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Amusement Parks In France: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

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Amusement parks in France will not only provide a day of fun for all family members, but give your crew additional insight into the culture of the country. International cuisine, countryside views and classic characters will enhance your overall French adventure. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on theme parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about French theme parks.

Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris offers an experience for everyone in the family. From thrill rides to family adventures to plenty for the little ones to do, this is one way to guarantee a great time on your European adventure. There are eight different "lands" at the Disneyland Park, plus you can visit the Walt Disney Studios Park for a Disney character-driven exploration of movie-making magic.

Signature Ride

Disneyland Paris is home to the classic ride It's A Small World. This is a musical tour across the world that all family members will enjoy.

Fun For Non-Thrill Seekers

Aside from the rides at Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios, visitors can enjoy shopping, dining, dancing and entertainment at Disney Village. The fun includes stage shows, an IMAX theater and other fun such as Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show with Mickey & Friends.

Food Options

Your dining options at the Disneyland parks are beyond imagination. The parks have everything from kiosks to food courts to full-service restaurants and represent cuisines from around the globe.

Safety Record

Incidents at Disneyland Paris are uncommon, but accidents do occur. According to The Disney Blog, an incident occurred on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster on April, 2011 in which a part of the scenery fell onto a passing train, injuring five passengers. On Oct. 6, 2010, a subcontractor became trapped underneath a boat on It's A Small World and died later at the hospital, according to the Metro Reporter.

Address: Disneyland Resort Paris, Rue De La Marnière, Chessy, ÎLE-DE-FRANCE 77700
Phone: 011-33-8-25-30-60-30
Hours: Disneyland Park is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Walt Disney Studios is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closing times can vary by day and month. Check website for specific dates, times and details by day.
Price: Prices start at a one-day, one-park visit for adults at $70, and for children 3 to 11 at $63. The park also offers two-day, two-park passes at $150 for adults and $134.00 for children 3 to 11. Children under 3 do not require tickets. Check the website for special promotions and offers.

Parc Asterix

Parc Asterix, based on the French comic book character Asterix, is focused on family fun. With plenty of colorful and entertaining areas in the park to explore, visitors of all ages will enjoy a great day of rides, entertainment and new characters.

Signature Ride

Goudurix, a steel roller coaster in the Vikings section of the park. While at first it might feel like a mild ride, a 46-mph surprise plunge and seven loops will drive home the thrills.

Days Worth Of Fun

Parc Asterix has water rides, an oxygenarium, a carousel, a spook house via phantom train, a boat ride and plenty more. The park also offers a variety of shows, including a dolphin show.

Food Options

Around the park you will find cafeterias, sandwich stands, fast food and the full-service restaurant Arcimboldo Grill.

Safety Record

Reported accidents at Parc Asterix are uncommon, but have occurred. According to Le Figaro, a 6-year-old Belgian boy drowned after falling from a boat ride in July 2006.

Address: BP8, 60128, Plailly, France
Phone: 011-33-03-44-62-34-04
Hours: The park opens at 10 a.m., but closing times vary. While in the winter the park is closed most days, it is often open for special events on certain dates. Check the calendar on the website for details on specific dates and times.
Price: Admission price for visitors 12 and older is about $57, and for children 3 to 11 the price is about $43. Children under 3 are free. Parking is about $11.50 per day. Season passes are also available.

Other Noteworthy Parks:

Jardin d'acclimation Parc Saint Paul Futurescope Nigloland Walibi

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