Since the Disneyland Paris 20th anniversary celebration has been extended to September 30, 2013, I’d like to share with you a few ideas about how to make your trip here a special one. Listed below are a few of my family favorite reasons why we feel Disneyland Paris is an ultra-special place to visit. Read on to see what’s so special in this part of the world.
The World of Disney Rules 1 of 7
I was raised in Florida where everyone knows that oranges grow on trees—and the World of Disney rules.
Feel and Experience the Magic 2 of 7
However at Disneyland Paris, the traditional parades are more manageable experiences on a route designed for less crowding than what you encounter at Disney World in Orlando. If you're not elbow-to-elbow with other visitors, it's a little easier to feel and experience the magic.
Picture Opportunities 3 of 7
And at Disneyland Paris, the crowd management makes it easier to take photos with the various Disney characters who march in the parade and roam the park—which results in excellent photos to share with friends and family.
Mary Poppins 4 of 7
This photo is one of my favorite Disneyland Paris images. The photo was actually taken by my daughter. My daughter believes this image is a romantic one. Wouldn't you agree with her?
Disneyland Paris Feel Like You Own It! 5 of 7
You'll get a sense of spaciousness there because Disneyland Paris is actually smaller in acreage than Disney World in Orlando. The kids and I felt that we could "own" the park during our stay, with more time wander in a leisurely fashion, take our photos, and relax.
More Time to Ride on More Attractions 6 of 7
Whether or not the designers of Disneyland Paris have learned from the creation of previous Disney parks, the lines to get on certain rides at the French location seem to go a lot faster than those in Florida. That gave us much more time to ride on more attractions—and take repeat trips on our favorites. (But try to avoid scheduling your Disneyland Paris visit at the same time that the French schools take their holidays when the crowds swell and the ride lines lengthen and slow.)
Kids Can Help! 7 of 7
And since Disneyland Paris seems to be half the size of Disney World, it's not so daunting. Kids will get a sense that they can navigate the family's journey through the Magic Kingdom. Just give the kids a map of the park and let them decide the route and pick the attractions they'd like to experience... with a little parental supervision.