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Futuroscope

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Expect the unexpected... Get away to one of France’s most popular amusement parks and the only one of its kind in Europe! Absorb the fantastic, fun and fairy-tale Futuroscope atmosphere with over 25 original experiences waiting for you in stunning attraction theatres, as heart-thumping adventures, outrageous thrills, mind-blowing journeys, the fairy-tale evening show and fascinating attractions deliver delights to suit all tastes and ages!

Parc Astérix

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Situated north of Paris, Parc Astérix is only 2hours from Calais and easily accessible from the motorway A1. It is an ideal stopover on your way to your holiday or on your return. Just make sure you pack a change of clothes, you will get very wet! Laughter, good humour, the chance to share moments with family and friends, in 2016 you can come and enjoy some sensational experiences at Parc Astérix. Discover 6 themed worlds, 39 attractions each crazier than the last, and 5 irresistible shows! Parc Astérix is a dazzling adventure based on 7 big thrill rides, 19 attractions for the entire family and 13 attractions for Little Gauls, including the Forest of Idefix. From classic big dippers to an inverted coaster and a Gallic bobsleigh: at Parc Astérix, there’s plenty of adrenaline to go round, and each attraction is different. Take a deep breath, you’re in for a bumpy ride!

Grown-Up Guide to Disneyland

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Peter Pan never grew up, so why should you? Whoever said Disneyland Paris was just for kids? With exciting rides, amazing experiences, brilliant restaurants and top quality spas, a holiday spent in the Disneyland resort, often makes for the perfect grown-up getaway. To get you inspired for your next adventure, we've put together a guide to making the most out of a grown-up trip to the magical world of Mickey and Minnie. From feeling the rush of the rollercoasters, to getting a soothing foot massage, there's nothing childish about your next trip. Rides Although Disneyland Paris has some of the best teacup rides and child-friendly rollercoasters in Europe, it's also home to some of the most exciting, white-knuckle rides too. Big Thunder Mountain Known as the 'wildest ride in the west', this fun rollercoaster is a great ride to start your Disneyland holiday on, and as you wait in anticipation, you'll hear the cries of excitement echo through the mountain. The ride consists of up-hill climbs, terrifying drops and plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing as you rush through Thunder Mountain at high speeds. Enjoy a ride on Big Thunder Mountain RC Racer If you're a fan of the Toy Story films, you'll love our RC Racer ride, which is based on the films and located in the park's Toy Story Playland. Once you're strapped in securely and have the go-ahead from Buzz Lightyear, you'll be launched from one end of the ride to the next, at lightning speed. Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril Just like the films, there are plenty of thrills and unexpected twists on this ride of daunting heights and sudden drops. As you're driven through the overgrown Temple of Peril, you'll feel heart-dropping rumbles on the track, and hear the distant sound of terrified screams. Not one for the faint hearted, this rollercoaster is perfect for big kids who are looking for a little holiday adventure. Are you brave enough to take on the Temple of Peril Thrilling experiences Rollercoasters aren't the only amazing activity you can up to during your time at Disneyland Paris; there are also plenty of hilarious, terrifying and exciting experiences to be a part of too. Captain EO: An Interactive Intergalactic Adventure The classic Francis Ford Coppola's 1986 film, Captain EO, has been restored to impeccable quality in memory of the film's star, Michael Jackson. With 3D graphics, incredible sound and in-theatre special effects, you'll be left feeling as if you're in the film, dancing and singing with Michael Jackson, as he saves the world from the Supreme Leader, played by Anjelica Huston. Watch Captain EO come to life La Vallée Village Chic Outlet Shopping If you're looking for somewhere to shop, which is more chic clothing and homeware than Disney toys, make your way over to La Vallée Village Chic Outlet. There's plenty of designer clothing available, from Armani and Diesel to Missoni, as well as a range of luxury home décor stores. This shopping outlet is only a 10-minute bus journey from all of the Disney hotels, so just book a seat on the shuttle bus with your hotel receptionist. Concerts at Billy Bob's Whether you're a fan of pop and rock, or blues and jazz, you're bound to have a great night at Billy Bob's. This three-level bar overlooks a huge stage, where Elvis tribute acts, rock 'n' roll bands and jazz musicians liven up the night with incredible live music. You can also dig into a range of snacks from the bar, or enjoy an all-you-can-buffet at La Grange at Billy Bob's Country Western Saloon. Relax in the spa One of the bonuses of being an adult in Disneyland is that you can take advantage of the first-class spas and fitness centres, which feature in and around the park. Celestia Spa If you're feeling particularly indulgent, spoil yourself with some luxury treatments at this calming spa. Treat your skin to one of the many facials available, or enjoy an exfoliating fruit seed treatment, where you can soften and smooth your skin the natural way. For tight muscles after a long day of exciting rides, relax with a hot stone body rub, and if your feet are feeling weary from exploring, unwind with a foot reflexology session. Relax at the spa Keeping fit For those who love to keep fit, the resort also provides guests with access to eight fitness centres, where you can work out on the treadmills, bikes, and weights. There are also swimming pools available, where you can complete a couple of laps before you take on the speeding rollercoasters, and make friends with your fellow grown-up adventurers. Dine out Cowboy Cookout Barbecue For those of you with a big appetite, a visit to the Cowboy Cookout Barbecue is an evening well spent. Decked out like a traditional cowboy bar, you can sidle up on a wooden bench and dig into plates of American-style barbecued meats and tasty snacks. From juicy burgers to chicken wings, this is the perfect place for a quick lunch between rides. Dig into juicy burgers at the Cowboy Cookout Barbecue Cookie Kitchen For a morning coffee and cake, or even for just some time out from exploring the world of Disney, Cookie Kitchen is a lovely café to while away a couple of hours. Located on the resort's Main Street U.S.A, Cookie Kitchen has large, charming window displays adorned with freshly prepared cakes and pastries, making it one of the most inviting places in the resort. Manhattan Restaurant If you love authentic Italian cuisine, jazz music and chic surroundings, you'll really enjoy an evening this contemporary, New York-style restaurant. With a grand piano at the back, a dance floor in the middle, and plenty of mouth-watering Italian food, this is the perfect place to end a day of grown-up fun. Getting there and around If you fancy a grown-up trip of your own to Disneyland Paris, make the journey with Eurotunnel Le Shuttletoday. It only takes 35-minutes to cross the Channel, and then less than three hours from Calais to the resort, so you'll be frolicking with Cinderella and Goofy in no time at all. Book your journey

