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Laurent P. · Published on 15 July 2022 at 13h22
You love Disneyland Paris and want to see the park in a new light? The editorial board delivers ten secrets and fun facts to discover all around the park. Keep your eyes peeled, friends!
Disneyland Paris might be one of the venues that makes adults dream as much as their children… Magic all around made possible thanks to many details more or less visible in the parks of the resort, on the buildings, on the ground, and even within rides.
And if the park has more secrets you would like to discover, we have good news: the editorial board went on the look for five secrets and fun facts about the park and rides. Five wonderful stories you can see for yourself by going there, or find more! Let us chase secrets, friends, shall we?
Nestled in the heart of Main Street stands in one of the two covered arcades of the street a secret known by initiated and fans, but not necessarily by occasional visitors: a mini museum celebrating the French-American friendship, telling the journey of the Statue of Liberty from France to the United States. A place a bit hidden behind a red curtain you shall not hesitate to open to discover it.
Rather hidden store at the entrance of Adventureland, by Aggrabah, the Girafe Curieuse is aptly named… And for good reason a (fake, obviously) giraffe has decided to greet visitors and settled in the store. If you get it, you have little chance to miss it!
No big secret here but inspirations about the construction of the castle. The overall shape is inspired by the Abbaye du Mont Saint-Michel. The stained-glass windows are inspired by those in the Loire castles, made in old-fashion style, like in the 12th century. The roof and diamond tiles are inspired by those of the Hospices de Beaune, while the main stained-glass window, set on the higher tower and lit at night, is a reference to the story of the Château de Chambord, where a light was lit in the higher main tower of the building to tell the king was here.
- Sinbad’s giant egg – Adventureland
Have you ever noticed a giant egg was sitting on one of the towers at the entrance of Adventureland, by Aggrabah? Hidden behind a few trees, very discreet, the egg is yet visible. It is a reference to one of the One Thousand and One Nights takes where Sinbad the Sailor discover the egg of a Roc Bird.
Did you know? At Harrington’s, the store set on Main Street, a cupola stands proudly above the checkouts at the center of the store. Its special feature? If you and someone else go each to the ends of the cupola, one across the other, you can hear them as if they were just by your side. An exclusive design of the cupola made this acoustic reverberation possible.
- Manhole covers coming straight from the U.S. – Main Street
If you walk around Main Street, you may see some manhole covers are different. And for good reason: some have been gifted by New York and Baltimore to the park! You now have to find them!
A secret that is not really a secret since most visitors know there is a barbershop within the park, on Main Street. But what you may not know (or not even noticed) is on the advertising poster shaped as a mirror, on the window, you can see how you would look like with a moustache. A mirror play also available for kids, so they can have fun on Main Street. And if you want to get a trim, we recommend you make an appointment!
At the end of Main Street, when coming to Central Plaza, is set Casey’s Corner, a small and lovely eatery selling hot dogs and a nice snack offer (as well as very indulging ice creams). And if you look at the façade closer, you see the baseball player standing in the heart of the big C of the board is actually an anemometer that measures the speed of the wind. If you see it turn, it means the winds have changed direction!
- Stranger tubes-windows – Discoveryland
A stone’s throw from the Premier Access to Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, on the building of Café Hypérion stand two windows set at the beginning of a tube. These tubes used to be for the Discovery Mountain ride, replaced by the Space Mountain we now know. Those were to be used as a bridge to access to the mountain that was to provide several rides and a walk.
- Food chain at the Boot Hill cemetery – Frontierland
If you happen to be roaming around Phantom Manor, or if you exit the ride, you can visit the Boot Hill cemetery packed with little secrets and nods to the history of the land. As for us, we were intrigued by four rather funny graves, set one after the other and representing a very curious food chain. Have you seen them before?
Great discoveries we encourage you to enjoy during your next visit. And if you have heard more fun facts and secrets about the park or points of interest, do not hesitate to let us know, friends!