2015 – Paris Trip Summary


I have wanted to visit the Disney Parks around the world since the first one opened back in 1983 in Tokyo. When Paris opened in 1992 I bought a commemorative ticket and even a map. For Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary I thought it would be fun to treat myself and visit all 11 Disney Parks around the globe. I live in Southern California so Disneyland is easy for me since I go several times a month. I was in Orlando in December and plan to go again before the year is out. In the Spring I made my first overseas trip and went to Hong Kong and then Tokyo. Check out my 2015 Asia Trip Summary for pictures, thoughts & observations from that trip. To round out the parks I was able to fit a Fall trip to Paris into the calendar. This is my first trip to Europe so it will be interesting to compare to Asia. For this trip I am staying at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge in a Golden Forest Club Room (it is their concierge equivalent). I will be venturing out to Downtown Paris, Versailles and Normandy. Below I will post updates throughout the trip but be sure to check out the Geek’s Blog for pictures, I plan on posting something each evening or when I have wi-fi access. Then once back I will post a full sets of pictures and videos, just as I did for Asia.

Quick Stats:

  • 83 miles walked
  • 13,800 SLR pictures
  • About 150 video clips totaling over 3 hours of footage
  • 1,950 cell phone pictures
  • 434 “live” tweeks/blog post images
  • 600 images on other cameras

Posts Not For A Specific Day:

Saturday September 26 & Sunday September 27 – Travel to Paris & some time at Disneyland Paris
Part I: Travel to Paris & 1st Look Around
The journey to France and the Disneyland Paris. A first look at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge and walk through Disney Village to reach the parks.


Part II: Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland
Entering the park for the first time then a visit to Le Pays des Contes de Fees and Casey Jr.

Part III: Disneyland Paris Walk Around
A first look at Fantasyland, Adventureland and Main Street USA.

Part IV: Main Street Pumpkins
A look at the pumpkins that line Main Street USA. This is a comprehensive look at those on the right side when facing the castle.

Part V: Touring the Park & Disney Dreams
A walk through Frontierland, Adventureland and Discoveryland before watching Disney Dreams!

Monday September 28, 2015 – Disneyland Paris
Part I: Disney’s Sequoia Lodge
A look around the hotel and the Golden Forest Lounge breakfast.

Part II: Disneyland Paris – Morning Touring
The walk to the park then we wander through the park visiting some attractions in Discoveryland, Fantasyland and Adventureland before lunch.


Part III: Disneyland Paris – Walt’s & Frontierland
Lunch at Walts and then we explore Frontierland in depth.

Part IV: Adventureland & Fantasyland
I start off in Adventureland visiting Adventure Isle then the Aladdin Walkthrough. Then into Fantasyland the Sleeping Beauty Castle walkthrough and Alice’s Maze before ending by visiting Pinocchio.


Part V: La Magie Disney en Parade!
The daily parade called Disney Magic on Parade!

Part VI: Main Street USA & Disney Dreams
Wrapped up my day hanging out on Main Street USA and in the Discovery Arcade before watching Disney Dreams!

Tuesday September 29, 2015 – Walt Disney Studios Park & Disneyland Paris
Part I: Disney’s Sequoia Lodge & Hotel New York
Started off the morning walking the grounds of Lodge then paid a visit to the Hotel New York next door.


Part II: Walt Disney Studios Park
My 1st visit to this park includes a walk around and a trip on the Backstage Studio Tram Tour.

Part III: Walt Disney Studios Park – Remy’s
Lunch at Remy’s then an aternoon roaming the park including Moteurs… Action!

Part IV: Disney Magic on Parade!
A second look at Disney Magic on Parade! this time from Town Square.

Part V: Lucky Nugget & Fantasyland
Dinner at the Lucky Nugget in Frontierland then some time as the sunsets enjoying Fantasyland.

Part VI: Disneyland Park – Main Street Pumpkins
More Main Street pumpkins. today a look at the Frontierland/Adventureland side of the street.

Part VII: Main Street / Attraction Posters
A look around Main Street then some attraction posters on the way out to call it an early evening.

Wednesday September 30, 2015 – Downtown Paris Sightseeing Day
Part I: Eiffel Tower
Started my morning off with a train ride into Downtown Paris. First stop the Eiffel Tower on a very clear morning.


