Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris is the only Disneyland park in Europe! One of the coolest things about the Disneyland franchise is getting to visit and see the difference with Disneyland parks all over the world!
Disneyland Paris was opened in 1992 as Euro Disney, which has since grown and changed to become the Disneyland we know today. It’s a popular destination for visitors from all corners of Europe, as well as the Disney lovers who want to experience Disneyland in different countries!
The theme park is located about an hour from Paris, so it’s an easy day trip!
How to get tickets for Disneyland Paris
The Disney website has all the information on tickets that you need. Ticket prices may vary depending on whether it’s a busy period or not!
You will see a few different options, including one type of ticket that is for a specific day, or another type that is flex for two parks, meaning you have the option to visit two parks in one day.
Is the Disneyland Paris Flex ticket worth it?
That really depends! Honestly, you can definitely visit both in one day, so if you stay in one park you may run out of things to do. On the other hand, the Walt Disney Studios Park is a bit barren at the time of this post, as they’re in the process of rebuilding and expanding half the park. When it’s finished, it will be amazing, but for the moment it’s a bit lacking.
How does the Disneyland Paris Fastpass work?
Unfortunately, you can’t use an app to reserve your spot anymore! You now have to pay for the Fastpass, called ‘Premier Access.’ The Premier Access comes with two options: A full pass for the day or the ability to pay per attraction.
The day pass costs 90 euros and the per-attraction option costs 8-15 euros per ride.
If you choose not to do Premier Access, you should still download the Disneyland Paris app, because you can make restaurant reservations and view waiting times on rides.
The easiest way to get to the park by public transport is by taking the RER A train. There are various stations that the train runs through in the center of Paris, such as Châtelet, Charles de Gaulle-Etoile, and Gare de Lyon. Follow the signs inside the station to RER A Est, and look for destination Marne-la-Vallée. The train splits so be sure that you see Marne-la-Vallée lit up on the next train screen, or you may end up lost in the suburbs of Paris. Once there, exit the train and follow the crowds to the main Disneyland park entrance.
Arriving at the Disneyland Paris entrance
Disneyland Paris consists of two parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. When you arrive from the RER A station, you will follow the crowds to the left to reach the parks. The first one you will stumble upon is Disneyland Park’s main entrance. If you continue walking, you will find the studios park, and after the Disney Village.
If you arrive early in the morning, there will be a line going from the entrance all through the gardens. Make sure you have the actual TICKET. If you only have a voucher you will have to wait in line to get it exchanged into an actual ticket. Make sure you do that first so you don’t waste time in the main entrance line.
Layout of the Disneyland Paris Parks
Disneyland Paris is similar to the typical Disneyland that you will find in all corners of the world. You have your Main Street USA, Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Tomorrowland. When you enter through the main entrance, you will find yourself in Main Street USA.
The Disneyland Park has all your favorite rides, plus a few new surprises! After walking down Main Street USA, you’ll find yourself in front of the iconic castle.
The castle featured at Disneyland Paris is the Sleeping Beauty Castle, which is a pretty pink color! Come to the park early for an unobstructed view and photos! Inside the castle, you’ll find a mini museum of the Sleeping Beauty movie and some gorgeous stained glass.
If you continue into Fantasyland, you will find a maze themed after Alice in Wonderland. You can wander through the gardens, see your favorite characters, and visit the Queen of Hearts’ castle! It’s a quick, fun thing to do as there isn’t usually a line!
Additionally, Disneyland Paris included and maybe even expanded the Robinson Crusoe hut in Adventureland. You can climb up the trees and get lost in the caves, which are absolutely beautiful due to these special lights installed that give floor a water effect. Sometimes it’s nice to get a bit of nature in between all these attractions!
Walt Disney Studios Park
Walt Disney Studios Park focuses more of their animation and more recent work, such as Pixar, Avengers, Star Wars, etc. You will find iconic rides there, such as Crush’s Coaster and Tower of Terror. There is a Toy Story area with life-save toys and many subsequently themed rides and attractions.
Disneyland Paris is also unique in that there is a miniature Paris, themed after the Ratatouille movie, inside the park! You can find many French themed restaurants and food, including the Gusteau’s Restaurant, just like in Ratatouille.
In summer of 2022, Walt Disney Studios will be updating and opening an Avengers campus. There are many other further renovations planned, so right now a lot of the Studios Park is under construction.
Completing your visit
Be sure and stay for the fireworks show at the main Disneyland Park to complete your visit. Be sure and get there a bit early to secure a great view, as well as an easy access outside of the park.
Tips for visiting Disneyland Paris
- Pick your favorite rides and go early/stay late. The lines will be much longer later in the day so try and hit all your favorites either in the morning, or in the evening– after the parade but before the fireworks. Maybe people won’t stay for the fireworks so you have much shorter wait times!
- Eat outside the park. Even if you don’t have a flex ticket, you can leave the park and come back in whenever you want! The food at Disney Village is a bit tastier, as well as cheaper!
- Buy your return train ticket at the beginning of the day. When the park closes, everyone is scrambling to the exit to get on the train back to Paris. If you don’t have your ticket already, that means you’ll spent an extortionate amount of time waiting in line to buy it.
Have you visited other Disneyland Parks around the world? What was your impression?