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The best rides in Disneyland Paris, you don’t want to miss!

Did you know that Disneyland Paris has almost 50 rides and experiences, spread out over the two theme parks? This means almost 50 dark rides, rollercoasters, boat rides, and shows. Enough to keep you occupied for at least a day or two.

If you want to experience the Disneyland Paris rides to their fullest, these are the ones you should pick. These are the ones you should experience at least once, and these are the ones that should be on your to-do list.

Underneath you will find the top 10 best rides in Disneyland Paris, not in a particular order. Let’s start with the most popular one!

Crush’s Coaster

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Crush’s queue never goes under 30 minutes; this 10 minute wait was during a private event
(it was a walk-on, and I did it seven times in a row :)!)

Crush’s Coaster is an indoor coaster and dark ride. It’s located in the Walt Disney Studios Park, and it has been a fan favorite ever since its opening in 2007. Even more, than a decade later, this is still the most popular ride in Disneyland Paris.

And for a good reason!

This is a thrill ride and a family ride in one. In a turtle shell, you will be taken under the water to the world of Nemo and his friends. But when the sharks show up, fish are friends but what about humans…, it’s time to hurry and take a dive in the East Australian Current.

Here the ride gets bumpy and a little wild. Most people love this part, especially if you are a rollercoaster fan. If not, it can be a bit scary, but I bet you will leave this ride with the biggest smile, eager to experience it again!

Big Thunder Mountain

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Take a dip on Big Thunder Mountain

From Crush’s Coaster, we take a small jump to Disneyland Park. In Frontierland, you’ll find Big Thunder Mountain, another rollercoaster, and a must-do ride in Disneyland Paris.

This ride is inspired by the American Big Thunder Mountain rides, even though I think this is the best one. Especially the part in the dark. Yes, you will be going full speed through a pitch black tunnel. Prepare to scream!

If you are a rollercoaster fan, this is a ride for you. It’s exciting and beautiful at the same time. The higher parts of the ride give you a nice view of both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. And even without the views, it’s still a very scenic ride.

And if you don’t like rollercoasters, you should give this one a try-except when you have health conditions that could be worsened by riding Big Thunder Mountain. I will guarantee that you’ll love this ride as much as I do!

Phantom Manor

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Melanie—the bride—and her father in better times

Next door to Big Thunder Mountain, you’ll find the next must-do attraction on the list: Phantom Manor. This is the haunted house of Disneyland Paris.

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Don’t expect jump scares, vampires, or flying skeletons, in this haunted ride, you’ll mostly get an eerie feeling. In this ride, you will tour an abandoned mansion on a hill. This mansion belonged to the wealthiest family in town, the owner of the mines you visit while on Big Thunder Mountain.

However, the owner wasn’t such a nice guy. He wanted nothing but the best for his daughter, especially when it came to a husband. Every time the poor girl was preparing to get married, her fiancé would disappear. As a guest, you learn quickly that dad was involved and that he and his grief-stricken daughter still roam the hallways of the house, where you are one of the guests.

This ride resembles the Haunted Mansion rides you’ll find in the US Disney Parks, and still, it’s completely different. Definitely, a must-do, and no worries, it’s not that scary…or is it!?

Pirates of the Caribbean

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You can’t miss this sign marking the entrance of Pirates of the Caribbean

This is another ride modeled after a classic in another Disney theme park. And even though you might be familiar with the other Pirates of the Caribbean attractions, this one is still a must-do!

During this ride, you will sail back in time, a time when pirates plundered cities, burning them down to the ground. There will be some thrilling surprises along the way, and even though this is marked as a family ride, some scenes could be scary for little children.

One of the newest additions to the ride is Captain Jack Sparrow. Did you know that the films were based on the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions and not the other way around? So, it’s only recently that they’ve added characters from the famous movie to the rides, including Jack, Barbosa, Black Beard, and Davy Jones.

