Most theme park fans have a bucket list. Whether it’s hitting every international Disney park or finally experiencing that very expensive meal you’ve always wanted, there’s usually something that brings a wistful look to our eyes. With that in mind, we asked our fabulous blog team: “What’s on your Disney bucket list?”
1. Star Wars Day at Sea. I have yet to do a Disney Cruise, and if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right: Lucasfilm panelists, movies shown on a loop, characters galore, amazing cosplay, and delicious food. Coincidentally, all of it happens to be on a majestic cruise ship which in and of itself has amazing perks!
2. Tokyo Disneyland/Disney SEA
3. A week in the Grand Californian Resort
4. Adventures by Disney to Africa
5. Eat at Sanaa and finally have that bread about which I’ve heard so much.
Having low standards and being cheap, I’ve rolled the dice with Hotwire for cheap hotel rooms on US 192 near Walt Disney World and even napped overnight on a pool lounge chair at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort to avoid paying for a hotel room after arriving on a late flight. I don’t need much in the way of lodging, but when heading to a foreign land I classed things up by spending 5 nights with my family at the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris.
My wife and I recently decided to visit Paris for a week, and as you may be aware, there is a Disney resort there — so being the complete Disney dorks that we are, paying a visit to Disneyland Paris was a must-do. Of course, our daughter was staying in the Orlando area with her grandparents and we had to come back through there to get her, so we decided to pay the Mouse a quick visit at Walt Disney World while we got over our jetlag. Shortly after arriving back home, I had to head out to Southern California for work, and it presented me with an opportunity — even if only briefly — to visit my third Disney resort in just over 2 weeks. I had to take it.
So, apart from the whirlwind of travel, what is it like to experience every Disney resort in the Western Hemisphere back-to-back-to-back? The three resorts share similar layouts and several attractions, but my biggest takeaway is how much it highlighted the differences between these outwardly similar parks. So, without further ado, let me share some of the biggest stuff I noticed, and pass out a few superlatives…
This is Part 2 of a photo-centric post related to a stay at Disneyland Hotel in Disneyland Paris in late January 2016. This post focuses on my hotel room. See Part 1 for photos of the hotel and its breakfast buffet.
To set the stage appropriately, note that I stayed in the cheapest class of hotel room (Chambre classique) during the cheapest season (Basse saison) at Disneyland Hotel. I checked in very early (around 9:30 AM) on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that Room 1420 was ready for my family.
My Floor 4 (fifth floor in US nomenclature) was above the second floor bridge that connects the registration building (where my room was) to the central building of the hotel (where the restaurants, stores, etc. are). Although Room 1420 by no means had a premium view, I could glimpse into Disneyland Park and saw Tower of Terror looming in the distance. It also was a great location in that it was the closest room on my floor to the elevator, minimizing travel time during my stay.
At the end of January 2016, I had the good fortune to travel to Europe and spend five nights at the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris. This “5-star” hotel is located at the entrance to Disneyland Park, and its marvelous location commands a price premium, making a stay here a very special treat for my family. We have covered the attractions of Disneyland Paris in the past, but here I share photographs of parts of a unique Disney resort hotel.
I am presenting photos in two blog posts: Part 1 (this post) has photos from public areas of the hotel. Part 2 will focus on my hotel room–look for that tomorrow.
A view of Disneyland Park’s entrance is the same as a view of Disneyland Hotel, much of which is literally built on top of the ticket vending windows for the park.
An official Disney photo (the copyright is Disney’s) of what it is supposed to look like approaching Disneyland Park and Disneyland Hotel.
The construction-obscured view I captured of the exterior of Disneyland Park and Disneyland Hotel.
It’s been a little over a month since I left Europe behind, but I’ve still got a wealth of international Disney fun left that want to share. I’ve already raved about the walk-through attractions at Disneyland Paris, but today we’re taking a hard look at some of the park’s rides and shows. Every hardcore Disney fan has probably already heard about the Paris park’s unique takes on Disneyland originals like Space Mountain and Haunted Mansion (a.k.a. Phantom Manor). However, you may not know about some other Anaheim originals that have also migrated across the Atlantic, and mutated along the way. Just in case you can’t afford to fly off to France to see them for yourself, here’s a video head-to-head comparing four Disneyland Paris attractions against their Disneyland equivalents.