Planning Your Visit

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When and where to meet characters With two huge parks to explore and so much to see it is advisable to work out a plan for your visit. There is more than enough in each park to occupy a day, so don't try to do them both at once.           Planning Your Visit There are scheduled events which occur daily in different areas of the parks, including parades and stage shows, so try to time your route so that you'll be in the right place at the right time. The park can get very busy and there are plenty of marvellous distractions to enjoy, so leave yourself plenty of time to get from area to area. If you or a member of your party is keen to meet their favourite Disney® hero, you can pick up a timetable of personal appearances, which will let you know where and when to be to get that all important photo.     Book your journey

Disneyland® Paris Parks Guide

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The magic starts here with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's guide to Disneyland® Paris With two parks to explore, including five magical kingdoms, daily parades, thrilling rides and behind the scenes action, there is something for everybody at this wonderful family resort. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's guide can help you get the most out of your experience and ensure you don't miss out on any of the magic. Disneyland® Paris is split into two main parks – Disneyland® Park and Walt Disney® Studios Park and you can buy tickets for one or both, with plenty to see in each.           Disneyland® Park This original site, opened in 1992, is made up of five themed lands: Main Street USA®, Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland. Main Street USA®   Frontierland   Adventureland   Fantasyland   Discoveryland       Frontierland Strap on your spurs and head to Frontierland for some rootin' tootin' Wild West fun. This land includes one of the big thrill rides in the park, Big Thunder Mountain, the fastest wildest train west of the Mississippi.   For family fun exploring,hop aboard one of the park's paddle steamer river boats or take a wonder through Pocahontas Indian Village, where younger visitors swing between tepees while adults enjoy a relaxing riverside view. For spooky thrills the Phantom Manor, which is packed with spooky animated details, from stretching rooms to singing skeletons, this is one ghost hunt which is suitable for the whole family.     Adventureland Adventureland certainly lives up to its name, with swashbuckling pirates, magical genies and a certain whip-cracking archaeologist among its inhabitants.   See the ride that spawned the film with the yo-ho-hoing Pirates of the Caribbean boat adventure, featuring 119 animatronic characters, including monkeys and even skeletons. There's more swashbuckling adventure on the Adventure Isle, where you can cross swinging rope bridges and explore dark caves in search of gold doubloons. There's even an opportunity to sneak aboard Captain Hook's pirate ship, which is moored in the lagoon. For a whip cracking adventure head deep into the jungle to discover Indiana Jones' Temple of Peril (A French take on the Temple of Doom); here you will be whisked off in a runaway mine train, speeding through ancient ruins.     Fantasyland Once you've had your adrenaline fill head to Fantasyland where you will discover Sleeping Beauty Castle, take a closer look to reveal a magnificent stained glass gallery telling the story of Sleeping Beauty, and if you're feeling daring you can tiptoe into the cave beneath to catch a glimpse of the giant dragon who resides there.   Continue into the fairytale, where you can fly with Dumbo the elephant and taking a spin in the Mad Hatter's Teacups. Fairytales really do come to life here, with gentle rides exploring the tales of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and lovable puppet-boy Pinocchio. You can lose yourself (and others) in the twisting corridors of Alice's Curious Labyrinth, though be sure to look out for the Queen of Hearts and make sure that you keep your head!     Discoveryland Step into the future in Discoveryland, where you can blast off to space, fight evil aliens and pilot your own rocket ship. Grab a laser gun and help Buzz Lightyear fight the evil Zurg and his minions in an exciting indoor ride where you could win the title of Galactic Hero.   The bravest space explorers can be shot from a canon into the farthest reaches of the galaxy in Space Mountain: Mission 2 or pilot their own rocket ships on the Orbitron carousel. If you would rather take more of a back seat and watch the action unfold then 3-D movie Captain EO, which returned to the park in 2010 after nearly 20 years away, features Michael Jackson performing exclusive songs and the stunning special effects of movie master George Lucas.     In every area of Disneyland® Park there is always something going on, from spectacular shows to hidden details to seek out. So while it's worth planning what you want to see beforehand, leave some time for the little surprises which are guaranteed to pop up along the way. Book your journey

