Wednesday, 13 January 2016

My Top 5: Reasons I Love Disneyland Paris

The title says it all doesn't it? Let's jump right in!

1 - Disney's French Roots
Too often I hear the phrase 'Disneyland Paris doesn't feel magical enough' and other statements to that effect. However a lot of your favorite fairy tales are most likely from European origins, as was Walt Disney himself (his ancestors we're actually French did you know - how cool?!).
I feel much more at home, connected with the actual stories and involved in the Disney world being in a normal climate-d, European country.

2 - Perfect Sized Parks
Another thing that people say they prefer other parks for is the size. I personally love that Paris is 'small'! I struggle with social interaction and anxiety (I don't like to use that word as it's so over used as of late) so large crowds and particularly the bubbly, almost in-your-face-ness of the US would just be far too overwhelming for me.
I love being able to do almost everything at both parks within a 5 day stay, getting to recognize certain cast members in the restaurants and boutiques, walk everywhere from hotels to parks to the village and so much more. Bigger isn't always better ;)

3 - Accessible by Train
Is there such thing as a teleporter? A bridge over the Atlantic? Or a tunnel underneath it? Nope! But there is a tunnel 'under the sea' to Europe as well as ferrys going over it. I have a fear of flying if you hadn't guessed and it's only getting worse. From flying every year from the age of 2, to a handful of times after the 9/11 tragedy, now I pledge to never do it again. I flew in 2014 to DLP and it was the worst experience I have ever had with flying, so as my Eurostar journey in 2010 was so stress free, that will be the way to go from now on!
If there was a way to get to Disneyland California that was both fast and not in the air of course I'd like to visit, even if only to stand where Mr Walt Disney stood before me then return home.

4 - The People Are More On My Level
As I mentioned in my second point, I feel much more in tune with fellow Europeans who, to some, might seem aloof or reserved but to me...are just like me haha! Although I will talk to other guests in some circumstances as well as my usual photo assisting (read more about what I'm talking about here), I tend to mind my own business and respect others. Whereas I've seen how friendly people are in the US. Friendly isn't bad of course, but I have a stranger danger issue and see some of it as being quite intrusive. (Sorry!)

5 - It Experiences Seasons!
Visiting for Christmas? You'll feel the chilliness of winter. Visiting for the Spring season? You'll be blessed with sunshine and maybe even an April shower! The appeal of Florida to many may be the year round sunshine and scorching temperatures, though I've always wondered how Christmas can feel Christmassy without being able to even wear a scarf or pair of Chip and Dale earmuffs?!

Bonus point - It has the most beautiful castle out of all Disney parks. Full stop. ;)



So believe it or not this post really wasn't meant to be bagging on WDW, I swear haha! It just gets my goat the way DLP is perceived and how many people turn their nose up at it, call it 'little Disney' or say it isn't really Disney, but still visit it. Crazy. Of course each of the parks is special in it's own way and that is what makes them all so magical - these are just my main reasons that Disneyland Paris has such a big space in my heart.

What is one thing that you love about your favorite Disney park?


26 comments:

  1. I loved the ease of getting round DLP, nothing was too far away and it was easy to get round to everything we wanted to see! I've only been once, two years ago, I'm dying to go back! X


    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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    1. Right?! It's so accessible and easy to navigate. Especially after a day or two (or even a few visits of course) you get your bearings and don't need to use any maps or anything.
      I hope you get to go back soon :)

      xo

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  2. I love DLP! As you say, it's the perfect size. It's great you can round everything and do your favourites over and over!

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    1. Right?! Plus I'm pretty sure I've never seen a queue longer than 1hr 50mins!

      xo

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  3. I've only ever been to DLP once. When I was 5. I really need to go back. Please write a "How To Convince Your Boyfriend To Take You To DLP" post, hahaha - That photo is beautiful x

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    1. I was 6 on my first visit! It's changed ALOT haha! Oh gosh if I knew that I wouldn't have the same problem. My OH hates everything and anything Disney - I'm lucky enough I'm allowed all the stuff I have in our house haha.

