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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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Editors Note: As the Disneyland resort in Anaheim expands with the new budget minded California Adventure park, We invite you to take a look via a series of photo essays at the level of detail and quality the Walt Disney Company put into past projects, in particular Disneyland Paris.

Contributor Ian Parkinson's eye for detail has provided us with a wonderful series of photos celebrating what may have been the last time we may ever see this kind of effort put into a new park from the Disney Company. [We should note that the opening of Disney Tokyo Seas may also be another wonderful example - in this case only because it was funded by the Oriental Land Company.]

In order to best show some of the detail in this series on line - we've gone ahead and reproduced photos at much larger sizes than you may be accustomed to. This means of course that pages may take a bit longer to download. We think once you see the richness of detail in these shots, you will feel it is well worth the extra time it may take to view the pages.

Thanks to the magic of the net - let's head on off to Paris, and see what a real Disney theme park should look like... 

- Al Lutz


Les Mysteres du Nautilus

In the summer of 1995 a major new attraction opened at Disneyland Paris, Space Mountain. As part of the overall theme for the area a smaller walk-through attraction was also included. Les Mysteres du Nautilus was designed, built and constructed as an integral part of the Space Mountain development.

Les Mysteres du Nautilus

As you approach Space Mountain a large lagoon filled with clear blue water separates you from it. In the lagoon you see the Nautilus ‘floating’ - yet tethered, columns of bubbles apparently rising from the depths of the lagoon.

Les Mysteres du Nautilus

Les Mysteres du Nautilus

As you face the front of the Nautilus to the right you will see a small lighthouse, this marks the entrance to your underwater adventure. Behind the Nautilus is a small bridge across the rear of the ship, this provides access to launch viewing area for Space Mountain. (The photo was taken on a very wet day!)

Les Mysteres du Nautilus

The finish and detail around this area is really well done, with nice touches to the signs, railings and roof. Here are a few shots showing the typical detailing around the Nautilus attraction.

Les Mysteres du Nautilus

Les Mysteres du Nautilus

Les Mysteres du Nautilus

Les Mysteres du Nautilus

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Ian Parkinson may be reached at ian@mouseplanet.com

 

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