Walt Disney Studios Park

Morning all!  Today is going to be a bit more leisurely than the mania of a day in Disneyland Park

WDS opens later than its bigger sibling and affords a much more relaxed pace.  Lets grab some breakfast and meet at the park gates at 9am.

Spot the hidden Mickeys around the gates, three circles representing a mickey head.  You can find them in loads of places, there isn’t a definitive list and no prizes for finding them but it is fun to spot them.

This park opened 10 years after the first one (March 16th 2002) and is only just becoming a full day out. Its theme was a replica of a working film studio and quite frankly it didn’t really work.  There were few rides and only one bit of true production going on in thankfully long closed TV Tour.  Man, that was boring.  Disney Channel France is still broadcast from here but no making of TV shows happens.

Through the farting turnstiles and into the courtyard.  Huge shop on the left and Studio services on the right for lost property, dining reservations, general assistance and giving great feedback about how good the CM are.

You will also see at the far end of the building Pushchair and Wheelchair rental.

Behind the Mickey statue are the doors to Studio 1, welcome to Hollywood! The right side of this huge set is a single fast food restaurant called Restaurant En Coulisse whereas the left is a shop.  The frontages are lovely and there are lots of great photos to be had. Go and have an explore, lots of details such as the caricatures of Hollywood legends and the carpet from Aladdin.  Go and mooch.

Out we go and into the park.  Here in front of us is my favourite piece of Disney Art. Partners.  Partners is the statue of Walt holding Mickey’s hand and behind him is Hollywood BoulevardStudios (3)

Let’s head right into Animation Courtyard.  First up is The Art of Animation, a celebration of all things Disney cartoon and home to a meet and greet of the latest star. There are rumours that this attraction will be undergoing significant changes soon which is a shame as it is home to the only MultiPlane Camera on public display.

Moving round we next arrive at the simply incredible Mickey and the Magician MatM show. You must not miss this it is stunning.

We are now approaching Pixar in the form of Toon Studios. When WDS first opened there was quite simply just one ride for little kids.  Flying Carpets Over Agrabah was a swiftly dragged in sop to “something for the kiddies” and for years it felt out of place and pointless. Fast forward a few years and the Cars ride, Crush’s Coaster followed by Toy Story Playland and Ratatouille arrived so that meant that FCOA was doubly out of place. So much for cohesive theming and planning. A rare jarring moment.

Anyhoo, there are loads of fun rides Crush is a spinning coaster and can be intense for little fans of Nemo, Cars is another opportunity to be made giddy but the most beautiful ride here is Ratatouille, Remy’s Adventure: Unique to DLP (until EPCOT in Walt Disney World get their version) it draws VERY long queues.Studios (28)

Next to which is the best restaurant (only table service) in the park Bistro Chez Remy. BCR is great fun, shrunk to the size of a rat, you are served Remy’s speciality in one of the nicest themed restaurants.

Leaving this area through the tunnel you emerge out of a Barrel Of Monkeys, still tiny but no longer a rat, you are one of Andy’s Toys in his back garden.

There are 3 rides here all of which enable you to be either dropped, spun or swung.

I have a problem with 3 of the rides in WDS. I’m quite simply a fat bloke and I don’t fit in Cars ride, Crush’s Coaster doesn’t lend itself to large people and RC Racer I can only fit in the front row seats.  Salad for lunch I think.

Onwards, keep up.  Tram Tour is next. This has 2 brilliantly made special effect set pieces. Fire and water and maybe a little frightening for tiny ones.

I’m hungry.  As we head towards the next big attraction we can stop off at Cafe Des Cascadeurs. This is the oldest building in the resort. Have a look at our blog page.

Moteurs Action, I’m a petrol head.  Love this so much.  Genuine, highly skilled stunts and is superb.

Next up is the fastest roller coaster in DLP, Rock and Roller Coaster has the fastest launch (quicker than a Formula 1 car) and most inversions.

Do it. At least 3 times.

As we stagger giddily from RnRC we see the next attraction on our left. Armageddon: Special Effects.  Opposite that are the toilets. I’m going loo. You can do Armageddon. Then you will see why I didn’t.

Nearly done, in front of us is the TV building which once contained Cyberspace Mountain and TV Production Tour, both thankfully long since gone and replaced by Disney Junior, a must see puppet show if you have preschoolers with you. I’m excused seeing it now as my kids are far too old for it.  Next to Disney Junior is the brilliantly clever Stitch Live.  Both of these shows are available in French or English, times for each language are displayed at the entrance to each attraction.

