Disneyland Paris® Fantasyland ❦

Breaking up our Disneyland Paris experience into 8 parts, we’ll continue on to the next area of the “Lands” and the 6th part of this series of Disneyland Paris
 
Today, we explore: Fantasyland!!
This is part 6 of 8
I’ve saved the best for last and Fantasyland is vast!!
Fantasyland will be further divided into 3 parts – this is the first!
(Links to previous parts can be found here, just click the links!)
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Paris Disneyland
Fantasyland
Part 1
You’ll believe in make-believe in the happiest of lands – Fantasyland!
This is the place where you will see the fairytales and stories that inspired Disney’s classic animated films come vividly to life.
Fantasyland is one of the “themed lands” at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world. Each Fantasyland has a castle as well as several gentle rides themed after Disney movies.
“Here is the world of imagination, hopes and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make believe are reborn – and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to the young and the young-at-heart – to those who believe that when you wish upon a star, your dreams do come true.” – Walt Disney
Fantasyland is the most popular of the all the differently themed lands at Disneyland Paris. 
Both Fantasyland at the original Disneyland & Disneyland Paris features a central courtyard dominated by King Arthur’s Carrousel, in front of which sits a sword in an anvil; several times each day a costumed Merlin helps a child pull the sword from it.
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Attractions and Entertainment in Fantasyland
  • Alice’s Curious Labyrinth
  • Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
  • Le Carrousel de Lancelot (Lancelot’s Carousel)
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Alice’s Curious Labyrinth
We’re off for another mad adventure in Wonderland!
Follow Alice through her “amazing” maze and see all sorts of wonderland sights and surprises on the way. But watch out for the wicked Queen of Hearts, or it’s: “Off with your head!”
Alice’s Curious Labyrinth is a hedge maze attraction at Disneyland Paris located in Fantasyland
Attraction Layout
Much of the maze is laid out in a pattern shaped like the Cheshire Cat. Two sections make up the maze: The Tulgey Wood and the Queen of Hearts’ Castle and Hedge Maze. The goal is to reach the Queen’s Castle where there is a nice view of Fantasyland.
The Story of Wonderland
The film opens on a golden summer day in the park.
Alice is listening to her sister read aloud from a history book, to which Alice vocally expresses her boredom. Wandering off without her sister noticing, Alice lays down on a riverbank wishing that she had a world of her own. 
Suddenly Alice sees a White Rabbit wearing spectacles, a red waistcoat and carrying a large, golden pocket watch. He frantically exclaims how late he is, which sparks Alice’s curiosity and causes her to follow him down a rabbit hole. As Alice crawls deep inside, the ground inside the rabbit hole suddenly collapsed, causing her to fall endlessly into it.
 
Unable to do anything about the situation she was in, Alice weirdly slowed down her fall after what seemed like forever. Amazed at what just happened, her dress then started to inflate and Alice continues to float down the rabbit hole wondering what would happen to her. 
 
Without anything else to do, Alice decides to admire the decorations and knick-knacks adorning the walls of the rabbit hole – whilst still floating. 
She lands upside down with her dress deflating and follows the rabbit into a large hallway with a tiny door at the other end barely big enough for Alice’s head. The Doorknob on the door suddenly came to life and tells her that drinking from a bottle marked “Drink me” will help her. She is then startled to find that the bottle and the table it’s sitting on have appeared out of nowhere. 
 
Alice drinks the bottle’s contents and starts shrinking until she becomes the right size, but the Doorknob reveals that he’s locked. Frustrated, Alice is told by the Doorknob that a cake marked “Eat me” will help her reach the key that’s mysteriously appeared on the now giant glass table – the box of cookies also has materialized out of nowhere. 
This time when Alice starts eating the cake, she suddenly grows so large that her head and legs are cramped in the hallway.
 
Alice begins to weep hysterically, her massive tears flooding the room, which splash like huge puddles. The Doorknob now points out that the “Drink me” bottle still has some fluid inside, so Alice stops crying and sips some the best she can at her height. Alice suddenly shrinks and becomes so small that she fits inside the bottle. 
Both she and the bottle travel through the Doorknob’s keyhole mouth and out to a sea made from Alice’s tears. A group of animals, led by a Dodo, engage in a caucus race – a race with no real ending or winner, in order to get dry. 
 
