When it first opened, many thought Europeans would balk at the oh-so-American concept and force the park to close-- but Disneyland Paris (formerly "Eurodisney") proved the skeptics wrong, becoming the most popular amusement park and family-geared resort in Europe. Click through our gallery to get some inspiration before heading there for a trip, whether you have the kids with you or not. After reading, feel free to browse our complete guide to the 15 best things to do in Paris with children.
Disneyland Paris Main Street Decorated For Christmas
Disneyland Paris gets dressed up every winter in dazzling holiday lights. This shot from winter 2009 shows the park's Main Street and fantasy castle decorated for the Christmas season. If you'll be celebrating Christmas in Paris, Disneyland can be a fantastic place to spend a day or two.
Enjoying the Rocket Ride at Discoveryland
One of the reasons Disneyland Paris is such a draw card for families is that even the youngest members can enjoy it to the fullest. In this shot, a young visitor at the main park gets a real thrill out of the Orbitron rocket ride at Discoveryland.
Heading to the park? If so, read our complete complete visitors' guide to Disneyland Paris, and find out more about the park's official hotels and other accommodations here. It's never too early to plan your trip and ensure that you make the most of it.
Going Mad on the Teacups in Fantasyland
One of Disneyland Paris' ideal attractions for the youngest kids is the Mad Hatter's Teacups ride in the heart of Fantasyland. Inspired by the Alice in Wonderland fairytale and Disney animated film, this retro-cool ride was one of the original attractions to open at the very first park in Anaheim, California during the 1950s. Despite its age, it continues to be a huge hit. We don't recommend getting on this ride shortly after eating, though!
Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Paris
This shot shows the outside setting for the much-beloved Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland Paris, which has seen a strong surge in popularity following the global popularity of the film franchise starring Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Some are surprised to find that the ride here is a tad "scarier" than its counterpart in California: at the Paris park, the waterfall-style drops are a tad steeper and more exhilarating! You may wish to let your kids know before taking them on, and very young children might find the ride a little too scary.
Sleeping Beauty's Castle Lit Up for 15th Anniversary
A shot of the fantasy-drenched "Sleeping Beauty's Castle" dressed in lights as part of a Disneyland Paris' anniversary celebration. The park has regular celebrations like these to mark their anniversaries, as well as special thematic parades and decor for holidays including Halloween, Christmas and St Patrick's Day. Consider visiting the park during one of these holiday periods for a special treat for the whole family.
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If so, learn more about Disneyland-branded hotels and other accommodations available around the park, and decide whether they might make good possibilities.
Hanging Out With Minnie Mouse at Disneyland Paris
A group of young kids are thrilled by the company of the one-and-only Minnie Mouse at the Disneyland Paris theme park, which is located less than an hour from central Paris in the suburb of Marne-La-Vallee. It's a truly fun day trip from Paris, and doesn't even require a car! You can easily get there by RER (a suburban commuter train line): board in central Paris, and arrive right at the entrance gates! Who needs the stress of driving, anyway?
Heading West With Buffalo Bill at Disney Village
Spectators at the Disney Village entertainment complex in the Disneyland Paris resort enjoy a performance of the Buffalo Bill Wild West show. Shows like these can provide a bit of much-needed downtime from the physical excitement of rides, while still giving kids and adults some great entertainment.
The Disneyland Paris Hotel at Dusk
A shot of the four-star luxury hotel at Disneyland Paris in Marne la Vallee, France.
While a stay at one of Disneyland's own-branded hotels or campgrounds isn't for everyone, they can make convenient and fun choices for family accommodations. Their close proximity to the resort and its parks is a big advantage.