There is no doubt that many families, and fans of Disney come all the way to Paris to come to Disneyland! Quite a few people have asked me about tips for Disney, but I hadn’t gone yet. Edgar and I bought tickets and decided to go on a Saturday, and report back with my tips!
First off, DO NOT BUY YOUR TICKETS AT THE PARK. Entry tickets at the park are 96€ euros, ouch. They have much better deals online, we got our tickets for 55€. However, you will have to print off your ticket. If you’re staying at a hotel, I’m sure they would print it off for you, or go to an office depot or print store around Paris. To check out the prices on Disney’s website click here. There are some places around Paris that sell Disney tickets for less, but verify with the actual Disney website first to see which is a better deal.
Figure out how many days you want to go for, or if you think you can cram it all into one day. A two-day pass at Disney for an adult starts at 147€ and 137€ for children. If you’re here on vacation, you might have more flexibility. Obviously during the weekend it’s going to be more busy than a weekday. If you want fewer lines, go during the week.
Where to Stay
The Disney hotels are extremely expensive, usually around 500€ + a night. If I were coming here for vacation, I would rather stay in Paris and simply take the RER to the park, rather than stay at the park. If you have a lot of money, or have small children it might be better for you to stay close by.
Getting to the Park
If you’re staying in Paris, you can easily take the RER straight to Disneyland. You would take the RER A heading to the last stop on A called ‘Marne-la-Vallée Chessy’ and voila, Disney is right there! It takes about 40 minutes from Châtlet in Paris. The price of the ticket depends on if you already have a navigo weekly pass, or a pass of 2,3,5 days and how many zones you chose. If you chose zones 1-5 you would be able to go to Disney included on your pass. Paris Zone 1 ticket to Disneyland is 7,60€ per way for an adult and 3,80€ per way for children. If you’ve rented a car, you could obviously drive to Disneyland, the parking lot is 20€ per day. Click here for more parking at Disney information.
Edgar and I woke up at 07:00, and were on the RER headed to DLP at 08:30. We arrived at 09:30 and it was insane how many people were already there…thousands. The park itself opens at 10:00, I strongly believe that you need to be there when it opens if you want fewer lines at rides. GET THERE EARLY.
They have a new feature at DLP, called Fast Track Return. Before Fast Tract was only available to people staying at the Disneyland Hotels. Now anybody can use the Fast Tract with a return time. You’re allowed one Fast Track ticket every 2 hours, but in the morning these tickets run out pretty fast. In the afternoon these might already be fully booked for the day. The rides that you can use a fast track at are:
- Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril, Adventureland®
- Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain, Discoveryland
- Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Discoveryland
- Big Thunder Mountain, Frontierland®
- Peter Pan’s Flight, Fantasyland®
- Star Tours, Discoveryland
Walt Disney Studios
- Rock’n’Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Backlot
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™, Production Courtyard
- Flying Carpets over Agrabah, Toon Studio
- Ratatouille: The Adventure, Toon Studio
I would recommend heading straight towards the ride you want to go to and grabbing a Fast Track ticket. If a ride has less than 30 minute wait, jump in that line! Disney put out an app for DLP, and you can see all the attractions, restaurants, events, wait times, etc. It’s a great way to plan out your trip before you even step foot in the park.
Favorite Rides: Big Thunder Mountain & Indiana Jones
If you want a good place to see all of the characters, go to the parade! We didn’t see any characters walking around the park, which made me a bit sad. The parade starts at 17:00 or 17:30 depending on the time of year(it started at 17:00 when we went). We noticed people starting to sit on the street at around 16:15. If you want a spot in the front, you’ve gotta get there early. Close to the shows starting time, it’ll be impossible to get a good view. Grab a coffee or a snack, and hang out.
Eating at Disney can be extremely expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. You’re allowed to bring food and drink into the park, I would recommend brining snacks, or a reusable water bottle to refill throughout the day. We ate at Fuente del Oro, a Mexican themed restaurant. They had really good deals and the food ended up being enormous; we ordered the fajitas that came with a salad/or rice, chicken fajitas, fruit/or ice cream and a drink for 15€. I also grabbed snacks throughout that were all under 5€. I was obsessed with the Mickey marshmallows, I ended up buying 4 of them!
Favorite snacks: Mickey Guimauve & Pomme d’Amour
What to Wear
It’s really important to wear good shoes here, we ended up walking 22,000 steps that day. At the end, we were so unbelievably tired. We saw plenty of people who were dressed up or wearing heels, not sure how well that worked for them. Wear clothes that are comfortable as well, since you’ll be sitting, standing, eating, etc. I wore black jeans, a shirt, jean jacket, and stan smiths; it was the perfect outfit for lots of walking and eating. I also ended up buying the Minnie mouse ears for 14€ sold around the park.
- Download the app for Disneyland Paris, it’ll make it easier to get around, see the wait times, find restaurants, etc.
- There isn’t wifi or very good service in the park. I also didn’t see very many outlets either. If you have a rechargeable battery, I would bring it with. And try to put your phone on airplane mode as much as you can.
- Plan your visit in advance, check out which rides you want to go on, and if they’re in the same areas of the park.
- To save money on expensive food and drinks, bring some with you!
- Wear a backpack, this is a MUST.
- Most of the stores sell the same things, unless they have a speciality. If there’s something specific you’re looking for go into a store and ask which store sells the item you want.
- The firework show is always at the closing time, of 22:00.
I hope that you can use some of this information for your next trip to Disneyland Paris! If you have been to Disneyland, what are your favorite rides and treats? Let me know in the comments below!