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 focussed 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. Have your class picture taken in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
At the heart of Disneyland Park, this is the obvious meeting point for your class – but don’t leave without getting a picture of you all with the iconic ‘La Château de le Belle au Bois Dormant’.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Travel though ‘it’s a small world’
This is a classic, and one that your party will no doubt want to experience more than once! The enchanting ‘it’s a small world’ ride takes you on a musical world tour, featuring dolls from all over the globe.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. See the stars in CineMagique
CineMagique is a compilation of modern and traditional cinema, fusing classic movie scenes with live performances to tell the age-old love story between Prince and Princess.
10. Meet Mickey and Donald and the gang in Animagique
A good one for younger children but nonetheless enjoyed by all-ages alike, Animagique is an enchanted look back at some of the most well-loved and iconic Disney characters.
11. Rock out on the Rock‘n’Roller Coaster
This Aerosmith-inspired, high-speed musical rollercoaster is an instant hit with school trips.
12. Become an adventurer with Indiana Jones
Likewise, one of the park’s oldest and best-loved attractions, Indiana Jones, never fails to thrill.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. Embark on a planetary mission with Space Mountain
Space Mountain is one of the more iconic Disneyland rides and one your class won’t forget in a hurry. Visitors are cannoned into the unknown on an intergalactic mission around meteorites and black holes and back again.
18. Get lost in Alice’s Curious Labyrinth
Curiouser and curiouser; classes can get lost in this Lewis Carroll-inspired maze – and why not challenge your pupils to a competition to see who can get to the end first?
19. Hold onto your hats with ‘Mouteurs…Action!’ spectacular stunt show
Giving your group something to write home about, ‘Moteurs… Action!’ Is an impressive stunt-show that never fails to leave audiences open-mouthed.
20. Visit ice-cream-lovers heaven, ‘Fantasia Gelati’
This is a must-visit spot for ice cream lovers and a great place to re-group during the day.
21. Creep around La Tanière du Dragon
In deepest Fantasyland, see if your class can discover the lair of a fire breathing dragon. This is a pretty impressive attraction – and one that always scores points with the children.
22. Get behind the wheel in Autopia
Put the pupils through their paces and their driving skills to the test as they get behind the wheel of a 1950s style automobile on the streets of Paris.
23. Cool your spurs at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show
Treat your party to a Texan-style feast as they take a step back in time to the Old West, cheering on Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Chip and Dale in this fun-filled show.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. Take off alongside Peter Pan
And speaking of flying, the Peter Pan’s Flight ride over a starlit London and through Never Never Land is one not to be missed and suitable for school children of all ages.
27. 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.
28. Start a pin-trading collection
Pin-trading is practised by Disney fanatics across the world as a way to link up with other super-fans. You class can start their pin collection – as well as find souvenirs for family and friends – in the World of Disney shop near the entrance of the park.
29. Navigate your way through Adventure Isle
If you’re lucky enough to get good weather and fancy giving everyone a break from the rides and attractions, head over to Adventure Isle in Adventureland. Here you can cross suspension bridges and weave through trees to see if you can uncover the secrets lying within skull rock.
30. 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.
Have you taken a school trip to Disneyland Paris? If so, have we missed off any of the best attractions? If you know of some better ways to spend your day at Disneyland we’d love to hear them, so do get in touch via the WST Twitter feed.
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