Welcome to my Disneyland Paris edition of This or That. I loved writing my animated film edition and as I am as just a big a fan of Disneyland Paris, I can guarantee this one is going to be just as fun and irritating. Of course, Disneyland Paris has two parks to its name, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios. I want to focus on just Disneyland Park for now as that is my favourite of the two parks and the one that’s more accessible for a lot of guests.
So, let’s mosey on through Fantasia Gardens and get this started!
Dumbo the Flying Elephant vs The Princess Pavilion
Right, this is quite an easy one and I’m going to pick Dumbo the Flying Elephant because I don’t really go for the planned meet and greets anymore, even if it is the princesses! I just prefer meeting the characters when they are rotating around the park and have attractions as the backdrop, not a wall from a building.
Orbitron: Machines Volantes vs Pocahontas Indian Village
Another easy one in that I will be picking Orbitron: Machines Volantes and that’s even without having ever ridden it. The Pocahontas Indian Village is an adventure playground for young children, so it is highly likely I will experience Orbitron more.
Discoveryland Theatre vs Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
Okay. At the minute I have no idea what’s going on in the Discoveryland Theatre and I never went in when it was Captain EO/Honey I Shrunk the Audience so I am easily going to pick Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. It is so out of place in Discoveryland but it is the attraction I will go on the most. It is also a family favourite!
Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant vs Le Théâtre du Château
In English that would be Sleeping Beauty Castle and The Castle Stage. Okay, here I’m going with the Castle as a whole which includes La Tanière du Dragon and the Sleeping Beauty Gallery. Together it makes for an incredibly detailed, stunning park icon and I love exploring it. It’s always relatively quiet as well which is a bonus when I’ve had enough of the crowds.
Pirates of the Caribbean vs Legends of the Wild West.
Not going to lie, I didn’t know about Legends of the Wild West until I went onto the DLPGuide website to get a list of Disneyland Paris attractions. From what I gleam, it’s a walk around attraction like Nautilus and Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin. I do actually like those kinds of attractions because similarly to what I said with Sleeping Beauty Castle, they are quiet and it’s nice exploring something different. However, for this answer I am going to bypass that and jump straight onto a boat on Pirates of the Caribbean because it is one of my all-time favourite attractions. I love the theming, the atmosphere, riding past Captain Jack’s Restaurant (formerly The Blue Lagoon), the soundtrack… It’s classic Disney and although it has been recently updated, I prefer the classics!
Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing vs Horse-Drawn Streetcars
Oh, two classic modes of Disney transport. Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing is the port for the cruises on the Mark Twain and Molly Brown boats, and then the Horse-Drawn Streetcars going up and down Main Street USA. I think for this one I’m going to pick the streetcars because I’ve always loved watching them and they enhance the Victorian/Turn of the Century storytelling that is alive in Main Street USA. I truly feel as if I have stepped back in time when I see them and to me, that is Disney magic at its best.
Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin vs La Cabane des Robinson
Two walkthrough attractions again and I think I’m gong to go for Aladdin because it is the one I’ve experienced and I love the detailing. I’m also not that big on heights so I’d get a little jittery going up into the Robinson treehouse.
Le Pays des Contes de Fées vs Hyperspace Mountain
I hate inversion rollercoasters so I’ll go for Le Pays des Contes de Fées any day of the week. It is calm, relaxing and highlights many of the European fairytales and stories that Disney is famous for so what’s not to love about it. It’s also situated in a really beautiful area of Fantasyland and I love immersing myself in all the stories I’ve loved since childhood.
Main Street Vehicles vs Disneyland Railroad
So I’m stuck between the omnibus style modes of transport and the train that goes all the way round the park. I’m going for the Disneyland Railroad because it is something I do on every trip and it’s relaxing, especially if I want to take the weight off my feet for an hour or so.
Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups vs Big Thunder Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain every time! It has to be my favourite attraction in Disneyland Paris and it is one of the only rollercoasters to never make me feel queasy and dizzy.
It’s A Small World vs Autopia
The happiest cruise on earth or driving round a fixed track. Urgh. As much as the song drives me nuts, I’ll have to go for It’s a Small World. It’s a classic and it feels more Disney to me than Autopia. I also don’t get what driving sports cars has to do with the Victorian, Steampunk vision of the future that Discoveryland is meant to emulate so I’m not that interested in it.
Alice’s Curious Labyrinth vs Les Voyages de Pinocchio
As much as I love Alice in Wonderland and that part of Fantasyland, I don’t think I’ve ever gone round the maze. I also get a little claustrophobic in certain circumstances and narrow pathways is one of my triggers, regardless of whether there is something fun at the end of it. So, that just leaves Les Voyages de Pinocchio and whilst I think I’ve only experienced that once, it is an attraction I am more likely to do again. Also, I have a lot of family memories connected to Pinocchio so it’s just a special story and attraction in that respect.
Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains vs River Rogue Keelboats
Snow White or boats I’ve never seen in operation. Hmm. Snow White all the way! Similarly to Pinocchio, it is only an attraction I’ve done a couple of times but it’s a classic and a Disney staple. The story is also another family favourite so…
Adventure Isle vs Liberty and Discovery Arcades
I’m going to be incredibly dull here and chose the arcades because yet again, I like the quietness of it and I get to explore the history that was important to the development of Disneyland and Walt Disney’s own ideas of patriotism and vision of the future. I could ramble on all day about how much I love these areas so if you are interested, this DLP @ 25 post from last year is the post to read!
Les Mystères du Nautilus vs Rustler Roundup Shootin’ Gallery.
Nautilus! I’m not a huge fan of arcade-style games like the Shootin’ Gallery so I’d much rather walk around Nautilus and explore a story that was important to the concept of Discoveryland. I’m going to sound very repetitive here but Nautilus is an attraction that a lot of people forget about so it is very quiet and good to explore if you want to get away from all the crowds for a bit.
La Plage des Pirates vs Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril
So as much as I dislike inversion rollercoasters, I will have to go for Indiana Jones because similarly to Pocahontas Indian Village, La Plage des Pirates is a play area for young children, which is certainly not my scene anymore. Secondly, I didn’t actually find the inversion in Indiana Jones that bad, although I did lose my glasses in the carriage at one point!
Star Tours and The Chaparral Theatre
I’ve never actually been in the Chaparral Theatre to watch any of the shows but I would certainly choose to watch one of the shows rather than suffer with motion sickness on Star Tours. I am also not really a fan of Star Wars so it’s not an attraction for me.
Phantom Manor vs Peter Pan’s Flight
So these are two of the most popular DLP attractions and I know I’m more likely to gravitate towards Peter Pan’s Flight just because it is one of the attractions I’ve done the most and I like the atmosphere. Phantom Manor on the other hand is an attraction I’ve never done and although I would like the chance to finally experience it, I’m not going to go out of my way for it.
Casey Jr – le Petit Train du Cirque vs Le Carrousel de Lancelot
I like both of these attractions and although I feel a little big for the carriages of Casey Jr, I will go for that one because I like how it runs alongside Le Pays des Contes de Fées and fits into the story of the whole Storybook land.
Videopolis Theatre vs Meet Mickey Mouse
As much as I like being able to put up one’s feet and watch whatever is going on in Videopolis Theatre, I’d rather meet Mickey Mouse! Who wouldn’t?
That is that for this very long post!
Hope you enjoyed my mosey around Disneyland Paris, exploring the different attractions on offer.
What would you have chosen from these selections?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!