Breaking up our Disneyland Paris experience into 8 parts, we’ll continue on to the next section of the “Lands” and the 4th part of this series of Disneyland Paris.
Today, we explore: Adventureland!!
This is part 4 of 8
(Links to previous parts can be found here, just click the links!)
A land that brings you a world of excitement!
Enjoy action-packed adventures that bring you a whole new world of excitement and thrills. Rub shoulders with pirates on the high seas, tackle perils with Indiana Jones or take to the trees with the Swiss Family Robinson.
Adventureland is one of the themed lands at Disneyland Paris in France. It contains heavy Indian and Moroccan influences.
Adventureland features four themed areas:
The first, known as Adventureland Bazaar, is a recreation of an oriental city from the 1001 Arabian Nights, presumably Agrabah from the 1992 Disney film Aladdin (Imagineers were designing the entrance area of this Adventureland while the film was still in production).
In 1993, the attraction Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin opened in this very area. The concept of the city eventually reached overseas resorts.
The second part of Adventureland has a more African appearance, and is mainly composed of shops and restaurants (ike the Hakuna Matata Restaurant.
The third themed area represents Asian mysterious jungles. Themed to explorers, it features the ride Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril, which was unique in a Disney park in 1993 with its first inversion.
The fourth and last part, and the biggest, is a Caribbean area, covering most of the surface of Adventureland. It features the ride Pirates of the Caribbean and Adventure Isle, a Tom Sawyer Island-like walkthrough spot, with some attractions like Swiss Family Treehouse or Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship.
This Adventureland in Disneyland Paris is different compared to other Disney resorts worldwide. It presented some construction problems, mainly due to the unsuitable climate in France.
Growing exotic jungles in a place where winters could be harsh was a tough task. This is also the reason why there is no Jungle Cruise ride, since most animatronics animals would have been exposed to this weather.
However, abandoned ideas intended to build an adequate ride under a glass roof, but that never came happened.
There is no Tiki Room attraction either, although the Colonel Hathi’s Outpost, features animatronics birds that sings.
Attractions and Entertainment in Adventureland
- Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin – (Aladdin’s Enchanted Passage)
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- La Cabane des Robinson – (Swiss Family Treehouse)
- Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril – (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril)
- Adventure Isle
Aladdin’s Enchanted Passage
Visit the enchanted city of Agrabah and marvel at the miniature scenes depicting Disney’s thrilling story of Aladdin and his friendly genie. What more could you wish for?
Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin (French for: Aladdin’s Enchanted Passage) is a walkthrough attraction at Disneyland Paris in France. It opened in 1993 at the entrance of Adventureland, in a recreation of the Arabian City of Agrabah. The attraction features a series of showcase windows, which recreate scenes from the 1992 Disney film Aladdin.
The scenes in this attraction walk you through the life of Aladdin
The Streets of Agrabah – Aladdin, who stole food, is being pursued by the Sultan’s guards throughout the City of Agrabah.
The Magic Lamp – This scene shows the Lamp sitting on top of a rock inside the Cave.
Aladdin’s Home – Aladdin, after escaping the guards, is back home, where he can gaze at the Sultan’s Palace and dream of having one of his own.
Cave of Wonders – Aladdin is reaching for the Tiger-shaped entrance to the Cave. One may notice the Lamp deep inside the Tiger’s throat.
The Genie – Inside the Cave, Aladdin summons the Genie, who appears and delivers his musical show from the movie.
Return to Agrabah – Aladdin returns to Agrabah, disguised as mighty Prince Ali Ababwa, in order to marry Jasmine. In this scene, everyone in the streets hails to him, except for a raging Jafar who sees him as his enemy.
Snake-like Jafar – In the Palace, Jafar has turned into a gigantic snake, and attacks Aladdin. Jasmine can be seen trapped in the background.
Jafar defeated – Jafar, now a Genie, is swallowed inside his Lamp, taking Iago with him. Jasmine is now free from the sand. The poorly brave Genie is hiding from havoc behind a column.
Farewell – Aladdin and Jasmine soar above Agrabah on the Magic Carpet, under a smiling Genie-shaped moon, waving guests goodbye. The scene features the song A Whole New World.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Only swashbucklers need apply for a devilish sea adventure
It’s a pirate’s life for you, matey! Take a thrilling ride with the meanest pirates of them all.
Yo ho ho and a barrel of fun! A pirate’s life for me! Take an exciting voyage through secret caverns as you join the rowdiest rogues that ever sacked the Spanish Main. But be warned: “dead men tell no tales!”
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of the best-known attractions at Disneyland, the Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris. It first opened at Disneyland in 1967, was the largest Audio-Animatronic project to date and was the last attraction of which Walt Disney was involved in the design.
Pirates of the Caribbean is considered to be one of the most spectacular attractions ever created for a theme park.
