Disneyland Park originally called Euro Disneyland and best known as Disneyland Paris, is a theme park in Marne-la-Vallée in France. The park opened in April 1992 and it is the second largest Disney Park in the world after the original Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida.
With five different themed areas inside and numerous attractions, it’s a fun day trip that you should consider when visiting Paris. People of all ages will have a good day out in the park because there is some magic in the air that I can’t put into words, but I truly believe that most of all it just takes you back to your happiest childhood memories.
Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy – Walt Disney Company
Planning your trip to Disneyland Paris
The park is big and there are a lot of attractions. How long you want to spend in Disneyland Paris is up to you. A lot of people prefer to stay 2-3 days in order to fully enjoy the park. But if you are on a trip to Paris and don’t have much time you may consider going for a day trip from central Paris. Two years ago I did just that and I think I had a full experience inside the park.
It was very easy to get there and the time when smoothly with the many things to do. I will try to explain you how to do it so you can enjoy this trip as much as I did.
Best time to go?
All year round, but if the plan is to enjoy Disneyland in one day, planning the best time to go is important. So, ideally good weather and as few people as possible. Logically avoid the weekends, public holidays and the school vacations. I went in February, during the week and had purchased a flexible ticket in order to get the best weather day during my time in Paris.
There were not a lot of people in the park and in the most famous rides the queues were about 20 to 30 minutes. Try to get to the park early as possible because in the afternoon becomes more crowded.
Buy tickets in advance
To enjoy even more a full day out there I suggest you buy the tickets in advance online on the official website (here) in order to avoid queues once you reach the park and will also save you some money as most of the tickets online have discount.
Choosing the right ticket
There are two separate parks at Disneyland Paris: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studio. Most people buy a ticket for both parks but it is possible to buy tickets for just one.
There are several options for the 1-day-ticket and the prices vary from 50€ to 85€, depending on the time of the week/year you visit. All the information about the different tickets can be found here.
How to get there?
The best way to get there from Central Paris is by taking a train. Line A (red) of the RER trains takes you to Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy station, which is just a 2 minute walk to the Disney Parks (RER map). The tickets are easy to get from the machines; they have several languages so hopefully it should be a simple process. The ticket costs approximately 9€ Don’t worry if you miss one train as they pass every 15 minutes and take about 40 minutes to reach the park.
Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever – Walt Disney
If you are just going for one day, like I did, and you really have something that you want to see/do on the park I suggest you have a look on the different rides before you go and then start your day with those. You can never anticipate how long you will be in queues but you can have an idea of the park before you go.
Disneyland is divided into four themes: Discoveryland, Frontierland, Adventureland and Fantasyland and has a lot of shops to visit on the way.
The Fantasyland is one of my favourites as I loved all the princess stories when I was a kid. It did made me dream about the fairy tales and the fact that many of these Disney characters walk around the park makes it even more real. They do move around and some only appear at certain times, so if there is a specific one that you really want to see ask at the entrance about it.
Another thing that I loved was the shows during the day. There was one big parade mid-afternoon which was something magical, when several stories and characters came in a parade all together with music and dancing. At night there was the Disney Dreams when the park closed with music and lights of all colours. Bear in mind the times for the trains and that when the park closes everyone will be running to the trains, so maybe leave the park a few minutes before the end of the show.
Some of the most famous attractions are listed below:
- Space Mountain
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
- Pirate’s Beach
- It’s A Small World
- Ratatouille: The Adventure
- Star Tours
- Phantom Manor
- Sleeping Beauty Castle
Eat and drink in the Park
There are many restaurants and bars inside Disneyland Paris and they are all ridiculously expensive for the food that they offer. It is up to you what to do, but my suggestion is to bring food and drinks for the day with you in a small backpack. This will save you some money and allow you to keep going on the rides and not lose times in queues waiting for food.
Several themed shops across the park will sell basically anything you can imagine. Even the smallest toy or mug could easily cost 20€. It’s easy to lose yourself in these shops, first because they are everywhere and then because they have some awesome stuff on display. Remember that some of the toys from there you can buy for less money back in the Disney store in central Paris.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney