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                              Disneyland Paris
                              (aka EuroDisney)

          Frequently Asked Questions and General Information List

                      Version 2.9 - 1st February 1996

                      Copyright (c) 1996 Andre Willey
                  (original version created by Tom Drynda)

Welcome to Version 2.9 of the Disneyland Paris Frequently Asked Questions
and General Information List.

This FAQ is intended for public use, and may be redistributed freely via
computer networks in its original form ONLY. If you post a copy to a
bulletin board/etc, please let me know so I can send you regular updates.

Other than for the above use, this document is Copyright (c) 1996 by Andre
Willey. No commercial use whatsoever is permitted without written permission
from the author. Where other authors' material has been included, they have
been credited accordingly.

Note: This document is intended as an informal and independent guide for
visitors to the Disneyland Paris theme park, and as such it is not sponsored
or endorsed by the Walt Disney Company, or Euro Disney S.C.A, in any way.
However, no infringement of any of their copyrights is intended, and it is
acknowledged that the Disney characters and theme park attractions mentioned
within this document are registered trademarks of the Walt Disney Company -
including, but not necessarily limited to: Walt Disney, Disneyland Paris,
Euro Disney, Magic Kingdom, Main Street USA, Frontierland, Adventureland,
Fantasyland, Discoveryland, Festival Disney, Audio-Animatronics, Adventure
Isle, Space Mountain, Mickey Mouse and Captain EO.

I would also like to make it clear that I do not work for, or near, the park
(I live in England) so there's not much point in asking me to arrange block
ticket bookings, or to locate someone or somewhere within the park. Equally,
I don't have any detailed inside dossiers to help you research your college
project on the structure and financial success (or otherwise) of the park.
Please consult the relevant sections of this FAQ to see who you need to
contact for such information.


Please enjoy your visit to Disneyland Paris, and do let me know how you got
on. Any comments, corrections and suggestions about this FAQ are very

Also, any topical information which you can provide me with after your visit
would help enormously in keeping this FAQ up to date. I'd be especially
grateful for copies of the free Guest Guidebook and weekly Entertainment
Programme (available at City Hall) and/or the newspaper-style Hotel Guide
(available from your hotel's Reception Desk). E-mail me for my full postal

I'll next be visiting the park on Sunday 18th February, in case anyone would
like to meet up for a chat. E-mail me if you're interested.


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     *  Electronic mail

          You can email me at "" for a copy of this
          FAQ. Please let me know if you wish to be added to the monthly
          update mailing list. The FAQ will now be sent out in four
          segments, due to limitations in some mailers.

     *  PostScript version

          I also issue a PostScript version of this FAQ, which is now
          available by FTP from It can also be
          downloaded from the WWW site. This version benefits from much
          better layout and neater formatting than the plain ASCII text
          version. It does not currently include any photos due to the
          potential size of the file, but it may include a park map at some



     1    Topical Information

          1.1  Park Opening Hours
          1.2  Park Seasonal Structure and Current Entrance Prices
          1.3  Hotel Seasonal Structure and Current Room Rates
          1.4  Current Parade, Show and Restaurant Schedules
          1.5  Current Special Offers, News and Gossip
          1.6  Temporarily Closed Rides / Attractions
          1.7  New Attractions and Forthcoming Events
          1.8  Current Financial Information

     2    A Brief History of Euro Disney / Disneyland Paris

          2.1  General History
          2.2  Financial History

     3    Overview of Disneyland Paris

          3.1  Attractions and Entertainments
          3.2  List of Shops
          3.3  List of Restaurants and food outlets
          3.4  Festival Disney
          3.5  Disney Hotels

     4    Common Questions and Answers

          4.1  What are the opening hours and prices?
          4.2  Contact Numbers and Addresses?
          4.3  Guide Books?
          4.4  How To Get There?
          4.5  Attractions that no other park has?
          4.6  Comparisons between rides?
          4.7  What language do they use?
          4.8  Getting around Paris?
          4.9  How do I get discounts? (Magic Kingdom Club)
          4.10 Can I contact anyone at (or near) the park by e-mail?
          4.11 What DL-P souvenirs are available? Do they do Mail Order?
          4.12 What's the weather like? When should I visit?
          4.13 Any other tips for avoiding the worst of the queues?
          4.14 Are there any net sites with photos of Disneyland Paris?
          4.15 What attractions have age and/or height restrictions?
          4.16 What other hotels and campsites are in the area?

     5    More details of specific attractions

          5.1  Liberty Arcade, Discovery Arcade, Statue of Liberty Tableau
          5.2  Walt's Restaurant
          5.3  Phantom Manor
          5.4  Big Thunder Mountain
          5.5  Pirates of the Caribbean
          5.6  Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril
          5.7  Adventure Isle
          5.8  La Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant
          5.9  Alice's Curious Labyrinth
          5.10 Storybookland rides
          5.11 Le Visionarium
          5.12 Les Mysteres du Nautilus
          5.13 Space Mountain (de la Terre a la Lune)
          5.14 Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show

     6    Acknowledgements


1    Topical Information

     1.1  Park Opening Hours

          Dates                      Hours

          January                    10am-6pm
          February                   10am-6pm
          March                      10am-6pm (Sats 10am-8pm)
          April                      10am-6pm (Weekends 10am-8pm)
          May                        10am-6pm (Weekends 10am-8pm)
            May 16-19                10am-8pm
          June 1-21                  10am-6pm (Sats 9am-11pm, Suns 10am-8pm)
          June 22-30                 9am-11pm
          July                       9am-11pm
          August                     9am-11pm
          September 1-7              9am-11pm
          September 8-30             10am-6pm (Sats 10am-8pm)
          October                    10am-6pm (Sats 10am-8pm)

          During busy periods, a 'Magic Morning' scheme operates which
          provides hotel residents with access to selected areas of the park
          an hour before the general public. Call Guest Relations on (+33 1)
          64 74 30 00 to confirm details.

     1.2  Park Seasonal Structure and Current Entrance Prices

          Seasonal Structure

               Low Season            Jan 8-Mar 1, Sept 30-mid Dec

               High Season           Mar 2-Sept 29

          Current Entrance Prices (valid until 4 April 1996)

          High Season                Adult      Child     Adult     Child
          (Spring/Summer + Xmas)     FF         FF        UKP       UKP

               One Day               195        150       25        19
               One Day, after 5 pm   150        100       (France only)
               Two Days              370        285       47.50     36.50
               Three Days            505        390       65        50

          Low Season                 Adult      Child     Adult     Child
          (Autumn/Winter, exc Xmas)  FF         FF        UKP       UKP

               One Day               150        120       19        15
               Two Days              285        230       36.50     29
               Three Days            390        310       50        40

          Annual Passports (FF)      Adult      Child

               Standard Annual       695        495
               Annual Plus           995        695

          10% Magic Kingdom Club (US or Euro) discount applies on all of the
          above prices. Children are classed as aged 3-11, under 3 are free.

          The main ticket booths and entrance turnstiles are located on the
          ground floor level, directly underneath the pink and white
          Disneyland Hotel. You may also purchase one, two and three day
          passes at your local (European) Disney Store before leaving home,
          which might avoid some queuing. Current UK Disney Store prices are
          listed above for reference.

          Annual Passports may be purchased from the small Guest Relations
          office which is set back a little to the far right of the entrance
          turnstiles. Note: you'll need to have your photograph taken when
          buying an Annual Passport, so during busy periods it's a good idea
          to book an appointment in advance.

          The 'standard' Annual Passport is not valid during some busy
          weekend and local holiday dates. The full 'Annual-Plus' passport
          is valid every day for a full 12 months starting from the first
          day of use. It also gives other additional benefits such as free
          parking, free stroller rental, 10% off all resort food and
          merchandise purchases, 10% hotel room discount during off-peak
          periods, 5% room discount during peak periods (max three rooms;
          reduced to 8% and 3% for credit card payments), a quarterly "Club
          Plus" newsletter (supposedly!), 10% discount in French Disney
          Stores, etc.

          Some Other Useful Prices (per day)

               Video camera rental:             FF 300 (FF 5000 deposit)
               Still (Kodak) camera rental:     FF 50 (FF 800 deposit)
               Stroller/Wheelchair rental:      FF 30

     1.3  Hotel Seasonal Structure and Current Room Rates

          Hotel Seasonal Structure

               Value                 Nov 5-Feb 15 (except Saturdays and Xmas

               Shoulder              Nov 1-4, Saturdays in Nov/Dec/Jan
                                     (except Xmas fortnight), Monday-Sunday
                                     in March, Apr 1-4

               Peak                  Dec 22-Jan7, Feb 16-29, Saturdays in
                                     Feb, Fridays & Saturdays in March

          Current Hotel Room Rates (valid until 4 April 1996)

          Disneyland Hotel           Room       Room      Suite
                                     FF         UKP       FF

          Value                      1650       212       2500 - 12500
          Shoulder                   1650       212       2500 - 12500
          Peak                       1995       256       3250 - 12500

          Castle Club (Disneyland)   Room       Room      Suite
                                     FF         UKP       FF

          Value                      2400       ???       2500 - 12500
          Shoulder                   2400       ???       2500 - 12500
          Peak                       2740       ???       3250 - 12500
          (MKC members get Castle Club rooms at the standard room rate)

          Hotel New York             Room       Room      Suite
                                     FF         UKP       FF

          Value                      1025       123       1900 - 8500
          Shoulder                   1025       123       1900 - 8500
          Peak                       1025       123       2100 - 9000

          Newport Bay Club           Room       Room      Suite
                                     FF         UKP       FF

          Value                      625        75        1250 - 1850
          Shoulder                   775        93        1250 - 1850
          Peak                       895        105       1400 - 2000

          Sequoia Lodge              Room       Room      Suite
                                     FF         UKP       FF

          Value                      525        63        1300 - 1500
          Shoulder                   675        81        1300 - 1500
          Peak                       795        93        1500 - 1700

          Hotel Cheyenne             Room       Room
                                     FF         UKP

          Value                      400        48
          Shoulder                   575        63
          Peak                       695        81

          Hotel Santa Fe             Room       Room
                                     FF         UKP

          Value                      300        36
          Shoulder                   475        54
          Peak                       595        66

          Davy Crockett Ranch        4 or 6 person cabins
                                     FF         UKP

          Value                      300        ??
          Shoulder                   575        ??
          Peak                       795        ??

          8% Magic Kingdom Club (US or Euro) discount is available on all
          room rates. The above prices include VAT, but do not include local
          taxes (FF 7 per person per night Hotel Tax, charged by the French
          government). Pound prices are for guidance of UK readers and may
          be subject to changes due to currency rate fluctuations.

          The above prices are for accommodation only. For an additional
          charge you can opt to stay bed & breakfast, half-board or full-
          board. Meals may be taken at your own hotel, or at selected
          restaurants within the resort. For example, one package allows you
          to eat at the Yacht Club, Parkside Diner, Los Angeles Bar & Grill,
          Key West Seafood, Walt's or Plaza Gardens. Another (cheaper)
          package gives you access to the Chuck Wagon Cafe, Beaver Creek
          Tavern, La Cantina, Crockett's Tavern or Annette's Diner.

          'Classic Break' package prices are available, which include
          continental breakfast and unlimited park entrance during your stay
          (including arrival and departure days). 'Forfait Celebration
          Breaks' at the Disneyland or Newport Bay Club also give entry to
          Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, one dinner at your hotel, a fruit
          basket & bottle of wine or champagne on arrival, and a day-trip to
          Paris if staying for more than two nights. With a 'Prestige Break'
          you stay in a suite at the Newport Bay Club or Hotel New York, and
          the price includes full-board meals.

          All packages can be purchased as 1 night/2 days, 2 nights/3 days
          and 3 nights/4 days, with extra nights available if desired. The
          pricing system is complex, with five price bands based on the date
          of the start of your stay. The bands largely follow the main hotel
          seasonal structure, with packages starting on a Saturday night
          being slightly more expensive.

          However, DO NOT assume that a package deal will offer better value
          for money than booking your room and passport separately. This is
          especially true if visiting off-peak (park hours 10am-6pm) when
          you are unlikely to gain much by having package access to the park
          on both your arrival and departure dates.

          See below (section 4.2) for phone-numbers for making reservations
          or enquiries.

     1.4  Current Parade, Show and Restaurant Schedules

          The information in this section is intended as a guide only, and
          is based on recent programming information. Times vary by season,
          so please check the free handout Entertainment Programme as soon
          as you arrive, or call Guest Relations on (+33 1) 64 74 30 00 to
          confirm details. Do make sure that you get to shows and parades
          early if you want a decent view.

          Main Street and Other Parades (weather permitting)

               Good Morning Main St. 10.10am
               The Royal Procession  12.30pm in the Castle Courtyard
               La Parade des         3.00pm (includes Lion King floats)
               The Characters Dance  4.20pm in Fantasyland
               Electrical Parade     (doesn't operate when the park shuts at

          Stage Shows

               Le Livre Magique de Mickey
                                     Wonderful fairytale show on the Castle
                                     Stage. Not listed as running at
               La Belle et la Bete   Beauty and the Beast stage show inside
                                     Videopolis. Not listed as running at
               Lilly's Follies       Live show at the Lucky Nugget Saloon.
                                     11.30am, 1.00pm, 2.15pm, 4.15pm,
                                     5.15pm. Not listed as running at
               En Scene, s'il vous plait! (Places, please!)
                                     Live musical show on the Fantasy
                                     Festival Stage. Not listed as running
                                     at present.
               Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
                                     Located in Festival Disney (see section
                                     5.14). 6.30pm and 9.30pm. There may
                                     also be a Buffalo Bill parade at 11pm
               Mickey's Parad'Ice Action
                                     Join Mickey and the gang at the Hotel
                                     New York ice skating rink to celebrate
                                     100 years of cinema. Fridays &
                                     Saturdays only, at 7.10pm and 8.30pm.


               The firework shows now take place inside the park. However,
               the show is no longer directly over the castle, instead being
               launched from the Frontierland/Adventureland area. It is not
               currently operating due the park's 6pm closing time.

          Restaurant Operating Schedules

               The Coffee Grinder               -
               The Ice Cream Company            -
               Market House Deli                Daily
               Walt's - an American Restaurant  Daily, except Wed/Thurs
               Cookie Kitchen                   Daily
               Cable Car Bake Shop              Daily
               Casey's Corner                   Daily
               Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour    Daily
               Victoria's Home-Style Restaurant Daily
               Plaza Gardens Restaurant         Daily
               Silver Spur Steakhouse           Daily, except Mon/Tues
               The Last Chance Cafe             -
               The Lucky Nugget Saloon          Daily, except Mon/Tues
               Fuente del Oro Restaurante       Daily, except Tues/Wed
               Cowboy Cookout Barbecue          Daily, except Thurs/Fri
               Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost    Daily, except Mon/Tues
               Hakuna Matata                    Daily, except Thurs/Fri
               Cafe de la Brousse               -
               Captain Hook's Galley            -
               Blue Lagoon Restaurant           Daily, except Wed/Thurs
               Auberge de Cendrillon            Daily, except Mon/Tues
               Pizzeria Bella Notte             Daily, except Thurs/Fri
               Fantasia Gelati                  -
               Au Chalet de la Marionnette      Daily, except Mon/Tues
               Toad Hall Restaurant             Daily, except Wed/Thurs
               March Hare Refreshments          -
               The Old Mill                     -
               Cafe Hyperion                    Daily
               Explorer's Club                  Daily

          Festival Disney Restaurants, Bars and Clubs

               Sandwiches New York Style        9am-11pm
               Annette's Diner                  Midday-3pm & 5pm-11pm
                                                Sats: midday-midnight
                                                Suns: midday-11pm
               Los Angeles Bar and Grill        Midday-3pm & 5.30pm-11pm
                                                Sats: open until 11.30pm
               Key West Seafood Restaurant      Tues-Fri: 5.30pm-11pm
                                                Sats: 5.30pm-11.30pm
               The Steakhouse                   6pm-11pm
               Buffalo Bills Wild West Show     Shows at 6.30pm & 9.30pm
               Champion Sports Bar              Sun-Thurs: 11am-midnight
                                                Fri/Sat: 11am-1am
               Billy Bob's C & W Saloon         6pm-1am
               Rock'n'Roll America Cafe         Sun-Thurs: 5pm-11pm
                                                Fri/Sat: 6pm-midnight
               Hurricanes Nightclub             11pm-3am

     1.5  Current Special Offers, News and Gossip

          REUTERS, Paris. April 29 1995:

               Euro Disney S.C.A. plans to develop a site near Paris as the
               Walt Disney Company's European centre for film, television
               and leisure activities, the French business daily Les Echos
               reported on Friday.

               "Disney in Europe is Disneyland Paris; it is cinema and
               television, areas in which we are getting involved in a major
               way," Euro Disney Chairman Philippe Bourguignon said.