      Thank you! I took it from the castle in Alice's Labyrinth.

      xo

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  4. I never been to Disneyland, but from what you said, I would rather go to the one in Paris for the same reasons. xx

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    1. Yay! I knew some people had to agree with me ;)

      xo

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  5. It does sound like I'm going to enjoy DLP more than I'd enjoy the Florida one. I like the all this less people talk :) and I'm with you, I tend not to talk to people too much when I'm out, so I like to go to places where I'm not bothered.

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    1. Definitely. And you won't have loads of people forcing hugs on you :P

      xo

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  6. I would love to visit DLP! I've been to WDW several times, both as a child and as an adult, but I've never experienced any of the other Disney parks. I totally get what you mean about the American friendliness being somewhat intrusive. I'm American but since I've lived in Germany for the past few years (and I've always been on the more reserved end of the personality spectrum), the friendliness of Americans when I go back to visit can be a bit overwhelming sometimes.

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    1. Oh if you are still in Germany, you need to take a little train journey to Paris ;) You'll love it!
      Yes! Overwhelming was the word I was looking for. Obviously it's not a bad thing but when you're a reserved person it ca be very overwhelming!

      xo

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  7. I've only ever experienced DLP and it's been almost a life long dream to see WDW, but with me struggling too with crowds I'm worried I'll end up disappointed because of it. Sadly I wish the park was a little bigger as I managed to see everything I could from both parks in one day...but I'm sure that's not a bad thing to many! But my, it was such a beautiful place!!

    I've truly fallen in love with Paris since my trip in November, so I couldn't agree more with this post.
    I love what you've written!

    Sarah xo || See The Stars

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    1. In one day?!!! You must have flown round!!! I like to do most of the rides and see all of the shows/parades etc in both parks so a 5 day stay for me is perfect. I could never just go for a day or 2.

      Thank you!

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  8. Loved this post - I really need to go and visit at some point because it looks amazing! I loved the reasons why you loved it as well, I've only been to France once very briefly on a school trip to Belgium but I love it and what a great way to combine Disney with travel too! - Tasha

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    1. Oh you do Tasha, you'd love it! Lots of birds around too :)

      xo

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  9. I love DLP. I haven't been for years, went with my family when I was not even a teenager. So many years ago, haha. But I'd love to go again, and take my OH who has never been before. I'd like to visit the Florida one, but like you I can't fly, so getting there would be a massive issue for me. And I think, also like you, I'd find it too much. DLP is smaller, cozier, and much nicer in my opinion! x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

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    1. I think there must be something wrong with me as I really have no interest in WDW. If I could fly I wouldn't mind going to Disneyland so that I could visit the park Walt was at.
      I'm glad you agree ;)

      xo

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  10. I am sorry but I am a WDW girl, now I have never been to DLP and I would probably love it but I love Florida and WDW. We are lucky to be going again in September and my favourite park is the Animal Kingdom, the theming is beautiful and the animals are well look after and have the most amazing habitats.

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    1. Haha no need to say sorry! I wasn't having a go at anyone with this post - it's just why I personally prefer/love DLP! :)

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  11. I've only ever experienced Hong Kong Disneyland which is pretty small compared to some of the other parks, but each park has its own originalities and they are all miles apart, in different countries so they're never going to be the exact same. I would love to go to Walt Disney World, but I also really want to go Disneyland Paris just as much. I was deprived as a child haha.

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    1. HI don't think the size matters at all, as you say all of the parks are so different and special in their own way. I think it's time for another in Europe though ;) 2 in the US & 3 in Asia now...

      xo

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  12. Finally had time to look at your blog! You're making me want to go to Disneyland Paris sooooo much more than I already want to.

    Adrienne
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    1. Yay! Thank you. Add it to your bucket list ;)

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  13. I've never been to either but want to go to both. With DLP it is easier to get to plus there is no jet lag:). My brother in law took his mum & dad there in August for the day & they loved it.....they are in their 70s! I agree with the Winter in Paris as I wouldn't feel particularly Christmassy if I was wearing my shorts & t-shirt in Florida in December xx

    The Life of Dee

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    1. Yes!!! When we were there in 2014 there was a whole retirement home from elsewhere in France came and got a huge group photo in their wheelchairs in front of the castle, I was crying! Truly no age limits.
      Right? It's like the Harry Potter attraction over in the US, it's covered in snow...but the sun is scorching...it's just weird!

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