It All Started With A Mouse
Trip Start Sep 23, 2009
12Trip End Oct 04, 2009
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First off, the entrance is done on a grand scale with Earful Tower in the background:
There is a huge building right inside which looks like a studio but houses very well themed restaurants and shops.
This is the back side of the building:
I am sure nobody will recognize our shirts so we will tell you they are both from our favorite Pixar movie WALL-E! Harmony has the Axiom Crew shirt (space cruise ship) and Mike has the B&L shirt (Buy and Large corporation).
Once through this building, they have our favorite statue, The Partners Statue which is actually located in Disney Bros Plaza:
The sign was modeled after the one that marks the streets at the real Disney Studios in California which marks Mickey Ave and Dopey Drive. It also has a plaque that discusses the amazing relationship between Walt and Roy. This park definitely recognizes that Walt and Roy created all of this.
Our first ride was Crush's Coaster. We were not expecting much and did not know much about the ride. The entire ride is inside a building so you don't know what you are getting into. Once inside, it is themed after a harbor in Australia with ads for whale watching, boat cleaning, and the cool animatronic seagulls that say "mine, mine, mine". It is here where you board your turtle shell vehicle two by two, back to back:
Wow, this ride is amazing! It was so much fun! Harmony and I were shocked how great it was. Those of you who have been on Primeval Whirl at Animal Kingdom, think that ride inside but taller, faster, smoother, and with much steeper drops and banked turns. The ride was so smooth and so fast. There are great elements from the Finding Nemo movie like Bruce the Shark, the scary Angler fish, etc. The ride is over pretty quick but it is well worth the wait. This ride is known to have 1-2 hour waits because it doesn't move people quickly but our first and second waits were both around 30 minutes which wasn't bad (except for the oh so familiar French underarm bouquets surrounding us).
We took two quick videos of the intro movie just for Brenda to freak her out when she hears Crush speaking French:
This park has a surprisingly excellent show called Animagique. We had no idea what this was. It turned out to have live actors in a Mickey and Donald costume opening up the story. Strangely enough, Mickey spoke in French and Donald spoke in English. Let us tell you one thing, hearing Mickey speak French is one of the creepiest things we have ever experienced. We will give Brenda credit in this area when she said she did not want to experience French Mickey (which is pronounced Mik-kay here). Creepy! Then the show broke out into one of those black light shows with the actors in all black against a black background holding puppets, etc that are colorfully decorated with black light paint and cloth. They played out famous songs from all the great Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Little Mermaid, etc. It was done very well. It was a little strange hearing those songs sung in French but cool nonetheless.
They also had a show called Cinemagique (yeah, magique is used a lot here). This was a film with theater effects like water, wind, etc. The film was great and starred Martin Short who worked his way from silent movies through very famous movies from genres like westerns, love stories, gangster movies, etc. It was very funny. Martin spoke in English which helped.
They had a history of animation walk through exhibit which is like the one in Hollywood Studios. They had the actual original multi plane camera there which was developed for the short cartoon "The Old Mill" and was later used for Snow White:
Their newest ride is their own version of Tower of Terror (Mike's favorite ride on the planet) which opened in 2008. It looks great as do the other ones. Unfortunately, their exterior queue is completely lack of theming just like CA's version. We later learned this is basically a copy of that version. Orlando destroys it with their creepy outdoor queue threw the unkempt grounds of the hotel. The inside queue, library, and boiler room are the same as CA. CA and Paris' boiler rooms are better themed than Orlando's. The ride is just like CA in that the elevator does not move forward through the 4th dimension scene like in Orlando which is what makes Orlando's ride much better. It does have the multi drop experience and all the thrills though. Harmony and I did the zero G tests with soda bottles on our second trip which was really cool:
The Lights Motor Action Show in Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando was taken from the original show in Paris. This show is the same in Paris except it is in French. Who cares about the talking though, it is all about the cars, motorcycles, and explosions. Cool show:
Now it was about time to have our first crepe on our European Vacation. It did not disappoint!
They had a back lot tour with a Catastrophe Canyon as well but it wasn't very good at all. One scene was cool where they brought us onto an outdoor set from the movie Reign of Fire where an underground dragon spewed fire out of a pit. Pretty cool.
Here is a shot we took of Harmony on the way out:
Mike saying goodbye to the studios:
Harmony thinking about her mom:
and one last photo showing why Harmony and I do not need kids:
We hope you enjoyed traveling with us to Walt Disney Studios.
Tomorrow's blog should be short as we will be revisiting Disneyland Paris.
-Mike and Harmony
Where I stayed
Radisson Blu Golf Resort