               Production studios for short and feature-length cartoon films
               will be moved from Montreuil in south Paris to the Disneyland
               Paris location at Marne-La-Vallee, east of Paris. It will be
               Disney's third production centre in the world, he said.

               "We are the centre for various activities," he said. "It is
               up to us to take initiatives to optimize the Walt Disney
               Company's activities in Europe." A recent agreement for a
               giant-screen complex signed with cinema distributor Gaumont
               will be followed up by other projects to reorganize the
               Festival Disney leisure centre next to the main theme park,
               he said.

               Also on Friday, Walt Disney Company and a European media
               group, CLT Multi Media, launched a family-entertainment TV
               channel, known as Super RTL, in Germany. Bourguignon said
               Disney also plans to launch a 24-hour Disney channel in
               Britain this fall on Sky Television.

          The Autumn 1995 "Space Festival" attraction, which tied in with
          the Space Mountain opening, has been extended until June 1996 and
          is now housed in a backstage storage area, accessed between Space
          Mountain and Captain EO, under the railroad. The "Festival de
          L'espace" displays include "Touch the Moon" (enabling guests to
          touch actual lunar rocks), space garb from various missions, a
          13x13 metre replica of an R.E.S. satellite and a Lunar Module
          that, via virtual reality, allows guests to experience what it
          feels like to walk on the moon.

          The successful "Kids go Free" deal will once again be offered
          during the first three months of 1996. Available Jan 1-Apr 4.

          There is some talk that Disneyland Paris may be starting their own
          WWW site soon (similar to the very popular one for WDW) which will
          allow you to make hotel bookings/etc over the net.

     1.6  Temporarily Closed Rides / Attractions

          Some rides, restaurants and stage shows will be closed over the
          winter period, as per last year. For example, Alice's Curious
          Labyrinth, the Storybookland rides and the outdoor stage shows
          were all closed last winter. Similarly, when the park closes
          before nightfall, there will be no fireworks or Main Street
          Electrical Parade.

          Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin is currently closed, and the ride
          has been dismantled, presumably for rehab.

          A lot of the water features have been turned off during the recent
          freezing weather. For example, the water mills in the waiting area
          of Big Thunder Mountain and the waterfalls and brooks at some of
          the hotels.

          Cafe des Visionnaires is gone. It is now a games arcade, the first
          one at the park, called "Arcade des Visionnaires".

          The main daytime parade, while adding new floats such as Lion King
          and soon Pocahontas, seems to be doing so at the expense of older
          floats. Andy Jackson ( reported last
          summer that the Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and even Sleeping
          Beauty floats were missing, and that there was no second parade
          along the lines of the Aladdin one from last year.

          The Indian Canoes are closed until further notice.

          Main Street Motors no longer exists as such. It is now just
          another store selling Disney merchandise. You can sometimes
          purchase promotional photographs in souvenir holders here (a
          photograph of you and The Phantom taken in front of Phantom

          Some of the table-service restaurants have now changed to counter-
          service due to changes in demand. The old Explorers Club
          Restaurant has now been changed into Colonel Hathi's Pizza

          Please check with Guest Relations for further info - although even
          their information is sometimes out of date. Detailed schedules of
          attraction downtime seem almost impossible to obtain in advance.

     1.7  New Attractions and Forthcoming Events

          The following attractions have opened recently:

               A new restaurant called the Explorer's Club has been opened
               in Discoveryland, near Space Mountain and Captain EO.

               A games arcade called "Arcade des Visionnaires" has opened
               near the entrance to Discoveryland, in the site of the old
               Cafe des Visionnaires.

               Les Mysteres du Nautilus  [Discoveryland]
                 (Walk through Captain Nemo's submarine. With squid attack)

               Space Mountain (de la Terre a la Lune)  [Discoveryland]
                 (Fast indoor roller coaster ride, with three inversions)
               Note: this ride now has new, more comfortable, headrests.

               "En Scene, s'il vous plait!" (Places, please!). A new stage
               show at the Fantasy Festival Stage. A musical story about
               putting on a show, with Roger Rabbit as guest star. Features
               Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Chip & Dale, plus characters
               such as Darkwing Duck, Turbo McQuack, Bonkers and Louie
               representing the Disney Club TV shows.

               Miniature figures have now been added to the Storybookland
               dioramas which make the scenes look more alive.

               There is now a photo-opportunity facility at Big Thunder
               Mountain Railroad, where you can buy photos taken at the top
               of one of the drops.

          Forthcoming special themed events include:

          Fairytale Festival - Fantasyland, Jan 8-Apr 4

               This special season lets you relive and experience the most
               magical and magnificent moments of this mysterious world.

               Things to see and do:

               * A giant gingerbread house with all its enticing candy
               * Each day, the marriage of Sleeping Beauty and her handsome
                 prince Philippe [sic] on his white horse
               * A pumpkin magically becomes Cinderella's carriage
               * A new classic parade featuring 'modern' fairytales (Little
                 Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King and
               * "Kids Free" promotion from Jan 1 to April 4. [Presumably as
                 per previous years - i.e. one child package free per adult

          Far West Festival - Frontierland, Apr 12-Jun 23

               In Frontierland there will be three main areas of activity
               for the Far West Festival: the Chaparral Stage, Cowboy
               Cookout and at the entrance to Frontierland.

               * Lumberjacks from Canada will stage a log cabin building
               * Country music groups will be performing
               * Line dancers
               * A stagecoach arriving into town with the girls from the
                 Lucky Nugget Saloon on board
               * Indians [ahem, Native Americans?] doing authentic
                 hairbraiding, face painting and making headdresses from
                 eagle feathers

               Western Stunt Show - Apr 12-Jun 23

                 The show centres around 'Lucky Luke' and the 'Dalton
                 Brothers'. The show is new and very lively and features the
                 US Cavalry and cowboys and Indians. So that everyone can
                 enjoy the show, it is all action and few words!!

          Future plans at the park:

               A little dicky bird told me that there are plans afoot for
               another new ride at Disneyland Paris. Nothing has been
               announced officially as yet, but expect the area which
               currently contains the Chaparral Stage to soon become a
               construction site for a 'watery kind of ride' (similar to a
               very popular ride at DL and WDW, although the DL-P version
               will probably be slightly smaller than its American
               counterparts due to space limitations).

               Most of the other current expansion plans seem to be outside
               of the park itself. These include a 90,000 square-metre
               regional shopping complex, 2,500 apartments, 5,000 square-
               metres of additional conference space (including new
               facilities at the Newport Bay Club) and a new RER station at

               There will also be a new multi-screen Gaumont cinema complex
               at Festival Disney (located facing Buffalo Bill's Wild West
               Show, between the current Festival Disney site and the
               Newport Bay Club hotel). Initial plans are for eight screens
               seating more than 2,000 people in total - including one large
               700-seater screen. Work has already started, and the complex
               is due to open late in 1996.

               A Planet Hollywood restaurant will also be coming to Festival
               Disney soon.

     1.8  Current Financial Information

          Wednesday 15th November 1995: Euro Disney SCA announces its first
          annual operating profit.

          The net profit for the year ending 30th September 1995 was FFr
          114m (UKP 14.84m) as opposed to a loss of FFr 1.80 bn (UKP 234m)
          the previous year. Part of the reason for the turn of fortune was
          the FFr 112m windfall which was linked to an issue of convertible
          bonds, along with lenders' leniency and repayment of FFr 6bn of

          Attendance at Disneyland Paris for the same period was 10.7m, an
          increase of 21% from last year's 8.8m visitors. Sales for the
          period increased by 10% from last year, to FFr 4.6bn.

          The Euro Disney share price on the London market as of November
          14th 1995 was UKP 2.15 (approx. FFr 16.19), but it slid sharply in
          a bout of panic selling to just 1.94 (FFr 14.64) following the
          announcement of the annual figures. Trading in Paris was suspended
          for 15 minutes following a 10% fall in one day, and prices
          continued to fluctuate wildly over the next month or so, settling
          down to around UKP 1.50 by the end of the year.

          As of January 31st 1996, the share value had crept back up to UKP
          1.68 (around FFr 12.97).

          Note: For UK readers, Euro Disney London share prices can be found
          on teletext: BBC 1/2, page 221 or Channel 4, page 516.


2    A Brief History of Euro Disney / Disneyland Paris

     2.1  General History

          August 1988:  Construction starts on the 2000 hectare site located
          32km to the east of Paris, in a still-rural location near Marne-

          December 1990:  Espace Euro Disney (an information centre) opens
          to the public.

          September 1st 1991:  Casting Centre opens.

          Late March 1992:  Euro Disney opens for testing. During those
          test-weeks, employees (and their families) of the major sponsors
          such as Philips and Renault were invited to visit.

          April 11th 1992:  Press preview day. Attendee Michael Sandstrom
          ( writes: It was a unbelievably beautiful day! It
          was sunny and warm, and everyone was so excited. The park was
          really ready too; to my 30 year old Disney drenched eyes, it
          looked liked it should have, not like it was barely done.
          Everything to eat and do was free on that day - including
          l'Auberge de Cendrillon, where I had lunch, and the hotels where
          they asked us to go for two hours while they set up buffets in all
          the streets to feed thousands more guests who arrived in the
          evening, all wearing one of four sweatshirts which were the
          opening party tickets. That night was magic and warm. They passed
          out truffles on silver trays to us commoners as well as the dozens
          famous people standing shoulder to shoulder with me watching THE
          most amazing fireworks I have ever seen (which is a lot!) coming
          from every direction over Main Street. I cried, but then I had
          dreamed of and written about this moment for four years. The point
          is, Disney really delivered. [For Michael's further comments on
          opening day, and the park in general, please email him].

          April 12th 1992:  Euro Disney opens. Inaugural ceremonies
          broadcast to entire continent by five national networks. However,
          the expected 500,000 visitors did not turn up for the first day of
          business: in fact, barely 50,000 people were admitted. This may
          have been partly due protests from French people who feared their
          culture would be damaged by Euro Disney. During the live opening
          television broadcast, a major electricity circuit was cut and
          signposts showing the way to Marne-La-Vallee were damaged.

          The first phase of development (the theme park, hotel complex and
          golf course) cost 22 billion French Francs to complete.

          May 1992:  Up to 3,000 employees have reportedly quit over pay and
          working conditions. Attendances are low; sources say that on sunny
          weekend days the park is attracting about 20,000-25,000 visitors,
          much lower than the predicted 60,000. Only 3 out of 10 visitors
          are French. Company stock falls to FF 123 ($22.70), down from
          $30.50 before the opening.

          August 1992:  The park is now expected to draw around 9.6 million
          visitors this year, as opposed to the 11 million that had
          originally been projected.

          Late 1992:  European recession causes property slump and Euro
          Disney falls into serious financial difficulty. High interest
          payments on its massive start-up loans further exacerbate the
          problems, and the cheap dollar rate meant that many tourists found
          it cheaper to fly to Florida for their holidays. Further blame is
          placed on overstaffing and over-capacity at the Euro Disney hotels
          (since visitors can do the park in one day). Newport Bay Club
          hotel is therefore closed during the quiet winter months. Souvenir
          and food prices are also seen as being prohibitively high, meaning
          that visitors aren't spending enough money while inside the park -
          hopes were that each visitor would spend around $33 per day, but
          analysts reckon spending is around 12% lower.

          April 12th 1993:  The park's first birthday. Sleeping Beauty's
          Castle is decorated as a giant birthday cake to celebrate the

          Summer 1993:  The new Indiana Jones roller-coaster ride opens. A
          few weeks after the opening, the emergency brakes locked on during
          a ride. Some people were hurt and the attraction was temporarily
          shut down for investigations.

          Early 1994:  Euro Disney in crisis. Rumours are rife in the press
          that the park will have to close due to massive losses. Crisis
          talks are held with the banks and backers.

          June 1994:  A financial rescue package is announced which involves
          a number of actions: massive injection of new cash ($500 million)
          by a Saudi prince; the Disney Company agrees to waive its royalty
          fees for five years while the park finds its feet; agreement by
          the banks to support better loan repayment schedules; a new issue
          of shares.

          August 1994:  All of the park's hotels are fully booked during the
          peak holiday season. At least there appears to be no shortage of
          visitors, and their reactions to the park itself are generally
          favourable - although food and merchandise are still seen as being
          too expensive.

          August 31st 1994:  Trading in Euro Disney stock was temporarily
          suspended for 15 minutes on the Paris stock exchange after share
          prices fell to less then $2 (i.e. a drop of more than 10%). Shares
          hit $1.40 in the first 10 minutes of trading. The problems were
          due to 'technical reasons', and an analyst's recommendation to
          sell stock. The company blames the European recession, a fall in
          real estate prices and poor spending by visitors.

          October 1994:  The park's name is officially changed to
          "Disneyland Paris". This is due to public mistrust of all things
          'Euro', a wish to more closely link the park with the romantic
          city of Paris, and a desire to disassociate with the poor
          reputation that has become linked with the phrase "Euro Disney".
          The 'Euro' part of the logo had been reducing in size for some
          time, and the name gradually transformed from "EURO Disney" to
          "Euro Disneyland" to "Euro Disneyland Paris" to "Disneyland
          Paris". The entire resort complex is technically still known as
          Euro Disney Resort, though.

          November 1994:  Slightly more encouraging year-end figures are
          released. The previous year's UKP 650 million loss has been
          slashed to around 200 million. This is despite a 10% fall in
          attendance to some 8.8 million visitors (caused largely by the 1st
          and 2nd quarter panics that the park would be closed by Summer).

          Winter 1994:  Unlike previous years, all of the site hotels remain
          open for business, except for some down-time for renovation work
          (e.g. Newport Bay Club, Sequoia Lodge and Santa Fe).

          Spring 1995:  Disneyland Paris repeats its successful 'Kids go
          Free' promotional offer, which helps give a much-needed boost to
          trade during the slack months of January-March.

          January 1995:  A report headed by Jong Jarvis, an assistant
          professor of communications at Robert Morris College, indicated
          French cast members were dissatisfied with many of the American
          working practices. These included exempting the park from
          established French labour-laws, American managers requiring
          English to be spoken at all meetings (even if the vast majority of
          participants were French) and insistence on American standards of
          dress code and personal grooming. Some of the most offensive
          requirements have since been relaxed, and workers seem to have
          accepted Disney values more readily now they are no longer imposed
          upon them. During 1993, there was a 26% turnover within the park's
          8,000 full-time staff, and a further 25% left in 1994. "That's
          devastating to a business. They're retraining a quarter of their
          work force just to fill those slots every year," said Jarvis.

          January 26 1995:  BURBANK, Calif. (Associated Press,) - Walt
          Disney Co. on Thursday said earnings grew 31 percent in its fiscal
          first quarter. [...] The company's investment in Euro Disney
          resulted in income of $27.9 million, reflecting a gain of $55
          million from the sale of approximately 75 million shares to Prince
          Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

          February 1995:  The Shareholder's Annual Report for the fiscal
          year ending 30 September 1994 is released. Overall attendance for
          1994 was confirmed as being 8.8 million, as opposed to 9.8 million
          in 1993. However, average hotel occupancy was up from 55% to 60% -
          mainly due to an increase in winter bookings. Total attendance to
          date has been 28 million (10 million of whom were French, and an
          estimated 20% being repeat visitors). A brief account of some of
          the financial information supplied in the Report is given in
          section 2.2.

          March 31st 1995:  An early recovery in Euro Disney's fortunes has
          been forecast by a top Walt Disney executive. Joe Roth, who heads
          the company's films division, said there was "a very good chance
          that by the end of this year it will be break-even".

          April 1st 1995:  New lower entrance prices come into force, with
          an average of around 20% reduction on the previous adult prices,
          slightly less for child passes.

          April 21st 1995:  The half-yearly financial statement from Euro
          Disney S.C.A. indicates that the company's net deficit was slashed
          by 77% from FF 1.06bn to FF 241m in the six months to March 1995.
          This is attributed mainly to the temporary removal of management
          fees & royalties and a reduction in loan repayments, all of which
          formed part of the refinancing package agreed in June 1994.
          However, park attendance and park/hotel revenues were up about 7%
          on the same period last year, with overall turnover rising to FF
          1.68bn. This was before the new price structure came into effect,
          so expectations are high for the peak summer months and it is
          hoped that the park could become profitable by next year. However,
          to stay profitable into 1997 (when interest payments and royalty
          demands will come back into full force) it is estimated that the
          annual attendance figures will need to be in the region of 12.5m,
          as opposed to last year's 8.8m.

          April/May (?) 1995:  A travel trade exhibition in Germany votes
          for the best worldwide theme park. Unsurprisingly, Walt Disney
          World in Florida wins the poll, but Disneyland Paris achieves an
          excellent second place - even beating off competition from the
          original Disneyland in California which came third.

          June 1st 1995:  Space Mountain opens. Previewed for Annual
          Passholders on 20/21 May, everyone seems to agree that this is by
          far the best roller coaster ride that the Disney Imagineers have
          yet created. See section 5.13 for more details.

