Driving to Disneyland Paris

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Myself and my boyfriend Martyn are huge Disney Fans and enjoy vlogging our trips for our YouTube channel, SoHelena. Last year we visited Disneyland Paris for the first time as adults and as soon as we returned, we were already thinking of our next trip. We compared prices for a January visit and found that the best offer was through MagicBreaks. This included four nights for two and Eurotunnel Le Shuttle travel absolutely free! It was too good an opportunity to miss, so we snapped it up! In January, we woke up on the day we were due to depart excited for our holiday. We booked an early shuttle to make the most of our first day in the Parks. We set off with enough time to get there at least thirty minutes before the departure time. Flask of tea and a car picnic neatly stored at my feet, we were away on our adventure. Taking Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is the fastest way to France by car. Eurotunnel to Disneyland Paris Once we arrived at Folkestone, we checked in using the touch screen service. Before Martyn could start entering the vehicle registration, the touch screen had scanned the car and done it for him. Easy! We had just enough time to stretch our legs and explore the shops and restaurants. Just like an airport it is a great place to do some duty-free shopping. On a side note, as you don’t have a weight limit to worry about, you can buy as many Toblerone's as you want… A giant screen in the car park told us when it was time to board, we made our way through security with our passports at the ready and then drove onto the shuttle. We kept saying how space age it looked inside, comparing it to the Disney attraction ‘Star Tours’. The 35 minutes flew by and before we knew it, we had arrived in France. Martyn couldn’t get over how quick it was, it meant that he was still energised enough to drive the remaining three hours to the hotel. What we found nice about driving was that we had the freedom to take everything at our own pace, we could stop when needed to grab snacks. Watch our journey on Eurotunnel Le Shuttle to Disneyland Paris here: Disneyland Paris Where in France: Coupvray, Paris Drive from Calais: 312.0km / 2h 55m We stayed at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne, it has been recently refurbished and the new Texas ‘Toy Story’ themed rooms are incredible. We absolutely loved it and never wanted to leave. As we had booked an early shuttle, once we had checked into the room and unpacked, it was still only the afternoon, leaving us with time to enjoy the Parks. As soon as we turned down Main Street USA and saw Sleeping Beauty’s castle in all its glory, we felt the magic even as grown up children. For the next four days we didn’t stop, no moment was wasted. Mid-January seemed like a good time to visit as the crowds were quiet, meaning we could ride our favourite rides (like Tower of Terror, Rock ’n’ Rollercoaster and Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain) endless times. Our Toy Story themed room, in Disney's Hotel Cheyenne. Credit: SoHelena Meeting Mickey We met Mickey Mouse and even got a picture with Darth Vader. We tried to keep our cool but I must admit, even at 27 years old he was pretty scary. We became Space Rangers, challenged to defeat the evil emperor Zurg! Although in reality it was mainly about me trying to beat Martyn in a best of three competition. To see who won make sure you watch our SoHelena vlogs. In the little time that we did rest, we ate in the restaurants. We booked the Full Standard Disney Dining Plan, meaning we could eat in the buffet restaurants including La Grange at Billy Bobs, Plaza Gardens, Agrabah Cafe and Restaurant des Stars (make sure you try the Red Velvet Cake!). Crush from Finding Nemo in the Disney Stars on Parade! Credit: SoHelena Disney Stars on Parade You can’t visit Disneyland Paris without watching the Disney Stars on Parade, we were thrilled to hear the 25th Anniversary music and we couldn’t resist bopping our heads and singing along. The Disney Stars on Parade is incredible, all of your beloved childhood characters in one place and some newer characters thrown in too. No Disneyland Paris holiday is complete without watching the firework and visual show, ‘Disney Illuminations’. It is performed every night and is always special, there are beautiful projections of characters on the castle and the fireworks create the perfect backdrop. They certainly know how to do a firework show! A photo infront of the Castle is a must! Credit: SoHelena Heading home On our day of departure we booked a later shuttle to make the most of our last day. We had enough time to ride our favourite attractions and grab a Chip and Dale Christmas decoration, before setting off on our way to Calais. We arrived at check in a little earlier than planned but instead of having to wait around for our scheduled shuttle, we were given the option to leave on an earlier one! Again, 35 minutes was no time at all. To beat the Disney blues we are already planning our next trip and will definitely be using the Eurotunnel again. It makes Disneyland Paris such an easy and accessible holiday destination and we love the freedom that driving there brings. If you want to see what we got up to on each day of our trip in more detail, then head over to the SoHelena YouTube channel to watch our Disneyland Paris 2018 vlogs. Feeling inspired to book your magical trip? First, check out the various special offers available through MagicBreaks! The magic is closer than you think…

