Grown-Up Guide to Disneyland

Grown-Up Guide to Disneyland

Bring out the big kid in you, and enjoy a grown-up trip to Disneyland Paris.

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Photo Credits:
Take in the views at Disneyland Paris
Who said the castle was just for kids?
Enjoy a ride on Big Thunder Mountain
Have a blast on the RC Racer
Are you brave enough to take on the Temple of Peril
Watch Captain EO come to life
Relax at the spa
Dig into juicy burgers at the Cowboy Cookout Barbecue

All pictures licensed for commercial use at time of publication.

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