Ok, we have the biggest and best saved for last.  Turn round, look up. There it is.

Tower Of Terror.  Oh, I love this ride. Stunning theme, beautifully designed and serious fun.

Go on, go for it!  What’s the worst that can happen?

I shall leave you plummeting forever into the fourth dimension and head off for a beer.  See you in the Billy Bobs later.

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Weekly Park Schedule

If you want to know what’s going on at either Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios, here is the link to the current weekly park programme.

The programme lists opening hours, show and parade times and the time and locations for all official meet and greets, along with any other special events. (Please note that meet and greets in Extra Magic Hours are not listed, and that additional impromptu character meets can happen at any time, at any location around the park with no warning).

Each new programme starts on a Saturday, but is released on the link below at some time on the previous day on the Friday.

http://download.disneylandparis.com/Disneyland-Paris_Shows-and-Parades.pdf

(The link takes you to a pdf file on the Disneyland Paris website. On a laptop/PC etc it should open in another tab on your browser; on mobile devices it might open automatically, or just download to your device.)

If you are staying in a Disney hotel you will usually be given a paper copy of the current park programme, along with a copy of the park map. Park programmes and maps are also readily available to all guests; just check the dispensers on the wall as you walk through from the park gates, under Main Street Station, towards Town Square.

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Park programmes are usually very similar within a season (Christmas, Halloween, Frozen Summer Fun, Season of the Force, Swing Into Spring etc.). So if your holiday is a little way off, but you would like to do some planning, you can usually get a good idea at least of what might be happening from the current park programme, as long as it is within the same ‘season’.

 

 

 

Disneyland Paris Restaurant Overview

Whatever your taste or budget, with over 60 restaurants, there’s something to suit almost everyone at Disneyland Paris.

Browse the restaurants below by their location within the Disneyland Paris Resort.

Disneyland Park ~ Walt Disney Studios ~

Disney Village ~ Disney Hotels

 

Click here for Restaurant Opening Hours

Click on each Restaurant name to see its menu, price, meal plan information, supplements, reviews and more.

Key:

QS – Quick Service, CS – Counter Service, B – Buffet, TS – Table-Service,

CD – Character Dining, DS – Dinner Show


Disneyland Park

Main Street USA

Frontierland

Adventureland

Fantasyland

Discoveryland

  • Café Hyperion (CS)

 


Walt Disney Studios

Front Lot

  • Restaurant En Coulisse (CS)

Production Courtyard

  • Restaurant des Stars (B)

Back Lot

Toon Studio

  • Bistro Chez Remy (TS)

 


Disney Village

  • Annette’s Diner (TS)
  • Billy Bob’s (Bar)
  • Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show (DS)
  • Café Mickey (TS)
  • Earl of Sandwich (CS)*
  • Five Guys (CS)*
  • King Ludwig’s Castle (TS)*
  • La Grange at Billy Bob’s (B)
  • Mc Donald’s (CS)*
  • New York Style Sandwiches (CS)
  • Planet Hollywood (TS)*
  • Rainforest Café (TS)*
  • Sports Bar (Bar)
  • Starbuck’s (CS)*
  • The Steakhouse (TS)
  • Vapiano (CS)*

*not owned by Disney

 


Disney Hotels

Disneyland Hotel

Hotel New York

Newport Bay Club

Sequoia Lodge

Hotel Cheyenne

Hotel Santa Fe

  • La Cantina (B)

Davy Crockett Ranch

Gold Disneyland

  • Club-House Grill (TS)

 

Got a free meal plan or thinking about adding one on?  Click here for ‘Meal Plans Made Easy’

Click here to find out more about Character Dining at Disneyland Paris.

Click here for information about how Disneyland Paris cater for Food Allergies.

You may make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) up to 60 days in advance by phoning +33 (0) 1 60 30 40 50 (Please note, not all restaurants accept reservations.  See each individual restaurant page for more details).

First Aid Assistance at Disneyland Paris

From finding first aid centres, to seeing a doctor or visiting a local pharmacy; here is all the information you should need to help you.

FIRST AID CENTRES

If you need medical assistance while you are visiting the parks you can visit one of the three First Aid centres​. All the staff working in the centres are fully qualified and the centres equipped to provide visitors with the care they need. The first aid posts are open 7 days a week, locations and opening hours as follows:

Disneyland Park: Just off the central hub, between Victoria’s Homestyle Restaurant and Plaza Gardens. OPENS 7am – CLOSES two hours after park closing.
Walt Disney Studios: In the Front Lot, on the right as you enter the park. OPENS 30 minutes before park opening.
Disney Village: By the Sports Bar in Disney Village near the toilets. You will usually need to pop into Sports Bar and ask a member of staff to show you. OPEN 2pm  CLOSES 12:30am.

