Films to watch before a Disneyland Paris visit

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I am often asked who people can expect to meet at Disneyland Paris and what films to watch so that children (and parents) are more familiar with the different characters.  Firstly, I would say that it doesn’t always matter if you don’t know who a character is, one of our most special times was with Pinnochio in Inventions restaurant.  Chip took a real liking to him and they spent ages together playing and even went for a walk round together and was looking out of the window at the castle.  Chip had never seen the film and didn’t know who he was until then.  When Gepetto came along, we just told her it was Pinnochio’s Daddy and she liked him too!

If you do want to do a little Disney homework before a visit, I would always recommend little ones watching Mickey Mouse’s clubhouse as it features the main characters of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto.  These characters are the heart and soul of the parks and are always popular with guests.  You will also often meet characters from Winnie the Pooh with Pooh bear, Piglet, Tigger and Eeyore all being seen frequently.

Of course there are all the, extremely popular, Princesses and their Princes, who you can see in the Parade.  You can meet a Princess in the Princess Pavillion and also in the Auberge de Cendrillon restaurant, where you will usually meet 3 Princesses, Suzy and Perla (mice from Cinderella) and either a Prince or Princess Minnie.  This restaurant is very popular so please book as far in advance as possible.

My next advice would be to watch Peter Pan, Aladdin and Jungle Book.  In Adventureland you can almost always find characters from these films.  We have seen Peter Pan and Wendy, Captain Hook and Mr Smee, Jasmine and Aladdin, Jafar (Chip is petrified of him!) and the Genie, as well as Balou and King Louie.

Toy Story is another favourite which features in both parks.  Outside the Cowboy Cookout restaurant in Frontierland you can often find Woody in the morning and Jessie in the afternoon.  In the Walt Disney Studios you will usually find Buzz Lightyear there in the mornings and Woody in the Afternoons.  There is also a Buzz Lightyear ride in the main park, which is one of our favourites, and there is a whole Toy Story area in the Studios.

If you manage to get through all of those, then I would recommend Ratatouille, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Monsters Inc, Lilo and Stitch, Pinocchio and, for older children, the Star Wars films.

I would love to know who your favourite character is and who you would like to meet.  Finally – Dont forget your autograph books!!

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