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    Jacob, Ruston, Theresa and I are all together in Paris and ready for our second day at the Disney parks. Today we're going to be hanging out at what some consider the worst Disney park ever, Disney Studios! We'll judge and see for ourselves!

    We're really in no rush to get to the parks today, so T and I woke up with the alarm at 9:30am this morning. We met Ruston and Jacob for breakfast at 10am and it actually was better than we were expecting. They had OJ, Apple juice, milk, coffee, hot chocolate and tea, plus lots of yummy croissants, pan au chocolate, fruit, ham, cheeses, etc. Even better was that it was included in the hotel price.


    We knew we'd need to stock up on snacks and drinks since we probably would be getting back late again. The front desk said there is a grocery store in the mall next door. We didn’t see it the day before, but were willing to try again. It was much less busy than yesterday, thankfully. We found a humongous supermarket inside and realize we missed it yesterday because there were grates covering all the openings. I suppose they’re not open on Sunday.
    This place was like a Super Walmart and more. They even have scanner you can take with you to scan your purchases while you put them in the cart, and when you’re done, they upload the data from your scanner, you pay and you’re good to go. Why don’t we have cool stuff like this? One of my favorite things to check out is the snack aisle in foreign countries. While we were in Italy, T said there needs to be a balsamic vinegar chip. We found that here (though later when we tried it, it didn’t taste much like balsamic vinegar). We also found a mustard and pickle flavor chip. Weird.

    Here's our delicious haul. I think we're set now.

    A stop back at the hotel to drop off everything and we’re off to the parks by 12:25pm. The RER came within a minute of us getting down to the platform. Just one stop and we're at the Disneyland. We got through security (no problem with my tripod) and were off to see Disney Studios. It’s around 12:35 and we just got in to the parks.
    Since this park has mostly shows, we start with Cinemagic. It’s a fun little show staring Martin Short going through different classic movies. I think it’s awesome how they’ve updated it with newer titles like Lord of the Rings, Toy Story 3, Avatar and others. Not sure why they’d choose Black Swan to put in the show since it’s a little racy, but that’s their choice I guess.

    The Armageddon stunt show was next. Pregnant women weren’t allowed to ride, so T found a bench while Ruston, Jacob and I went.

    A recreation of the Armadillo on a rocky asteroid landscape outside the special effects stage.

    Jacob and Ruston are taking the "stay behind the yellow line" quite literally.

    The show was pretty cool with lots of loud noises and fire.

    I'm not exactly sure why T can't ride. It was pretty tame except for a couple times when the floor dropped an inch or so. Maybe that's enough.

    Jacob was Singin in the Rain.

    As was Ruston.

    Lunch was next around 2:15pm. We ate at the Backlot which has an interesting theme. The main section was based on the 2006 movie High School Musical, while a small section was based on Pirates of the Caribbean. I know which section I want to eat in.
    Menu-wise, nothing was standing out. I had a ham and cheese sandwich. Ruston, T and Jacob decided to split a sandwich, salad, and Caesar salad wrap between them.

    Walking with our food over to the pirates section, the whole area was a bit dirty so Ruston made sure to wipe the table off before we sat down. I don't know if they just don't have enough people working right now, but there are trays and trash on a bunch of tables.

    During lunch, T and I got to witness something that was funny/gross. The tables in this section are all bar height with tall chairs. A kid who was maybe 6 had an ice cream cone and was climbing up to the table. He set his cone on its side on the table and while he was climbing up, bumped the table, causing the ice cream to fall and splat on the floor. He just climbed down from the chair and pushed the ice cream back onto the cone. Eww. Then he picked up the pieces of cone that broke off and ate them piece by piece. Eww! Lastly where the ice cream had hit, it left a gob of ice cream on the floor. He smeared his hand through it to wipe it up, then licked his hand clean. EWW!!!

    Next it was time to see Animagique.

    Our seats weren’t the best since we arrived just a few minutes before showtime (thanks to Baby Flowers and T’s small bladder).

    I had fun seeing it again. I really think it's the best show here at this park. Ruston was still fighting jet lag and was asleep before it started. When he’d hear a new segment, he’d open his eyes to see what was going on, then fall asleep again.

    The Pixar section of the park is close. That's where we head next. We see the mini Cars land and thank our lucky stars that we have the big Cars Land back home.


    To Infinity and Beyond!

