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?