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The 10 best Disneyland Paris rides

With 54 Disneyland Paris rides to contend with, it can be tricky choosing which ones to actually line up for. Here are our top picks

By Huw Oliver |
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Perhaps you’ve got a 10-year-old who’s exclusively interested in heart-thumping rollercoasters, or maybe a four-year-old who doesn’t have quite that appetite for adrenaline yet. Feeling daunted by the prospect of ushering them around Disney? Our run-down of the best Disneyland Paris rides ranges from the frightful to the easy-going to the just plain magical – meaning pretty much every member of the family is catered to.

With queues and the frankly overwhelming choice – there are 54 rides overall – it’s evidently not possible to indulge in every single one. So if you need some help making those tough decisions, read on for our pick of 10 attractions you shouldn’t miss. Then book online here.

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Best Disneyland Paris rides

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Pirates of the Caribbean

Reopened after renovations in July 2014, join Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa, a new female hero and a band of buccaneers on the ever-popular ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ ride. Based on the Disney film franchise of the same name, this waterlog ride is full of thrills and spills and is constantly named one of the most exhilarating Disneyland Paris rides.

Where? Adventureland
Height restrictions? No

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Tower of Terror

Take the ultimate plunge in the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Creepy hotel, stormy night, broken service elevator – what could go wrong? Welcome to the creepiest Disneyland Paris ride, the Tower of Terror.

Where? Walt Disney Studios® Park, Production Courtyard
Height restrictions? 1.02m

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It’s a Small World

A boat tour that sails to the classic ‘It’s a small world’ anthem, this is a timeless Disneyland Paris attraction for kids of all ages. The 10-minute journey takes you on a tour of the magical water world, where you can spy the all-singing, all-dancing characters from your vessel.

Where? Fantasyland
Height restrictions? No

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Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

Kids will love helping Buzz save the world from little green men in the delightfully noisy Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. Practise your aim and rack up points for all the targets you hit. Beware – you’ll need to have your wits about you for this one!

Where? Discoveryland
Height restrictions? No

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Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain

The iconic Space Mountain has had a shiny Star Wars takeover. This new ride launches you into hyperspace with the Rebel Alliance, where you’ll be sent on a reconnaissance mission to spy on an Imperial Star Destroyer. As thrilling as ever...

Where? Discoveryland
Height restrictions? 1.20m

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Star Tours: The Adventures Continues

It’s an oldie among Disneyland Paris rides, but a goodie. Star Tours, based on none other than ‘Star Wars’, takes you on a stunning 3D voyage to a galaxy far, far away from Jakku and Hoth to Tatooine and even the dreaded Death Star. 

Where? Discoveryland
Height requirements? 1.02m

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Big Thunder Mountain

The wildest ride in the West, Big Thunder should be your go-to Disneyland Paris ride if you fancy some rollercoaster action. Hop on board the Big Thunder train as you venture into the Wild West, hurtling through a deserted mining town. 

Where? Frontierland
Height restrictions? 1.02m

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Alice’s Curious Labyrinth

Perfect for all the family, Alice’s Curious Labyrinth is a full-on playground of fantastical things from the wonder-inducing film. Dodge the Queen of Hearts, hunt the Chesire Cat, chase the white rabbit and more. A real-life Wonderland.

Where? Fantasyland
Height restrictions? No

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Ratatouille: The Adventure

A more recent addition to the park, Ratatouille is already one of the best loved Disneyland Paris rides. This 4D experience takes you through Gusteau’s kitchen, where you can discover all the sights and smells you’d expect in a typical Parisian restaurant. Bon appétit!

Where? Toon Studio
Height restrictions? No

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Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril

Explore the depths of the jungle with Indi, meandering your way past deadly snakes and spectacular temple ruins. This Temple of Peril is full of twists and turns – making it undoubtedly one of the most heart-thumping Disneyland Paris rides.

Where? Adventureland
Height restrictions? 1.40m

Young’uns getting restless?

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