          August 1995:  For the first time in its history, Disneyland Paris
          and the Euro Disney resort complex announce a profit. Figures
          issued for the 3rd quarter (April-June) reveal a FF 170m (UKP 22m)
          profit, as compared to a FF 546m loss during the same period last
          year. The improvements are attributed to the reduction of entrance
          prices, financial restructuring, an improvement in theme park and
          hotel revenues generally, and the opening of Space Mountain.

          15th November 1995:  Euro Disney announces it first annual
          operating profit. Net profit for the year ending 30th September
          1995 was FFr 114m (UKP 14.84m), as opposed to a loss of FFr 1.80
          bn (UKP 234m) the previous year. Part of the reason for the turn
          of fortune was the FFr 112m windfall which was linked to an issue
          of convertible bonds, along with lenders' leniency and repayment
          of FFr 6bn of debt. Attendance for the same period was 10.7m, an
          increase of 21% from last year's 8.8m visitors. Sales for the
          period increased by 10% from last year, to FFr 4.6bn.

          December 1995:  Share prices fell sharply due to panic-selling
          following the year-end announcements, finishing the year at around
          UKP 1.50.

     2.2  Financial History

          Share Prices, Paris  [Graphical version available from WWW site]

               Period                  Price in FF
                                     (High)     (Low)


               October               60.37      57.82
               November              59.46      54.33
               December              64.68      54.33


               January               67.70      60.37
               February              69.85      63.04
               March                 71.23      62.52
               April                 65.50      55.15
               May                   58.99      50.88
               June                  51.74      45.28
               July                  46.57      35.79
               August                40.19      28.55
               September             37.95      30.66
               October               34.93      26.39
               November              35.14      26.09
               December              28.76      24.19


               January               29.54      25.87
               February              34.93      28.09
               March                 42.69      34.28
               April                 41.65      29.84
               May                   33.07      27.90
               June                  31.05      27.94
               July                  30.05      23.33
               August                28.35      23.50
               September             28.31      23.85
               October               25.79      20.70
               November              21.56      10.22
               December              16.30      12.12


               January               16.49      13.11
               February              16.30      13.80
               March                 17.16      13.07
               April                 14.62      13.37
               May                   14.88      12.16
               June                  18.70      11.70
               July                  12.15       9.80
               August                11.70       7.55
               September              9.85       7.70
               October                7.95       6.15
               November               9.75       6.70
               December              11.90       8.70


               January               12.50       9.80
               February 28th         12.19      (converted from UKP 1.50)
               March 31st            13.00      (converted from UKP 1.66)
               April 30th            14.48      (converted from UKP 1.83)
               May 31st              16.79      (converted from UKP 2.13)
               July 7th              16.03      (converted from UKP 2.07)
               October 5th           16.98      (converted from UKP 2.17)
               November 10th         16.19      (converted from UKP 2.11)


               January 10th          12.05      (converted from UKP 1.58)
               January 31st          12.97      (converted from UKP 1.68)

               Note: Following the financial restructuring and rights issue
               in June 1994, the Societe des Bourses Francaises applied a
               correcting coefficient of 0.431 to previous share prices.

          Operating Revenue and Expenditure (millions of French Francs)

                                       1994       1993
               Theme Park             2,212      2,594
               Hotels                 1,613      1,721
               Other                    322        559
               Construction Sales       114        851
               TOTAL REVENUE          4,261      5,725

               Direct Costs/Expenses:
               Park & Hotels         (2,961)    (3,382)
               Construction Sales      (114)      (846)
               OPERATING INCOME       1,186      1,497

               Depreciation            (291)      (227)
               Lease rental expense    (889)    (1,712)
               Royalties                 -        (262)
               General & Admin.        (854)    (1,113)
               Financial Income         538        719
               Financial Expenses      (972)      (615)
               LOSS                  (1,282)    (1,713)
               Exceptional loss, net   (515)    (3,624)
               NET LOSS              (1,797)    (5,337)

          Employees (Cast Members)

                                     Number     Annual Cost (FF, millions)

               At 30 Sept 1993       11,865     2,108
               At 30 Sept 1994       10,172     1,892


3    Overview of Disneyland Paris (a brief guide)

     Obviously there is enough material to write a book on the contents of
     Disneyland Paris. Several people have, in fact (see section 4.3). What
     follows here is a very brief overview of the park's attractions, shops
     and restaurants. More detailed notes on some of the more interesting
     and/or unique elements are provided in section 5.

     [*]  indicates a must-see attraction (or shop) for first-time visitors.

     [#]  indicates that you should expect long queues for these attractions
          during busy periods, so maybe do them during a parade, or early in
          the day. Beware the signs which suggest the current queue length,
          as sometimes queues can take longer than the advised time (unlike
          the US parks). However, some rides are faster loaders than others,
          so the queues can move quickly. Pirates of the Caribbean and
          Phantom Manor, for example, may have long queues but they load
          very fast.

     [S]  indicates a seasonal attraction or restaurant. During the off-peak
          months, some attractions, outdoor shows and food outlets may not
          be operating, except for popular weekends and holidays.

     3.1  Attractions and Entertainments

          Main Street USA

          Disneyland Paris Railroad, Main Street station  [#]
               (The park started with three real steam trains: the W.E.
               Cody, the C.K. Holliday and the G. Washington, all specially
               built in Wales. A fourth locomotive was added in 1994. The
               journey includes Grand Canyon diorama, and travels through
               the back of Pirates of the Caribbean)
          Daily Parades (see section 1.4 for current times)  [*]
               (Note from Ron Vutpakdi (
               If you are going to watch the parade, watch it from where it
               enters the park [near It's a Small World, in Fantasyland].
               When they open the doors, you can see some of the parade
               people clowning around; I saw Jafar and his guards doing a
               little Rockettes-style kicking number)
          Main Street vehicles
               (Horse-drawn streetcars, firetrucks, etc)
          Liberty Arcade, Liberty Court & Discovery Arcade
               (Behind shops on either side of street. There are BNP
               Automatic Teller cashpoint machines within both arcades.
               Liberty Arcade forms part of the covered route to
               Frontierland in poor weather)
          City Hall
               (Guest Relations information point)
          Disneyland Paris Band


          Legends of the Wild West
               (walk-through Fort Comstock at entrance to Frontierland.
               Includes small Cheyenne Indian village)
          Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing
               (steam paddle-wheeler Molly Brown & stern-wheeler Mark Twain)
          River Rogue Keelboats  [S]
               (closes at dusk)
          Phantom Manor  [*] [#]
               (ghostly haunted house; excellent)
          Rustler Roundup Shootin' Gallery
               (extra charge)
          Big Thunder Mountain  [*] [#]
               (On-ride photos are now available. Queues are now subsiding
               as people visit Indy & Space Mountain)
          Critter Coral (Cottonwood Creek Ranch)  [S]
               (petting zoo, closes at dusk)
          Disneyland Paris Railroad, Frontierland Depot
               (good place to board, with little queuing)
          Lucky Nugget Saloon Revue
               (Lilly's Follies stage show. See also Restaurants section)
          Chaparral Stage  [S]
               (live country-and-western style entertainment. Outdoors)
          Wild-west shootout display


          Pirates of the Caribbean  [*] [#]
               (Yo, ho, yo, ho - a pirate's life for me!)
          La Cabane des Robinson
               (Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse)
          Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril  [*] [#]
               (roller coaster with a 360 degree loop. Tends to have long
               queues; try early, or during a parade)
          Adventure Isle / Captain Hook's ship
               (walk around caves, bridges, etc. Great for the kids)
          Le passage Enchante d'Aladdin
               (walk-through of miniature scenes from Aladdin)
          African dancers


          Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant  [*]
               (Sleeping Beauty's Castle, with nice stained glass windows
               upstairs, and the dragon's lair in dungeon)
          Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains  [#]
               (Snow White dark ride)
          Les Voyages de Pinocchio  [#]
               (Pinocchio dark ride)
          Le Carrousel de Lancelot
               (Ride horses on the carrousel; basically a fairground ride)
          Peter Pan's Flight  [*] [#]
               (Magical trip over Neverland in flying pirate ships; lovely,
               but the queues can be rather long)
          Dumbo the Flying Elephant  [#]
               (Fly your own dumbo; basically a fairground ride)
          Mad Hatter's Tea Cups  [#]
               (Spinning tea-cups; basically a fairground ride)
          Alice's Curious Labyrinth  [S]
               (maze with a castle in the middle. Nice view from castle)
          It's a Small World
               (boat ride around the world with little singing dolls. Become
               brainwashed by THAT tune! At the exit is a nice display from
               the ride's sponsor, France Telecom, featuring small buildings
               with clever video scenes playing inside)
          Disneyland Paris Railroad, Fantasyland Station
               (mid-point of railroad ride. Good place to get off)
          Le Theatre du Chateau  [S] [*]
               (outdoor stage show: Mickey's Magic Book. The tales of Snow
               White, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, as recounted by
               Mickey. Great fun, see if you can)
          Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin  [S]
               (Small ferris wheel, attached to The Old Mill restaurant)
          Casey Junior, Le Petit Train du Cirque  [S] [#]
               (mini roller-coaster train around Storybookland)
          Fantasy Festival Stage  [S]
               (covered stage show: "En Scene, s'il vous plait!")
          Le Pays des Contes de Fees  [S] [#]
               (Storybookland cruise in little boats. No narration)


          Le Visionarium (Circle-Vision 360)  [*]
               (wonderful time-travel trip. Don't miss. See section 5.11)
          Orbitron - Machines Volantes  [#]
               (imagine the Star Jets were made by Jules Verne)
          Autopia  [#]
               (ditto, Grand Prix Raceway made by Jules Verne)
          Star Tours  [*] [#]
               (Wonderful "Star Wars" themed flight simulator ride, as
               created by George Lucas. The main dialogue is in French, but
               who cares? Do it anyway! At the exit is a computer games area
               organised by the ride's sponsor, IBM. The picture morphing is
               fun, as is the 12-player interactive space game, controlled
               by platforms upon which you stand and rock)
               (standard English version of the "Captain EO" 3D science-
               fiction musical movie, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and
               produced by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. While watching
               the Kodak pre-show entertainment, try to line yourself up
               near to the middle of the doors on your left, ready for when
               they open)
          Videopolis stage show
               (currently playing: Beauty and the Beast)
          Disneyland Paris Railroad, Discoveryland Station
               (board the steam train at a futuristic station)
          Les Mysteres du Nautilus  [#]
               (walk-through the Nautilus; see a squid outside the window.
               Don't bother if the queue is more than about three people!)
          Space mountain - De la Terre a la Lune  [*] [#] [#]
               (excellent indoor roller-coaster with loops. Very long
               queues; try early, or during a parade)
          Arcade des Visionnaires
               (games arcade near the entrance to Discoveryland)

     3.2  List of Shops

          Main Street USA

          Plaza East Boutique and Plaza West Boutique
               (Park souvenirs. At park entrance, so they close late)
          The Storybook Store
               (Books/CDs/tapes/etc. Sells nice Disneyland Paris wall-maps)
          Ribbons & Bows Hat Shop
               (Hats and personalised mouse-ears)
               (Biggest store in park, sells loads of general Disney stuff)
                 The Toy Chest (toys)
                 Bixby Brothers (clothes)
          Silhouette Artist
               (yep, get cut-out paper pictures of you here)
          Town Square Photography
               (Films, cameras, etc. Expensive same-day processing service)
          Boardwalk Candy Palace
               (fine chocolates, candies, etc)
          Disney Clothiers, Ltd.
          Main Street Motors
               (used to sell old cars, now generally sports-oriented
          Dapper Dan's Hair Cuts
               (Yes, real haircuts and shaves & souvenirs. Quartet singers)
          Disney & Co.
               (general Disney character merchandise)
          Harrington's Fine China and Porcelains  [*]
               (Crystal, glassware, china, etc)
                 Glass Fantasies (lovely Disney glassware, created for you
                 on-site; personalisation available)
                 Disneyanna Collectibles (cels, lithos, figurines, etc)


          Thunder Mesa Mercantile Building
               General wild-west themed goods. Nothing much special.
                 Tobias Norton & Sons, Frontier Traders (leather items)
                 Bonanza Outfitters (jeans, cowboy/indian hats, etc)
                 Eureka Mining Supplies and Assay Office (toys and candy)
          Pueblo Trading Post
               Mostly Winnie the Pooh merchandise. Features a 'Gold Digger'
               game where you look for gold nuggets in a big wooden vat.
          Woodcarver's Workshop
               Real woodcarvings, personalisation available.


          Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost
               (Adventureland-style clothing, jewellery, etc)
          Adventureland Bazar  [*]
               (Big covered market complex, with craftsmen making various
               themed goods. Nice to wander around, lots of great detail -
               ironically mostly pre-Aladdin)
                 Le Chant des Tam-Tams (wicker stuff & Jungle Book)
                 Les Tresors de Scheherazade - Articles des Mille et Une
                 Nuits (North African style gifts/clothes)
                 La Reine des Serpents - Cadeaux Exotiques (worldwide gifts)
                 L'Echoppe d'Aladdin (Aladdin merchandise)
                 La Giraffe Curieuse - Tout pour le Safari (safari gear and
                 non-Disney eco-friendly stuff)
          Le Coffre du Capitaine
               (Pirate gear and souvenirs. Don't miss)


          Merlin l'Enchanteur  [*]
               (Medieval figures, dragons, etc. Inside castle. Also contains
               one entrance to the Dragon's cave)
          La Boutique du Chateau  [*]
               (Holiday and Christmas merchandise. Inside castle)
          La Chaumiere des Sept Nains
               (mainly kids Snow White merchandise, plus some jewellery)
          La Confiserie des Trois Fees
          Sir Mickey's
               (Disney character merchandise. Giant beanstalk outside)
                 La Menagerie du Royaume (Soft toys, ceramics, glassware)
                 Le Brave Petit Tailleur (Disney clothes and hats)
          La Bottega di Gepetto
               (clocks, puppets, music boxes and hand carved toys)
          La Petite Maison des Jouets
               (Disney & Paris souvenirs, toys, etc)


               (General Disney fare. Wonderful Mickey centrepiece)
          Star Traders
               (Sci-fi souvenirs. Has a big satellite/radar dish on roof)

     3.3  List of Restaurants and food outlets

          You are not permitted to take your own food into the park. There
          is, however, a picnic site just outside the park, between the main
          car park and the railway station.

          The on-site 'fast' food restaurants often aren't vert fast, so
          avoid eating during peak meal times if possible, and be prepared
          for longer queues than you might expect at the more efficient US

          Wine and beer are available at all the table-service restaurants,
          marked [T].

          There are also mobile food carts serving popcorn, baked potatoes,
          ice creams, pretzels, pizzas, sandwiches, drinks, etc.

          Seasonal changes: During the winter months, some park food
          facilities, marked [S], are generally closed expect for some
          weekends and school holidays. Also, restaurants marked [1] may be
          closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, while those marked [2] may be
          closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays. See section 1.4 for current
          seasonal operating schedules.

          You may also find that some of the hotel restaurants (especially
          those in hotels which boast more than one restaurant) are closed
          some days during winter. It would be a good idea to confirm in
          advance if you wish to visit a particular restaurant.