Alice suddenly happened to spot the White Rabbit and quickly follows him into a secluded glade in the middle of a thick forest. 
It is here that she meets Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, two fat brothers who take particular delight in reciting poems and songs. They perform a poem for Alice called “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” which tells of the two titular characters luring some oysters to their lair and subsequently eating them all. 
 
Alice, feeling irritated by now, sneaks away as they attempt to recite another poem for her and she chances upon the White Rabbit’s house, with it’s owner inside.
 
Before Alice has a chance to ask him why he is so frantically late, he berates her, thinking her to be his housemaid, Mary Ann and orders her to fetch his gloves from his bedroom. Inside, Alice decides to eat another cookie, resulting her into growing so large that she gets stuck inside the house, her arms and legs sticking out the windows and doors. 
She tries to pull herself out but couldn’t as she grew  too big. The White Rabbit pleas for the help of the Dodo to get her out, thinking her to be some sort of ferocious monster. The Dodo summons a chimney sweep lizard named Bill to rip the house’s chimney off. Bill’s scampering down the chimney causes soot to rise and Alice to sneeze, shooting Bill up towards the sky. 
 
The Dodo then attempts to burn the house down using some of the White Rabbit’s broken furniture, much to his dismay. Alice frantically looks for a solution to her dilemma, and finds one in the form of a carrot in the White Rabbit’s garden. After eating, Alice shrinks down to three inches in size. 
The Rabbit runs off again, this time into a garden of Flowers. Because of Alice’s size, the Flowers are as tall as trees to her. Initially they’re eager to entertain her, but when she reveals that she’s not a flower, they suspect that she may be a weed and rudely throw her out in a panic.
 
Alice gets over her annoyance at their rudeness quickly when she sees a Blue Caterpillar blowing smoke rings in the air. Each ring takes the form of a letter or symbol that the Caterpillar is saying. Despite her best efforts to ask him how to grow tall again, the Caterpillar continually interrupts her, commanding her to recite various bizarre poems.
He then grows angry at her displeasure of being the same height as him, and turns into a Butterfly in a rage, though not before giving her cryptic advice about the mushroom she is sitting on. 
After the Butterfly flew off, Alice breaks off two pieces from either side of the mushroom. She takes a bite of the first piece which causes her to grow so tall that her head sticks out of the trees and alarms a nesting mother bird that thinks she is a serpent. She then takes a bite of the second piece and shrinks back down to three inches high. With a small lick of the first piece, Alice finally grows back to her normal size and decides to put both mushroom pieces into her pockets.

Wandering through the woods, she meets the Cheshire Cat, an eerily grinning feline that can disappear and reappear at will. Alice tries her best to ask him where the White Rabbit has gone to, but her attempts are futile as he speaks vaguely and in riddles. 
He finally points her in the direction of the March Hare’s house. 
It is here that Alice sees a long tea table set up outside with the March Hare himself accompanied by a Mad Hatter and a Dormouse. She finds out that they are celebrating their Unbirthdays, which is a day of the year when it is not one’s birthday. Alice is briefly included in the celebrations before they manically dash about the tea table, offering Alice tea but never actually giving her any. 
When the White Rabbit shows up, the Hatter and Hare attempt to fix his pocket watch, but end up destroying it in the process. After they’ve literally thrown him out of the tea table, Alice tries to run after him but finds that he has disappeared again. 
 
