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Disneyland Park, originally Euro Disneyland Park, is a theme park found at Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, France. The park opened on 12 April 1992 as the first of the two parks built at the resort. Designed and built by Walt Disney Imagineering, its layout is similar to Disneyland Park in California and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida. Spanning 56.656 ha (140 acres) (the second largest Disney park based on the original, after Shanghai Disneyland Park),[1] it is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters. In 2016, the park hosted approximately 8.4 million visitors, making it the most-visited theme park in Europe, and the 13th-most visited theme park in the world.

Disneyland Park (Paris)
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LocationDisneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, Paris, France
Coordinates48°52′21″N 2°46′36″E / 48.872608°N 2.776747°E / 48.872608; 2.776747
ThemeFairy tales and Disney characters
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
Operated byDisney Parks, Experiences and Products
Opened12 April 1992; 27 years ago (1992-04-12)
Previous namesEuro Disneyland Park
WebsiteOfficial website

The park is represented by Sleeping Beauty Castle, a replica of the fairy tale castle seen in Disney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty.

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HistoryEdit

In order to make things more distinct and not be a mere copy of the original, modifications were made to the park's concepts and designs. Among the changes was the change of Tomorrowland to Discoveryland, giving the area a retrofuturistic theme. Other altered elements include the Haunted Mansion, which was redesigned as Phantom Manor and a retro, more intense version of Space Mountain (now Hyperspace Mountain). The park's location brought forth its own challenges. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant) is said by its designers to have been necessarily reevaluated for a continent on which authentic castles stand.[2] Modifications to the park were made to protect against changes in weather in the Parisian climate. Covered walkways referred to as "arcades" were added, and Michael Eisner ordered the installation of 35 fireplaces in hotels and restaurants.

The park, as well as its surrounding complex, initially failed to meet financial expectations, resulting in an image change in which the word "Euro" was phased out of several names, including Euro Disney. The park was known as Euro Disney until May 1994, Euro Disneyland Paris until September 1994, Disneyland Paris until February 2002, and Disneyland Park (English) and Parc Disneyland (French) since March 2002.

Michael Eisner noted, "As Americans, the word 'Euro' is believed to mean glamorous or exciting. For Europeans it turned out to be a term they associated with business, currency, and commerce. Renaming the park 'Disneyland Paris' was a way of identifying it with one of the most romantic and exciting cities in the world."[3]

LandsEdit

Disneyland Park is divided into five themed "lands", which house 49 attractions. Designed like a wheel with the hub on Central Plaza before Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant, pathways spoke out across the 140 acres (57 ha) of the park and lead to the lands.[4] The 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge Disneyland Railroad runs along the perimeter of the park and stops in Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland.

Themed Land Picture Notes
Main Street, U.S.A. Main Street USA serves as the main entrance boulevard into the park and is themed after early-20th-century small-town America, inspired by Walt Disney's hometown of Marceline, Missouri, complete with a train station and Victorian architecture. The street terminates at the central hub of the park with Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Frontierland Frontierland is themed after the 19th century American Old West mining town of Thunder Mesa. Features include desert and wilderness landscaping, large rock formations, a river, and frontier architecture.
Adventureland Adventureland is themed to recreate the feel of the Caribbean, North-Africa, Africa and India. Lush landscaping is abundant throughout the land to give visitors the impression of being in a remote jungle.
Fantasyland  
(Sleeping Beauty Castle)
Sleeping Beauty Castle serves as the main entrance to Fantasyland, which is themed after a storybook village taking many architectural traits from various European villages.
Discoveryland Discoveryland is themed after the visions of famed European thinkers and explorers such as Leonardo da Vinci, HG Wells, or Jules Verne.

Main Street, U.S.A.Edit

AdventurelandEdit

FrontierlandEdit

FantasylandEdit

DiscoverylandEdit

AttendanceEdit

* 2008 – 12,688,000[25] * 2009 – 12,740,000[26] * 2010 – 10,500,000[27] * 2011 – 10,990,000[28] * 2012 – 11,500,000[29] * 2013 – 10,430,000[30] * 2014 – 9,940,000[31] * 2015 – 10,360,000[32] * 2016 – 8,400,000[33] * 2017 – 9,660,000[34] [26] * 2009 – 12,740,000[26] * 2010 – 10,500,000[27] * 2011 – 10,990,000[28] * 2012 – 11,500,000[29] * 2013 – 10,430,000[30] * 2014 – 9,940,000[31] * 2015 – 10,360,000[32] * 2016 – 8,400,000[33] * 2017 – 9,660,000[34][26] * 2009 – 12,740,000[26] * 2010 – 10,500,000[27] * 2011 – 10,990,000[28] * 2012 – 11,500,000[29] * 2013 – 10,430,000[30] * 2014 – 9,940,000[31] * 2015 – 10,360,000[32] * 2016 – 8,400,000[33] * 2017 – 9,660,000[34] * 2018 – 9,843,000[35]

Top amusement parks in Europe of annual attendance

 
red Disneyland Paris
yellow Europa-Park
blue Efteling

Shows and paradesEdit

Disneyland Park hosts a range of daytime and nighttime entertainment throughout the year.[36]

Current

NormalEdit

SeasonalEdit

  • Royal Christmas Wishes (Christmas season): 2015–present
  • Mickey's Magical Christmas Lights (Christmas season) 2015–present
  • Disney Illuminations of Christmas (Christmas season) 2017–present
  • Mickey's Halloween Celebration (Halloween season) 2013–2016, 2018–present
  • It's Good To Be Bad with the Disney Villains (Halloween season) 2015–present
  • Disney's Christmas Parade (Christmas season) 2012–present
  • Pirates and Princesses Festival 2018–present
  • Marvel Summer of Superheroes : 2017–present
  • The Lion Kind and Jungle Festival: 2019–present
  • The Season of the Force: 2016–present
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration : 2016–present

RetiredEdit

Nighttime ShowsEdit

Train ParadesEdit

  • Disney Characters Express (2007–2009)
  • Minnie's Party Train (2009–2010)
  • Disney All Stars Express (2010–2011)
  • Disney Dance Express (2011–2012)
  • Disney's 20th Anniversary Celebration Train (2012–2013)

ParadesEdit

Shows

  • Mickey Presents Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris – (2017–2018)
  • The Starlit Princess Waltz – (2017–2018)

GalleryEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  29. ^ a b c "TEA/AECOM 2012 Global Attractions Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
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  34. ^ a b c "TEA/AECOM 2017 Global Attractions Attendance Report Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2017. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  35. ^ "TEA/AECOM 2018 Global Attractions Attendance Report Report" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association. 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2019.
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