Walt Disney® Studios Park

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The fastest route to Disneyland® Paris by car Walt Disney® Studios Park was opened in 2002 as a second park on the Disneyland® Paris site. Here you can discover the magical world of cinema and television, with glimpses behind the scenes and a number of entertaining daily shows.           Walt Disney® Studios Park The park is divided into four studio lots – Front Lot, Toon Studio, Production Courtyard and Backlot – and in 2010 Disney® launched a major addition in the form of Pixar characters, including an entire Toy Story Playland. Front Lot   Toon Studio   Production Courtyard   Back Lot       Front Lot The Front Lot is, unsurprisingly, the first area which park visitors encounter upon entering and to get any further you have to step into the night into the impressive Disney® Studio 1.   This huge sound studio is designed to replicate a fantasy Sunset Boulevard, stuffed with ingenious Hollywood and film references for guests to seek out.     Toon Studio Head into Toon Studio, where some of Disney's® most memorable creations come to life and you can even try your hand at being an animator yourself. With the Art of Animation guided tour you can see behind the scenes in the animation process and find out how some of Disney's® most famous characters were created.   If this leaves you inspired to revisit some of your favourite moments from Disney® films then take a seat at the Animagique stage show, where Donald Duck is your host through a series of popular song and dance routines from classics such as Dumbo, The Jungle Book and The Little Mermaid. You can shrink to the size of Buzz, Woody and friends in the park's latest addition – Toy Story Playland. As well as experiencing all the bright colours and wonderful imagination of the Pixar film brought to life, thrill-seekers can take a ride on RC Racer, while younger visitors can enjoy the Slinky Dog ZigZag spin. If that's not enough for Pixar fans then hop aboard Crush's Coaster for a totally radical rollercoaster ride or get behind the wheel of a rookie racer for the Cars Race Rally.     Production Courtyard In the Production Courtyard you can explore behind the scenes of cinema and TV, including a tram tour through full-scale movie productions (though hold on to your hat when the tour takes a turn into the Catastrophe Canyon film set).   The CinéMagique and Stitch Live! shows provide some more relaxing sit-down excitement, the former providing a whistlestop tour through a series of Hollywood's most famous spectacles. But once you've rested your feet it's time to take on one of the park's most popular attractions - The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The towering haunted hotel features hi-tech spooks and a thrilling elevator drop, which accelerates downwards faster than gravity. Prepare for fun frights!     Backlot In the Backlot you'll find big bangs and heartstopping special effects. The Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular features car chases, motorbike jumps and spectacular explosions aplenty, to keep you gripped to the edge of your seat.   If you like your thrills accompanied by a hard rocking soundtrack then hop aboard the Rock'n'Roller Coaster, soundtracked by Aerosmith. A day in Walt Disney® Studios Park can really bring the magic of the movies to life, but with so many shows on offer make sure you plan what you want to see so that you don't end up missing out.     Book your journey

Getting to Disneyland® Paris

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The fastest route to Disneyland® Paris by car After the quick and convenient 35 minute Channel crossing with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, if you have bought the Disneyland® Paris deal you can access the quickest route to Paris at no extra cost; simply take the E-15 toll road towards Paris and merge onto the A1 after 100km.           Getting There The park itself is situated in the Chessy suburb of Paris and is signposted from near Paris. The distance from Calais is 298km, an approximately 3hr 20min drive. If you are going to be using satellite navigation you can input the following details for directions to Disneyland® Paris. Sat Nav Instructions Street: Boulevard du Parc Town: Serris/Coupvray Department: 77700 Country: France   Map View Larger Map There is a petrol station conveniently situated on Disneyland® resort which allows you to easily fill up your vehicle before your departure. This is open 24 hours 7 days a week and is located next to the Hotel Santa Fe. All major credit and debit cards are accepted. Book your journey

Disney® Village

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The magic starts here with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's guide to Disney® Village Just because the parks close for the night it doesn't mean the magic has to end. Head to the Disney® Village, situated between the two parks, for an evening of excitement, entertainment and eating.           Disney® Village Mosey on down to the ranch at Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, where you will be greeted by Mickey, Goofy and pals, before settling in for dinner and a rip-roaring show. While you enjoy your meal you can watch Buffalo Bill, Sitting Bull, Annie Oakley and the Rough Riders as they grab their lassos and six-shooters for a western spectacular.   If you're looking for something a little different then take a ride up in the PanoraMagique balloon, which offers spectacular views across both parks and Lake Disney®. Disney® Village contains a host of eateries to pick from, including a Planet Hollywood, but if you want to get up close and personal with the world's most famous mouse then Café Mickey is the place for you. Book early to avoid disappointment and you could enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with Mickey and chums, a great bookend to the magical excitement of the parks.     Book your journey

