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Disneyland Paris Main Street Decorated For Christmas
When it first opened, many thought Europeans would balk at the oh-so-American concept and force the park to close-- but Disneyland Paris (formerly "Eurodisney") proved the skeptics wrong, becoming the most popular amusement park and family-geared resort in Europe. Click through our gallery to get some inspiration before heading there for a trip, whether with kids in tow or not.
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Seen here: Disneyland Paris gets dressed up every winter in dazzling holiday lights. This shot from winter 2009 shows the park's Main Street and fantasy castle decorated for the Christmas season. If you'll be celebrating Christmas in Paris, Disneyland can be a fantastic place to spend a day or two.
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02 of 08
Enjoying the Rocket Ride at Discoveryland
One of the reasons Disneyland Paris is such a draw card for families is that even the youngest members can enjoy it to the fullest. In this shot, a young visitor at the main park gets a real thrill out of the Orbitron rocket ride at Discoveryland.
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03 of 08
Going Mad on the Teacups in Fantasyland
One of Disneyland Paris' ideal attractions for the youngest kids is the Mad Hatter's Teacups ride in Fantasyland-- a ride inspired by the Alice in Wonderland fairytale and Disney animated film, and one of the original attractions to open at the first park in Anaheim, California. It's one of the park's original rides, dating to the 1950s, and continues to be a favorite. Don't hit the ride shortly after eating, though!
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04 of 08
Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Paris
This shot shows the outside setting for the much-beloved Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland Paris, which has seen a strong surge in popularity following the global popularity of the film franchise starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Some are surprised to find that the ride here is a tad "scarier" than its counterpart in California: at the Paris park, the waterfall-style drops are a tad steeper and more exhilarating!
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05 of 08
Sleeping Beauty's Castle Lit Up for 15th Anniversary
A shot of the fantasy-drenched "Sleeping Beauty's Castle" dressed in lights for Disneyland Paris' 15th anniversary celebrations. The park has regular celebrations like these to mark their anniversaries, as well as special thematic parades and decor for holidays including Halloween, Christmas and St Patrick's Day. Consider visiting the park during one of these holiday periods for a special treat for the whole family.
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06 of 08
Hanging Out With Minnie Mouse at Disneyland Paris
A group of kids are regaled by the presence of the one-and-only Minnie Mouse at the Disneyland Paris theme park, which is located less than an hour from central Paris in the suburb of Marne-La-Vallee. It's a truly fun day trip from Paris, and doesn't even require a car!
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07 of 08
Heading West With Buffalo Bill at Disney Village
Spectators at the Disney Village entertainment complex in the Disneyland Paris resort enjoy a performance of the Buffalo Bill Wild West show. Shows like these can provide some downtime from the physical excitement of rides, while still giving kids and adults some great entertainment.
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