You can visit once, you can visit 100 times, there is always something new to learn. Disneyland Paris has a few secrets to share regarding how the park operates, hidden gems and the sheer scale of the parks.
Enjoy Mouse Travel Matters Disneyland Paris fun facts; who knows, these may win you the next round of Disney Trivia! So pay attention
1. There is only ever 1 Mickey Mouse present in the entire park, at any given time. This is to create the magical illusion of the mouse.
2. Disneyland Paris was actually called something different when it first opened. In 1992 the park was called Euro Disney, but this would soon change. In 1994, the resort changed its name to Disneyland Paris.
3. Disneyland Paris Resort is home to two theme parks: Disneyland Paris Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.
4. Walt Disney Studios Park was opened in 2002 and is dedicated to Show business, themed after classic movies, production secrets, and behind-the-scenes work.
5. Disneyland Paris Park is the theme park that is full of all the world-class rides and is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters.
6. Main Street,
7. Elaborate soundscape throughout Main Street, U.S.A.
8. To guide the parade floats, there is a small cabin, utilizing cameras and monitors, the driver creates the magical illusion of self-driving.
9. Some floats scents as they roll by
10. Lighting on the 13 floats at night uses more than 700,000 bulbs
11. Floats are all battery powered and must be charged each night.
12. Disneyland Paris stores do not sell chewing gum, in order to keep the park clean and pristine
13. There are hundreds of hidden Mickey’s throughout the Park. Many are where placed purposely by Disney Imagineers. Some have been placed by Cast Members. It is unknown know many there are exactly, or where they are all located.
14. There is a department at Disneyland Paris called “Wild Life” and there are tasks caring for wildlife in the parks, this includes Bunnies, ducks, and foxes.
15. Disneyland Paris is the only Disney Park to feature a Dragon beneath the castle. La TanIère Du Dragon rests under Sleeping Beauty Castle. The walkthrough consists of a dimly lit passage where the large dragon sleeps, however she will occasionally ‘wake up’ puffing green smoke and growling. It is also the largest animatronic character at 75 feet long and 5,500 lbs.
16. The limousine outside Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic is the actual limo from the movie 102 Dalmations.
17. The castle’s stain glass windows were created by master glassmakers. It took months for each window to be created, and they used 12th Century glass making techniques.
18. Disney wasn’t sure where they wanted to build their European park. Marne-la-Vallee, France or Costa Dorada in Catalonia, Spain.
19. The twisted columns of the castle are inspired by the Church of St. Sever in Paris.
20. Even the colour choices were carefully planned according to its environment; Disneyland Paris’ Castle is pink because of the average French grey skies. Walt Disney World has a grey castle due to the average blue sky
21. All Disney Park Castles face south – there is no need to worry about lighting when snapping photos.
22. The architecture of Main Street U.S.A. is inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri.
23. There exists a real barber shop on Main Street U.S.A. If you fancy a hair trimmed during your day out at Disneyland Paris.
24. The designs of other Disney castles took inspiration from European castles. Disneyland Paris didn’t want to be compared to neighboring castles so they completely made this one up – it is one of a kind.
25. Visitors are never called ‘clients’. They are called ‘guests’
26. Cast Members are never allowed to discuss which character they played and when, with the general public. Especially high profile characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse
27. Walt Disney Company had difficulty adapting to the French culture and traditions. This caused many tensions between the construction staff, Cast Members and the local people with American Disney Imagineers.
28. Disneyland Paris has roughly 15,000 employees, who represent 100 different nationalities.
29. Dancers have 1.5 hours to prepare for parades; Makeup, Dress, and choreography review. Cast Members need to jump into roles they
30. Parade Cast Members are all between the age of 18-25 years old. Mostly because the dancing is so taxing on the body
31. Most dancers only get paid ~1,400euro per month (net) for 35 hours/week. They agree it isn’t much, but they love the job so much, and there is no work to bring home, at the end of the day.
32. All daily preparations are done off-site, also Cast Members are bused into the backlot before their shift starts.
33. The floats are roughly 1500 tons and require constant maintenance.
34. There are 450 different plant species at Disneyland Paris. And 35,000 individual trees.
35. The stockpile of costumes is the largest in Europe; over 250,000 pieces.
36. The sewing workshop creates 5,000 costumes per year. Some pieces can take up to 200 hours to create.
37. There is 51 staff in the sewing department. It can take them up to 40 working hours to make a single pirate hat.
38. Cinderella’s dress took 120 hours to create. And Tiana’s dress took over 200 hours.
39. It’s a Small World ride has over 240 animatronic children, representing 5 continents. Pirates of the Caribbean has 72 characters.
40. The Animatronics department can take up to 6 weeks to upgrade, repair and reskin a pirate. There are 100 pieces just for the mandible to function
41.Each robot can cost somewhere between 150,000 – 300,000 euro.
42. The restoration team is made up of 10 individuals. It can take 2 weeks to repair and repaint a horse from Lancelot’s Carousel.
43. 10,000 restorations are completed per year.
44. Inside rides with glow in the dark characters are painted in the dark. This way artist can see when they make drops on the floor.
45. There are 150 firefighters onsite at all times, 6 of whom are female. They are specialized in high-elevation rescues. They aid roughly 1600 injuries per year.
46. Casting directors for Buffalo Bills Wild West Show work with native reserves to hire Native American actors. This fits with the tradition of Buffalo Bill’s original shows. The role of Indian people was both essential and anomalous in the Wild West. They were encouraged by Buffalo Bill and others to retain their language and rituals.
47. The Buffalo (Bison) weigh 1 ton each; there care is dangerous work.
48. Leslie has been playing Annie Oakley since the show debuted.
49. Space Mountain in Disneyland Paris is the fastest of the 5 in operation and the only one to go upside down.
50. In order to make Space Mountain go 46mph in 2 seconds, the ride uses technology like those found in aircraft carriers to propel fighter jets
51. Despite popular belief, Disneyland Park (140 acres) is actually larger than the Magic Kingdom (107 acres). There is more green space beyond what guests can access in Disneyland Paris, therefore for guests, there is more space to cover and more rides to access in the Magic Kingdom. Also, Disneyland Park only has 49 attractions, while the Magic Kindom has 51.
52. In 2016, Disneyland Paris hosted approximately 8.4 million visitors, making it the most-visited theme park in Europe, and the 13th-most visited Theme Park across the world.
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