Disneyland Resort Paris is an amazing place to visit, with several resorts, two parks, and more. This article covers some of the things you need to know before heading to Disneyland Paris. Disneyland Paris official website : click here
HOW MANY DAYS?
Usually, most people would be able to accomplish the Walt Disney Studios park in half a day or a day at the absolute most. We spent a little over three hours in the park and felt that was enough. I wouldn’t downright encourage anyone not to experience this park (if you travel all the way over there, you might as well step foot in it to see what it’s all about for yourself), but it’s not going to be the highlight of anyone’s trip. That said, if you only have one day to experience Disneyland Paris, skip the Studios and just do the Disneyland park.
If you are a Disney fan, I’d recommend 3 days at Disneyland Resort Paris. On our first trip, we spent 3 days at Disneyland Resort Paris, and I felt that was the perfect amount of time for a serious Disney fan. There’s a lot to explore in Parc Disneyland, and the park is incredibly detailed, so planning on allocating 2 or 2.5 days for that park is advisable.
Given its location in a culinary hotbed like France, you’d expect Disneyland Resort Paris to have some sterling dining options. Unfortunately, expectations here don’t comport with reality. Restaurants at Disneyland Resort Paris are not that good and are not that “French.” The good news is that dining has improved since a few years ago. But on the other side you could also go to val Europe (one RER stop) and enjoy some nice and french typical restaurant (and all surrounded by the shopping hall).
How to get there?
The TGV is the best option, and it drops you off right outside Disneyland Paris’ gates. Perfect for on-site guests.
The VEA shuttle is the second-best option, but it stops at a number of hotels (think Disney’s Magical Express). The RER is the worst option, as you have to go from CDG airport to central Paris and switch lines to head back to Marne-la-Vallee. Both CDG and MLV are outside Paris, so doing this essentially means you have to backtrack.
However, if you’re buying a RER pass or your hotel is on the RER line, this may be your best option. It’s relatively straightforward, it just takes about an hour.
On our first trip to Disneyland Paris, we stayed a night at an off-site hotel at the first stop (Val d’Europe) from Disneyland Resort Paris on the RER A line. Combining the time it took to walk from Disneyland Paris to the RER station (3 minutes), the time it took on the train (5-15 minutes, depending upon the train schedule), and the time it took to walk from the station in Val d’Europe to our hotel (3 minutes), you have about a 25 minute commute, at worst.
Generally, these hotels in Val d’Europe can be booked for 75-150 euros/night, which makes them (typically) significantly cheaper than Disneyland Paris on-site hotels. Another option, particularly if you’re spending time elsewhere in France, is Airbnb…
But in any case, if you would like to make a green gesture, you can also book your stay with our hotel partner via our 1 reservation =1 tree planted program here
WHAT TO DO?
Here are a few quick notes regarding Disneyland Park attractions that may not be so obvious to a casual guest:
Phantom Manor is the Disneyland Paris take on the Haunted Mansion; it’s much darker than Haunted Mansion, but awesome for its own reasons (make sure to explore the Boot Hill Cemetery outside the exit)
Space Mountain is much more intense in Paris and includes inversions
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril is nothing like the Disneyland Indiana Jones attraction; the Paris Indiana Jones attraction is a bare-bones coaster that is very forgettable
Disneyland Paris has the best version of Pirates of the Caribbean, but it can draw long lines
Storybook Land Canal Boats (Le Pays des Contes de Fees) is a modernized version of the Disneyland classic, but with more to see
Alice’s Curious Labyrinth is worth doing for the view alone from the top of the castle
The Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through is not-to-be-missed
Big Thunder Mountain, it’s definitely worth doing
Make sure to tour the Nautilus: it’s a simple walk-through, but 20,000 Leagues fans will really appreciate it
Don’t miss Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin, Adventure Isle, or the Swiss Family Treehouse
Take some time to explore both Main Street Arcades with the nice restaurant and shops...
Disney Dreams is absolutely not to be missed; stake out a spot at least 30 minutes in advance–more during busy season.
Place de Remy is the highlight of the Walt Disney Studios Park, and you should plan on going here first thing in the morning to get a FastPass for the trackless Ratatouille dark ride.
AniMagique and CineMagique are considered two of the best attractions in Paris.
Crush’s Coaster was cute, but it wasn’t worth the 30 minutes or 1 hour waiting…it certainly won’t be worth the 90 minutes you’ll wait for it in the summer time.
Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster and Tower of Terror are skippable if you’re short on time but if not just go there...
Toy Story Playland is cute, but the attractions are all superficial.
Have you been to Disneyland Paris? What did you think? Planning and trip and have questions? Please leave them in the comments at the bottom of this page! If you’re a Disneyland Paris “regular” and you have tips of your own, please add them in the comments.
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