Soon Alice gives up trying to track the White Rabbit down, and decides to spend her time trying to get back home. She finds herself more and more lost in a forest called Tulgey Wood, which is filled with bizarre creatures that either snap at Alice or pay no attention to her at all. 
She eventually breaks down crying, and finds the Cheshire Cat again. He then opens a door in a tree that leads to a seemingly never ending hedge maze, telling Alice that the Queen of Hearts could possibly help her.
She meets some giant playing cards who are painting white roses red since the Queen only prefers red and will behead them if she discovers their mistake. 
Alice tries to help them, but the White Rabbit appears and heralds the arrival of the Queen, her significantly shorter husband, and her massive pack of cards army.
The Queen has a ferocious temper and is prone to having anyone beheaded at a moment’s notice, to which she applies to the card painters who unsuccessfully painted the white roses. 
Randomly switching between bipolar moods, she invites Alice to play a game of croquet with her, using flamingos as mallets, hedgehogs as balls, and card soldiers as goals. The Queen actively cheats during the game, and beheads anyone who dares stand in the way of her victory. The Cheshire Cat appears and attaches the beak of the Queen’s flamingo mallet to the bottom of her dress, resulting in her toppling over and revealing her underwear.
The Cheshire Cat managed to disappear in time to make it look like Alice was the prankster, but before the Queen can order her execution, the King suggests they have a trial.
The Dormouse, the March Hare, and the Mad Hatter all come forth as witnesses that add nothing whatsoever to the trial at hand. When the subject of Unbirthdays arise, everyone in the courtroom celebrates the Queen’s. Thanks to some more mischief by the Cheshire Cat, pandemonium ensues. 
Alice suddenly remembers that the mushrooms were still in her pocket and shoves both pieces into her mouth, growing to gigantic proportions. At this size, Alice took the advantage scolded the Queen for her rash behavior, but then starts shrinking back to her normal size all too soon.
The Queen, infuriated, orders for her guards to execute Alice, which results in a frantic chase through Wonderland. Various characters Alice met on her journey appear and inexplicably join the Queen and her guards in their pursuit. 
 
Coming back to the Doorknob, Alice is told by him that he’s still locked, and that she’s already on the other side. Looking through the keyhole, Alice sees herself asleep in the park. She urgently bangs on the door as the mob draws closer, until she gradually awakens to the sound of her sister’s voice. 
 
The two of them then return home for teatime while Alice muses on the idea that all of her adventures in Wonderland had been but a dream.

If you ask me, I strongly believe that Alice had either accidentally ingested a magic mushroom…
…or had a hit of LSD!!
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Snow White’s Scary Adventures
“Mirror, mirror on the wall…” Follow the story of Snow White and see how her 7 woodland chums helped her defeat the wicked queen. A tale with a Happy (or Sneezy), ending.
Snow White’s Scary Adventures is a dark ride at the original Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Located in Fantasyland, it is one of the few remaining attractions that is still operational on Disneyland’s opening day in 1955.
 
The ride’s story is based on Disney’s 1937 film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, their first animated feature film.
Snow White’s Scary Adventures opened on Disneyland’s opening day as Snow White and her Adventures.
 
Imagineers had designed the ride so that guests felt like they were the main character of the story; in this case, guests were Snow White. Few people understood this concept, and some wondered why Snow White was not featured in the ride.
 
Some footage of the original version would be part of the 1962 film 40 Pounds of Trouble, which featured a lengthy sequence set inside Disneyland. During 1983, all of the Fantasyland dark rides were expanded and redesigned as part of a large overhaul of Fantasyland. 
This attraction and the other dark rides were modified to include the main characters of the films they represented. Today, Snow White appears once in the attraction. The present outdoor facade was made to resemble the Evil Queen’s castle from the movie.
 
When the Witch offered guests the poisoned apple in one scene, guests frequently tried and sometimes, even managed to steal the apple and bring it home as a souvenir. When Fantasyland was reopened in 1983, they solved the problem of the ever-missing poisoned apple by replacing it with an image of an apple projected by means of a parabolic mirror. Guests who reach out to steal the apple now find their hands passing through it!
 
Disneyland Paris’ ride is basically the same as the current Disneyland version. The only real difference is a happy ending similar to Disney World’s.
However, in this variation, instead of passing the Prince waking up Snow White and then Dopey on an arch, all the Dwarfs, the Prince and Snow White are on an arch, with Snow White sitting on the Prince’s horse and waving the guests goodbye. 
 
On the left side of the guests, the Prince’s castle is then seen, above the clouds.
The ride is also called Blanche Neige et les Sept Nains, which is French for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”.
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Lancelot’s Carousel
Mount your steed, and prepare for romance or battle, on Lancelot’s very merry, merry-go-round.
Le Carrousel de Lancelot is a carrousel attraction at Disneyland Paris at the Disneyland Resort Paris in France.
The ride features organ music asit plays as it turns, a changing selection of tunes from “Beauty and the Beast”, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, “Aladdin” and many other Disney movies.
Guests who prefer not to climb onto the saddle on one of the many horses can still enjoy the ride from one of the carriages situated on the carousel and just enjoy the fun of this old-time attraction. 
Old school Medieval fun, at it’s best!
 
Spin yourself back in time! 
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