Disneyland Paris: the Ultimate Guide for Your Visit

Who never dreamed of finding themselves in a land filled with magic, where our favourite fairy tales and animated movies come to life? That is what you will get at Disneyland Paris. No doubt you already heard about this so-popular theme park inspired by the cartoons played during our childhood, and maybe you are thinking about going there too, so that you can see for yourself why people think it’s so special.

This guide will help you organise your trip to Disneyland Paris, so that you can have a wonderful stay in Mickey and his friends’ house, and make the most of this place that will take you back to when you were young.

Table of Contents:
General Information
How to Get There
Practical Information
When Should I Go?
Taking a Trip to Disneyland Paris: What Should I Do?
Our Selections of Must-dos
A Few Tips
Maps of the Parks

 

 

General Information

Mickey Mouse Disneyland Paris
Mickey Mouse

The Disneyland Paris theme park was created in 1992 and is located in Marne-la-Vallée, in the East of Paris. Inspired by Walt Disney’s animated movies, a very famous script-writer and producer, Disneyland Paris is a place for everyone – young and old. The park has been divided into two separate parks since 2002, with both being independent from one another. A different ticket is thus necessary to visit them. The Disneyland Park offers 45 different rides, whereas the Walt Disney Studios park only counts 20.

While the Disneyland Park is part of the so-called “enchanted realms” Disney parks we can find in other countries and is, just like the others, inspired by the animated movies of the Walt Disney Company, the latter takes its inspiration from Hollywood and its cinema industry.

But Disneyland Paris is not just a theme park. It is a whole entertainment resort, with a Disney Village – a place where you can enter without purchasing any ticket, and where you will find shops, restaurants, and even a cinema –, a golf course and several hotels to stay at if you choose to go there for two days or more.

Disneyland Paris gathers approximately 15 millions visitors each year, coming from everywhere around the globe to go on a magical trip with Mickey and his friends … how would you feel about being the next one?

 

 

How to Get There

 

1) By train:

Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station Disneyland Paris
Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station (Photo credits: Eole99 / Wikimedia Commons under CC BY-SA )

Disneyland Paris is easily accessible by trains, since it is located only 2 minutes away from the Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station by foot. Whether you choose to take a high-speed train, a low-cost train such as a OUIgo or the RER A coming directly from Paris, each one of them makes a stop at the train station.

Moreover, there is a “Disney Express” luggage service inside the train station, something very useful if you are going to Disneyland Paris for 2 days or more and are staying at a hotel. Indeed, this service will spare you from having to go check in at your hotel and put your luggage there (you will not receive your keys, though, since the rooms are only available from 3 p.m.) – Disney Express will take care of everything!

Using this service will save you an enormous amount of time, and enable you to go inside the parks of Disneyland Paris as soon as you arrive – the perfect deal for families with impatient children who cannot wait to meet their favourite characters and go on an adventure without having to stop by your hotel first…

Warning: this service is only available for people staying at the Disney hotels and their partner hotels (except for Disney’s David Crockett Ranch and the Villages Nature Paris hotels).

Cost of the Disney Express Service:
To your hotel and back package: €16 a person (included in the price: bringing your luggage to your hotel and back, and retrieval of your tickets to the parks and other documents regarding your accommodation at the reception of the Disney Express).
Back from your hotel package: €25 a room, no matter how much luggage you may have (included in the price: taking your luggage from your hotel to the train station, which you will need to retrieve at the Disney Express reception before leaving).

Open 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., you can find the Disney Express reception on the last floor of the Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station.

Learn more about the Disney Express luggage service

Cost of the RER A Train:
From one suburb area to another suburb area (Massy-Palaiseau to Marne-la-Vallée): €10.65 full fare / €5.25 half fare (prices for 1 ticket only).
From Paris-Zone 1 (centre): €7.60 full fare / €3.80 children’s fare (from 4 to 10 years old) (prices for 1 ticket only).
Stations from where to take the RER A train: Charles de Gaulle – Etoile, Auber, Châtelet les Halles, Gare de Lyon, Nation.
You will need approximately 40 to 45 minutes to go to Marne-la-Vallée, from 5:22 a.m. to 12:39 a.m., with trains coming about every 15 minutes.

 

2) By car:

If you want to take your car to go to Disneyland Paris from Paris, you will need to take the A4 Autoroute to Metz/Nancy, then take the 14th motorway exit called “Parcs Disneyland”. It is situated about 25 miles away from Paris and is about a 40-minute ride from there if the traffic is not too jammed. Paid parking is then available near the parks.

