Just finished our third full day in Disneyland Paris. The Disneyland Paris park is beautiful, and combines the size of Florida’s Magic Kingdom with the detail of Disneyland. Frontierland, Adventureland and Fantasyland seem to be much larger here than in the US parks, and Big Thunder is perhaps the park’s main draw. And while I’m not a fan of how the US’ Dumbo rides are done (and done … and done), the one here is magnificent. The coaster rides (BTM, Space and Indiana Jones) are much more rough than in the US, and Americans will find many of the ride vehicles a tight fit.
The Studios park here is very small, even smaller than DCA, although not bad in any respect. The main attraction seems to be Crush’s Coaster, which is (roughly) the equivalent of the Animal Kingdom’s Primeval Whirl, larger, with actual Disney theming.
A couple of other things: We’re staying at the Adagio City Aparthotel in Serris, about a 25-minute walk from the park entrances. That’s only a few minutes more walk than the farthest Disney hotels, however. Air conditioning in the Disney hotels is not effective, and even though it’s only around 80F most days, Bob’s had to keep his windows open at night. Our hotel does not have A/C, and if I came back in the summer I’d stay elsewhere. At cooler times of the year, however, the Adagio is a great choice: inexpensive, walking distance to the parks, clean, friendly staff and right next to the largest shopping center in Europe.
Finally, at the last minute I balked at taking the RER from the airport to Marrne la Valee, and found Missions Transport. It’s a car service (like Tiffany Towncar or Happy Limo in Orlando), and they’ll wait for you at the arrival gate at the airport and drive you directly to your hotel. For families of three or more staying off-site or at one of the distant Disney hotels, it’s either less expensive or comparable to the RER (Paris’ metro/train service) or shuttle bus, and much, much more convenient. Highly recommended.
Heading into Paris soon. As they say in France, arrivederci! (Joke!)