As a whole, it’s not the idyllic locale American parks have mastered themselves to be. The roller coasters are shockingly rough. An Armageddon-themed special effects attraction is basically just a haunted house with a fireball in its center. And the language barrier becomes burdensome on Phantom Manor, Disneyland Paris' answer to Haunted Mansion, which has a convoluted backstory that you have to Google ahead of time.
So, yes, Disneyland Paris has its quirks, but if you’re ever going to see it with your own eyes, the time is definitely now. For the next year, that crazy upside-down Space Mountain even has a temporary Star Wars overlay mimicking X-Wing flights way better than Anaheim’s did. And remember that hullabaloo about Pirates of the Caribbean reworking its famed wench sale scene? It happened here first, but won’t arrive in the states until 2018. You won't want to miss Walt Disney Studios' impeccable, delightful Finding Nemo-themed Crush Coaster. If you don't love the idea of a pitch-black roller coaster with rotating cars that feel like a jaunt atop a Mario Kart turtle shell, the Ratatouille ride, which shrinks you down to the size of the film’s four-legged star, is an all-ages delight so good it’ll soon appear at Epcot.