Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant
- "Sleeping Beauty's Castle"
Disneyland Paris (formerly Euro Disneyland and Disneyland Resort Paris) , located in the Paris suburb of Marne-la-Vallée, is the Disney Empire's European variant of their archetypal "Magic Kingdom" theme park. It was the second Disney theme park resort to open outside the United States, after Tokyo Disney Resort.
- "To all who come to this happy place, welcome! Once upon a time, a master storyteller, Walt Disney, inspired by Europe's best loved tales, used his own special gifts to share them with the world. He envisioned a Magic Kingdom where these stories would come to life, and called it Disneyland. Now his dream returns to the land that inspired it. Euro Disneyland is dedicated to the young and the young at heart, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration for all the world." — Michael D. Eisner, April 1, 1992
- "To all who enter the studio of dreams, welcome. Walt Disney Studios is dedicated to our timeless fascination and affection for cinema and television. Here we celebrate the art and the artistry of storytellers from Europe and around the world who create the magic. May this special place stir our own memories of the past, and our dreams of the future." — Michael D. Eisner, March 16, 2002
Disneyland Paris consists of two parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, and a shopping district, Disney Village. Disneyland Park is the park everybody has heard of and expects, and Walt Disney Studios Park has a more general movie making theme - but it's still very Disney. The Village is comprised of stores and restaurants.
Disney's theme parks are famous for their "Audio-Animatronics," attention to detail, service mentality, crowds,and high prices. The intention is to completely recreate the "magic" of the Disney franchise; employees are not "staff" but "cast members"; the park is kept insanely clean; and everywhere you will find a perfectly running machine. For example, you won't find the same Disney character twice within sight - there are no duplicates. Children are clearly the focus of Disneyland, but older visitors are not neglected either.
All the theme parks follow basically the same setup, but of course there are many regional differences.
The total commercialism is something you have to either accept, ignore or enjoy. Besides the merchandise stores at every corner, many rides are "sponsored" by various large corporations.
To make the experience even more magical and enjoyable, the City of Light is just a half-hour train ride away.
When to visit
With 15 million visits in 2017, Disneyland Paris has overtaken the Eiffel Tower as the most popular tourist destination in Europe and is the 9th most visited theme park in the world. Likewise, it is infamous for its crowds. At all attractions all over the park you will see "barricades" and signs along the lines of "Waiting time at this point - 45 minutes".
It is essential for an enjoyable visit to Disneyland to plan for a good time. Ideally, you want good weather and as few people as possible, but off peak times may have more limited entertainment show, parade and fireworks offerings.
The best times to visit Disneyland Paris is on weekdays outside public holidays and school vacations. The least-visited times seem to be September-October and May-June. Considering the French weather, June is likely the safest bet. You'll probably be able to get some very good deals during these times. (Example in June 2003: 3 days for the price of 2 days, including hotel, about €200/person.) If you are lucky, you won't have to wait at all except at very popular rides, and even then the waiting time can be as low as a few minutes.
Note that even when the park is not very crowded you will have trouble seeing all of the attractions. For a more or less complete tour, you will need at least two days.
It should be said quite clearly that Disneyland Paris is a lot of fun when you do not have to wait a lot - but waiting for a ride for 45 minutes or more can be stressing. However, see below for the free "FastPass" ticket service.
After you arrive, first get to your hotel if you have booked one. You will get your tickets here, as well as information material (maps) and breakfast vouchers.
Disneyland Resort Paris is well connected to both international airports in Paris .
From Charles de Gaulle International Airport, (IATA: CDG), TGV  operates high-speed train service to the resort from Terminal 2. The trip takes about 10 min.
From Orly Airport (IATA: ORY), you will need to take three trains: Orlyval (from Orly Airport to Antony), RER B (from Antony to Chatelet-Les Halles), and finally RER A4 (from Chatelet-Les Halles to Marne-la-Vallee Chessy).
Alternatively, VEA  operates bus service to Disneyland Resort Paris from both airports, costing €17 for adults/€13 for children aged 3-11 per trip.
From Beauvais (IATA: BVA), you will need to take one airport shuttle and two trains: Beauvais airport shuttle (Beauvais to Porte Maillot), Metro line 1 (from Porte Maillot to Charles de Gaulles Etoile), and finally RER A (from Charles de Gaulles Etoile to Marne-la-Vallee Chessy).
If you are travelling with a group or with your family, you can also take a taxi or a VTC shuttle.
