Disney has 11 worldwide theme parks at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Hong Kong Disneyland (with Shanghai Disneyland opening June 16, 2016–we’ll update this list with its ranking once we visit). While each of these resorts has a Disneyland/Magic Kingdom style park, not all of these parks are of the same quality, and their second gates and beyond are all fairly different.
Disneyland Paris is simultaneously the most beautiful Magic Kingdom-style park ever built, and the park with the most squandered potential. Disneyland Paris is a love it or hate it place. I’m firmly in the “love it” camp. The detail and the design made me fall in love with the place, and it’s somehow simultaneously charming and large scale. This is best embodied by Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant, far and away Disney’s top castle, and like an attraction unto itself. The story and design of Frontierland (Thunder Mesa) also help Disneyland Paris’ cause, as does its Discoveryland and Adventureland, both substantial departures from the norms of these lands.
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