Disneyland Paris is certainly a notch (or two) below all other Disneyland parks. It looks like Disneyland with similar characters and impeccable theming. However, the current owners don't hold cast members to the same standards of friendliness nor is the park as clean.
Disneyland Paris has the best versions of Big Thunder Mountain and Haunted Mansion (Phantom Manor) and an interactive castle, but overall there are not as many rides in the park as in its American counterparts.
Families and Disney fans will still have a wonderful day, but just not as "magical."
In contrast to many other reviews: I personally never had contact to unfriendly staff-members (I belive, there are well-founded reasons why people are saying that, but I just can't tell). The theming is (of cause) out of words (-> Big Thunder Mountain!!!). Some rides might be rough but still, they are worth a visit (Indiana Jones is incredibly well themed, Space Mountain is a very unique, one-of-a-kind coaster). The shows are simply mind blowing and everything is always nice and clean. Much to see there, so you better stay a few days (check out the park-hotel options!). Yes, there are way better Disney-Parks, but this one is still - well - Disney. You will find magic there, but be warned: You will have to drag your kids out of the park.
Disneyland Paris is a good park with some excellent attractions (particularly Phantom Manor and Pirates of the Caribbean), more thrilling coasters than the other parks, and is probably the nicest looking Magic Kingdom. However, the park does seem to be a bit lacking in the attraction department, and could really use one more E ticket ride and a few additional smaller rides to increase the ride count. Additionally, the food service is among the slowest I've seen at any park, Disney or not. Other than these issues, the park is decent for a day, although I don't think there's enough here for two full days like there is at the other Magic Kingdom parks.
Disneyland Paris is a really nice park that actually exceeded my expectations. Before going to the park I had heard plenty of horror stories about the guest service and the rough coasters, but to be honest I didn't really have any bad experiences with either (Granted the Indy coaster was down for rehab when I went). I actually REALLY enjoyed their version of Space Mountain! Their version of Thunder Mountain was awesome, as was their version of Pirates and the Haunted Mansion. While the park is lacking the number of attractions that the other Disneyland Parks have, it still was a charming place and a beautifully built park.
Disneyland Paris has arguably the best versions of Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain out there, with a great selection of dark rides to boot. Whilst there are very few new additions to the park these days in comparison to it's sister park Walt Disney Studios, the European Magic Kingdom still has enough classical and thrilling rides for families.
DLP is the most beautiful "Magic Kingdom" Disney has ever built, and it has superior versions of such classics as the Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Thunder Mountain. Yet the place is a bit disappointing, mainly because the customer service there is down a notch from what you get at other Disney parks. Disney's two worst coasters are here, too, and food is subpar, which is a bit shocking. Still, it's definitely worth a visit--just don't expect a WDW experience.
08/2010 - Big thunder and Haunted Mansion were nice changes from the normal versions, and Pirates was also plussed a little bit. Space mountain and Indy were a lot worse though. The Fastpass machine system is horrible and rarely worked, and there were no employees to help. They had the rudest employees I have ever experienced at an amusement park, and only two cast members smiling at us the whole two days there! The food was pretty bad as well. For example, nachos with cheese were Doritos.
Great versions of some of the standard rides
Great onsite hotel options
Majority of staff has a very poor attitude
Space Mountain and Indiana Jones roller coasters do quite a nice job of bashing your skull apart
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