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The Special Rides of Disneyland Paris

An aficionado on the coolest coasters, unseen in the US

By Trishna Buch September 10, 2015

I have visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Ville, France. In both cases, I was there for the rides. I remember the moment we drove up to the entrance of Disneyland Paris—I thought it would be just like the attraction in Orlando. As I explored the park, though, I realized the two had some major differences. Yes, Disneyland Paris features well-known rides such as Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast and Pirates of the Caribbean, but there are also a number of rollercoasters to choose from that haven't reached the grounds of Walt Disney World.

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First up, Crush's Coaster. Named after the lovable sea turtle from Finding Nemo, this ride takes guests on a whimsical journey through moments from the lovable movie. While it begins at a slow and comfortable pace, don't get too comfortable, because you’ll soon be met by one of the movie’s villains—namely, our favorite shark Bruce. That’s when the ride suddenly turns into a thrilling adventure, as you are introduced to sharp turns, steep dives and—at one point—backward propelling. But don't worry, it doesn't last long. This is a ride for all ages. Whether you are 3 or 83, you’ll find yourself thrilled from the first moment to the last.

Next we have Ratatouille: The Adventure, which lets riders of all ages dive into the world of Ratatouille, everyone’s favorite rat chef. Riders begin their journey "looking for Chef Gasteau's famous cuisine." The ride isn’t smooth sailing, however, as your trip will be jeopardized by various kitchen tools. Be sure to stop by Place de Remy—located in the park's new Parisian quarter—to enjoy a delicious meal at the Bistrot Chez Remy.

There's also the all-ages Toy Story Playland, which features multiple rides. Each is fun and allows visitors to interact with characters from the beloved movie. At the Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop, riders are recruited by little green soldiers and must be trained, so get ready to experience an exhilarating 82-foot drop above "an army base full of lookout towers." After you touch down safely, make your way to Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin, where you can pretend to be Woody and Buzz and ride on the back of Slinky Dog around a dog bowl. After that, be sure to take a ride on Andy's RC Racer. With a remote-controlled car as the vehicle, riders experience all the joys of a thrilling rollercoaster, including steep drops, sharp turns and—of course—speed.

On your way out, stop by Andy's Away and the Toys are Ready to Play, a playground that will have you feeling as small as Andy's toys, when you notice the giant grass blades and rock-sized pebbles surrounding you. One more thing. Toy Story Playland is coming soon to Walt Disney World! That's right, this is a ride we can soon knock off this list. Look out for it at Disney's Hollywood Studios very soon.

If you love trying new rollercoasters, Disneyland Paris is the place for you. Plus, you’ll get to see Paris at the same time, so win-win, right?

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