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Disneyland Paris – Walt Disney Studios

Our first taste of Disney park magic was at the Walt Disney Studios. While we were doing our pre-trip planning, I was looking at the Studios’ ride line-up and was kind of under the impression that it was a half-day park. I wasn’t wrong. Extra Magic Hours allowed us early entry to the park, and the first morning, we did everything but Crush’s Coaster (it was broken) and the shows in less than two hours. We were there on a very cold and rainy Monday in November which undoubtedly contributed to the lack of lines, but I still don’t think it would be a full-day park.

Entrance to Walt Disney Studios at Disneyland Paris

I love empty parks.

The Toy Story area at Walt Disney Studios

My favorite area of the Walt Disney Studios was the Toy Story part by far. I’m a sucker for goofy photos and there were so many cute spots for pictures in that tiny little section of the park. I also loved the way the fences were styled like K’nex. I wished that the weather had been better the morning we spent there because if it hadn’t been raining, I could’ve wandered through this area for hours. I’m now even more excited to see the Toy Story area that is currently under construction at Hollywood Studios in Disney World.

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Disneyland Paris’ Disney Village

Disney Village serves as the gateway to the two Disney parks at Disneyland Paris. It’s full of shops and restaurants both Disney-specific and part of large chains. I was able to dine at two of them (both featuring Mickey!) during my visit. Here are the highlights.

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show at Disneyland Paris

Our initial introduction to Disney Village was chaotic and involved a lot of power walking, but when we got a chance to take it in more slowly later on, I found it quite enjoyable. We had spent way too much time eating and touring Pointe du Hoc and were afraid that we were going to miss our 9:30 reservations for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in the Disney Village, which I was hoping would present a delightfully cheesy picture of the American West. I was not disappointed.
 Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show at Disneyland Paris' Disney Village

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Fireworks from Disney's Sequoia Lodge at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris’ Sequoia Lodge

When we booked our trip to Disneyland Paris, we wanted to stay on-site to make the most of what we figured was a once-in-a-lifetime trip there, so we chose the Sequoia Lodge. There are cheaper options both on-site and off-site, but we wanted to be close and have a true Disney experience. I’m a huge fan of the Wilderness Lodge at Disney World, as well as the real National Park lodges in the American west that it’s based off of, so I was pretty excited since this seemed to be a close approximation of those. The lobby was pretty and well-themed, but its low ceilings lacked some of the grandeur that the Wilderness Lodge has. The Christmas decorations in the lobby added a warm, homey touch for the holidays though.

Family photo by Christmas decorations at Disney's Sequoia Lodge

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