. You’ll note from our pictures and the jackets that it was starting to get cooler as the sun went down.
Our evening meal was at Captain Jack’s overlooking the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Its terraced dining so everyone has a view of the ride. The menu fit the theme, but we all struggled to find something we liked. In the end, it was our least favorite dining spot. Afterwards we wandering around Fantasyland some more, rode Pinocchio and the Carousel, and ended up at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. No spinning for me, but I loved the canopy and the wonderful lighting.
We ended our visit where we began it, back in Frontierland at Phantom Manor and Big Thunder Railroad. Early in the morning we will take the bus to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport for our flight back to the United States. Next time, I won’t wait 23 years between visits.
Can’t wait until my next visit. –Natasha
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