          Note: vegetarian food is available at most park and hotel
          restaurants, but you may prefer to confirm with staff before being

          Main Street USA

          The Coffee Grinder  [S]
               (coffee kiosk half-way down Main Street)
          The Ice Cream Company  [S]
               (nice ice-cream kiosk half-way down Main Street)
          Market House Deli
               (jumbo sandwiches)
          Walt's - an American Restaurant  [T] [2]
               (Great eating place for real Disney fans. See section 5.2)
          Cookie Kitchen
               (expensive cookie shop)
          Cable Car Bake Shop
               (croissants and cakes)
          Casey's Corner
               (sells one-foot hot dogs. Avoid the chicken ones!)
          The Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour  [S]
               (ice cream sundaes, etc)
          Victoria's Home-Style Restaurant
               (hot quiches and snacks)
          Plaza Gardens Restaurant  [T]
               (Victorian-style. Nice place for a character breakfast)


          Silver Spur Steakhouse  [T] [2]
               (rather formal, plain old-fashioned steakhouse)
          The Last Chance Cafe  [S]
               (overlooks Thunder Mountain. Smoked beef/turkey sandwiches)
          The Lucky Nugget Saloon  [T] [2]
               (Great old-west entertainment. Bilingual show, with audience
               participation. Food is substantial)
          Fuente del Oro Restaurante  [S]
               (Mexican food)
          Cowboy Cookout Barbecue  [1]
               (Fast-food, burgers, etc in old-west barn location. Indoor
               and outdoor seating. Cowhand Band play several times a day)


          Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost  [2]
               (Pizzas and Italian specialities)
          Hakuna Matata (Aux Epices Enchantees)  [S]
               (varied menu: lamb curry, couscous, beef/chicken brochettes)
          Cafe de la Brousse  [S]
               (light refreshments; nice waterside location)
          Captain Hook's Galley  [S]
               (sandwich snacks from the pirate ship)
          Blue Lagoon Restaurant  [T] [1]
               (Great place to eat in a quiet romantic setting. Pirates of
               the Caribbean boats float by as you enjoy your meal under a
               deep blue 'sky' in tropical surroundings. Good service, and
               the food - mostly seafood - is highly recommended)


          Auberge de Cendrillon  [T] [1]
               (Cinderella's coach sits in the courtyard. Character Teas are
               sometimes available here as part of special offers with
               travel companies - e.g. Paris Travel Service charge UKP 6.
               You can see the wishing well and the rear of Le Theatre du
               Chateau from here: watch Mickey waiting to go on stage - give
               him a shout and he may wave at you)
          Pizzeria Bella Notte  [1]
               (order a Mickey Mouse Pizza just for the hell of it)
          Fantasia Gelati  [S]
               (nice, but expensive, ice creams)
          Au Chalet de la Marionnette  [2]
               (Pinocchio's restaurant. Fast-food, chicken and salad)
          Toad Hall Restaurant  [S]
               (fish & chips, steak sandwiches - yummy, says this Brit!)
          March Hare Refreshments  [S]
               (drinks and un-birthday cakes - which are slightly larger
               than cup-cakes, and look as sweet and sickly as heck!)
          The Old Mill
               (French bread sandwiches - "Sub's" to the Americans, I
               believe. Can be busy)


          Cafe Hyperion  [2]
               (fast-food restaurant inside the Videopolis)
          Explorer's Club
               (new restaurant, near Space Mountain and Captain EO)
          Cafe des Visionnaires
               (now closed and turned into a games arcade)

     3.4  Festival Disney

          This area is marked by enormous silver and red vertical columns,
          apparently supporting nothing but a bunch of wires. These wires
          actually support small lights, but during the day they're
          obviously not switched on. At night, they look quite good, but the
          pattern they form is only obvious from close-up. The enormous
          columns contain mainly small kiosks and/or loudspeakers which emit
          music constantly while Festival Disney is open (from 8.30am until
          well after midnight). Festival Disney consists of a number of
          nightclubs, restaurants, shops, kiosks, and Buffalo Bills Wild
          West Show (see section 5.14). Just in front of the Buffalo Bill
          building is a small coral area where horse-riding demonstrations
          are sometimes held.

          Festival Disney includes several restaurants, many of which are
          rather expensive, especially for drinks. I recommend eating inside
          the park, if at all possible. The Festival Disney night-life is
          probably best sampled when the park shuts early (see section 1.4
          for current Festival Disney opening hours). The shops are mostly
          average Disney stores, slightly themed but with nothing too
          spectacular that you couldn't get cheaper back home.

          You can rent various water vehicles for use on Lake Disney from
          the Marina Del Ray:

               Toobie                FF 50 (30 mins)
               Pedalo                FF 30 (30 mins)
               Hydromer              FF 80 (30 mins)
               Jet Ski (one person)  FF 80 (15 mins)
               Jet Ski (two people)  FF 120 (15 mins)

          Regan B. Pederson ( comments: The only thing
          I'll say about Festival Disney is that it typifies the cheap
          sleazy carnival atmosphere that Walt so hoped to avoid (and now it
          carries his name on it). I was, however, fairly impressed with the
          Buffalo Bill show. The price for it is outrageous, though.

          Festival Disney Shops:

               The Disney Store
                 (massive Disney Store selling character merchandise, etc.
                 Lovely centrepiece)
               Buffalo Bill's Trading Company General Store
                 (cowboy hats, boots, shirts, Indian trinkets, etc)
               Mickey's Team sportswear
                 (sports merchandise and clothing)
                 (movie memorabilia, posters, etc)
               Surfwear shop
                 (swimwear and surfing-oriented stuff. Anyone seen the
               Post Office
                 (genuine French post office, open until 10pm)
               Seine and Marne Tourist Information
                 (also contains a display of models of the surrounding
                 chateaux and other sights. Borrow free infra-red headphones
                 to hear the commentary in your own language)
               Marina del Rey
                 (not a shop as such; dock area next to the Steakhouse where
                 you can rent motorised 'toobies' to ride around Lake
                 Disney. Limited opening hours during the Winter)

          Festival Disney Restaurants:

               Annette's Diner
                 (traditional burger-bar with rollerskating waitresses!
                 50's/60's cars parked outside)
               Key West Seafood Restaurant
                 (nice seafood restaurant, well themed)
               Los Angeles Bar and Grill
                 (upmarket Californian style restaurant; pizzas)
               The Steakhouse
                 (Chicago theme. Nice steaks, but expensive)
               Sandwiches New York Style
                 (Manhattan Deli; nice for a late breakfast)
               Buffalo Bills Wild West Show
                 (Meal and Wild-West entertainment. Shows at 6.30pm &
                 9.30pm. See section 5.14 for more info)

          Festival Disney Bars and Nightclubs:

               Champion Sports Bar
                 (busy, crowded, fun atmosphere with sports theme; 15 TV
                 screens; outdoor seating area)
               Rock'n'Roll America Cafe
                 (live '50s rock'n'roll music, dancing & karaoke)
               Billy Bob's Country and Western Saloon
                 (elaborate three-level bar with a Texas country-and-western
                 theme & pool tables)
               Hurricanes Nightclub
                 (late-opening nightclub. There is an entrance charge, but
                 it's free for resort hotel residents)

     3.5  Disney Hotels

          The Euro Disney resort complex has six main hotels plus a
          campsite/log-cabin area which is a little way away from the park.
          A free minibus service links the six main hotels to Festival
          Disney and the park itself. Staying off-site may be considerably
          cheaper if you look for budget accommodation in or around Paris
          (see section 4.16) but do try to find time for a stroll around
          Lake Disney and pop into some of the hotels and shops while you're

          The resort hotels generally feature rooms with twin double beds or
          one King-size bed (confirm details when booking), en-suite
          shower/bathroom, TV, etc. A variety of TV channels are available
          in several languages, plus a Disney movie channel and two in-house
          information channels telling you about the park in four languages.

          Hotel check-in is from 3pm, check-out before 11am. There are
          storage facilities for your luggage if you wish to arrive or
          depart outside of those times.

          Each hotel has at least one themed restaurant, but beware long
          queues during peak periods, especially at the larger hotels.

          See section 1.3 for current hotel prices.

          Hotel Disneyland  (Four star)

               Actually the smallest hotel on site, but by far the most
               luxurious. Even if you don't stay here, pay a visit and soak
               up the atmosphere in the massive entrance lobby, or
               experience the relaxing lounge bars and restaurants upstairs,
               overlooking Main Street. Character breakfasts are available
               at this hotel.

               Situated over the entrance to the park, the very best rooms
               (known as Castle Club rooms) have a wonderful view right down
               Main Street to the castle. If you can afford it, stay here,
               right in the heart of the magic. Kids will love it! Very
               highly Recommended.

               Parking at the Disneyland Hotel is FF 50 per day, unless
               you're an Annual Plus passholder.

               * 500 "fairytale" rooms (inc 21 suites and 11 rooms for the
               * Rooms have mini-bar and air conditioning
               * Indoor heated pool with whirlpool and saunas (free)
               * Health club
               * Mad Hatter games room
               * Laundry and dry cleaning service
               * Baby-sitting service in room
               * Main Street Cocktail Lounge (overlooks the park)
               * Three restaurants:
                   Cafe Fantasia (great for breakfast)
                   Inventions (wonderful buffet-style eating. Recommended)
                   California Grill
               * "Character meals" and "Birthday Cake character meals"
               * Shop: Galerie Mickey

          Hotel New York  (Four star)

               Situated on Lake Disney, just past the Festival Disney
               complex, this is the second-closest hotel to the park (5-10
               minutes walk). Themed on the 1930's New York skyline, this
               hotel has a very 'art deco' feel to it. It has a lot in
               common with the Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin resorts (not
               surprising; same designer). Very plush, but rather cold and
               lacking in Disney charm. Remember to request a lakeside view.
               Adjoins a large conference centre.

               Note: each room contains a 'Minitel' terminal. This is the
               France Telecom personal comms system, originally designed to
               provide all their customers with up-to-date directory
               information without the need to print new phone books every
               year. These days the system is much expanded to provide
               access to information services, shopping and booking systems,
               etc. The hardware is a very slow and antiquated by modern
               comms standards, and there is an hourly charge for using it.
               There used to be a link which allowed users to send internet
               e-mail, for which the access code was "3614 CALVACOM", but
               apparently that system no longer operates since Calvacom have
               set up their own online service.

               * 574 rooms (inc 36 suites and 13 rooms for the handicapped)
               * Rooms have Minitel terminals, mini-bar and air conditioning
               * Indoor & outdoor heated pools
               * Health club
               * Two tennis courts
               * "Rockefeller" open-air skating rink (winter only); often
                 features weekend skating sessions with Disney characters.
                 Costs FF 50 for adults, FF 40 for children.
               * Beauty salon/barbers shop
               * Times Square games room
               * Laundry and dry cleaning service
               * Baby-sitting service in room
               * Convention Centre
               * Bar/Lounges: Manhattan Jazz Club, 57th Street Bar, Pool Bar
               * Restaurant: Parkside Diner
               * Shop: Stock Exchange

          Newport Bay Club  (Three star)

               Themed after a turn-of-the-century New England resort, the
               Newport Bay Club is also on the shores of Lake Disney, about
               10-15 minutes walk from the park. Some rooms sleep six.
               Remember to request a lakeside view. One of the quieter, more
               romantic hotels, with great atmosphere. Recommended.

               * 1098 rooms (inc 15 suites and 23 rooms for the handicapped)
               * Rooms have mini-bar and air conditioning
               * Indoor & outdoor heated pools
               * Health club
               * Croquet Field
               * Children's Playground
               * Sea Horse Club games room
               * Laundry and dry cleaning service
               * Baby-sitting service in room
               * Bar/Lounge: Fisherman's Wharf
               * Two restaurants: Yacht Club and Cape Cod
               * Shop: Bay Boutique

          Sequoia Lodge  (Three star)

               Themed on a Rocky Mountain hunters' lodge, this hotel is
               located beside Lake Disney. Five separate accommodation
               blocks spread out from the main building, so you might prefer
               to request rooms in the main lodge, perhaps with a lakeside
               view. The roaring log fire in the lounge area would be great
               in winter. About 10-15 minutes walk from the park.
               Recommended, especially if you've got kids.

               * 1011 rooms (inc 14 suites and 21 rooms for the handicapped)
               * Rooms have mini-bar and air conditioning
               * Indoor & outdoor heated pools with slides, etc.
               * Health club
               * Children's Playground
               * Kit Carson's Arcade Game Room
               * Laundry and dry cleaning service
               * Redwood Bar and Lounge
               * Two restaurants: Hunter's Grill and Beaver Creek Tavern
               * Shop: Northwest Passage

          Hotel Cheyenne  (Two star)

               Inventively themed as a wild west town, the hotel rooms are
               located in dozens of out-buildings so you might find yourself
               sleeping above the 'bank' or 'saloon'. Great for the kids;
               the only site hotel which features rooms with bunk beds. No
               pool. 15-20 minutes walk from park.

               * 1000 rooms (inc 21 rooms for the handicapped)
               * All rooms have one double and two bunk beds
               * Rooms have mini-bar
               * Fort Apache and The Coral children's playgrounds
               * Nevada games room
               * Baby-sitting service in room
               * Laundry and dry cleaning service
               * Bar/Lounge: Red Garter Saloon
               * Restaurant: Chuck Wagon Cafe (9 themed 'food stores' laid
                 out along the town's main street).
               * Shop: General Store

          Hotel Santa Fe  (Two star)

               The cheapest and most basic hotel, supposedly with a New
               Mexico theme. This doesn't quite work, and it looks more like
               an unfinished building site - and the entrance driveway is
               incredibly tacky, albeit intentionally in places. Guest
               accommodation is spread out from the main reception building
               in 42 'pueblos'. No pool. 15-20 minutes walk from park.
               Avoid, unless you're on a real shoestring budget (or you're
               desperate to see the erupting volcano, or the drive-in movie

               Report from Roy Turner ( It is a bit
               plain, not fancy at all, but the rooms are fine. Easy walk to
               the park, or there is a shuttle. There is only one on-site
               food facility, which is themed as (guess what) southwest
               'Mexican' food. We ate there several times, and got real
               tired of it. There are only a few items on the menu. But all
               in all, it was good value for the money (compared to the rest
               of the hotels).

               Matt Robinson ( reports: For cheap
               drinks, I strongly recommend walking the short distance from
               the hotel to the Esso garage. We got 1.5 litres of mineral
               water for 3.90 FF (as opposed to 10 FF for half a litre
               inside the park). This garage also sells beer and canned soft
               drinks, as well as a range of cheapish sandwiches.

               * 1000 rooms (inc 21 rooms for the handicapped)
               * Rooms no longer have mini-bars
               * Totem Circle Children's Playground ("Anasaki Ruins")
               * Pow Wow games room
               * Baby-sitting service in room
               * Laundry and dry cleaning service
               * Bar/Lounge: Rio Grade Bar
               * Restaurant: La Cantina
               * Shop: Trading Post

          Davy Crockett Ranch

               About 15 minutes drive from the park, the campsite is themed
               as a wilderness hideaway. The 4 or 6 person log cabins (do
               make sure you specify which you need) have all the luxuries
               of home, though. Great activities for the kids, but too far
               away from the park to consider if you don't have a car.

               Report from Olav Geisser (Fidonet 2:246/1401.52): Davy
               Crockett Ranch is located in a very nice forest and each
               bungalow is equipped with everything you need: Outside there
               is a grill and a wooden table, with connectors for
               electricity and water for a caravan. Inside the bungalow it's
               better equipped than usual apartments in Europe! We had a
               coffee maker, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator with
               prepared ice inside the freezer, and every kind of kitchen
               utensil. At the check-in we received a 'welcome basket' which
               contained coffee, tee, milk, sugar and a packet of cookies.

               Report from Ian Parkinson (
               The on-site shop (Alamo Trading Post) was extremely expensive
               for day-to-day groceries - prices were up to three times what
               we would normally pay in England! Far better to go to the
               supermarket about ten minutes drive away. Called INTERMARCHE,
               it is in the town of Montevrain. From the camp, take the
               first exit at the roundabout, following the signs for Lagny.
               After about three miles, turn right at the crossroads,
               signposted Montevrain. The supermarket is on the other side
               of the town, which is quite a small place. The supermarket is
               very similar to English ones in terms of size, layout, food
               range, and most importantly, price. Typical comparison;
               Cornflakes FF 8 here, FF 18 on-site. Their service station
               also sells the cheapest petrol in the area.

               Matt Robinson ( comments: The thing
               I liked the most was when we arrived we were given a "welcome
               basket" which was very considerate. It contained 2 french
               sticks (baguettes), leaflets, noodles, and other stuff - a
               full meal for at least 5 people, and we were only 3.

               Bicycle/etc rentals are available:
                 Adult:              FF 35 per day (FF 150 deposit)
                 Child:              FF 25 per day (FF 150 deposit)
                 Quad (4 seater):    FF 85 per day (FF ??? deposit)
                 Electric Golf Cart: FF 150 per day (FF 1000 deposit)

               * 181 camp sites and 414 cabins for 4 to 6 people
               * All cabins feature bath, TV, telephone, heating and daily
                 housekeeping service
               * 4-person cabins have one double bed and a fold-away bed in
                 the living area. 6-person cabins additionally contain twin
                 bunk beds
               * Kitchenette area: cooker, oven, fridge/freezer, microwave,
                 dishwasher, plus an outdoor BBQ grill
               * Comfort stations with shower, laundry, etc.
               * Excellent large indoor heated pool with slides, river,
                 whirlpool, etc - by the far the best pool at the resort.
               * Outdoor tennis courts and sports fields
               * Davy's farm, with pony rides
               * Computer Games room
               * Bicycle and minicar rentals
               * Restaurant: Crockett's Tavern
               * Shop: Alamo Trading Post


4    Common Questions and Answers

     4.1  What are the opening hours and prices?

          See sections 1.1 - 1.3 above.

     4.2  Contact Numbers and Addresses?

          Note: The park appears to be in the process of rationalising its
          various telephone numbers at the moment, so some of the following
          may now be out of date. If in doubt, please ring the main Guest
          Relations number, (+33 1) 64 74 30 00.

          Note: "+" represents your own international dialling code. From
          the UK, for example, replace "+" with "00".