Recommendation: Book a private VTC shuttle if you are traveling with your family or if you are a group of 3 people or more.
Known as car services or livery cabs, these cars are not allowed to cruise the street or airports for fares. You need to book them before they can pick you up. They are flat rate rather than metered (ask for the fare before getting in), and there are two types of licence: the "Grande Remise" that allows the car & driver to pick-up & drop-off passengers anywhere in France, and the "carte verte" that allows pick-up & drop-off in the department or region where the company is based. The Grande Remise cars have a GR on their front plate. They provide more service than a normal cab.
You can find two kind of cab: private and shared.
- Shared shuttle: You have to share the shuttle with other customers. You can have a delay since the shuttle need to pick up other customers and perhaps drop them off before you -- cheaper than private shuttle.
- Private shuttle: Will pick you up on-time and drop you off directly to the address specified while booked.
Advantages over taxis:
- fixed prices
- free baby seats/boosters
- no charge for extra luggage
- GPS used to avoid traffic jam
VTC companies providing private transfer :
One choice if you live in France or in a nearby region (Central Germany, Southern United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) is to take a car. The highway system of France is decent enough and Disneyland Paris is easy to find. You should keep a supply of cash and/or credit cards ready, however, as the French charge hefty fees for the use of the highways. A trip from Frankfurt, Germany to Disneyland Paris can cost approximately €30 in fees.
If you are driving from the United Kingdom, note that France drives on the right.
For people staying in Paris and who want to go to Disneyland Paris for a day, shuttle tickets or packages including entry tickets to the park and transportation by coach are available. Departure and return are from the same spot located in the centre of Paris. Coaches are doing the shuttle every single day at fixed schedules. Transfer between your accommodation in Paris and to the coach departure and arrival point are also available. For more details see PARISCityVISION website. The advantage of this option, is to benefit from direct transportation without the stress of public transport. Possibility to get only the shuttle from/to Paris or packages including shuttle + Disneyland Paris entry tickets to 1 or 2 parks.
The best way to reach Disneyland Resort Paris, which has its own railway station, is by train: they are reliable and run frequently. Note that when booking tickets the official name of the station is Marne-la-Vallee Chessy (that information is more useful for ticket machines as employees all know the station for Disneyland).
RER A4 runs from central Paris to Marne-la-Vallee Chessy, with frequent trains taking 35 min for the journey. Be aware that a Paris Metro ticket is valid on RER only for travel within Zone 1 (Disneyland Resort Paris is in Zone 5). If you use a Paris Visite pass, make sure that it reads 'Zones 1-6' and not 'Zones 1-3. In either case, using an invalid ticket will result in a €25 fine. The train ticket from center Paris to Disneyland costs around 9€ (one-way /pax).
The seven main rail terminals in central Paris, the trains that serve them, and directions from them to RER A4 are explained in the chart below. All of them are served by the Metro and/or RER.
|| Directions to RER A4
| Gare du Nord
| RER B or D to Chatelet Les-Halles
| Gare de l'Est
Venice-Simplon Orient Express
| Paris Metro Line 4 to Les Halles|
or Line 5 to Quai de la Rapee
| Gare Saint-Lazare
|| 23 Transilien lines
4 Grandes Lignes lines
| Walk to Auber
| Gare de Lyon
|| 4 Transilien lines
3 Grandes Lignes lines
| Served by RER A4
| Gare de Bercy
|| Auto trains
|| Paris Metro Line 14 to Gare de Lyon
| Gare d'Austerlitz
|| Paris-Bordeaux main line
Paris-Toulouse main line
| Walk to Gare de Lyon
| Gare Montparnasse
TER Basse Normandie
| Paris Metro Line 4 to Chatelet|
or Line 6 to Nation
From within/outside France
Eurostar  operates a daily service from London's St. Pancras station, Ebbsfleet and Ashford direct to Marne-la-Vallee Chessy taking, on average, just 2 h. You can then leave your luggage at the station, and it will be moved to your hotel while you enjoy the parks.
Marne-la-Vallee Chessy is also served by four TGV train lines from destinations to the east and west such as Nantes and Lille.
Bear in mind that most international railways linking Paris with other countries arrive in central Paris: see the chart above.
Visiting Disneyland Resort Paris is about as equally expensive as visiting any of the other Disney parks around the world. There are four types of tickets sold. The 1 Day 1 Park Ticket allows you to visit only one of the two parks for a full day. In addition, there are three Park Hopper tickets, which allow you to visit both parks on the same day, available in 1-, 2- and 3-day increments. The 3-Day Park Hopper ticket represents the most ecomomical deal; the ticket price per day is lowest.