    Some rides back here have crazy wait times, like RC race car with a 60 minute wait, or the Green Army Men parachutes with a 30 minute wait. I suppose that's what happens though when you have a park that has mostly shows.

    The Pixar ball is among the oversize toys decorating the land.

    Lucky for Jacob and I, the Slinky dog only has a 5 minute wait. Before you know it, we were on, and we got the very front seat (though they’re all the same pretty much). The ride itself isn't anything special. It's just a carnival style ride with a Toy Story overlay. It goes in a circle and that's it.

    We wanted to ride the studio tram tour, but this is the second time now we’ve gone to the entrance and they’ve closed the line and stopped letting people queue. They suggest we go watch the parade instead.


    It’s right about 4pm and the parade is going to be going by any minute. T, to no one’s surprise, has to use the restroom again, so she takes off.

    Jacob and I wait by the ropes with a decent view and at 4:04:30pm Goofy walks by to lead off the Stars and Cars parade. Based on the time stamps on my photos, the last car with Mickey and Minnie pass at 4:07:56pm.
    This is about how fast it felt.

    We just witnessed what the guide calls a “Don’t Miss” parade in three and a half minutes. It was basically different cars themed to the characters riding in them. No elaborate floats or anything like that. T came back from the restroom and was like “It’s over already?” This has to be one of the reasons it’s considered the worst Disney park. They don’t spend money to do anything impressive.

    Alright here's those pictures again, but you can actually process them. Goofy leads the way.

    First up is Donald and Daisy in their classic movie themed car.

    Snow White and Dopey follow. The Magic Mirror frame is on the back of the car.

    Next up are Mary Poppins and Bert riding their carrousel horses while riding a car. On the front of the car is a penguin.

    A seahorse leads Ariel, Flounder and Sebastian on their ocean themed car. I liked the paint job on this one a lot, as it looked like rippling water. Bubbles also blew from the sides.

    Mulan and Mushu were next.

    The next flaming roadster held some villains. Gaston, the Wicked Queen and Cruella all posed as they drove by. Gaston's flesh colored sleeves were loose and baggy though. Are there supposed to be muscles under there?

    Lilo and Stitch drove by in a woodie with a couple of surfboard and even some palm trees.

    Woody and Jessie followed in a model of Andy's bed. Mr and Mrs Potato Head crowned the front of the car.

    Sulley was next in this very plain red car.

    Remy and Emile drove by in their kitchen car. On the hood, a plate of ratatouille is being served.

    And as the grand finale of the parade, Mickey and Minnie drive by in their car decorated with film strips.

    And that's the parade. No stopping of the cars, no long musical numbers or interaction with the crowd. Just a quick drive by of the characters. It’s also terrible watching the parade and breathing someone else’s cigarettes, even though we're nowhere near a smoking section. Some people are so inconsiderate. I also witnessed a guy unwrapping a new pack, taking the plastic wrap off and just throwing it directly on the ground when a trash can was 10 feet away. Some of these people just have no respect for their own park.


    Having both bought sodas earlier in the day, both Ruston and Jacob had receipts that printed a voucher for a free drink after a certain time, but only from a particular location. The only place in this park that offered it was in the Studio commissary area. While the drink was free, they paid for it in time. It probably took 10 minutes to order and get to the front to pick up their fountain beverage.
    Theresa and I spent the time looking through the map to see what else we hadn’t done yet and marking off the ones we had. Sad that this park only has 15 attractions. DL Paris has at least that many places just to eat.

    Time to grab a group shot.

    The four of us pose for a picture in front of the Partners statue. We supposed Walt is looking out over to Tokyo Disneyland and imagining better things happening over there. Someone needs to clean off the bird poop from poor Walt’s head.

    It’s close to 5pm and now Jacob and I can use our fastpasses. We split with T and Ruston and head over to Aerosmith’s Rockin Roller Coaster. On the way, we pass the Armageddon Armadillo vehicle and see kids who have climbed over the railing and are playing on the rocks getting close to the vehicle, along with their parents who are taking pictures of them doing it. Seriously?

    Hooray! We're going on a thrill ride!

    The setup is similar to the ride in Florida, though the pre show is different.

    We ask for and receive the very front row. The scenery through the ride is a little different than the RRC in Florida, and the whole building is a lot more lit up. While you’re going, you can see the track all around you, instead of having the lights come on once you get to that section. I think my speakers were broken in my seats because I could barely hear music while we were going. Does it sound like I'm complaining a lot at this park?

