10Best Catches a Glimpse of Disney Parks Around the World

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    Seeing Double: Two Dumbo Rides At Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland

    This is pure genius from a parent's perspective. In Disney parks across the globe, Dumbo usually has the longest line. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida has two Dumbo rides in the New Fantasyland to help ease the congestion. The New Fantasyland's grand opening was in December 2012, but it will continue to open new sections in phases. 

    Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

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    Spaceship Earth: The Symbol Of EPCOT

    A trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is incomplete without a visit to EPCOT. Did you know that this geodesic dome weighs 16 million pounds and the outer layer of Spaceship Earth is made up of 11,324 aluminum and plastic-alloy triangles? Epcot is twice the size of the Magic Kingdom and dedicated to celebrating human achievement, namely technological advances. Guests may also explore international cuisine and culture at the eleven World Showcase pavilions.

    Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

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    The First Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland

    You guessed it. In 2011, a small section of Hong Kong Disneyland opened with a theme inspired by the Toy Story movie series. It was the first of three new themed areas of the park, with an abandoned mine area called Grizzly Gulch opening in 2012 and Mystic Point, a rainforest where supernatural events will take place, set to open in spring of 2013. The addition of Toy Story Land is reported to have finally allowed this Disney Park to generate a profit.

    Photo courtesy of Katie Dillon

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    Hong Kong Disneyland: Smaller With (Usually) Shorter Lines

    Hong Kong Disneyland is very easily accessible by MTR, about 30 minutes from Central Station where you can buy park tickets and skip the sometimes long line at the park. Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Hollywood Hotel are a short shuttle ride away. Popular rides include Space Mountain, Jungle Boat, Dumbo and more, but noticeably absent are the Haunted House, Pirates of the Caribbean and Matterhorn. Go on a weekday to avoid queues, which are usually shorter than other parks.

    Photo courtesy of Katie Dillon

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    Disneyland Resort: The Happiest Place On Earth

    Located in Anaheim, CA, the world's first Disney Park (opened in 1955), Disneyland, is home to 8 themed lands. This ageless park is the only one built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. All of the beloved rides are housed here. Expansion in recent years has included a dining and shopping area called Downtown Disney as well as Disney California Adventure.

    Photo courtesy of Disneyland Resort

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    Disney's California Adventure Park's Cars Land

    Picture 12 acres dedicated to the Cars movie series. A part of Disneyland Resort, Disney's California Adventure Park has rides and more restaurants themed after the history and culture of the state of California. Explore Buena Vista Street (named after the Burbank Street the Walt Disney Studios are located on), Paradise Pier modeled after Santa Monica Pier and the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk, Grizzly Peak which refers to Yosemite and Redwood National Parks, and more.

    Photo courtesy of Disney's California Adventure Park

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    Tokyo Disneyland

    The first Disney park to be built outside of the United States is about a 20-minute, easy train ride from Tokyo Station. Tokyo Disneyland has 7 themed lands and can draw large crowds. Unless it's raining, expect to wait in line. The Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean are here. Popcorn carts are trendy so watch for various flavors spread out around the park. Note that most ride narration is in Japanese, not English (which makes sense, really).

    Photo courtesy of Katie Dillon

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    Tokyo DisneySea Houses Sea-Themed Favorites

    The fastest theme park in the world to reach 10 million guests, Tokyo DisneySea is also a part of the Tokyo Disney Resort. Sea-themed characters, such as Princess Ariel, are found here and not at Tokyo Disneyland. Seven areas or ports of call make up this expansive park. Because the rides are a bit more spread out and there are numerous restaurants of varying cuisines, this park is most popular with teens and older (though little kids love it too).

    Photo courtesy of Katie Dillon

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    Disneyland Paris

    It's not called Euro Disneyland anymore. Disneyland Paris is located about 20 minutes via train from the capital of France. The second Disney park built outside of of the United States is home to two theme parks, seven hotels, a golf course and an entertainment complex with shopping and dining. Notorious for long lines, if you can swing it, go in the off-season, right as it opens or an hour prior to closing.

    Photo courtesy of Roller Coaster Philosophy

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    Walt Disney Studios Park In Paris

    The Earffel Tower is the symbol of Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris. It's a water tower with a name that plays off of the famous Eiffel Tower and a look similar to the Earful Tower at Walt Disney World's Disney Hollywood Studios (its sister park). Walt Disney Studios Park is divided into four lots similar to an actual Hollywood production studio. Except, these lots have attractions, Disney characters and restaurants.

    Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

About Katie Dillon

Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as expats in London and Hong Kong. After traveling the world, they returned to the La Jolla sunshine, with a young daughter in tow. Katie now writes a lifestyle site called La Jolla Mom and is the author of a book called, “Flying With Kids.” Her work can be seen on NBC San Diego, Red Tricycle, Yahoo! Shine and Have Family Will Travel, a Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts blog.

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