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. Credit: Tin Tin Press Club 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.

Disneyland® Paris for adults

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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® Paris, often makes for the perfect grown-up getaway. To get you inspired for your next adventure, we've put together a Disneyland® Paris for adults guide for you to make the most out of your 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. Attractions 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. Ride the high speeds of Big Thunder Mountain. Credit: MagicBreaks 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? Credit: MagicBreaks Thrilling experiences Rollercoasters aren't the only amazing activity you do during your time at Disneyland® Paris; there are also plenty of hilarious, terrifying and exciting experiences to be a part of too. 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. The entertainment doesn't stop when the park closes, Disney Village opens until late. Credit: MagicBreaks 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® Paris 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. After a long day in the park, pamper yourself at the Celestia Spa. Credit: MagicBreaks 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 Manhattan Restaurant If you love authentic Italian cuisine, jazz music and chic surroundings, you'll really enjoy an evening at 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. Bistrot Chez Remy Step inside the wonderful world of Ratatouille and dine out at Bistrot Chez Remy. Credit: MagicBreaks Another culinary hotspot in the park is the larger-than-life restaurant Chez Remy. French cuisine is served up in this Parisian-like bistro, but with a Ratatouille styled twist! Here giant champagne corks are chairs and tables are made from jam jar lids. Getting there and around If you fancy a grown-up trip of your own to Disneyland® Paris, make the journey with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle today. 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. To find out more about the benefits of driving to Disneyland® Paris from lifelong Disney fan and YouTuber SoHelena read our recent blog post. Feeling inspired to book your magical trip? Don’t miss out on the special offers available through MagicBreaks! The magic is closer than you think… Top image credit: MagicBreaks

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

European theme parks guide

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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 3 to 4 hours drive Walibi Park - Belgium Bagatelle Park - France Efteling - Netherland 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 Disneyland® Paris Tickets   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.   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. Disneyland resort Paris 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 €55 and adults are €65 for 1 day. Parc Asterix 3 hours drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal www.parcasterix.fr   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'.   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 1st April to 5th November.  Ticket prices: Children under 3 years of age are free, children under 12 years of age are €41 and adults are €49. Festyland Parc 3 hours 30 minutes drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal www.festyland.com   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.   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-Jun: 11am–6pm  Jul–Aug: 10:30am–7pm daily. Ticket Prices: Adults - €20.50. Under 12 - €17. 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 www.parcbagatelle.com   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.   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:  8th April to 1st October 2017: 10.30am – 5.30pm or 7:30 depending on the number of visitors. Ticket prices: Adults €25.90. Children under 1 meter free. Children from 1 meter to 1.45 meteres €19.90.   Belgium Walibi Park 2 hours 20 minutes drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal www.walibi.com   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.   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 under 1 meter go free, children from 1 meter to 1.40 meters €31,50. Adult €36,50.   Netherlands Efteling 3 hours drive from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal www.efteling.co.uk   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.   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: 365 days from 10am-18.00pm. Ticket prices: Until 11 February 2018 incl, with the exception of July and August €35.50. From 1st July 2017 until 31st August 2017 incl €37.50. Book your journey

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