The Discovery Arcade
You will also find a large collection of superb artwork commission
for the Arcade; each detailed drawing shows a US city, as it would look
in the future.
There are also entrances to the Main Street stores, an automatic cash
machine, restrooms and various carts selling toys, gifts, etc.
Like the Liberty Arcade there is an entrance to this Arcade from the
center of Main Street via the area called Main Street Marketplace
As you exit the Discovery Arcade at the hub, be sure to stand and
listen for a while, you may hear the occupant of the apartment above
enjoying a wash and brush up. I think its Goofy!
A final note – MousePlanet's Jim Hill gave
me some insider information about the Arcades that he thought you might
The idea to have Arcades running along side
of Main Street did not originate in the designs for the Paris park. In
fact they had been around in the Disney design vaults for quite a while
before the French park was conceived. The first park the Arcades had
been planned for was Disneyland, California as a way for reducing the
congestion on Main Street in the busy summer months. But the investment
could not be made at the time due to the huge cash flow going to the
construction of EPCOT in Florida. So when the Paris park was in the
design stage out came the plans for the Arcades and this time they made
it off the drawing board.
The original plans for the Paris Discovery
Arcade were grander than those eventually built. In the early stages the
Arcade reached much farther into the park making it even better for all
weather protection. Apparently visitors would be able to reach Discovery
Mountain (re- named Space Mountain) from Town Square without ever going
I hope you enjoyed this first detailed view
of the unique parts of Disneyland Paris. Be sure to come back and see
the next report - "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril -