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Disneyland Paris has some great rides that you won’t find at Walt Disney World in Orlando. One that really surprised me was Le Pays des Contes de Fées (Storybook Land Canal Boat ride).
Storybook Land Canal Boat Ride
When you first see this boat ride, you think that it is just for little kids. While little kids do enjoy it, the Disney kid in all of us will appreciate all the effort it took Disney Imagineers to create a miniature Disney Utopia!
This boat ride takes you through about a dozen miniature displays based mostly on your favorite Disney movies (with some classic stories inner-weaved).
They are extraordinarily designed and the attention to detail is pretty amazing. It is fun trying to spot the details that were included in making these.
For instance, you’ll find Rapunzel’s hair dangling from her tower and you can even find Belle in her village. Do you see Belle sitting by the fountain?
While Disneyland in California does have this ride, the one in Disneyland Paris has some different miniature villages.
Here are the villages in the Storybook Land Canal Boat ride:
- The Dwarfs’ mine and house from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- The gingerbread house of Babes in the Woods
- Rapunzel’s high tower
- The Old Mill
- Prince Eric’s seaside castle from The Little Mermaid
- The Greek temple and Mount Olympus from Fantasia
- Snow-covered landscapes from Peter and the Wolf
- “Night on Bald Mountain” scene from Fantasia
- Cave of Wonders from Aladdin
- A scene from The Sword in the Stone
- Belle’s village and the Beast’s castle from Beauty and the Beast
- The Emerald City and the Witch’s Castle from The Wizard of Oz and Return to Oz.