Accommodation

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Staying on site allows you Extra Magic Hours With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle the magic is not so far from where you are.           Accommodation There are seven official Disney® hotels on site, from the luxurious Disneyland® Hotel, with spa, swimming pool and kids' playroom, to the more fun themed hotels, like the Davy Crocket Ranch, which has individual cabins and its own grocery store.   Staying on site allows you Extra Magic Hours, so you get to be in the park before regular opening time, enjoying minimal queues and ensuring you're first in line when the parks open to all and last to leave at the end of the day. You can book hotel packages to get entrance and meals included. Selected associate hotels can provide an alternative to on-site accommodation, with shuttle buses to take you to and from the park. Find hotels near Disneyland Paris.     Book your journey

Buying Park Tickets

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Take the fastest route to Disneyland® Paris by car There are a huge variety of packages available, starting with the 1 day, 1 park, £51 for adults, £45 for children (aged 3 to 11). You can save up to 15% on Disneyland® Paris park tickets by booking through Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Some shows may cost extra, so be sure to book in advance.           Buying Park Tickets 1Book Eurotunnel Le Shuttle   2Book Disneyland® Paris   Buy your Eurotunnel Le Shuttle ticket online or call us on 08443 35 35 35 book my travel   For great offers, buy your Disney® experience here book disney   Book your journey

Easter in Disneyland Paris

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The perfect Easter break with your kids Join Mickey and Minnie, and the rest of the Disney crew, for an exciting Easter in Paris. Not only is Easter a time for chocolate eggs and delicious treats, it's also the perfect time of the year to spoil the family with a fun-filled trip away to Disneyland® Paris. And, between the 1st March and the 31st May 2015, the resort will be hosting a range of enchanting Easter and spring celebrations. From floral-coated floats in the spring parades to exhilarating rollercoasters, there's plenty to keep the whole family entertained over the Easter holiday. Disneyland® Easter highlights If you decide to head to Disneyland® Paris for Easter this year, then you'll get to be a part of the resort's Swing into Spring. Throughout the season, the park will really come to life, providing guests with fantastic flower displays, such as flowerbeds dotted with pops of colour, and floral statues of your favourite characters. From the adorable pups of 101 Dalmatians, to the furry AristoCats and Simba the lion, as you wander through the park, you'll get to take in the latest flowery incarnations. Get ready for spring with some special friends As a way to celebrate the start of Spring, Disneyland® Paris will also give you the chance to meet with some of your favourite characters, up close and personal! From Thumper the bunny, to red-headed Merida from Brave, you and your family will get to chat away with your real-life heroes, and even pose for photos with them for those all important holiday souvenirs. Goofy's Garden Party Once you've met all of your Disney heroes and heroines, be sure to swing by Goofy's Garden Party. Goofy and his friends have been hard at work over the last year, creating the Enchanted Garden just in time for the spring bloom. Dressed in bright, spring-time colours, Goofy, Mickey and the rest of the gang will come together to celebrate this beautiful season with a vibrant and fun parade, riding on flower-covered floats as they glide down the resort's Main Street U.S.A. Once the parade has finished, you can look forward to exploring the Enchanted Garden for yourself, where you'll be greeted with bursts of colour, blossoming flowers and creatively shaped topiaries. For more on what's going on during spring, check out Disneyland® Paris' events page. Something for the thrill seekers Toy Soldier's Parachute Drop Without needing to shrink in size, you can transform into a toy soldier for the day, as you parachute down on this daring ride. The ride begins with you being strapped into the parachute pod, and once secure, you're lifted high up into the air. Then, just like a real parachute, you'll find yourself quickly floating to the ground! The height requirement for this ride is only 81-centimetres, meaning more of the family can be a part of the fun. Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin The area surrounding the ride is set up to resemble the contents of Toy Story's Andy's toy box, so as you line up you'll be treated to gigantic reminders of childhood games. Once you hop onboard, you'll find yourself snaking your way around the ride, just like Slinky the dog does in the Toy Story films. You can be of any height to ride the Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin, so even your little ones can join in. Crush's Coaster If your kids loved Finding Nemo, they'll definitely want to give Crush's Coaster a go during a trip to the Paris resort. Sat on a twirling turtle shell, you'll be catapulted into an underwater world, where Dory and Marlin will join you as you take on the whirling sea's current. If you can't wait to ride Crush's Coaster, be aware that you'll need to be a minimum of 1.07-metres in height, so make sure you measure up. Fun food Rollercoasters and parades aren't the only fun things available within Disneyland® Paris' resort, with dining out being one of the top highlights of a Disneyland® trip. Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show For entertainment and mouth-watering food, be sure to head over to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Dig into delicious Texan cuisine, such as rich beef chili, cornbread and seasoned potato wedges, as you sit back to watch Mickey, Minnie, and the rest of the Disney gang sing and dance, as our cowboys join up with Goofy, Chip and Dale to herd up the real-life cows and horses. Rainforest Café As you wander in, you'll come face-to-face with toy gorilla's beating their chests, the humming sound of busy insects and a towering aquarium that is filled with darting beautiful, exotic fish.   On top of all that, there are also sculptures of zebras, elephants and a veil of jungle plant life that hangs across the ceilings. And, once you've finished exploring the restaurant, you can look forward to digging into a plate of Southwestern cuisine, with a tropical twist. After dinner, be sure to swing by the Rainforest Café shop, where you can stock up on some unusual holiday souvenirs. Buzz Lightyear's Pizza Planet Restaurant For something quick between rides, head over into outer space for a slice of pizza or two at Buzz Lightyear's Pizza Planet Restaurant. Wonder at the giant robot toys as you enjoy a hot margherita, or use the onsite claw machines to grab yourself one of Toy Story's Little Green Men. Easter delights As it's a time for all things chocolate, be sure to treat you and your family to something sweet from one of Disneyland®'s many cafes and desserts shops. If you're a fan of the animated film, Fantasia, then you'll love Fantasia Gelati, a beautiful Italian ice-cream parlour that offers a range of delectable flavours. Alternatively, if you fancy something a little warmer, pop by the Cookie Kitchen, a wonderful little café that produces excellent coffee and delicious freshly baked cookies and pastries. Getting there and around Getting to Disneyland® Paris is easy, with the route providing drivers with a scenic journey past Saint-Omer Longuenesse, Béthune and Parc Naturel Régional Oise Pays de France. After your 35-minute trip across the Channel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, take the Four à Chaux Street and on to the D245 and A16. After this, follow the A26, A1 and A104 to Paul Séramy Avenue, which is in Bailly-Romainvilles. From there take exit 14 from the A4, and continue to follow Paul Séramy Avenue and Boulevard du Parc until you reach the signs for Disneyland® Paris. Your guide to Disneyland®Paris Book your journey

