A Day Trip to Disneyland Paris
If you ever have the chance to visit Disneyland Paris on a day trip while visiting Paris, France, you should definitely go.
Chris and I were visiting Paris with our three girls and managed to keep our plans to visit Disneyland Paris a secret until two days before our scheduled visit.
Talk about the ultimate way to surprise your kids with an adventure!
Let’s just say, there was much rejoicing. If you think that Disneyland Paris is just for young kids, just tell your twenty-somethings that you are going and watch their reaction.
Are There Two Disneyland Paris Parks?
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Yes. Disneyland Paris has two parks—Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. You can purchase individual passes to each park separately or buy a combined pass to visit both.
Here are a few places to enjoy when visiting the Disneyland Park:
- Meet n’ Greets
- Main Street Parades
- Shops & Boutiques
- Main Street, USA
Walt Disney Studios Park features:
- The “New” Avengers Campus
- The art of filmmaking on the Front Lot
- Production Courtyard
- Toon Studio
- Worlds of Pixar
- Shows and Attractions
- Meet n’ Greets
You would want to allow more than one day if you planned to visit both parks.
If you have the time and the budget, book the ultimate Disney experience and stay in one of the amazing on-site hotels. You get the benefit of more character visits, meal options, and early access to the park during your stay.
Are There Hotels Near Disneyland Paris?
Disneyland Paris has five hotels on the property close to the parks (plus one more off-site hotel). Unlike the Disney-themed resorts in the US, these hotels are single buildings.
- Disneyland Hotel
- Disney Newport Bay Club
- Disney Hotel New York-The Art of Marvel
- Disney Sequoia Lodge
- Disney Hotel Santa Fe
- Disney Davy Crockett Ranch
Check out the incredible deals for Disneyland Paris available on Booking.com. Whether you book through a travel agent or another site, as long as you are staying in a Disney hotel, you receive the same top-notch Disney experience as all other guests. Why not save a little bit of “moolah” in the process?
The benefit to staying in an Disney Hotel and enjoying the full immersive Disney experience includes early entrance to the parks, character greets at your hotel, access to both parks, being close to the parks to maximize your Disney time, and free parking close to your accommodations and the Disney entrance.
How Do I Get to Disneyland Paris from Paris?
If you are traveling to Disneyland Paris from Paris, you will want to take the RER (Regional Express Network) Train outside the Gare de Lyon to Parc Disneyland for the 45-minute train ride. Choose Line A with a termination at Marne-la-Vallee Station; it drops you off right next to Disneyland Paris in Chessy, France.
Line A can also be boarded at Chatelet Les Halles or Charles de Gualle Etoile. Purchase tickets at the station via an automated vending machine or through any office in the station.
Need directions? Use this metro map as a reference.
How Do I Get to Disneyland Paris from the Airport?
The closest airport to Disneyland Paris is Charles de Gaulle (CDG). To get from Charles de Gaulle to Disneyland Paris, your transit options include: taxi, shuttle bus and train.
Taking the TGV Train from the airport is the cheapest and most popular transfer option.
TGV Tickets and Time:
~17.50€ and 45 minutes
Taxi Cost and Time:
~76€ – 90€ depending on the time of day and 40 minutes
Disney’s Magical shuttle Bus Cost and Time:
~23€ and 60-90 minutes to reach Disneyland Paris hotels. You can book up to two days before the departure date. Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch is excluded from this transfer option.
What are the Disneyland Paris Ticket Prices?
Ticket prices vary depending on your length of stay. If you know in advance which day you will be visiting the park, I would recommend buying a dated ticket.
For one adult in 2022, the price for a dated ticket started at $74.40. (If you plan to stay for a longer visit, the price will be cheaper for each day.) If you purchase an undated ticket, the price jumps to ~$126.00. Obviously, a dated ticket is the way to go.
Check the current ticket prices.
But, What if I Don’t Speak French?
Not to worry. All employees at Disneyland Paris speak English; there’s no need for you to be fluent in French.
Is There a Map of Disneyland Paris?
When Should I Arrive at Disneyland Paris?
Disneyland Paris opens at 9:30 am. If you are a guest at the Disneyland Hotels, you are able to enter the park early at 8:30 am.
Note * Park opening hours are subject to change. Be sure to check the website for updates before your visit.
I would recommend arriving at Disneyland Paris 30 minutes early to get in line or queue for your day of fun. Besides the Disney hotel guests, you will be some of the first people in the park and be able to pick your favorite rides to start the day.
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Should I Plan My Rides?
To maximize your day at Disneyland Paris in France, planning your day is a good idea. Some rides such as Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain and Indian Jones and the Temple of Peril are popular rides and will typically have longer wait times throughout the day.
What is the “New” Disneyland Paris Avengers Campus?
On July 20, 2022, Disneyland Paris completed it’s expansion of the Walt Disney Studios Park with the opening of the first ever Marvel-themed Universe—Marvel Avengers Campus.
Avengers Campus wants to recruit and train you to become part of the next generation of superheroes. You’ll enjoy live-action stunts, encounters of the heroic kind with Marvel super heroes, themed restaurants, a boutique, and two action-packed attractions.
Helpful Tips for Your Visit
- Download the FREE Disneyland Paris Mobile App before you arrive at the park. Among other things, the app shows a map of the park, displays your current location in the park, indicates which rides are open or closed, identifies times and locations to meet characters, and is handy for displaying the current wait times for rides!
- Bring your phone. It will be useful for taking pictures, using the Disneyland Paris App, or texting your family to find out where they are.
- Bring a portable charger. I recommend that you always travel with a portable charger wherever your vacation takes you. You will be using your phone for pictures, directions, texting, etc., throughout the day. Your phone will need a recharge before the day is through.
