Disneyland

Overview

Introduction

After a lukewarm welcome, including cultural backlash from the French, Mickey and company have finally been accepted on European soil. Located 20 mi/32 km east of Paris near Marne-la-Vallee, the park opened in 1992 (it was then called Euro Disney) with the intention of duplicating the successes of similar parks in California, Florida and Japan.

By the late 1990s, Disneyland Paris was ranked as France's top tourist attraction—more popular than the Louvre—and it maintains a top-ranking position today.

Unless you live in Europe, we don't recommend visiting Disneyland Paris—if you live in the U.S., you could see something just like it closer to home for a lot less money.

If you do go, you'll find the vast majority of the park is just like Disneyland or Disney World: Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland and Main Street, U.S.A., vary little from their U.S. counterparts.

The park has a golf course and six resort hotels (one is the Cheyenne Hotel, a complete stage-set of a frontier cowboy town with saloon, hardware store, bank and dance hall). A Rio Grande meanders through the area. For visitors on a budget, there's Camp Davy Crockett (campsites and cabins).

Outside the park, Disney Village offers live music in an attractive setting. Disneyland Paris is reached via the RER, a suburban train line from central Paris.

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