Aqualud Waterpark

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On the beach, outdoor and indoor! Located on the French coast "Côte d'Opale" at Le Touquet Paris-Plage, Aqualud is just a 45 minute drive on the motorway from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais Terminal. With water temperature kept at 29°C, you can enjoy the tropical heat and have fun on the water slides, wave pool or relax in the Jacuzzi. Or will you dare to try the Black Hole and experience a fearsome drop! At Aqualud, the whole family is catered for. Children under 5 have their own dedicated space with slides, games and a shallow pool. Children under 7 can turn into pirates at the brand new attraction Kids Island. When you have run out of steam, head for the Hippopotamus restaurant for a well deserved meal. Opening times (local times)   Outdoor park opens from 2nd July to 31st August from 12:15 to 18:30. From 10:30 to 17:45 (off peak) From 10:30 to 18:45 (peak) Hippopotamus restaurant is open 7 days a week, for lunch and dinner. Practical information Babies under 6 months are not authorized in the park. Only male swim briefs and swim trunks can be worn in the pool. Boxer shorts are not allowed. Getting there and around Less than an hour drive on the motorway from Eurotunnel's Calais Terminal. Take exit 26 off the A16 motorway. Parc AQUALUD Boulevard Thierry Sabine – 62520 LE TOUQUET Tel.: +33 (0)825 747 507 (0.15€/mn) Fax: +33 (0)0825 747 509 contact@aqualud.com www.aqualud.com Hippopotamus Restaurant Boulevard Thierry Sabine – 62520 LE TOUQUET Tél : 03.21.90.07.08 www.hippopotamus.fr Book your journey

Europa Park Germany

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Things to do at Europa Park Europa Park is Germany's largest theme park, second largest in Europe after only Disneyland Paris, and a fun thrill-packed day for the whole family! Last year, almost 5 million people visited Europa Park, and if you still haven't been, make this the year you go! What's new for 2014? New for this season is the 'Arthur – In the Minimoys Kingdom', based on the 'Arthur and the Invisibles' movies, which is due to open in time for this summer. Europa Park has teamed up to work with Luc Besson, world-renowned director of the film, to create the most elaborate indoor attraction at the park yet! On an island spanning 10,000m² together they have created a completely new themed area. A team of over 500 staff, including top designers and set builders from Hollywood, have been working tirelessly to recreate every aspect of the magical Minimoy world, right down to the finest detail. What's going on elsewhere in the park? Across Europa Park, there are 11 rollercoasters to experience throughout the themed zones. The newest rollercoaster is Wodan Timbur Coaster, a wooden rollercoaster that you will find in the Iceland section of the park. Also in this area, there is the ever-popular Blue Fire megacoaster, which catapults you from 0 – 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds! For even more excitement, check out the France themed section and get in line for the ride of your life on the Silver Star 'hyper coaster', which reaches speeds of up to 130 km/h! Europa Park's France is also a great place to take a refreshment break, with a wide range of delicious restaurants and snack bars on offer. There are also plenty of shops here too, if you want to pick up a souvenir from your day out! If you're visiting with little ones, or just fancy something a little gentler, then head to Grimm's Enchanted Forest. Here you can interact with all of your favourite fairy tale characters, including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood, amongst many others! Want to stay longer at Europa Park? There is so much to see and do at Europa Park that you may find that you want to stay for longer. Well, there are five hotels, one guesthouse and a special campsite if you do fancy spending the night! Choose from Hotel "Bell Rock", Hotel "Colosseo", Hotel "Santa Isabel", Hotel "Castillo Alcazar" or Hotel "El Andaluz", all of which are 4-star hotels. If you fancy something a little different from the atmosphere of the big hotels, there is also the smaller Guesthouse "Circus Rolando" or the unique Wild West inspired Camp Resort. Visit Europa Park Germany Getting there and around It only takes just 35 minutes to cross the Channel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, from Folkestone to Calais. It is then an easy drive down to Europa Park, located in Rust, Germany, just over the border from France, which will take you a little over 6 hours. For the quickest route to Europa Park, take the A26 southbound from Calais towards Reims, before joining the A4 towards Strasbourg. From here, you simply need to follow signs for the France-Germany border across the Rhine and then onwards to Rust. Book your journey

