Disneyland Paris, the “magic kingdom” of entertainment for adults and children alike, is the most popular touristic attraction in Europe, with a record of 265 million visitors in its 20 years of existence. Populated with all the Disney characters and their homes, this 55-hectare resort offers 2 theme parks (Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park), hotels, restaurants, the Disney Village shopping district and everything that one could possibly want from a small city.
2 Theme Parks
|Disneyland Park – Dedicated to Disney characters and their stories, as well as other children’s tales|
|Walt Disney Studios – presents the world of show business, television, production and entertainment media|
- Fantasyland – The Fantasyland castle has become a landmark of Disney. Made of plastic, it nevertheless impresses through its dimensions and bright cartoon colors. At night and during holidays, its bright lights renders a magic view. In the castle you can find the Dragon Cave, where you can admire one of the best Audio-Animatronics of Disney, the sleeping dragon.
- Disney Characters – The cartoon characters are always walking around the park and are available for pictures. If you want to meet a specific character, ask at an info point or go to the Disney City Hall to arrange a meeting. Although there are several ‘clones’ of the same characters in the resort, the administration make sure that you won’t see two of them at the same time and place. On the info boards in the park you can check when the parades with the Disney and non-Disney characters are taking place.
- Shows – Disney Paris offers several stunt shows, interactive shows, circus shows and special effects shows. Some of them are not included in the price of the ticket. Among them are: the Lion King, CineMagique, Tarzan, Moteurs! Action, Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Armageddon Special Effects, Animagique and Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show with Mickey and Friends.
- Rides – The most spread attractions in Disneyland Paris are the adventure rides. Among them are It’s A Small World, Phantom Manor, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, Rock n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith and many others. The most popular one is Pirates of the Caribbean; this ride is on water and the pirate ambiance that it creates is very thrilling. All rides involve a thematic adventure combined with music, speed, obstacles and adrenaline.
- Shopping – The main street going through the center of the resort, Main Street USA, offers a wide variety of merchandise, from memorabilia to costumes for all pockets. There are other shops around the site as well, such as Disney Store 1 in Walt Disney Studio Park and Disney Store in Disney Village. Overall, there are 62 shops in Disneyland Paris.
|3 days ticket for the price of 2||EUR176||EUR160|
|20th Anniversary Ticket||EUR75||EUR67|
|Disneyland Paris Experience||EUR113||EUR88|
|4 days for the price of 3!||EUR214||EUR198|
|5 days for the price of 4!||EUR252||EUR230|
|1- Day / 1- Park Ticket||EUR79||EUR71|
|1- Day / 2- Park Ticket||EUR94||EUR84|
|2- Day / 2 -Parks Ticket||EUR176||EUR160|
|3- Day / 2- Parks Ticket||EUR214||EUR198|
|4- Day / 2- Parks Ticket||EUR252||EUR230|
|5- Day / 2- Parks Ticket||EUR290||EUR268|
Each of the tickets includes entrance to 1 or/and both parks and some of them also include transportation to/from Disneyland. You can find detailed information about all of them here and book in advance here.
The opening times fluctuate depending on seasonality; to find out the schedule of the resort at the time of your visit, check their website.
For a more detailed look at the whole area, there’s an interactive map on the official site.
- Best Time to Visit – Disneyland Paris is known to be very crowded almost all the time, which takes a bit out of the experience. However, there are times when you don’t see as many people there as usual. Weekdays outside holidays are usually less crowded. The best months to visit the resort are May, June, September and October. In terms of weather, June is the sunniest month among the 4. During these periods you can also find cheaper deals.
- Fast Pass – In order to avoid the long queues, all you have to do is scan your ticket at the attraction’s counter and receive a time slot for when you want to go there. That will enable yo to skip the queue.
- Baby Switch – Small children can skip the line and go directly in front. However, they can be accompanied by only one parent.
- Free Shuttle – If you prefer not to walk around the resort and have specific objectives in mind, you can take the free shuttle provided by Disneyland Paris within the site.
- Accommodation – There are 7 hotels in Disneyland Paris. They have Disney themes and are suitable for both businessmen and families, offering different qualities and styles. Other hotels, situated farther from the resort, are also available. You can book a hotel here.
- Food – The 58 existent restaurants are also very diverse, from fast food venues to lavish restaurants. However, here, even fast food is more expensive;Disneyland McDonalds has pricier products than in any other of its restaurants in France.
- Train (Best Option) – The train is the best option to get to Disneyland from Paris. You can take RER A4, the Thalys or the Eurostar train to the Marne-La-Vallée/Chessy stop. The trip takes 35 minutes from Paris city center and the ticket costs approx. EUR9/one way. The Eurostar travels internationally. If your ticket includes the Disney Express Service, go to the Disney Express stop when arriving in the station and your luggage will be transferred directly to the hotel.
- Shuttle – If you’re coming directly from the airport (Charles de Gaulle or Orly), you can take the VEA shuttle bus directly to Disneyland Resort Paris. The trip takes 1 hour. The bus ticket costs EUR17 for adults and EUR13 for children (3-11yrs.).
Disneyland Paris was built after the Walt Disney World in Florida, the first resort of this type, which opened in 1971. 2 years later, Tokyo Disneyland emerged and enjoyed a massive success. Disneyland Paris was first opened in 1992 under the name of Euro Disneyland, creating chaos by bringing a huge number of visitors. The initial theme park was Disneyland Park; in 2002, Walt Disney Studios Park was added to the resort, focusing more on show business. Although throughout the ‘90’s, Disneyland Paris faced financial difficulties, it managed to overcome them with the help of foreign investors.
- Jobs – Disneyland Paris takes pride in having employees of over 100 nationalities, speaking 20 languages. They organize talent castings all over the world for people who want to work for them. You can find out more about their job opportunities here.
- Controversy – The opening of Disneyland in Paris was highly criticized by the French society. They feared that Disneyland will bring to France the same type of consumerism that exists in USA. At the time, people organized protests and journalists militated against it through their writing.
- Audio-Animatronics – The robotics used in Disneyland Paris was created by Walt Disney Engineering. The interactive and innovative technology they used for it was trademarked by Disney.
- The Real Disney Castle – The emblematic Disney Castle was designed after a real castle, that exists near München, Germany and is open for visits: the Neuschwanstein Castle.