This 138 acre theme park is one of France’s top tourist attractions and can obviously get very busy. To get the most from your visit, it’s worth going onto the Disneyland website and researching the areas and rides.
The park is divided into 5 areas – Main Street USA, Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland, each with lots to see and rides to try. There are plenty of places to eat and not to be missed are the afternoon Main Street parade and evening fireworks.
One, 2 or 3 day passes can be purchased either beforehand or on arrival. The earlier you can arrive the better and it’s better to go on the most popular attractions first as queues tend to build up as the morning progresses. The Fastpass system helps to cut-down waiting time and rides are quieter during parades and from 9pm when people start to head to the fireworks.
Bordering the forest of Fontainebleau and covering parts of the departments of Seine-et-Marne and Essonne, Gatinais Regional Park spreads over 63,700 hectares.
The fragile landscape with a strong Gatinais-Francais identity, ranges from boulder-strewn fields with sandy soil and sandstone plateaux, to forest clearings and marshy patches. Green tourism is actively promoted.
There are marked routes for ramblers and mountain bike trails. The park also provides cultural events, guided tours on horseback, on foot and by bike. There are audio guides for those making their own way.
Would-be botanists will enjoy discovering the park’s rich flora. Visit park headquarters in the little town of Millet-la-Foret in the heart of the park, home to the National Conservatory for Medicinal Plants and considered to be leaders in this field in France. Buy honey - as served to Louis XIV - in the local market.