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Parc Asterix Review, Meet Dogmatix!

My boys adore the Asterix and Obelix books as did their dad before them. They played a big part in their learning to love books as they pulled every volume of the series from library shelves and read them over and over again.

These gorgeous cartoons also introduced historical concepts into small heads. Think about it, they were discovering the concept of Roman soldiers and battles across Europe, sewing the seeds of Cleopatra and Vikings. It’s a good starting place for kids to develop an interest.

Now my teen and tween still read them, a couple of well-thumbed copies  inhabit our globetrotting backpacks, so imagine the excitement when we discovered that an Asterix Theme Park existed just north of Paris.

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Apparently it’s been around a long time, but we’d never heard of it and I know we’re not unusual in that.

Parc Asterix faces stiff competition from the Paris Disney park but we decided to try something different, with bigger rides and unique theming. We’ve done Disney in Florida and in California multiple times, time to try something new.

A few words and pictures about the theme park and a video towards the end of the post and yes, they have a real, live Dogmatix!

Park Asterix Paris Review
Arriving at a new theme park and waiting for rope drop is always exciting!

 

Parc Asterix Review, Family Tested.

Although the Asterix theme park has been around a long time it looks brand new, from the theming to the up-to-the-minute rides, you’d swear you were visiting a new park. We were suitably impressed by quality and appearances in all areas of the park. There are areas themed for Ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and the Norse Lands, each with a superb variety of rides and themed food options. The only thing that put a dampener on our day was the heat, there were few places to escape and no air con that we found. We visited on a very hot day and it sapped our energy. The wait times were reasonable, but in the heat we all struggled a little. The park is huge, we walked over 10 Km ( we had our fitbit) between 10am and 5pm and I’m sure we didn’t see everything, I know we didn’t try every ride. Before you go check out the park map, make a plan of attack and keep an eye on the weather forecast. Also consider taking your own water bottles in a small daypack, food options were good but we didn’t find any free water bubblers, bottled water is expensive and not kind to the environment.

Our Honest Asterix Theme Park Review, The Moving Pictures!

Rollercoasters look much better in video than in photos, so we took some video for a change. Look out for the real, live Dogmatix at the end.

 

The Big Rides

log flume at park asterix theme park paris
The boys loved all the big rides, the Asterix theme park has some seriously scary rollercoaters along with a good selection of water rides.

There are several huge roller coasters, you can loop the loop, spin upside down and dangle from the skies to your heart’s content. You certainly won’t find anything like this at Disney. My boys, at 10 and 13 were tall enough for every ride and found the coasters suitably terrifying.

Another big ride, Obelix’s Disc ( you can see it in the video below) was not only ultra cool to look at, it scared us off completely, nobody wanted to be that scared. But never mind, there were heaps of other rides to try.

You’ll also find a decent selection of medium-scary rollercoasters. These suit me just fine and I had several rides in the Greek and Egyptian themed areas. You could compare them to the biggest rollercoasters at Legoland Parks, for instance.

There are at least 3 huge water rides, a traditional log flume with a big drop (Menhir Express), the more sedate water ride featured in the video below ( Le Grand Splatch) and a round, river rapids type, conveyance ( Romus et Rapidus). All were good, all gave varying degrees of soaking which was welcome on a hot day. We also noticed, but didn’t try, a water play area for those who have brought swimwear.

For Small Children and Toddlers

Adventure playground at parc asterix for younger children
There is a huge area within the theme park dedicated to small children, with kid sized rides and this beautiful adventure playground.

There is a huge area dedicated to small children with an adventure playground and multiple junior rides including mini-rollercoasters. Also you’ll find Asterix’s Village to explore ( Check out Unhygienix’s fish shop in the video), a mellow boat ride and a high, but leisurely, monorail ride that covers a lot of the park. Of course there is a carousel, every park should have one of those.

Small children should enjoy the Romans v Gauls battle in the covered arena, this is where you get to meet Dogmatix and watch a crazy circus style battle and dance off. It’s all in French and there’s no air-con, be prepared for that.

There is a dolphin and seal show at the park too, we didn’t visit.

How Were the Wait Times? Do You Need Rapid Pass?

