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Secrets of Disneyland Paris – Fun Facts From Behind the Scenes

Although there are castles at Disney parks in America, Japan and Hong Kong, Sleeping Beauty Castle is unique. Other Disney castles are modelled on aspects of historic European castles located far from the parks in which they appear. For Disneyland Paris, such a castle would have been redundant. Therefore, a “fairy tale” Castle design was used, inspired by classic book illustrations, illuminated manuscripts and the animated movie Sleeping Beauty with its distinctive “square tree” landscape. The Castle also incorporates some aspects of French “châteaux” researched by the Disney Imagineers.

There is one thing Sleeping Beauty Castle has in common with all other Disney castles:  it faces north-to-south to prevent backlighting for guests who wish to photograph it from Main Street.

Sleeping Beauty Castle is the only Disney Castle in the world with its own dragon, sequestered in La Taniere du Dragon beneath the Castle. The largest Audio-Animatronics; figure (79 feet long, 5,500 pounds) at Disneyland Paris, this dragon was designed to resemble the “real” dragons of European folklore, rather than the animated dragons of Disney movies.

The largest number of Audio-Animatronics; figures in a Disneyland Park attraction is 281 in“it’s a small world”. There are also 247 animated props and 48 animated toys in the attraction.

Walt Disney’s love of miniatures — he collected them and also had miniatures created for practical use in planning films and theme parks — is reflected in the elaborate miniature settings of Le Pays des Contes de Fées. Aside from Disneyland Paris, only Disneyland in California features a version of this attraction, and the version in France is larger and features more scenes.

There are 580,000 bricks in Main Street, U.S.A., laid out in a pattern similar to New York City at the turn of the 20th Century.

225,000 light bulbs illuminate the Main Street, U.S.A., facades.

While a few of the “tenants” whose names appear on the upstairs windows of Main Street, U.S.A., are comical puns — dental professional “Dr. Bitz” for example — many of the windows pay tribute to real individuals who contributed to the concept and development of Disneyland Paris. Walt Disney and his brother Roy are credited as “Founders and Partners” on one window. Imagineering executive Martin Sklar, whose Disney career began when he published a Main Street newspaper for guests in the original Disneyland, is listed as a newspaper editor. And the names of the original Imagineering “show producers” for the lands of Disneyland Paris are listed under the title “Dentists in Training: Licensed to use Laughing Gas”.

The Disneyland Paris attraction Space Mountain: De la Terre à la Lune was the first roller coaster attraction in the world to integrate a synchronised onboard audio system.  The idea, developed by Walt Disney Imagineering, has since been used on roller coasters (includingRock’n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith) in Disney theme parks around the world.

Of the five versions of Space Mountain at Disney theme parks, Space Mountain: Mission 2, launched on 9 April 2009 at Disneyland Paris, is the fastest, and the only one to include “inversions” — turning riders upside-down in loops and corkscrews. Michael Giacchino, composer of the music for The Incredibles and the American television series Alias, was chosen to create the music track which accompanies passengers on their journey.

The cars in Autopia in Discoveryland travel up to 2,000 km per day.

Four different versions of Big Thunder Mountain exist in four Disney parks worldwide (Paris, California, Florida and Tokyo). The version at Disneyland Paris is the fastest, tallest and longest of them all.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril was the first roller coaster in a Disney theme park to feature an inversion. The attraction premiered July 30, 1992. From April 2000 to November 2004 the attraction was temporarily “reversed” to become Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril: Backwards!

At Walt Disney Studios Park, the trains on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith are called “Soundtrackers”and each Soundtracker plays a different Aerosmith soundtrack during the journey.

The limousine at the entrance to Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic at Walt Disney Studios is the actual limousine used by Cruella de Vil (Glenn Close) in the movie 102 Dalmatians.

Signs and “false fronts” in the Front Lot and Backlot areas of Walt Disney Studios Parkinclude references not only to Hollywood productions but also to classic French motion pictures (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) and famous lines of dialogue (Arletty’s “Atmosphere, Atmosphere …” from Hotel du Nord.)

The unusual three-tiered hedge landscaping around Art of Disney Animation is a tribute to Disney Animation’s use of the multiplane camera system to achieve an unprecedented illusion of depth in animated motion pictures.

The approximately 15,000 Cast Members working at Disneyland Paris include 100 different nationalities and 500 different job disciplines. The average age among Disneyland Cast Members is 35, and the average Cast Member has served for longer than 8 years.

