Postcard by Sonya Fernandez
When I lived in France, I had an annual Disneyland passport. A year ago, on our trip to France, we were lucky enough to visit Disneyland as soon as it reopened in definition – and it was magical! However, one of my favorite moments to visit a theme park coincides with Halloween. Taking advantage of the October 5th holiday to visit my relatives in France, we decided to show the kids the Disney Halloween vibe and returned to the main park.
For those who are not yet familiar with the main park of Disneyland Paris, it is divided into five zones. Will we meet them?
Main Street, USA
This is the entrance from the park to the castle, where the main performances take place, from parades to character encounters. There are also more decorations for Halloween and Christmas. There are many cafes and souvenir shops.
It was there that a crowd gathered in the park to watch the three shows scheduled for that night:
- “Twilight with Disney Villains”, in which a light is projected onto the castle with Disney villains;
- Disney D-Light is a show created to celebrate the park’s 30th anniversary. This show is innovative with the use of drones equipped with lights that form the number 30 in the sky, only to transform into the image of Mickey shortly thereafter;
- Disney Illuminations brings together the main characters of Disney and the most iconic songs such as “The Lion King” and “Frozen”; this is the most beautiful sight in my opinion and the one that made me shudder the most, with fireworks and projections in the castle.
At this time of the year, the nightly shows start at 9pm and are really worth it.
Land of discovery
This is the space part of the park, such as Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain (need to measure 1.20m), star tours (another Star Wars-inspired entertainment) but also one of my favorite entertainment and kids: Buzz Lightyear laser blast!
In this part of the park, you can take pictures with Darth Vader, but the wait is usually at least 20 minutes. We wanted to take it because my son loves Star Wars movies but we didn’t have time so we preferred to move on to other attractions.
land of fantasy
This part of the park is best for small children. By the way, there are no roller coasters in this part of the park. Here you will find rides in the theme of classic Disney, such as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Snow White, etc.
The rides we prefer in this part of the park are “Alice’s Cups” which are usually done quickly, “It’s a Little Word” and “Peter Pan’s Flight” but beware of the latter! The queues are huge! This time we were unable to do so as the estimated wait time was one hour!
On the castle level, there is “La Tanière du Dragon”, the dragon from the Sleeping Beauty movie, which is under the castle, but be careful because there is a timetable! It is not open all the time the park is open.
We arrived at my favorite part of the park, with a pirate vibe! The decorations are wonderful and they really take you to another place. Apart from the pirate vibe, it also has an area reminiscent of a safari and an Aladdin theme. We always drink coffee in this part of the park, at the Café de la Brousse, because it is a quieter and more beautiful corner, on the banks of a small river.
What I like to do in Adventureland is the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, where the naughty Jack Sparrow usually hangs out. Don’t be surprised if you feel like someone is opening your backpack or stealing your cell phone, it could be him!
In this part of the park, you can also ride the Indiana Jones roller coaster (requires a height of 1.40 m). Sounds impressive, but it’s cheaper for me to do this than what’s on hyperspace mountain. The rest of the entertainment is more walkable areas, such as “Robinson’s Hut” or “Island of Adventure”.
Frontierland theme – West with the mythical “Big Thunder Mountain”, love this train! Unfortunately, when we went there, it was closed for work (however, it has reopened). Another very famous attraction in this part of the park is the Ghost House.
During Halloween, in addition to decorations associated with this holiday, references to the “dia de los muertos” theme due to the Coco movie can be found here.
Some more useful information
- Download the application of the Disneyland park, it is very useful to know the waiting time at each attraction, find out the time of the parades, where and at what time you can take pictures with certain characters, etc .;
- Disneyland Paris is located outside of Paris, in Marne-la-Vallee, where it is always a bit colder, especially in the morning and late afternoon, so be sure to bring warm clothes with you;
- For those traveling to Disneyland, be aware that the daily cost of a car is 30 euros. For those staying at the hotel, it’s free. The park has a railway station and is easily accessible by public transport;
- In the park it is possible to rent baby strollers;
- Adjacent to the park is Disney Village, an area with Disney-themed restaurants and shops; if you don’t have time to buy something in the park, you can buy it at the exit because there is even more choice. We love to have dinner there after going to the park, because there is a Five Guys restaurant there and they have simply the best burgers!
Sonia writes on the Cenas & Coisas blog and shares her travels on Instagram.