In this trip report, we share hundreds of photos from Disneyland Paris and locations in Europe that inspired the original EPCOT Center. The first half of the trip report focuses on scenes featured in Impressions de France, an opening day EPCOT Center film in the France pavilion that is still shown today. This is one of our favorite attractions in all of Walt Disney World (seriously), and we’ve wanted to visit many of its locations for a while now.
Following that, we head to Disneyland Paris for the days leading up to Halloween and the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon, all of which will be covered in this trip report, as well. Finally, we offer a single installment that offers a whirlwind tour from Switzerland and Germany, where we make more Disney-related stops, including in Zermatt (the Matterhorn) and Neuschwanstein Castle (Sleeping Beauty Castle).
While this trip report includes a few days at Disneyland Paris, it spends more time outside of the Disney parks. Fair warning: for those who aren’t hardcore EPCOT Center geeks or European travel, this trip report might not hold a lot of appeal. From our perspective, this was one of the most memorable and fun trips we’ve ever taken…and hopefully that shows through in this report.
We’ll elaborate on each spot we visit, share some anecdotes, and provide travel recommendations (in case you want to emulate parts of this itinerary) along the way. In so doing, hopefully you’re able to join us for a virtual-visit to “Disney’s Europe” in what we hope will be a fun and entertaining read!
This trip report is currently a work-in-progress, and links below will become active once new installments are posted. Click the links below to go to each installment…
Part 1 – Mont Saint Michel
Part 2 – Beuvron-en-Auge
Part 3 – Étretat
Part 4 – Paris
Part 5 – The Loire Valley
Part 6 – Disneyland Paris – Day 1
Part 7 – Disneyland Paris – Day 2
Part 8 – Inaugural Disneyland Paris 5K
Part 9 – Inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon
Part 10 – A Glorious 3-Hour Finale
We hope you enjoy our report from the Disney parks…and beyond. (P.S. If you’re only vaguely interested in the stops outside of Disneyland Paris, Parts 1, 4, 5, and 10 are the best installments. The second and third parts are skippable.)
If you’re new to our trip reports, make sure to check out our past Disney Trip Reports to read about more of our adventures at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort, and Disneyland Paris. If you are planning Walt Disney World (or other) Disney trip, check out our Disney Parks Vacation Planning Guides.
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