Few countries in Europe can compete with France when it comes to theme parks! Starting of course with the magical Disneyland, this post runs down five of the best places to take the children on holiday…

Disneyland – The Place Where Dreams Come True

Featuring world-class entertainment, the most famous theme park of all offers mega-excitement for all ages. Situated just outside Paris there are endless activities, including Adventure Isle, Arcade Beta, Crush’s Coaster and many more, not forgetting the ever popular Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. At any one time, there are 50 adventures available with Disney characters roaming the street, more than 55 themed restaurants, and 7 Disney hotels. Seasonal events, such as Disney’s Halloween Party and Christmas and New Year at Disney Village are planned throughout the year. Visit Pariscityvision.com to book your tickets to Disneyland.

Les Voyages de Ponocchio (Photo by: Jeremy Thompson).

Walt Disney Studios® Park

Learn the Art of Disney Animation® in the Toon studio, and then take part in 12 movie activities – all height regulated. For the little ones, there is Disney Studio 1, Ratatouille: The Adventure and others, and the taller children can take part in Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror®. The Studio Tram Tour®: Behind the Magic is for all ages, with all the fun of getting splashed. 2017 starts off with a bang, with the all new Season of the Force, an intergalactic extravaganza. It is located within Disneyland Paris, with all the Disney restaurants and hotels available nearby.

Mickey in the Wild Wild West! (Photo by: Sean MacEntee).

Asterix Park – The Gauls Are Still At It

Celebrating Asterix and Obelisk, these canny Gauls are still keeping invaders out. For thrill seekers, there are 39 attractions, all height-regulated. For the Young Gauls under 90cm, Etamine needs help stirring her potions and Hydrolix sails up the river. Fun for the Family over 1m in height, Le Grand Splatch, and Nationale 7 offers thrills and spills. With tickets are available at the ticket offices, this fun-filled adventure park is just 35kms north of Paris. There are 12 themed restaurants and fast food kiosks in the park.

A Gallic world, full of adventures. (Photo by: WarOnTomato).

Futuroscope – Audio Visual Excitement

Situated in Poitiers, 350km south of Paris, this theme park is based on multimedia, audiovisual and cinematic techniques. With 30 different spectacular attractions and shows, the latest is Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, a 4D experience slipping and sliding with Sid and friends. The Raving Rabbits take you on a journey through time wearing 3D glasses, and Dances with Robots places you inside the robot’s arm while it dances. Super thrilling. L’Arena puts you on a free-fall slide, facing you off against foes, protecting yourself with the power of the mind. All the shows are height-regulated. With 7 themed restaurants and fast food outlets, and 12 hotels inside the park, you’ll never want to leave.

A spectacular theme park straight from the future (Photo by: Andy Roberts).

Le Puy du Fou – Where History Waits For You

This historical theme park in Les Epesses in western France, promises travel back in time with spectacular events. Take in shows like Le Signe du Triomphe – where you will relive the speed and fury of the circus games; The Vikings, crossing from the Drakkar’s to Le Fort de L’An and The Knights of the Round Table – where Merlin takes on King Arthur. Between shows wander through the historical villages, the 1900 Market Town; The Medieval City; The 18th Century Village and The Fort de L’An. Beautifully recreated, these towns give you an idea of life back then. 15 restaurants and kiosks and 4 historical hotels cater to your every need. www.puydufou.com

Vikings attack! (Photo from Le Puy du Fou)
Vikings attack in this blazing reenactment! (Photo by Le Puy du Fou).

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