Comparing the Magic: Disney Parks around the World

Ever since you were a small child there’s been one destination that’s captured your imagination. Remember those dreamy adverts that had you eagerly tugging at your Dad’s trousers while he tried (with no avail) to shoo you away with his newspaper? Or how about the kids at school who had those enviable stories of meeting Prince Charming in Cinderella’s Castle or becoming best friends with Goofy in the Haunted Mansion? – Unless you were one of the lucky ones of course!

Whether you’re big or small, there is something undeniably captivating about Disneyland that makes it a must-see. Which is why we’ve decided to compare Disney Parks around the world…

Disneyland, Paris

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Ticket Price: Adult From £55, child from £47 (3 – 11 years). A ‘4 Day / 2 Park Period Hopper Ticket’ starts from £137 for adults and £127 for children.
Top rides/attractions: It’s A Small World, Space Mountain: Mission 2 and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast.®
New: Ratatouille: The Totally Zany Adventure of Remi – a rollercoaster with 3D effects (opens July 2014).
Other Parks: Walt Disney Studios® Park.
Snacks: Mickey Rolls: Nutella filled buns and candy apples.
Can I get a beer? Yes, you are in France after all. Many bars and restaurants offer extensive drinks menus.
Destination: The iconic city of Paris. Away from the park you can visit famous landmarks, marvel over grand architecture and soak up the unique atmosphere from one of the inviting cafes.
How to get there: Return flights to Paris start from £39 return, Eurostar fares from £69 return, ferries from £69 return.

Walt Disney World, Orlando

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Ticket Price: Adult from £55.50, child from £50.10 (3 – 9 years). Seven day tickets to four parks and both the waterparks start from £285 for adults and £265 for children.
Top rides/attractions: Space Mountain, Tower of Terror and Expedition Everest.
New: Fantasyland – Now Open!
Other Parks: Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Water parks: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach
Snacks: Minnie pink cupcakes, funnel cake, corn dogs and Mickey’s ice cream sandwich.
Can I get a beer? Yes, ‘Be Our Guest’ French restaurant started serving alcohol in November last year.
Destination: Sunny weather, leafy streets and spacious roads make Orlando a breezy and beautiful location. Take your pick from umpteen budget restaurants, grab some designer discounts at one of the outlets, and become charmed by easy-going locals.
How to get there: Return flights to Orlando start from £393.

Disneyland, California

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Ticket Price: Adult from £55.35, child from £51.74 (3 – 9 years). Five day passes start from £159.43 for adults and £146.79 for children.
Top rides/attractions: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones™ Adventure.
New: No new rides planned. Thunder Mountain Railroad is scheduled to reopen in winter 2014.
Other Parks: Disney California Adventure Park
Snacks: Pretzel bites with cheesy sauce, chili cone quesos and churro bites with cinnamon spiced chocolate sauce.
Can I get a beer? Yes. They even have a dedicated wine area – Wine Country Trattoria.
Destination: The rumours are true, the ‘golden state’ of California is everything you’ve seen on TV and more. Prepare to mingle with the eternally beautiful as you soak up the sun on the spotless Venice Beach, browse the boutiques of Melrose and hike to the top of the Hollywood Hills at Runyon Canyon Park.
How to get there: Return flights to Los Angeles start from £510.

Tokyo Disneyland

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Ticket Price: Adult from £35.89, junior from £30.68 (12 – 17 years), child from £23.73 (3 – 11 years). Four day passes to both parks start from £92.98 for adults, £84.05 for juniors and £65.08 for children.
Top rides/attractions: Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Captain EO and Beaver Brothers Explorer Canoes.
New: A new night-time Jungle Cruise in 2014.
Other Parks: Tokyo DisneySea
Snacks: Green men Toy Story sweet dumplings, Ukiwah (Shrimp) buns and curry fish balls.
Can I get a beer? No. But you can at Tokyo DisneySea
Destination: Japan’s futuristic capital dazzles with impressive skyscrapers, neon signs, sweet-smelling restaurants and fashionable locals.
How to get there: Return flights to Tokyo start from £488.16.

Hong Kong Disneyland

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Ticket Price: Adult from £34.95, child from £24.85 (3 – 11 years), senior citizens £7.77 (over 65). Two day passes available or unlimited access for 365 days starts from only £195.31 for adults, £138.70 for children and £63.55 for senior citizens.
Top rides/attractions: Festival of the Lion King, Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars and Toy Soldier Parachute Drop.
New: Marvel Iron Man Experience – coming 2016.
Other Parks: No.
Snacks: Mickey waffles, spicy squid, Hello Kitty sweet buns.
Can I get a beer? No.
Destination: Hitting the top spot for attractive Asian cities, Hong Kong features clusters of skyscrapers against the backdrop of mountains and ocean. Best of all, there are plenty of restaurants and accommodation options to suit any budget.
How to get there: Return flights to Hong Kong are available from £422.75.

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