4 Types Of Attractions At Disneyland Paris

At Disneyland Paris, attractions are one of the great points of interest for visitors. After all, there’s no shortage of types and themes for all tastes, including carousels, roller coasters, simulators, dark rides, haunted houses, elevators, etc. – on board cars, trains, boats, and even rockets!

If you’re planning and preparing for your visit to the resort, you’ll likely want to know how to buy tickets to Disneyland Paris at the best prices or how to get to Disneyland Paris by public transportation. But if you’re already in the French capital (or even at Disneyland Paris), keep reading! Attractions are the essence of any theme park and Disneyland Paris offers you dozens of options!

So, do you want to know more about the 4 Types Of Attractions At Disneyland Paris? Keep reading!

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Types of Attractions at Disneyland Paris
Types of Attractions at Disneyland Paris

Main Types of Attractions at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris consists of two theme parks: Disneyland Park (in French, Parc Disneyland) and Walt Disney Studios Park (in French, Parc Walt Disney Studios). The first of the two to be built was Disneyland Park, which opened on April 12th, 1992. As for Walt Disney Studios Park, it opened ten years later, on March 16th, 2002.

In a nutshell, Disneyland Park is the main park of the resort and is part of the universe of fairy tales and classic Walt Disney characters. In all, it consists of 40 attractions divided into five thematic areas:

  • Adventureland
  • Discoveryland
  • Fantasyland
  • Frontierland
  • Main Street, U.S.A.

On the other hand, Walt Disney Studios Park is the secondary park, more focused on the world of cinema and the backstage of major film productions. It has only 11 attractions, spread across four distinct zones:

  • Back Lot
  • Front Lot
  • Production Courtyard
  • Toon Studio (including Toy Story Playland)

Currently, Disneyland Paris attractions are classified by interest into four main categories, which can be found either on the official website or paper/digital maps of the two theme parks:

  1. “Big Thrills”
  2. “Family Adventure”
  3. “Fun For Little Ones”
  4. “No To Be Missed”

1. “Big Thrills”

I think everyone knows that Disneyland Paris is not exactly known in Europe and the world as an extreme amusement park. However, it’s curious that the seven attractions belonging to the “Big Thrills” type are also the most popular among visitors!

Four of these attractions are roller coasters, also identified in the “Not To Be Missed” category. Primarily recommended for adults, they are subject to minimum height limits and strong safety devices. Therefore, you can find four “Big Thrills” in Disneyland Park and the remaining three in Walt Disney Studios Park.

Disneyland Park

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

Walt Disney Studios Park

2. “Family Adventure”

According to official resort maps, the two Disneyland Paris theme parks include almost two dozen attractions titled “Family Adventure” – more precisely, sixteen in Disneyland Park and three in Walt Disney Studios Park.

Just like the first of the four types of attractions on this list (“Big Thrills”), eight of these activities coexist in the “Not To Be Missed” category. Still, they’re mostly attractions for all ages, perfect for families and groups on school trips, and with no minimum height limit.

Disneyland Park

Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing

Walt Disney Studios Park

*These attractions are called walk-throughs, that is, they are covered on foot and not in vehicles like “normal” attractions. This means that you can explore them at your own pace, contemplating all the hidden details!

3. “Fun For Little Ones”

Did you know that one of the types of attractions at Disneyland Paris is exclusively dedicated to the little ones? So whether you’re traveling with babies, toddlers, or preschoolers, you can choose from twenty-one “Fun For Little Ones” attractions – seventeen of them at Disneyland Park and four at Walt Disney Studios Park.

All these attractions are very interactive and relaxed, thinking of the massive audience of children who attend Disneyland Paris every day. In addition, four of these rides are also considered “Not To Be Missed”, so take notes!

Disneyland Park

Le Pays des Contes de Fées

Walt Disney Studios Park

Les Tapis Volants – Flying Carpets Over Agrabah

4. “Not To Be Missed”

On every trip you take, there’re always places, activities, monuments, and attractions considered unmissable – whether it’s in a country, city, or at Disneyland Paris itself. And with so many incredible attractions at your disposal at this French resort, I believe it’s difficult to choose the best ones. That’s why I wrote a blog post called the “10 Must-Do Attractions In Disneyland Paris”, to help you decide!

As you can see by the types of attractions above, these twenty “Not To Be Missed” attractions were already categorized as “Big Thrills”, “Family Adventure” or “Fun For Little Ones”:

Disneyland Park

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril

Walt Disney Studios Park

Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin

Other Types of Attractions Disneyland Paris

“Meet Disney Characters”

Finally, there’s a type of attraction that’s very characteristic of Disneyland Paris and doesn’t involve traveling in vehicles, winding routes, or large journeys: the Disney characters’ meet and greets (nicknamed on the official website “Meet Disney Characters”).

“Meet Disney Characters” isn’t part of the main types of attractions at Disneyland Paris, as the vast majority of these encounters are variable, seasonal, and subject to change (notably because of weather conditions). Despite that, Disneyland Park has three fixed locations, where you can find some of the most beloved protagonists of the theme parks daily:

Meet Mickey Mouse

On a completely “out of the box” note, there’s a spot at Parc Disneyland where you can get an old-fashioned shave or haircut (at an additional cost)! It doesn’t belong to the types of attractions I mentioned in this list (it’s not even an attraction), but you should visit it!

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