Could Crush’s Coaster Be My New Favourite Ride in Disneyland Paris?
It wasn’t so long ago that I discovered the glory of Big Thunder Mountain, and after years of ranking Pirates of the Caribbean as my number one in Disneyland Paris, the Wildest Ride in Wilderness usurped it. It is my son Lucas who determines which rides we try, as I always said that I’d go on any ride that he wanted to go on. Being that I’ve always been somewhat of a thrill avoider, that’s quite a promise, but fatherhood takes you to crazy places.
Crush’s Coaster was on the list for our last family trip in December 2017, but Lucas wasn’t feeling it so we shelved it until our next trip, the one we took just a few weeks ago. I’d had quite a few people tell me that Crush’s Coaster was a pretty wild ride, with the combination of spinning, whilst travelling a fast roller coaster track. Some said it was amazing, others said it was very jerky and even quite painful. I actually didn’t think Lucas would want to do it this trip too, but come rope drop on our second day and there we were, just 45 minutes from ticking a new ride off the list.
Whilst the queue might look long, and it is, so looks aren’t deceiving, it moved quite quickly, so there wasn’t really a great deal of time to overthink things and get nervous. That and this was my first trip to Disneyland Paris with chemical courage, to give it a daft and pretty off the mark name, but I’m a fan of alliteration, so it stays. Through the switchback queuing area and I thought we were there, only to be welcomed by some stairs a bridge and more stairs – what goes up must come down. Still, it’s a wonderfully themed area, and I never got bored of the mine mine mine seagulls standing atop the beach shack.
I’d be lying if I said wasn’t a tiny bit anxious when we were seated in the shell themed riding vessel, and being at the back I was a bit perturbed that I couldn’t see what was coming. But did I go as far as turning my neck as far round as humanly possible, in an attempt to see what was coming? You bet I did, but not so much that I wasn’t there for Lucas and looking around at the Finding Nemo characters and scenes that make up the first gentle part of the ride. Past Bruce (fish are friends not food) and to the summit of the incline and it went dark. Not so dark that you couldn’t see anything, but dark enough that each twist and turn of the track was a surprise, as we plummeted backwards, spun, and flew along at a pretty rapid speed.
The second part of the ride is maybe a minute long, and in that time you are sent in every direction, sometimes facing forward, other times backwards and even sideways. When I disembarked from that inaugural ride I wouldn’t say I came off loving it, but I was pleased that I’d coped so well and was keen to ride again. Lucas and my wife Denise loved it, and in Denise’s case, I’ve never seen her come off a ride so buoyant. Wanting to capitalise on the momentum, we queued again, this time for well over an hour. My second ride, knowing that nothing life-threatening was awaiting me, was much more enjoyable, to say the least.
Crush’s Coaster became the story of this most recent trip, and we rode it 8 times. That might not sound a lot compared to the 12 Big Thunder Mountain and 13 Pirates of the Caribbean rides on our Summer 2017 visit, but those 8 rides involved a lot of queuing. I didn’t find it at all jerky, and though the sensation of speed is considerably faster than Big Thunder Mountain in some places, I found the experience really very smooth. It’s quite telling that those 8 rides on Crush’s Coater almost tripled the 3 rides we had on Big Thunder Mountain, and whilst some of that is most definitely the novelty factor of a new ride, the excitement of another go on Crush’s Coaster had us all buzzing.
So, is Crush’s Coaster my new favourite ride in Disneyland Paris? I think that question is best answered with another question – if I could go on one ride in Disneyland Paris right now, which would it be? The answer is most definitively, Crush’s Coaster. Gnarly dude!