Mouse Travel Matters Disneyland Paris Fun Facts
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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- Two theme parks at the Disneyland Paris Resort. Disneyland Paris is home to two theme parks: Disneyland Paris Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Walt Disney Studios Park was opened in 2002 and is dedicated to showing business, themed around movies, production, and behind-the-scenes looks. 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.
- Mainstreet uses Forced Perspective
- Elaborate soundscape throughout Mainstreet USA
- To guide the parade floats, there is a small cabin for the driver. The driver then uses cameras and monitors to see the road, creating the illusion that it is all done by magic.
- Some floats scents as they roll by
- Lighting on the 13 floats at night uses more than 700,000 bulbs
- Floats are all battery powered and must be charged each night.
- Disneyland Paris stores do not sell chewing gum, in order to keep the park clean and pristine
- There are hundreds of hidden Mickey’s throughout the Park. Many are on purpose but some have been placed by Cast Members without the direction of architects, so it is unknown know many there are exactly, or where they are located
- There is a department at Disneyland Paris called “Wild Life” and there are tasked with caring for the wild animals in the park… Bunnies, ducks, and foxes
- 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 growl. It is also the largest animatronic character at 75 feet long and 5,500 lbs.
- The limo outside Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic is the actual limo from 102 Dalmations
- The castle’s stain glass windows were created by master glassmakers. It took months for each window to be created, and they use the same techniques from the 12th Century.
- Disney wasn’t sure where they wanted to build their European park. Marne-la-Vallee or Costa Dorada in Catalonia, Spain.
- The twisted columns of the castle are inspired by Church of St Sever in Paris
- 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
- All Disney castles face south – there is no need to worry about lighting when snapping photos
- The architecture of Main Street USA is inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri.
- A real barber works on Main Street. If you fancy getting your hair trimmed during your day out at Disneyland Paris you can, as there’s a real working barber.
- The designs of other Disney castles took inspiration from European castles. Disneyland Paris didn’t want to be compared to neighbouring castles so they completely made this one up – it is one of a kind.
- Visitors are never called ‘clients’. They are called ‘guests’
- 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
- 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.
- Disneyland Paris has roughly 15,000 employees, who represent 100 different nationalities.
- Dancers have 1.5 hours to ready for the parade; Makeup, dressed, review choreography. They may not have played that role in a few weeks.
- Parade Cast Members are all between the age of 18-25 years old. Mostly because the dancing is so taxing on the body
- 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 that much, and they don’t have to bring work home with them at the end of the day.
- Everything is done off-site and Cast Members are bused into the backlot before their shift starts.
- The floats are roughly 1500 tons and require constant maintenance.
- There are 450 different plant species at Disneyland Paris. And 35,000 individual trees.
- The stockpile of costumes is the largest in Europe; over 250,000 pieces
- The sewing workshop creates 5,000 costumes per year. Some pieces can take up to 200 hours to create.
- There is 51 staff in the sewing department. It can take them up to 40 working hours to make a single pirate hat
- Cinderella’s dress took 120 hours. And Tiana’s dress was over 200 hours to create.
- It’s a Small World has over 240 animatronic children, representing 5 continents. Pirates of the Caribean have 72 characters.
- 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
- Each robot can cost somewhere between 150,000-300,000euro
- The restoration team is made up of 10 individuals. It can take them 2 weeks to repaint and repair a horse from Lancelot’s Carousel
- They complete 10,000 restorations per year
- Inside rides with glow in the dark characters are painted in the dark, so the artist can see when they make drops on the floor
- There are 150 firefighters on site at all times, 6 of whom are female. They are specialized in high-elevation rescues. They aid roughly 1600 injuries per year.
- Casting directors for Buffalo Bills Wild West Show head to the USA reserves to hire the Native American characters. They want authenticity and believe the actors will serve as Ambassadors of their culture.
- The Bisons weigh 1 ton each; it is very risky to work with them.
- Leslie has been playing Annie Oakley since the show debuted.
- Space Mountain in Disneyland Paris is the fastest of the 5 in operation and the only one to go upside down.
- 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
- 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.
- In 2016, Disneyland Paris hosted approximately 8.4 million visitors, making it the most-visited theme park in Europe, and the 13th-most visited of theme parks in the world.
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