When I was a kid, my brother and I we able to venture around Disneyland alone. Before you say a THING, it was a different time. We were given my mom’s watch and had to check into the Hub and see them every so often. The sense of freedom rocked my world. We would ride coasters endlessly. When we returned as older teens, we would ditch the oldies at night, and head into the park to ride coasters at night. SO FREAKING AWESOME! Our favourite ride was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (BTMRR) located in Frontierland.
Our early morning adventure in Paris was about to begin and we stood with the crowd waiting for the rope to drop at the entrance of Frontierland. I knew BTMRR was waiting for me. I knew it was vastly different from the other parks, I couldn’t wait to try it out! As the cast members dropped the rope and allowed us to enter the land, I was taking in the detail of the the place. I had been to Walt Disney World in August when the Halloween Decorations went up. I found that to be fun and exciting. Nothing had prepared me for the amount of thematic decorations placed all over Disneyland Paris. There were pumpkin people every where, I must admit, I loved the attention to detail! I was caught up in looking at all the amazing little things before I realized I was at Phantom Manor. It’s equivalent is Haunted Mansion in the sister parks in the states. Phantom Manor sat on the hill over looking Frontierland. It had an air about it not unlike the home next to the Bates Motel. It LOOKED spooky and creepy.
The queue was particularly well themed with nifty little details that rocked my world. My family was walking fast up the hill while I was quickly snapping photos along the way. We were in a time crunch and wanted to see everything, but how I WISH I could have lingered just a bit longer to take in the surroundings! As we entered the Manor, the spiel was given to us about not getting out alive, just like the other parks. Only it was in two languages, quite comfortable really for Canadians who are use to everything being duel languages, it felt oddly home like. Away we were whisked to the Doom Buggies and on our first Disneyland Paris Adventure! The ride did not disappoint! The order was different from the American Parks but the story was very similar, Madame Leota’s voice was french and didn’t not sound even remotely the same, but I loved it just the same.
After the ride we wandered down the path to the cemetery to take in the hilarity of the tombstones. A very western theme was present. It gave the impression that America is all about the wild west. The views from the cemetery were really spectacular, showing off the sights and sounds of the Mark Twain. We took a bit of time to soak it all in, when we should have been hightailing it to BTMRR!! It was a Saturday with the first sunshine Paris had seen in a while, the park was getting busy! So we made our way to BTMRR and looked at the stand-by time, 10 minutes! YAY! That is barely a wait at all. My general rule of thumb is if it is longer than 20 minutes stand-by then get a fastpass! So away we went! Within moments we realized the Stand-by LIED! It LIED to my face! We ended up waiting about 30 minutes, not cool Stand-by! Did it really matter? it did a little, it took away from other rides in the afternoon. But in the big picture, BTMRR was super fun! It was mor intense than it’s sister coasters. Traveling under the water to get to the island was a fun experience. Didi I like the ride itself? You Betcha! It did disappoint me to see all the garbage in the queue and the way people would just toss stuff on the props as if it was a landfill. Use the Garbage People! Disney provides one every 20 feet for your OWN personal use! Take advantage of it please!!!
Next Stop, Adventureland!
12 thoughts on “The Land of Disney in Paris: Part III – Frontierland”
It’s official: I’ve never known anybody with THIS much enthusiasm for Disneyland before. Congratulations, you win!
Hmmmm… The geeky me is thrilled I won. The rational me thinks it’s a bad thing 😉
Ed it looks so stunning! I now want to go. Even if i leave Logan and my knight at home, and end up going by myself. That might not be so fun though?
Are you kidding? Solo trips rock! Or I could meet you there 😀
You saw Disney with Halloween decorations? I’m so envious!
I’ve seen it twice now, it’s cool. Do it if you ever get the chance 🙂
Man, the pumpkin head picture about freaked me out. You know how some people are afraid of clowns? When i saw that picture, I had a reaction like I think those people would have to a clown right in front of them. LOL. Who knew I had an irrational fear of pumpkin-headed figures?
LOL Then I do NOT repeat, DO NOT recommend you visit the Land of all things Disney during the fall 😉
I love this post ET!!! I am a Disney child. I love it. EVERY-THING about it! 🙂 Thanks for sharing…
YAY! Someone who gets me! 😀
I read all your posts and enjoyed Disney through you, but hey don’t be slamming my Toronto as a place to visit. 🙂
I love ALL amusement parks. When my kids were young, we got a babysitter and I took my husband to the local park (Wonderland) and we rode rollercoasters for hours. NONE of my friends could understand why we would go to an amusement park without the kids! I have to say I am not up on all things Disney so I am very impressed by your knowledge. Maybe you could get a job as a tour guide there.
LOL, as if Toronto always speaks kindly about Edmonton 🙂
I really should be a tour guide there! I am bossy enough to herd people around AND entertain them with crazy facts! Excellent idea!