Halloween Fun at Parc Asterix

Over October half term we stayed just outside Paris with Al Fresco Holidays at La Croix du Vieux Pont.

When visiting Paris, there is one theme park that is always top of the list of must-visits – Disneyland Paris, but let me introduce you to another option – Parc Asterix.

If you have not heard of Asterix, he is one of the most beloved characters in French popular culture. He resides in a remote Gaulish village in the middle of the Roman Empire, with his best friend, Obelix and a series of humorous comics portray him as a diminutive but fearless Gaulish warrior living in the time of Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars.

Hubby and I have fond memories of reading these comic adventures as children and were keen to introduce Isaac and Eliza to the fun and the team at Al Fresco advised us to buy our tickets to Parc Asterix from Ticket Bar, to save around 50% on our entry price.

The journey to Parc Asterix took around 75 minutes from the La Crois du Vieux Pont and if you are staying closer to Paris, it is around 30km north of the city. It is very easy to find and is well signposted from the A1 motorway.

Parc Asterix

Like most theme parks it does cost you money to park on site – an extra €12, so do factor this in to your visit.

Pumpkin

Don’t expect a Disney like welcome at Parc Asterix. It is showing its age in places and some of the facilities have seen better days, but don’t let that put you off visiting, it is lots of fun for all ages!

Parc Asterix Halloween

In fact, there were many reasons why we preferred it to Disneyland Paris.

Sebastian Parc Asterix

Firstly, there were very few queues. Most kids rides had no queues at all which meant we easily got to do all the rides in the park for one day.

Eliza Parc Asterix

There are over 40 rides to try from gentle roundabouts and water rides, to exhilarating rollercoasters to rival those at Alton Towers and Thorpe Park.

Rollercoaster

There are also interactive shows on throughout the day, at various locations in the park, including a Gauls v Roman’s battle in the amphitheatre, magic shows, the house of fear and the kids favourite – helping the Gauls Approchethéorix hunt a goblin in the village area.

Approchethéorix

Although the show was in French, much of the acting was so inclusive that the kids instinctively knew what was going on and happily followed the actor around as they hunted for the mischievous goblin.

Goblin

For older children and brave adults, there is a whole area dedicated to Halloween and Hubby bravely visited La Maison de la Peur (House of Fear) where he encountered vampires and the living dead. The kids and I just watched amused as hoards of teenagers ran from the house screaming in fear and excitement.

Zombie

There was an area for you to walk through with live entertainers, which was also not for the faint hearted, although there was a clever traffic light system as you entered to tell you when it was safe to enter with children. If you were brave enough, you did get to see some very realistic zombie’s who burst into a brilliant rendition of the thriller dance.

Zombie

For us, Parc Asterix felt very much like the Thorpe Park of old, where it is a truly family orientated day out.

Isaac Parc Asterix

Although there are a couple of areas dedicated to children’s rides, there are also three or four kids rides close to the larger rollercoasters, so you can keep the little ones entertained whilst waiting for older ones (or an adrenalin mad Hubby) to return.

Asterix

Parc Asterix is also home to two themed hotels if you want to extend your stay.

We hope to visit Paris again very soon and would certainly go back to Parc Asterix in a heartbeat, only this time I want to do all the big rollercoasters!!

Have you been to Parc Asterix?

20 thoughts on “Halloween Fun at Parc Asterix

  1. I think the Asterix comic books were the main reason I did quite well at French at school. I loved them too. It must be nice to be able to introduce your children to a little bit of French history and culture in a fun way. They certainly look like they are enjoying it.

  2. I have always heard great things about Parc Astérix, I must admit we have always favoured Disney but I would love to go one day as Astérix is such a big part of French culture and this is such a celebration of that as well as being good fun

  3. Wow! what an awesome place to have fun with kids. I wish I was there with my son and hubby. Will add this to my bucket lists.

  4. WOW this looks like a great place to visit, I cant believe I have never heard of it before. I love that there are rides for both younger and older children and the no queues gets a big thumbs up from me (I hate queueing lol!).

  5. I loved the Asterix comics when I was younger. I had no idea Parc Asterix existed though! It definitely sounds worth a visit if you’re nearby.

  6. I remember Asterix! My dad had it on vhs and I used to watch it loads as a little kid. This looks really fun, I’d love to take my boys there sometime and relive my childhood.

  7. Oh wow how fun does this park look and it seems like they have had a wonderful time celebrating Halloween. I am sure I remember Asterix from when I was younger, how cool there is a park out there too!

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