Hey lovelies! If you follow me on Twitter or you read this blog regularly you’ll know that last month I went to Disneyland Paris for the Christmas season so me and Lize from Lize in Disneyland thought that for this month’s collab we’d share our favourite rides from across both parks with you!
1. Big Thunder Mountain
My absolute favourite ride in Disneyland Paris is Big Thunder Mountain, I only found out this trip because when we went in 2016 for my 21st birthday Big Thunder was shut due to refurbishment but we sure made up for it this trip!
So many people talk about how much they love Big Thunder so I was worried I’d be disappointed if it didn’t live up to the hype but honestly after the first time I rode it I totally understood why everyone loves it so much! We must have rode it at least 7 times during our trip.
Big Thunder is basically like a ‘runaway mine train’ type ride but it’s absolutely amazing! This ride is perfect for all the family because there are no huge drops or inversions (being turned upside down). The ride is super fun and quite long, you’re probably on there for almost three minutes which is why people don’t usually mind a long wait time.
If you want to ride Big Thunder and you’re staying in a Disney hotel I would recommend getting a Fastpass because the queues can be over two hours long sometimes!
2. Crush’s Coaster
Crush’s Coaster is a ‘Finding Nemo’ themed ride in Walt Disney Studios Park, this used to be my favourite ride in Disneyland Paris before Big Thunder took over but it definitely comes a close second!
As far as I’m aware, Disneyland Paris is the only Disney park to have a ‘Crush’s Coaster’ ride and it’s very popular so the queues are often between 90 minutes to 2 hours long even on quieter park days! There’s no Fastpass for this ride but luckily it is open in Extra Magic Hours so again if you’re staying in a Disney hotel and want to ride this, use your EMH wisely, get there as soon as the park opens and go straight to Crush!
On Crush’s Coaster you sit in a ‘turtle shell’ themed car and again it’s a great ride if you have older children because although there is a lot of spinning involved there are no inversions.
You travel through the ‘Great Barrier Reef’ even seeing shark ‘Bruce’ before the ride begins to speed up the track ready to send you through the ‘East Australian Current’. I love this ride so much it’s quite fast and the cars do spin a lot but it’s SO fun!
3. Hyperspace Mountain
I never in my life thought I’d be writing a ‘favourite rides’ post which included a roller coaster which goes upside down! Hyperspace Mountain which used to be ‘Space Mountain Mission 2’ has been re-themed recently to now be a ‘Star Wars’ ride.
I’ve always been terrified of roller coasters which go upside down only ever having rode one before, I’ve always refused to go on anything that goes upside down on previous Disney trips. However this trip I was really brave (I’m not going to go into detail here as I’m writing a full post about it) and I managed to ride Hyperspace Mountain, after nearly getting off before it started because I was so scared I absolutely loved it and we got a Fastpass to ride it again straight after!
Although Hyperspace Mountain does have inversions, the trains you sit in have bars which come over your shoulders and go across your lap so you can push them super tight and you feel so safe in there. I also didn’t think you could feel the inversions much and it’s a really cool ride so even if you’re scared I’d definitely recommend trying it!
4. Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
I’ll be honest I’m absolutely rubbish at Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast but it doesn’t stop me from enjoying the ride! In this ride you sit in cars which have a joystick so that you can spin your car around to be able to reach more of the targets and you have guns which you have to shoot at targets to receive points.
My score is always really low when we come off this and Ash always has at least double what I’ve scored if not more but it’s still really fun and a great ride for the whole family! Here in the UK I doubt you’d be able to take small babies on rides like this even with them sitting on your lap but I’ve seen people do this in Disneyland!
The queue for Buzz does move pretty quickly but if you want to avoid the queues it is open in Extra Magic Hours and also tends to be fairly quiet when the parade is on or just finishing. You can also get a Fastpass for Buzz but we never bother as we’d rather use them for rides with longer wait times which aren’t open in EMH like Big Thunder.
5. Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop
I was torn between a few rides to put as my number five so notable mentions are: Peter Pan’s Flight, Pirates of the Caribbean and Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups!
Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop is another ride in Walt Disney Studios Park and obviously it’s in the Toy Story Playland part of the park. I’ve always been terrified of heights so this is another ride that I didn’t think I’d enjoy but after seeing small children on here (the height restriction is only 81cm) I thought ‘if they can do it I’m sure I can’.
The first time I rode this on my 2018 trip I was really scared but once we were on there and I realised it wasn’t actually that high I began to relax and enjoy the ride. Depending on where you’re sitting in the parachutes you get some great views over the park, it’s definitely worth being up there to see!
We rode it twice as there was literally no wait time on it and the second time we were sitting in a parachute where we could see the Castle in Disneyland Park it was so beautiful!
So there you have it, my top five rides in Disneyland Paris! Make sure you go and check out Lize’s post to see her favourites as I think she’s got a lot of different ones to me!
Let me know what your favourite ride is if you’ve ever been to Disneyland Paris or which one you’d like to ride most!