I really enjoyed putting together my last post all about planning a trip to Disneyland Paris, so I thought I would do another one, this time focusing on the rides I love the most. I will put a little disclaimer out to start with here, if you are a thrill-seeker when it comes to theme park rides, I would give this post a miss as I am a total wimp and just don’t do rollercoasters in general. If, however, like me you love the magic of Disney and don’t mind going on the ‘kids’ rides, I’m your girl!
Pirates of the Caribbean
My absolute favourite ride at Disney is Pirates of the Caribbean and has been for years, ever since I was a little girl. I went to Disneyland when I was pregnant with both Cameron and Carly and it was so frustrating not to be able to go on this ride, although obviously it wasn’t worth risking the health of the babies. I am so excited to be going back this December and I am crossing everything this ride is open when we are there or I may very well cry.
The ride does tend to have a long wait time, and I am a little anxious about queuing as my anxiety has been awful lately when I am unable to move much but the ride is worth the wait! There are a couple of small inclines on this one, with some splashes on the way back down. It is also fairly dark, not only on the ride itself, but also during the queue time, so it might be advisable to give it a miss if you are with young children (although mine have been on it and were ok).
It’s a Small World
Second favourite ride and it’s definitely one for the kids – It’s a Small World is one of those love ’em or hate ’em kind of rides and I know Ed is going to completely hate it. The song gets stuck in your head for days (we have an ice cream truck toy from Wilko which plays the tune and it is fairly annoying) but I just love how happy and cheerful this ride is. I also love the lazy river style boat ride around it, and the fact that there is so much to see as you follow it round.
Try and get the front of the boat for the best views and, although the queue time can be quite long at times, I find that it never feels like you are waiting around as much for this one as some others. The only thing I am worried about with this ride is taking Benjamin on as, at two years old, he doesn’t overly like sitting still and getting him to stay in a boat for the duration of the ride might be challenging!
Another ride I love to go on in the main Disney park is Phantom Manor. Although it took a lot of persuasion to get me to give this one a try when I came as a child, it has become a firm favourite for me and I usually go on it a few times during a visit. The atmosphere is suitably creepy, and I find that the ride itself is one of the best in terms of storyline and duration.
The children came on it last time we visited and they didn’t find it too bad, although I think Benjamin may have to give this one a miss as it is quite dark with loud noises which would startle him. I am, again, a little concerned about my anxiety with this one as it starts in a lift which can get quite cramped with the amount of people.
Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing
Just outside of Phantom Manor is the Riverboat Landing. I have only actually been on this a couple of times as we used to just completely miss it out when we visited before, but it is quite good if you prefer to take things a little slower. The boat ride takes you around Thunder Mountain in Frontierland and it is a nice one to do with the children.
I am a big fan of this sometimes overlooked little ride. As I mentioned, I am not a rollercoaster fan, but this mini one is just enough of a thrill to give me the exhilaration of going on a track without the fear of an actual proper ride. It is great for the kids too and, although the queue time can be a little off-putting, I would definitely recommend giving this one a go. The song is another one that will get in your head though, you’ve been warned…
Star Tours is one of the only rides I anticipate Ed and I enjoying together as he is much more into the thrill rides but he is also a big Star Wars fan. This is a great simulator ride, which really makes you feel like you are on the Starspeeder travelling through the Star Wars galaxy.
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
Another Discoveryland ride we like is the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. This child friendly attraction is one Carly and Cameron loved when we last visited. The pre-ride walk through is interesting and keeps you distracted from the queue (which can get quite long for this one) and the ride itself is great fun as you attempt to shoot all the targets on your way around onboard your space cruiser.
Studio Tram Tour : Behind the Magic
There aren’t many rides I like in the studios as they tend to be thrill ones (Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster) but I do love the studio tram tour. I think the reason I like the studios is the behind the scenes style of the park and this ride really brings this to life letting you into the secrets of the studios whilst also providing a little thrill here and there with the special effects section of the tour (be warned, you may get wet depending on where you sit for this)!
I am also excited to go on the Ratatouille ride in the studios this time too as it wasn’t there when we last visited, and the Crush’s Coaster is something we didn’t get round to going on either. The shops are fantastic in the studios as well. Writing this post has got me very excited for our trip in just a couple of months time!
What are your favourite Disneyland Paris rides? Do you have any suggestions?