5 Best Rides at Disneyland Paris
While Disneyland Paris may be smaller and not have quite as much to offer as other Disneyland Parks, the rides are
Maybe it’s the lack of personal injury lawsuits in France that allows these rides to be more intense. Who knows. Regardless of why, these rides are fantastic and must be experienced. Here’s a list of our top 5 must-ride attractions:
Pirates of the Caribbean
In our opinion, the design of the Parisian Pirates of the Caribbean and the queue are far superior to the Florida version. The narrow path leading to the queue makes you feel like you’re in the pirates’ world. Look for the two sword-fighters on the ride, they are unique to the Paris version.
Once aboard your vessel, the pirates’ world seems closer to the action - you feel like you can reach out and grab some treasure. But don’t. The Imagineers hand-placed and glued each piece of treasure to the set!
This enjoyable ride lasts a whopping 10 minutes and 30 seconds (that’s a full 2 minutes longer than its Orlando cousin.) The Parisian version features 2 water flume drops along each moonlit voyage.
Currently, Disneyland Paris’ Ratatouille is the first ride of its kind for Disney. Although it probably won’t hold this certification for very long. It’s a unique ride type blending multiple technologies such as 3D vision, trackless cars, and 4D sensory integration!
Again, theming of this ride is superb. We enjoyed the engaging queue that transports you to the rooftops of Remy’s neighborhood and brings you face to face with Chef Gusteau. Listen for the dogs barking! Once aboard your chubby rat tour guide, you seem to hover glide from room to room getting a first-hand look at what it’s like to be a rat. It’s not easy. As Gusteau himself said, “Great cooking is not for the faint of heart.”
Once you board your personal turtle shell you are transported to the EAC (East Australian Current) and then on to Sydney Harbour. Your friendly UBER-Turtle will travel up to speeds of 37.7 mph(60.67 kmph) and safely carry you down drops of up to 50 ft (15.5 m) all while spinning and turning through Nemo’s world. This 360-degree spinning coaster is one of our new favorite Disney rides. Its not too scary, not too boring. Even the grumpy teens cracked a smile on this ride.
The exterior theming of Crush’s Coaster left much to be desired - looking just like a big, painted warehouse. But once you start the queue toward the sea, the ambiance gets much better.
Big Thunder Mountain
The queue and theming of DLP’s Big Thunder Mountain is very similar to Walt Disney World in Florida. Actually there may be a few more stairs, but that’s just the European way. As you walk through the old mining structure, around every other corner you get a glimpse of the ruddy abandoned island surrounded by the Rivers of the West.
The ride itself is truly the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness! At speeds of over 50 kmph/30 mph, the train cars rumble under the river to transport their reluctant riders to the abandoned island. Collapsing tunnels, bats and explosions - oh my!
We enjoyed the Parisian version more than its Floridian cousin. Maybe it was the jet lag and sleep deprivation. Either way, you can’t go wrong with adding it to your plan.
Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
Hyperspace Mountain is located in Discoveryland of Disneyland Park. The exterior of this ride is truly breathtaking. Designed in a steam-punk style in the vision of Jules Vernes’ Nautilus. The interior has been reimagined to incorporate a trip to the outer galaxy to visit the Rebel troops.
The ride itself is an exhilarating inversion coaster with media screens and speakers dispersed throughout that bring the star fight to life. Canons launch your space cruiser into the outer rim and starts the 2 minute and 10 second journey through the galaxy.
Upon discussion, our group is split about 70/30 on this ride. It’s truly a coaster-lover’s dream, with fast speeds and intense loops. Our tween Space Mountain fans found the ride a little intense. But they also aren’t fans of WDW’s Rock-n-Roller Coaster, so that gives you a little perspective. The design and theming of this ride is, in our humble opinions, far superior to Orlando’s Space Mountain’s dated facade.
Disneyland Paris is not an adrenaline junkie’s dream. But scattered among Disney’s charming story lands are enough good rides to make Disneyland Paris enjoyable for families old and young.
And who knows, maybe even the teens might smile.