Whether you have been to Disneyland Paris once of fifty times, there is sure to be something you’ve missed. Disney puts extra magic into everything, so when you see those decorations on mainstream, they might not be what you think. Here are 21 secrets you didn’t know about Disneyland Paris. (And if you did, go on a scavenger hunt instead!)
Main Street Secrets
1. Main Street is set out to be the opening of a movie
As you enter the park and go under Main Street Station, look out for the ‘preview’ posters, they preview the rides that are coming soon and are meant to represent the trailers for up coming movies. As you pass the station and walk down Main Street, look up at the very top windows each one has a different name on it from the ‘big stars’ like Walt Disney to the rest of the team (the imagineers) all leading you to that amazing opening, the castle!
2. Barber Shop Mirror
As you walk past the Barber shop, don’t forget to take a quick stop at the mirror, if you look into it, you can try out a new moustache!
3. A Phone Call To Remember
Pop inside the end shops on the right hand side of Main Street and pick up the old fashioned phone on the wall, if you listen carefully you can enjoy many of the funny conversations going on in one of the houses down the street!
4. A Steaming Cup
As you walk a little further down Main Street, don’t forget to look up at the coffee shop. On days when there isn’t much wind, you can see the steam coming out of the top of the cup.
5. Piano lessons
Close to the coffee shop is a window that says ‘Piano Lessons’ if you listen really carefully you’ll be able to hear someone playing – someone who REALLY needs the lessons!
6. Dragon Under Castle
Did you know that there is a dragon hiding under the Castle?! If you head around the left hand side of the castle, you’ll find a cave-like entrance, walk in and you’ll find yourself face to face with a live dragon! Make sure you stay quiet though, you don’t want to wake it!
7. Sleeping Guard
As you go upstairs in the castle, you will come across an armed guard, if you listen really carefully, you’ll be able to hear one of them snoring due to the curse that has been put on the castle!
8. The Ravens Glow
While upstairs, look around for the Raven and take special note of it’s eyes. If you take a picture with a flash on, don’t forget to take a look at the Raven’s eyes, the might even be glowing red!
9. Snails on the Castle
While outside the castle, take a long look at the golden steeples, what looks like bumps at first, are really snails! A little nod to France.
Around the Disneyland Park
10. The Graveyard
As you leave the Haunted Mansion (Phantom Manor) rather than following the path back to the entrance, turn left and head up to the graveyard. Most people miss this part of the park but there are some exciting experiences there. A lot of the stones have very funny names and reasons for death and If you listen to the tomb, you can hear someones heart beat or scratching to get out!
11. Hidden Mickeys!
This one is one of my personal favourites. All around the park are ‘Hidden Mickeys’ on the rides, buildings, topiary and architecture, you can find 3 circles (in the shape of Mickeys head – one larger, 2 smaller on top) These can crop up anywhere from the plates on the table in the Mansion to stones in the flooring, so don’t forget to keep your eyes pealed.
12. The Animatronic Pigeons
In Discoveryland at Café Hyperion, don’t forget to look up, you’ll see the animatronic pigeons just sitting there.
13. The Tunnel That Never Was
There are two windows 1 on Videopolis and 1 on Space Mountain, if you look carefully you’ll see where the tunnel should have been to connect them both.
14. Sword In The Stone
This is one that a lot of people know, but still worth mentioning. In Fantasyland, you can find the Sword in the Stone and have a go at pulling it out. If you are successful, the nearest cast member will crown you!
15. Cinderellas Carriage
Close to Auberge De Cendrillon, you will see a beautiful carriage, this belongs to cinderella, so don’t forget to stop and have a photo taken with her!
At Walt Disney Studios
16. Don’t Get Wet!
As you head toward Rock ’n’ Rollercoaster, stop off at the umbrella on the corner of the wall. You can stand under it and press a button on the handle and it will begin to rain all around you!
17. A Talking Bin?!
While you are in this area, don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Bins! Push the talking trash can is often patrolling this area, rolling around and thanking all those that put rubbish in his bin. So even if you have a tiny piece of paper, it worth throwing it in the ‘trash’ to have a chat with him.
18. Controlling The Lights
In Studio 1, you can find a box that controls the lights on the other side of the street. Have fun playing with the switches and creating your own ‘show’!
19. Filling Up The Scream Canisters.
As you come out of Studio 1, head right and right again and you’ll find the Scream Canisters from Monsters Inc on the wall, try to scream as loud as you can to fill them up.
20. Cool Down
If you’re feeling hot, stop by Stunt Show and play with the huge fan, if you flip the switch, it really works, so have lots of fun ‘flying’!
21. Become a Toy
As you are in Toy Story Land, make sure to have a really good look at the floor, you should be able to see a giant foot print, to show you, that the rides around you are all toys too!
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Oh this made me smile Jade! The talking bins! The Hidden Mickeys! All the small touches that make Disneyland and Walt Disney World so magical! When we’re in Walt Disney World I love looking out for the Hidden Mickeys, and LP had an encounter with the talking bin the last time we were there! Brilliant. 🙂
My family will be going to Disneyland Paris this July! I am so excited already. Thank you for sharing your “secrets”! Did you guys stay at a Disney hotel? How was your experience? #BlogCrush
I love Disneyland Paris and would love to go again. I didn’t know most of these facts so will definitely keep my eye out for them if I visit again #blogcrush
Oh, What great tips, will definitely be bookmarking this… I love all your weekly tips! I just need to book some flights I think! #TheListLinky
Just popping back in. #TheListLinky
I’m not really a Disney person, but I love the idea of looking out for all these things. It does make it more magical to know there’s some secrets #thelistlinky
I’ll share this with my husband for when he goes next week!!! #TheListLinky
I didn’t even know some of these! Gonna have so much fun next time we go!
This is brilliant, I would love to take mine to Disney one day and I will have to refer back to this post! I could surprise the kids at all my finds I knew about!! Thanks for sharing with #GetMooreFromLife
A really interesting post, thank you! There’s so much to look out for, I love all the extra things that Disney adds in. My daughter and I spotted a talking and moving bin at another Disney park once and she still talks about it, she was so excited!
Oh I love these tips, didn’t know even half of them! x
Great article! I’ve been to DLP many times and still didn’t know some of these! I am looking forward to filling up some canisters with my screams next time I’m there! Monsters Inc is one of my favourite Pixar movies, and I’m excited there is a hidden Disneyland Paris secret for it!
Thanks! I hope you have an amazing trip!
In front of the Disney World store on the paved area leading to the Studios there are Disneyland roundels showing the direction and distance to other Disney Resorts around the world. Look at the top of the Disney World store and Tinkerbell’s twinkle as the metal strips that make her wings catch the wind. In Fantasyland look at the window above the Snow White ride – the Wicked Queen comes to the window and then disappears. The same effect is used on Phantom Manor where the jilted bride appears on one of the top windows.
In Fantasyland, look at the window above the Snow White ride – the Wicked Queen makes an appearance then disappears back into the dark. The same affect is used at Phantom Manor where the jilted bride, still in her wedding dress, makes an appearance on one of the top windows. Look (best seen from within) at the central window in the Castle. It changes from two roses to two doves. As you walk through Studio 1 take a look at the interior of the fast food outlet. There are caricatures of the famous Hollywood Stars from yesteryear. There is also a flying carpet from Aladdin. Plenty to see and even after thirteen visits I am still discovering new things.
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