Stay cool at Disneyland Paris

The coming days will be extremely hot in the Marne-la-Vallée area and therefore it’s important to stay cool during your Disneyland Paris trip.

Here are some our personal tips:

1. Stay shaded

There’s lots of shaded places in Disneyland Paris, especially in Disneyland Park. Both arcades on Main Street, U.S.A. are airconditioned and the dense jungles and caves of Adventureland will keep you out of the sun for a while.

Adventure Isle - Southern Island

2. Keep hydrated

If you do not want to (over)pay for a  bottle of water, there are plenty of drinking fountains in both parks, usually around the restroom areas. Bring a refillable bottle with you (like a Bobble with a build-in filter) to have fresh water with you all day long.

La Cabane des Robinson drinking fountain

3. Indoor attractions

Most indoor attractions are airconditioned. Especially attractions and shows like Cinémagique, Animagique, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster avec Aerosmith and Pirates of the Caribbean have waiting times inside the buildings, so you’re out of the heat for a longer time.

Cinémagique

4. Wear sunscreen and a hat

Protect your skin and head. Some Disneyland Paris shops sell sunscreen if you forgot to bring a bottle.  There is also a small supermarket inside the the Marne-la-Vallée train station and the Europe’s largest supermarket is located in Val d’Europe, only one RER stop away from the resort.

5. Take a break

Don’t forget take a break from time to time! If your resort has a swimming pool, go for a refreshing dive and head back to the parks afterwards.

Blue Springs Pool

6. Take action when feeling unwell

If you feel unwell because of the heat (or for any other reasons), stop by at first aid located next to Plaza Gardens Restaurant in Disneyland Park or next to Guest Services on Front Lot at Walt Disney Studios Park.

Studio Services and Stroller Renting

So these are our tips! If you’re in the parks on a hot day, please take care of yourself!

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Remembering Critter Corral

Before Olaf, Woody and Santa Claus invaded the Cottonwood Creek Ranch area, it was home to a cute little petting zoo filled chickens, rabbits, ponies, cows and goats.

Critter Corral

When the park opened in 1992, guests were able to walk among the animals in their enclosure, but not for long. To comply with French laws the animals had to be placed in stalls or behind barriers to protect both animals and guests from any harm.

Critter Corral

 

Critter Corral

Due to its poor placement and no “weenie” around, most of the time there were hardly guests around, which over the years resulted in reduced opening hours and seasonal closures.

Critter Corral

 

Eventually the number of animals dropped and by 2006 the petting zoo was closed and replaced by the meet ‘n’ greet area Woody’s Roundup and Santa’s Christmas Village during the Christmas Seasons, both conceived by the Entertainment Department.

Woody's Roundup Village

 

Now it’s time to let go of Critter Corral and its rabbits, cows and chickens and make way for Olaf and friends…

To see more photos of Critter Corral, go here!

Behind the scenes at Disneyland Paris

Earlier this week a group of bloggers were invited for an exclusive visit to Disneyland Park after hours where Creative Entertainment and its decorators were hard at work bringing Swing into Spring to life with oversized leafs, hundreds of flowers and custom designed topiaries.

Enjoy this rare behind-the-scenes look:

Swing into Spring returns 1 March until 31 May 2015 at Disneyland Park and Disney Village.

Note: these “backstage” photos were taken and shared with permission.