Kids love Disneyland Paris, there’s no 2 ways about it! What you will feel about it is another thing after hours of frantic fun, though a cartoon moment will still cadge a grin from most grown-ups, and you can shock yourself on a roller-coaster at every age.
At only 25km distance east of the French capital, it’s not difficult to visit in a day-trip from Paris, and since the opening of Space Mountain and the Rock ‘n ‘ roller-coaster, Disneyland Paris has a range of good fear-and-thrill rides. There are a far wider assortment of things to do than at a funfair or standard theme park too, and lots of the sets are fantastically detailed.
The complex is split into 3 areas : Disneyland Park, the first Sorcery Dominion , with many of the gigantic rides ; Walt Disney Studios Park, a technology-based try to recreate the sector of cartoon film-making, together with a few rides ; and Disney Town and the hostels, where you can eat and sleep if you are driven to see both the other attractions. For all of the omnipresent Americana, occasional French elements do creep thru : science-fiction writer Jules Verne appears in two Discoveryland rides ; Sleeping Beauty’s Castle relies on an illustration in the medieval manuscript Les Trs Wealth Heures du Duc de Berry ; and there is a faintly distinct French slant to a couple of the cinema-themed attractions in Walt Disney Studios.
Otherwise, that is about it and the food across the resort is just about all Stateside fare. Having said that, the commentaries or scripts in the more melodramatic attractions are always in French, though there are often upsetting interpreted outlines shown on a caption board, and, in the most audience-focused attractions, you’ll always find an English-language head-set to don. The ideal time to go is on an off-season weekday ( Mon & Thurs are the best ), when you can probably get round each ride you would like, though queuing for and walking between rides can be purgatorial in wet or extremely cold weather conditions. At other times, longish waits for the popular rides are not unusual in the middle of the day, though the most well liked attractions use the “Fastpass” booking scheme. The intro to Disneyland Paris is the same as in Florida, LA and Tokyo.
Main Street USA is a legendary vision of a 1900s American town, and it leads up to Central Piazza , the center of the park. Clockwise from Main Street are Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland. The castle, immediately opposite Main Street across Central Square , belongs to Fantasyland. A steam train Railroad runs round the park with stations at every “land” and at the primary entrance.
We have listed a variety of the best and worst rides, with some cautions about suitability. Aside from some height limitations, Disney offers tiny tips about suitability, and indeed it’s incredibly hard to tell what one kid will find thrilling and another disturbing. For the youngest children, Fantasyland is likely to hold the most excitement.There aren’t any height limitations here, and rides are usually light.
Each one of the other 3 themed areas offers a landmark rollercoaster and a theme : Adventureland has the most ridiculous, jungly sets, Frontierland is set in natural habitats West, while Discoveryland emphasises technology and the space age.Though there are one or two green patches, there isn’t any grass to loll on, a design failing in a park designed for families.Possibilities for afternoon snoozes are limited, which shows by late afternoon in the general frayed tempers : leasing a pushchair for even an older kid could be a great idea.