It must be everybody’s dream to see the Disneyland at least once! This magic land of amusement and entertainment is located in 43 km distance from the capital of France at small town Marne-la-Vallee.
It is actually composed of 2 parks: Walt Disney Studios Park and the Disneyland itself and, adjustment to them, plenty of hotels, restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops.
In short, everything is available on property!
Photo shoot in Disneyland
The park area is split into 5 zones in the form of a pie with the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the middle. You can observe them from the windows of the slowly moving train.
In short, the first zone has the theme of Robinson Crusoe, Indiana Jones adventures and Jack Sparrow and his legendary ship. The Adventure Isle with a maze is also located here.
The second zone is the Wild West full of pubs, saloons, the Indians and cowboys.
The third zone is America of XIX century with big variety of restaurants, cafes and boutiques, which hard to leave without a souvenir.
In the forth zone you can ride a roller coaster with the Jules Verne's adventures.
The opportunity to see Snow White, Peter Pen and the rest fairy tale characters is available in the fifth zone of the Disneyland.
Working hours of the Disneyland
The park is open all year round. It opens at 10 a. m. every day. Walt Disney Studios Park closes at 7 p. m. and the Disneyland Park is functioning until 8 p. m. in winter and 10 p. m. in summer.
To get into the park before everyone at 8:30 a.m. you have to have Disney Hotel Easy Pass provided to the guests of the Disney hotels. The list of the hotels with Disney Hotel Easy Pass and the room rates are available on this page.
Disney Stars on Parade
In winter Disney Stars Parade starts at 5 p.m. It is better to stay in your watching point 15-30 before the parade starts. The stars set off from the Sleeping Beauty Castle and move to the direction of the main entrance along the main street.
During winter the fireworks in the second park, Walt Disney Studio, start at 6:30 p.m. at Hollywood Tower and in the Disneyland Park - at 7 p.m. The summer schedule is different and you have to check it on the official site or ask the stuff at the entrance.
Tickets to Disneyland Paris
The prices for tickets vary based on timing – the season and the day of the week. They are more expensive on holidays and on week-ends. It also depends on the number of days and if you are visiting the both parks or just one of them.
On average, the ticket for one day in one park on working days will cost you from 42EUR for adults and 40 EUR for kids.
For example: if you buy a ticket from the park’s cash desk, 1 day visit to one park is 79 EUR for adult, and 71 EUR for kids while online it is 42 EUR (rate MINI).
Attention! - You have to buy a ticket minimum 1 day before the visit as it is the required time for its activation. Buying tickets online on the site will also allow you to avoid queues. The time that you can spend in the park in queues can take from 20 minutes to 1 hour.
From 2016 the purchased tickets are active during the whole year. There are 3 big groups of tickets: the cheapest – working day tickets, more expensive -week-ends and holidays, the most expensive – Christmas and Halloween.
2, 3 and even 4 days tickets are also available, with lower price per day vs single day ticket. You can also use them not at once and within a year. That means if you plan your holiday in Paris you can schedule your visits to Disneyland in between the days you are spending in the city.
How to get to Disneyland Paris
There are few ways of getting to Disneyland.
For example, the train RER on the line A from the station Opera -its final stop is within 2 min walk from the central entrance to the park. It runs every 15 minutes and the trip takes around 40 minutes. The tickets are available in the terminals in the railway station. You can pay with cash or a card. Theticketpriceis 7,6 EUR.
How to get to Disneyland Paris from Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports. Disneyland Shuttle
From Charles de Gaulle Airport to Disneyland you can get with Magic Shuttle, the trip takes 45 minutes. The ticket price is 23 EUR for adults and 10 EUR for kids. The bus goes from the terminal 2F, exit no.8
Tickets are available at the red information desk near the exit. There are no branded direction boards in the terminal, so, it is better to get a map at any information desk or directly go to the 1st floor of the terminal 2F. While waiting for the bus you can try your luck in the fortune wheel (it is for free, you just need to scan your ticket).
From Orly airport you can also get to Disneyland for 23 EUR with the Magic Shuttle Disneyland.
The most thrilling attractions of Disneyland Paris
There are 65 attractions in the parks and their number is increasing every year. Amongst the most thrilling ones is the American rollercoaster in the shape of cannon. You are riding in the closed dark tube constantly turning upside down. This ride is not for every adult, not talking about kids. The kids below 120 cm are not allowed.
There are plenty of interesting things in the park of Walt Disney Studios. The most frightful, in my view, is the elevator falling down at a very high speed.
You should also take the train and travel around. There is always something happening on your way: explosions, fire or water streams blowing right against you.
By all means, visit the attraction of the Pirates of the Caribbean as it is considered the best in the world. And, of course, the Sleeping Beauty Castle is a must, being the eldest it is still not less interesting and beautiful.
How many days to spend in Disneyland Paris
One day is not enough for the Disneyland. I think that only one zone will take one day (taking into account the lines at the most popular attractions). So, my advice is either to allocate at least 2 -3 days for the park or focus only on the attractions that you really want to visit and stick to it. Anyways, time flies here so fast!
Hotels near the Disneyland park. Disneyland Paris Hotels
I can recommend to you the chain hotels Vienna House - www.viennahouse.com.
Vienna House Dream Castle at Disneyland Paris looks like a real castle of the musketeers times with fabulous fairytale atmosphere!
Another one is Vienna House Magic Circus at Disneyland Paris, a unique and joyful hotel decorated like circus that immediately puts you into an amuzing mood.
The advantages of this chain are L'Occitane cosmetics, big rooms, spa and swimming pool, electric kettle, excellent breakfast and amazing dinner! Disneyland tickets purchased here will be cheaper than the ones in the park. There is also a souvenir shop offering a variety of branded items like magnets and post cards, rims with ears and bows and even swimming suits, in case you want to go to the swimming pool and don’t have your bikini with you.
Room rates are available on this page.
Vienna House Magic Circus at Disneyland ® Paris:
Vienna House Dream Castle at Disneyland ® Paris:
It takes only 35 minutes to get to the hotel from Paris. From Charles De Gaulle airport the Magic Shuttle will take you to the hotel in 45 minutes. The way from Orly airport with the same Magic Shuttle will take just a bit longer.
The shuttle from the hotel to the park goes every 15 minutes from 8 a.m. The trip takes only 10 minutes.
The shopping mall Val d'Europe is just 4 km from here.
The advantage of this hotel is the view of the park and the lake. The hotel restaurant offers national cuisine with regional specifics that is hard to describe in words and is better to try!