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Best Things to Do on a School Trip to Disneyland Paris

9 May 2014

From the moment you step onto Main Street and the classic Disney music fills your ears, Disneyland is an enchanting place to take a school trip. But with so little time and so much stuff to see and do, it’s not easy to know where to start.

To help you make the most of your trip, we’ve compiled a list of 30 must-see attractions for school trips at Disneyland Paris.

1. Come face-to-face with all the favourite characters

This is a great way to keep classmates focused throughout the day. Why not see who can get the most autographs and set point-scoring challenges to make this into a compelling game.

2. Take a white-knuckle ride around Big Thunder Mountain

This runaway mine train takes you on a wild ride through rugged mountain ranges and rapid rivers – so make sure you hold on tight. Like any white-knuckle ride, this one’s always a hit with school groups, but you’ll need to have enough staff with you to wait with those who don’t fancy it – this can be a rocky ride.

3. Pay a spooky visit to Phantom Manor

Thrill seekers will also love Phantom Manor. Classes will uncover the chilling tale of an ill-fated bride and groom through spooky twists and turns.
For extra points, see which class members can locate the Sarcophagus in Boot Hill cemetery.

4. Take on Buzz Lightyear’s Laser Blast

This is an interactive laser mission that will get pulses racing. Patrons ride in a Star Cruiser to help Buzz battle his mortal enemy Zurg.

5. Sail alongside the Pirates of the Caribbean

Visit the salty seas and squalid shores from the hit film series Pirates of the Caribbean on this flume-based ride.

6. Put the pedal to the metal on Andy’s RC Racer ride

This high-speed, half-pipe ride inspired by Toy Story is just for the dare-devils of the class.

7. Rock out on the Rock‘n’Roller Coaster

This Aerosmith-inspired, high-speed musical rollercoaster is an instant hit with school trips.

8. Party alongside the Star‘n’Cars Parade

One of Disney’s classic parades, the Disney’s Star’n’Cars features a star-studded cast - including the likes of Ariel, Cruella and Aladdin - showing off their ultra-customised Disney-style rides.

9. Be enchanted by the Disney Dreams night-time spectacular

For a spot of real Disney magic, take in this magnificent light show cast on La Château de le Belle au Bois Dormant in the heart of the park.

10. Plunge the depths on Crush's Coaster

This ride gets patrons acquainted with the depths of the ocean as you crash through the waves of the East Australian current. Although this one’s listed as a ‘Big Thrills’ ride, it’s ok for any child over 1.07m and is more tame than the likes of Big Thunder Mountain and Indiana Jones.

11. Face your fears on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Centred around a fictional tale in which an elevator-full of people mysteriously disappeared under the influence of some spooky undertaking, this one’s not for the faint hearted.
Again, if you’re supervising a class, make sure you have ample members of staff that are prepared to wait at the end with anybody who doesn’t like the sound of this daunting attraction.

12. Watch the magic happen at Walt Disney Studios

For those willing to venture away from the rides, Walt Disney Studios is a second park located at Disneyland Paris where you can discover all the secrets behind Disney animation. Dedicated to all things behind-the-scenes, this is the ideal place for students to learn about the skill, collaboration and teamwork that goes into producing a classic Disney film.

13. Travel in the world’s biggest passenger hot air balloon

PanoraMagique is one of the world’s biggest hot air balloons, and is capable of carrying up to 30 passengers. Located just on the edge of Disney village, book your tickets and climb aboard take a magical ride over the whole resort.

14. Eat at Planet Hollywood

If you’re on a secondary school trip in particular, the kids will no doubt thank you for taking them for a meal amongst a plethora of Hollywood memorabilia. The world famous restaurant serves a wide range of international cuisine, so there should be something there for everyone to enjoy – even with a class of picky teenagers.

15. And last but by no means least, witness the iconic Disney Parade

To give your class something to remember, we’d recommend you top off your trip with the absolutely must-see magical Disney Parade.