People who are staying at a Disney hotel or another partner hotel (as long as you used the Disney services to book your hotel) can park freely in the parking area of their hotel. You can then take a free shuttle to go to Disneyland Paris.

Parking Cost:
Cars and vehicles above 6.6 feet and with more than 9 seats: €25 a day.
Campers: €40 a day.
Motorbikes: €20 a day.

 

3) By plane:

For the “strangers from the outside”, as the little green men from Toy Story would say, the plane can be a good mode of transport to get to Disneyland Paris. Whether you land at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle or Paris-Orly airport, you will only need to take one of the Magical Shuttles provided for you outside those two airports. They will take you directly to your hotel or to Disneyland Paris.

Paris-Orly:
If you want to go to Disneyland Paris from the Paris-Orly airport, you will need about 60 minutes. There are two stops from where to take the shuttle:
Paris-Orly Sud: Train station, Platform 5, Gate C. There is a shuttle leaving every hour from 9 a.m. to 7:50 p.m.
Terminal Ouest: Floor 0, Platform 4, Gate I. There is a shuttle leaving every hour from 9:10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you want to go back to the airport from Disneyland Paris, there is a shuttle going there approximately every hour from 6:20 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Paris-Charles de Gaulle:
There are two stops from where you can take the shuttle to Disneyland Paris from the Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. It will take you approximately an hour too:
Terminal 2E-2F: arrivals floor (situated in the middle of the gallery linking the 2E and 2F terminals). There is a shuttle leaving about every 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. and then about every 30 minutes from 1 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., with a last shuttle at 8 p.m.
Terminal 1: exit 32. There is a shuttle leaving about every half an hour from 9:20 a.m. to 12 p.m., then about every hour from 1:05 p.m. to 7:35 p.m.

If you want to go back to the airport from Disneyland Paris, there is a shuttle going there about every hour from 6:35 a.m. to 7:20 p.m.

Cost:
Full fare: €23 a person.
Children’s fare (age under 12): €10 a person.
Free for children under 2.

The cost is the same whether you take a shuttle from Paris-Orly or Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

Check out the timetable and book your Magical Shuttle from Paris-Orly or from Paris-Charles de Gaulle (website in French)

 

 

Practical Information

 

1) Opening hours:

Entrance Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris entrance

Disneyland Paris is open all year long, from Monday to Sunday, bank holidays included.

Opening hours of the Disneyland Park:
From 10 a.m. to 8, 10, 10:30 or 11 p.m. depending on the time of year.
You can take advantage of an “Extra Magic Time” if you are staying at one of the Disney hotels, when you will be able to go inside the park up to 2 hours before it officially opens (the amount of extra time varies according to the period when you visit the park).

Opening hours of the Walt Disney Studios park:
From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. all year long.
You can take advantage of an “Extra Magic Time.”

Opening hours of the Disney Village:
From 7:30 a.m. to late at night.

Our tip: even if it is almost impossible not to queue to go on a ride at Disneyland Paris, no matter when you go there, the “Extra Magic Time” really helps shorten your wait, especially for the rides that do not have a skip-the-line access like a fastpass (see below: “A few tips” to learn more about what a fastpass is).

 

2) Cost:

For a 1-day trip:
There are different 1-day trip ticket deals to Disneyland Paris that you can buy on the Internet only, depending on the time of the year you want to visit the parks.

Buying your ticket on the Internet can help you save money thanks to reduced-price offers in comparison to the basic “SUPER MAGIC” ticket (see below). Those tickets give you access to the park during more or less off-peak periods, hence the reduced fees. You can use your ticket up until one year after you buy it, as long as it is during a day when you are allowed to go according to the type of offer you purchased (see calendar).

MINI ticket: only valid during the week, holidays excluded.
1 park: €53 adult, €48 child.
2 parks: €73 adult, €68 child.

MAGIC ticket: valid every day, except during the weekends and Christmas, Spring and Halloween holidays.
1 park: €69 adult, €63 child.
2 parks: €89 adult, €83 child.

SUPER MAGIC ticket: valid all year around.
1 park: €79 adult, €72 child.
2 parks: €99 adult, €92 child.

Free access for children under 3, no matter the offer.

For a 2-day trip or more:
2 days / 2 parks deal: €147 adult, €130 child.

3 days / 2 parks deal: €182 adult, €163 child.

4 days / 2 parks deal: €223 adult, €177 child.