For more information on first aid services and maps of the centre locations, visit: http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk/guest-services/first-aid/

SEEING A DOCTOR  and ORDERING MEDICATION

How to get SOS Médicin to your room: Call 112 from your hotel phone

How to get medication with or without a prescription delivered to your hotel room:
Call reception. A payable delivery service called HELPADOM will deliver the medication.
Costs of delivery are as follows:
8-­9am and 7-­9pm = €27
9am­-7pm = €19.50
8am­-9pm Sundays and bank holidays = €27
9pm-­8am = €42

PHARMACIES AND OVER THE COUNTER REMEDIES

By law you are only allowed to buy medication in France from a pharmacy. You won’t be able to buy things from the supermarket like you can in the UK.

The nearest chemists ​are at Val d’Europe and at Magny ­le­ Hongre. neither are open on a
Sunday. The nearest 24hr/7 day week pharmacy is at Torcy.

Forum Sante at Val d’Europe

Open 9am – 9pm Monday – Saturday   CLOSED on Sundays  Telephone +33 1 60 43 14 66

If you are at DLP, go into the RER side of the station and get a ticket to Val d’Europe (one stop and costs around €1.50). When you get off the train, turn right on the platform and follow the signs for “Sortie 1 ­Centre Commercial“. When you exit the station, turn right again, walk to the end of the road,­ cross over and you will see the pharmacy by the entrance to the shopping centre. ­ It’s just two minutes walk from the station. The staff are very used to English visitors and speak excellent English if your French isn’t up to explaining medical problems.

The map below shows the location of the pharmacy and also the Val d’Europe RER station . 

You can even walk around inside the shop using the magical of Google 

They also have a facebook page​: search for ‘Pharmacie Forum Sante Val d’Europe’

Pharmacie de Magny at Magny­ le­ Hongre

Open Monday to Friday 9am – ­8pm, Saturday 9am­ – 7.30pm CLOSED on Sundays

This pharmacy is a ten minute walk (or a slightly shorter drive) from the Kyriad Disneyland Paris partner hotel​. Behind the Kyriad, walk along the path across the grass. When you reach the road, turn right and just along the road on your left there is a Casino supermarket; the pharmacy is just round the corner next to the supermarket. The walking route is shown on the map below.

Pharmacie Khun at Torcy

The nearest chemist with extended opening hours that is also open on a Sunday ​is at Torcy.

Centre de loisirs, BAY1, ­ 52 avenue de Lingenfeld 77200 TORCY
Open 24 hours a day Monday – Saturday,  8am – 8pm on Sundays  phone: 01 60 05 86 36

Torcy is 3 stops from DLP on the RER A. Buy a ticket for Torcy. On the train you’ll go  through Val d’Europe and then Bussy Saint Georges stations and then Torcy is the next  stop. Journey time about 11 minutes or so. Exit the station, cross the road and go up the steps or the ramp into the Bay 1 shopping and leisure area. Turn right when you get up into the shops and restaurants and the chemist is just at the other end of the row on the right.

Website: http://www.pharmacie-khun-bay-torcy.fr/

OUT OF HOURS SERVICE (Service de garde)

Most pharmacies operate within a rota system for Sundays and public holidays. So if you go to a chemist and it is closed on these days, there should be a notice in the window to show which chemist is scheduled to be open (Pharmacie de garde).

TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN

If it’s Calpol you’re after… Calpol isn’t available in France. One French equivalent is called Doliprane pediatrique. The pharmacist will need to know the weight of your baby in kilos in order to inform you of the correct dose. (Medicines are apparently commonly given to babies in France as suppositories, so if you don’t fancy this, make sure you ask for “by mouth”).

AND FINALLY…

Here are a couple of links to a useful website which might help with a bit of medical French vocabulary if you are totally stuck:

http://www.frenchlearner.com/vocabulary/pharmacy/  and http://www.frenchlearner.com/vocabulary/first-aid-injury/

Disney with a mobility scooter!

 

This was our first holiday with the scooter and we felt a little apprehensive about how accessible Disneyland Paris would be – we needn’t have worried!

Getting in and getting around!