    Our next fastpasses were for Tower of Terror.

    It’s 5:18pm and our fastpasses aren’t valid until 5:30pm. They’re pretty strict about it over here too. We queued with the rest of the waiting people until it was our time. It was interesting watching Rod Serling from the Twilight Zone give the introduction to the ride in French.

    We make our way to the boiler room and queue up.

    The ride was fun, though a straight copy of the DCA one.

    The park closes at 7pm tonight, and the last ride I want to make sure we do it the Crush Coaster. It’s 5:55 now, and they’re showing a 70 minute wait time. We hop in line anyway and tell T and Ruston we’ll see them at DL later. The line is backed up out past the entrance to the ride. We’ve been in line for 20 minutes and barely moved 20 yards. I sense some shenanigans going on. We can see the coaster is going and not broken down, we’re just not sure why we’re not moving.

    Eventually we determine that they’ve blocked off the queue while they are shortening the further queues. I think it also makes the line look artificially longer if it’s backed up past the entrance, and people are discouraged to ride. This whole area in front of us moved, while we stood in one place.


    At 6:42 we’re at the front of the queue. I’ve been telling Jacob we need to be in the car facing forward or else we’ll be missing half the show. There is a whole beginning section that is like a dark ride almost. If you’re facing backwards, you don’t see anything. No characters moving on the projection screens, forests of floating lights, clusters of jellyfish, nothing.

    As we got closer to the front, it was apparent we were going to be the 2nd group of 2 and would be placed in the back. Time to delay ourselves a little bit. “Hey Jacob, I want to get your picture right here in front of this sign. Oh go ahead and pass us, I want to take a photo of my friend.” Having successfully avoided the back row, we were then assigned the front row along with all the benefits that come with it.

    The ride is really cool and one of the only saving graces of this park. As soon as you start the coaster portion, it drops you down a hill, and we happened to be facing backwards, which is a cool way to go, since normally on a coaster you’re always facing forward. Being prone to motion sickness, Ruston was good to skip this one. It’s a little crazy spinning with no way to guess where you’re going. Most of the time though, my face and head were covered with hair that wasn’t my own. The girls behind us must have had really long hair and it kept blowing all over me.

    We texted T and learned that they hadn’t made it to the other park yet. They ended up just squeezing on to the tram tour before they closed it off again. T said they were riding with a little kid beside them and when it got scary, he grab her arm and leg and buried himself in them. Cute!
    On their way, they walked through the shops and happened upon one with discounted merchandise. Combine that with Ruston’s 25% cast member discount and we’re talking serious savings.

    I always like seeing characters that don't get much recognition. Tod and Copper from The Fox and the Hound are here in plush form.

    While everyone is finishing up their shopping, I get a chance to take a few pictures of the entrance.
    Sorcerer Mickey welcomes you to the Walt Disney Studios.

    Posing with the Earffel Tower in the background.



    And... I must be taking a little while with my photos. Everyone is sitting waiting for me.

    Time to eat! Having been a little disappointed with the offerings in Disneyland, we explore Downtown Disney. We'll continue the story there.

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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    As a Canadian it is very nice to see some representation in the IASW ride, very cool indeed.

    It also looks like Hollywood studios paris lives up to it's rep... How disapointing.

    As alwyas great pictures and thanks for the TR!

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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    GREAT TR!

    It´s not often WDS gets to show off it´s best sides like it semed to have done for you. Most others would say alot more mean things about the worst Disney ever made.
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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    Awesome TR and pics! Glad y'all have a great time. If only Ratatouille had been open when you guys were there
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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    We head to Paris for Christmas this year - so your post is perfect for ensuring a match on expectations. Thanks for showing off the park's glory as well as the disappointments you encountered. As nonsmokers from CA, it will be "tres bizarre" to breathe in that much smoke! Thanks again!

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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    Your TR sums up WDS perfectly. On the whole its a disappointment, but every now and then you do find moments of brilliance.


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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    Quote Originally Posted by Meville View Post
    As a Canadian it is very nice to see some representation in the IASW ride, very cool indeed.

    It also looks like Hollywood studios paris lives up to it's rep... How disapointing.

    As alwyas great pictures and thanks for the TR!
    It's awesome because they have different scenes than any other park. Before Anaheim Disneyland got it's update, Disneyland Paris had a better representation of the USA too!


