Top 5 Rides At Disneyland Paris For Adults

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 Park Entrance

Top Tips

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.

Mickey Mouse

Here comes that mouse!

Our Strategy

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
Big Thunder Mountain

Love the expressions from the ride camera

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
Phantom Manor

Spooky Phantom Manor

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

Hyperspace Mountain
Hyperspace Mountain

Hyperspace Mountain – Star Wars Edition

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
Indiana Jones

Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril

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
Buzz Lightyear

“To Infinity and beyond!”

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.

and why Disneyland Paris should be your number one holiday destination this Summer

While you are here check out this ultimate guide to Disneyland Paris and why Disneyland Paris should be your number one holiday destination this Summer. We visited just after Christmas which is a great time to visit, for the Christmas decorations and parades, check out this post on what to see in Disneyland Paris at Christmas for some more inspiration.

Have you been to Disneyland Paris? What are your favourite rides?

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  • Sara
    January 20, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    As an adult I adore Disneyland! I haven’t yet made it to Disneyland Paris. So happy to see there is a Parisian version of my favourite Disney ride, the Haunted Mansion. Sounds so much more classier being called Phantom Manor, don’t you think?

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 23, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Yep, the Phantom Manor is a great name, although it’s very similar inside.

  • Jennifer
    January 20, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    I’ve never been to Disneyland Paris, and I live in France! Actually, I have been wanting to go mainly to eat at the Ratatouille restaurant there. But it’s good to know that there’s several rides that are good for adults. Maybe I’ll check it out one of these days.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 23, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      We didn’t get to eat there but have heard it’s good. Without kids you can often use the single rider queues to get on the rides a bit quicker.

  • Danila Caputo
    January 20, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    I’m planning a surprise trip for my sister with my mom too, before she gets married and I’m sure they’d love Disneyland Paris! It’s great to know we’ll be able to take a bag on all the rides, thank you for all the tips!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 23, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Yes, you could take on a bag on every ride we went on, surprisingly, even the ones going upside down.

  • Meg Jerrard
    January 20, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I love that you went to Disneyland without kids! I do the same 😀 And glad to see we’re on the same page re getting to the park early, and making sure you wear comfy shoes – I’ve seen some adults at Disney walking around in high heels – I don’t understand it!!! Isn’t Big Thunder Mountain the best! I haven’t been to the Paris park, but will hopefully have the chance to soon.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 23, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      Big Thunder Mountain was a fun ride, we thought we were going to miss it as it was down with a fault but luckily it was back up and running soon after.

  • Shweta
    January 22, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Never been to Disneyland ever! But we are going to SFo this June, and we have to make a trip to Disneyland Orlando, or my 6-year old would never forgive me. Fingers crossed!! I need to come up a strategy, perhaps stay in a hotel overnight there, so that we are able to beat crowds.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 23, 2018 at 2:54 pm

      Orlando can be very busy and it can take quite long to get into the parks, It will be a lot warmer in Orlando in June than Paris in January.

  • Lucy
    January 22, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    I went to Disneyland Paris around 18 years ago and loved it. We went in February, so it was not that busy as it was freezing cold! It is still fun to go without kids as you can go on the rides you would actually enjoy! I see you had a great time and I didn’t know if you stayed at Disney you could go into the park for extended hours, good to know.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 23, 2018 at 2:56 pm

      Yes, you can go on the rides you actually enjoy so I don’t know how we ended up going on ‘It’s a small world”!!! That tune keeps playing over and over,

  • Kate
    January 23, 2018 at 2:53 am

    I’ve never been to a Disneyland before but I would like to. We were tossing up between the Disneyland and Universal Studios in Japan but we’ve settled on Universal Studios because it has Harry Potter Land. A lot of the same tips about arriving early, planning your day, and getting express passes for rides are applicable for a lot of themeparks though so I appreciate them. Hyperspace Mountain looks like a great ride and I think it would be top of my list.

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 23, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      We’ve been to Harry Potter at Universal in Orlando and had a great time. Universal also has some great parks and we love the Halloween Horror Nights events they have.

  • Stevo Joslin
    January 23, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    I went to Disneyland a few times as a kid, good to get the insider info on the best way to get through the park. I had to reread the Indiana Jones sign a few times before it clicked. Those Buzz Lightyear guns are totally faulty, the same thing happened to me!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 23, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      Those faulty guns, I should have definitely been a “Galactic Hero”.

  • Rosemary
    January 23, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    How fun…leaving the kids behind for an adult only outing at Disney. Have not yet been and going to Disneyland is on my bucket list. I always feared that it would not be good enough for adults, but your post paints an entirely different story. I look forward to going at some point soon!

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 26, 2018 at 12:05 pm

      Going as a grown-up is good fun. You don’t have to be a responsible adult.

  • Elisa (World in Paris)
    January 23, 2018 at 10:25 pm

    Great post, you look like a pro of Disney Parks! I went to Euro Disney Paris twice but I only recognized in your post the Indiana Jones ride. This means that I need to go back again! Out of curiosity, is Euro Disney comparable to the US Disney Parks? Or is this another concept?

    • Mr and Mrs W
      January 26, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      It is a different concept, Walt Disney World has more parks and hotels, although the classic Magic Kingdom park is comparable. Orlando is a 2-week trip whereas Disneyland Paris is more like a 2 to 3-day break.