Who says that the Americans should have all the fun? Disney’s landmark venue, Disneyland Paris, remains an incredible tourist attraction for millions of couples and families to visit year after year. Once referred to as EuroDisney, there is an awful lot of work that goes into keeping the magic alive at the park, across its various rides, attractions and character experiences.
Here are 12 fun facts about Disneyland Paris you may not be aware of.
Disneyland Paris is truly enormous. It spans a total of 140 acres!
If you’ve ever been on the Space Mountain ride at other Disney resort locations, you’re going to want to check out the Paris park’s twist. That’s because it’s officially the fastest, and no other Space Mountain ride will spin you upside down!
‘EuroDisney’ was the original name of the resort, though this was eventually dropped in favour of a more family-friendly and less ‘economic’ name.
While you may find that there are sometimes multiple characters in attendance at the park, there is only ever one Mickey Mouse. Appropriately so, in fact!
Walt Disney never intended for any of his parks to finish growing. That certainly applies to Disneyland Paris, too. In his own words, “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”
Discoveryland is a section of the park which oversees all kinds of contraptions and gizmos. But, did you know how far the cars travel per day in this section? Up to 2,000km!
Main Street USA is one of the most popular sections of the park. It’s home to around 225,000 light bulbs, each one of them working to keep the street lit up.
What’s more, Main Street is actually home to a real barbershop. This is thought to be in tribute to Walt Disney’s father – who was a barber by trade. The original barbershop was set up with authentic furniture from a Chicago salon.
Disneyland Paris has an enormous wardrobe – and fittingly so. It’s thought that there are more than 250,000 pieces in the backstores at the park. What’s more, around 5,000 new costumes come to life each year, each taking up to 200 hours to design and craft. It’s a lot of work!
Disneyland Paris almost didn’t make it to the capital. It was Disney’s original wish to install the park closer to the Mediterranean. It’s thought that this would match the coastal locations in the US. However, Paris was deemed easier for tourists to get to.
There is a population of cats who treat the park as home. The park’s staff looks after the moggies, making sure that they are spayed, and that they are all fed and watered.
During its initial opening, operators of Disneyland Paris took some time to adjust to local French culture. Believe it or not, wine was unavailable at any of the bars and restaurants right away – something that was very quickly remedied!
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