On 15th November 2011, Disneyland Paris welcomed its 250 millionth visit since first opening in 1992.

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I truly believe that "age is just a number." I always wanted to visit Disneyland Paris, and when I finally made it there, my heart was literally jumping with excitement. The little kid inside me quickly checked out the details of all rides and was on my way to hit them.

We bought the 2-day Disneyland Paris pass, which includes unlimited rides in both their parks -- Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios. The tickets cost us around $145. If you book in advance, they often have special offers and deals which can be availed. The park is a bit on the outskirts of Paris so if you want to spend quality time there, I would suggest booking a hotel in the vicinity, like I did.

I would recommend to opt for the 2-day pass. It is impossible to cover all good rides in just 1 day. Keep in mind the fact that waiting time for every popular ride is no less than 30-90 mins. So in one day you will probably cover all good rides of one park. That was my goal as I shuffled through the crowds in order to make the most of my Disneyland Paris experience.

Here are some of my favorite Disney rides so if you have less time, make way to these first and I can guarantee you will have a great time.

Image from -- WanderWithJo -- Travel Blog

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril -- It is an epic roller coaster located in Adventureland (sub-section of Disneyland park). It is based around the popular flick Indiana Jones and takes you on a high speed train ride. There are lot of fast turns and dips as you zoom past jungles and temples.

Crush's Coaster -- This one was by far one of my very favorites. You see its hard to choose but I am trying. I was so amazed by the movie "Finding Nemo" and this ride is based around the turtle in the movie called Crush. The visual experience is simply amazing and your cart will swirl around moving from one place to another in jiffy.

Space Mountain, Mission 2 -- Aha, here will go -- Another big thrill ride from Disneyland Paris and surely one of the best for adrenaline junkies, like yours truly. You get the entire out of the world experience when you set off in outer space in a rocket -- Yes, that's right -- a rocket. Ever imagined how you would feel if you are sitting tight in a rocket set off to hit outer space at the speed of light ? Well, this is the exact experience which you will get (not at the speed of light, though). The ride is set in dark and the light and sound effects add to its charm.

Phantom Manor -- In the mood for ghoosebumps ? Well, then , this is your attraction. It is an eerie huge manor decorated amazingly with well, creepy stuff ! The setting and live actors are great and you are literally transformed from stepping into a dining room to a room of horrors. It's not that scary but the setup is quite amazing .

Tower of Terror -- Okay this is not for the faint hearted. I could hear people screaming from way outside, so, I decided to keep this ride for the very end -- You know in case I get sick and have to be rushed home . It was a wrong decision -- When I went once, I just "had" to go again. I did this ride twice. That's how much I loved it. The whole setting is simply extraordinary. You enter a hotel, which seems abandoned with the cobwebs and stains everywhere. Then, a concierge comes to greet you (live actor) who will narrate a chilling tale. Everything adds to the thrill and tension and you can feel the ghoosebumps as you rise high to the 13th story in a lift. And then -- the lift drops. Its a free fall (more or less) and you can feel your heart jump out of your chest. Remember the giddy feeling in the tummy you get in ferry wheels -- that's how you feel... except its faster and after the first drop -- it doesn't stop - it drops again. When the ride is over, the concierge comes and counts if everyone in the "lift based ride" is still alive and breathes a sigh of relief - so as the people part of the ride. Excellent concept and perfect implementation.

Pirates of the Caribbean - Based on the Disney movie of the same name, this ride is set in a dark dungeon full of pirates. With one huge drop , some loud sounds and amazing decoration, this ride is totally enjoyable.

Star Tours - Another excellent concept for a ride. I was so impressed by the planning and effort put into this one. Based on the popular George Lucas flick Star Wars, this is a motion stimulated ride. Something like a 8D experience, only better.

Other "fun" but not so "thrilling" rides were - It's a Small World , Buzz Lightyear laser blast & Toy Soldier's Parachute Drop - highly recommended after you are done with the Big 8 listed above.

Apart from these , Walt disney studios Paris had an array of awesome shows like Motor stunt show and Animagique - both very unique and interesting.

Another great experience was the Disney parade - they had it in the morning and evening - both times, it was a must watch spectacle with people peeping from sidelines and our favorite Disney characters coming to life.

All in all, my 2 days in Disneyland Paris were surely more enjoyable than my week in Paris.

So, do you want to visit Disneyland Paris or have you been there already ? Tell me about your favorite rides in comments.

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