So silly me, gets to 7pm on a Sunday night and remembers I haven't finished editing the rest of the photos or even started to write up Monday's post! Eek! But as you are reading this I obviously stayed up late (it took until 11pm FYI) to get it all done ready for the 9am posting deadline. I'm awful at half writing up and scheduling a load of posts and then doing exactly this! Ahhh!
There are two parks at Disneyland Paris, the Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios Park and this post is one of two about the latter. I've decided to split it into two parts because, surprise surprise, I took way more photos that I thought and was indeed necessary!
Since my last visit there have been a few amazing additions I'll tell you about them when we get there...
As you walk through the first courtyard and into the building you are met with the buzz, bright lights and colour of restaurants, snack bars and boutiques with a real Hollywood feel and it only gets better from there!My favorite sight, and something I don't care about admitting shedding a tear at, is the Walt and Micky statue. It's not the most flattering photo of myself, but I had to include it just for that fact. To me 'Disney' is more about rides and cute characters. The whole life and story of the late, great Mr Walter Elias Disney is pure inspiration to me and I adore all he achieved and stood for. He and the Walt Disney company are a huge part of me and mean more than I can express in words.
Oops, sorry... I seem to of digressed.
Anyways. We knew the times of the shows we wanted to hit and as we had a bit of time to spare decided to take advantage of the '5min' wait time for the Flying Carpets of Agrabah ride. It's good fun - although I do prefer the Flying Dumbo ride (to come in a future post).Animagique was next port of call and I enjoyed it more having seen it before and knowing Mam would love it. It's such a simple concept but so well done and fun to sing and bob along to. It's technically a stage show, performing some of the best Disney songs by the characters but in the dark and UV. This makes characters like four legged animals, fish and the like, that cannot be physical characters to meet in the parks, come to life! Amazing.
Of course we also thoroughly enjoyed The Art of Disney Animation (of which the guide loved my chest tattoo I might add!), Stitch Live and Cinemagique shows.
Something that I got to tick off my 'Ride Hit List' was the Studio Tram Tour of which had been closed for maintenance on my 2010 trip to my dismay! It wasn't what I had expected, maybe a little shorter but the things included were pretty awesome! I'll include a little video of the best bit at the end of this post.
Oh and actually the brand new this year 'Ratatouille' ride was also on my hit list so - BOOM - that's dos things I can mentally pen a tick next to!
It was probably another highlight of the trip (along with the Disney Dreams and Tam Tams) because it is just on another level. You are in a car, just like most of the indoor rides, Snow White for example, but it is all in 3D. It's super crazy with simulation effects and things like temperature changes, sprays with water as a giant mop hits you and a blast of air and water when a champagne cork is popped! You could tell it was going to be awesome when we joined the queue with a wait time of 75mins!!! But it was worth it. When we went back into that park another day it was raining and so not as busy, meaning a shorter wait for our second go. :P
There we have it. I'll leave Toon Studio and the Toy Story Playland for next time. Until then let me know what your favorite attraction of the WDS park is in the comments below. If you haven't been before would you like to? What do you think you'd most enjoy?