For class yesterday, Professor Smith surprised us with a day trip to Disneyland in Paris. Disneyland has some similarities with Disney World in Florida, especially Main Street, USA. There are a lot more thrill rides though, especially considering that it is a smaller park, which I really liked. We went on Crush’s Coaster which was the best ride EVER and needs to come over to the United States.
The increase in number of thrill rides may be due to the fact that the park is much newer than the ones in the United States. Disneyland Paris is 20 years old. Paris was chosen out of all the options in Europe to have Disney, partly because the government had the power to easily build the theme park. The park was built in the suburbs of Paris and required metro transportation. Both the park and the public transportation caused economic development in the surrounding area.
The park itself combines the American elements that you see in Disney land, but there are also some French elements. They had an arcade in Disneyland Paris (the Liberty Arcade), which a more Parisian architectural element. However, the new and colorful buildings mimicking American architecture, along with the costumes and food, allow for interesting stereotypes of Americans to be formed by those who have not been there.