With this year marking Disneyland Paris' 25th anniversary, we thought it was about time to celebrate the parks that started a phenomenon. There's so much to see and with such a wide variety of attractions, it can be nearly impossible for visitors to see everything in one trip!

This article talks about the resort, as well as giving travelers a few tips and tricks on how to make the most out of their trip! But before any of that, here are a few things to know about Disneyland Paris.

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Top 5 Must-Know Facts about Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris Is At Least 10 Years Older Than The Other Parks

Disneyland Paris is the oldest Disney park on the planet, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It’s dedicated to a certain 'Mickey Mouse' - Walt Disney himself.

The parks in Florida and California have opened on either side of when Disneyland Paris first opened in 1992, so for many people, it's the most nostalgic place to go!

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The Parks Have A Similar Layout As The American Parks But Are Twice the Size

There’s something distinctly different about Disneyland Paris. When visitors are walking around the parks, they are set out in a very similar fashion to the other parks.

Disneyland Park is, as one would expect, devoted to its namesake 'Disneyland' with Fantasyland towards the front of the park and Frontierland at the back. Adventureland and Discoveryland sit on either side of Tomorrowland, which takes up most of central Paris!

The Original Cinderella's Castle Was Made From Cardboard

If one has been to Disneyland Paris, then there's a good chance that they have taken their photograph with the fabulous Cinderella's Castle, but what they might not have noticed was how old it is! The original castle was made from cardboard and came to be due to the budget for the castle being upped by 10%.

This cardboard castle remained until 2001 where it was replaced with a more permanent version once again designed by Walt Disney Imagineer, Rolly Crump. The new castle is made from a mixture of steel and concrete and weighs in at 1,055 tonnes (1,100 tons) - almost double the weight of the Statue of Liberty!

Honey I Shrunk The Audience Was One Of The First 3D Shows To Appear In Disneyland Paris

Since its debut, the spectacular 'Honey I Shrunk the Audience' has been one of the most popular shows at Disneyland Paris and has won numerous awards.

It wasn't always this way though. The show was originally intended to be at Walt Disney World, but after the problems, they were having with Fantasmic!

There Are 4 Different Sub Parks To Visit!

Four different areas make up Disneyland Paris, but visitors may not have realized it because this park is so big and has so much to see. These include:

  • Discoveryland
  • Frontierland
  • Adventureland
  • Main Street USA

These are all based on Disney movies or ideas so visitors will find them full of attractions, restaurants, and shops that fit in with the concept of each area.

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Best Rides At Disneyland Paris On A Budget

Planning a visit to Disneyland Paris soon? Then here are the best Disney rides for visitor’s money. There is so much to see and do in this theme park, but if visitors want some great thrills without having to splash out on a load of tickets, then take a look below.

Crush's Coaster: This is one of the best rides in Disneyland Paris and won't cost a fortune to experience. It only costs about $14 per person, so you have some change left for popcorn! The queue line is very long though, but if visitors use the Fast Track pass then it'll be pretty quick and worth every penny.

  • Astro Blasters: Visitors get a few goes on this shooting ride, it's fun for all ages, and the queue line is not very long either! It costs about $5 per person to experience this amazing time trip and if they are going to save some money then this might be their best bet! It's also very popular and they will get soaked by the water cannons on the route.
  • Walt Disney Studios Park: This may be an extra expense but it is worth it. The attractions are in a class of their own in this park, especially Toy Story Playland and Crush's Coaster! They both cost money (unless you use the Fast Track pass) but are two of the best rides at Disneyland Paris.
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: This is an extra expense too, but for lots of thrills this is worth every cent! Visitors get a fast lift up and then drop back down in a lift that looks like it's about to fall off the building! It's a fun ride, and if they have never experienced it then they should try it when in Paris.
  • Peter Pan's Flight: Visitors will not even notice the long queue line because of how much fun this experience is! The best part about this ride is that once they have boarded their ships then they will be taken to Neverland. They will witness the Pirate Ship fly into the attack with a giant octopus, and visitors will be able to search for treasure before arriving at their final destination.
  • 'It's A Small World': This may not look like much on TV but when visitors see it in real life then they won't regret going on this classic ride!
  • Pinocchio's Daring Journey: This is one of the best rides in Disneyland Paris, and although it doesn't cost anything to experience then they may have to queue for a long time. It is recommended that they use the Fast Track pass if they want to do this as soon as possible.
  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast: This is another ride that will not cost visitors a fortune to get on, and it is very fun! They will be in line for some time so if this ride appeals to them then it is highly recommended, they take the Fast Track pass.
  • Crush's Coaster (Test Track): If visitors liked the original Crush's Coaster then they will love this one too. The queue line for this ride is very short, but it does cost about $12 to board the train and experience the thrills.
  • Les Mystères du Nautilus: This is one of the best rides in Disneyland Paris, but there are long queues here so if visitors want to experience it then it is recommended that they use the Fast Track pass. They will be taken on a journey in a boat, and it is very enjoyable!

Disneyland Paris Differs From The Other Parks

Disneyland Paris is the only park to not be a single entity, but rather two parks next door to each other. Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland Paris are both wonderful experiences, offering unique rides and attractions that visitors can't find anywhere else in Europe. It differs greatly from its siblings with a smaller number of attractions and more theming. Both parks are beautifully designed to be immersive experiences that allow you to escape reality for at least a few hours.

It is recommended that visitors take time to walk up the street as there are lots of photo opportunities along the way with the horse and carts for example which add to the magic and the atmosphere of this incredible place.

The best way to experience both of these fantastic theme parks is by using one of their many different admissions passes - all of which include unlimited access to all of its' attractions and shows for the duration of a visitor’s stay.

There are three different types of park tickets available when visiting Disneyland Paris:

  • Single-day pass - A single-day ticket allows visitors to enter the park once and stay as long as they wish until the closing time.
  • Five days pass - The five-day ticket gives visitors unlimited access for 5 days, making it the best value option if they intend to do more than one visit to the park during their holiday but not staying at one of their hotels.
  • Annual Pass Holder - Annual Pass which gives visitors unlimited access to both Disneyland Resort Paris parks, including Walt Disney Studios unlimited access to all shows and attractions, as well as exclusive offers available only to pass holders. And if they do choose this option, remember to ask for their Passport which is used as their ticket into the parks.

The website has an easy-to-read chart explaining the different types of passes and how much money you will save using each pass.

For anyone who hasn't been to Disneyland Paris, it is highly recommended you visit! It is a great family attraction with something to do for all ages. It's amazing how they fit so much into just one theme park and the public areas are so wonderful as well. The Disney Characters add such an element of magic to the whole thing too, it is hard not to get swept up in their magic! The park is beautiful and tons of fun. Be sure to check out the castle especially before the fireworks! It is a sight to behold, and if visitors are lucky enough to witness it with snow, all the better!

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