Wonder Kids

Wayne Wonder Based in Buckinghamshire in the U.K is one of the country's leading children's entertainers and winner of multiple awards across his field.

As a magician and children's entertainer I am constantly on the look out for new ideas, different takes on old ideas and practically anything I can add into my repertoire.  As a by product of this I come across or invent lots of ideas that for one reason or another I can't fit into my shows.  That doesn't mean that they are no good in fact many of them work great for ideas to try at home.  I only realised this after having my daughter and seeing how much she enjoyed them.  That's why I have created this resource, for families to visit take away what they want and try these things at home.  You have everything at your fingertips for great, easy and inexpensive ideas for your little ones at home.  Going out to new experiences and spending time together as a family is important if not crucial to a child's development but that doesn't mean you have to go out and spend lots of money every time, you can create amazing memories just by investing a little bit of time at home with these great ideas.

I would love to know what you think about Wonder Kids blog and how you get on with any of the ideas in fact if you post a picture of your family trying one of the activities from this blog o my Facebook Page I will send you a goodie bag filled with loads of great Wayne Wonder Prizes for FREE!

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Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary - Studio's Park

Disneyland Paris Studios review

Welcome to the fifth and final part of our Disneyland review, we all had an amazing time there and we are planning to go back in a few years. Im hoping that by then they will have built a Star Wars land and we are thinking of trying to book a date closer to Halloween so we get to see more villains. This time we are going to talk about the Studio's Park which was my favourite part of our trip, the rides were better, it has the great Ratatouille restaurant and the Ratatouille ride plus loads more! Before we crack on mack sure you have read the previous parts of this review below.

Ok where to start? lets start at the beginning, we spent out first evening at Disney in the Studio's Park because we had booked our first meal at Bistrot Chez Remy.  We stayed quite close to the restaurant, which has a large real water fountain outside, in fact Disney have made this area feel very Parisian, it does feel like you are in a little bit of Paris with some lovely music playing too.  Right next door to the restaurant is the ratatouille ride, although it was too busy for us to ride on our first day we did get on it another day and it's a great ride, very cleverly put together.  You ride around in cars and the idea is that you become a rat in Remy's kitchen/restaurant, it's all done very well however there is one point where a Champagne bottle had its corked popped directly at you and I feel that this should have had a splash of water hit you in the face but nothing happened and I think that was a missed opportunity to really bring the ride to life.

Adjacent to this Remy area is the Toy Story Playland, which felt much more dedicated to younger children and it has some brilliant photo opportunity points.  In this area you will find:-

  • RC Racer
  • Slinky Dog ZigZag Spin
  • Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop

We didn't get to go on the RC racer but it looked like a great ride, we did try the other two though which are very gentle rides perfect for small children, watch the video below for more details on these.

So that was my first experience in the Studio's park but whats it like to spend almost an entire day in the park? I'll assume that you will be coming from the Disney Village so you will need to just bare to the left slightly to find the Studios Park (it's not like it's hard to find, it's huge!) When you enter the park you're in a courtyard like area called the Front Lot.  This is where you will find all the customer services like the Studio's Services that I mentioned before for disabilities.  There is also a meet and greet here every day, during our stay it was Goofy everyday. You then need to walk into Studio 1 to enter the Studio's park, you will be greeted with an arcade of restaurants, all loosely based on films, there are loads of different types of food here, some fast food some restaurants but we didn't get a chance to try any of these.At the end of this arcade you walk out of the building into the studio park with a huge statue of Walt and Mickey.  You'll be able to see the Studio Tram Tour directly in front of you.

This ride is a very gentle ride with a video playing walking you through some real sets that were used in films so it's great for some pictures, you will see more in the video above.  There is a highlight on this ride, you get to see some special FX on a set and it's really good but the rest of this ride is just meh.

You'll also see The Art of Disney Animation which again has a lot of meh about it until at the end of this tour guide, museum experience you get to learn how to draw a Disney character.  I learned to draw Winnie the Pooh, now I can not draw to save may life in fact a few years back my daughter asked me to draw her a princess which she could then colour in.  This was a normal request for her because my wife is a very good artist and would draw many pictures for her.  So I put a lot of effort into this princess for her with a big gown and long her etc.  I was quite proud of it but as soon as I showed it to my daughter she cried, not of laughter but genuine disappointment of just how bad it was.  So coming with no drawing skills what so ever and being able to create the Winnie the Pooh below was amazing to me.

