Thursday, December 13, 2012

Euro Disney, Main Street USA, Main Street Station

Euro Disney
Main Street, U.S.A.
Main Street Station

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The Disneyland Railroad (DLRR), originally the Euro Disneyland Railroad (EDRR), is a narrow gauge railroad at Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Paris Resort in Marne-la-Vallée, France that was inaugurated on the park's opening day, April 12, 1992. Riders use it as transportation to other areas of the park or simply for the experience of the "Grand Circle Tour".

Main Street, U.S.A. is the first "themed land" inside the main entrance of the many 'Disneyland'-style parks run by The Walt Disney Company around the world.
Each Main Street, U.S.A. (except Tokyo Disneyland) has a train station above the entrance.

Main Street U.S.A. in Paris is themed slightly differently from the other Disney Parks around the world; the decor is more 1920s than turn-of-the-century, though the buildings are almost identical to those in Florida, with influences from the flapper and ragtime eras and an emphasis on baseball culture and the rise of the automobile. Instead of horse-drawn trolleys and Victorian vehicles, plans originally featured trams to fit with the 1920s theme, but were scrapped.
Also, due to often cold, rainy weather in the area, the Imagineers compromised and offered covered walkways on either side of Main Street called "arcades". There is the "Discovery Arcade" on the side closest to Discoveryland, and the "Liberty Arcade" on the side closest to Frontierland. These provide access to all of the shops along the length of Main Street, while giving shelter from the weather. They also provide a passageway when the street is crowded during parades and fireworks.

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