Do you plan to visit Disneyland Paris? In this guide, you will learn everything you need to know before your trip – the best attractions, admission prices, where to get cheap tickets, opening hours and other tips that will come in handy when visiting Disneyland Paris.
- How to get to Disneyland from Paris
- Parks at Disneyland Paris
- Attractions for young children
- Attractions for older children and adults
- Tickets, prices, opening hours
- Where to eat
- Best time to visit
- How to avoid queues
- Tips before visiting Disneyland Paris
- Cheap Disneyland tickets
Disneyland in Paris
Disneyland Paris is located about 32 km east of Paris in Chessy. The park was built in 1992 as Euro Disney to distinguish its name from American Disneyland. Only 2 years later, however, the park was renamed Disneyland Paris . In 2002, the second Walt Disney Studios Park was added to the original Disneyland Park. Originally, Disney wasn’t sure where to build the park – the shortest selection was Catalonia in Spain and Chessy in France.
Disneyland in Paris employs 15,000 people, with 35,000 trees and 450 species of plants. It also has the largest supply of costumes in Europe – a total of over an incredible 250,000 costumes. Nevertheless, Disneyland in Florida with its 4 parks is much larger and even the largest theme park in the world.
It depends on whether you are going to Disneyland straight from Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports or from Paris . The price of the ticket and the time you spend on the road vary accordingly. The easiest and cheapest option is the RER A train from Gare de Lyon in Paris . You are at Disneyland in 37 minutes and a one-way trip costs you € 7.60. Get off at Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy Station, just 2 minutes from Disneyland.
A red bus from Disneyland called the Magical Shuttle runs directly from both airports. The trip takes an hour and costs you € 23 (children under 12 years 10 €).
Disneyland Paris has 2 main parks – Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park . These are then further divided into theme parks. There are a total of over 50 attractions in both parks (some may be closed on the day of your visit or for some time during the day).
Were you afraid of catching all the attractions during your visit? Don’t worry, not all attractions are worth a visit. In a moment I will give you some of our tips on the best attractions in Disneyland, what not to miss.
If you are going in season and plan to visit both parks, I would recommend reserving 1 day for each park. There are usually longer queues at the attractions and you might not have time for everything you plan in both parks in 1 day.
TIP: When ordering Disneyland tickets online, you will save money and, if necessary, you can cancel your tickets for free with a few clicks within 3 days in advance. This is a big advantage because it allows you to buy tickets at lower promotional prices. You don’t have to print anything, you just download the tickets to your mobile phone and scan the code on the spot.
1. Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park is the first park to be created in Disneyland Paris. You will find 40 attractions (16 attractions without height restrictions) and also several spots where you can take pictures with Disney characters (Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Winnie the Pooh and others). This park is more suitable for families with smaller children, because there are a lot of fairy tale characters, Sleeping Beauty castle and more attractions without height restrictions.
Disneyland Park is located on the right-hand side of the train station behind the large pink Disneyland Hotel. You go with the crowd and you definitely won’t miss it. Take the hotel’s subway to Main Street, inspired by early 20th-century small-town America. It ends at the iconic Šípková Růženka castle.
Sleeping Beauty Castle
Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris is the only castle in Disney parks where dragons sleep. She wakes up from time to time, blows out green smoke and growls. The stained glass windows of the castle were created by glass masters. Each window took months to manufacture, using 12th-century glassmaking techniques.
The pink color of the lock is not accidental. They were chosen to match the gray sky that prevails around Paris (Disney Park, Florida is gray to match the blue sky). The castle is oriented to the south to look good in the photos. Inside there is a souvenir shop and an exhibition from a fairy tale.
In the evening, there is a fireworks show . The current time is changing and you can find it for the day in the Disneyland Paris application.
Top attractions in Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park is divided into several theme parks, each of which contains other attractions that you can visit. Here is our selection:
Fantasyland is located behind the Sleeping Beauty Castle and is the perfect place for families with small children.
- It´sa small world – a canal cruise that represents a trip around the world. You will see various worlds (Japan, Persia, Indians, jungle and many more). The anthem It´sa small world sings.
