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Oo la la! A look at Disney in France
Disneyland Paris: Unique Journeys - A photo essay by Ian Parkinson
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Sleeping Beauty’s Castle (continued)
(Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant)

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The two stores in the castle carry specialty items on the whole. The first is the Christmas Shop and although it does carry stock with a holiday theme it is not as good as similar stores in WDW or DL.

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Across from the Christmas Shop is another store that seems to focus on glassware and ‘mystical’ items. This is a great store to find unusual gifts, you can also watch a master glassblower at work making gifts to be sold in the store. All around the roof of this store you will find spooky stone carvings.

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Another great feature often missed by visitors is the changing stained glass window. When you are in the gallery area of the castle, have a look high up in the roof and you will see an oval window. If you stand and watch it for a while you will see the picture on the window change from White Doves to a Red Rose and then back again.

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The other walkthrough in the castle can be difficult to find if you don’t know it exists. Deep below the castle inside the rocks and under the waterfall you will fine the Dragons Lair (La Taniere du Dragon).

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Here in a dark and damp cave you will fine one of the most realistic animatronic creatures Disney has ever created.

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Be warned when the dragon wakes up, as it can be quite scary for small children!

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One of the nicest things about the Disneyland Paris castle is how it changes character at various time of day.

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As you can see we are very lucky to have such a great castle, with interesting and beautiful walkthrough attractions. When you visit Disneyland Paris, don’t forget to look for the Dragon.

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