through the turnstiles one of the first attractions encountered,
as with the other Magic Kingdom style parks, is the two storey
19th century styled Main Street Station of the DisneyLand Railroad,
and with the path of the railroad circling the perimeter of the
theme park it is a really good way to get a preliminary view of
the overall park.
It's also a good way to get from one side of the park
to the other, since there are stops at Discoveryland, Frontierland,
and Fantasyland, before returning back to the Main Street Station.
The complete trip around the park takes 20 minutes
in total, excluding time to wait for the train, and it provides
an excellent way to familiarise oneself with the overall size
and layout of the park, although the view of the park is deliberately
restricted - an annoyance that becomes even more apparent at night.
Originally there were three different locomotives operating
at Disneyland Paris, with a fourth being added in 1994. Each locomotive
is a faithful reproduction of an original 1880's train, with a
real steam engine, cow-catchers, bells and whistles.
W. F. Cody named after Buffalo Bill is the green
train, which travels with carriages named Durango, Wichita and
Cheyenne. G. Washington is the blue train, pulling Boston,
Philiadelphia and Valley Forge. The third original locomotive
is the C.K. Holliday.
As the trains pass around the park, they travel through
the Grand Canyon Diorama - a feature that's only visible from
the train, featuring animals and scenes from the Arizona canyon.
Other attractions previewed in close-up during the trains course
around the park include the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Pirates
of the Caribbean, It's a Small World, and Videopolis.
The best time(s) to ride the railroad are first thing
in the morning, and last thing at night, although if you plan
to ride it first thing in the morning, it's important to remember
that while you're on it other guests will be heading straight
for the major attractions that generate queues quickly. Personally
I prefer to take a mid-day railroad trip around the park after
I've been walking round for a couple of hours. It does mean that
you're likely to encounter longer queues to ride the train than
first thing in the morning, but at least it gives a break from
walking around all the time.
If you do plan to ride later in the day, head towards
the Frontierland station to board from, because this is often
the least busy of the four stations, with the lowest wait-time.