Opened as Euro Disneyland on 12 April 1992, Disneyland Park is the first of two parks built at Disneyland Paris. It occupies the area of 56.656 ha (140 acres) and is the largest Disney park based on the original Disneyland in California.
The park map lists forty-nine attractions in five themed ‘lands’. Designed like a wheel with the hub on Central Plaza before ‘Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant’, pathways spread across the 140 acres (57 ha) of Disneyland Park and lead to these five lands. The Disneyland Railroad runs along the perimeter of the park and stops in Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland.
Four of the themed lands are similar to those you can find in other Disney parks around the world. The one that slightly differs is the Tomorrowland, which presents Walt Disney’s visions of the future. In Parisian park it is called the Discoveryland, which emphasises Jules Verne-inspired visions of the future.
Parisian Main Street, U.S.A. is themed slightly differently from the others; the décor is more 1920s than turn-of-the-century, though the buildings are almost identical to those in Florida, with influences from the flapper and ragtime eras and an emphasis on baseball culture and the rise of the automobile.
The European Adventureland contains more heavy Indian and Moroccan influences and features four themed areas. The first, known as Adventureland Bazar, is a recreation of an oriental city from the “1001 Nights”, presumably Agrabah from the Disney movie “Aladdin”. The second part of Adventureland has a more African appearance, and is mainly composed of shops and restaurants (like the Hakuna Matata Restaurant). The third themed area represents mysterious jungles of Asia. Themed to explorers, it features the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril ride, which was the first roller coaster in a Disney theme park with an inversion. The last, and the biggest, part is the Caribbean area, covering most of the surface of Adventureland. It features the Pirates of the Caribbean and Adventure Isle ride, a Tom Sawyer Island-like walk-through spot, with some attractions like the Swiss Family Treehouse or Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship.
Themed to the American Old West of the 19th century, Frontierland at Disneyland Park is the largest of all of the Frontierlands thus far, containing the entire Rivers of the Far West within its borders. The land is converted into ‘Halloweenland’ in October, with many pumpkins and other scary characters lurking around every corner.
Themed as a fairy-tale village, Fantasyland specifically notes the European origin of the source material for many classic Disney films. A unique attraction for the park was ‘Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin’, a Ferris wheel based upon Walt Disney’s original animated film, “The Old Mill”. The ride is now closed, but still stands.
Disneyland Park in Paris has a Tomorrowland based on an entirely new concept, Discoveryland. Themes from European culture have played an important role in the park, and Discoveryland uses the ideas of famed European thinkers and explorers such as Leonardo da Vinci or HG Wells, with Jules Verne featured most prominently. Architecturally designed using Jules Verne’s vision of the future as inspiration, the land is laid out very differently from its predecessors in other Disney parks. Many Tomorrowland classics exist here, some in an altered way, but Space Mountain is significantly changed. Its main theme is Steampunk/Clockpunk.