Where the dreams come true…

Disneyland is a place for young people and for who feels young: it’s a place where children can meet princess, princes and famous cartoon characters like Donald Duck, Captain Hook, Peter Pan and so on.

Disneyland is in different parts of the world. There are Disneyland parks in the USA but also in Japan, China, and France. And Disneyland Paris is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Disneyland Paris, in Marne-la-Vallèe, was opened on 12 April 1992. It includes 2 theme parks (“Disneyland Park” and “Walt Disney Studious park”) and an area with a lot of restaurants, shops, cinemas and a number of hotels. It is the largest amusement park in Europe, and the fourth in the world. “Disneyland Park” includes several areas, such as: “Fantasyland” inspired by Disney classics, “Discoveryland” dedicated to the future imagined by the dreamers of history in its many facets, and finally “Main Street U.S.A., the inspired recostruction of the town of Marceline in Missouri, where Walt Disney lived when he was a child.

Disneyland Paris castle is wonderful and as in all Disney parks there are hundreds of Mickey Mouse face silhouettes, hidden in the park. These so-called “hidden Mickeys” are everywhere in the park: on clocks, railings, doors or even as ventilation holes.

On March 6, 2022 Disneyland Paris will begin the celebrations for the 30th anniversary, which will last several months. It will include numerous parades, the inauguration of a new area of the Avengers theme park . It will be obviously an unforgettable party and it will also be an opportuniity to discover a brand new daytime show in the heart of the Disneyland park.

But what was the real purpose of Walt Disney when he designed a huge amusement park near Los Angeles? He wanted to give children and their families the opportunity to learn American history while having fun. Disneyland was dedicated to the ideals (Tomorrowland), the Dreams (Fantasyland) and hard facts (Frontierland, Adventureland): ideals that have created America.

Disneyland should represent Walt Disney’s vision of America and his message of progress, enterprise and freedom.

But the new Disneylands aren’t faithful to the original dream. My mum went to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, when she was younger and she says something has changed, and it is this: Disneyland no longer ties its attractions to American history. Main Street doesn’t tell much of a story; it’s just a street full of souvenir shops.

Disneyland Parks are still fun, beautiful, and a source of happiness for millions of people but their main goal is now about selling the brand more than enacting a Walt Disney’s vision.

I don’t know if this is true but when I went to Disneyland Paris in 2019, I loved everything and first of all the cruise along the seven seaways canal. I looked at that “small world”, at all those dolls representing children from every corner of the globe as they sang the same song but in different languages. Everything was amazing and I thought it was the best place in the world. I won’t hide I would like to go there again.

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Sara Miceli


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