For some inexplicable reason, Disneyland Paris has yet to be added to every Disney fan’s bucket list. Many believe that it is just a cheap knockoff of Walt Disney World, but we are here to show you otherwise.
While it is true that there are a great number of rides within the main Disneyland Paris park that are similar, if not complete duplicates of their predecessor in the Magic Kingdom, there are handful of unique attractions to Disneyland Paris that any true fan is required to experience, at least once.
Even some of these unique rides sound familiar to those that have studied the park maps of each location, that is all they have in common; their name. The actual ride and experience couldn’t be more different. It is unfortunate they couldn’t have created an equally unique name for the attraction, but that is a discussion for another day. Here are our top 10 most unique attractions in Disneyland Paris
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1- Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant – Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Of all the Disney Castles, throughout all 6 properties, Disneyland Paris has the only castle that is not inspired by an existing castle. This is because France is already surrounded by so many beautiful medieval castles, Disney Imagineers didn’t want Sleeping Beauty’s castle to be compared to any of them
2- Le Taniere du Dragon – the Dragons Lair. Unlike any of the other Disney castle, Disneyland Paris has a dragon sleeping underneath their castle. While this isn’t a ride, it is a walk through pathway to get from Main Street USA to the other side of the castle, as an alternative to walking through the castle or around it via Discovery land.
3- Alice’s curious labyrinth. Within the attraction, there are several elements; The labyrinth itself, a maze of hedges around scenes and characters from the film Alice in Wonderland. The Tulgey Wood, this is where you will see the famous Caterpillar’s Mushroom Lair. At the end is the second half of the maze; Queen of Heart’s maze. This section is a little harder to navigate but it ends with the Queen’s Castle in the center – from the top of the castle, one can see all of Fantasy land. It is an amazing view.
4- Les Mysteres du Nautilus – The Mysteries of the Nautilus. It is a walkthrough attraction, available to all ages, however it is not stroller friendly. Did you know, a larger version of this walkthrough was originally designed, with more rooms and even an underwater restaurant? It was to be part of the never-built Discovery Mountain project, which was shelved when Disneyland Paris underwent financial troubles
5- Le Pays des Contes de Fees. Hop inside a colourful 15-person boat for a gentle cruise through the enchanting realm of Disney’s Storybook Land. The hand-crafted mini models use a scale of one inch to one foot and showcase many of your favorite Disney story’s, including the Wizard of Oz, Aladdin, and Snow White.
6- Casey Jr’s Circus Train. Casey Jr. Circus Train at Disneyland Paris is designed as a roller coaster for small children through Storybook Land. It runs over the set of our last unique attraction and has a birds eye view of the entire park.
7- Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. After queuing on the rooftops of Paris, guests board their “ratmobiles” and find themselves “shrunk” down to rat size on the roof of Gusteau’s restaurant, with Rémy and his imaginative Chef Gusteau trying to decide what meal they shall serve the riders.
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8- Slinky Dog Zigzag spin. Unlike the new attraction being built in Walt Disney World, Slinky Dog’s zigzag spin is made for little ones. It is one of the few roller coasters available for small children and they love it. The seats comfortably fit 4 people so the family doesn’t need to be separated, and the gentle turns allow for that a big-kid feeling, while still reassuring them they are safe. It is a terrific ride to experience while guests wait for the adults to finish with the next listed attraction.
9- Toy Story Parachute Drop. Just like the name suggests, guests are pulled up to the sky and dropped to the ground, only to be caught by their “parachute”. This one is high on many Disney to-do lists, just not mine.
10- Crush’s Coaster. The only Finding Nemo attraction at Disneyland Paris and one of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World Studios. There are twists and turns throughout the ride as you travel the East Australian Current on the back of a turtle shell.
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