- Peter Pan´s Flight inspired by the tale of Peter Pan, when you fly over London and the Land of the Earth in a pirate galleon; a short but fabulous ride; there are usually long queues
- Meeting with Mickey Mouse
Adventureland is a place full of adventure, reminiscent of an exotic tropical place in a remote corner of the world. You will find it on the left side next to Fantasyland.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril – a roller coaster limited to a height of 140 cm, which already indicates that it is not for the faint of heart; steep turns and a loop are waiting for you; there are usually long queues
- Pirates of the Caribbean – a spooky cruise where you will experience the adventures of Captain Jack and the pirates; everything is accompanied by sounds from the film
- Adventure Island – a walk on a suspension bridge, a cave, a waterfall that will take you to pirate times
- Swiss Family Treehouse – a tree house, which can be reached by stairs up to the treetops with a nice view of the park
Frontierland stretches to the left behind Main Street USA. You will immediately be interested in the theme of the Wild West.
- Big Thunder Mountain – roller coaster ride through a mine through the desolate landscape of the Wild West; there are usually long queues
- Phantom Manor – a tour of the haunted house, during which the story is told
Discoveryland can’t be missed by Star Story and Buzz fans from Toy Story. It is located on the right-hand side behind Main Street USA.
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue – for Star Wars fans when traveling between galaxies using 3D glasses; 60 missions, so even with more visits you still experience a new and new mission; at the beginning of each mission, one of the visitors is selected as a spy
- The Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast – laser shooter with a Buzz rocket; ideal for smaller children; there are usually long queues
- Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain is a space mountain with a roller coaster inspired by Star Wars; steep and fast turns where you dodge laser explosions; there are usually long queues; if you have no experience with roller coasters, I would first recommend trying another roller coaster and then Hyperspace Mountain
2. Walt Disney Studios Park
Walt Disney Studios Park is a newer behind-the-scenes movie and production park. There is a separate entrance. You go straight from the station. You can recognize the entrance from a distance by the tall tower with Mickey’s ears.
Walt Disney Studios Park has only 11 attractions (4 attractions without height restrictions), but some of them are definitely worth it. You can tell by the long queues. Younger children will probably enjoy Disneyland Park a little more, but they will also have a lot of fun here.
Top attractions in Walt Disney Studios Park
- Ratatouille: The Adventure – a fun 4D experience where you get into the skin of a rat and run around the kitchen; there are usually long queues
- Crush´s Coaster – A combined roller coaster in turtle shell with lots of turns; there are usually long queues
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – you walk through the mysterious former Hollywood Tower Hotel to the elevator, where you are strapped and a vertical roller coaster awaits you between the ground floor and the 13th floor, where your stomach always clenches when you fall down; there are usually long queues
There are many attractions in Disneyland, but some are limited in height. The best attractions for young children, which are not limited in height, include:
- It´sa small world , Disneyland Park (canal cruise where you will see different worlds and lots of characters)
- Alice’s Curious Labyrinth , Disneyland Park (hedge labyrinth with Disney characters)
- Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups , Disneyland Park (tea cup driving, you control the speed yourself, the purple cup is the fastest)
- Peter Pan´s Flight , Disneyland Park (the story of Peter Pan´, when you fly over London and Earth Doesn’t Earth; it’s dark)
- Meeting and taking pictures with Mickey Mouse , Disneyland Park
- Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast , Disneyland Park (laser shooter with Buzz from Toy Story)
- Ratatouille , Walt Disney Studios Park (fun 4D chase in Gusteau’s kitchen)
Although some attractions are not limited in height, they can be quite dark and a little scary, so I would recommend them to older children anyway. The best attractions for older children and adults include:
- Big Thunder Mountain , Disneyland Park (Wild West-inspired roller coaster)
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril , Disneyland Park (sharp curve and roller coaster inspired by Indiana Jones)
- Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain , Disneyland Park (Star Wars themed roller coaster)
- Pirates of the Caribbean , Disneyland Park
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue , Disneyland Park (3D galaxy travel)
- RC Racer , Walt Disney Studios Park (half-circle track; short but intense ride)
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror , Walt Disney Studios Park (vertical roller coaster)
- Crush´s Coaster , Walt Disney Studios Park
The amusement park offers several packages, from which really everyone can choose. But I have to say that different types of tickets and several prizes are a bit confusing on Disneyland. Plus, it often changes. Let’s take a closer look at it today.