          Guest Relations:

               Disneyland Paris
               Communication Visiteurs
               Boite Postale 100
               F-77777 Marne-la-Vallee, Cedex 4

          "Disneyland Paris Direct" local booking offices:

               UK/Eire:              01733 335565 / 335567  (9am-7pm)
                                     0990 030303 (9am-7pm, local rate)
               Netherlands:          06-0789 (toll-free, Paris)
               Germany:              06196-5980
                 Sweden:             020 795 555
               Denmark/Finland/      (+33 1) 60 30 60 70
               Belgium:              0800 19 191
               France:               (1) 60 30 60 53
               Italy:                167873570 (toll-free)
               Spain:                0800 19 191
               USA:                  (407) 934 7639

               Disney Travel Centre: 0171 287 1819  (Disney Store, London)
               Fax:                  0171 434 0663

          Central Reservations:

               Euro Disney S.C.A.
               Reservation Centrale
               Boite Postale 105
               F-77777 Marne-la-Vallee, Cedex 4

               Operators are available (daily, 8am-8pm) in the following

               New direct numbers:   (+33 1) 60 30 50 10 (to be confirmed)
                                     (+33 1) 60 30 60 53 (English speaking)
                                     (+33 1) 64 74 40 00

               Austrian              (+33 1) 49 41 49 95
               Belgian               (+33 1) 49 41 49 35
                 (French & Dutch)
               Danish                (+33 1) 49 41 49 20
               Dutch                 (+33 1) 60 30 60 26
               English               (+33 1) 49 41 49 10
               Finnish               (+33 1) 49 41 49 75
               French                (+33 1) 49 41 49 41
               German                (+33 1) 60 30 60 20 (was 49 41 49 90)
               Irish                 (+33 1) 49 41 49 15
               Italian               (+33 1) 60 30 60 40 (was 49 41 49 30)
               Norwegian             (+33 1) 49 41 49 50
               Portuguese            (+33 1) 49 41 49 65
               Spanish               (+33 1) 49 41 49 60
               Swedish               (+33 1) 49 41 49 70
               Swiss                 (+33 1) 49 41 49 25
                 (French & Swiss-German)

               By FAX                (+33 1) 60 30 60 65

               By Telex              232 642
                                     232 647

          Ticket Sales:

               Euro Disney S.C.A.
               Service Tickets
               Boite Postale 103
               F-77777 Marne-la-Vallee, Cedex 4

               Tel:                  (+33 1) 64 74 43 03

          Mail Order Department (souvenirs, etc):

               Tel:                  (+33 1) 64 74 48 88

          Conference Bookings, etc:

               Euro Disney S.C.A.
               Ventes, Groupes et Congres
               Boite Postale 100
               F-77777 Marne-la-Vallee, Cedex 4

               Tel:                  (+33 1) 49 32 46 73
               Fax:                  (+33 1) 49 32 46 62

          Park Information:

               Guest Relations       (+33 1) 64 74 30 00
                 (direct line to City Hall, just inside the park)
               Annual Passport Info  (+33 1) 64 74 27 62
                 (smaller Guest Relations office - outside the park, to the
                 far right of the entrance turnstile area)
               First Aid Centre      (+33 1) 64 74 23 00
                 (adjacent to Plaza Gardens Restaurant, Central Plaza)
               Lost Children         (+33 1) 64 74 24 00
                 (adjacent to Plaza Gardens Restaurant, Central Plaza)
               Lost Property         (+33 1) 64 74 25 00
                 (City Hall, Town Square, just inside the park)
               Baby Care Centre      (+33 1) 64 74 26 00
                 (adjacent to Plaza Gardens Restaurant, Central Plaza)
               Animal Care Centre    (+33 1) 64 74 28 73
                 (near to guest parking area)
               Buffalo Bill's Show   (+33 1) 60 45 71 00
                 Group bookings      (+33 1) 60 45 71 02
                 (Festival Disney; ticket office open 9am-10pm)
               Golf Reservations     (+33 1) 60 45 69 19

          Tourist Information and Excursion bookings:

               Maison du Tourisme d'Ile de France - Seine et Marne
               Festival Disney
               F-77705 Marne-la-Vallee, Cedex 4

               Tel:                  (+33 1) 60 43 33 33
               Fax:                  (+33 1) 60 43 74 95

          Magic Kingdom Club:

               UK:                   0171 354 8453 (Chris Morris)

               France:               (+33 1) 64 74 51 00
               France (fax):         (+33 1) 49 32 47 80 (maybe out of date)

               Germany:              (+49) 6196 595 09
               Germany (fax):        (+49) 6196 595 980
                                     (+49) 6196 595 990

          Magic Kingdom Club Travel Centre:

               Contact your local 'Disneyland Paris Direct' number, or in
               France you can phone (1) 49 41 49 21

          If you're interested in working at Disneyland Paris, apply to:

               Disneyland Paris Casting
               Euro Disney S.C.A.
               G'erant: Euro Disney S.A.
               Boite Postale 110
               F-77777 Marne-la-Vallee, Cedex 4

          For Press Information, contact:

               Paris:                (+33 1) 64 74 54 02
               London:               0171 605 2845

          For Financial Information, contact:

               Investor Relations Department
               Euro Disney S.C.A.
               Boite Postale 100
               F-77777 Marne-la-Vallee, Cedex 4

          Euro Disney S.C.A. Management Personnel:

               Philippe Bourguignon  President/Director General
               Stephen B. Burke      Director General
               Bertrand Gaillochet   Director General of Marketing and Sales
               Dominique Cocquet     Secretary General
               Jean-Luc Choplin      Artistic Director
               Xavier de Mezerac     Financial Director
               Michel Perchet        Director of Cast Members (Employment)
               Christian Perdrier    Director of Hotels, Disneyland Paris
               Malcolm Ross          Park Director, Disneyland Paris

     4.3  Guide Books?

          There is one Official guide published by (or on behalf of) Disney.
          There are also a number of unofficial guides, of which the most
          authoritative and informative is probably Sehlinger's, closely
          followed by the Mainstream guide. I've added some short personal
          comments, but obviously I haven't had a chance to try out every
          one. If you've got anything to add to this section, please feel
          free to send a brief review.

          Title:                     Euro Disney Resort, Paris: The Guide
          Author:                    Collective (BOOKMAKER)
          Publisher:                 Harmsworth Magazines
          ISBN:                      0-85144-671-X
          Format:                    Large paperback (stiff cover) 157 pages
          Price:                     UKP 5.99
          Comments:                  This official Disney guide is available
                                     in four languages (English, French,
                                     Italian and German). The guide was
                                     printed to be ready for the park's
                                     opening, and is thus now quite out of
                                     date. Many photos inside are either
                                     heavily altered to mask out signs of
                                     construction work, or not of the Paris
                                     park at all.

          Title:                     The Unofficial Guide to Euro Disneyland
          Author:                    Bob Sehlinger
          Publisher:                 Hodder & Stoughton
          ISBN:                      0-340-57475-5
          Format:                    Large paperback, 276 pages, no photos
          Price:                     UKP 8.99
          Comments:                  Very informative, although it does get
                                     rather bogged down in techniques for
                                     avoiding queues on the rides, and thus
                                     you could miss out on the fun of the
                                     place. Some adequate maps, no photos.
                                     Highly recommended, but don't always
                                     follow it too religiously.

          Title:                     Euro Disney: The Mainstream Unofficial
                                     NEW UPDATED EDITION NOW AVAILABLE
          Author:                    Tania Alexander
          Publisher:                 Mainstream Publishing
          ISBN:                      1-85158-513-3
          Format:                    Normal paperback, 271 pages, no photos
          Price:                     UKP 5.99
          Comments:                  Excellent compromise between the
                                     sycophancy of the Official Guide and
                                     the 'war-plan' of Sehlinger. It does
                                     contain touring plans, but the emphasis
                                     is more on what attractions are fun,
                                     and what can be missed. No photos, and
                                     it needs more maps, but otherwise
                                     highly recommended.

          Title:                     Essential Euro Disney Resort
                                     NEW UPDATED EDITION NOW AVAILABLE
          Author:                    Lindsay Hunt
          Publisher:                 AA Publishing
          ISBN:                      0-7495-0930-9
          Format:                    Tall-thin paperback, 128 pages
          Price:                     UKP 4.99  (first edition was UKP 3.99)
          Comments:                  More of a tourist guide (in the Berlitz
                                     sense) giving ratings of what's
                                     available at the park, but little help
                                     in seeing it all. Good maps and some
                                     nice recent photos.

          Title:                     Berlitz Pocket Guide: Euro Disney
                                     NEW UPDATED EDITION NOW AVAILABLE
          Author:                    Berlitz staff writers
          Publisher:                 Berlitz Publishing Co.
          ISBN:                      2-8315-2210-2
          Format:                    Pocket sized, 128 pages, fold-out maps
          Price:                     UKP 4.95  (first edition was UKP 3.95)
          Comments:                  Fairly superficial, but easy to carry
                                     around. Contains mostly old (i.e. pre-
                                     opening) photos. Make sure you get the
                                     second edition (with the fold-out maps
                                     on the inside covers).

          Title:                     Michelin Plan-Guide: Euro Disney Resort
          Author:                    n/a
          Publisher:                 Pneu Michelin
          ISBN:                      2-06-701-271-1
          Format:                    Fold-open one-sheet map/guide
          Price:                     UKP 2.25 (free from some travel
          Comments:                  Excellent maps of the whole resort and
                                     surrounding areas. Locates all of the
                                     restaurants, shops, hotels, etc. Highly
                                     recommended as a souvenir map/guide in
                                     addition to Sehlinger or the Mainstream
                                     guide. Some nice photos, but only in
                                     more recent editions; older versions
                                     used artwork. Covers much the same
                                     ground as the free booklet given out at
                                     the park entrance.

          Title:                     Michelin Guide: Euro Disney Resort,
                                     Sightseeing in the Area
                                     NEW UPDATED EDITION NOW AVAILABLE
          Author:                    n/a
          Publisher:                 Pneu Michelin
          ISBN:                      2-06-148102-7
          Format:                    Tall paperback, 186 pages
          Price:                     UKP 6.95
          Comments:                  Around 60% of the book covers the park
                                     and hotels, with the rest devoted to
                                     Paris and the surrounding areas. Some
                                     good maps and photos, and the new
                                     edition covers all attractions up to
                                     Space Mountain.

          Title:                     Fodor's Euro Disney
          Editor:                    Paula Consolo
          Publisher:                 Fodor
          ISBN:                      0-679-02290-2
          Format:                    Tall paperback, 203 pages, no photos
          Price:                     UKP 8.99
          Comments:                  Forget. There are only about 40 pages
                                     applicable to the park, much of which
                                     is out of date. The rest is about Paris
                                     and the surrounding area (most of which
                                     is culled from their existing Paris
                                     guidebook). If, however, you plan to
                                     spend a lot of your time in Paris, this
                                     guide book could be useful.

          Title:                     Marco Polo Euro Disney
          Author:                    Odile Perrard
          Publisher:                 Hachette Guides de Voyage
          ISBN:                      2-01-01887-99  (French version)
          Format:                    Pocket-sized paperback, 96 pages
          Price:                     $4.95 (US) (free from some travel
          Comments:                  French guide. Contains nice detailed
                                     descriptions of Disneyland USA with
                                     only minor modifications to reflect the
                                     French operation, plus background
                                     information on Disney and relevant
                                     American history. Includes colour
                                     photographs - the second edition even
                                     includes some photos taken at
                                     Disneyland Paris!
                                     Also available in German (from Mairs
                                     Geographischer Verlag), and in Dutch
                                     (from M&P Uitgeverij bv).

     4.4  How To Get There?

          By Air:

          Paris has two airports: Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly. Most
          international visitors will fly into CDG. Both airports operate
          shuttle buses directly to the Euro Disney resort complex. Each
          airport has several terminal buildings, and the bus pick-up points
          are all clearly labelled.

               CDG Terminal 1: Go to Departure Level (downstairs) Gate 30
               CDG Terminals 2A and 2C: Use Gate A-11 or C-1
               CDG Terminals 2B and D: Use Gate D-11

               Orly South (International): Use Gate C, Level 0
               Orly West (Domestic): Use Gate K, Platform 7

          The shuttle buses run at 45 minute intervals starting at 8.30am
          and continuing until around 8pm. The Monday, Friday and Sunday
          service from CDG runs every 30 minutes until 10.30pm. The ride
          takes 30-45 minutes from either airport, and tickets cost FF 75
          per person (one way). Tickets can be purchased from the airport
          Information desk, from your Travel Agent, or on the buses
          themselves. Taxis are also available, but they will cost you
          around FF 300.

          The buses serve all of the resort hotels, and the main gate and
          railway station, but not the Davy Crockett Ranch. The drop-off
          points are at approximately five minute intervals at: Newport Bay
          Club, Sequoia Lodge, Santa Fe, Cheyenne, New York, Disneyland, and
          finally the Railway Station/Main Gate. Pick-ups operate in the
          reverse order.

          By Road:

          Note: Major roads in France have both a local Autoroute (A) number
          and a newer Euroroute (E) designation.

          For ferry travellers (or Channel Tunnel passengers from England)
          driving from Calais: Take the A26 through St. Omer toward Arras.
          From Arras, take the A1 (aka E15, or "autoroute du nord") heading
          south toward Paris. Turn off at exit 6, after Charles de Gaulle
          airport, onto the A104 ("la Francilienne"). This takes you to the
          A4 (aka E50, or "autoroute de l'est"), which you should follow in
          the Reims direction (see below). Tolls will cost you around FF 95
          each way, and the total journey is about 328 km - a comfortable
          3.5 hours drive.

          UK visitors may want to call the AA Roadwatch premium-rate
          information line for Disneyland Paris on 0836 401400.

          From the south/west, take the A6 (aka E05, or "autoroute du sud")
          or A10 (aka E15, or "L'Aquitaine") toward Paris. Before you reach
          Paris, turn off onto the N104 ("la Francilienne") heading
          north/east. This will connect you to the A4 (aka E50, or
          "autoroute de l'est"), which you should follow in the Reims

          From the east, follow the A4 (aka E50, or "autoroute de l'est")
          toward Paris, turning off the A4 at exit 14 for the park.

          Travellers heading out from the Paris area should take the A4
          Autoroute east toward Reims/Metz/Nancy (also known as the
          "autoroute de l'est"). The park is about 32 km out of Paris (exit
          14 from the A4) and is well signposted as "Parc Euro Disneyland"
          or "Espace Euro Disney".

          Note: The Davy Crockett Ranch is a short way away from the main
          resort complex, on the other side of the A4, so watch out for the
          separate signs (exit 13) if you're staying there. For all the
          other hotels, follow the signs for the park itself.

          Parking costs around 50 Francs per day. Parking is free for all
          hotel guests, except for those staying at the Disneyland Hotel for
          which there is a daily charge. All resort parking is free for
          Annual Plus passport holders. Don't forget to make a note of where
          you parked, the car park sections being named after Disney
          characters: Alice, Bambi, Donald, Fleur, Jiminy, Minnie,
          Pinocchio, Winnie and Tigger (the latter is used for coaches).

          There is a moving walkway which takes you from the main (11,400
          space) car park to the centre of the resort complex, next to the
          railway station. There is also a picnic area nearby, and an Animal
          Care Centre for boarding pets during your stay.

          By Rail:

          The TGV (high speed train) railway station at Disneyland Paris has
          now been opened. This rail link connects Paris, Lyon and Lille,
          and will eventually greatly improve access. Passengers from the UK
          using the Channel Tunnel should change at Lille (not Paris) to
          join the TGV route for Charles de Gaulle airport and Disneyland
          Paris. The current Le Shuttle timetable provides about eleven
          trains per day from London Waterloo to France, at a cost of UKP 95
          return. Note that you may get a better rate by booking your train
          ticket via the Disneyland Paris Direct line at the same time as
          booking your hotel room.

          There is also a local rail service from Paris, which takes about
          40 minutes. If you're planning a one-day visit, you may want to
          get a "Formule-1" Metro ticket, which is a day pass suitable for
          all RER and Metro lines (see section 4.8).

          Pick up the RER 'A' line from any station on the A4 route (make
          sure you get on an A4 line train, not A2). Suitable stations
          within the central Paris Metro area are:

               La Defense (business district)
               Charles de Gaulle-Etoile (Arc de Triomphe)
               Auber (Opera)
               Chatelet-Les Halles (central Paris)
               Gare de Lyon (major TGV train station)
               Nation (major plaza)

          Ensure that you are headed in the direction for Marne-la-
          Vallee/Chessy, and that the illuminated signs indicate that the
          train actually stops at Marne-la-Vallee/Chessy (some trains
          terminate before then, or fork off on a different route; avoid
          trains with the destination 'Boissy'). Note: the last train back
          to Paris is probably just after midnight.

          The Marne-la-Vallee/Chessy station is located between Festival
          Disney and the park entrance, a couple of minutes walk from the
          main gate. Turn right after exiting the station building.