Opposite the Animation museum is the Animagique Theatre where different shows take place, these shows are free to attend and I highly recommend you catch the Mickey and the Magician show which I reviewed here. Next to this are two rides, Flying carpets over Agrabah and Crush's Coaster. We got on the Flying Carpet ride very quickly with little to no queue, this is a basic fairground ride similar to the Dumbo ride in the main park but again Disney do the theming very well, with the voice of the Geenie talking to you the whole time. Crush's Coaster is a very deceptive ride, it's all under cover apart from one small exposed piece of track.  From the outside this looks like quite gentle roller coaster maybe good for kids? but look more carefully at the big blue building, specifically how high the building is.  This shows just how high up you are going to go on the ride.  I went on this with my 7yr old who is just as much a thrill seeker as I am so we had no problem with this ride.  We went on with my sister and my mum who both prefer much slower rides so it was a bit of a shock for them just how fast this coaster goes.  It doesn't go upside down but it is all quite dark and it is a fast coaster.  I would rate it as an intermediate coaster, not for very small children but also not a real intense coaster either.

Round the other side of the park is the Back Lot where the more intense rides are kept and the Stunt Show is housed here too. You will pass the Tower of Terror which you can hear all day long the screams of the people riding it, we didn't get a chance to ride this but basically it looks like a much more extreme version of the Parachute Drop.  Near the Tower of Terror you will find a stage, which looks like a temporary set up but I'm not sure.  This is where you find the Star Wars characters doing a meet and greet, the first order march with Captain Phasma and they do some sort of show on stage too but again we missed this.  I did catch some of the Storm Troopers and The First Order March  which you can see in the video above.  The first ride you come to here is Armageddon which is less a ride and more an experience from the film. That is if you can remember the film that was first released almost 20 years ago.  We did go on this and I really wasn't impressed, I think this ride is outdated and can now be replaced. Don't waste your time going on this.  Opposite this ride is the Blockbuster Cafe which is split into two halves, one half is dedicated to Iron Man and the other half Pirates of the Caribbean.  

A little walk down from here and you may well spot a very special bin, you can see this bin in action in the video above.  There are also some nice photo opportunities here with a very welcome umbrella that rains on you, especially welcome in 34℃ heat. You have the Rock 'n' Roller Aerosmith coaster here, this was easily one of my favourite rides and it is an extreme coaster.  All indoors and again I think maybe it's a little dated.  Maybe it should be a Foo Fighters ride these days? Lots of great music on this ride and music themed posters as you queue.  We used the fast track system which I explained here.  This system does not get used enough.  You get to walk past a music studio and Aerosmith appear in some video's too.  The ride is brilliant though, only myself and my 7yr old went on this one but we loved it. Just outside this ride is another meet & greet area which was Spiderman during our stay.  He's kind of tucked away again it's almost like it's a secret that he is there. The final attraction here was the Stunt Show, this is a very popular show and it takes place in a very large arena.  Im not much of a motor head, So I appreciated the clever tricks like remote controlled cars but speeding along and doing wheelies just isn't my thing.  I could tell though thats lots of people were loving it.  Unlike other stunt shows I have seen there isn't really a story to this one.  It actually reminded me of Top Gear but for stunts (not that I watch Top Gear) The presenters go into quite some detail to explain how popular stunts are done in action films, they are then recreated.  I prefer a story line, have a great story line with stunts included and I think this show would be better.  Even after all of this I would still see it again because of the ending, I'm not going to tell you what it is, watch the video above and I have kept just the smallest teaser for you, no spoilers here!

We have come to the end of this massive review from our time at Disneyland Paris.  We all loved it, I think I preferred the Studios park because it was a little quieter and the rides a little more extreme combined with some great activities like the animator and brilliant shows like Mickey and the Magician.  Please do take the time to have a look around this site, and just get in touch through social media if you have any questions or think I missed anything. Make sure you like our Facebook page opposite too.  Right we are off to get back on track with more arts and crafts starting with a Moana themed month!