    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyTimmyTimmy View Post
    GREAT TR!
    It´s not often WDS gets to show off it´s best sides like it semed to have done for you. Most others would say alot more mean things about the worst Disney ever made.
    We can always find some nice things about it, but I think we're due for a Tokyo Disneyland trip before too long.


    Quote Originally Posted by greenkai3000 View Post
    Awesome TR and pics! Glad y'all have a great time. If only Ratatouille had been open when you guys were there
    Glad you are enjoying it! We would have loved for it to be open too. But it'll be nice to have something new to look forward to when we do happen to head back out there.


    Quote Originally Posted by M69 View Post
    We head to Paris for Christmas this year - so your post is perfect for ensuring a match on expectations. Thanks for showing off the park's glory as well as the disappointments you encountered. As nonsmokers from CA, it will be "tres bizarre" to breathe in that much smoke! Thanks again!
    That's awesome! I would love to see what they have to offer at Christmas! Hope you have a great trip!


    Quote Originally Posted by Hathaway Browne View Post
    Your TR sums up WDS perfectly. On the whole its a disappointment, but every now and then you do find moments of brilliance.
    Thanks! Visiting every few years probably has something to do with it. Since it's not my home park, a lot of it is still exciting and new.

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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    The Star & Cars parade is from DHS - it was their former "Stars & Motorcars Parade". The DHS version was MUCH longer. I got photos from 2008 that had a car themed to Luke Skywalker's landspeeder in Star Wars (with Luke & Leia riding in the car) and some cars themed to some old Disney Channel shows (Bear in the Big Blue House & JoJo's Circus), Aladdin, a Muppets car... was a much better parade than what Paris is doing with it.

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    We're on our second day at the Disneyland Resort in Paris. Ruston, Jacob, Theresa and I spent the first part of the day at the Disney Studios Park. Now we're spending the evening in Downtown Disney and the Disneyland Park.

    Upon exiting Disney Studios, in the esplanade is a giant compass paying tribute to all the other parks. As a group, we've been to 4 of the 5 Disney parks now! Of course we're always at Disneyland in Anaheim. Back in 2012 we all went to WDW and in 2011 we were all at Tokyo Disneyland together. Hong Kong Disneyland is the only park left for us to visit together.


    Instead of going straight to the park, we go to Disney Village (Downtown Disney). First up is the World of Disney store.

    The World of Disney store has lots of stuff, and I like the artwork on the walls. Mickey and Pluto are looking down on us in a hot air balloon from the center of a huge circular room.

    The theme of this store appears to be traveling around the world because surrounding Mickey and Pluto are paintings of Disney characters. Starting in the USA, we see Woody, Jessie, and Bullseye, along with Lightning McQueen and Sally.

    Central America and South America are next up with Carl Fredrickson and his floating house, Pedro the mail plane, and the Three Caballeros.

    From Africa, Simba stands proud on Pride Rock.

    From the Middle East, we find Aladdin, Jasmine, Abu, Genie and the Magic Carpet.

    Representing the world's oceans, we see Crush, Squirt, Nemo, Dory, Gil, Peach, and Pearl, while Donald swims up behind them.

    From Hawaii, Stitch does the hula on the beach while Lilo and Goofy take a Hawaiian Roller Coaster ride.

    From China, Mushu, Mulan and Khan (Mulan's horse) are setting off fireworks.

    Representing the jungles of the world, Tarzan swings by Kaa and Terk.

    Back to England as we see Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, John, and Tinker Bell flying over London.

    And finally we end in the City of Light, Paris, where Duchess, Thomas O'Malley, Quasimodo, and Remy all overlook the landscape.

    As we’re leaving the store, the last parade from Disneyland must have just finished because people are streaming out of the parks. It’s 7:50 and we’re hungry.

    The Disney Store must be a bit different than the World of Disney store. We'll be back, but for now we're going to continue looking for food.

    After looking at menus from a few different places, including a steakhouse that offers a “faux” filet (seriously? a sirloin steak is a $35 faux filet?), we find a place we can all enjoy.

    The always amazing Earl of Sandwich! Not only is it tasty, but it’s a reasonable price, relative to everything else; only 6.50 Euro for a sandwich.

    There's even a whole second level to sit on where you can look out over the lake.

    After our delicious meal, we wander through a few shops in DTD. If I were one for souvenirs I'd probably get something like this. An Eiffel tower statue to remind me of Paris with a Disney character to remind me of the parks. Probably one with Mickey on it though. Not Stitch.