Disneys Halloween Festival

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Disney's Halloween Festival kicks off with fright fest in October of each year. Discover more about the great family fun and frightening attractions available to you with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's guide to Halloween season at Disneyland® Paris. Main Events Mickey's Halloween Treat in the Street You can head out to Fantasyland at Le Theatre du Chateau to join Mickey's Halloween Treat in the Street celebrations. The Royal Castle Stage is fully decked out in Halloween décor – ghosts, goblins, pumpkins, bunting and a Goofy skeleton. Meet'N'Greet in Fantasyland Celebrate Halloween in Fantasyland where you can meet and take photos with your favourite Disney villain. You could bump into everyone from Jafar to Dr Facilier, and Cruella de Vil to the Wicked Witch. Remember to wear your most grimacing expression. You'll be able to meet Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet in the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Fantasyland. Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party Disneyland® Paris hosts Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party held at Central Plaza Stage where you can witness Dr Facilier from The Princess and the Frog and Maleficent battle on the stage in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Check Disney's Magical Season offers   Enjoy After-Dark Parties Once the park closes to the general public, it re-opens from 8pm for the special ticketed Halloween parties. There's entertainment for adults and kids alike so be ready for an unforgettable experience. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Take the kids along to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party where you can participate in a mysterious ghostly ball at Phantom Manor. The party starts at 8:30pm and runs until 1am so you have lots of time to act as one of the frightening pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland or get involved in other devilish acts. It's free for kids under 3 years of age and it's best to be there once the park re-opens by 5pm so you can enjoy a few rides, attractions and capture some photos with characters before heading out for the party. You can enjoy attractions including Le Carrousel de Lancelot, Peter Pan's Flight, Big Thunder Mountain and Mad Hatter's Tea Cups in Fantasyland. Terrorific Night Adults and kids aged above 12 can enjoy after-dark fun at the Terrorific Night featuring street shows and a Halloween short film written exclusively for Disneyland® Paris by famous French author Maxime Chattam. The frightening affair sees Disney villains lurk in the shadows of the park and the attractions have added spooky effects to make your ride even more adventurous. You'll find street entertainment and 'terror zones' all around the park. Disney's Halloween Party The most popular night is the grand finale, Disney's Halloween Party where you'll have scary encounters with Disney villains. At the stroke of midnight, brace yourself for the sound and light show that takes place in front of Sleeping Beauty's castle with a bone-chilling programme to keep you on your toes. The fun starts just after 9pm and entry for kids aged under 3 is free. More Spooky Entertainment Catch the parade Frontierland in Disneyland® Paris transforms into 'Halloweenland' where all of the classic Disney villains including the likes of Cruella de Vil and Captain Hook, parade through the streets. Catch the Pumpkin Men, stilt-walking Pink Witches and other classic Disney villains as they march around the park and menace the crowds. You might find other characters pop up during the parade so keep an eye out for favourites like Lilo and Stitch. Make sure to stick around for the daily Disney Villain's Halloween Showtime, for a frightfully entertaining night. More Halloween fun for the kids Take the kids to a face painter or a 'crazy coiffeurs' for a ghoulish makeover. Children aged 3 to 11 can enjoy free face painting and get a new hairstyle with colourful hair sprays. The Halloween Stage directly in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle features a variety of shows and kids can hang out with Goofy and his magic pot to learn how to make pumpkin soup. They can dance alongside Goofy's friends, Minnie and the Bat Boys. You can also take the kids trick or treating – check the park maps for locations for collecting candy. Getting there and around Disneyland® Paris is approximately 3 and a half hours' drive from the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais terminal. Take the A26 and A1 to reach Disneyland® Paris.

