Breaking up our Disneyland Paris experience into 8 parts, we’ll continue on to the next area of the “Lands” and the 8th and final part of this series in Disneyland Paris.
Today, we continue to explore more of: Fantasyland!!
This is part 8 of 8
I’ve saved the best for last and Fantasyland is vast!!
Fantasyland was divided into 3 parts and this is the final installment.
(Links to previous parts can be found here, just click the links!)
Disneyland Paris Fantasyland is great for younger children and little girls in particular love the famous Sleeping Beauty’s Castle called Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant.
There are sixteen attractions featuring Disney favourites from Peter Pan to Dumbo the Elephant. The rides tend to be more suitable for younger children, carousels, rides, giant cups and saucers in the Alice in Wonderland labyrinth.
Towering over the area is the Castle of Sleeping Beauty.
Most of the rides here are considered tame as they were tailored to cater to the younger crowd.
Fantasyland – Very charming with lots of greenery, lots of flower beds, pretty colors everywhere and plenty of room to roam about, even during at peak periods.
Storybook Land Canal Boats
Take a gentle fairy-tale cruise around the landscapes and miniature scenes that were inspired by the great works of literature and the Disney Classics.
Storybook Land Canal Boats is an attraction located at the Disneyland and Disneyland Paris theme parks. Passengers embark on a leisurely-paced outdoor boat ride through a winding canal featuring settings from Disney animated films recreated in miniature.
Being a leisurely boat ride, the attraction goes by a series of miniatures of locations from many different Disney films.
Personally, I felt this attraction was very underrated and overlooked.
A hidden gem in Disneyland Paris, small and humble – Storybook Land Canal Boats is by far,without a doubt, my favorite attraction!
The Disneyland version was one of the original attractions when the park opened on 1955, although the miniature buildings and landscaping were not added until the following year.
This version, here in Disneyland Paris is also known as: “Le Pays des Contes de Fées” and opened in the spring of 1994, sharing it’s ground with: The Casey Jr. Circus Train – which travels around the same location, provides a “high-ground” perspective.
The ride’s concept dates back to Walt Disney’s plans for a small park across the street from his Walt Disney Studios in California. This modestly-scaled, never-built amusement park was to include a gravity flow canal boat ride among its attractions.
When plans for the much grander Disneyland were being made, there was to be a “Lilliputianland”, inspired by Madurodam, a miniature city in the Netherlands that Walt Disney once visited.
However, the technology did not yet exist for creating the miniature animated figures that were to inhabit the “Lilliputian” village, so the canal ride opened under the name Canal Boats of the World.
It was intended to be a journey past miniature recreations of the great landmarks of the world, but time and money prevented its completion.
The ride was then plagued by other problems, like for example – the outboard motors were prone to overheating, often forcing the boats to be pulled by hand, and because the attraction opened with little landscaping, it earned the nickname among park executives as: “The Mud Bank Ride”, among others and more.
After only two months of operation, the Canal Boats closed on September 16, 1955 while Storybook Land was constructed and the muddy banks were landscaped with miniature plants, including a bonsai tree planted by Walt Disney himself.
The idea of having Monstro the whale consume the canal boats came from a never-implemented concept for a “Monstro the Whale” ride, in which small boats were to be swallowed by Monstro and hurtled down a watery path into a pond below. The attraction was re-opened on June 16, 1956 under the new name Storybook Land Canal Boats.
Over the years there have been many scenes added and removed from the attraction.
Most notably, the Sultan’s Palace from Aladdin appeared where the miniature Toad Hall had previously stood for a major refurbishment. However, Toad Hall returned the following year in another location.
The Disneyland version of the attraction features small motorboats with live Cast Member hosts narrating the journey. Departing directly from the docks, the boats enter Monstro the whale and continue on from there.
The concept is similar, however the themes of the attraction in California and Paris vary greatly and both showcase very different “Stories”.
Unlike the original in California, instead of being guided by cast members, there is no narration while a guide does not accompany the riders in the Disneyland Paris version of the attraction.
The boats are named differently, one of which is called: “Cendrillon”.
The Cave of Wonders from Aladdin midway through the voyage replaces the Disneyland version’s Monstro cave.
Passengers enter their boats via a slowly revolving platform and the boats here are guided by an underwater wire rather than being propelled by an on-board motor.
The boats, floating along the stream are accompanied by music from the respective film and minimal dialogue.
The boats will take you past these settings as listed below.
Locations you will see, include:
- The Dwarfs’ mine and house from – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- The Gingerbread house of – Babes in the Woods
- Rapunzel’s high tower with a braid coming out of it – Tangled
- The Old Mill
- Prince Eric’s seaside castle from – The Little Mermaid
- The Greek temple and Mount Olympus from – Fantasia
- Snow-covered landscapes from – Peter and the Wolf
- The “Night on Bald Mountain” scene from – Fantasia
- The Cave of Wonders which swallows the boats from – Aladdin
- A scene from – The Sword in the Stone
- Belle’s village and the Beast’s castle from – Beauty and the Beast
- The Emerald City and the Witch’s Castle from – The Wizard of Oz and Return to Oz
Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups
For a dizzy ride of silliness with cups and saucers!
Take a teaspoon of spin, and a twist of twirl, soon you’ll be whirling round in circles in one of the Mad Hatter’s giant Tea Cups. Dizzy stuff!
Pour yourself into an oversized teacup and twirl quickly or slowly amid a menagerie of color and sound!
Celebrate your “un-birthday” in Wonderland as you sail back and forth around a towering teapot beneath a windswept party of paper lanterns, as festive music fills the air.
It’s your “un-birthday”! Take a spin, with the Mad Hatter!!
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey
Watch Pinocchio’s nose grow!
Pinocchio’s Daring Journey is a dark ride at the Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.
Known as, “Les Voyages de Pinocchio” – Pinocchio’s Daring Journey is located in Fantasyland of Disneyland Paris.
This ride is based on Disney’s animated film version of the classic story of Pinocchio, which was the studio’s second animated feature film. Stromboli’s marionette show is also featured in the attraction, in which guests are inside a giant cage.
The version in Disneyland was the first attraction created by Disney to use holographic material, which appears on hand held mirror, in the scene where the boys turn into donkeys on Pleasure Island.
The Pepper’s Ghost illusion is used when the Blue Fairy disappears, leaving a pile of fiber-optic fairy dust on the floor.
Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket show how magic can work in “wood”-erful ways!
Join in the incredible adventures of the wooden puppet, and his friend Jiminy Cricket, in his magical quest to become a real boy.
A whale of a time for one and all!
Peter Pan’s Flight
Fly with Peter Pan and Wendy through the London sky!
Journey to Never Land with Peter, Wendy and Tinker Bell, then cross London in search of Captain Hook.
Tinker Bell is waiting for you!
Sail in a flying Galleon over starlit London and follow Peter Pan on a fantastic journey to Never Land. Glide past mermaids and Indians and watch Captain Hook try to escape the crocodile’s jaws.
This is one ride where no-one grows up!
Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris is nearly identical to the expanded Disneyland version, but is a little more than 3 minutes long, while the other versions around the world are about 2 minutes 30 seconds long.
It also has the largest capacity per boat, with at least 4 guests riding together, compared to 2 or 3 per boat.
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