You should definitely ride this attraction if you are a fan of the movies, but even if you are not, this is a definite must-do, and it’s thrilling too!

Peter Pan’s Flight

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Yeah, an 80-minute wait happens quite often, so plan accordingly

The next Disneyland Paris attraction that should be on your must-do list is Peter Pan’s Flight. This one is fun for the entire family, even little kids!

One of the most magical moments is when during this ride, you will fly over London. See the cars driving from way up in the clouds. Then you take flight through the stars to Neverland.

When I was little, this was my favorite part, all those shining stars, it felt so magical, and it still does even now I’m in my thirties.

Peter Pan’s Flight is one of the most popular rides in Disneyland Park. Make sure you ride this one early in the day or late at night. Or buy Disney Premier Access for it.

It’s a Small World

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It’s a Small World represents most countries in the world, like my country, The Netherlands.

Like Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Pirates of the Caribbean, this is another classic and typical Disney theme park ride. You will find this one in many of the parks around the world.

The Disneyland Paris It’s a Small World is colorful and mainly located indoors. The outdoor area is covered so that you won’t get wet on rainy days.

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It’s a Small World is a boat ride for people of all ages. It shows how colorful our world is and that we are not that different from other humans worldwide. Furthermore, it may be a little stereotypical, but still a lot of fun. You will be on a hunt to find your own country during the entire ride.

One small warning, the song will be stuck in your head the entire day!

HyperSpace Mountain

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HyperSpace Mountain is by far the scariest thrill ride in Disneyland Paris. It’s a high-speed rollercoaster in the complete dark. There will be loud noises and a few inversions to get your adrenaline going.

If you are a thrillseeker this is the ride for you!

This rollercoaster is located in Discoveryland, part of Disneyland Park. Some height and medical restrictions exist, so check beforehand whether you can ride.

Oh, and why do they call it HyperSpace Mountain? Because the entire ride is set to a Star Wars soundtrack, you’ll even see and hear some ships go by and even battle each other.

Ratatouille: the Adventure

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We will go to Walt Disney Studios Park for the next ride. Ratatouille the adventure—the full name of the ride—is a fun attraction for the entire family.

You are shrunk to the size of a rat and will see the world through their eyes. As this ride is based on the Ratatouille movie, you will soon be an unwelcome guest in a fancy restaurant. Having to run from hot stoves, mops, and even traps.

As this is a 3D ride, you will feel part of the story. And kids will love the cute scenes with Remy and all his family and friends. A must-do for anyone visiting Disneyland Paris.

This ride opened recently in Epcot, in Walt Disney World. And this is the exact same ride, but the one in Disneyland Paris is the original one.

The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror

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If you like haunted houses and thrill rides, this is the one for you. The Hollywood Tower Hotel, the scene of this attraction, has been abandoned since a horrific accident with an elevator in 1939.

Somehow, as a visitor, you can take an elevator again in this haunted hotel. As soon as the doors close, you realize this was a bad idea. Then you will be taken on a wild ride to another dimension, where you will soon meet some people who disappeared during the accident.

The Tower of Terror ride can also be found in Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, but this one is more like the ride that used to be in DCA in Disneyland Anaheim. However, the ride tells three wholly new and different stories, that you can’t see anywhere else.

The one I find the scariest is the middle elevator, which has creatures in it; when it’s very dark, you will hear scary noises around you, giving you goosebumps. And the more you scream, the more creatures you will hear.

Not for the weak of heart, but still absolutely a must-do attraction in Disneyland Paris!


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For the final ride in the top 10 best rides in Disneyland Paris, we will be going back to Disneyland Park. Autopia is last, but most certainly not least.

This is one of the most fun ones for kids, as they can pilot a car around a track alone. As a kid, I felt like such an adult while riding this, and being on this ride is still one of my fondest memories.

If your stay is about making memories, this one should be on your list. Your kids will love it!

These were the ten best rides in Disneyland Paris and the ones you should ride on your next visit. Let me know which one was your favorite!

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