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|Oo la la! A look at Disney in France|
A great thrill for little kids, you ride along a series of roads and highways. It's not much for adults, but for a kid going 10 miles an hour is a pretty big deal. The theme is the world of the future, but its more like the kitsch of the 50's.
Disneyland Railroad Discoveryland Station
Grab a seat on this authentic steam train excursion around the theme park to Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland and Fantasyland.
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
Based on the popular Walt Disney World attraction, this 3-D spectacular takes you into the world of inventor Wayne Szalinski. After a brief pre-show designed to bring guests into the theme (a behind the scenes look at the awards show).
Inside the theater, you don 'protective' (actually 3-D) goggles, and the show begins. After being 'accidentally' shrunk, you go through the thrill of encountering a huge dog, gigantic kids, and (for the weak of heart) an army of mice. This effect is helped by a series of 'tails' that are installed under each guests seat, and adds to the effect.
There are headphones which offer audio in other languages. Access these rows from the rear 3 sets of doors, otherwise you get the non headphone rows and hear the audio in French only.
The Mystery of the Nautilus
Captain Nemo's submarine, the Nautilus floats in the Discoveryland lagoon. . The tour starts in the Treasure Room with gilt and precious stone decor. The rooms feature great detail with impressive turn-of-the-century features housed in the slightly unconventional setting of a gray submarine. On your tour you will see the captain's cabin, the card room, the bridge, the diving chamber and finally the Grand Salon. Some say that Disneyland California will get a version of this to replace the sub ride. During your tour of the Grand salon area you experience a giant squid attack.
Like something out of Jules Verne or HG Wells, this ride offers whirling orbs and planets around which the rocket ships travel. Similar in design to the Dumbo ride in Fantasyland, it will probably be a fairly crowded ride due to the fact that the ride only seats a small number of people.
A roller coaster in the dark, it is far more exciting and stomach turning than it would be in the light. With stars and galaxies projected all around you, the effect is pretty good, you really feel like you are zooming through space. A state of the art sound system helps to make this ride even more exciting. The theme is based on the Jules Verne novel, From The Earth to the Moon. It is considered one of the best rides in the park, with corkscrews and a loop.
Space Mountain is a FastPass attraction and offers a ride photo option.
Currently one of the most popular rides in the park, Star Tours is based on the highly successful Star Wars movie Series. In the best Disney tradition, it features a superb pre-show, the line takes you past a full-size StarSpeeder 3000, undergoing systems checks in the maintenance bay. Announcements worthy of any good spaceport occur at intervals, and commercials for StarTours travel to other destinations air on a giant screen overhead (there's also a call for Mr. Egroeg Sacul, which is George Lucas backwards). In the Droid repair room, overhead baskets carry droid and robot parts.
On the ride, itself, the jokes (corny and otherwise) are everywhere. In the US version of the ride, Rex, your "RX" pilot droid, is voiced by Paul Ruebens, (aka PeeWee Herman), he also supplied the voice for the alien craft in "Flight of the Navigator." I'm not sure yet if he also did the French version, so if anyone knows, let me know.
When your Starspeeder screeches to a halt at the very end, look at the man in the booth straight ahead who dives for cover. That's George Lucas, the creator of the Star Wars world and thus, Star Tours.
The ride carries you on a voyage through space, inside a giant comet and into battle with a full blown death star (and of course, you get to fight along side the best the rebellion has to offer).
One note for US visitors, the ride does not have an English track, it is entirely in French.
After leaving the ride you are moved into an interactive section where a series of games and electronic entertainments are presented for your amusement.
Jules Verne's airship Hyperion marks the entrance to this pavilion. The auditorium features regularly staged live shows with a host of special effects, currently showing is Mulan: The Legend, a very impressive acrobatic show loosely based on the movie. During other times of the year, other shows are presented, so this may not be playing when you come.
This show was the original of the Timekeeper at WDW, it boasts Circle-Vision 360 film, Audio-Animatronics and in-theatre effects. The Timekeeper has created the worlds first (and only) time machine and along with 9-EYE a flying robot camera is about to demonstrate it. , allowing guests to view Mozart play his violin, Leonardo (Da Vinci, not DiCaprio) work on his latest creation, and so on. The show is in French, but headsets provide translation to most major languages.
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