I went to Disneyland Paris with my scout group and had a great time. The rides and attractions were brilliant but here’s the thing: if you want a happy family experience where you meet Mickey Mouse, go to Florida. If you want exciting rides and to get wet go to EuroDisney. Apart from a building where you could meet the most famous Disney character, and the parade, there weren’t many things to do with the characters at all, but I still loved it. These are the highlights of my day there:
1. Big Thunder Mountain ( 6+)
If you decide to go on this ride, and you definitely should, go to it early on in the day as the queues can be very long. Big Thunder Mountain was the first ride we went on and the queue was two hours long. Later in the day it became six hours.
This ride is a roller coaster, not too scary and not too calm. The ride was around four minutes long which I thought was brilliant as most rides usually last one minute at the most. There were plenty of small drops, tense moments and some of the ride was in complete darkness. One of the things I thought was cool about this ride was that the main thing that caught your eye in this section of the park was a massive mountain. In the ride your train went all around the mountain and right at the top there were a few seconds when you could see the whole park before you plummeted down. It was the best ride of the day and I would give it 5 stars.
2. The Pirates of The Caribbean Ride (5+)
This ride was an extremely fun one. It took you through the world of pirates and how they find treasure. There were moving models and sound effects but there was a downside… At the beginning there were loads of signs saying you will get very wet, yet I got about a drop of water on me and I was sitting at the front. Apart from that it was a great ride and I would give it three and a half stars.
3. Star Tours (4+ but the youngsters may not understand it very well)
Stars Tours was a fantastic simulation that made you feel like you were actually inside a space ship from the Star Wars films. There were bumps and wobbles, the space craft travelled through the air and the special effects were brilliant. All the talking from the Star Wars characters was in French so I didn’t really understand what was going on but the feel of the ride was great and it was the adults’ favourite. 4 stars.
4. Alice’s Labyrinth (all ages)
Alice’s Labyrinth was really fun for both the kids and adults. It was a very tricky maze, yet at some times there was only one route to take. There was the castle of the Queen Of Hearts in the middle of the maze. Me and my partner managed to get out of the labyrinth twice but both times we failed to find the castle, even when accompanied by a leader. The maze had twists and turns as well as things like a mini door. Also there were signs from the Cheshire Cat, some useful and some not. At the end you got to sit down with the the character’s things, like wearing the Mad Hatter’s Hat. 4 Stars.
5. The Haunted House (5+)
The haunted house was half ride, half walking around. It was creepy but not really scary. One of my favourite bits was at the beginning, when on the walls there were four happy paintings, including a woman picking roses, a couple having a picnic and a woman canoeing on a river. But then the paintings were extended and you could see the woman was picking roses on a graveyard, the couple having a picnic were surrounded by zombies and the woman canoeing was about to fall down a water fall. Another thing I liked was that near the end you looked in a mirror and you could see a monster on top of your car. I would have liked more things to have popped out as all the things were just there for you to look at. 3 Stars.
6. The Parade (all ages)
The parade was brilliant and was one of the only things that made me think of the happy side of Disney. It made me feel like I was four years old again. The floats were fantastic and the costumes were brilliant. There were dancers on roller skates and characters walking, as well as them being on the floats. At one point the Evil Queen from Snow White came up to us, looked at our scouting uniform and gave us the scout salute. 5 stars.
Some of the things we didn’t do were:
- The Snow White and the Seven Dwarves roller coaster which was said to be really good
- Indiana Jones and The Temple Of Doom. You need to be 1.4 M to go on this so we couldn’t go on. It had loops, pinwheels and big drops in it so definitely for the older ones.
- Space Mountain which was closed for repairs but looked and sounded amazing.
There was so much more to do like boat rides, a shooting range and even a visit to Robinson Crusoe’s tree house. It’s a small world, Peter Pan’s flight and loads more. It was a fantastic day and you should definitely go.
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