When you think of Paris, you probably think of Notre Dame, Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. One place that is often overlooked is Disneyland Paris.
Previously known as EuroDisney, this park has really gone through a lot of changes in the past 10 years.
While it has similarities to both Disneyland (California) and Disney World (Florida), there are some unique Disneyland Paris attractions and rides that make it special.
And for the rides that are similar, Disneyland Paris really goes a step further in making them a more enjoyable experience.
List of the BEST Disneyland Paris Attractions & Rides
The Voyage of Pinocchio
This ride takes you through the story of Pinocchio. You will see how he was created, his time in Stromboli’s Marionette show and the moment Pinocchio transforms into a real boy.
While this ride is in French, if you are familiar at all with the story of Pinocchio, you will understand enough.
Pirate Galleon & Beach
You can travel through dark caverns to Skull Rock. There are two pirate playgrounds loaded with rope ladders, slides and even a plank.
Disneyland Paris really makes you feel as though you have stepped into the story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook. Kids will love being able to explore and burn off some energy.
Big Thunder Mountain
This is just like the ride at Walt Disney World but BETTER! Climb into the mine cart and you will go on a roller coaster ride through the mines.
I have to say that this is one of the best rides in Disneyland Paris. What I love about Thunder Mountain in Disneyland Paris is that once you think it is over, it just keeps going!
Alice’s Curious Labyrinth
Fans of Alice in Wonderland will enjoy this take of the Queen of Hearts maze. As you go through the maze, you never know who or what you may see.
When you get to the end, you can climb a mini castle for a great view of the the Disneyland Paris park.
Little Circus Train
Take a trip on the Little Circus Train from Dumbo to get up close to the Beast’s Castle from Beauty & the Beast. This ride is the only way you can see this small scale model of the castle.
Disneyland Paris Parade
Of all the Disneyland Paris attractions, the afternoon parade is one of my favorites. The floats are unique and tie together the character with their story brilliantly.
Read more about the Disneyland Paris Parade
Pirates of the Caribbean
The Pirates of the Caribbean ride is in French, has a lot of the same great scenes (minus the Jack Sparrow) as you will see in Walt Disney World & Disneyland. The main difference is that this Disneyland Paris ride is MUCH longer.
It’s a Small World
No matter which Disney park you go to, It’s a Small World is a must see attraction.
What I found different than the ride in Disney World is that the Disneyland Paris version features popular Disney characters intermixed with other puppets.
You’ll find Aladdin, the Little Mermaid & More.The French also definitely have their own perspective on what it means to be an American, as the dolls above from the United States show.
Be sure to stop by the front of It’s a Small World on the hour so that you can see their cuckoo clock.
Disney’s Storybook Land
Voyage on a little boat where you will see homes and villages from classic Disney movies in miniature form. What you’ll see:
- The Dwarfs’ mine and house from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- The gingerbread house from Babes in the Woods
- Rapunzel’s high tower with a braid hanging out of the window, from Tangled
- Prince Eric’s seaside castle from The Little Mermaid
- The Greek temple and Mount Olympus from Fantasia
- Snow-covered landscapes from Peter and the Wolf
- The ‘Night on Bald Mountain’ scene from Fantasia
- The Cave of Wonders from Aladdin, which swallows the boats
- A scene from The Sword in the Stone
- Belle’s village and the Beast’s castle from Beauty and the Beast
- The Emerald City and the Witch’s Castle from The Wizard of Oz and Return to Oz
This is the sister home to the Haunted Mansion found in Disney World and Disneyland.
While some things are similar, the backstory of the ride is totally different.
Read it here:
Henry Ravenswood was a Western settler who struck gold in Thunder Mesa. With his riches he built a grand mansion on a hill where he and his family lived happily for many years. That was until Henry’s beautiful daughter became engaged to a miner who planned to take her away. Henry viciously disapproved of this and vowed to scupper any chance of them being wed. But then a mysterious force, some say a curse, struck Thunder Mesa in the form of an earthquake, killing both Henry and his wife.
Shortly after the earthquake, Henry’s daughter was due to be married. Yet, her husband-to-be never showed, leaving her sat alone in the ballroom of the manor. Hours, days, months, years passed. She never took off her wedding dress or dropped her bouquet, but instead wandered the house aimlessly, singing lost songs of love, hoping her fiancé would arrive – all whilst an evil phantom stalked her every move, mocking her devotion.
If you have one day to spend in Disneyland Paris, be sure to hit the items on this list. You won’t be disappointed in the Disneyland Paris attractions and rides!
While there are lines (the FastPass system is a joke) they aren’t terrible. You should be able to everything you want to do if you plan your day carefully.
Have you been to Disneyland Paris? What is your favorite part of this park?