    How cute are these! Mini Mickey Mouse topiaries to grow at home.

    Now it's time to go explore the Disney Store.

    The things you can buy here are the same sorts of things at all the rest of the stores, but it's the decorations that really interest me. Here we're looking at different forms of transportation. Peter Pan is battling Captain Hook on a steamer ship while Tiger Lily is tied to the main stack. Just below we see a surprisingly full size Tinker Bell sitting on luggage. I can't tell if this is Scrooge McDuck or Ludwig Von Drake with Pluto in the gondola of the Double Eagle II, the first balloon to cross the Atlantic.

    Looks like Donald and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie have all arrived at their destination, Fantasyland just behind the castle at Disneyland Paris.

    In the center of the room is a giant spaceport with rocket ships flying around it.

    I wonder when this was made? They have a few great characters from some of the cartoons I watched when I was growing up. Like Launchpad McQuack from Ducktales and Darkwing Duck.

    And when's the last time you saw Kit Cloudkicker and Baloo together?

    Even Louie from Talespin found his way here. Do you think Mickey and Minnie made a wrong turn somewhere? Somehow they showed up at the Disney Studios park.

    Rounding out the room we find Goofy doing some wing walking while Clarabell Cow has made it to the Disney Village.

    Having walked through the Disney Village, we make our way inside the park again and it’s almost 9pm. The sun’s really deceiving here. It won’t starting getting dark until 10:15pm or so.

    We enter through the main ticket booths and I grab a group photo in front of the 20th anniversary sign.

    We explore the Liberty Exposition in the awesome walkway beside Main Street. This would really be handy to have back home at Disneyland in Anaheim. Imagine a whole other way to get to the main entrance when there is a parade going on. Instead of trying to make your way down half a sidewalk you've got a whole hallway to travel down.

    Not only is it functional, but we also learn a little bit of the history behind the great Statue of Liberty, which was a gift from the people of France to the United States back in 1886.

    There is even a small viewing room where you can see a recreation of the dedication of the statue.

    Exiting the walkway, we see a beautiful silhouette of Sleeping Beauty's castle against the sky.

    Our next stop was Phantom Manor, a ride we could all enjoy together. But rounding the corner of Frontierland, the light is just falling beautifully here. The riverboat Molly Brown is reflecting off the water, while it's surrounded by Phantom Manor on one side and Big Thunder Mountain on the other.

    I was hoping to get a similar shot of the entrance to the Manor with the house in the background, but the trees just aren't letting me get a clean shot.

    The other side either.

    The best I could do was a shot from the courtyard.

    Being in no rush, we sit on the porch and look out over the park for a few minutes. While we're waiting, a cast member asked if we'd like a photo, and I'm never one to turn down a photo opportunity.

    Next we wandered through Frontierland which even has a fort that you can explore.




    There's even a jail cell inside the fort.

    Next on our list is Adventureland. As we pass a smoking section, Ruston tries to recreate his smoking picture from Japan.

    Along the path, we run across two characters. I don't think Zazu would like the way Kaa is eying him.

    Aladdin’s Oasis is next on our list of things to do. Right before we go inside, a guy in front of us takes one last big breath of his cigarette, tosses it down at the entrance, walks inside, and blows it all out. *Rolling eyes* We wait another 30 seconds before we continue to go inside.

    Inside we see dioramas telling the story of Aladdin. Meeting the Magic Carpet in the Cave of Wonders.

    Becoming Prince Ali.

    And the final defeat of Jafar.

    It's a cute little walk-though.

    T has had enough for the day. Her feet are toast, so she heads to the Liberty Exposition and finds a bench. Ruston, Jacob and I head back to pirates for another ride.



    They’ve got some interesting new scenes that we haven’t seen anywhere else, and I really like that. The dueling swordmen at the end are especially cool to see. I wish they still had the pirate that swung over the boat on a rope.


    Finished with that, we decide to try to get on Space Mountain for our last ride of the night. Having to get through the madness at the hub at 10:30 before the fireworks was a little crazy. Ruston went to hang out with T, while Jacob and I continued to the ride.

    It advertised a 30 minute wait and we were in line by 10:35. By 11:05 we were at the loading platform.

    We asked for the front row and were told to wait on the side. Looks like they closed the queue within minutes of us getting in it. That's a bit different than I'm used to back home where the queue is open until closing time. No one else is left in line behind us. I guess that's good to know if you're visiting in the future.

