When the parks are busy, it can be easy to accept defeat and wait in long lines. But that doesn’t appeal to me. There are so many underrated fun things to do that can go by unnoticed, or dismissed as not worth the time.
So this list is underrated attractions that rarely (if ever) have a wait, are great fun as well an extra thing to tick off on your list of Disneyland Paris attractions.
Alice’s Curious Labyrinth
(excuse my silly face here!)
This is a not-to-be-missed attraction in my book. It’s a maze that incorporates elements of the Alice in Wonderland film and it’s silly and colourful. At the centre you find yourself at a castle that you can climb for an amazing view over the park. It’s a-maze-ing (too far?)!
Liberty and Discovery Arcades
These arcades located at the back of either side of Main Street. They aren’t perhaps the most interesting for children, but they have small exhibitions along the walls (such as one about the Statue of Liberty) and they are sumptuously decorated. They’re a great shortcut on the way out of the park, avoiding the crowds on Main Street. They lead into the shops as well and are a great place to sit and shelter from the rain!
Inside Sleeping Beauty Castle
If you’re walking through the middle of the castle, you can turn and go up a set of stairs that leads you to a mezzanine level. This floor has stained glass windows and tapestries depicting the story of Sleeping Beauty, and they are gorgeous. You can also go out onto the balcony, giving you a great view over Fantasyland. And you can make believe that you are surveying your kingdom (just me that does that? Oh.)
Technically the first picture is actually of the Pirate Galleon, but that is linked to Adventure Isle so I’m bundling them altogether here. This area is full of caves to explore and bridges to cross. It’s a great area for children to let their imaginations run wild. It’s also equally fun for adults to play like children again. I particularly love the barrel bridge!
La Cabane des Robinson
Otherwise known as the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, this attraction shows the ‘rooms’ that the family built in the treehouse after they were shipwrecked. This is probably one of the most underrated attractions in the park and okay, it’s not showy or fancy, but it’s a mini adventure! The attention to detail is wonderful. You can also get some great views across to the castle and to Discoveryland beyond.
La Tanière du Dragon
This is one of my favourite hidden features. Hidden in the basement of the castle is a sleeping dragon. But of course, the dragon doesn’t stay sleeping! It’ll often wake up and breathe smoke. The effect is perhaps a little frightening for young children but luckily, that dragon is clearly chained down. This area shows Disney’s wonderful attention to detail. It only takes a 5 minute visit but is well worth the time.
Are there any other underrated attractions that I’ve missed from this list? Comment below and let me know!