The attraction was originally conceived as a wax museum and a walk-through adventure. But following the success of Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Walt Disney and his team of Imagineers decided that Audio-Animatronics—Walt’s latest animation technology—was the most imaginative way to tell a rousing pirate story.
On April 19, 1967, Pirates of the Caribbean opened at Disneyland park. Thanks to the many highly detailed environments, lavish special effects and memorable characters, the attraction earned rave reviews and has remained a beloved classic ever since.
Due to popular demand, the attraction opened at Magic Kingdom park on December 15, 1973 and, most recently, has spawned a blockbuster film series starring Johnny Depp.
Wander a meanderin’ alleyway within a Spanish fortress and board a small barge for a spellbinding high-seas adventure. Escape through a shadowy grotto past the ghostly catacombs of fallen pirates and swoop down a small rushing waterfall—your passageway to the Golden Age of Piracy.
Behold boisterous buccaneers drunk on the spoils of plunderin’ during a 9-minute cruise amid the Old World. Sing along as windswept pirates serenade you with their classic anthem, “Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me).” And even spy a sly Captain Jack Sparrow from The Pirates of the Caribbean film series along the way!
Take off on a treacherous voyage to the 17th century, when rowdy rogues and rapscallions ruled seaport towns along the Spanish Main under the watchful eye of “Jolly Roger.”
Popular sites you will encounter include:
Pirates Grotto – Home to Dead Man’s Cove and Hurricane Lagoon, this haunted realm recalls the struggles pirates endured on the open seas.
The Fort – Navigate through a shadowy bay, where a foggy Caribbean fort and a striking 12-gun galleon—helmed by Captain Barbossa—are locked in battle.
Town Square – Sail straight past a crowded marketplace of rambunctious scalawags, gleefully bidding in an auction for a bride.
Burning City – Looters and buccaneers sing a song of jubilation as flames engulf a seaside town.
The Dungeon – Trapped in a jail cell, freebooters attempt to lure a confused canine within reach to nab the prison keys he has in his mouth.
The Ride Description
The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction at Disneyland Park is the only installment not to feature the movie characters. It is housed in a battle-scarred fortress and is much different than the originals. The ride begins as guests depart on boats from a landing and enter a lush lagoon at nighttime with the thundering of waterfalls everywhere. The boats pass through a shipwreck and enter an old fortress nearby. Inside gun noises and sword clanking are heard in the back as the boats climb up a large lift hill used to haul cargo throughout the fort. At the top flames are engulfing the fort and the shadows of fighting pirates and soldiers are seen. Up ahead the guests see the pirates in jail trying to coax the key out of the naughty guard dog. The boats go down a waterfall in the side of the fort caused by a cannon ball and pass the bombarding-the-fort scene, where the soldiers and the pirates fire at guests. Entering the relative safety of the town, guests see all the original scenes from the Disneyland original except for a new pair of swordfighting men who duel for a girl in the chase scene. After passing the burning town, darkness fills the air and red flashes and hot air appears as the arsenal of the town has blown up sending the guests to Davy Jones’ Locker. They pass all the grotto scenes from Disneyland and exit the boats after a parting thought from the skull and crossbones.
Swiss Family Robinson
Join the Swiss Family Robinson in their lofty tree-top retreat. Walk through the living quarters they created from the wreckage of their ship, and see how they survived. Who would have thought “Do-It-Yourself” could be such fun!
Swiss Family Robinson is a Buena Vista Distribution feature film starring John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, and Sessue Hayakawa in a tale of a shipwrecked family building an island home. The screenplay by Lowell S. Hawley was loosely based upon the 1812 novel Der Schweizerische Robinson by Johann David Wyss. The film was directed by Ken Annakin, shot in Tobago. It was a commercial success.
Swiss Family Robinson was one of the rare widescreen Disney films shot with Panavision lenses. When shooting in widescreen, Disney had nearly always used a matted widescreen or filmed the movie in Cinemascope.
The Robinson family on their way to New Guinea is chased by pirates into a storm. The captain and crew abandon the ship leaving the family shipwrecked off an uninhabited island. Father and his two eldest sons Fritz and Ernst salvage as much as they can from the wreck including livestock, tools, and even an organ. As they gather what can be removed from the ship, the pirates return and begin shooting at the ship.
Fritz and Ernst begin readying the ship’s cannon, but they only have one shot. Suddenly, the pirates turn around; Father has put up a flag indicating the ship is under quarantine and that there is Black Death aboard. The three men construct a tree house home on the island while the youngest boy Francis investigates the wildlife and Mother prays to be rescued. The boys, particularly Ernst, also build inventions to provide modern amenities to the family such as drawing water and preserving food.
