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25 Facts About Disneyland Paris

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Disneyland Paris is turning 25 this year and the anniversary is fast approaching. There's a lot of excitement revolving around the celebrations and I am so excited, I'm currently going through the process of trying to get a trip booked! I want to try and do a couple of posts all about the anniversary, so what better way to start than with some facts about Disneyland Paris!

1♥ The official opening date and time of the park was 12th April 1992 at 9:01am.

2 The Space Mountain at Disneyland Paris is the fastest of the five that are currently in operation, it is also the only one that goes upside down!
I've ridden this one and the one at Walt Disney World and I have to admit, I do prefer the one at Disney World... The one at Paris always gives me a headache after riding it.

3 Before the park was established in Europe, Disney was undecided on where the park should be. They couldn't decide between Marne-la-Vallée, France or the Costa Dorada in Catalonia, Spain. Ultimately, they went with France!

4 Obviously a lot of planning goes into designing and constructing the castles in each park! The castle at Disneyland Paris was given pink hues due to France having grayer skies, the pink makes it stand out against the dull sky.

5♥ The castle at Disneyland Paris is the only one to house a dragon out of all of the castles in the other Disney parks. The dragon is the largest animatronic character in the park, it measures over 75 feet long and weighs over 5,500 pounds!

6♥ The park was originally called Euro Disney but in 1994 the name was changed to Disneyland Paris!
In 2002, Disney's CEO 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."

7 It is the number one tourist destination in Europe, which definitely is not surprising! Disneyland Paris had 12.4 million visitors in 2003 and I was one of them!

8 In 1992 park attendance was around 25,000, instead of the predicted 60,000. The Euro Disney Company stock price went on a downward spiral. During Euro Disney's first winter, hotel occupancy was so low that they decided to close Newport Bay Club hotel during the season.

9 On 31st May 1995 Space Mountain opened, which revived the public's interest in the park. With a redesign of the attraction so it included a cannon laugh system, inversions and an on-ride soundtrack. Elton John preformed at the attractions opening ceremony. After debt payments, Disneyland Paris ended 1995 with a net profit of $22.8 million.

10♥ Disneyland Paris is said to be one fifth the size of Paris.

11 The Walt Disney Studios Park opened on 16th March 2002.

12 By 2013, Disneyland Paris had been visited more than 275 million times.

13 Disneyland Park didn't originally sell alcohol, it wasn't until they received complaints from the French public that they decided to start selling it in their restaurants inside the park.

14 From the sweet smell of vanilla and cinnamon on Main Street USA and saltwater on Pirates of the Caribbean ride, signature aromas accompany each different land, rides and sections of the park to make the atmospheres as realistic as possible.

15 Disneyland is the most visited attraction in Paris, not the Eiffel Tower!

16 More than 4,400 tons of food are consumed at Disneyland Paris, with around 150,000 meals served daily. That's a lot of food!

17 Imagineers cute the size of Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant down 1/3 from Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World  to allocate more of the budget towards enhancing the atmosphere inside the castle. By doing this they were able to build two shops inside, along with Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant upstairs and La Tanière du Dragon underneath.

18 Along the golden turrets of the castle, you are able to see small bumps leading up to the spires. If you look more closely you'll be able to see that these are actually golden snails!

19 No store inside the park sells chewing gum, this is so they are able to keep the park as clean as possible. As we know a lot of people like to just throw their chewing gum on the ground once they've had enough of it.

20 The stockpile of costume at Disneyland Paris is the largest in Europe, with 250,000 garments in stock. The parks workshop creates about 5,000 costumes per year, and some of the dresses require over 200 hours of work.

21 George W. Bush and the French president Francois Mitterrand had lunch at Auberge de Cendrillon in July 1994.

22 Paul Chapman was in his 80s when he created the stained glass windows for Sleeping Beauty's castle. He is a stained glass expert from England and has previously worked on the restoration of Notre Dame.

23♥ Unlike Disney's American theme parks, Paris aimed to have more permanent cast members. Rather than seasonal and a part time employees.

24♥ On April 1st 2000, Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril reopened after Imagineers embarked on an ambitious project to make the ride go backwards! The ride was then reversed to go forwards afain on November 27th 2004.
I actually thought I had dreamed that the ride went backwards for a few years, as I went in 2003 and my brother and dad rode it and told me it was reversed. I was too short to ride it at the time and the next day when I wore my higher trainers, so I was tall enough, it broke down while I was in the queue. Then when I went back in 2014, it wasn't reversed and I thought I had made up that it ever went backwards! Not until I was doing my research for this post did I realise that I hadn't in fact been making this up and that it was once a backwards ride.

25♥ According to the Disney Paris website the park's top five attraction are It's a Small World, Space Mountain: Mission 2, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters.
I am surprised Peter Pan's Flight isn't among their top five, as the wait time for that is always quite long!

I am so excited for 25th anniversary celebrations to start! Do you have a trip planned this year?

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4 comments:

  1. These are so amazing! I had no idea about any of this style and I feel like I'm missing out on so much as I've never been to Disneyland before... maybe one day I will 💕

    Lizzie Bee // hello lizzie bee

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    1. Ahh, I hope you get the chance to visit Disneyland soon!

      Victoria x

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  2. I hadn't realised that Indiana Jones wasn't backwards anymore! Shows how long it's been since I last went!

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    1. I honestly thought I had been making it up that it went backwards!

      Victoria x

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