Annual passes:
The “Discovery” pass: €9 a month for 11 months*, after a one-time payment of €55 OR pay €149 immediately. Valid 150 days a year, you can have a free parking spot for an additional €40.

The “Magic Flex” pass: €15 a month for 11 months*, after a one-time payment of €55 OR pay €219 immediately. Valid 300 days a year, with included in the price: a free parking spot, a 10% discount in the shops inside the parks, discounts if you book a Disney hotel, a 20% discount on admission tickets allowing you to invite your friends, reduced-price photopass.

The “Magic Plus” pass: €19 a month for 11 months*, after a one-time payment of €55 OR pay €259 immediately. Valid 350 days a year, with included in the price: a free parking spot, a 10% discount in the shops and restaurants inside the parks, discounts if you book a Disney hotel and the possibility of enjoying the “Extra Magic Times,” a 20% discount on admission tickets allowing you to invite your friends, Buffalo Bill, reduced-price photopass, invitations to some Disney events.

The “Infinity” pass: €32 a month for 11 months*, after a one-time payment of €55 OR pay €399 immediately. Valid all year, with included in the price: a reserved free parking spot, a 20% discount in the shops inside the parks, discounts if you book a Disney hotel and the possibility of enjoying the “Extra Magic Times,” a 15% discount in the restaurants inside the parks, VIP seating for selected shows, and a lot of other benefits.

*Those numbers represent the cost of a pass for 11 monthly installments and rounded up to the nearest euro (in comparison with an immediate payment) after your initial payment of €55 is reduced from the fee.

Our tip: if you are going to Disneyland Paris only for a day, no need to pay for two parks. Simply book a trip to the Disneyland Park and come back later to discover the Walt Disney Studios park: that way you will make the most of your stay and the rides there are in the Disneyland Park instead of going back and forth the two parks.

Additionally, the most interesting rides of the Walt Disney Studios park (“Crush’s Coaster” and “Ratatouille : L’Aventure totalement toquée de Rémy”) are often packed with a lot of people waiting to go inside. You do not want to waste your time in a long queue if you are only there for a day!

 

 

When Should I Go?

 

Disneyland Paris is open all year long, even on bank holidays, which means you can go there whenever you want – depending on your preferences and when you are free. But, even though it is always a pleasure to go there no matter when, there are some more favorable periods for a trip than others, depending on what you are looking for.

 

1) During the Halloween or Christmas season:

Halloween Disneyland
Halloween in Disneyland Paris (Photo credits: HarshLight under Creative Commons 2.0 )

Arriving in Disneyland Paris is like entering a whole new world, where magic takes over the minute you enter the park. Just wait until the Halloween or Christmas seasons come: it is during those two periods that the place becomes even more splendid!

Indeed, whether it be for Halloween or Christmas, Disneyland Paris turns into something completely new according to the theme of those holidays. If you are more into Disney’s evil characters like Cruella de Vil or Captain Hook, or if on the contrary Santa is your idol, you just have to choose when you would like to visit, and enjoy a wonderful trip filled with the beauty these celebrations always bring with them. On the agenda: parades and other activities or shows based on the theme of the holiday. What an original and fun way of celebrating!

Dates:
We celebrate Halloween in Disneyland Paris from the beginning of October until the beginning of November.
We celebrate Christmas in Disneyland Paris from mid-December until the beginning of January.

 

2) In summer:

Sleeping Beauty castle Disneyland Paris sun
The Sleeping Beauty Castle in summer (Photo credits: t0mweb under Creative Commons 2.0 )

What better way of celebrating the end of the academic year and the beginning of summer holidays than by taking a trip to Disneyland Paris? It is warm outside, days are longer… Summertime may thus be the perfect period during which you should visit this magical place, since several shows and other special activities are often planned for the occasion. You might also enjoy waiting in queues under a bright sun more than in cold pouring rain. And you will have to wait a lot: indeed, it is also most likely during summer that Disneyland Paris is most packed. It is up to you to know what you want to prioritise then!

 

3) During an off-peak season:

If you do not like being surrounded by too many people, and you want to be able to go from one ride to another without having to queue too much – up to more than an hour sometimes for the most popular ones – going to Disneyland Paris during an off-peak season, while children are at school, might be the right choice for you. September would most likely be the best period then: it is not too cold outside yet, and most people have already gone back to work.

The park is not too packed during the months of January and February either, and during the week, especially on Tuesdays and Thursdays. One downside is there might be less activities and shows organised during those “off-peak” periods compared to other seasons.