Fritz and Ernst head off to explore the island and try to see if anyone else lives on it or if it is connected to any other lands. While at a distant corner of the island, they again spot the pirates who originally drove them into the storm. The pirates have captured another ship and have the ship’s captain and cabin boy “Bertie” captives for ransom. Fritz and Ernst rescue Bertie but the captain, Bertie’s grandfather, stays behind.
The three dodge the pirates and head back to the family’s tree house. En route, they discover that Bertie is really Roberta and not a boy at all. The three fend off snakes and hyenas as they head home. They arrive back at the tree house at Christmas.
Father realizes the pirates will try to reclaim her and decides to make a stand against them. Defenses are prepared by building booby-traps and fortifying a rocky outcropping. They blow up the ship’s wreckage in an attempt to make it difficult for the pirates to remember where the family went aground. While prepping for the pirate attack, Fritz and Ernst vie for the affections of Roberta. Ernst is more studious and attempts to sway her with his knowledge and intelligence while Fritz, older and not studious, uses his charm and physical attributes to attract her.
Fritz and Ernst eventually come to blows over her and are only stopped by the intervention of Father. He declares the next day the first holiday for “New Switzerland” in an attempt to divert everyone.
While prepping for the race – everyone has an animal to ride: Francis has the elephant, Ernst the ostrich, Roberta the zebra, the monkey on Duke, etc.., Mother fires the gun to signal the start of the race; the pirates, who are at that time sailing the coast looking for the place they last saw the ship that brought the family to the island, hear the gun and know the family is near.
Led by their captain, the pirates storm the island. The family manages a brave defense but are sorely pressed. Their defenses include pits with a tiger in one pit, rock piles, a log pile and coconut bombs, all of which cause problems for the attacking pirates.
When the pirate leader waves a white flag the family imagines they have routed the pirates, but the pirates instead are sneaking around the back of the fort. Francis’ much-maligned “pirate alarm” is the only thing that warns them of the surprise attack. They begin defending the fortress but are soon down to only a few shots with their muskets. At this critical moment, a ship appears on the horizon captained by Roberta’s grandfather and fires its cannons at the pirates and their ship.
The pirates retreat and make a desperate escape, and the family rejoices. Father, Mother and Francis choose to remain on the island while the Captain notes that Father will likely be recommended as Governor of the new colony.
As for the rest of the family, Ernst chooses to return to Europe with the rescuers in order to enroll in a university to continue his studies while Fritz and Roberta plan to marry and make New Switzerland their home.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
Look out for poisonous darts and screaming mummies… They’re everywhere!
Prepare yourself for a whip-cracking adventure as you enter the Temple of Peril and find yourself in a runaway wagon speeding through the ancient ruins.
Tummy-turning action at it’s best!
Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril (French for: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril) is a steel roller coaster at Disneyland Park (Paris) at Disneyland Resort Paris. It opened on July 30, 1993. Based on the Indiana Jones franchise, guests are taken on an adventure riding in a mining train through a lost temple.
The attraction is designed around the theme of an expedition to the lost Temple of Peril. The queue wanders through abandoned base camp, meandering toward the temple where guests climb a staircase to the temple entrance. Inside the temple, guests board a mine car.
Temple du Péril is a traditional roller coaster attraction; the roller coaster cars, which are supposed to be mine cars, are going up and down over the surface of the temple, clearing debris or putting back the artifacts and so forth.
It start as a very simple little premise.
…Then the car seems to go out of control and upside down during its trip around the various temple pieces.
Avast there, me hearties! Cross suspension bridges to get to the secret hide-out of swashbucklers and pirates. Enter Skull Rock at your peril with its haunted passages… and what lurks in yonder lagoon?
Adventure Isle is an artificial island in the center of Adventureland at Disneyland Paris in France.
When creating Disneyland Paris, Imagineers decided Big Thunder Mountain would be the centerpiece of Frontierland. As such, finding a new spot of land for Tom Sawyer Island became mandatory.
Later, Imagineers decided that an Adventureland-themed island, complete with the Swiss Family Treehouse, would fit as a centerpiece in Adventureland.
Adventure Isle is divided into two smaller islands.
This island is home to the Swiss Family Treehouse. In this island, the attraction was given a more detailed environment. For example, under the tree, guests can explore The Earth’s Belly, a network of dark caves filled with roots from the tree above, which the Swiss Family uses a cellar. Also, in The Swordmen Sea, nearby lies the wrecked ship the castaways originally used.
In this part, French is used as the main language.
An elevated wooden bridge and another floating one link this island to the Southern one.
This island has a more rocky landscape, featuring Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship moored near Skull Rock. A small playground area lies near the ship, called Pirates Beach.
A huge mountain, known as Spyglass Hill, stands on this part, and is mainly composed of mazes and caves.
A treasure is hidden inside the mountain. Some caves refer to the 1950 Disney film Treasure Island, another one is called Ben Gunn’s Cave.
The main language used in this island is English.
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