These prices, taken from the Dutch version of the resort's website, were accurate as of May 2009:
|| ages 3-11
|| ages 12+
|| Per Day
|| Per Day
| 1 Day 1 Park Ticket
| 1 Day Park Hopper
| 2 Day Park Hopper
| 3 Day Park Hopper
Children under age 3 are admitted free.
Also worth investigating is the Annual Passport - which appears to be cheaper for 12+ age groups than the 3 day park hopper. Buy a 1 day ticket and visit guest services once inside the park to get your annual passport (with its face price reduced by your 1 day ticket purchase price.)
You may want to check the different language versions of the site which will have different types of tickets available. The local French version often has specials that are unavailable on other sites, such as a €40 ticket with a 5-day advance purchase. Depending on the exchange rate, you may save by going to a different country's site.
Once you are in the park, your main mode of transportation will be walking. Disneyland is divided into four themed sections (Discoveryland, Frontierland, Adventureland and Fantasyland) and the central shopping and information area Main Street USA.
If you need to get from one side of the park to another, you can take the train which circles the Park and has a stop in each of the major sections. (Apart from Adventureland)
If you find yourself at the back of the park during heavy rain, there is an undercover walkway that will take you all the way from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride to the front of the park.
Bus services exist which can take you from Disney Village and the central entrance to the hotels. These buses are free of charge.
Wheelchair accessibility is very good, and there are very few areas that have the usual obstacles, such as confined stairs, that make access impossible. A very good system of disabled access for most rides is in place, but for safety and evacuation reasons, some rides still require that the rider be able to walk or climb a ladder. It is a good idea to get a disability pass from the Information Center on arrival at the park; doing so makes it easier for staff to identify and assist disabled visitors. The pass will not grant a disabled person the right to jump the queue, but it does allow assisted access to rides via the exit gates rather then the more restrictive entrance gates.
See & Do
Disneyland Park Paris
Being the original park of the resort, Disneyland Park opened on April 13th 1992. The park, along with the rest of the resort, was plagued with financial problems for at least 20 years and hasn't unfortunately opened any new attractions since 1994, with Space Mountain: La Terre de la Lune. In spite of this, it is considered the best "castle" park on the planet due to its incredible attention to detail. From the facades of Main Street USA to the hidden corners of Adventureland and the magnificent gardens of Fantasyland, it is obvious that imagineers have done a great work. Many of the headliners, including Big Thunder Mountain, Star Tours, Pirates of the Caribbean and Peter Pan's Flight got huge refurbishments for the park's 25th anniversary and now look better than ever!
Main Street USA
The official gateway to the park, lets guests walkthrough and experience a town in Middle America, in the 1900s in all its glory. You can also experience the mods of transportation that people used to use in this era such as horse-drawn streetcars!
- Main Street USA Vehicles — Go back to the turn of the century and hop on this iconic vehicles from the early years of the 20th century. The vehicles can be caught in the Town Square and also have a driver. One of the best ways to get amazing views of Main Street USA and escape the crowds, but the attraction closes earlier than the rest of the park so check the schedule.
- Horse-Drawn Streetcars — Another mode of transportation during the early 1900s, this streetcars lets you take a seat enjoy a tour of Main Street USA and around the Hub, with real horses pulling the cars! The ride is very susceptible to the mood of the horses and can have frequent interruptions and schedules change every day.
- Liberty Arcade — This beautiful arcade one the left side of Main Street USA behind the shops is full with benches, chairs and gas lanterns to relax with protection from the sun and rain. The arcade also tells the story of the Statue of Liberty as you stroll through.
- Discovery Arcade — Just like the Liberty Arcade, this arched pathway is a very good place to relax and avoid the chaos of Main Street USA. The only difference is that this arcade is inspired by scale models from the Golden Age of Innovation, from the turn of the 19th Century.
- Disneyland Railroad-Main Street USA station — 4 meticulously store, working narrow-gauge trains take guests into a 20-minute scenic tour around the park with stations in Frontierland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland and Main Street USA. The Main Street USA station is by far the most impressive and the one that typically sees the longest waits to board one of the trains. Avoid it from late-morning to late-afternoon. The railroad also closes 2-3 hours earlier than the rest of the park so check the schedule.
- Meet n' greet with Daisy and friends — A typical meet n' greet next to the Discovery Arcade, and it has varying schedule.