Our tip: if you are not afraid of long queues in the winter cold, then you should definitely go to Disneyland Paris during the Christmas period, when the magic of the place reaches its height. Young or old, you will dive into a festive and marvellous atmosphere waiting for your presence.

 

 

Taking a Trip to Disneyland Paris: What Should I Do?

 

Every trip to Disneyland Paris is unique and everyone makes it their own. It is up to you to decide which rides you want to do, and which shows you want to see, according to your own preferences. You will find the schedule for the parades and other shows happening during your stay about a week before you go: take a look at it before going so that you can know what you are the most interested in doing.

However, here are a few examples of different types of trips to Disneyland Paris, to help you create your schedule.

 

1) For a 1-day trip:

Parade Disneyland
Parade in the Disneyland Park

You just passed through security, a soft music is now resonating everywhere around you, and you can see a huge castle standing in front of you … there is no doubt, you just entered Disneyland Paris! If you chose to spend a single day in the parks, here is what we think you should do.

First, before rushing towards any ride of your liking, we invite you to go take a fastpass for one of the most popular rides, where you will have to queue the most. Since you are only allowed to take one fastpass at a time, and since there is only a limited amount of them, which make them usually sell out before noon, you should carefully think about your choice.

If you have young children with you, we advise you take a fastpass to the “Peter Pan’s Flight” ride. The whole family will like it, young and old. Embark abroad the Jolly Roger, take the second star to the right, fly straight on til morning … to Neverland! As you probably gathered already, this ride will take you to the wonderful world of Peter Pan. It is a very popular ride – you may have to wait for more than an hour sometimes before being able to take it, which makes having a fastpass very useful.

But if, on the contrary, it is thrills you are looking for, then you should try the “Big Thunder Mountain.” Being the most attractive ride in the park, you will always have to queue for a long time to go inside this mining train, which is why you will need a fastpass if you do not want to waste your day queueing for this ride.

After you’ve collected your fastpass, while waiting for the time written on it when you will be able to do the ride you chose, you can go do some other rides that you want. If you see that the waiting time for one is too long, do not hesitate to change your plans and go back later. You should recognise that such rides as “Alice’s Curious Labyrinth,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” or “It’s a Small World” might have shorter waiting times, due to the amount of people the last two can take in their boats and because you discover Alice’s labyrinth by foot.

Take some time in your day to watch one of the many parades or shows, so that you can meet with some of your favourite characters in a very happy and festive atmosphere.

Finally, before you leave, go shopping in one of the numerous shops inside the parks, looking for the perfect gift to bring back home and thus immortalise your magical stay!

As we advised earlier, it would be best if you only visit one park when taking a 1-day trip to Disneyland Paris, but if you really want to combine the two, you should then cut your day into two halves: for example, visiting the Walt Disney Studios park during the morning and the Disneyland Park during the afternoon. This way, you will not waste too much of your time coming and going from one park to another, because you will have to pass security each time since each park needs its own ticket.

We recommend that you take a fastpass for the “Ratatouille : L’Aventure toquée de Rémy” ride if you choose to start your day at the Walt Disney Studios park, as it is the most popular ride of this park, along with “Crush’s Coaster.”

Check out the schedule of the parades and other shows and activities (available for your dates about a week before your arrival)

 

2) For a 2-day trip or more:

Walt Disney's Studios Disneyland Paris
Walt Disney Studios Park (Photo credits: t0mweb under Creative Commons 2.0 )

The schedule for a 2-day trip or more spent at Disneyland Paris is more or less the same as the one we suggested for a 1-day trip, except you can multiply it by the number of days you are staying in the park. We advise you divide your stay into the two parks, and spend more time in the Disneyland Park since it is filled with more rides.

Apart from being able to try more rides when you decide to spend two days or more in Disneyland Paris, the biggest advantage of taking a longer trip there is that you will be able to see the night-time show. Indeed, you might not be able to see it if you only come for a day and have a long road ahead of you to go back home.

Yet the closing show is quite the unmissable moment of a visit to Disneyland Paris, for it will end your journey in a magical and unforgettable way on the Sleeping Beauty Castle (see “Our selections of must-dos” below for more information about the closing show).

 

3) Enjoy a guided tour of the park:

Walt Disney Mickey Mouse Disneyland Paris
Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse (Photo credits: Paul Beattie under Creative Commons 2.0 )

You always dreamed of learning more about Disneyland Paris? Enjoy a guided tour of the Disneyland Park, where you will be told some stories about it and other anecdotes about the famous Walt Disney and his ideas behind this ever-so-special theme park.

