Secondary to Disneyland Paris park, Walt Disney Studios opened in 2002 and gives visitors a "behind-the-scenes" look at the magic of filmmaking. Organized into 4 different lots, as in movie lots, the park offers families a variety of attractions for all ages. For the little ones, there is Toy Story Playland with rides and attractions from the beloved film. For the older kids, there is an Aerosmith-theme rollercoaster, the deathly Tower of Terror and the thrilling Moteurs Action! live action stunt show. Everyone will enjoy taking a trip back in time and strolling through Hollywood Boulevard during the golden age of film.
Nearly 2.5 million visitors each year come to see Musée d'Orsay's mammoth collection of French art. The building itself, called the Gare d'Orsay, was built as a railway station in 1900; the principal gallery of the ground floor, 138 meters long (453 feet) and 32 meters tall (105 feet), is a reminder of the building's history. Among the masterpieces in this gallery are the scandalous Enterrement à Ornans by Gustave Courbet and the Glaneuses by Jean-François Millet. Fans of impressionism should head directly up to the fifth floor, where works by the greatest masters of this genre can be found.
The Louvre Museum houses one of the largest collections of artwork and antiquities in the world. The museum is located inside the Louvre Palace, which was constructed in the 12th Century as a fortress by Philip II. After Louis XIV decided to move his court to Versailles, the palace was occupied by a variety of institutions related to the arts. The museum was first opened under the National Assembly in 1793. The establishment is separated into sections, including drawing, painting and sculpture, and houses antiquities from Egypt, Rome, Greece, and several other cultures. Visitors to the museum can explore its many wings and see famous works like the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Liberty Leading the People.
Parc de la Villette is spread over three kilometers (one-and-a-half miles), is first and foremost a park where both children and parents can play and relax. With its wooded glens, a canal winding through the lawns, staircases climbing up the hillsides to lovely views, and flat lots for roller blading, this place is very popular on sunny Sundays. Children of all ages are invited to unleash their imaginations here: dragon gardens, astounding acrobatics, gentle dunes, and rolling fog set the stage. Linger for awhile in the Bamboo Garden to hear the wind blowing through these enormous grasses and imagine you are surrounded by jungle!
Take a trip to the beautiful gardens of Tuileries, where the Orangerie Museum is located. The museum stocks a host of famous and fabulous artists such as Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso and Henri Rousseau. All the artwork in the museum was handed over by Jean Walter and Paul Guillaume, two art fanatics who have ensured that all these works are exhibited together. There is a surprise in the basement: the Oval Room, which houses some of Monet's Water-Lily paintings on permanent display. Another surprise awaiting you is the La Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, which is a twin tower of the Orangerie.
Famous for housing the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Arc de Triomphe is a site of memories, current events, and celebrations. Construction of the Arc de Triomphe began in 1806 and was completed thirty years later. Standing in a direct line between the Louvre and the Grande Arche de la Défense, the monument links the past with the present and offers amazing views of the city from atop the arch. Many of France's famous leaders, dictators, writers, and artists have passed under its arch on the way to their final resting place, including Napoleon and Victor Hugo. A closer look at the arc reveals six evocative reliefs carved into its historic facade, portraying key highlights and events that transpired during the French Revolution and Napoleon's reign.
Set against an adventurous backdrop where both kids and adults can enjoy, Davy Crockett's Adventure Park makes for a perfect weekend outing. A tight rope bridges the gap between two trees in the park, and visitors can traverse this distance in the utmost safe and fun manner. The park comprises of several play areas, with varying difficulty levels for adults and kids. There is also a zip-line suspension for a more thrilling experience.
Located within the sprawling theme park of Disneyland Paris, the Disney Village provides exciting entertainment through its various features. It hosts regular live concerts that appeal to all age groups, web radio entertainment for preschoolers and kids, the Gaumont Cinema Complex, the IMAX 3D theater and the Panor Magique, a hot air ballooning adventure. Besides, there are plenty of dining options, shops to take home your favorite toys and arcade-style recreation areas.
So are you game for some technicolor adventure? This is the place where all your cartoon fantasies merge into reality. Adventureland is where you can wander through the markets of Agrabah, or if you are into the more macho stuff, then cross the rope bridge and enter the adventure isle. Enter at your own risk. After such an active day, the many restaurants around will make you happy. Eat at Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost or the Blue Lagoon Restaurant, or better yet the Restaurant Hakuna Matata. And don't leave without entering aboard a small boat, where you can face the cannon fire and the slashing sabers and sing 'ho ho ho and a bottle of rum' - Pirates of the Caribbean style! Call +33 825 30 0222 for more details.
Located just a short train ride away from central Paris, the Disneyland resort faced some opposition when it first opened its doors in 1992. Any controversies seem to be all forgotten, Disneyland Paris is now the most visited tourist attraction in Europe, receiving over 15 million visitors every year - that's more than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower combined. Like other Disney parks around the world, expect to see familiar staples such as Sleeping Beauty castle, Pirates of the Caribbean, Fantasyland and rugged Frontierland. Adventureland is unique, it has an Aladdin theme, including a bazaar and restaurant. Transportation to the park from central Paris is quite easy, just take RER C to Marne-la-Vallé. Train station is located right at the gate of the park. For families wishing to spend a few days exploring the park, there are several fantastic Disney-owned hotels in the area including the impressive art deco Disney's New York Hotel.
Disney and Pixar’s collaborative movie, Toy Story, is the inspiration for the layout of Woody’s Roundup Village in Disneyland. It occupies an expansive area at the Frontierland in the Paris Disneyland. When the park first opened in 1992, the space was called Critter Corral: a farm ranch and a petting zoo. Fifteen years later the area was redesigned, and the animals relocated. Visitors can have conversations with characters like Sheriff Woody or Jessie from the iconic Disney movie.