Types of tickets to Disneyland Paris:
- One-day tickets to Disneyland Paris for a specific date
- One-day tickets to Disneyland Paris without choosing a date
- Multi-day tickets to Disneyland Paris
One-day tickets to Disneyland Paris
Disneyland offers one-day tickets at several price levels. These vary depending on whether you visit the park in high season or on weekends, when prices are much higher. In January of the week, tickets will cost you only € 54, but in the summer on weekends it can be up to € 94. You will find out the specific price after choosing a date. Tickets do not include transport.
If you are staying in Paris, you can also arrange transportation. The bus stops at the Eiffel Tower or at Gare du Nord (Gare du Nord / Opéra / Chateaut). But the prices are higher and fixed regardless of the period (see table), so you have no chance to “catch” the discount – it is better to take the train (see paragraph How to get to Disneyland ).
In the table you can see the price range in which one-day Disneyland Paris tickets move. Prices are divided according to whether you visit only one park or both parks and how old you are.
Tickets are valid unlimited for all attractions – either for 1 park or for both parks (depending on what you choose). Tickets can be canceled up to 3 days before departure.
Disneyland tickets without a date
Are you going to Disneyland but don’t know the date and still want to buy a ticket now? Then one-day undated tickets are ideal for you, valid for up to 1 year from purchase. They are also a nice gift tip.
Tickets are valid indefinitely for all attractions – either in one of the parks or in both (depending on what you choose).
Multi-day tickets to Disneyland
Do you plan to spend more days at Disneyland? Then take a look at the discounted multi-day packages – there are 2, 3 or 4 days on offer. Tickets are valid for an unlimited number of attractions in both parks (you cannot choose only 1 park).
Opening hours at Disneyland Paris
- Disneyland Park 9:30 – 20:00, off-season the week closes an hour earlier
- Walt Disney Park 9:30 – 18:00
- If you are staying at a Disney hotel, you have an extra hour or two before and after opening hours for yourself. At Disney, they call it Extra Magic Time .
There are plenty of ways to eat at Disneyland. Here you will find restaurants with buffets, buffets, cafes and fast food. You can dine at Disney Village, which is adjacent to both parks and is full of shops and restaurants, or to eat right in one of the parks. Expect prices to be inflated. If you want to save money, you can pack your own snack and eat while waiting in line or on one of the benches.
The best places to eat at Disneyland Paris include:
- Bistro at Rémy in Walt Disney Studios Park (left of Ratatouille)
- Cowboy Cookout Barbecue inspired by the Wild West at Disneyland Park (in Frontierland behind Big Thunder Mountain)
- Plaza Gardens Restaurant on the square in front of the castle in Disneyland Park; they have a great choice
- Rainforest Cafe in Disney Village
As for the time of day, head to the park as soon as possible in the morning, as the largest crowds will gather around 10 am or later in the afternoon. Generally, the calmer means of the week is Tue-Thu.
The quietest months are January after Christmas, February and March. On the other hand, most people live here during the Easter period, in the summer from June to the beginning of September, around Halloween and between Christmas and New Year. Although there are the biggest crowds in the summer, the opening hours are extended and most events take place here.
The weather in Paris is quite mild, so you can go to Disneyland all year round. If you are looking for a compromise, go here May-early June or then mid-September-October. The weather is already / still warm and the queues are smaller.
The queues at some of Disneyland’s attractions in Paris are sometimes frightening. The best attractions can have a waiting time of 30 minutes to an hour (in the high season, even over an hour). In the last two years, the queues have been significantly smaller due to restrictions, but it’s hard to say how it will go next, so here are some tips on how to avoid the queues at Disneyland Paris:
- Arrive as soon as possible in the morning and choose the most visited attractions (Indiana Jones, Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight or Hyperspace Mountain in Disney Park or Ratatouille and Tower of Terror in Walt Disney Studios Park). Other attractions, Sleeping Beauty Castle and you can explore the park later.
- Postpone lunch and visit your favorite attractions during lunch, when many visitors leave to dine.
- Download the Disneyland Paris app , which shows the current waiting times for each attraction.
Disney Premier Access
If you do create a queue at the attraction you plan to go to, you have one more option, and that is the paid Disney Premier Access service . As the name suggests, this is an accelerated entrance to the attraction. It is charged 5-15 € depending on when you visit Disneyland – you pay more in the season and on weekends, depending on the occupancy of the attraction, etc.
