Travel | Disneyland Paris: My Top Five Rides

One thing that can perhaps be overwhelming on a trip to Disneyland Paris is the sheer quantity of rides and other attractions. So, I hope that this post can be of some help in providing a little information and recommendation for anyone heading to a Disney Park. We certainly didn't find the time to go on every ride in between shopping and going to see the shows and parades, thus this list isn't fully comprehensive. Nevertheless, these were simply wonderful rides that I highly recommend.

Le Pays des Contes de Fées
This was a gorgeous boat ride around a fairytale model village, with the boats all being named after different Disney characters. As the waiting time is usually only around 20 minutes, we went on it twice. Each time we went on, I sat on a different side of the boat, to get a wider range of photos and, even if you're not photographing, it's nice to get close-up views of both sides anyway. The ride's name translates to "The Land of Fairytales" and also includes references to non-Disney stories such as Hansel & Gretel, Peter & The Wolf and The Wizard of Oz.

Peter Pan's Flight
There are three "narrative rides" in Fantasyland: they detail the stories of Peter Pan, Pinocchio and Snow White. Peter Pan's Flight was by far my favourite, perhaps solely for the beautiful "flight" across London and through the night-sky. Whilst the other two rides have you in a carriage running along a floor railing, in Peter Pan's Flight you are in a pirate ship carried by an overhead railing - creating the feeling of flying through the ride. It's beautifully made and absolutely worth getting the FastPass for (more on FastPasses at the bottom of the post).

Buzz Lightyear's Laser Blast
Another one the FastPass is available for, and another one we just had to go on twice. You go in a two-person cart and have a laser blaster. The more accurately you shoot various targets, the better your score. I really liked that they maintained a narrative aspect in this ride too: you're a Star Command Fleet member teaming up with Buzz Lightyear and the aliens to defeat Emperor Zurg.

Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin
This is a very simple ride but as huge Toy Story fans, my mum and I were absolutely delighted by the whole thing. The inner queuing area was decorated in the style of a Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin board game, whilst the outer queuing area was decorated to look like it was made of Lincoln Logs. The ride itself was utterly adorable and of course we went on it twice.
Yes, I am 20 years old and yes, going around in circles in a giant Slinky was something I greatly enjoyed.

Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy
I had to save the best for last because this ride is absolutely wonderfully made. On the ride, you have 3D glasses and are "shrunken down to the size of a rat". I remember before I went on this wondering why there were always such massive queues and whether a 3D adventure would even be that good. "Shrunken down to the size of a rat? Yeah right!" I once scoffed. Well, dear readers, if I had a hat I would eat it. The various optical illusions and other effects perfectly created the feeling of being a rat following Remy through his various kitchen escapades and getting into all the scrapes he did. When I re-watched the film a few weeks later, it added so much more depth to it for me.
I highly recommend getting to the Walt Disney Studios Park first thing one morning and getting in the queue for the FastPass immediately - you won't regret it!*
*Unless you are prone to motion sickness. In which case you might.

What is a FastPass?
Whilst it sounds exclusive and expensive, FastPasses are actually free but can be quite limited. Out of the five rides in this post, Peter Pan's Flight, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast and the Ratatouille ride are all eligible for a FastPass - and the other ones that are are indicated on the park map and website. How a FastPass works is that you go to a machine outside the ride and put your ticket in it. It will then dispense another ticket which indicates a timeslot at which you can enter the shorter FastPass queue. Once all the FastPasses for the day are gone, they're gone. You can also only have one FastPass at a time so it's best to choose wisely (i.e. something that's always got a huge queue and that you really want to go on). I advise planning ahead and going to the FastPass machines as early as possible because in some cases, they disappear very quickly. For example, we arrived at the Ratatouille ride about 20 minutes after the park opened and got one of the last FastPasses, with the time slot of something like 16:30-17:00 (and just between you and me, the queues were really confusingly laid out so I accidentally cut the line).

If you made it to the end of the post then yay! Please accept an entirely imaginary Mickey Waffle as thanks.
What are your favourite Disney rides?

Paris out 💃 xxx