When they think about heading to “Disney,” families in North America generally have two destinations in mind – Anaheim or Orlando.
And with good reason! Both parks set the world standard for themed entertainment.
However, a recent article in the Tampa Bay Times — a paper printed just 90 or so miles from Orlando — made some excellent points about Disneyland Paris, framing it as a worthwhile contender for North American visitors’ vacation dollars.
The Times’ Kelly A. Stefani wrote:
I am a self-professed Disney addict. My family has been going to Walt Disney World since it opened in 1971. I have been to Disneyland in California. I’m a member of the Disney Vacation Club, a Gold annual pass holder for Walt Disney World and I’ve taken 10 Disney cruises.
Recently, a group of friends invited me to Paris. My immediate response was, “Not unless we go to Disneyland Paris.” They agreed, and off we went to add the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris to my Disney resume.
The article does a good job of taking prospective guests a
The attractions used a combination of French and English. The pirates in the Pirates of the Caribbean ride chattered away in French, but the familiar Yo Ho song was in English. Dolls in It’s a Small World sang in all languages. However, they saved the last 15 seconds or so for the English version, so it’s a small world, after all, and you have an earworm. We debated renting translators, boxes that remind me of the Walkmans of my youth, but we really didn’t need them.
An animatronic, fire-breathing dragon was chained in the dungeon beneath Sleeping Beauty Castle. The Pirates of the Caribbean ride was extended with two drops instead of just the one in Orlando. A walk through Captain Nemo’s submarine was complete with a giant squid attack. An exploration of pirate caves on Adventure Island was similar to Tom Sawyer’s Island in the Magic Kingdom. Big Thunder Mountain, with a French-speaking miner, is smoother, much faster and darker than the one I’ve ridden at least 100 times in Florida.
After the trip, Stefani wrote:
Comparing the price of Disneyland Paris to Walt Disney World is no contest. It’s actually quite a bargain. Disneyland Paris was running a special, and we purchased one-day adult tickets for the price of a child’s ticket. That means we got into both parks for $54 per day — half the price of Walt Disney World. Representatives at the Hop-on Hop-off Bus ticket office in Paris said they offer Disneyland Paris tickets for that price regularly.
And she added:
Food at Disneyland Paris was much more affordable. Meals, many Indian and Mexican-inspired, were priced around $13, including a drink and a dessert. At Walt Disney World, expect to tack on $9 for the extras.
The writer’s verdict?
I’ll be back to Disneyland Paris if I’m ever offered the opportunity … It’s Disney. It fed my Disney addiction and made me want more. S’il
Read the full article for the detailed analysis (and hotel tips) and let us know what you think.
Will you be thinking about DLP before you plan your next trip? Have you been to Disneyland Paris? How does it compare to the American parks?
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