Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Euro Disneyland, May 1992

On May 29 and 30, 1992, after years of waiting for it to finally open, my dad took me to Euro Disneyland for the first time. Here are some of our photos…

Arriving at Toll Plaza. The “Euro” part would be removed from the logo a few years later but its supporting structure would last for about two decades.

Roger Rabbit welcomes you to Euro Disney.

The name on the park’s main entrance would change twice, first to Disneyland Paris in 1994 and then to Disneyland Park at the opening of Walt Disney Studios.

Gummy Bears in brightly spray-painted planes in La Parade Disney… Welcome to the early 1990s!

Let’s take a trip around the Rivers of the Far West in the Indian Canoes!

Much like the canoes, you won’t see operating River Rogue Keelboats or even working geysers on the river today.

A look back on Geyser Plateau after passing underneath Rainbow Arch.

Phantom Manor with disquietingly sparse vegetation.

Mill Landing at Big Thunder Mountain, before the on-ride photo cameras were added.

Le Café de la Brousse in Adventureland, also (little) known as Riverpoint Café, before trees and bushes grew in.

Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship with its first of three different colour schemes.

And speaking of three different colour schemes, here’s Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant as it looked in 1992. Also compare the number of trees on the caste hill!

A view over Fantasyland from the Queen of Hearts Castle.

On the other side, this is where the Storybook Land area would go in a few years but for now it just looks like the fairy tale landscape of Fantasyland goes on and on…

Rock Shock in Videopolis, Discoveryland, featured music by David Halliday and a giant robot shooting lasers from its eyes.

The X-Wing starfighter in front of Star Tours. In the background you can see a distinct lack of Discoveryland Station which would only be added the following year.

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