Parc Asterix Waiting in the Stocks
Wait times really weren’t bad at all.

Wait times were reasonable, we never saw a ride with more than a 45 minute queue and there were always alternatives with shorter wait times. For comparison we’re seen wait times of almost 2 hours at Disney. Electronic message boards round the park display wait times to help you plan. Arriving early in the day there was zero queue on the ride we targeted, the big Goudurix roller coaster in the Viking area. You’ll see it in the video, the boys rode 3 times back to back with zero wait. From there on in, queues gradually developed.

Rapid Pass works a little differently to Disney’s Fast Pass, guests need to buy a Rapid Pass ticket, it’s not cheap. For us it wouldn’t be worth the extra $100 or so but for big rollercoaster fanatics it would be a sound investment.

Where is Parc Asterix and Where to Stay?

Parc Asterix Hotel Paris
Where we stayed, Parc Asterix’s partner hotel, a short distance away was perfct for families and allowed us to explore central Paris the next day. Check prices below.

The Asterix theme park is to the north of Paris, not far from Charles De Gaulle airport. We normally get to France by ferry, it costs us around $70 to take the car over then it’s easy enough to drive to Paris, this time we broke the journey on the Somme Battlefields, but it’s not too far to drive in one day. Taking our own vehicle gives us flexibility and allows us to bring back plenty of cheese and wine.

Parc Asterix has its own woodland accommodation adjacent to the theme park. We chose to stay at its parter hotel a couple of Km away. This hotel was great value and had parking and excellent wi-fi along with super friendly, helpful reception staff. There were a number of food outlets very close to the hotel and a garden full of free-range white bunnies along with pet goats and pigs for the kids. We can recommend this hotel, but if you want to spend a little more, go ahead, stay in the park, we’d love to try it one day.

Check prices and availability for Premiere Class Saint Witz here.

We used a couple of Premiere Classe Hotels in France ( also in the Somme region, see here), they are a hotel chain are a solid, low-cost family option for touring France. For more up-market family stays, take a look at the top kid-friendly hotels in Paris.

Parc Asterix Theme Park Video

parc asterix dogmatix merchandise
Do you love Dogmatix? You need to watch the video up top.

Parc Asterix Contact Details and Website

Click on the image above to check prices on Asterix books for your kids.

Find the Parc Asterix Website Here

Phone Number Tickets +33 (0) 826 46 66 26

Phone Number Stays +33 (0) 826 46 66 20

Parc Asterix Address: 60128 Plailly, France

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So if you’re travelling to France, maybe spending a few days in Paris or even if you’re just looking for a fun day trip, check this Asterix theme park out. We had a ball and it was great to discover a new and unusual theme park in Europe.

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Alyson is the creator of World Travel Family travel blog and is a full-time traveller, blogger and travel writer. A lifetime of wanderlust and now over 7 years on the road, 50+ countries allowed the creation of this website, for you. She has a BSc and worked in pathology before entering the travel arena and creating this website. World Travel Family Travel Blog has been helping you travel more, better and further since 2012, when Alyson and James first had this life changing idea. On this site you can find endless travel information, tips and guides plus how to travel, how to fund travel and how to start your own travel blog.

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Vidyut Rautela

Monday 11th of September 2017

Awww! So sweet family fun. Parc Aestrix seem like a perfect place for kids to enjoy. Too bad it's not advertised much.

Kavey Favelle

Thursday 31st of August 2017

This looks like a great theme park, I used to love Asterix too. And I love that they have rides and attractions for all ages, as well. What a fun day out!

Anna Faustino

Thursday 24th of August 2017

I would so drive a car as well just so I could bring back loads of cheese and wine! Believe it or not, never even heard of Asterix! You guys looked like you had a grand time though.

Liliane Fawzy

Wednesday 23rd of August 2017

This looks like so much fun! I used to read the books as a child but wasn't a diehard fan. Would still check this out!

Darlene | PS+W

Tuesday 22nd of August 2017

I'm one of the kids who still don't know about Asterix but looks like a fun book! Will definitely check it out. Your family sure had a lot of fun in that theme park and for sure other kids will do too!

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