The perfect day out for kids

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There’s no need to worry about trying to fit lots of activities into one day so the whole family is happy. These great days out, inspired by some of the world’s most influential cartoonists and illustrators, are guaranteed to keep everyone entertained. Parc Asterix Where in Europe: Paris, France Drive from Calais: 249km / 2h 20m First, we visit one of the most celebrated French/Belgian cartoon characters. Asterix is the brave, if vertically challenged, warrior who is always first to volunteer for whatever perilous mission that will help save his village from the invading Romans. As if the wild rides at Parc Asterix weren’t enough, you can even meet your favourite Asterix characters. Credit: Asterix® - Obelix®© 2017 Les Éditions Alvert René/Goscinny - Uderzo The adventures of Asterix and his many friends have been famous children’s stories since they were first published in 1959. Created by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, they are so popular that the stories were reimagined as a theme park, our first stop on our tour of the best family cartoon activities in France and Belgium. Parc Asterix is the ideal day out for all Asterix fans. Your favourite characters are constantly wandering around the park, so there is plenty of opportunity for you to meet your childhood heroes. And the highlight for us are all the hair-raising rides, including the new Pégase Express, a super-fast ride that takes you on some exhilarating twists and turns. Hergé Museum Where in Europe: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Drive from Calais: 236km / 2h 30m Hergé, the pen name for Tintin creator Georges Prosper Remi, is such a prominent figure in Belgium that his life’s work is displayed in a beautiful museum. Hergé Museum is a must-visit for everyone whose childhood was shaped by the young investigative reporter, and his faithful companion, Snowy. All fans of Tintin need to visit this beautifully designed museum. Much like Hergé’s particular eye for detail and clean, concise lines, the museum is a beautiful modern structure. It’s a huge slab of a building, sat juxtaposed against the green woods that surround it. In the museum, you can see the real drawings by Hergé, as well as photographs, and original plates. The galleries and exhibition spaces are designed so you feel like you’re walking through Hergé’s creative life. MOOF Museum Where in Europe: Brussels, Belgium Drive from Calais: 201km / 2h 20m There aren’t many cartoon characters more easily recognisable than the Smurfs. The little blue people, sporting their white hats are famous the world over. Created by Peyo, the alter ego for cartoonist Piere Culliford, are like mini Belgian celebrities. MOOF Museum is a cartoon lovers dream! Come here to be transported to the Smurfs magical world. They are so famous that they are the centrepiece of the MOOF Museum. MOOF stands for Museum of Original Figurines, and is the place to come for all cartoon fans. The Smurfs are one of the main draws, and the outside even has a giant statue of a Smurf leaping over his toadstool house. The museum doesn’t just celebrate Belgium comics, though. American comic-book characters such as Batman are also featured in the museum, so if you’re more into your edgy comics than the wholesome Smurfs, then you’re still guaranteed a great day out. Does one of these cartoon themed days out seem like something your family would love? Book your tickets with us in advance to get the best price. Top image credit: Asterix® - Obelix®© 2017 Les Éditions Alvert René/Goscinny - Uderzo

Bump to Baby Travels with Eurotunnel

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Going on holiday with your little ones can be daunting. But when you travel with Eurotunnel, you can be reassured that the journey will be easy, with the added extra of seeing the stunning sights of Europe!  The lovely Alex Gladwin, from Bump to Baby, travelled with us to France, Belgium and the Netherlands with her husband Adam, and adorable boys Ethan and Logan. It was their first big road trip as a family, and Alex’s first time in France! They really embraced the culture of these countries, visiting aquariums, castles and fairy tale wonderlands. Alex’s Tips for Keeping Children Entertained on a Road Trip Even though travelling to France on Eurotunnel only takes 35 minutes from Folkestone, children still need some distractions in the car. Alex had some great ideas for making sure Ethan and Logan wouldn’t get bored, buying new toys they haven’t played with before, and creating games for them to join in which made the car journey fly by. Boulogne-sur-Mer A great place to learn and have fun, Nausicaa is a must-see! Only half an hour from Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer is the perfect place for little ones to stretch their legs once you arrive in France. Ethan and Logan discovered their inner marine biologists when they visited Nausicaa, one of the biggest aquariums in Europe. As it’s close to the beach, they were able to have a good play. After a busy day, they settled down in their hotel, with a well-deserved takeaway pizza. Lille Stopping off at Citadel Park, Ethan and Logan were able to use up all their energy An hour and twenty minute drive from Boulogne-sur-Mer, the family visited Lille, an ideal spot for families, as there’s so much to do here. Make sure you stop by Citadel Park, where your little ones can run around to their heart’s content. A great way to release all that built-up energy from the car ride. Like the Gladwin family, visit Lille Cathedral (Basilica of Notre Dame de la Treille), where children (and adults) can discover some of the fascinating history of Lille. Plus, the cathedral’s imposing modern structure makes the ideal backdrop for your family photos.  All that exploring got our intrepid travellers peckish, so they definitely needed a filling breakfast. Le Pain Quotidien is a gorgeous, cosy café ideal for avocado on toast and a coffee to set you up for the day. Watch Part 1 of Alex's trip here: Ghent The views from the top of Gravensteen Castle are reason enough to visit! Driving through Europe means it’s even easier to hop from country to country, so the family were able to nip across the border from France to Ghent in Belgium and take in the beautiful historic sights there. They managed to get a perfect bird’s eye view of the town from the top of Gravensteen Castle, as well as meeting a knight! There are many ways to see the city, but one of the best is via a canal tour, where you can discover the city in a unique way.   Efteling To conclude their trip, the Gladwin family experienced the magic of Efteling, the largest theme park in the Netherlands. Alex recommends taking a couple of days to see the whole park, as it’s so large. Efteling is based on magical fairy tales, and you can stop by one of the park’s shows to become fully immersed in the magical world. There are rides suitable for every member of the family, so everyone gets a taste of the adventure!   Watch Part 2 of Alex's trip here: Think your family deserves a road trip adventure? It’s even easier to discover Europe with Eurotunnel

