Europe’s finest: Eurodisney and the London Eye


Europe has come a long way in recent years in terms of interesting tourist attractions. The traditional Spanish beach holiday and winter skiing trips still hold their appeal, but there is a new sort of visitor attraction taking to the market.

Two very different types of attraction tickets have become some of the most sought after in the region: Eurodisney tickets, which welcome you to the massive Disney theme park and leisure attraction complex just outside Paris, and London Eye tickets, which let you take a ride on the enormous Ferris wheel on the banks of the Thames. Each has its own appeal, and these attractions are located in two of the most sensational cities in the world.

Eurodisney: A family paradise

The early days of Eurodisney, the Disney Corporation’s attempt to bring the Walt Disney World experience to Europe, were fraught with problems. A revamp in the late 20th century saw the complex given a thorough going-over, including a name change to Disneyland Paris. Since then, visitor numbers have rocketed and the resort now claims to see 15 million people through the gates each year. The venue features a number of exciting rides and is family orientated; the famous Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril attraction is based around the adventures of the iconic movie character, while Space Mountain remains a legendary ride and offers a variety of thrills and spills. The site is also home to the newer Toy Story Playland, a children’s paradise themed around the animated movies and its characters.

Book in advance

It is advisable to book in advance, as the facility is very popular indeed and queues can be long. Booking Eurodisney tickets can be done online, a quick and secure method of making sure that places are available. Travelling to and from the venue is easy, as there are excellent road and rail links. Booking in advance is compulsory for the London Eye as places are limited. London Eye tickets can be purchased for many different packages, and online booking is again recommended.

Spectacular views of the capital

The London Eye offers visitors the chance to ride on a 120metre diameter Ferris wheel – the tallest in Europe – inside a capsule, rotating slowly so that they can take in the quite sensational views of one of Europe’s most historic cities. It is now regarded as one of the most popular paid tourist attraction in the UK, and can carry up to 15,000 visitors each day. Needless to say, the view from the top is one of the most impressive that can be found, and the wheel continues to attract even more visitors with time.

Out and about in Paris and London

Of course, these are not the only attractions that the two great cities have to offer, but they are among the most popular family holiday choices. London is home to some of the busiest tourist attractions in the world – The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and many other famous buildings, museums and galleries – while Paris is the world-renowned ‘City of Love’ with the famous Eiffel Tower among the many attractions. Both cities offer a wide choice of hotels, superb restaurants and excellent family attractions, and both are bustling and exciting places in their own right.