- Wear comfortable shoes. It is possible to walk over 10 miles just within the park as you race from one ride to another and back again.
- Bring a water bottle and refill as necessary at the water fountains throughout the park. Stay hydrated and save money.
- Bring a small backpack or crossbody bag to hold your water bottle and valuables throughout the day. The Travelon Heritage Crossbody Bag is my favorite and it was perfect with plenty of pockets and two zippered pouches for water bottles.
- Book your dinner reservations for character dinners or any of the Disney restaurants in advance. If you are traveling with children, they will absolutely love the chance to meet many of their favorite Disney characters.
- If you didn’t get a chance to make a dinner reservation in advance, try the park restaurants during off-peak hours. You will have a much better chance of securing a table at less busy times.
- If you are visiting the park with babies or young children, bring a stroller as well as a baby sling or carrier. You will need to park your strollers outside the ride. As you wait in the queue (waits can be longer than an hour at times), your arms will start to hurt holding small children.
- Even if your kids are a little older and think they are too big for a stroller, after ten hours in the park, you and their tiny feet will be grateful for a bit of respite from walking. It is great for an afternoon nap or a little bit of shade.
- Be sure to mark your stroller so that it is easily identifiable. We took a stroller to Disney World in Florida and someone took it mistaking it for their stroller. Add a bow to the handle or something that singles it out from other similar strollers.
- Disneyland Paris allows you to bring snacks into the park as well as a picnic lunch if you wish. Having a stroller sure does make this convenient.
- Check the weather. Depending on the forecast, you may wish to bring rain jackets or a light jacket.
- You can leave bags in lockers outside the entrance to the park if you are coming with luggage from the airport, or if you don’t want to carry snacks, your lunch or a backpack with you all day long.
- Take advantage of the Disneyland Paris FastPass. You may not be able to book in advance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan your day strategically. Plan in advance which attractions you want to FastPass and in which order.
- Eat lunch outside the park to save a little money. There is a McDonald’s outside the entrance to Disneyland Paris. It is a short 5-10 minute walk.
- Tour the Princess Castle. You can walk through the castle and up onto the parapet for a great view of the the park. If you have the chance to visit as the sun begins to set, you’ll get some great pictures with the stained glass windows all lit up.
- Find the Disneyland Paris Dragon under the castle—“La Tanière du Dragon”. For first timers, you’ll want to see it. Did you know that Disneyland Paris is the only Disney castle with a dragon?
* Additional Tips *
Be Willing to Ride as Single Riders
I wouldn’t necessarily suggest this if you are enjoying the park with younger children, but with a teenager and two twenty somethings, we were able to get onto rides much quicker when we went as single riders. That means that when other groups had uneven numbers and didn’t quite fill up a row, the Disney employees would have a single rider fill in the extra spaces.
Enjoy the Main Street Parade
The Main Street Parade is a music and singing and dancing production with Disney characters. Again, this is fun for all ages. We all can identify with the catchy tunes and music from Disney movies.
The parade is held a number of times a day.
Check the Disneyland Paris App for Parade shows and times.
Meet Your Favorite Disney Princess
Fifteen years ago, my girls would have been anxious to meet Disney Princesses. If your children are still in this group, find the Princess Pavilion at Disneyland Paris to meet some of your favorite princesses and get their autographs and pictures.
Have Fun on All The Rides
The Tea Cup ride isn’t just for kids ten and under. Enjoy all that Disney has to offer whatever your age.
Allow for Some Downtime
Rides such as the Thunder Mesa Riverboat and the Disneyland Train offer a leisurely ride in the park allowing you to have some much-needed downtime in your busy day.
Wander down Main Street, USA and through the shops for a little retail therapy and to get your own personalized Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears.
Prepare to be Surrounded with Crowds
People start assembling for the Disney Spectacular about an hour before its start time. If you want to stake out your “spot”, just know that everyone else is trying to do the same. You’ll be crowded with people meandering over and around you through the crowd trying to squeeze in.
Plan to Stay at the Park until Closing
If you are one of the first ones in the park and then stay until closing, you will be at Disneyland Paris from approximately 9 am until midnight. Believe me, though, you want to stay.
The Disney Spectacular is just that. Spectacular. Think synchronized drones, lights, music. It is all spectacular. And you will want to stay until the end.
Be Quick in Getting Back to the Train at Night
Hundreds of people will be taking the train back to Paris (and various stops along the way) once the park closes. There will be room for many to ride, but you may end up standing or sitting on stairs. If you would like a seat after a long day of having fun, you may wish to quickly make your way back to the train for the 45 minute ride back to Paris.
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Final Thoughts on Planning the Perfect Disneyland Paris Day Trip from Paris
Did You Know…
- Only one Mickey Mouse character is present in the entire park at any given time.
- Disneyland Paris was originally called Euro Disney when the park opened in 1992. The name was changed to Disneyland Paris in 1994.
- Disney’s second park, Walt Disney Studios Park, opened in 2002. This park features more attractions that focus on show business and the classic Disney movies, production secrets, and behind-the-scenes work.
- In order to keep the park clean and pristine, Disneyland Paris stores do not sell chewing gum.
- You can search for hundreds of hidden Mickey’s throughout the park.
- The stained glass windows in the Disney castle were created by master glassmakers over many months. 12th Century glass-making techniques were used.
- All Disney Park Castles face south.
- Main Street, U.S.A. is inspired by Walt Disney’s hometown of Marceline, Missouri.
- You can enjoy crepes in Disneyland Paris! There are many crepe cart vendors throughout the park.
- “Pixar: We Belong Together” unveiled at D23 Expo 2022 will be coming to the Walt Disney Studios Park in 2023.