Hello everyone and welcome back to Lize in Disneyland! For today’s blog post, I thought I would talk about the ways in which Disneyland Paris differs to Disneyland, as I’ve been to both within the last 12 months. Feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments down below!
Since Disneyland Paris has a bigger castle than Disneyland, there is more space for projections. Disneyland, to make up for their smaller castle, do project onto the Main Street stores too, which is something I’d never seen before and really enjoyed. They also project onto It’s A Small World – which I aim to see this year – and the Rivers of America, where Fantasmic is shown. This spreads out the crowds, but doesn’t make any of the viewing areas any less busy. But in my personal opinion, at the Castle viewing areas at least, I find Disneyland Paris’ to be more spectacular because of the size and beauty of the castle.
Disneyland’s MaxPass system, which I think I’ll talk about in a post on it’s own, is far superior to Disneyland Paris’ paper FastPass system, although if you haven’t paid for MaxPass, you can still get paper FastPasses. MaxPass costs $15 per person, per day, and it includes PhotoPass, which I think makes it good value for money. In Disneyland Paris, we don’t pay for FastPasses, but we do in California as they usually have much higher wait times. Plus, booking FastPasses as and when you want them via a simple app works best for us anyway. Less running around.
It’s A Small World
So, as most of you will know, Disneyland has the original It’s A Small World that was used at the 1964 World’s Fair. It is breathtaking to see the original attraction, and it has been updated to include Disney characters in the countries which Disneyland Paris’ hasn’t. However, Disneyland Paris is still my favourite because of how vibrant and colourful the exterior is and I think the space is used a lot better inside too. It may also be because it’s the one I grew up with.
The food in Disneyland is much more varied compared to Disneyland Paris – I ate a wider variety instead of just relying on chicken nuggets. My favourite meals were Mickey waffles, hot dogs, and Chicken Fried Chicken – which was Walt’s favourite. However, in Disneyland Paris I tend to eat a hot dog and chips almost every day.
In my opinion, the hub and spoke design – that the castle is the middle point and all the lands lead back to the castle – works better in Disneyland Paris, purely because it was planned and remained unchanged. However, Disneyland added extra lands and that meant that not all the lands lead back to the hub.
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