If you are more interested in discovering the behind-the-scenes of movie-making and especially about special effects, still in a Disney style, then you have to do the Walt Disney Studios Park guided tour, where you will be able to discover the secrets of cartoon-making and the influence Walt Disney has had over the cinema industry.

And, if you want to go further into your discovery of the parks, take a VIP guided tour, where you will learn about the parks but will also be provided with some help choosing which rides you should take according to what you like most. It will also give you unlimited and prioritised access to every ride, and the best spots from which to watch some of the shows and parades.

Cost:
Guided tour of the Disneyland Park (lasts 2 hours – 10 people maximum allowed on this tour):
Adult fare: €65 a person.
Children’s fare (3 to 11 years old): €45 a person.
You need to have a valid access to the park to be able to take this tour. The access to the rides is not included in this tour.

Learn more about the guided tours of the Disneyland Park and how to book them

Guided tour of the Walt Disney Studio Park (lasts 90 minutes – 10 people maximum allowed on this tour):
Adult fare: €65 a person.
Children’s fare (3 to 11 years old): €45 a person.
You need to have a valid access to the park to be able to take this tour. The access to the rides is not included in this tour.

Learn more about the guided tours of the Walt Disney’s Studios park and how to book them

VIP guided tour (lasts 5 hours – 10 people maximum allowed on this tour):
Off-peak season: €1,200.
Peak season: €1,500.
Tickets to access the parks are not included in the price. You can extend your VIP tour if you want (prices depend on the season).

Book your VIP guided tour of the Disneyland Paris parks

Our tip: a standard guided tour of one of the two parks is a true addition to the experience of fans who would like to learn more about them. The stories the guides share during the tour are all really interesting. Also, if this is your first time going to Disneyland Paris, you will be given many tips to make the best of your stay there.

 

 

Our Selections of Must-dos

 

1) The best ride:

Big Thunder Mountain, Disneyland Park, Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain (Photo credits: David Jafra under Creative Commons 2.0 )

The “Big Thunder Mountain” is probably the most popular ride in the parks, the one people appreciate the most. It is also, along with “Crush’s Coaster,” the one you will have to wait the most to do if you did not manage to get your hands on a fastpass at the beginning of your day.

The “Big Thunder Mountain” is a roller-coaster type of ride, though the thrills are soft in comparison with other roller-coasters in the park, like “Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain” or the “Rock’n’Roller” in the Walt Disney Studios Park. This makes it an enjoyable ride for the whole family then, even those who are more sensitive to thrills. So come and discover the legend that lies behind this ghost mining town…

Guest must be: 1.02m (3ft 4) minimum.
Fastpass service available.

Learn more about the Big Thunder Mountain and the legend behind this ride

Our tip: every ride in Disneyland Paris is of course unique, making us dive into the atmosphere of a lot of our favourite cartoons. They are all worth trying at least once, so that you can make up your own mind about which one you like most and you will never get bored of doing and doing again.

Be careful, though: because of possible major and minor refurbishments, some of the rides might be closed during the time you are in Disneyland Paris.

Check out the list of rides that will be closed during your stay

 

2) Another flagship activity:

Night-time show, Disneyland Park, Fantasyland, Sleeping Beauty Castle

Fireworks Disneyland Paris
Night-time show

A castle flooded with light, a show full of colours, fireworks to end with… no doubt, the night-time show played on the Sleeping Beauty Castle gathers everything to put an end to your magical day in the most wonderful ways.

Starting when the Disneyland Park closes, this marvellous show will take you to Fairytale Land by telling a story through water features and other illuminations directly played on the castle, showing a lot of your favourite Disney characters in action.

The finale of this show is a firework display that will most likely blow you away, and will follow you in your dreams once you are back at your hotel after a long day of discovering the parks.

The night-time show at Disneyland Paris may change in themes through the seasons and the years, but it has some permanent particularities, like the fireworks as a finale or the use of illuminations and water features on the castle.

The night-time show lasts for about 20 minutes and starts when the Disneyland Park closes, so the starting time differs depending on when you choose to make your stay.

Our tip: this is a very popular show, which means you will have to save a seat in front of the castle early and wait for it to start if you want to be able to truly enjoy it.

