You can toast bubbly on Main Street USA.
But Disneyland Paris has been serving adult drinks since it opened in 1993, and there’s often a Champagne cart along Main Street USA.
The roaming cart usually arrives in front of the castle just before the evening fireworks. It’s a delicious way to end the day and makes for a fun photo.
The fireworks show involves drones.
I love staying for evening fireworks, and I was surprised to learn that Disneyland Paris uses drones in its evening spectacular.
Introduced as part of the park’s 30th-anniversary celebration, the technologically advanced show blew me away.
The drones flew in formations that created Mickey shapes and the number 30 around the castle.
You can stay at the world’s only Marvel resort.
I’m a casual Marvel fan, but I was thrilled to stay at Disney’s only Marvel-themed resort.
The Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel is one of the property’s most upscale accommodations. I found the four-star resort to be on par and maybe even better than the deluxe Disney resorts I’m used to visiting in the US.
The Marvel theme is elegantly woven throughout the modern hotel in the form of curated art pieces.
The first Iron Man audio-animatronic is in Paris.
Walt Disney Studios Park, the second theme park at Disneyland Paris, is home to the first ever Iron Man audio-animatronic.
With the ability to perform 43 separate functions, it’s the highlight of the queue area at the new Avengers Assemble: Flight Force attraction.
This was one of my favorite parts of visiting the park’s new Avengers Campus.
You can only ride Crush’s Coaster at Disneyland Paris.
One of my favorite attractions, Crush’s Coaster, is unique to Disneyland Paris. The family-friendly, wildly popular attraction is only at Walt Disney Studios Park.
Themed after Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” it’s a unique spinning roller coaster that travels both indoors and outdoors.
The ride takes place mostly in the dark and uses video projection to make you feel like you’re deep under the sea.
There are uniquely French snacks around the park.
At the US parks, churros are around every corner, but at Disneyland Paris, it’s all about the French snacks.
Some of my favorite treats can be found at the macaron carts and crepe stands throughout the parks.
On my recent visit, I enjoyed a classic sugar crepe from an outdoor food stand that offered bites inspired by France’s Brittany region.
Disneyland Paris has real snow in the winter.
At Disney World and Disneyland in California, there’s “snoap” (a soapy mixture meant to mimic snow) pumped around the parks during the holiday season. But at Disneyland Paris, I was lucky enough to experience real snowfall during a January visit.
Unlike Anaheim and Orlando, which rarely experience cold winters, the temperatures in and around Paris typically drop during the season.
Disneyland Paris has its own all-inclusive line-cutting pass.
Disneyland Paris offers Disney Premier Access, an expedited line system that grants quick access to most attractions.
Unlike Disneyland and Disney World’s Genie+ system where you have to choose between qualifying rides, Premier Access is an unlimited version that acts as an all-inclusive line-cutting pass.
These add-ons don’t seem to be as popular with European guests, which made the investment even more worthwhile for me since the Premier Access lines were even shorter.
You can stay at a Wild West-themed resort.
Disneyland Paris is home to several on-site resorts, but I think the most unique is Hotel Cheyenne.
Themed like an old-time Western town, the sprawling resort celebrates the American Frontier with stunning buildings, including a Wild West-themed saloon.
You can visit the property even if you’re not staying there, and I loved spending a morning exploring it.
A fire-breathing dragon lives inside the castle.
Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant is over two times as tall as Sleeping Beauty castle in Anaheim, and my favorite part is that you can explore inside.
In addition to views of gorgeous stained-glass windows, inside the castle is a large animatronic dragon.
The Lair of the Dragon is a walk-through attraction that’s unique to the park. Its centerpiece is an 89-foot dragon in a darkened cave that will periodically “wake up” to puff smoke and grunt at onlookers.
There’s an entire Pirates land — and it’s amazing.
I’m a big fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disney World and Disneyland, so I love that Disneyland Paris has an entire Pirates-themed land.
The land is complete with its own version of the classic ride, a lush beachfront, a giant pirate ship, and some unique indoor-outdoor cave mazes to explore.