     4.5  Attractions that no other park has?

          The following are currently unique to Disneyland Paris:

               Liberty & Discovery Arcades, with Statue of Liberty Tableau
                 (see section 5.1)
               Adventure Isle  (see section 5.7)
               La Taniere du Dragon  (see section 5.8)
               Le Theatre du Chateau  (see section 5.8)
               Alice's Curious Labyrinth  (see section 5.9)
               Le Visionarium (similar shows are now open at TDL and WDW)
                 (see section 5.11)
               Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril  (see section 5.6)
               Les Mysteres du Nautilus  (see section 5.12)
               Space Mountain [Jules Verne style]  (see section 5.13)
               Buffalo Bills Wild West Show  (see section 5.14)

          Disneyland Paris does not have the following attractions/rides
          found in other Disney 'Magic Kingdom' parks:

               Jungle Cruise
               Enchanted Tiki Birds
               Country Bear Jamboree
               Splash Mountain
               Hall of Presidents
               Mr Toad's Wild Ride
               Mickey's Starland
               Carousel of Progress
               Alien Encounter
               20,000 Leagues Voyage/Yellow Submarine Voyage
               People Mover

     4.6  Comparisons between rides?

          This is difficult to assess without more experience of all the
          parks. Please e-mail any differences you have noted. See section 5
          for more information on specific rides.

          Pirates of the Caribbean is in a slightly different format to the
          other parks. The audio-animatronics are noticeably better.
          Features two splash-drops.

          The Swiss Family Tree House (Cabane des Robinson) is more
          elaborate at Disneyland Paris.

          Phantom Manor is similar, but on a wild-west theme and the
          storyline is better. The narration is all in French.

          Space Mountain is a 'whole new ride'; the similarities begin and
          end with the name and the fact that it is an indoor roller coaster
          ride. The Paris version is far better than any of its namesakes in
          the other parks.

          Most of the other standard rides (e.g. Peter Pan) are pretty much
          identical between the different parks. Orbitron is at ground level
          (all the others are raised up). Small World has a different
          layout; instead of being a series of rooms it's one big room with
          the scenery partitioning it (giving a more open atmosphere).
          Captain EO is still in English, except for the two-line
          introduction, but the CineMagique theatre is perhaps an
          improvement on its predecessors.

     4.7  What language do they use?

          The park's official languages are French and English, and signs
          are multilingual, as are the guidebooks. Hotel reception desks and
          park information points should be able to attend you in French,
          English, German, Spanish, Italian and now Dutch.

          However, the simplest answer appears to be to use whatever
          language you want! Cast members have flags on their name-tags
          which should give you an indication of which languages they are
          fluent in. When we [Tom] first arrived, we tried to use our meagre
          French (poorly remembered from school). Unfortunately, the cast-
          members would assume we were French and would rattle on to us in
          French leaving us totally bewildered! We soon found it easier just
          to speak in English. Note that this is exactly the opposite in
          Paris where we found we were made far more welcome if we just
          tried to make ourselves understood in French initially.

          James Bohn (, a former cast member at WDW)
          noted: In my subjective opinion, the Cast Members are more
          consistently friendly to more people than the other two parks.
          Perhaps it's because there are fewer people to be nice to, or
          perhaps they're fighting to keep the park afloat, who knows? One
          problem with the Euro-Disneyland Cast Members in general is
          language. Euro-Disney functions in French, English, German, and
          Italian (Spanish seems to be ignored, perhaps because of its
          similarity to Italian?). Euro-Disney Cast Members often know a
          handful of key statements in all of these languages, but often
          they haven't learned the 'polite' forms. Thus when getting off a
          ride, a Cast Member may simply say "off", rather than "please step
          out to your right".

     4.8  Getting around Paris?

          Generally, the Paris Metro transport system is safer, cleaner and
          more reliable than most. A good Parisian guide book will give you
          better details than I can here, but briefly:

          A "Formule-1" Metro ticket costs FF 85 and allows you to travel
          the Metro, local buses and RER all day. This can be bought at the
          Disneyland Paris railway station and used to go anywhere in the
          Paris area. If you plan to travel more, get a "Paris-Visite"
          tourist ticket, which come in 3 or 5 day versions. You may need
          your passport in order to buy this ticket.

          Watch out for the direction that the trains run. Lines are
          indicated by colour and a ringed number (or a letter plus a number
          in the case of the RER lines). Train directions are given not as
          North/South, but by listing the station at which the line
          terminates. This can confuse some visitors.

          Excursions to various places of local interest are available,
          mostly departing from in front of the Hotel New York at 10am. Ask
          at your hotel reception or at the French tourist office ("Maison
          du Tourisme d'Ile de France - Seine et Marne") in Festival Disney
          for more information or to book tickets. Prices vary, but most day
          trips cost FF 315 for adults, or FF 150 for children.

     4.9  How do I get discounts? (Magic Kingdom Club)

          The Magic Kingdom Club is an ideal way for you and your family to
          enjoy any of the Disney theme parks and Disney Stores worldwide at
          reduced rates. You can also get discounts with Disney's preferred
          travel companies, etc. MKC membership can save you a LOT of money,
          so don't leave home without one!

          Note: US Magic Kingdom Club cards are accepted at Disneyland
          Paris, and vice-versa. So if you already have a US MKC card, you
          don't need to worry about subscribing to a European one too.

          There are two ways to join the European Magic Kingdom Club:

               Many large companies (300+ employees) provide corporate
               memberships free of charge. Check with your personnel
               department; if they aren't already involved, get them to get
               in touch with one of the numbers below - it's free. To help
               convince the personnel department, let them know that the
               Corporate Club Coordinator will get a free one-day park
               entrance pass every year.

               Individuals can take out their own memberships. For an annual
               subscription, you'll get a Magic Kingdom Club Gold Card
               (which gives you your discounts) plus a Membership Kit
               consisting of a MKC tote bag, luggage tag, pin badge and key
               ring. Application forms are available from Disney Stores or
               from the contact addresses below.

               Note: The personal Gold Card scheme is currently being re-
               vamped and memberships may not be available for a while.
               Previous annual subscription prices were UKP 22 in the UK, DM
               59 in Germany, and FF 200 in France. Payment is accepted by
               Franc or Sterling cheque, as well as Visa, Mastercard and

          Whichever way you decide to join, or if you're already a member,
          the following family benefits apply to holders of any Magic
          Kingdom Club card. (Note that the corporate scheme apparently
          doesn't give you an automatic upgrade to a Castle Club room at the
          Disneyland Hotel)

               10% discount on all theme park Passports (including Annual).
               I've been informed that as from April 4th 1996, discount
               passes must be purchased in advance, rather than at the gate.
               One plus side of this new arrangement is that you will
               apparently be able to get discounted passes at Disney Stores,
               which you previously couldn't. However, I've yet to confirm
               all this for personal memberships.

               10% discount on purchases in all Disneyland Paris, Festival
               Disney and Resort Hotel boutiques (officially there is a
               lower limit of FF 100, but this is often waived). Note that
               food is not officially included - but it sometimes pays to
               try, as often you will be given a discount anyway.

               10% discount on purchases in Disney Stores (except Germany)

               8% discount on room and package rates at all resort hotels

               Automatic upgrade to "Castle Club" floor when booking rooms
               at the Disneyland Hotel (subject to availability; book early)

               10% discount on admission to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show

               20% discount on the Green Fee at Golf Disneyland Paris

               10% discount on P&O European Ferries

               30% discount on car rentals from Europcar Interrent

          In France, contact:

               Euro Disney Magic Kingdom Club
               Boite Postale 106
               F-77777 Marne-la-Vallee, Cedex 4

               Tel:                  (+33 1) 64 74 51 00
               Fax:                  (+33 1) 49 32 47 80 (maybe out of date)

          In England, contact (note, new address):

               Euro Disney Magic Kingdom Club
               42 Colebrook Row
               N1 8AF

               Tel:                  0171 354 8453 (Chris Morris)

               Tel:                  0171 605 2842 (corporate only?)
               Fax:                  0171 704 8431 (corporate only?)

          In Germany, contact:

               Euro Disney Magic Kingdom Club
               Kolner Strasse 10
               D-65760 Eschborn

               Tel:                  (+49) 6196 595 09
               Fax:                  (+49) 6196 595 980
                                     (+49) 6196 595 990

          In the Netherlands, contact:

               Disneyland Paris, Magic Kingdom Club
               Postbus 349
               NL-1170 AH  BADHOEVEDORP

               Contact name:         Annemiek Groen

     4.10 Can I contact anyone at (or near) the park by e-mail?

          At present, I don't know of anyone who works at Disneyland Paris
          who is contactable by e-mail. Anyone out there reading this?

          However, Disney & theme-park fan Jean-Marc Toussaint can be
          contacted via his Compuserve account,
          Jean-Marc lives 30 minutes away from the park and is a frequent
          visitor. He is quite happy for people to get in touch with him for
          up-to-the-minute information, but please do check that the info
          you are requesting is not already in the FAQ first.

     4.11 What DL-P souvenirs are available? Do they do Mail Order?

          Obviously, as with any other Disney theme park, there are
          thousands of opportunities to buy that 'special' souvenir to take
          back home. It's impossible to list them all (especially the ever-
          changing range of clothing) but here are a few collectible items
          that are specific to Disneyland Paris.

          You should be able to find most of these in The Storybook Store or
          The Emporium in Town Square at the end of Main Street.

          You can also order by mail from the park (Tel +33 1 64 74 48 88)
          but overseas shipping and handling charges can be exorbitant. For
          example, at the end of 1994 the handling and airmail charges to
          the US were 150 Francs for orders valued at less than 300 Francs,
          and 300 Francs for orders over 300 Francs. Please let me know if
          you order anything from the park, so I can update these figures.

               "Euro Disneyland": Thin-ish paperback book giving a basic
               tour of the park, with plenty of good (recent) photos.
               Available in four languages.

               "Euro Disney": Large format hardback book (purple cover). A
               more detailed (and more collectible) tour of the park and
               hotels, but very out-of-date photographically. Some pictures
               are not even of Disneyland Paris, and others are artists
               impressions. When this book is updated with new photos it
               will be a 'must-have', at which point the current one will
               surely become a collector's item. Available in four

               Euro Disney wall map: This is great; a full colour artwork
               wall map of the park, with all the attractions, shops and
               restaurants listed. Includes recent rides such an Indiana
               Jones and Space Mountain, but these are shown as forthcoming

               CDs/tapes: "Euro Disney: C'est Magique", "Euro Disney: Feel
               the Magic": These contain the soundtrack of the "C'est
               Magique" stage show which used to play at the Fantasy
               Festival Stage (similar to the "Disney World is Your World"
               and "Disneyland is Your Land" shows in the US parks). They
               include pop versions of many of the pieces of music used in
               attractions around the park. Available in English or French,
               but note that the English version does not contain the

               Disneyland Paris Calendar: Not sure about this year's, but
               the 1995 edition was a pleasant wall-hanging calendar. Each
               page featured a photo from La Parade Disney, plus some nice
               background line-art from a Disney film. The text was
               trilingual (English, French and German).

               "Souvenirs: Memories of an unforgettable adventure": 28
               minute souvenir video tape, available in four languages.
               PAL/SECAM (possibly NTSC too, for North American visitors?).
               To be honest, it would have been better named "an
               unforgivable adventure", as this tape is very forgettable
               indeed. An appalling, dreadfully dubbed, generic family
               remember their trip to Disneyland Paris. Some nice shots, but
               much of the tape is marred by having this sickly bunch
               obstructing your view all the time. It's not even in stereo.
               For the princely sum of 149 Francs, I'd have expected a lot
               better - an awful lot better.

     4.12 What's the weather like? When should I visit?

          Disneyland-Paris is promoted as an all-year-round attraction, but
          even the most ardent Europhiles would be hard-pressed to find a
          visit in the middle of Winter as pleasant as one in peak summer.
          Some of the food outlets and attractions will be closed, and the
          weather will very likely be wet, windy and rather cold (the
          temperature can easily be sub-zero). On the plus side, of course,
          winter attendance is lower (expect during the Christmas/New year
          weeks, which are packed) so queues are very much shorter.

          It's hard to say exactly the best time to visit, since European
          weather patterns are not very predictable. Probably the best
          periods to choose would be May/June or September/October if you
          want reasonable weather while still avoiding the busiest school
          holiday periods, or July/August if you want the best guarantee of
          good weather but don't mind queuing!

          The park's designers have made every effort to enable you to enjoy
          your visit even if the weather is poor, even down to choosing
          colour schemes that will show up as well against dull grey clouds
          as they will against blue skies (for example, the pinks and
          blue/greens of the castle). You can get from the main gate to
          Frontierland, and then on to Adventureland and Fantasyland,
          completely under cover. Most of the attractions are indoors, with
          fairly well-sheltered queuing areas. Some, of course, are
          unavoidably in the open - such as Big Thunder Mountain, the
          Indiana Jones ride, Alice's Curious Labyrinth, Orbitron, etc.

          Graham Allan ( comments: Seeing the park for
          Christmas was very nice, but it was freezing cold (snow on the
          ground, too). I would hesitate to recommend going at this time of
          year, especially on weekends when there might be a crowd -
          standing in lines in sub-zero temperatures was not pleasant!
          However, there were loads of walk-arounds out in the park on the
          Monday morning (when the park was dead). Many more than one would
          normally see at DL or WDW at one time.

          It may be worth noting that the local French school holidays are
          normally as follows:

               Autumn (Fall):        Last week in October
               Christmas:            A week before Christmas until just
                                     after New Year.
               Winter:               Mid-February to start of March
               Easter:               Two/three weeks starting at Easter
               Summer:               Early July to mid-September

     4.13 Any other tips for avoiding the worst of the queues?

          First, check section 4.12 on when to visit the park. Seasonal
          changes will make a big difference as to how much you can do
          during your time there. Whenever you decide to go, if you want to
          get as much done in one day as possible, make sure you arrive a
          little while before opening time and buy your entrance passes so
          that you can go straight in when the gates open. You can also
          purchase one, two and three-day entrance passes in advance at any
          Disney Store in Europe.

          Move immediately to the most popular rides. These include Big
          Thunder Mountain, Indiana Jones, Star Tours, Phantom Manor, Peter
          Pan and the new Space Mountain. Try to go against the main flow of
          people, which usually means working in the opposite direction to
          the order given in the free Guidebook.

          Some rides, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, It's a Small World
          and Le Visionarium, may look like they have longer queues but they
          actually load pretty quickly so you won't find yourself waiting
          too long.

          Watch the parades (if you wish to see them) from their starting
          points. As soon as the last float as gone by, head for a normally-
          busy ride (perhaps Star Tours?) while the rest of the crowd is
          still watching the parade. If you are spending several days in the
          park, watch the parades on your first day, and if you find you
          don't want to see them again, use that time to do the rides. This
          is especially true of the Electrical Parade, during which time
          most of the rides are pretty much deserted. For example, in peak
          August 1994 I did Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White
          and Pinocchio as walk-ons between 10pm and 10.45pm during the
          parade. Don't forget that you won't easily be able to cross the
          Parade route once it has started.

          If visiting during the shorter off-peak days (10am-6pm), check
          whether Main Street is going to be open late (mainly Saturdays or
          Sundays), which would allow you to do rides during the day and
          then spend a couple of hours shopping in Main Street before you

          If you are planning on splurging on one good meal during an off-
          peak visit, check whether the Inventions Restaurant at the
          Disneyland Hotel is open on the evening you're there, and eat
          there after the park itself has closed. Otherwise you'll take a
          big chunk out of your day by eating at Walt's, or one of the
          others inside the gates.

     4.14 Are there any net sites containing info on Disneyland-Paris?

          Yes, the World Wide Web site which stores this FAQ also contains a
          series of full-colour JPEG photos of various aspects of the park.
          All of the unique attractions are featured, plus many other
          details such as shows, parades, hotels, a colour map, and several
          other images. This site is proving amazingly popular; during the
          months of August and September 1995 the total number of accesses
          to the DL-P pages was 80,644 - and that's 98% of the total number
          of pages of any type accessed at the hphalle1 site!

          The URL for the Disneyland Paris FAQ WWW site is:

          An FTP site for the FAQ and related files is also available at
 Full ASCII text and PostScript versions of
          this FAQ are available in the directory /pub/disney/faq, while the
          JPEG image files (at higher quality settings that those used at
          the WWW site) are stored in the directory /pub/disney/images. This
          site is maintained by Tom Drynda (now at a new email address,
, the originator of the first version of the
          EuroDisney FAQ.

          You could also try another WWW site, maintained by
, which contains images from the park, plus other
          stuff such as the script of Phantom Manor. The URL is:

          A "Hidden Mickeys" list (for all Disney theme parks, including
          Disneyland Paris) is maintained by Tom Shaw ( and is
          available at:

          Finally, there is some talk that Disneyland Paris will be starting
          their own WWW site soon (similar to the very popular one for WDW)
          which will allow you to make hotel bookings over the net, etc.