Part II: Seine River Cruise
Took a one hour cruise on the Seine River to take in the sights of central Paris from waterlevel.


Part III: Notre Dame Cathedral
After lunch visited Notre Dame. Walked through the interior then did the climb to the bell tower (all 422 steps).

Part IV: Louvre
Spent some time in the Louvre taking in the highlights before dinner.

Part V: Arc de Triomphe & Eiffel Tower @ Sunset
Closer out my day by visiting the Arc de Triomphe then deciding to skip the steps and instead took the Metro to a hill to see the Eiffel Tower lights before returning to Disney.


Thursday October 1, 2015 – Versailles Sightseeing Day
Part I: Palace of Versailles
The joruney to Versailles then some pictures from my time inside the main palace.


Part II: Gardens of Versailles & Marie Antoinette’s Estate
A walk through the gardens of Versailles then a visit to the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon before walking the grounds of Marie Antoinette’s Estate.


Part III: Disney Village & Disneyland Park
Concluded my day with dinner at the Steakhouse in the Disney Village then a showing of Disney Dreams! in Disneyland Park.


Friday October 2, 2015 – Disneyland Day
Part I: Main Street USA & Frontierland
Halloween festivities on Main Street USA and in Frontierland.


Part II: Mickey’s Halloween Celebration
A parade celebrating Halloween and the Fall Harvest.

Part III: Adventureland
A walk through Adventureland with a focus on La Cabane des Robinson (the Swiss Family Tree House) and the restuarant Hakuna Matata.

Part IV: Frontierland
A visit to the Cottonwood Creek Ranch to see Mickey, a look at the shootin gallery, Phantom Manor then lunch at the Silver Spur Steakhouse

Part V: Villains
It’s Good to Be Bad with the Disney Villains! show.

Part VI: Discoveryland
A look around Discoverland including a trip on the Autopia and a look at the Jedi Training Academy.

Part VII: Fantasyland
Disney Magic on Parade from Fantasyland then a visit to Le Le Carrousel de Lancelot

Part VIII: Villains & Disney Village
I wrap up the day with a second visit to the Villains show and then a walk back to the hotel through the Disney Village.

Saturday October 3, 2015 – Normandy/D-Day Beaches Trip
Today was a very long day traveling up to Normandy, touring the D-Day beaches and then returning to Disneyland Paris.


Sunday October 4, 2015 – Disneyland Paris – Parks & Hotels
Part I: Disney Village and Main Street USA & Frontierland
Spent some time at the stores in the Disney Village then off to Disneyland Park and a walk through the Fort in Frontierland.


Part II: Halloween Parade & Pumpkin Carving
A closer look at La Celebration Halloween de Mickey, the daily Halloween Parade and then off to Frontierland for pumpkin carving.

Part III: Discoveryland
A quick trip to Fantasyland to see Maleficent then lunch at Pizza Planet.

Part IV: Hotel Cheyenne
A look around Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne


Part V: Hotel Santa Fe
A look around Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe

Part VI: Walt Disney Studios Park
A walk around the Studios park including a visit to the Art of Disney Animation.

Part VII: Disneyland Hotel
A look around the Disneyland Hotel (and a quick trip into Disneyland Park).

Part VIII: Main Street USA Windows & Signs
A closer look at the windows and signs on Main Street USA.

Part IX: Disneyland After Dark
A wider look at Main Street USA as I head to Fantasyland to check out the area after sunseet. I wrap up the day with Disney Dreams!

Monday October 5, 2015 – Last full day… in the Parks
Part I: Roaming Disneyland Park
I spent some time roaming Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland & Frontierland before lunch.


Part II: Mickey’s Halloween Celebration
The Halloween Parade from the hub looking down Main Street USA toward Town Square.


Part III: Disney’s Newport Bay Club
A visit to the Newport Bay Club.

Part IV: Disney Studios & Disneyland Park
A rainy afternoon at the two parks of Disneyland Paris.

Part V: Last Evening
My last night in the parks started off with a rainy walk through Disneyland and ended with Disney Dreams!

Tuesday October 6, 2015 – A quick trip to Disneyland then the long journey home
Awoke to driving rain which cleared by 10am. Spent some last minutes (hour) at Disneyland Park and then started the long trek home. It total it took 22 hours from when we left the Sequoia Lodge Lobby until I was inside my house in Los Angeles.


Paris Video Playlist (All 10 Days)-