16 Apr Preparing your visit to Disneyland Paris: Everything you need to know to fully ensure a magical and unforgettable trip!
First things first, what exactly is Disneyland Paris?
Disneyland Paris is a major entertainment venue located in Marne-la-Vallée, 32 km from Paris, that includes hotels, the Disney village and its cinema. Most important of all is its two theme parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Every day the parks attract thousands of visitors, making Disneyland Paris one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe!
This is a special place where Disney’s magic is omnipresent, and where both the young and the old can have fun creating unforgettable memories while enjoying the many themed attractions, shows and special events! It is a place in time and space entirely dedicated to the world of magic and childhood dreams, where you can meet and hug your favourite Disney characters, and immortalise a unique and fun time spent with family or friends while taking as many photos as you like!
A brief history of Disneyland Paris down through the years:
- 1992: Euro Disney welcomes its first visitors
- 1994: Euro Disney changes its name to become Disneyland Resort Paris
- 2001: Disneyland Resort Paris welcomed its 100 millionth visitor.
- 2002: Walt Disney Studios Park opened alongside Disneyland Park, giving Disney lovers a whole new world to explore.
- 2011: The 250 millionth visitor crossed the park’s threshold.
- 2017: For the park’s 25th birthday, spectacular new attractions are inaugurated including the amazing Parade of the Stars.
Booking your tickets in advance:
This may seem obvious to some, but less obvious to others!
Amusement parks are often synonymous with long queues for rides or attractions that rarely last more than 2 minutes! So why waste time queuing to enter the park? We strongly advise planning ahead by booking your entrance ticket to Disneyland Paris online!
What is a FastPass ticket and how does it work? Some rides are equipped with a FastPass terminal (located at the ride’s entrance) where you can get your ride-ticket issued with a specific time assigned. With this ticket, come back at your assigned time without needing to queue up! This is a great time saver for those wanting to repeat the same ride several times or who just simply want to avoid the long queues. That way, you can spend more time on more rides.
The Disneyland Paris mobile app is available on both the App Store and Google Play.
Not only is it very convenient, it’s nearly indispensable and can make all the difference in helping you have an enjoyable and stress-free day! With the app you can consult the parks’ maps (especially useful for people with little or no sense of direction), get the times for shows and parades and even the waiting times for rides and attractions. The app has a lot of practical information too like access instructions and where to find the nearest toilet!
But what if it’s raining?
Disneyland Paris is full of attractions that are weather independent, but please be aware that for safety reasons, some attractions might be closed if the rain start to fall. There are many shops, restaurants and indoor attractions to ensure you have a successful and happy visit whatever the weather!
Where and what to eat in Disneyland Paris:
With 65 restaurants and bars at Disneyland Paris serving everything from snacks to gourmet food, there is something for all tastes and budgets! You’ll find a McDonalds and a Starbucks there too! And if your childhood dream was to have dinner in the company of your favourite Disney character, well that’s possible too, just as long as you book in advance!
What are the most popular attractions? (But not necessarily the most suitable for everyone!)
Disneyland Paris has nearly sixty attractions spread over its two parks. Here are some of the best:
- Big Thunder Mountain: For many, this is the best attraction in Disneyland Paris, ever since its opening in 1992!
- Ratatouille: The attraction with little chef Remy has been a huge success!
- Crush’s Coaster: Ever since its inauguration in 2007, Crush’s Coaster (nicknamed Nemo), has been a favourite with visitors.
- Tower of Terror: The attraction that transports you both back in time and through the air!
- Phantom Manor: This is a symbol of the Disney parks around the world and the Paris version is undoubtedly one of the most successful.
- It’s a Small World: Embark on a cruise and you will probably come out humming that famous little air that will be stuck in your head for ages!
- Mickey and the Magician: This is a show featuring the mischievous Mickey.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: This is the attraction that inspired the famous movie of the same name. There’s no Jack Sparrow here, but the original version designed by Walt Disney!
- Peter Pan’s Flight: Overfly London and Neverland aboard a flying boat!
- Space Mountain: Disneyland Paris’ most famous roller coaster!
When is the best time to visit Disneyland Paris?
Any time is a good time to visit Disneyland Paris as its magical attractions, shows and parades are open all year round!
Nevertheless, and depending on what you are looking for, here are a few things to take into consideration:
If an uncrowned park is what you’re looking for, then aim for midweek (Tuesday to Thursday) from mid-January until mid-March or between mid-April and mid-May. Fewer visitors means waiting times for the most popular attractions are significantly reduced. The flip-side to this however, is that fewer shows and events are scheduled during these periods.
Opening hours are longer at peak periods though, and so more shows are available! So, if you want the fullest day possible, aim for the bank holiday weekends, the summer months or special seasonal events.
Disneyland Paris is open every day of the year from 10am to 8pm. Please be aware however, that opening hours vary seasonally and the parks often stay open later on special occasions.
If you stay at one of the Disney hotels, you’ll be eliminating transport times and can and spend all that saved time in the park!
How to get there?
Address: Boulevard Park, 77700 Coupvray, France
Whether you come by plane, train or car, you’ll find it’s not difficult getting to Disneyland Paris. The gates to the Disney Parks are only 32 km from Paris, about 1 hour by shuttle bus from Paris’ airports and only a 2-minute walk from Marne-la-Vallée / Chessy RER train station.
Call centre: + 825 300 500 (0.15 € / min + price of call)
Many attractions are wheelchair accessible. In both parks, you will find symbols beside each attraction indicating any limitations or restrictions.
Toilet facilities are numerous and can be found evenly spread across the parks. They are also accessible to people with reduced mobility and for the most part are equipped with changing tables for babies.