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Guidelines For Visiting And Photographing The Disneyland Paris Resort – Part 3

By Guest Contributor on December 10th, 2012   |    Posted in:  Disney Photo Tips, Special Coverage   |    2 Comments

This is Part 3 in the series on Disneyland Paris. Be sure to go back and read Part 1 and Part 2 also.

5.  Adventureland

If you are familiar with the layout of both the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland in Anaheim, Disneyland Paris will throw you a bit as Adventureland  and Frontierland are switched.  Of all of the lands in the park, I was REALLY looking forward to Adventureland as it contains the Indiana Jones Coaster, Adventure Isle, The Treehouse, and Pirates of the Caribbean.  So imagine how bummed I was to learn that this entire area was still CLOSED two days before the Summer season officially began!  So obviously I didn’t come back with any shots of Indy, the Treehouse, or Adventure Isle, but I did manage to get some shots on Pirates as it was the only attraction left open on that entire side of the park.

As you head out of the jungle from Indy and Adventure Isle, the transition to the Pirates fort/castle works well thematically.

So how does Disneyland Paris POTC compare to it’s cousins in Orlando and Anaheim? Well, in terms of the queue, it was one of the slowest lines I’ve ever been in. Not sure what the riding capacity is on this, but it must be about HALF of what they are able to blaze through in Anaheim. I honestly can’t remember if the boats were smaller, or what the problem was, but if you are planning on riding this attraction during the crowded Summer months, expect a looooooong wait. And no fastpasses for this! In terms of difficulty, the shooting conditions are almost identical to Orlando and Anaheim, i.e. not impossible, but difficult as you are moving and constantly being bumped into.

Once you are on, the COOL thing is that the ride is rather backwards in that you begin by going UP first and the first scenes are of the village fire. After the fire and jail scene, you go DOWN the “waterfall” into the village and see the old Pirate Captain, (not Barbosa) and then the rest of the town. The rest of the ride seems fairly identical until you get to the main village fire after the auction scene and then go DOWN another drop into the cavern. The last few scenes are of the skeletons in bed, behind the ship’s wheel and on the pile of gold….and then you are back. Here’s just a few shots taken with my Nikkor 35mm, 1.8:

6. Fantasyland

As Frontierland and Adventureland have been switched, the next land that you come to, moving clockwise around the hub, is Fantasyland. As much as I enjoyed the other lands, it was in Fantasyland that the imagineers went all out in terms of theming and beauty. It is far larger than the one found in Anaheim, and the largest amount of real estate is taken up by Alice’s Labyrinth, which is a large maze located at the back of the park. Within the Labyrinth is a small castle which offers the best view of the park, bar none, IMO. Unfortunately, the entire view, in EVERY direction, was polluted with refurb walls and construction fences, some of which were chain link and about as ugly as any I’ve ever seen. I don’t know this first hand, but my guess is that this was one of the biggest refurbs in the history of the park. Just my luck that it was still going on in JULY!

The imagineers did a particularly nice job on the Mad Tea Party Cups pictured below on the right:

This truly is a gorgeous area of the park, with flowers and greenery in every direction:

Easily the most gorgeous Dumbo ride you’ll ever take…

A few shots of Le Carousel Du Lancelot

The border of the Eastern side of the park between Fantasyland and Discoveryland features WIDE open walkways along nicely themed shops.

The DLP version of It’s A Small World features vibrant colors on the facade, but the ride itself is almost identical to the ones found in Orlando and Anaheim, except for the United States section near the end of the ride.

Finale section up next: Discoveryland, Parades & The Castle

2 Comments

  1. Tom Bricker   |   Dec 10, 2012

    Despite the walls, you have some good stuff here. You certainly have nice skies.

    I suppose it’s a trade-off: I only had to contend with a Mad Tea Party refurbishment from a photography-perspective, but I had nasty, white skies and not a single sunrise or sunset. You had walls, but beautiful weather.

    As for the similarities, I would disagree about ‘it’s a small world’. Much of the attraction is not done in the typical Mary Blair style, making it substantially different than the US versions. It’s still the same concept, but the set art really differs.

  2. William McIntosh   |   Dec 11, 2012

    Tom – I think having those skies is what made that trip so painful for me as one shot after another was ruined by a wall or tarp or fence. So frustrating, but good for that park overall as it was in seriously bad shape before we arrived. As for IASW, I would yield to your artistic eye here. I usually drift into a coma when I’m on that ride and when I glanced at the dolls, I would have sworn they were all the same. The set art did look vaguely different, but you obviously observed that better than I. I only took about 20 shots in there and to my untrained eye, it looked pretty darn close. That’s what i get for not really LOOKING at IASW here in Anaheim for the past 10 years, lol.

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