    We’re in the front on the last car of the night. The ride itself is great and it might be my favorite Space Mountain because of all the inversions and twists.


    After we exit, I tell Jacob I’ll be sticking around to take some nighttime photos. He meets up with T and Ruston and they head back to the hotel.

    Finally I'll be able to use this tripod that I've been carrying around all day! We'll look at those pictures in my next post.

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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    Have I mentioned how much I always enjoy your trip reports?

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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    Some outstanding snaps there. You really capture the beauty of the parks.

    On a side note. I'm really surprised that Disney Store is still open now they've got "the World". It looked dreadful 10 years ago, and now it just looks pitiful.


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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    The Disney Store was planned to close at the open of the World of Disney and should be replaced by a Virgin Megastore.

    However, 'Virgin' is in bankruptcy now, so the project for the Disney Store is suspended.

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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    Oh I see.. thanks for the info.

    Maybe someone like FNAC could be persuaded to open a store instead.


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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    After riding Space Mountain with Jacob, we split and he headed back to the hotel with Theresa and Ruston. I'm sticking behind to take some nighttime shots of the park.
    Discoveryland (Tomorrowland) always has some great color with all the neon lights and colorful structures.

    Having just finished Space Mountain I start my photo journey there. I get my tripod out that I've been carrying around all day, get set up, and start to take some initial shots. Before too long I hear "Monsieur..." It's 11:15pm and the cast members from Space Mountain are clearing their zone and shuffling people out of their area.
    I just have enough time to get a photo of the cannon that launches your rocket into space before I have to move along.

    I run, set up in front of the lagoon and look back towards the Nautilus and Space Mountain. I grab a couple more shots before they’re on me again.

    Finally in the middle of Discoveryland, I’m allowed to roam free for a little longer while people are still getting off Autopia. I get a few more shots of the Astro Orbitor with Space Mountain in the background before I’m shooed further down the path.


    The Disney Dreams show hasn’t even finished yet, so I’m stuck behind a massive crush of people. I can't go back into Discoveryland because all the cast members have formed a line to keep guests from going that way.

    By 11:30pm, the front of the castle has cleared out and the area is open for photos. I go ahead and pose for one with me in it just because I can.

    That castle here is beautiful.

    All the other sections of the park are closed and have cast members blocking them off as well, so I turn my attention to Main Street. By 11:40pm the crowds have really started to dwindle and there's not too many of us left.

    I wander around, grabbing shots of anything that strikes my fancy.


    We've got reservations for dinner at Walt's tomorrow night and I'm really looking forward to it.

    It’s getting pretty late and I’m not certain when the last train heads back to the hotel. It’s 11:50pm and I figure that’s enough for one day. Goodnight park. We'll see you again tomorrow.


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    Re: Joe's summer trip to Disneyland Paris

    It's our very last day at Disneyland Paris unfortunately. We better make this count! This morning we started off like usual at 9:30 waking up. We got ready then met Jacob and Ruston and headed down to breakfast.

    Having completed breakfast, we stopped by the room to grab our gear for the park and headed out the door. I noticed the pink bus was across the street and suggested we take that instead of the train, since the bus was free.

    We boarded the bus and it was pretty empty. We found four seats at the back facing each other and headed off. At the next stop though things got crazy. A ton more people boarded and by the next stop, people were squeezing on and the bus was completely full. Nice to have a seat. Our only issue was the American family at the back of the bus making so much noise that people in the middle were turning around wondering what was going on. They were playing the slap game with their hands, and the kids were screaming and the adults were participating too and making as much noise as the kids. Very annoying. We got off the bus and weren’t sure whether it was worth it to save the 6.40 Euro on the train tickets.

    No problem with my tripod going through security again which was nice. Jacob, T and I went to the main entrance with the floral Mickey with a sunburn and tried to get a picture.

    Doesn't he look a bit too pink to you?

    As we entered Main Street, the Main Street band was finishing up their last song, but still posed long enough for a picture for me.

    Hearing live music is always a treat in the parks.

    Just in front of this gazebo is the dedication plaque for the park.

    We walked through Frontierland in the direction of Indiana Jones even though it was closed, just in case we could see anything.

    The whole pathway to get to ride was blocked off, so we couldn't get back there. We did enjoy the misters though. It was starting to get pretty warm already.

    Next we made our way to the caves in front of Pirates. There’s so many different places to go, you really do feel like you could get lost.