     4.15 What attractions have age and/or height restrictions?

          The following age, height and other restrictions apply to rides
          and attractions at Disneyland Paris:

          Phantom Manor
               Some scenes may be frightening for younger children
          Big Thunder Mountain
               General health restrictions (see note)
               Min age: 3 years
               Min height: 1.02 metres (40 inches)
          Pirates of the Caribbean
               General health restrictions (see note)
          Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril
               General health restrictions (see note)
               Min age: 8 years
               Min height: 1.40 metres (55 inches)
          La Taniere du Dragon
               Some scenes may be frightening for younger children
          Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains
               Some scenes may be frightening for younger children
          Dumbo the Flying Elephant
               Min age: 1 year
          Orbitron - Machines Volantes
               Min age: 1 year
               General health restrictions (see note)
               Min age: 1 year
               Min height for driver: 1.32 metres (52 inches)
          Star Tours
               General health restrictions (see note)
               Min age: 3 years
               Min height for after-ride computer game: 1.02 metres (40
          CineMagique (Captain EO)
               Some scenes may be frightening for younger children, and high
               volumes may cause discomfort for those with sensitive hearing
          Space mountain - De la Terre a la Lune
               General health restrictions (see note)
               Min age: 10 years
               Min height: 1.40 metres (55 inches)

          Note: Pregnant women and people with heart, back, neck, motion
          sickness or other similar problems should not ride attractions
          marked as having 'general health restrictions'.

     4.16 What other hotels and campsites are in the area?

          This section will be expanded in time. Could you perhaps let me
          know if you stay off-site, and what the hotel or camp site was
          like (price, facilities, etc)?

          One possible option would be to stay at the Novotel hotel in

          Hans Kuis ( reported that when he tried to make
          camping reservations for the Davy Crockett Ranch and it was
          already full, they referred him to the Euro Disney Travel Agency
          (+33 1 60 43 33 33). The travel agency provided numbers for two
          campsites within 10 km of the resort:

               Parc de la Colline (10km)        (+33 1) 60 05 42 32
               Leon's Lodge (10 km)             (+33 1) 60 43 57 00


5    More details of specific attractions
     (Personal reports from park visitors are welcome)

     5.1  Liberty Arcade, Discovery Arcade, Statue of Liberty Tableau
          [report by Tom Drynda]

          These arcades form the back entrances to shops and restaurants in
          Main Street. Liberty Arcade is also a useful covered route to
          Frontierland during poor weather. Very pleasant turn of the
          century style interiors with gas lamps and lots of interesting
          displays of inventions and curios of both American and French (but
          mainly American) origin. The Statue of Liberty Tableau is a small
          display on how France gave the Statue of Liberty to America. Dull.

     5.2  Walt's Restaurant  [report by Tom Drynda]

          This restaurant is a must for serious Disneyphiles. It is packed
          full of interesting memorabilia, and various restaurant rooms are
          themed to the lands in the park. You also get quite a good view of
          Main Street from upstairs at Walt's.

          The restaurant is L shaped, with the entrance being on the corner
          of Main Street and Flower Street. Incidentally, for Disneyphiles
          only, the address of the restaurant is the same as the address of
          the Imagineering workshops in Glendale, California (1401 Flower
          Street). According to the official guide book, the logo with the
          initials W.D. appearing on the gas lamps, some furniture, and
          windows was designed for the balcony of Walt's apartment in
          Disneyland. Also, there is a tin plate in the pavement across the
          street from Walt's which says "Elias Disney, 1901 contractor". So,
          the story should be that the turn-of-the-century Main street was
          built in the year Walt was born, with his father as the

          There are two floors in the restaurant (ground and upstairs). The
          ground-floor rooms are just elegant rooms surrounded by Disney
          memorabilia. The upstairs rooms have separate themes linked to the
          different lands. Some rooms have separate tables catering for
          couples or families. Other rooms have just a single banqueting
          table clearly catering for larger parties (conference guests,
          VIP's, etc.).

          When you enter the restaurant the whole feel of the place seems to
          be that of a luxury apartment or hotel (or maybe even restaurant!)
          in Paris at the turn of the century.

          The entrance lobby is quite interesting, containing hand carved
          wooden furniture and nice stained glass. To the left is what I'd
          imagine is the Maitre d's desk which is interesting in itself. It
          has one of those spring-loaded message-passing systems. For the
          technical persons among you, this is the system where you plonk
          the message in a box, yank a handle, and the box containing the
          message whangs up through the ceiling to the upstairs desk and
          vice-versa. The message-whanging system is very ornate in heavy
          scrolled brass.

          Ahead of you are the lift and the stairs. The lift is what really
          gives the impression of a turn-of-the-century Paris interior. It
          is constructed (or appears to be constructed) in ornate black cast
          iron scroll work with multi-coloured stained-glass windows. The
          lift is fully functional.

          The upstairs rooms are themed, as mentioned before, to coincide
          with the various lands in the park. The rooms have to be seen to
          be believed. I will not describe them fully here as I wouldn't be
          able to do them justice. However, they are as follows:

               A Gothic style room represents Fantasyland.

               An Edwardian style library represents Frontierland and is
               supposed to be a library in a western mansion. A number of
               indian/cowboy-on-a-horse sculptures can be seen to enforce

               One corner of a large room is draped as though in a fine
               Arabian tent and is clearly supposed to represent

               Probably the most detailed room was Captain Nemo's room. See
               this. I cannot describe it. This represents Discoveryland.

     5.3  Phantom Manor  [extended report by Regan B. Pederson]

          Phantom Manor is absolutely, positively, definitely, my favourite
          theme park attraction. They did everything right here. The Haunted
          Mansion (at DL or WDW) is number 3, behind Star Tours.

          The name change is perfect. At DL and WDW, all the guests call the
          Haunted Mansion the Haunted House. Now, at DL-P, when they are
          wrong they are at least completely wrong! Phantom Manor is an
          original name that belongs to an original house. The greatest
          improvement from the Haunted Mansions is the music. Even as much
          as I love the original Grim Grinning Ghosts, Disney worked some of
          it's greatest magic here. Grim Grinning Ghosts was re-
          orchestrated, slowed down, romanced, dignified, changed in the
          most wonderful ways, and re-recorded in several different versions
          for different sections of the ride's interior and exterior (yes,
          you can finally hear the music outside in the waiting area).
          You'll forget that it really is the tune of Grim Grinning Ghosts,
          until you get to the singing busts.

          Phantom Manor is in Frontierland, and they made it so it really
          does fit in. The house exterior is again totally different. They
          did well in making it intriguing but not blatantly haunted. It
          looks like an old western house that is seriously dilapidated.

          The Manor 'yard' is something to see in itself. Like the house it
          looks like it was very beautiful at one time, but nobody's taken
          care of it. There's a gazebo, plant holders, lots of nice stairs &
          structure, all meant to look like it was really nice and lavish at
          one point in time. The queue winds through part of it, and there
          is a very large sheltered waiting area with a fountain in the
          middle. The entire 'yard' is (of course) built on a hill and the
          house sits on top.

          You finally get up to the deck surrounding the house and walk
          around to the front doors (this is a concept that was lost at the
          Haunted Mansion at WDW). When you get inside the foyer, Phantom
          Manor finally begins to resemble the Haunted Mansions. There's the
          chandelier with cobwebs and the two doors into the stretch rooms.
          Otherwise, the decor is still very different. It's very antique
          western. There is a small mirror in-between the two doors. When
          the Phantom starts speaking, you can see a picture of the bride in
          the mirror.

          By the way, Paul Frees died before he could play the voice of the
          Phantom. I don't know who does it now, but you only hear the
          Phantom speak (entirely in French) in the entrance foyer, in the
          stretch room, and a little bit in the portrait hall. There is no
          spoken dialogue during the ride itself. Due to language barriers,
          and the fact that the scenes are so great and the music so well-
          done, I think it's good that they don't have much spoken sound.
          Incidentally, Vincent Price did the original Phantom narration in
          English, but it was quickly replaced after the French complained.
          Thankfully, the voice of Paul Frees has been retained in Phantom
          Manor: the Imagineers edited together some of his original `Ghost
          Host' script and he now speaks through the mouth of the mayor of
          Phantom Canyon, who has a habit of losing his head.

          It's interesting to note that the floor design of the ride is
          almost identical to Disneyland. The elevator has rightfully
          returned to the stretch room (yes, you do really go down at
          Disneyland Paris). There is also the tunnel where the changing
          pictures have been returned (these were left out in Florida). The
          'basement' is actually dug into the hill, with the tunnel going
          beneath some trees behind which the show building is hidden. The
          tunnel does NOT go beneath the railroad tracks; the entire
          attraction is housed within the same building as the Grand Canyon

          So what is Phantom Manor all about, anyway? I spent hours trying
          to figure that out - I went on it about 20 times in 2 days. This
          has become somewhat of an obsession for me, and I am still
          endeavouring to find out how it really goes. This information was
          put together from my own personal observations, and also by asking
          the Manor staff and City Hall. I do not guarantee its accuracy at
          all, since one CM even told me that the story is based on
          Hitchcock's Psycho movie! (only the shape of the house bears any
          resemblance at all)

          The year is 1860. The Phantom (he probably has a real name but I
          couldn't find out what it is) owns the Manor and most of
          Frontierland as well. This is, of course, why the house sits on a
          hill overlooking Frontierland. When two of the town's residents
          decided to get married the Phantom insisted they have the wedding
          & party at his place. All of the preparations were made. The bride
          got all ready and waited for her groom to show up. She never saw
          him, for the Phantom had hung him soon after he walked through the
          door. She waited and waited: her bouquet began to wilt; the
          wedding presents stacked in the ballroom went unopened; the cake
          began to sag and topple. The bride sobbed as she watched the
          Phantom's guests come out of their tombs. She looked behind her,
          and out the window she saw the Phantom laughing at her and she
          suddenly realized what his real intentions were. He had dug a
          grave for her, right next to the freshly-filled one for her former
          fiancee. She decided to put an end to her agony, so still in her
          wedding dress, and still holding her bouquet, she poisoned
          herself. The Phantom just laughs, and stands ready to claim his
          next victim, right after they see their predecessors in Phantom
          Canyon. If anybody knows the real story, or just knows that I'm
          plain wrong, please tell me, I would be greatly indebted to you.

          Stretch-room notes from Don Reagin (
          The portraits in the stretch rooms are specially tailored to
          Phantom Manor's theme, and are far more macabre than those found
          in the other three parks. All four of the portraits feature turn-
          of-the-century characters, with rosy cheeks and winsome faces. One
          is a beautiful young woman picking roses. When the room stretches,
          we see beneath her, just on the other side of a hedge, a gruesome
          corpse coming up out of his grave to attack her. The second
          portrait is a happy couple picnicking in a field. When the room
          stretches, we see a menagerie of rattlesnakes, scorpions, and fire
          ants approaching them. The third is a young woman smiling as she
          sits with a frilly umbrella under sunny skies. The room stretches
          to reveal that she is in a canoe about to topple over a very high
          waterfall. And the final portrait is a young woman in bloomers
          wading in a small stream. When the portrait stretches, we see a
          horrible water monster about to grab her leg. All four of these
          portraits are unique, and give you one of the first indications
          that this Manor is definitely not your average Haunted Mansion.

          Just to confuse matters still further, Scott Kessler
          ( has the following thoughts on the Phantom
          Manor storyline: I heard (interpreted) the story slightly
          differently. It would seem the Phantom was enamoured of the girl.
          He certainly hangs the husband to be (as we see in the elevator)
          but then I thought she entered the house and he more or less
          captured her and won't let her leave unless she marries him. She
          refuses, and is thus doomed to spend her life in the house. As the
          story progresses, we see both the Phantom decay and the bride
          getting older and older as she waits and hopes that her long-lost
          fiancee will return. Finally she dies, ultimately joining the
          Phantom in death.

     5.4  Big Thunder Mountain  [report by Regan B. Pederson]

          The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is significantly wilder than the
          versions in the states. The trains (especially their paint jobs)
          are also a lot more realistic. Overall, Disneyland-Paris's Big
          Thunder is a fantastic version of an old classic. As with the
          stateside rides, there are still three climbs and they're mostly
          similar to the ones in the states.

          The first climb comes right after you go through the tunnel under
          the river so it's much more of a true cave feeling, although you
          go by stalactites, stalagmites, and rainbow pools that look just
          like the ones in the US. You go under the waterfall here as well.
          The second climb is again outdoors, although here there is no town
          of Tumbleweed to look at like at WDW. At DL-P a cranky old mill
          has to suffice. The third climb involves a mining explosion
          instead of an earthquake. This was a smart decision, and although
          the scene is similar to its predecessors, the explosion effects
          are enhanced with some great fibre optics.

          The long tunnels though which you go under the Rivers of the Far
          West are pitch black and very exciting. Other than the missing
          town of Tumbleweed, the visuals and animatronics around the
          mountain are better here in France, and the sights that are found
          on and around the Rivers add measurably to the fun.

     5.5  Pirates of the Caribbean  [report by Regan B. Pederson and Graham

          Pirates of the Caribbean is superb, it really works here. The
          theming at the load area is one of a Caribbean island (rather than
          Florida's fort or the southern bayou of California/Tokyo). I
          especially liked the queuing area (although it's very long). The
          last scene you walk past (on your left) before entering the
          'village' is also the last scene you sail past (also on the left)
          before reaching the unload station.

          Every scene makes sense and contributes to the story. You sail
          through a Caribbean jungle lagoon and go up a "waterfall" ramp
          into the fort where the pirates have started to make their raid.
          The sophistication of the animatronic figures is truly outstanding
          here, as well as the creativity and placement of the figures (and
          the silhouette is first class). Almost everything in this scene is
          original to DL-P, except for the jail scene; it's near the
          beginning here, instead of the end, since at this point in the
          story the pirates haven't yet raided the town.

          You then sail through a cave and receive your proper warning and
          then you slide down a flume and right into the battle between the
          pirate ship and the fort (which has been going on at Disneyland
          and WDW for so many years). The next few scenes are nearly
          identical to the ones in the US. Everything is more detailed and
          realistic, though. There is a silhouette in the town fire scene
          that is way, way, way first class.

          Right after you get out of the fire scene, the ride changes from
          its predecessors. You now slide down a second flume into the
          powder room, and the burned out town goes down in a huge
          explosion. You escape into secret caves (Davey Jones' Locker). You
          see the skeleton at the wheel in the storm and the pirate's secret
          treasure. As you leave the caves you can see the dock looming
          ahead of you. I highly applaud the changes and adjustments Disney
          have made; it all worked very, very well.

     5.6  Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril  [report by Julie Dawe]

          The ride is a short roller coaster ride that has a 360 degree
          (upside down) loop in it. The ride seemed amazingly short - about
          2 minutes or so (hard to judge time when you're on a roller
          coaster). The cars are small - 4 seats, or 8 people per car, with
          big fat secure shoulder harnesses to keep you in (uncomfortable,
          if you accidentally pull them too tight towards you). I guess I
          was a little disappointed, I had envisioned riding something more
          like mining carts, but it was really just a short roller coaster,
          wilder than Big Thunder. But not very wild, no stomach-lurching
          drops, just fast.

          The ride is themed very nicely, with 1940s style camp settings,
          jeeps, tents, etc, that looked like they could have come out of
          the Indiana Jones movie. There is creepy music playing to get you
          in the mood.

          [Additional report by Regan B. Pederson]

          Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril was a mistake. Like you've
          probably heard, it's just an off the shelf roller coaster that
          they built around something that's supposed to look like an
          excavated ruin. The queue area is only mildly interesting. The
          temple itself is somewhat impressive (especially as you ascend the
          snake staircase). It has nothing to do with Peril, though. You
          never go in it, and nothing ever happens. There is no story, no
          plot, no cause of action. You just decide to ride a 'mine' car
          around this temple thing, even though there is no mine. In
          addition, mine cars do not normally go through loops. However, to
          Disney's possible credit, the mine cars are extremely jerky and
          bumpy, just as you'd expect one to be. However, the restraint
          system is awkward and the jerkiness can make it painful.

          John Stafford ( mentioned: My
          youngest daughter said the ride could be very jerky and not much
          fun unless you keep your head firmly against the head rest. They
          have been on similar rides, and found the head rests on this ride
          to be better than most.

     5.7  Adventure Isle  [report by Tom Drynda and Andre Willey]

          You really can get lost in the maze of twisty little passages and
          caves, all alike! Skull Rock and Captain Hook's ship are here,
          plus a rope bridge, barrel bridge and a shipwreck to look at. Not
          much else there, but it's good fun anyway. Set the kids loose here
          and go and relax.

     5.8  La Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant  [report by Tom Drynda and
          Andre Willey]

          Don't miss out on the two shops inside the castle, which are
          charming. Upstairs, the story of Sleeping Beauty is told in ornate
          tapestries and stunning stained glass, well worth a look. You exit
          via the upper balconies of the castle, which afford great views of

          Downstairs you'll find "La Taniere du Dragon" - the dragon's lair.
          The dragon sleeps peacefully next to his pool with the occasional
          snort of smoke. Then his tail twitches, more smoke and he begins
          to awake... then you realise his chain is broken! Loved it.

