When people talk about going to Disneyland, you automatically picture the castle in the magic kindgom. However, I really like Walt Disney Studios, mainly because it is usually quieter and is great for little ones (especially if the weather is not so good.)
All the park guides tell you that Walt Disney studios opens at 10am. However, when we went, although it was advertised for opening then, it actually opened at 9.30. If you want to ride Crushes Coaster, I highly recommend that you get there early as the queue times for this roller coaster are usually at least an hour. The ride is based on Finding Nemo and I really enjoyed the idea of riding the east Australian current. Big man liked that there was a 3D Nemo and Crush.
Walt Disney studios is also the home of the Toy Story Playland. The queues for the green army men parachute drop can get long so again this is best done early. You have to be 81cm to go one this and little man just met the height restrictions and at 21 months absolutely loved it!
Slinky dog is a tame ride, but as it was pretty much walk on when we were there, we did it a number of times as the boys enjoyed it.
Another favourite of the boys was the cars themed ride.
Walt Disney Studios is also great for shows. This time round, Playhouse Disney wasn't showing, but I can highly recommend this puppet show to anyone that loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Animagic features some of the classic Disney tunes and Stitch Live is well worth seeing even if you haven't seen the Lilo and Stitch movie.
On our current visit we watched the Moteur action stunt show. I was slightly disappointed as there was only a video of lightening McQueen (maybe as it was low season) but the show was really good and would certainly be of interest to older children. It really did put my driving skills to shame!
The studio tram tour is good but again is a bit frightening for smaller children.
Rollercoaster wise the Areosmith Rock n roll coaster is lots of fun (black hole type ride) and queue times are less than those for Crushes coaster. The height restrictions mean that it is only suitable for older children as it goes upside down.
When it comes to characters you are likely to come across Woody, Jessie, the Incredibles, Aladdin and Ratatuille, which aren't usually in the main park, except for parades. There is also place by the cars ride where you can queue to see Minnie and Mickey and Buzz Lightyear.
They also have a parade every day. It is shorter than the one in the main park, but it is also quieter and you only need to be there 5 minutes before to get a good spot.
If you are like me, you will also love the studios for all the photo opportunities!
We spent two full days and two half days in Disneyland Paris and split the time equally between the parks. If you have any questions if you are planning a trip, please feel free to ask.