Disneyland Storybook Land Canal Boats vs. Disneyland Paris Le Payes des Contes de Fees
One of the oldest operating attractions at Disneyland, Fantasyland’s Storybook Land Canal Boats benefit greatly from exquisite horticultural design and live narration.
Disneyland Paris has the superficially similar Le Payes des Contes de Fees, but it replaces the human guide with recorded music, and the agricultural detail isn’t nearly as meticulous.
Take a walk through the best attractions at Disneyland Paris with the Best Week Ever. (photos by Seth Kubersky)
Greetings and salutations from the high seas! I’m currently in the middle of a transatlantic cruise from Barcelona back to Florida, but even in the midst of my marvelous voyage on the newly refurbished Disney Magic (more on the boat’s upgrades in an upcoming column) I still can’t get my recent visit to Disneyland Paris out of my mind. If you read the last edition of Best Week Ever, you already know I didn’t find much positive to say about the Walt Disney Studios park at the resort formerly known as EuroDisney, but the Disneyland Parc — as the French call it — was a different story altogether. When I’m back on dry land, I’ll go into greater depth on the strengths and weaknesses of that potential-packed park, but for right now I want to share some visual highlights from my favorite unique attractions. Disneyland Paris is well know for its unusual variations on classic Disney rides like Big Thunder Mountain, Space Mountain, and Haunted Mansion (a.k.a. Phantom Manor). Far less publicized — but just as exciting to me — are the one-of-a-kind Disneyland Paris walkthrough attractions that can be found in each of its lands. While most guests attend a theme park to climb aboard moving ride vehicles, I invite you now to take a stroll through some of Disneyland Park’s most exciting pedestrian experiences.
I love Halloween (really, I put my decorations up September 1st), but I can’t justify buying a brand new costume every year.
Therefore, I feel it’s my duty to provide wearable costume alternatives that are not only comfortable, but are characters people can easily identify.
So today, I give you the emotions from the Disney Pixar film, Inside Out.
In my opinion, this costume is all about the make up. You can get away with a chartruese-colored top (I found mine at Savers), the eye look, and a yellow ball to serve as a core memory. Don’t forget a contagious smile and you’ve got yourself a completed costume.
I’ve provided a video make up tutorial below but if you don’t have the time, here’s the look.
It’s another Best Week Ever (sort of) at Walt Disney Studios Paris (photos by Seth Kubersky)
Over the past 60 years, the Walt Disney Company has created some of the greatest examples of themed entertainment that the world has ever seen, but even Mickey sometimes makes a mistake or two. Fans love to debate about their least favorite Disney attractions almost as much as they like discussing the best one, whether we are talking about our recent well-publicized assertion that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is no longer worth the full price of a one-day ticket, or the legendary faults of Disney California Adventure’s opening day incarnation. But a troubled as those parks may be, if you haven’t been to Walt Disney Studios Paris, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
I’ve recently completed my first visit to the Disneyland Paris Resort, and while 3 days at the Mouse’s European outpost certainly don’t make me an expert, they did broaden my definition of what a Disney park can — and probably shouldn’t — be. In an upcoming column I’ll share my experiences at Disneyland Paris itself, once I’ve had some time to digest my complicated feelings about that potential-packed park. But first, join me on a walk through its sister attraction, Walt Disney Studios Paris, which is arguably the weakest gate in the company’s current portfolio. In honor of one of the films featured in the park’s best original offering, I’m going to divide my thoughts into three categories: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. And because this is my Best Week Ever, let’s begin by accentuating the positive.
The Good at Walt Disney Studios Paris
Before we delve into the less-than-stellar aspects of Walt Disney Studios Paris, I want to properly praise three of the parks attractions which can go toe to toe with any of Disney’s best, starting with one of my favorite experiences in the entire resort.