          Just in front of the castle is "Le Theatre du Chateau", an open-
          air stage show. Currently playing is Mickey's Magic Book.
          Basically the Snow White/Sleeping Beauty stories, with music and
          dance. The magic book itself is enormous, and as each stage of the
          story unfolds, so do the pages of the book with pop-up scenery.
          Well worth a look.

     5.9  Alice's Curious Labyrinth  [report by Andre Willey]

          A hedge maze, with surprises as you walk around (characters
          popping up from behind hedges, etc). The hedges are filled with
          tiny blue lights. The hedges had become fairly badly damaged over
          time, but have now been repaired fairly effectively. Some
          characters still don't pop up reliably, though. The castle in the
          middle of the maze makes a good place to get that nice panoramic
          photo of the park from a more unusual angle. You can also find the
          jumping water fountains here - good to watch and relax, or stand
          under and get wet.

          An attraction for the younger ones mainly.

     5.10 Storybookland rides  [report by Jean-Marc Toussaint]

          Storybookland is located at the far North of the park, between
          Alice's Curious Labyrinth and the Old Mill ferris wheel, behind
          It's a Small World. Access to the area via a path under the
          Disneyland Paris Railroad (a bit like "Mickey's Toontown" in DL).

          The Storybook boat ride, constructed by Mack GmbH of Germany, is a
          'no-host' ride, unlike other similar rides at other Disney parks.
          It's a continuous cable-towed boat ride, departing from a step-on,
          step-off turntable in front of a giant open book. The brightly
          coloured boats each carry up to 20 guests. There are open
          storybooks along the route identifying the story for each set.
          It's simply beautiful, especially at night since every set is
          carefully illuminated.

          The boats pass under a stone bridge (Casey Junior's track), then
          you pass in front of beautifully landscaped, richly detailed
          miniatures. On your left you will see the Seven Dwarfs' house (the
          mine is in the background, with diamond effects and sounds of the
          dwarfs working), Hansel & Gretel cake house, Rapunzel's Tower
          (note her long blond hair hanging down from it). On your right, on
          the top of a small island, is Mount Olympus from Fantasia.

          The boats then pass under a second bridge. You enter the snow-
          covered area of Peter and the Wolf (on your left). On your right
          is the best model: the village, ruins, cemetery & mountain from
          Night on Bald Mountain (from Fantasia), now including Chernabog
          sitting atop of the ruined castle tower. The boats turn around the
          mountain set and enter Aladdin's Cave of Wonder, through the
          tiger's mouth. Inside the cave is a miniature of the treasure, and
          a little further on is a miniature of the lamp resting at the top
          of the stairs, bathing in a magical beam of light. Leaving the
          cave, you see on your left a Sword in the Stone model, then a
          large replica of Belle's village from Beauty and the Beast. The
          Beast's castle is in the background, with Casey's track curling
          around its walls. The final miniature is the Emerald City of Oz,
          after which the boats return to the station.

          Casey Junior is more of a family-oriented (non-gravity) roller
          coaster than a train ride. Built by Vekoma of Holland, two trains
          run on the same track thanks to a clever block-system
          installation. It surrounds the whole Storybook land area. The ride
          is rather fast, with lots of banked turns and 'rabbit hops'. At
          night, the only light is the locomotive's headlight, so ride in
          the very last car for a backward, fast and completely dark trip!

          Note from Jean-Marc Toussaint (
          Miniature figures have now been added to the sets of
          Storybookland: dwarves in the mine and the evil witch for Snow
          White, Prince Eric for Little Mermaid, Centaurs for Mount Olympus,
          Peter and the Wolf for Peter and the Wolf, Abu for the Cave of
          Wonders, Belle sitting by the fountain in her village, and the
          famous Oz quatuor at the entrance to the Emerald City. The sets
          now look more alive.

     5.11 Le Visionarium  [report by Andre Willey]

          One of the best themed attractions in the park. Based on Circle-
          Vision 360 technology, The Timekeeper and his robot assistant, 9-
          Eye, are your hosts on a Circle-Vision trip through time, picking
          up Jules Verne en route. Very impressive period detail; must have
          been quite a feat to film! Features Michel Piccoli as Jules Verne,
          and guest stars Gerard Depardieu as an airport baggage handler,
          Franco Nero as Leonardo da Vinci, Jean Rochefort as Louis XV and
          Jeremy Irons as H.G. Wells. "From Time to Time" was directed by
          Jeff Blyth (who also did Cheetah for Disney) and produced by John

          The show is in French, but headsets are provided with English,
          German and Italian soundtracks. The animatronic guides are
          excellent, and the pre-show waiting room is fascinating, with lots
          to see: a video wall (French narration, translated in English,
          German and Italian by LED signs), plus models of real, futuristic,
          and Wells/Verne modes of transport hanging from the ceiling.


          (This is now also showing at Tokyo Disneyland, and in a slightly
          modified form at WDW, Florida. Apart from the layout of the pre-
          show waiting areas, the main differences are in the voices and the
          Red Square/Concorde section has been replaced with shots of New

     5.12 Les Mysteres du Nautilus  [report by Andre Willey]

          To be honest, the biggest mystery of all was why is queue so long?
          I guess it must be because this attraction looks so good from the
          outside. A very authentic-looking Nautilus waits docked in a
          lagoon near to the new Space Mountain, inviting you to come
          aboard. You enter a nearby lighthouse and descend down a spiral
          staircase, and then walk along a long underground corridor.
          Entering the sub, you walk through several rooms (treasure room,
          Captain's quarters, airlock/diving-suit room, etc) until you reach
          Captain Nemo's room - complete with iris-shuttered portholes on
          either side, and his grand pipe organ at one end. A short, rather
          uninspiring, show takes place in which a giant animatronic squid
          attacks and is repelled by electric shocks (you get to see this
          through the large porthole screen) and then you leave via the
          engine room.

          Basically, there's nothing much to it. The engine doesn't move at
          all, the squid attack is lack-lustre, and it's painfully obvious
          that the walk-through is nowhere near the submarine you saw in the
          pen outside (in fact, you come out facing it!). If only they had
          at least attempted to give you the feeling of entering inside a
          submarine from the long corridor (perhaps by walking beside a hull
          mockup, or even by going through some sort of connecting tunnel or
          bridge) but they didn't.

          Unless the queue is short, don't waste your time. A shame, really,
          as this could have been rather good if properly imagineered in
          true Disney style.

          From Scott Van Horn ( The new Nautilus ride
          was a disappointment, it seemed like a "we need something, how
          about this?" I felt a bit embarrassed being in it.

     5.13 Space Mountain (de la Terre a la Lune)  [Report by Jean-Marc

          Attention FAQ readers, the following section contains SPOILERS for
          Disneyland Paris's fortieth and newest wonder, Space Mountain. The
          ride is located next to the Nautilus lagoon in Discoveryland, and
          is themed on Jules Verne's book "From the Earth to the Moon". For
          those of you who still wanna read more, welcome to the fastest
          ride ever built at a Disney Park!

          Going to the station is a very good teaser, since you have to walk
          a long and very dark corridor through the entire building, and you
          may see some portions of the ride and sets through large openings
          in the walls. There is also a 'chicken' route which allows you to
          view the pre-show without actually going on the ride.

          Once inside the station you board one of the trains (6 cars, 4
          seats per car) themed like sci-fi vehicles designed in the 1900s,
          featuring over-the-shoulders restraints. After a long turnaround
          inside a tube, you reach a sudden drop that leads you to the
          bottom of the cannon. A hook attaches itself under the train and
          you are pulled into the enormous Columbiad Cannon.

          A very loud detonation is heard, smoke fills the cannon and the
          train is catapulted into the circuit. A short drop is followed by
          a long downward helix in complete darkness. You dodge some little
          asteroids and then you plunge into the looping. Leaving the first
          inversion, the train rushes through a huge "space mining" machine
          and a series of trim-brakes which lead you into the core of a
          melting asteroid. Then comes another sudden drop into the
          corkscrew. After a 360 degree inversion, the train "hangs" briefly
          at a 90 degree angle before a fast section of track to the second
          lift. The train climbs the hill very quickly - a 'road sign' says
          "to the Moon: 50,000 km" - and you reach the Moon, which looks
          like the one in George Melies' 1902 film.

          The train drops suddenly as you leave the satellite orbit and
          rushes through some other meteorites. The train negotiates a
          "horseshoe" (a flat standing upward turn) and gains speed as it
          reaches another downward helix with dark light effects simulating
          re-entry into the atmosphere. The train hits the brakes through a
          shower of sparks inside the "Electro de Velocitor" machine, and
          then goes back gently back to the station.

          Needless to say, this ride is excellent - the best at the park and
          the best steel roller coaster in France. Special effects and sets
          are superb. The soundtrack (a bit John Williams-ish) is
          magnificent, and the onboard audio system is CD quality.

          I've been on the ride dozens of times now (the cast members think
          I'm a bit deranged, and pretend that I hold the world record!) and
          it is still pure amazement.

          Bienvenue a Paris, space travellers!

          Special thanks to: Cast members Aurelie, Jamie, Isabelle, Kirsten
          and Monte for smooth dispatch, excellent ride operation and long
          and passionate chats about Disney and roller coasters. All the
          cast at the Star Traders shop for ultra kindness.

          Building statistics

               Diameter              62 metres
               Height                43 metres
               Depth                 5 metres below ground

          General Ride Statistics

               Construction started  March 1993 (Vekoma)
               Ride opened           1st June 1995
               Length of track       1 kilometre
               Thrill elements       360 degree "sidewinder" loop
                                     "corkscrew" loop
                                     180 degree "tongue" loop
               Speed                 Up to 70 kilometres per hour at peak
                                     speed, 30% faster than any other Disney
                                     thrill ride
               Ride controls         Redundant programmable logic controller
                                     based system, employing six main
                                     computers and 1,300 impact/output

          Rocket ship vehicles

               Launch system         Electric-motor-propelled catapult
                                     (similar to system used for aircraft
                                     carrier launches)
               Seating capacity      24 (6 rocket ships, 4 passengers each)
               Audio                 6 built-in speakers per seat. Digital
                                     audio with automatic playback speed
                                     adjustment to synchronize the musical
                                     score with key elements of the show.
                                     Music written by movie composer Steve

          Columbiad Cannon

               Acceleration          Up to 1.3g during the catapult launch
                                     (approx. 1.8 seconds to the top of the
               Launch capacity       One rocket ship every 36 seconds
               Length                22 metres
               Inclination           32 degrees
               Weight                15.5 tons
               Width of barrel       5 metres
               Special Effects       Steam smoke system, synchronized
                                     lighting and audio "boom"
               Decorative cladding   24 kt. gold leaf on the archer, sun-
                                     face and moon-face

          Space Mountain Merchandise

               (Many of the following have now been discontinued, so look
               for remainders. Logo T-Shirts, Wool jackets and coffee mugs
               are still generally available)

               T-Shirt A             Dark blue or gray. SM logo transfer on
                                     front (95 FF)
               T-Shirt B             Dark blue. "Space diagram" transfer on
                                     front; "I survived... did you ?" and SM
                                     logo transfer on back (150 FF)
               Long sleeved shirt    Dark blue. SM logo embroidered patch on
                                     chest (225 FF)
               Rain jacket           Dark blue. SM logo transfer on chest,
                                     "Space diagram" transfer on back (250
               Wool jacket           Dark blue. Disneyland Paris logo
                                     embroidered on chest, large SM logo
                                     embroidered on back (850 FF)
               Baseball cap          Dark blue & suede, with SM logo
                                     embroidered patch (120 FF)
               Sticker               Round, SM logo (5 FF)
               Postcard              Four exterior views of building and
                                     cannon on one card (3 FF)
               Key Chain             Transparent plastic. Round, with SM
                                     logo (15 FF)
               Pen                   Silver & dark blue with SM logo (30 FF)
               Mug                   White & dark blue with shooting stars
                                     and SM logo (35 FF)

          Also seen, but not for sale

               Cast member watch     Dark blue. Plastic, with SM logo and
                                     "June 1995". (Note: it is believed that
                                     if another watch isn't designed, this
                                     one could make it to the stores)
               Cast member button    SM logo with "Entrez dans la legende -
                                     Juin 1995" ("Be part of the legend -
                                     June 1995)
               Bumper sticker        "I survived", with colour drawing of
                                     train rushing through the meteors (as
                                     seen on the control booth window)

     5.14 Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show  [report by Tom Drynda]

          This show is a wild and exciting show obviously themed around the
          American Wild-West Cowboy days. Get your tickets early (there is a
          discount for MKC card-holders). There may be two shows per day
          (check at Guest Relations or at your hotel). Plan to start queuing
          at least an hour before the show is due to start. You must
          purchase your tickets beforehand. How early you purchase your
          tickets depends on the day you go, and which show you intend to
          see. You can purchase your tickets well in advance by phoning the
          reservations number shown in section 4.2 (it's the same number
          used to reserve hotel rooms).

          You don't get allocated seats until you enter the building just
          before the show. I'd advise anyone going to see this to start
          queuing fairly early as the earlier you get your seats, the closer
          to the action you are.

          The tables aren't really tables as in a normal restaurant, but
          just a bench that can hold about ten people with a long table in
          front of you over which you see into the arena. The tables all
          overlook the arena and so everyone has a good view.

          The 'table numbers' are coded by colour letter and number. The
          lower the number, the closer you are to the action. The letter
          defines the sector in your team area in which you will sit, and
          the colour defines the team you will support during the show. The
          team colours are representative of American ranches:

               Golden Star Ranch, Texas
               Blue Moon Ranch, Wyoming
               Green Mountain Ranch, Montana
               Red River Ranch, Colorado

          After being issued with our hats, we passed through to the
          extremely large bar having our photo taken officially on the way.
          The bar is truly enormous, but fills up quickly. Order a beer as
          soon as you get there. You could order a beer in their souvenir
          beer glass which is in the shape of a cowboy boot. You can also
          order cocktails here.

          If you want to order wine with your meal, you have to go to a
          smaller bar that you pass on the way in before you get to the main

          Pre-show entertainment and cowboy training takes place before the
          arena is loaded. The entertainment we had was the band appearing
          at Billy Bob's Country and Western Nightclub in Festival Disney
          (currently The Dooby Brothers). They played a number of country
          and western songs and took us through "How a cowboy cheers"
          (lifting your 'chapeau' off your head, waving it in the air and
          shouting YAAAAHOOOOOOOOOO at the top of your voice) and a host of
          other fun-type things. This really sets you up for the show.

          The loading of the stadium takes place a colour at a time. The
          colours are green, red, yellow, and blue.

          I don't really want to spoil the fun of Buffalo Bill's Wild West
          Show by giving away too much detail here. Just let me say the food
          was very good, the beer (or cola) was as much as you could drink
          (whenever the staff came 'round to your table with their pitchers)
          and the entertainment was funny, exciting, and in short it was one
          of the best evening's out I've had in a very long time. Do not
          miss this. DO NOT MISS THIS ON ANY ACCOUNT!


6    Acknowledgements

     Many thanks to the following people for their invaluable assistance:

     Tom Drynda (now at a new email address, for
     starting this FAQ in the first place. Thanks Tom, and I hope that I'm
     doing your concept justice.

     Reinhard Schaffner ( for providing
     WWW access for the FAQ, and Tim "Quetzal" Pickett
     ( for FTP availability and putting it on
     the "List of Lists".

     Regan B. Pederson (, a cast member at WDW, who has
     provided a LOT of great insights into the differences between rides at
     the parks. Also Gordon E. Peterson II ( for his
     excellent and detailed notes based on his 66 (!) visits to the park,
     including a good number of details which I'd previously forgotten to
     mention. Gordon has a document covering some of the rides in more
     detail than I can here, so e-mail him for a copy if you're interested.

     Gary Cook (, Ian Judge (,
     Guido Bonati (, Mark Verbeeck
     (, Graham Allan (, Peter Schouten
     (, Mark Keiser (Mark.Keiser@Eng.Sun.COM), Wim
     Dewijngaert (, Julie Dawe
     (, Luz Echeverria
     (, Yvonne Loo ( and
     Jean-Marc Toussaint ( for general update

     Scott Kessler ( for the great photos of the Dragon
     and Phantom Manor at night, now available at the WWW site.

     The following park visitors for their comments and for mailing me
     current timetable information, etc. Thanks all!

          Nik Rosser (
          Rachel Bell (
          Edward Summer (
          Frederic Bouquet (
          Ian Parkinson (
          Susan Fuhs (
          Barry Bedford (IRE0040@AppleLink.Apple.COM)
          Paul Fischer (
          Louise (
          Werner Kuehnert (
          Shawn Clover (
          John Stafford (

     Some news items recounted from the "Magical Moments & Memories" UK
     Disneyana Enthusiasts magazine. For details contact: MM&M, 31 Rowan
     Way, Exwick, Exeter, Devon, EX4 2DT, England. Subscriptions: UKP 15 per


     Everyone else in rec.arts.disney for their support and information

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