Walibi

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Walibi has been elected in 2016 by professionals as “best theme park and most sensational park in Belgium”. Walibi Belgium is an amusement park with several sensational attractions! Calamity Mine, Radja River, the staggering Werewolf and for those who know no fear there are attractions like Vampire and Dalton Terror. Walibi Belgium is the place to be.  

Bellewaerde

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Spend a day at Bellewaerde with the entire family and enjoy the fun, adventure and spectacular discoveries. The fun family attractions make everyone jump up and down with excitement. You will get to know hundreds of animals close by, all this in an overwhelming natural setting. Ready for a day you will never forget? Welcome to Bellewaerde!

Bagatelle

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Situated between Berck and Le Touquet in a 26-hectare park with more than 40 amazing attractions, Bagatelle offers hours of fun with friends and family in a relaxed environment.  

Futuroscope

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Get away to one of France’s most popular amusement parks and the only one of its kind in Europe! Set off on amazing journeys and dive headlong into the fantastic, fun and festive Futuroscope atmosphere!

Parc Astérix

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There are fun rides for families… Menhir Express - ©2016 les éditions Albert René/Goscinny-Uderzo On Romus and Rapidus,you will rock and roll on your raft. The Gauls have sabotaged this scenic journey, which will soon turn into a shower for the brave souls who dared to come along. Laughs and splashes guaranteed. … and thrill seekers Drift along a river surrounded by greenery and filled with aquatic effects to discover the Gallic spirit for yourself. And the grand finale? Oh, just a little 11-metre drop! Oziris - ©2016 les éditions Albert René/Goscinny-Uderzo On Oziris, an inverted coaster, you’ll find yourself zipping along at over 90kmph, 40 metres off the ground! Set off on a Tonnerre de Zeus (Zeus’ wrath), a stunning circuit 30 metres high and reaching over 80kmph! Goudurix - ©2016 les éditions Albert René/Goscinny-Uderzo Goudurix begins with a gentle climb, perfect for admiring the scenery... But that won’t last long! After plunging back to earth at over 75kmph and racing through seven loops, each one crazier than the last, you won’t know which way is up! They don’t call Goudurix one of the most head-spinning coasters in Europe for nothing... Viking’s honour! Whatever ride you choose, you will laugh, you will scream and you will get soaked! So treat yourself to some unique and memorable sensations! Good to know Are your children shorter than the minimum height? No problem... You can enjoy the attraction one adult at a time, without queuing again! Fancy staying longer? Enjoy a break at the Hôtel des Trois Hiboux Hôtel des Trois Hiboux- ©2016 les éditions Albert René/Goscinny-Uderzo Located in the midst of the Oise Regional Nature Park, make the most of the exceptional natural setting offered by the hotel and of its many other advantages: 100 rooms looking out over the forest from a terrace or a balcony, direct footpath to the park itself, meet the characters*, magic show*. Other partner hotels are located just a few minutes from Parc Astérix. * weekends and school holidays only Getting there and around Parc Astérix is approximately a 2 hour drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais. Follow the A26 then the A1 motorway. Take the direct exit for Parc Astérix between exits 7 and 8. Parking fee of €10. Parc Astérix 60128 Plailly, France GPS coordinates for Parc Astérix N. 49.135143 - E. 2.565823 Opening times Parc Astérix is open from 1st April to 5th November 2017. Please check opening hours and days on www.parcasterix.fr/en.

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 a trip to Disneyland

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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

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.   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 Stitch Live! show provide some more relaxing sit-down excitement, 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

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

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

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

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 1 Book Eurotunnel Le Shuttle   2 Book 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

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

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 on-board, 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. For daily opening times, please check the calendar. Aqualud calendar

Nausicaá, Boulogne-sur-Mer

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Nausicaá, located in Boulogne-sur-Mer on the seafront, is more than just a mere aquarium: it is the largest exhibit in Europe dedicated to the discovery and protection of the marine world. With more than 58,000 animals, Nausicaá is an incredible destination for families: marvel at the majestic pelagic rays and hammerhead sharks, explore the beauties of the tropical lagoon, attend the medical training of the sea lions and many more experiences!

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

Disney's 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.

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