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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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After the Main room you exit via one of the two bulkhead doors on either side of the organ into the engine room area. The engine is not running, there are no moving parts, only a few simple lighting effects. You then leave the engine room to find yourself back in the underground corridor. No feeling of leaving the ship, no ‘end’ to the experience. You walk a short distance and reach the foot of a spiral staircase back up to the Lighthouse.

Although this is a great idea for an attraction, what is presented is below par for Disney. The theme is excellent, great design and attention to detail. What lets this unique attraction down is any form of interaction with the guest. You feel no emotion and receive very little if any sensory experiences while ‘under the sea’. This is one attraction that once you have visited it you will not feel the need to do so again. No repeat value, no excitement.

It has to be said that the outside of the attraction really leads you into expecting more, even at night the pool is stunning.

Les Mysteres du Nautilus

If you visit Disneyland Paris I would recommend a visit to the Nautilus, but only if the line is short and you are interested in the design and attention to detail. If you are looking for an ‘experience’ - then ride Space Mountain.

Les Mysteres du Nautilus


The Mystery Exposed

As a final note on the Nautilus attraction, last spring the lagoon was drained and cleaned. As you can see from the photos below it did not make for a pretty sight. For some reason they did all the work in full view of visitors, not even a ‘pardon or dust’ sign. It really shattered any illusions anyone cold have had about the Nautilus being a real submarine in the lagoon as it was very clear only the top half actually exists. It was a real poor show.

Les Mysteres du Nautilus

Les Mysteres du Nautilus

Les Mysteres du Nautilus

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