Impressions de France

59 Days: Impressions de France

Impressions de France

The France Pavilion beckons you to enjoy Impressions de France!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day59 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  I can’t believe that we are now inside of 60 days until we check in at Bay Lake Tower!  We’ve already taken care of 41 of these posts, I hope you like them and that you are getting some ideas on what you want to experience on your next Walt Disney World vacation!

Today’s post is about the movie that you can see in the France Pavilion — it is titled Impressions de France, and is actually quite a good movie.  It is not done in the Circle*Vision360 format, it is in an actual theater where you sit and watch the film.

In addition to the film, there is a lot of fun things to see and eat at the France Pavilion, including street performers like this one we saw a few years back:

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The Street Performer did a great job!

We have also enjoyed some of the French food during the Food and Wine Festival.  We tried the coq au vin and the Creme Brûlée!  Both were quite good!

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Coq au vin

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Creme Brûlée

As you can tell, there are more things to experience than just the Impressions de France movie at the France Pavilion.  Do you like this pavilion?  What is your favorite thing to experience in France?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Disneyland vs WDW

Magical Blogorail: Disneyland vs. Disney World

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney on Wheels and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

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New Orleans Square is home to one of the four Disneyland Railroad stops.

Hello everyone, thank you for stopping by today!  The Magical Blogorail has a great loop in store for you as we explore specific lands at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom and do a comparison of them.  I think this is very exciting, and for my selection I chose New Orleans Square vs. Liberty Square!

If you have never been to Disneyland, then one thing you should know is that New Orleans Square is the smallest land in Disneyland, but may also have the best attractions of any land!  In New Orleans Square you’ll find one of the four stops of the Disneyland Railroad, as well as this classic attraction:

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The Haunted Mansion stands proudly over New Orleans Square

In addition to the Haunted Mansion, you will also find Pirates of the Caribbean, along with it’s attached restaurant, The Blue Bayou.

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Pirates of the Caribbean is another of the great New Orleans Square attractions!

For Dining, you have The Blue Bayou, along with the most well-known restaurant at any Disney park: Club 33.

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Club 33 is the most exclusive restaurant in Disney — and it’s located in New Orleans Square!

Lastly, New Orleans Square is also home to the only accommodations inside of Disneyland: The Disneyland Dream Suite!

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The Disneyland Dream Suite is the only accommodations you can get inside of Disneyland Park!

Looking at all of this, I’m sure you’re thinking, Liberty Square has nothing on New Orleans Square.  Well, if you were to think that, you would be missing out on some incredible things to experience at Liberty Square!

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Liberty Square has it’s own treasures just waiting to be discovered!

As I wrote in my post about this land, Liberty Square is so much more than the attractions it houses.  Here are my exact words from that post:

Liberty Square is more than The Haunted Mansion®, more than The Hall of Presidents, more than the Liberty Tree Tavern.  Liberty Square is a reminder for all Americans of the blood, sweat, and tears that have been shed to make our country great.

But don’t get me wrong — Liberty Square is also home to some great attractions, including the Haunted Mansion:

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The Haunted Mansion has it’s own Happy Haunts for you to experience!

and The Hall of Presidents, complete with Audio-Animatronic figures of each President of the United States:

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The Hall of Presidents is just one of the Liberty Square attractions

and the Liberty Square Riverboat, featuring the Magic Kingdom’s own Liberty Belle riverboat:

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The Liberty Belle is named in honor of Walt’s wife Lillian.

When it comes to dining, Liberty Square is no slouch either.  It features two excellent restaurants, the Liberty Tree Tavern:

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The Liberty Tree Tavern is a period restaurant located in Liberty Square

and perhaps the best counter service restaurant in the Magic Kingdom — the Columbia Harbour House:

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The Columbia Harbour House is so underrated it almost never has a long line!

So, which one is the best?  Well, from where I’m standing I think I have to give the edge to New Orleans Square, but it really is a close contest.  We certainly see more of Liberty Square than New Orleans Square, but New Orleans Square kind of reached out and tugged at my soul, and I don’t think I’ll ever be quite the same ever again…

What do you think, though?  Which land do you think wins out, or am I comparing apples to oranges?  Please let me know what you think, and thanks for stopping by today! Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney Babies Blog.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Disney on Wheels
2nd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney
3rd Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog
4th Stop ~ Disney Nouns
Final Stop ~ Journeys from a Follower

Magical Blogorail: Disneyland Versus Walt Disney World

D O W N T O W N      D I S N E Y

Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney Babies Blog and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Although they have the same name, the Downtown Disney districts of Disneyland and Walt Disney World couldn’t be more different! But as you will see, comparing the two isn’t altogether fair. The sheer volume of WDW’s DTD makes this comparison a bit like pitting a heavyweight boxer against a ballerina. But that doesn’t mean DLR’s DTD has anything to apologize for!

I’d like to compare the DTD’s using three main categories:

SIZE/SELECTION

Winner: WDW’s DTD. You can easily spend a day taking in the streetmosphere, shops, restaurants, shows, carts, and speciality attractions.  Splitsville. Cirque du Soleil. Characters In Flight. Disney Quest. Truly something for everyone! And when they finally finish revamping the old clubbing area, it will offer even more.

WDW’S DTD

     Unique experiences!

Rebuttal: DLR’s DTD is smaller and closer to the Parks and both on-property and off-property Hotels. WDW’s DTD is so big that you have to drive to it or spend time on a bus just to reach it, making it a less convenient source of fun.

ATMOSPHERE

Winner: DLR’s DTD. The same argument that diehard Disneyland fans use to put their Resort above its big sister in Florida puts the smaller shopping district in the winners seat here. There is a more intimate feel to this place. You don’t have to walk for miles to take it all in. It’s easier to do an impromptu meet-up with friends.

Rebuttal: WDW’s DTD does have character, though, especially when you factor in the waterfront and nighttime lighting.

WDW’S DTD

     A beautiful view!

DISNEYNESS (it is too a word!)

Winner: WDW’s DTD. Everywhere you look, you are reminded that you are experiencing something Disney. Even though there are many non-Disney shops and restaurants, they are far outnumbered by Disney and Disney-style offerings. Some say that Disney went overboard just to sell swag, but I say: ‘That’s OK with me!’

Rebuttal: You do have to walk between the entrances to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure to get to DLR’s DTD. And on the other end of it you have the iconic Disneyland Hotel complete with Monorail Station! Now that’s a pair of Disney bookends!

DLR’s DTD

     Location is everything!

So WDW’s DTD comes across as one of the world’s best heavyweight retail and entertainment districts. But DLR’s DTD is like a beautiful ballerina with style and grace, and that’s not a bad thing. Overall, though, I have to give a clear decision in favor of WDW’s DTD.

If you want to shop or play Disney, the biggest bang for your fun is to be found in Florida!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Journeys from a Follower.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have missed a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Disney on Wheels: Adventureland vs. Adventureland

2nd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney: New Orleans Square vs. Liberty Square

3rd Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog: Tomorrowland vs. Tomorrowland

4th Stop ~ Cool Nouns by Lee Beatens (You are here)

Final Stop ~ Journeys from a Follower: Frontierland & Critter Country vs. Frontierland