Getting into both parks was nice and easy – the cms just open the kiosk doors as they did for pushchairs.  Our first stop was city hall to get a green pass and husband just drove in – no problems at all in getting in and manoeuvring August was always going to be busy but the crowds were somewhat annoying at times because people just walk out in front of you – happens to us all I guess but they don’t seem to like it when their toes get trampled so we are investing in a horn for this year’s trip! Navigating around Disney itself was great – the paths are all wide and it was even fine over the cobbled areas.  Where there are steps, there are also clearly signposted wheelchair accessible areas.  Main street was really easy to negotiate around although we couldn’t find our way down to Goofy during EMH, so he ran to get us!

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Rides and Shows in Disneyland Park 

Husband isn’t able to go on all the rides because of his health needs but those he could were very accessible.  The rides have a signposted disabled entrance, often the ride exit.  CMs were great and very welcoming.  So sometimes parts of the theming is missed but you can’t have everything! Getting into The Frozen Singalong was easy! There were spaces alongside the bench seating for a wheelchair/mobility scooter to slot into and we hope it has stayed the same for the Forest of Enchantment this year!

Fantasyland

Moving around Fantasyland was simple – occasionally needing to find an alternative route where there were steps.  We were able to enter Peter Pan’s Flight right by the ride exit and park the scooter close to the ride so only a very short distance to walk.  It’s a small world has a disabled entrance where we were shown to the ride.  Dumbo had a few small steps up to it.  La Taniere du Dragon was completely accessible.

Adventureland

Pirates of the Caribbean is one of our favourite family rides so we were really pleased to be able to drive the scooter straight to the ride exit.  It couldn’t have been any easier.  Around by Pirates of the Caribbean, we looked out for the sloped areas and the walkways were a little narrower.

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Discoveryland

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast is another firm favourite in our house but we were a little unsure of using the scooter at this stage so parked it outside and walked in through the disability entrance.  It was a longer walk than we anticipated so next time we will ask to take it through with us as there certainly was space.

Rides and shows in Walt Disney Studios

I had read that the disabled entrance to Ratatouille was problematic – that it was long and narrow and the same as the fastpass.  However, it was more than wide enough for the scooter and we drove it right down to the ride entrance.  Staff moved it for us to the exit.  There was enough space to manoeuvre.

Mickey and the Magician has a separate disabled entrance to the left of the Animagique theatre and then drive straight in! The scooter didn’t quite fit in the first space and staff were keen to help us find an appropriate space.  Husband stayed in the scooter and the rest of us were alongside and didn’t feel at all separate and very much part of the audience.

Everything Else 

Plaza gardens were fantastic.  I popped in to ask how to get in with a scooter and we were directed to the side of the restaurant which has a slope right into the back of  the restaurant.  We then headed over to the entrance and were seated.  The positioned us close to the buffet so I didn’t have to walk far to get husband’s food and showed him where he could park the scooter – inside the restaurant and we could see it at all times.  Again we took it into Restaurant des Stars although this time they removed a chair and he sat in the scooter and got his own food.  When shopping, lots of the larger shops were accessible and in the Walt Disney Studios store, he was able to take it into the changing rooms!

Overall, we were really pleased with the accessibility and the staff and very much looking forward to returning this Summer.

Click for the Disneyland Paris Accessibility Guide

Photos (c) Disneyland Paris

 

Cafe Des Cascadeurs

See the current menu here.

My eldest daughter has a real interest in anything American retro so I was thrilled to read about Cafe des Cascadeurs. Research led me to find out that it was an authentic fifties diner that was brought to Europe from America, just outside of New York in the nineties. However, it found itself in The Walt Disney Studios,  in 2002. By this stage, we didn’t really care what they served we just knew we would love to eat there! I had read that it had odd opening times so we didn’t build our hopes up! However, we happened to be there on a day it was opening and, knowing it was tiny, we made our way to join the short queue. We were shown to a booth, complete with checked curtains and slid in.   There are booths on one side, and on the other is the counter and the grill where the chefs were waiting to cook! As ‘cascadeurs’ is French for stuntmen, the walls had a lot of Disney stunt photos, including some of Herbie, which was great to see.

Food

The menu is simple, burgers and chips.  We ordered our burgers and they were happy to accommodate our fussy tastes – a mixture of removing pickles and sauces. I opted for the chicken burger which was delicious, beautifully cooked piece of chicken.  Everyone else in our group ordered the beef burger and I’m sure the children’s burger was the same size.  Service was fast but not rushed. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the surroundings and we would definitely visit again. On the way out,  we noticed that there was a small decking area for al fresco eating but eating inside, whatever the weather, would be our preference.