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Travel review: Disneyland Paris is still a major thrill at 25

By Paul Ferguson

The excitement, thrill and anticipation returned just seconds after going through the gates of Disneyland Paris.

It may have been over two decades since I was last at the famous park, but I found Disneyland Paris, this year celebrating a 25th anniversary, hasn’t lost it’s appeal, charm or draw to a variety of different ages.

Just a few steps onto Main Street, USA is enough to bring out the inner child.

Then it’s a case of deciding which roller coaster ride to try first and making sure to use the fast pass system wisely. Old favourites Indiana Jones and the Temple of Pearl along with Big Thunder Mountain, two high octane outdoor rides, remain extremely popular on the west side of Disneyland Park and they have been joined by a new Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

In Discoveryland, the old Space Mountain, a thrilling and explosive indoor roller coaster ride, is now called Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain but still does the same corkscrew turns.

Space Mountain was always the signature ride for me, but over in Walt Studios, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith may be even faster, more exciting and with more indoor loop to loops.

Next time I would actually start in Walt Disney Studios first, with most people heading to Disneyland Park in the morning, and this would allow you to avoid the long queues for RC Racer and Crush’s Coaster, which do not have FastPass access.

Then there is also the terrifying The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, basically an elevator drop, looking out over the Studios.

While Disney is primarily for children with the colourful parades, lifesize characters and incredible Sleeping Beauty Castle, adults, even without kids, are well catered for.

A direct train from Opera to Marne la Vallee takes just 45 minutes and is only €8. It leaves you two minutes away from the Disney gates — two minutes from a magical kingdom.

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