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Disneyland Paris is top of many people’s list when they visit Paris. Located 40 km east of Paris, Disneyland Paris is well connected to the French capital by public transportation, so it is very easy to add the theme park to your Paris itinerary.
There are two parks at Disneyland Paris: Disneyland Park & Walt Disney Studios Park. Disneyland Park is the classic park with the Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, or Frozen whilst Walt Disney Studios Park has a more general moviemaking theme – but it’s still very Disney. This article is dedicated to Disneyland Park, where ideally you’d spend a full day.
If you are planning a visit to Disneyland Park, we can help with your to-do list. Here are the best Disneyland Paris rides for a wonderful one-day trip to Disneyland Park. Most of the rides are for all ages, and it is a fun way to spend a day out of Paris.
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Best Attractions in Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Park is divided into different areas: Main Street U.S.A, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland, and Discoverland. All the areas are fun to explore, and they come with fun Disneyland Paris rides, restaurants, and places to buy drinks or quick snacks.
~ Main Street U.S.A ~
This pretty steam-powered train takes kids and adults on a relaxing 20-min ride around Disneyland Park.
Apart from being a scenic ride, the Disneyland Railroad is also a handy way to get around the park. You can hop on or off at one of its four stations in Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Discoveryland. The main station is located in Main Street, U.S.A., right after the park’s main entrance, on your right.
~ Frontierland ~
Big Thunder Mountain
This fun, runaway mine train is a classic of Disneyland Paris that takes you around an old and haunted gold mine. Big Thunder Mountain is fast and wild, and although it cannot be considered a rollercoaster, big thrills are guaranteed.
Big Thunder Mountain is located in Frontierland, near other top Disneyland Paris rides like Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing or Phantom Manor. There’s a minimum height of 1.02 m for kids.
This old mansion off the beaten path is full of mystery. Learn the owner’s terrible story while exploring this haunted house, where ghosts and spirits greet your every turn.
This Disneyland Paris attraction is a totally different experience from the rollercoasters, perfect for a change of pace. The house comes with interesting details and special effects, and the surroundings are interesting to explore too. Phantom Manor is suitable for kids of all ages, but it might be scary for the little ones.
Phantom Manor is located in Frontierland, near other Disneyland Paris rides like Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing or Big Thunder Mountain.
Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing
This old paddle steamer takes you on a leisurely ride around the haunted gold mine and the Old West. This Disneyland Paris ride is perfect for when you need to slow down after too many thrills.
Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing is located in Frontierland, near other top rides in Disneyland Paris like Phantom Manor or Big Thunder Mountain. From the boat, there’s a beautiful perspective of the haunted manor.
~ Fantasyland ~
Peter Pan’s Flight
Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the kid’s favorite Disneyland Paris rides, but it is also an entertaining ride for adults. Swoosh through the sky in a magic galleon over starlit London before following Peter Pan to Never Land, where Indians, pirates, and beautiful mermaids await.
Peter Pan is located in Fantasyland, near other Disneyland Paris attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and the Adventureland gate. This Disneyland Paris ride is suitable for kids of all ages.
Alice’s Curious Labyrinth
Travel through this crazy labyrinth, with a surprise around every corner, to reach the Queen of Heart’s castle. From its towers, you will be rewarded with one of the best views of Disneyland Paris.
Alice’s Curious Labyrinth is located in Fantasyland, near fun Disneyland Paris rides like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.
Alice’s Curious Labyrinth is considered one of the best rides in Disneyland Paris for kids, but with 0 min waiting time, it is also great for adults who need a break from the long lines.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
Hop atop Dumbo, the circus elephant, as he discovers he can fly. Dumbo, the Flying Elephant, is one of the classic attractions in Disneyland Paris that takes kids to the skies for a magical ride.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant, is located in Fantasyland, near other fun Disneyland Paris attractions like the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups, Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, and Peter Pan’s Flight.
Les Voyages de Pinocchio
Step into a wooden car, and join Pinocchio and his friend Jiminy Cricket in his adventure to become a real boy. Visit the Stromboli show in which Pinocchio performs, and meet many of the animated film characters.
Les Voyages de Pinocchio is located in Fantasyland, near other Disneyland Paris top rides like the Carrousel de Lancelot and the Disneyland Castle. It is one of the most popular Disneyland Paris rides, which always sees long lines.
It’s a Small World
One of the classic Disneyland Paris rides, It’s a Small World takes you on a world tour where dolls from all over the world sing and dance to the tune ‘It’s a Small World.’
It’s a Small World is located in Fantasyland, near the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups. It is a bit off the beaten path, and people usually visit It’s a Small World on the way to Discoveryland.
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~ Adventureland ~
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
In this Disneyland Paris ride, you will walk through an archaeological expedition that is strangely abandoned (don’t miss all the details) to the Temple of Peril, where you will board a crazy wagon that will race you through some mysterious ruins in the jungle.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril is one of the best attractions in Disneyland Paris, the not-to-miss rollercoaster. It is located in Adventureland, near other Disneyland Paris attractions like Adventure Island. There’s a minimum height requested of 1.40 m for this ride.
Explore this mysterious island through the fog and surrounded by strange noises, and see if you can uncover the Skull Rock’s secrets.
Adventure Isle is located in Adventureland, near the Pirate Galleon and it is one of the few Disneyland Paris attractions that never sees lines.
Pirates of the Caribbean
This is one of the most loved Disneyland Paris rides, and it consists of a gentle indoor cruise through different scenes inspired in the famous films. There are many elaborate details and quirky characters to notice along the way, Captain Jack Sparrow included.
Pirates of the Caribbean is located on one of the sides of Adventureland, and people usually go on this ride after exploring the Adventure Isle.
~ Discoveryland ~
Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
Welcome on board for an adventurous space trip where you will fight against the evil Empire.
On this thrilling indoor ride, one of the best Disneyland Paris rides, you fly in the dark through the galaxy at high speeds with plenty of twists and turns.
I love this Disneyland Paris ride, but I always end up a bit sick, and I am not sure it does any good to my neck.
Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain is located in Discoveryland, near other top Disneyland Paris rides like the Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and Autopia. There’s a minimum height requested of 1.20 m for this ride.
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Star Tours takes you to the Star Wars galaxy for a memorable ride. This popular Disneyland Paris attraction is a flight motion simulator journey through space with 3D effects. With over 60 mission combinations, almost every ride on Star Tours is unique.
Because it is always different, this is the kind of Disneyland Paris ride that I like to repeat.
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is located in Discoveryland, near the Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain and Autopia. There’s a minimum height requested of 1.02 m for this ride.
Jump in the driving seat of a futuristic car and drive around a picturesque route. The Autopia cars are designed for small drivers who are at least 132 cm tall, but the most little ones (min 81 cm tall) are also allowed to drive as long as they are accompanied by someone at least 132 cm tall.
Autopia is located in Discoveryland, near other Disneyland Paris top rides like the Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.