How does it work? You will download the Disneyland Paris application , where you will create your account and link it with the ticket. As soon as you enter one of the parks and see that there are a lot of people waiting in line, you will find the attraction you want to go to and find out what the waiting time is and whether the attraction has an accelerated Disney Premier Access entry (not all of them have it). Click on accelerated entry, select a time and pay. If you do not have an application, you can also pay for accelerated entry on the spot:
- In Disneyland Park at City Hall – on Main Street on the left just behind the park entrance (as soon as you walk through the station and see a gazebo in the middle, it will be a building with a clock on your left)
- At Walt Disney Studios Park, Studio 1, just past the park entrance
Disney Premier Access cannot be purchased in advance. You can order an accelerated entry for only 1 attraction at a time.
- Take your water bottle. There are drinking fountains in the parks, where you can easily draw water. A little trick that will save you enough euros.
- Put on comfortable shoes, because you really have enough. The parks are large, especially if you plan to switch between Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.
- Make at least a rough plan of what you want and in what order to visit. Thanks to the size of the park, you can easily wander here and then waste time wandering aimlessly.
- If you have purchased a ticket to both parks, first go through 1 park and then go to the second . The transitions between the parks are quite long and you would waste time on the road.
- Download the free Disneyland Paris app . It will show you where you are, where there are attractions and what the current waiting times are. There is wifi in the whole area.
- In summer, pack a sunscreen and something for your head. You will spend a lot of time in queues in the sun.
You will save money when ordering online, and you can also cancel your tickets for free with a few clicks within 3 days in advance. This is a big advantage because it allows you to buy tickets at lower promotional prices. You don’t have to print anything, you just download the tickets to your mobile phone and scan the code on the spot.
- One -day tickets to Disneyland Paris for a specific date
- One-day tickets to Disneyland Paris without choosing a date
- Multi-day tickets to Disneyland Paris
Another tip on how to save money when visiting Disneyland Paris is the Paris Explorer Pass . With one card, you get free admission to 41 attractions and experiences in Paris, including Disneyland. You can choose to visit the Louvre, tour the Eiffel Tower, view from the Montparnasse skyscraper or the Grande Arche, cruise the Seine, wine tasting in the historic royal cellars of Les Caves du Louvre, try making your own macaroni in the famous Lafayette Gallery or head to the Asterix theme park. Read more about Paris Explorer Pass .
Accommodation near Disneyland
Disneyland Paris offers 6 accommodation options where you can stay nearby. Accommodation in hotels is an experience in itself, but prices per night for two are usually in the range of 10,000-25,000 CZK.
I recommend staying in Paris near Gare de Lyon and taking the RER A to Disneyland from here (the journey takes 37 minutes). Another tip in terms of accommodation facilities with a restaurant is ibis Styles Paris Bercy . It is located a few minutes from Gare de Lyon and yet very well connected to some of the most famous places in Paris – in 15 minutes by metro to Notre-Dame or the Louvre and in another quarter of an hour to the Champs-Élysées or the Eiffel Tower. You can head to the Seine promenade or take a walk in the Bercy Park with its gardens, which are a few meters away. Rooms are smaller but cozy with breakfast included. A second tip for accommodation is the Campanile Hotel Paris Bercy Village , which is also located next to Bercy Park and has a great base for exploring Paris and visiting Disneyland.
Disneyland Paris: MAP
HOW TO USE THIS MAP: Above you will find a detailed map of Disneyland Paris. Click at the top left of the map to see separate layers with highlighted locations. You can hide and show the different layers or click on the icons on the map to show the names of the places I mention in the Disneyland Paris guide. If you want to save the map, star it. For a larger version, click on the icon in the upper right corner.
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Frequently asked questions
Disneyland Paris is located about 32 km east of Paris in Chessy.
Disneyland Paris has 2 main parks – Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park . These are then further divided into theme parks. There are a total of over 50 attractions in both parks. The complex also has a Disney Village with shops and restaurants.
The cheapest tickets start at € 54. The price depends on seasonality and attendance. You can find more information about the entrance fee in the article, including tips on how to save on the entrance fee.