    There’s some fun things hidden throughout. Ruston hid behind a corner and jumped out to scare Jacob, then Jacob did the same thing to T. Being pregnant, I’m not so sure she needs to be scared right now.


    Spooky!

    Skull Rock with a pirate ship docked in front of it.

    And the inside of Skull Rock.

    I wish the pirate ship was open to explore.


    After running around the caves for a while, Theresa and Jacob sat on a bench while Ruston and I ran to see if Big Thunder had fastpasses. When we got there, Big Thunder was still broken down, as it had been all morning.

    Ruston and I ended up taking a detour through the caves again on the way back. They go all over, including under the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse. There's some great views from the top here.

    We also made our way to the suspension bridge and had fun jumping up and down as we crossed that.

    Ruston said it’s was kind of fun to walk around a park that you don’t know like the back of your hand. I have to agree! It's neat exploring all these new nooks and crannies.

    Meeting back up with the gang, we headed to the Molly Brown. We haven’t done it before, and it’s one of the last few rides on our list. On our way, we notice Big Thunder is letting people in line. It was closed most of yesterday, and all morning every time we’ve looked. It must have just started letting people in because it was closed a few minutes ago when we looked for fastpasses. Ruston, Jacob, and I jump in line and wait for about 15 minutes and then we’re told it had broken again and we’re escorted out of line.

    Back to the Molly Brown. It appears to be a very popular ride. They fill up the queue on one side then when it's full, switch to the other.

    The ducks seem to know the system too. They duck under the railing into the empty queue where people aren't and get popcorn and bread. Then when those people load onto the boat, they duck under the fence into the empty queue and start getting food from the people filling into the other side.

    Everyone seems to be rushing to the second level, so we hang out on the lower level for a while.

    The water here is a very greenish hue. Is this supposed to be swampland?

    Just like back home, we see different scenes along our trip.


    Hi Jacob!



    Exploring the rest of the boat.

    So Big Thunder Mountain goes along tracks at the center? And we've just completely circled the island? How does the runaway train get out there?


    I've heard in the past that these used to be geysers. Nothing is happening now though.


    We get a good view of Phantom Manor from the deck of the ship.

    Theresa posing by the railing just before we get back to the docks.

    Finishing on the boat, we cross the street to the Silver Spur restaurant. It’s closed (of course, like almost all restaurants) even though it’s 1:30pm. Our main purpose here though we can see though the windows. You might remember that back in July of 2012, Ruston, Jacob, Theresa and I stayed overnight in the Disneyland Dream Suite. In the Frontierland bedroom there is a chandelier that one of our Disney hostesses said came from this restaurant all the way from Disneyland Paris.

    Compare the chandelier below that is in the Silver Spur to the one in the Frontierland Bedroom in the Disneyland Dream Suite.

    They've changed out the dangling pieces from an S to the Disneyland Dream Suite symbol. They've also added Bison to the chandelier.

    We wander through Frontierland some more.

    We come upon Big Thunder see that it is letting people in line, so we jump in line again. T goes to find a place in the shade to read her kindle, while Ruston, Jacob and I get in line.

    It’s about 1:30pm. The sign out front says 15 minutes, but since they just re-opened, we know that’s probably not true.

    While waiting, we enjoyed the cowboy tunes playing over the speakers. Old Yeller, Pecos Bill, Pollywallydoodle, On Top of Old Smokey, and more. We lucked out when we picked the left line because while both move the exact same speed (we picked one person in line when we split, and they were on the coaster dispatching right beside us) we enjoyed the nice breeze next to the windows while we waited. The right side was always on the inside and never got a window.

    Jacob has antlers.

    We ended up waiting about 40 minutes, hoping the whole time it doesn’t break down. Luckily we made it to the front of the line without it breaking! Ruston requested we sit in the back and that’s what we got.

    The ride itself was awesome. I was wondering the whole time how we’d make it over to the island where the coaster was, when we were boarding shoreside. Turns out they make the first scene a cavern scene while you go under the river.

    I've been on Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland Anaheim, WDW, Tokyo and now Paris, and this one is my favorite!



    At the end of the ride, you dive down and go into a super dark tunnel and it feels like you’re still falling until you finally emerge on the other side back at the loading platform.

    Two of us look like we're having fun. One of us seems to be trying not to throw up.

    There's plenty more left to the day, but we'll continue it in the next post.

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