European theme parks guide

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Europe's top theme parks could be just a few hours' drive away Europe is an amazing choice for a holiday. There are lots of different things to see and do as Europe is one of the best continents for history and culture. However, if you are looking for a holiday with a difference and a little more action, then Europe is also home to some of the best theme parks in the world. With so many parks to choose from, our park guide contains features, tips and advice about the best theme parks in Europe, within just a few hours' drive from the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais Terminal. You can find advice on where to go, the best rides, where to stay and what to look out for, to try and help you choose the right park for you and have the best experience possible. European theme parks offer excitement, entertainment and adventure that you can share with all your family and friends. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's guide can help you discover the best theme parks Europe has to offer within just a few hours' drive.  Under 3 hours drive   Walibi Park - Belgium   Bagatelle Park - France   Efteling - Netherland     3 to 4 hours drive Parc Asterix - France   Disney Land Resort Paris   Festyland Parc - France   France Disneyland® Paris 3 hours 30 minutes drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal Just 3 hours 30 minutes drive away from the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais Terminal is the best and the most popular theme park in Europe, Disneyland Paris. The park is jam packed with 56 attractions in its Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios, 7-hotel complexes, a ranch, a campsite, a golf course and stunning gardens. Disneyland® Paris Tickets   Inside Disneyland Park there are five themed areas: Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland and Discoveryland. The parks top attractions include Space Mountain where riders are propelled at a speed of 90 km/h along a 1Km track, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast and Pirates of the Caribbean which features a 14-foot drop over a waterfall into pirate caves with gunshots, cannon blasts, and burning buildings. There are lots to see, such as the famous Castle in Fantasyland, Disney characters are dotted around the park which the kids will adore and there are many parades that take place at scheduled times during the day. You can catch a number of shows like Tarzan featuring acrobatics and music from the film Moteurs Action, which is an exciting stunt car show and Animagique, a musical with dancing Disney characters and pink elephants, definitely one for the little ones. The Park is mostly aimed at kids as there are more rides, parades and things to do and see for little ones, but Disneyland has created a beautifully themed and entertaining experience for all. For thrill seekers the latest adrenaline ride, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror takes riders to the top of an old abandoned Hollywood hotel, before plunging down a 13-storey lift chute, and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster takes rides off at lightning speed, before hurtling round twists, flips and loops to the blasting sound of Aerosmith. Opening times: Normal hours are 10.00am-7.00pm but the remains open until 23.00pm during peak times. Ticket prices: Children between the ages of 3-11 years inclusive are £45 and adults are £51 for 1 day. How to Book: Disneyland resort Paris 3 hours drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal Parc Asterix, situated around 30km to the north of the capital, is one of France's most famous theme parks. It brings to life one of France's most loved and well known comics - The Adventures of Asterix. It has a range of attractions, shows, restaurants and even a hotel. It appeals to all ages, with something for everyone and incorporates several historical cultures in a fun and quirky way. There are 5 worlds to discover: Gaul, The Roman Empire, Greece, The Vikings and an area entitled 'Travel through time'. www.parcasterix.fr   Each area has its main attractions, but there are 3 thrill seeking rides guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. In 'La Grèce', Tonnerre Zeus is Parc Asterix's white knuckle ride and is the largest wooden roller coaster in Europe. With a descent of more than 30 metres, a speed of 80km/h, a double spiral and coming eye to eye with Zeus himself, this ride is sure to thrill. Goudurix creates a false sense of security when it starts off calmly. But it suddenly shocks you with a massive descent at 75km/h and then takes you back up again to send you in a frenzy of 7 loops and twists. Finally, 'La Trace du hourra' is a Gallic bobsleigh ride which slides freely along the track at incredible speeds.   There are plenty of other rides and attractions for all the family including log flumes, water slides and swinging ships. If rides aren't your thing, then there are many other ways to entertain the entire family. You can meet all the characters from the comics at the costume parade. Also, the Panoramix Magic Show will leave shocked and mesmerized. There are also plenty of shops and restaurants whether you're looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Hôtel des trois Hiboux is an on-site hotel complete with comfortable rooms, a games room for children and a bar with a terrace. There are also many hotels around the park so you won't be stuck for a place to stay. Opening times: Generally open from 10.00am-18.00. The park is open daily from 9th April to 4th September and 22nd October - 2nd November. From 10th September to 16th October the park is open Saturdays & Sundays only. Ticket prices: Children under 3 years of age are free, children under 12 years of age are €30 and adults are €40. Festyland Parc 3 hours 30 minutes drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal Festyland Park is a small amusement theme park located on the south side in Caen, Normandy in France. It has over 30 attractions such as a mediaeval castle and two cinemas. The ride Erétic is a major attraction where visitors are spun round on a circular platform which swings up to 25 meters into the air. The Drakkar Express is an exciting rollercoaster where visitors sit in cars that are designed as Viking ships. The bumper boats are extremely fun and just like dodgem cars but only on a lake where you are allowed complete freedom to sail. www.festyland.com   Festyland is a theme park for the younger children. The themes are taken from the varied history of Normandy with such harmless pleasures as a rocking Viking longboat to Carousels and a Helter Skelter. They also have a 3D cinema and regular shows with shows aimed at providing youngsters with some history lessons. You can also find a selection of a variety of restaurant and entertainment within the park. There is no onsite accommodation but a lot of different accommodation for different budgets in the surrounding areas such as Bretteville Sur Odon. Open times: Apr–mid Jun: 11am–6:30pm Wed, Sat–Sun and national holidays; last 2 weeks Jun: 1:30–6pm; Jul–Aug: 10am–7pm daily. Ticket Prices: Adults - €12. Under 12 - €10. Children under 95cm go free. However It is suggested checking for special pricing and discount savings for groups.   