Disneyland Park (Paris)

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Disneyland Park (Paris)
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Location Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, Paris, France
Coordinates 48°52′21″N 2°46′36″E / 48.872608°N 2.776747°E / 48.872608; 2.776747
Theme Fairy tales and Disney characters
Owner The Walt Disney Company
Operated by The Walt Disney Company
Opened 12 April 1992; 25 years ago (1992-04-12)
Previous names Euro Disney
Website Official website

Disneyland Park (Paris) (French: Parc Disneyland), originally Euro Disney, is a theme park found at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France. The park opened on 12 April 1992 as the first of the two parks built at the resort. Designed and built by Walt Disney Imagineering, its layout and attractions are similar to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida. Spanning 56.656 ha (140 acres) (the second largest Disney park based on the original, after Shanghai Disneyland Park),[1] it is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters. In 2016, the park hosted approximately 8.4 million visitors, making it the most-visited theme park in Europe, and the 13th-most visited theme park in the world.

The park is represented by Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant, a replica of the fairy tale castle seen in Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty.

History[edit]

In order to make things more distinct and not be a mere copy of the original, modifications were made to the park's concepts and designs, among the changes was the change of Tomorrowland to Discoveryland, giving the area a retrofuturistic theme. Other altered elements include the Haunted Mansion, which was redesigned as Phantom Manor and a retro, more intense version of Space Mountain, the park's location brought forth its own challenges. Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant is said by its designers to have been necessarily reevaluated for a continent on which authentic castles stand.[2] Modifications to the park were made to protect against changes in weather in the Parisian climate. Covered walkways referred to as "arcades" were added, and Michael Eisner ordered the installation of 35 fireplaces in hotels and restaurants.

The park, as well as its surrounding complex, initially failed to meet financial expectations, resulting in an image change in which the word "Euro" was phased out of several names, including Euro Disney. The park was known as Euro Disney until May 1994, Euro Disneyland Paris until September 1994, Disneyland Paris until February 2002, and Disneyland Park (English) and Parc Disneyland (French) since March 2002.

As Michael Eisner noted, "As Americans, the word 'Euro' is believed to mean glamorous or exciting, for Europeans it turned out to be a term they associated with business, currency, and commerce. Renaming the park 'Disneyland Paris' was a way of identifying it with one of the most romantic and exciting cities in the world."[3]

Lands[edit]

Disneyland Park is divided into five themed "lands", which house 49 attractions. Designed like a wheel with the hub on Central Plaza before Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant, pathways spoke out across the 140 acres (57 ha) of the park and lead to the lands.[4] The 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge Disneyland Railroad runs along the perimeter of the park and stops in Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland.

Themed Land Picture Notes
Main Street, U.S.A. Serves as the main entrance boulevard into the park and is themed after early-20th-century small-town America complete with a train station and Victorian architecture. The street terminates at the central hub of the park with Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Frontierland Themed after a mining town of the American Old West from the 19th-century. Features include desert and wilderness landscaping, large rock formations, a river, and frontier architecture.
Adventureland
Adventureland is themed to recreate the feel of exotic locales of places such as the Caribbean, North-Africa, Africa and India. Lush landscaping is abundant throughout the land to give visitors the impression of being in a remote jungle.
Fantasyland Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland, Paris.jpg
(Sleeping Beauty Castle)
Sleeping Beauty Castle serves as the main entrance to this land themed after a storybook village taking many architectural traits from various European villages.
Discoveryland
Discoveryland is themed after the visions of famed European thinkers and explorers such as Leonardo da Vinci, HG Wells, or Jules Verne.

