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Disneyland Paris is considered to be the top tourist attraction in France as well as all of Europe with millions of visitors attending the Parisian version of the Magic Kingdom each year. Almost identical in look and feel of the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Disneyland Paris has its own Sleeping Beauty Castle and even a Main Street USA. Additionally all of the famous Disney characters you're bound to recognize such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and many more are there to entertain you and your family. Disneyland Paris is also the largest tour operator in France and has a number of excellent Disney theme hotels close by as well as a smaller version of America's Downtown Disney shopping centre.

The park is located some 40 km east of Paris, and about a 45-minute drive via automobile. The Paris RER, part of the public transport system of the city, might be a better method of transportation as the nearest RER station is literally in front of the Disney park and is just a 35 minute ride. Upon arrival there are multi-language directional signs that will lead you to the main entrance and the ticket booths in you haven't purchase a ticket in advance. Please be prepared to do quite a bit of walking if you intend on seeing the entire park.

Once you past through the main gates you will walk through Main Street USA, which resembles an early 20 th century Victorian styled American city and features a city hall, fire station and even horse drawn carriages. Beyond Main Street is the fabled Sleeping Beauty Castle, which is the tallest structure in the park at over 50 metres high. In addition to Main Street USA, there are four other separate and distinct section of Disneyland Paris all with an assortment of rides, attractions, souvenir shops and places to eat. The other four sections are Frontierland, which features the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad thrill ride and the Phantom Manor, the Parisian version of Disney's Haunted Mansion, Discoveryland with the even faster Space Mountain: Mission 2, Adventureland with its ever popular Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the Indiana Jones, Temple of Peril ride, and Fantasyland, which is better suited for younger children and features the very popular It's a Small World ride.

A recent addition to Disneyland Paris is yet another theme park known as Walt Disney Studios Park. Opened in 2002, this park resembles a California movie and television studio. Here at the park you will be able to enjoy live action stunt shows, rides for both children and adults alike, and like Disneyland Paris, plenty of souvenir shops and restaurants. Some of the top attractions at the Walt Disney Studios Park are the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith (the American rock band), and Crush's Coaster. Another fun attraction is the Walt Disney Studio tram tour that passes through many fake Hollywood movie sets and resembles the famous Universal Studios tour tram near Hollywood, California.
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