Heading to Disneyland with all the family takes some careful thought. While tots won’t be allowed on certain rides and may get fidgety waiting in line, your teens will probably be bored stiff by the rides their younger siblings will love. With a bit of forward planning, and a quick look at the different lands to explore
, however, you can keep everyone happy. Here we offer you the best choices in rides for kids of all ages.
Disneyland Paris for Tots
With Disney characters being mainstays in most children’s lives, the allure of Disneyland for young kids is obvious. However, with height restrictions in place and easily spooked toddlers it’s best to plan carefully in advance. To save you from traipsing between lands, our top tip is to head for Fantasyland where most of the toddler rides are found. Here are three of the best rides perfect for your younger kids:
It’s a Small World
You’ll have the ‘Small World’ song stuck in your head for the rest of the day, but this musical boat ride is a joy. You can find it in Fantasyland and with typically short queues that move quickly, it’s a good shout if your kids are getting restless waiting in line.
Dumbo, the Flying Elephant
Dumbo is a favourite for many children so you’ll find it has slightly longer queues. Bearing that in mind, it may be one to head to earlier in the day when the kids are less tired. It’s a spinner, but a gentle one
, that goes higher as it goes around, offering good views of the surrounding park.
Mad Hatters Tea Cups
Set in the UnBirthday scene
from Alice in Wonderland, the Teacups are a flat-ride, but can be individually spun as you go around. These are great fun, however if your child gets motion sickness, it would be wise to head before lunch (and spin them a little slower!).
Disneyland Paris for Teens
Whether they’re pretending they’re too cool for school, or they’re totally happy to mingle with life-sized Mickey and Minnie, chances are teens and older children will be looking for something a little more adventurous and thrilling than your toddlers can handle. Disney has them catered for too, whether they’re looking for something a bit eerie or just some exhilarating rollercoaster fun. These are our three choice picks:
Ratatouille: The Adventure
Combining storytelling with 3D effects, Ratatouille the ride
finally comes to Disneyland Paris after 5 years in the making. July 10th 2014 sees the long awaited opening of this dark ride which is sure to delight both adults and kids. Shrink down to the size of a rat and scramble over the rooftops of Paris at night while avoiding giant cooking implements!
And after all that hard work, what about a meal at Bistrot Chez Remy, the purpose built restaurant designed to transport you back to the magic of the movie? It’s an absolute treat for the entire family. Get there early to avoid disappointment!
Space Mountain: Mission 2
What would a trip to Disney be if you didn’t take in Space Mountain? Mission 2 is its new and improved sister. An enclosed rollercoaster with a steampunk theme, you’re launched into ‘space’ at 68km per hour with plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep you suitably thrilled. This is one that promises to get your adrenaline pumping.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Widely accepted as the best version of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride across all the Disneylands, this is a slightly bumpy boat ride that takes place mostly in the dark. The ride actually formed the basis for the movies, rather than the other way round, so it’s well worth a go.
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