Bagatelle Theme Park 1 hour drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal Is the oldest theme park in France and is situated a few kilometres from Merlimont and Le Touquet in the Pas de Calais. The theme park is an everyday party and is set within an area of attractive woods, hills and former acres of flat marshland at the back of Berck seaside resort. The 43 attractions at this well-established traditional family park include white knuckle rides and many breath-taking experiences such as a zoo, water rides and a Grand Prix circuit, water slides and bouncy castles. www.parcbagatelle.com   Take a ride down the Canadian River Run, go to Torture Island if you're up for it and search for gold in the Sunken Gold Mine. The newest ride to the park is "The Raft" which is likened to being sucked down a plughole. The park small zoo with over 200 animals and during the summer a circus takes place in the evening. The secret to this park's success is its unique mix of traditional and modern attractions, a great day out. There is no onsite accommodation available; however there are large choices of accommodation options available in local areas such as Berck-sur –mer. Opening times: July – August: 10.30am – 9.30pm. April, May, June and September: 10.30am – 7.00pm (only open at weekends during September) Ticket prices: Adults €19.50 and children from €16.50. However if you book seven days in advance to visiting the park you will receive a discount.   Belgium Walibi Park 2 hours 20 minutes drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal Walibi is Belgium's most famous theme park with over 50 attractions including a wide range of thrilling rides and roller coasters to satisfy all thrill seekers and over 15 different attractions to keep the kids entertained. The park is situated in Wavre, 15km south east of Brussels and is set around a huge lake allowing easy navigation around the park. www.walibi.com   The rides are grouped according to fright levels and age: children, family, teenage and the big 7 for the brave ones. Full of unforgettable moments, the park promises extreme thrills, excitement and fun for all the family. The stomach churning Cobra takes riders on jaw dropping drops, the Screamer will get your heart racing taking you on a high speed journey and Loup Garou is a thrilling wooden roller coaster that takes you at continuous speeds of 80 km/h and reaching heights of 32meters. The Dalton Terror takes riders slowly up to a height of 77 meters and giving riders a minute to take in the views before plunging them into free fall at a speedy 110 km/h, while Inferno, a new ride this year, takes you for an aerial tour around most of the park. For those of you who aren't as brave there are also many water sports activities in Aqualibi, offering thrilling sporting activities as well as the chance to take a dip in the cool water. There are also plenty of water rides as well as the Water Park, so don't forget to bring your towel and trunks. For children who don't fancy the white knuckle rides the park has plenty for them to experience such as the Big Wheel, a runaway train rollercoaster, 4D experience with SpongeBob, a rapids river ride and they can get soaked in the a long flume ride, Flashback. The challenge of Tutankhamen is definitely one for the adventurers, taking riders through a frightening pyramid in the dark where they have laser guns to shoot zombies and mummies. There is also an outdoor stage, where the kids can meet Walibi and friends who sing and dance at schedule times throughout the day. There are lots of food stands and souvenir shops dotted around the park. Food is reasonably priced and includes burgers, chips, and waffles, with a few restaurants if you fancy a more healthy meal. The staff are very enthusiastic and the main language is French, however many do speak good English and Dutch so tourists should find it easy to get around and find everything they need. Opening times: generally 10am-6pm and 10am-7pm in mid-July and August. The park opens from late April to early November and for the rest of the year it is open only on weekends. Ticket prices: Children 5 years and under go free, children between the ages of 6 and 11 are €28,00 and adults and children over 12 years of age are €30,50.   Netherlands Efteling 3 hours drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal One of the oldest theme parks in the world, Efteling is situated in the town of Kaatsheuvel in The Netherlands and has attracted over 100millon visitors. The Park brings well-known Fairytales to life with its forest scenes, rides and attractions. The Park offers amusement rides for both children and adults with high-quality ride designs and architecture. www.efteling.co.uk   Adults can enjoy the large ponds and stunning gardens filled with thousands of flowers whilst children will adore the walk through the Fairytale Forest which is filled with full-size characters and animated scenery including Snow White and seven dwarfs, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin and Sleeping Beauty in her castle. The Park has four themed areas which are Marerijk (Fairy Realm), where the attractions are based traditional fairytale book characters, Anderrijk (Alternative Realm), where things are a little out of the ordinary, Ruigrjik (Adventure Realm), here you will find most of the roller coasters and white knuckle rides and Reizenrijk (Travel Realm), where the attractions are based around journeys and travels around the world. For you thrill seekers there are lots of rollercoasters such as Vogel Rok, an indoor coaster themed around Sindbad the Sailor, Python a double loop, corkscrew ride the biggest rollercoaster in the park and Pegasus a wooden coaster, suited for younger visitors. For adrenaline junkies, The Flying Dutchman is perfect, as riders travel through mazes, there are astonishing weather changes from the wet to the windy, illuminating waterfalls and an unexpected plunge which ends with a splash. Villa Volta is a disorientating ride in the house of a local gangster where the floor and walls move till you lose all sense of direction. The most popular ride in the park is Droomvlucht (Dream Flight) where riders embark on a flying journey through the magical world of fairies, pixies and trolls, experience stunning castles, extraordinary forests and fairytale gardens. Families can also enjoy Gondoletta, a musical boat ride that glides through beautiful sceneries, Pirana, a startling river rapids ride and Pagode the flying temple ride which gives exceptional views of the park. There are also many restaurants serving simple dishes and special children's menus such as Witte Paard in Marerijk and Welkom in the theatre near the entrance and De Ballonvaarder in Reizenrijk. If you need a place to stay the Efteling Hotel is a four star hotel just outside the park and has both standard rooms and specially themed suites including a Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and the Flying Dutchman suite. Opening times: generally 10am-18.00pm and closing time is extended till 21:00 in July and August. The park is generally open all year round but some of their attractions are closed in the winter months. Ticket prices: €32.00 from 1 April to 10 July 2011 and 29 August to 31 December 201 and €34.00 from 11 July to 28 August 2011. Book your journey

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