Just as the park’s most lovable characters’ names end in ‘ix’ so too do some of the rides: take ‘Discobélix’ where gentle sways soon become disorientating high-speed spins, like you’re cascading into a cauldron of magic potion. Or there’s ‘Goudurix’, kicking off with 37 metres of mounting anticipation, then far-reaching views over towards Paris, then a 90km per hour descent (yep, that’s 55mph) and no less than 7 hair-raising loops! Not bad for starters, huh? That is until you discover the rides with Greek names like ‘Tonnerre de Zeus’ where the sheer drop, tight bends, thunderous noise and breathtaking speed ̶ 80km per hour this time – will have you holding on to your seat for dear life!
If you’ve got teens in tow, you’ll never see fixed grins quite like the ones they’ll have on the unbeatable ‘Oziris’ ride ̶ half in stitches at the sight of you, yet half terrified themselves. And it’s little wonder, since you’ll all feel like you’re flying, feet in the air, head (gulp!) upside down. When you’re back on solid ground, team spirit will be sky high, and you’ll all be high-fiveing that you’ve braved it together. Boom!
And as you might expect in this day and age, there’s digital fun to be had at Parc Astérix too ̶ and believe us, it’s no less entertaining. Be sure to leave time for the big screen 4D showing of ‘Attention Menhir’, in which an ancient standing stone smashes the screen. But no spoilers here; we’ll say no more!