Disneyland Paris has a lot going on. Europe’s most magical theme park is also known for its excellent food (this is France after all), wildly entertaining shows and magical adjoining hotels.
However, we know that the main reason it is the most popular attraction in Europe, is the rides. Nowhere else on this side of the Atlantic has the thrilling rollercoasters and adventure rides that Disneyland Paris has.
We have our favourites too. Here are our most thrilling, classic and scary rides in Disneyland Paris.
The big one: Big Thunder Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain is a big thrill for big kids. The trains reach speeds of 50km/h along the 1500 metre track, winding through tunnels, between mountain peaks and even dipping into the river! The setting is visually impressive, as the mountain range sits on an island surrounded by rivers bobbing with boats. Try sit near the back for the biggest thrills, and watch out for bats!
The out-of-this-world one: Space Mountain: Mission 2
The polygon of Space Mountain rises high above the park’s skyline; it’s an unmissable sight. In fact it was an unmissable ride when it opened in 1995 with many state-of-the-art features on the rollercoaster, including three inversions (going upside-down), and the dramatically-angled canon launch. In April 2005, it was re-launched as Mission 2 with a longer launch and more effects. You’ll enjoy the music: with the surround sound built up by over 150 speakers on each train.
The scary one: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Disneyland Paris is made up of two parks; Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.Bboth of which have their share of thrills and spills. The Hollywood Tower hotel looms high over Walt Disney Studios, the pastel-pink showing its Florida roots, but the scorch marks showing that all is not well in this tower!
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror was an instant classic when it opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida, and came to Paris in 2007 with much anticipation. From the sullen bellhops in their maroon jackets, to ghostly mirror shadows and decades of cobwebs, this ride casts a brilliantly spooky atmosphere before the elevator plunges the 55 metre drop.
The famous one: Pirates of the Caribbean
When it opened in California in 1967, the last attraction to be supervised by Walt Disney himself, who could have known that the ride would go on to inspire a blockbuster movie trilogy, spin-off novels and video games. Not to mention becoming a classic ride in its own right, in four theme parks around the world.
The ride is famous for its immersive combination of wonderful story-telling and audio-animatronic characters. Duelling sword-fighters, dancing skeletons and jolly music make this a truly world-class attraction. It ends with a splash too!
The adventurous ride: Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril
Opened in 1993, the thrilling spin around this ancient jungle temple has never gotten old. In fact it was the first Disney rollercoaster in the world to have an inversion: hold on as you come up to the temple as there is a loop inside!
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