Exploring Disneyland® ParisDisneyland® Paris, the European version of the popular American theme park, is located in Marne-la-Vallee, a suburb of Paris. The park was designed to mirror both Florida’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland in California, with its layout and attractions being very similar. It sits on 4,800 acres of land and is home to two theme parks, a golf course, an entertainment district and seven hotels that are designed with an American theme. There are also six associated hotels close by, including the Magic Circus Hotel at Disneyland Paris.
When the park first opened in 1992 it was named Euro Disney Resort, but in 1995 the name was changed to Disneyland Paris. It has had many ups and downs since opening, but with the opening of ‘Space Mountain: De la Terre à la Lune’ in 1995 things began to turn around. Now, over 15 million visitors come to the park each year and it is the most visited attraction in France. Being just 20 miles east of Paris’ city centre means that it is accessible to a number of famous attractions both in Paris and out, including Château de Versailles, Opéra de la Bastille and Père Lachaise Cemetery.
Sights nearbyDue to its close proximity to Paris, Disneyland® Paris is accessible to a plethora of attractions and there is a great selection of hotels in the area from mid-level rooms to highly luxurious resorts, such as the Disneyland Hotel®.
- Disney VillageDisney Village is Disneyland® Paris’ dining, entertainment and shopping complex. It was designed by famous architect Frank Gehry to resemble Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney. It is home to the popular ‘Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show with Mickey & Friends’, a massive air balloon ride (PanoraMagique Balloon), numerous eateries and a good number of shops. Disney Village is within walking distance of Disney's Sequoia Lodge® and Disney's Hotel New York®.
- Château de VersaillesThis famous palace was built by Louis XIV in 1682 in the wealthy Paris suburb of Versailles. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as listed building and as well as its stunning palace also features an incredible 800-hectare garden. Château de Versailles is a magnificent piece of architecture with its grands appartements, galerie des glaces (hall of mirrors) and five chapels. It even houses a fantastic museum that showcases artwork by Eugène Delacroix, Philippe de Champaigne, Jacques-Louis David and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, among others.