PARIS-Whoever flies to France for vacations has one ultimate destination in mind — Disneyland.

Thousands visit the Disneyland Park every week and everybody has a new story to tell. Children are uncontrollable once they step into their dreamland. The visit to France is considered incomplete without a trip to Disneyland.

The Disneyland Park in France is similar to the Magic Kingdom in Florida or the original Disneyland in California.

Visitors will enjoy familiar attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blasters, Big Thunder Mountain, and Blanche-Neige et Les Sept Nains - Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

One can find plenty of Disney attractions similar to those in the US, there are unique finds in the Disneyland Park in Paris.  For instance, Alice’s Curious Labyrinth is a playful hedge maze filled with statues and animatronics perfect for snapping selfies to post to Instagram accounts.  Also, below the park’s particularly stunning castle lies la Tanière du Dragon (the Dragon’s Lair), a walk-through exhibit with an impressive animatronics dragon resident.

Disneyland Paris is a popular spot for a mini-break for many Europeans. As a result, the park has a cosmopolitan feel where one hears many languages spoken throughout the park.

Non-French speakers, though, may feel a sense of relief knowing that all Disney cast members speak fluent English.

Just outside the theme parks’ gates, Disney Village is a shopping and entertainment complex similar to Downtown Disney at the original Disneyland or Disney Springs at Walt Disney World.

Disney Village offers a selection of cafés and restaurants including chains such as Rainforest Café, Planet Hollywood and Starbucks, as well as Disney-owned dining options.

This area also boasts a number of entertainment options like Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show with Mickey and Friends, live music, a sports bar, a movie theater, and even a giant hot air balloon.

The festivities do not end at the Disneyland. The visitors can drive straight to Paris for a much-deserved dinner at Samsara, a Pakistani restaurant bound to satiate their hunger.

Located at 3 Rue Jourdain, you will find Samsara. Far from the touristic areas of Paris, the meals are from Pakistan, and the flavors have already seduced the twentieth arrondissement inhabitants.

The main dishes are pretty affordable - from seven Euros to 14 Euros. Plus, if it’s sunny you can enjoy your food while sitting in their big terraces. If one is in the mood for a picnic, the restaurant offers a takeaway option. Samsara owner Wajahat Ali Malik said that although the meals offered were mostly Pakistani, a majority of the customers were French.

“Pakistanis do come but most of the customers are French who have developed our taste. We offer quality food at reasonable rates,” he said. Malik said that he offered special discounts to Pakistani tourists to welcome them to Paris where he has been living for around 30 years. There is also a well-knitted Pakistani community in Paris who lives like a family.


People like Babar Moughal and Atiq Mirza are always ready to help the Pakistani visitors.