Recently we went to Disneyland Paris without kids! Yes, it can be done. We’ve visited Orlando a number of times and been to all the Disney parks there and always had a wonderful time, so we were unsure how the French version of the Magic Kingdom would compare, but we really enjoyed Disneyland Paris. Here is our post about the top rides in Disneyland Paris for adults.
Disneyland Paris is a big park so firstly, wear comfy shoes, boring I know but essential! You can take a bag on all of the rides so you don’t have to worry about lockers. If you are on a tight budget you can also take snacks into the parks.
Get to the park for park opening if you can to beat the crowds, and pick up a map at the entrance to the park. Alternatively, download the Disneyland Paris app before you go. This will help you keep an eye on queue times. It has information on cafes and restaurants as well as a map and points to note like where the restrooms are.
If you stay in a Disney hotel you get ‘extra magic hours’ which is extended theme park hours for resort guests, so make use of these if you can as the park will be quieter before everyone else enters.
Use your fast passes and the single rider queues to cut down on wait time. Rides that have either FP or SR will be shown on the park map. To get a fast pass, go to the machine at the entrance to the ride then scan your entrance ticket, you will get a fast pass to return at a set time in the future. The single rider lines allow you to bypass some of the queues and ride quicker. You are only split up at the very end of the queue just before you ride. Occasionally you even get to go on the same ride, like we did when we did single ride on Ratatouille at Walt Disney Studios Paris.
When entering the park, we headed to Big Thunder Mountain first. This ride is away from the entrance so the queues won’t be that long at park opening.
Phantom Manor and Big Thunder Mountain are close together so it makes sense to do them one after the other. Take a shortcut when you enter the park by going to the left arcade on the side of Main Street, walk through and then take a sharp left. This gets you to Big Thunder Mountain and Phantom Manor avoiding some of the crowds. I would recommend you either ride now or put your ticket into the Fast Pass Machine to get a return time for later.
Big Thunder Mountain
This family-friendly ride is a coaster but suitable for most kids. A runaway mine cart takes you up and down, like a runaway train through a dark tunnel and into the light. There is a height restriction if you are taking kids.
We say: It’s a fun rollercoaster for all the family, with some thrills. Our Rating 8/10
Phantom Manor is Disneyland’s version of Haunted Mansion. We were welcomed into Phantom Manor by a man dressed up as a spooky doorman, resplendent in a top hat and cape. As you go into manor you the door closes and then the room seems to stretch up amazingly. After that, you get onto a car and this takes you into the manor where you see ghosts, graveyard scenes and ghouls.
We say: It sounds scarier than it is, as it’s actually a fun ride, but small kids may find it scary. Our Rating 6/10
The revamped Space Mountain is now called Hyperspace Mountain since it had been reimagined for Disneyland Paris’ 25th anniversary. This dark rollercoaster is a top ticket ride, you will go upside down but you feel secure with the over the neck harness. It’s scary, it’s rough and it’s brilliant. You get launched at speed into the ride with Star Wars music playing. Top tip, if the queue is long, take a single rider line. They will split you up right at the very end.
We say: This is a top attraction, we loved it although we felt it could have had more Star Wars theming on the ride itself. Our Rating 9/10
Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Peril
This rollercoaster with a tight 360-degree loop is not as scary as it first looked but it is certainly good fun. It’s rough though and a short ride, about two minutes. You are harnessed in over your shoulders so you are secure.
We say: Definitely, do it but consider a Fast Pass if the queue is long. Our Rating 7/10
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
This fun shooting ride is similar to Toy Story Mania at Walt Disney World. You need to stop Evil Emperor Zurg stealing batteries from helpless toys. As a junior space ranger, you need to manoeuvre the space cruiser and fire ‘lasers’ to stop Zurg and score points.
We say: Mr W says he had a faulty gun. I say it’s a great ride to blast the other half out of the water, just be aware it could cause arguments. Our Rating 7/10
So these are our top 5 rides at Disneyland Paris for adults. Yes, there are other cool rides such as Pirates Of The Carribean and Star Tours, but those above are our favourite.
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Have you been to Disneyland Paris? What are your favourite rides?