 

3) The best place to eat:

Pizzeria Bella Notte, Disneyland Park, Fantasyland

Just like its name hints at, you will find typical Italian meals at the Bella Notte restaurant, and more specifically pizzas or different types of pasta. Drawing its inspiration from the classical animated movie Lady and the Tramp, you can choose from three different menus at the Bella Notte restaurant, as well as one children’s menu. You will also find a large choice of desserts and drinks, all at a rather decent price compared to other restaurants in Disneyland Paris. You will not have to wait too long to get served either – still in comparison to the other restaurants there.

Upon entering this restaurant, you will be surrounded by the atmosphere of the mythical scene of the romantic dinner shared between Lady and Tramp thanks to the building’s decorations, with paintings representing scenes of the animated movie on its walls.

Cost:
Menu 1: €12.99.
Menu 2: €13.99.
Menu 3: €14.99.
Children’s menu: €8.99.

 

4) The best place to sleep:

Vienna House Dream Castle****, 40, Avenue de la Fosse des Pressoirs, 77700 Magny-le-Hongre

Vienna House Dream Castle hotel Disneyland Paris
Vienna House Dream Castle hotel (Photo credits: Andrei Dan Suciu / Wikimedia Commons under CC BY)

Booking a Disney hotel might enable you to remain in the magical atmosphere of a theme park about our favourite animated movies’ characters, but they are often very expensive. That is why staying at one of the partner hotels might be a good choice when going to Disneyland Paris, and more particularly the Vienna House Dream Castle.

Situated only 0.6 miles away from the parks and fitted with free shuttles that will quickly take you to and from Disneyland Paris, the Vienna House Dream Castle is the best place to stay the night during a 2-day trip or more.

Enjoy some quiet time in its spa after a long and tiring day going from one ride to another, or have a good meal with flavours of France and Europe at the Musketeer’s restaurant…

Being part of the partner hotels of Disneyland Paris, you will be able to book your tickets to the parks directly at the reception of the hotel.

Cost: depends on the dates of your stay.

Book a magical night at the Vienna House Dream Castle

 

 

A Few Tips

 

1) To save some time:

Fastpass Disneyland Paris
Fastpass for the Rock’n’Roll Coaster (Photo credits: Michael Gray under Creative Commons 2.0 )

A good amount of your time spent in Disneyland Paris will be about waiting in queues, but there are a few tips for you to optimise it to the maximum.

– Take a fastpass: fastpasses are skip-the-line tickets that allow you not to queue like everyone else. This offer only applies to some rides, but they are free and available where those rides are located. Warning: you cannot choose the time you will go on the ride, and there is only a limited amount of them handed out.

– Another way of avoiding long queues is the “single riders” queues that are available for some rides too. Waiting time is usually shorter in those queues, since you will not be able to choose who you are going to go on the ride with. You simply will be randomly dispatched in the cars, especially when there is an odd group of people in the normal queue, for example.

– Download the Disneyland Paris mobile app: available to download on the AppStore and Google Play, this official free app contains maps of the parks and times of the parades and other shows, as well as live waiting times for the rides directly from your phone. You will not have to walk there to check it then.

Our tip: if you cannot find a fastpass (or if the ride you want to go on does not have this offer), try to go there during the times of the shows or other parades, and mostly just before the night-time show at the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Indeed, most people gather around the castle, sometimes more than an hour before it begins to be sure to get the best spot to watch it – which means a lot of free space left in the rides…

 

2) To save some money:

Ouigo train
Ouigo train (Photo credits: Kabelleger / David Gubler / Wikimedia Commons under CC BY-SA )

Before you book your trip to Disneyland Paris, do not hesitate to look at offers on the Internet. You will probably find discounts, including some very interesting ones.

Check out ComeToParis’s different offers for Disneyland Paris

Also, if you live near where those kind of trains are available, take a OUIgo instead of a classic high-speed train or even a car. Indeed, with those low-cost trains you will be able to go to Disneyland Paris for prices starting at €10, and directly arrive at the Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station, only 2 minutes away from the parks by foot.

Book a OUIgo train for your trip (website in French)

Finally, if you can, bring a sandwich with you for your meals. Restaurants and fast-foods are all very expensive in the parks, and always packed (you might have to wait for more than an hour to get served during the peak seasons). You are not allowed to picnic in the parks, but there are some areas at the entrance that you can use. It is possible though for you to take a simple sandwich and eat it inside the parks.

Our tip: if you cannot make your own sandwich, try and go to a restaurant or a fast-food outside of the rush hours (between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) so that you will not waste too much of your time waiting in long queues.

 

 

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