We had to check into a different hotel on our fourth day in France because the original plan was to spend more time in a different country. However, because there were so many things we wanted to do, we extended our stay in Paris.
We had a quick bite to eat at the hotel & then we headed to some souvenir shops since it was our last day in Paris.
Saint-Michel – Notre Dame Metro
Once we arrived around 10 AM, it didn’t take long to get in! (Unlike Anaheim Disneyland)
Once we got in, we checked out the souvenir shops.
Jeremiah & I got buttons, lanyards, & pins!
Their main street did not feel like Disneyland Anaheim’s, but I don’t think any other park will ever feel anything like the original, right?
& there she is! Belle’s Castle!
We have done so much research regarding food at Disneyland Paris. So many visitors & Disneyland fanatics have stated that if you’re going to Disneyland Paris expecting the food to be great like Anaheim Disneyland, you will be incredibly disappointed. Going in knowing that, I wasn’t disappointed at all. Everything tasted how I expected it to taste: average.
We also didn’t dine at their top restaurants; Walt’s: An American Restaurant & Bistrot Chez Remy. They’re expensive restaurants & I was too worried about spending money on food that would most likely be disappointing.
We went on a couple of rides & we were able to get through the ones we wanted to check out because the wait time was nothing compared to Anaheim Disneyland. If only it was a 30-40 minute wait for all the rides at Anaheim Disneyland.
We also went to La Tanière du Dragon & thought it was a ride, but it was just a thing to look at & that was it? I would absolutely suggest skipping this.
The next thing we did was ride on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The last time I went on the Pirates of Caribbean at Anaheim Disneyland, was in 2010 & I remember not really enjoying it. I was curious if I would have a different experience here. & I have to say, I loved it! I can’t wait to go back to Anaheim Disneyland because I think I might enjoy it now.
Oh, there is me covering my face with the map because I was scared of water splashing on us. I didn’t wake up early to beat my face only to have it ruined 😂
It was interesting seeing the different kinds of floats they had. The parade was also in French, so that was interesting to watch too!
After the parade, Jeremiah & I made our way over to the next park called Walt Disney Studios.
Before making our way in, Jeremiah had to use the restroom, so I checked out their World of Disney store.
Look at some of their Disneyland Paris merch!
But then I could see why it was so empty. There just wasn’t much to do in the park.
We did the Studio Tram tour because we really like the one at Universal Studios Hollywood, but I wouldn’t suggest wasting your time with this one.
They had a mini Toy Story Land here, but it didn’t have much there either.
We also didn’t know that Walt Disney Studios park closed at a different time than Disneyland Paris. They actually close HOURS ahead of Disneyland Paris. Had we known that, we would’ve spent more time at Walt Disney Studios park earlier in the day. I don’t think we missed much though! We made our way back to Disneyland Paris since Walt Disney Studios was closing.
We had dinner at Videopolis which had the BB-8 souvenir cup! Jeremiah has been on the hunt for this souvenir cup for 3 years. It was selling at Anaheim Disneyland for a short period to promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens. & Disneyland Paris was selling it like it was no big deal.
After eating dinner at the Videopolis, we sat down near the castle to watch their Illuminations show.
It was beyond crowded! Somebody fainted, people were getting fussy, people were being rude, people were pushing, etc.
- SMOKING: There are several “No Smoking” signs, but guests don’t seem to follow the rules, but also, the park doesn’t really enforce it. It’s probably a European thing because everywhere you go in Europe, people smoke, but I think in needs to be more enforced in the park because it is a place where there is children. I don’t find it safe to be smoking when there are plenty of kids present.
- CROWD CONTROL: This is something that bothered me the most throughout my Europe experience. I’m not sure if it’s just the culture, but I’d like to think that safety should be everyone’s priority, especially when kids are involved. There is ABSOLUTELY NO CROWD CONTROL here in Disneyland Paris. IT. DOES. NOT. EXIST. There are no cast members with flashlights clearing paths for guests to walk through & there are no ropes to keep people in line. I don’t think I saw a single cast member near the castle guiding guests or clearing paths. A guest fainted & fell on a child because they couldn’t get through the line, people were arguing over space, etc. This is the worst crowd I’ve ever experienced in my life. YES, even that time I was front row for a Chance the Rapper show. I’m not sure why crowd control is not a priority for an amusement park. It’s unsafe for guests, especially small children.
- FOOD: There are no novelty snacks or “must try” food at the park. Unlike Anaheim Disneyland where there are so many treats to choose from that you actually have to pick & choose what you should eat. At Disneyland Paris, there isn’t really an option