Main Street, U.S.A.[edit]

Adventureland[edit]

Frontierland[edit]

Fantasyland[edit]

Discoveryland[edit]

Attendance[edit]

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Worldwide rank
12,688,000[26] 12,740,000[27] 10,500,000[28] 10,990,000[29] 11,500,000[30] 10,430,000[31] 9,940,000[32] 10,360,000[33] 8,400,000[34] 13

Seasonal and special events[edit]

Different seasons offer different park opening hours and different entertainment offerings.[35]

  • From 1 April 2012 : Disneyland Paris celebrates its 20th anniversary.
  • From 1 April 2017 : Disneyland Paris celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Shows and parades[edit]

Disneyland Park hosts a range of daytime and nighttime entertainment throughout the year, although the nighttime entertainment is seasonal.[36]

Current[edit]

Normal[edit]

  • Jedi Training Academy - 2015–present
  • Disney Stars on Parade - 2017-present
  • Disney Illuminations: 2017-present[37]
  • Mickey Presents Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris - 2017-present
  • The Starlit Princess Waltz - 2017-present
  • Mickey's Goodnight Kiss - 2017-present

Seasonal[edit]

  • Frozen Sing-along: 2015–present
  • Royal Christmas Wishes (Christmas season): 2015–present
  • Mickey's Magical Christmas Lights (Christmas season) 2015–present
  • Disney Illuminations of Christmas (Christmas season) 2017-present
  • Disney's Forest of Enchantment (Spring season and Summer season) 2016 - present
  • Mickey's Halloween Celebration (Halloween season) 2013–present
  • It's Good To Be Bad with the Disney Villains (Halloween season) 2015–present
  • Disney's Christmas Parade (Christmas season) 2012–present
  • Disney's Villain Promenade (Halloween season)
  • Spring Promenade (Spring season)
  • Tarzan: The Encounter (Summer season)
  • Mickey's Winter Wonderland (Winter season)

Retired[edit]

Nighttime Shows[edit]

Train Parades[edit]

  • Disney Characters Express (2007-2009)
  • Minnie's Party Train (2009-2010)
  • Disney All Stars Express (2010-2011)
  • Disney Dance Express (2011-2012)
  • Disney's 20th Anniversary Celebration Train (2012-2013)

Parades[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Doctor Disney Explains: Comparing The Size Of The Disney Parks Around The World". Retrieved June 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ Imagineers (1998). Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look At Making the Magic Real. Disney Editions. ISBN 978-0-7868-8372-1.
  3. ^ daniels. "Individual Term Paper International Marketing, Dan Snyder 30 April 2002" (PDF). google.com. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 
  4. ^ "Disneyland Park Map". DLRP Magic. 
  5. ^ "Trams of the World 2017" (PDF). Blickpunkt Straßenbahn. January 24, 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 16, 2017. Retrieved February 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Adventure Isle". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  8. ^ "La Cabane des Robinson". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  9. ^ "La Cabane des Robinson". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  10. ^ "Phantom Manor". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  11. ^ "Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  12. ^ "Rustler Roundup Shootin' Gallery". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  13. ^ "Pocahontas Indian Village". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  14. ^ "Sleeping Beauty Castle". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  15. ^ "Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains®". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  16. ^ "Les Voyages de Pinocchio". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  17. ^ "Mad Hatter's Tea Cups". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  18. ^ "Le Pays des Contes de Fées". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  19. ^ "Casey Jr. – le Petit Train du Cirque". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  20. ^ "Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  21. ^ "Orbitron®". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  22. ^ "Arcade Beta". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Archived from the original on 2016-08-29. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  23. ^ "Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  24. ^ "Star Tours". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  25. ^ "Discoveryland Theatre". Disneyland Paris website. Walt Disney Company. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  26. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2008 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  27. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2009 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 2, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  28. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2010 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 19, 2011. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  29. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2011 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 18, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  30. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2012 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  31. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2013 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 6, 2014. Retrieved June 6, 2014. 
  32. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2014 Global Attractions Attendance Report Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. [dead link]
  33. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2015 Global Attractions Attendance Report Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2016. 
  34. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2016 Global Attractions Attendance Report Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2017. 
  35. ^ "Season Dates". DLRP Magic. 2012-09-02. Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  36. ^ "Disneyland Park Entertainment Schedule" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  37. ^ Anthony (2016-10-18). "Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary deconstructed: Disney Illuminations". DLP Today. Retrieved 2016-10-23. 

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Coordinates: 48°52′21″N 2°46′36″E / 48.8726083°N 2.7767472°E / 48.8726083; 2.7767472