This elaborate land, left of Main Street USA, pays tribute an American town in the Wild West in the 19th century, called Thunder Mesa.The town that flourished during the Gold Mining Boom, but it's now abandoned and strange legends are said to haunt it.
Fastpass offered: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (1.02m height requirement) — Hold on tight and board a runaway mine cart that takes you through hills and caverns inside an abandoned mountain that previously housed a mine and, according to legend, a supernatural force is said to dwell inside it. The ride was designed with the whole family in mind but some parts of it are bumpy and many scenes take place in the dark. The ride is also featured in other 3 disney parks around the world (Tokyo Disneyland, Magic Kingdom and Disneyland) but this is the most impressive due to its iconic location in the middle of Frontierland, where guests from other parks would expect Tom Sawyer Island. The mountain also underwent a big refurbishment in 2016 and that updated the tracks and introduced a new explosive show scene in the end!.The ride attracts the longest lines in the park, well above 60-70 minutes on busy days. Experience within the first half an hour after park opening or during the night as the lighting gives the ride a whole new feel. Fastpass is also recommended but keep in mind that they can run out before 12pm.
- Phantom Manor — Muster up some courage and venture inside this elaborate but abandoned manor and become part of a fun-filled mystery where ghoulish ghosts and spirits guard your every turn. The mansion is homed to 999 happy haunts, but there is room for one more........ (did you bring your death certificate?). The ride is different than the other Haunted Mansion style rides encompasses the legend that is said to haunt Thunder Mesa. It is also in French but this doesn't take anything from the overall experience.The ride is popular but its omminover system means that peak waits are within the vicinity of 30 minutes. Again it is better experienced early in the day or at night since it doesn't offer Fastpass.
- Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing Two old, majestic paddle streamers that date from the 19th century, take guests into a leisurely riverboat ride around the central river of Frontierland and offer a great view of Thunder Mesa. The ride closes approximately 2-3 hours earlier than the rest of the park and it is one of the best ways to escape the crowds (although lines equal to 20 minutes can sometimes form). \
- Rustler Roundup Shootin' Gallery — From prickly cacti to Peg-Leg Pete, this arcade is a good way to exercise your gunning skills in the multiple targets that are present.
- Pocahontas Indian VillageA playground where kids enjoy a playful time filled with activities such as gaming and sliding, while the parents relax on the benches. All of this inside the village of the princess from Disney's 1997 animated movie, Pocahontas.
- Meet n' Greet with Goofy and Friends A typical meet n' greet next to the Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing entrance. Schedule varys.
- Meet n' Greet with Woody and Friends A typical meet n' greet with Woody before the entrance of the Pocahontas Indian Village. Varying schedule.
- Disneyland's Frontierland Depot — The Disneyland Railroad station in Frontierland and typically the one that sees the shortest lines.
This land is focused in the many adventures that Disney characters have faced. Split into 3 themed areas based on Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean and Aladdin with heavy arabian and indian influences, it is a complete gem and considered one of the best of its kind.
'Fastpass offered: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril (1.40m height requirement) — This abandoned haunted temple has a strange story attached to it. Board your runaway wagon, race through the dark and mysterious jungle ruins and discover its secrets. This is a very good themed rollercoaster that also has full loop in its center. Therefore if anyone is prone to problems from such types of rides, it should be avoided. The ride is typically the one that sees the shortest lines (compared to other headliners), as even on busy days they never get above 45 minutes. There is also great Fastpass availability here and they can be picked even during early evening.
- Pirates of the Caribbean — Step inside a grand fort based on the Caribbean sea, board a small barge and set sail for a voyage back in time when pirates wrecked havoc across the High Seas. Underwent a 6-month long refurbishment in 2017 and now features characters from the recent movies like Captain Jack Sparrow, Captain Barbossa and the entire infamous crew. Beautifully done it is considered one of the best dark rides of all time and it is prominently featured in 5 out of 6 Disney parks around the world. Waits for the Pirates of the Caribbean can be quite unpredictable. They can jump from 15 minutes to 60 minutes within very short periods of time and vice-versa. Regardless the ride has very high capacity and that's the main reason that Fastpass isn't offered here. Better experienced early in the day or during nightfall as darkness gives the exterior a whole new feel. The queue is also very elaborate.
- Le Passage Enchante d'Aladdin — An indoor walkthrough attraction right on the western entrance of Adventureland, that tells the story of Aladdin in beautiful miniature scenes inside the winding stone passageways of Agrabah.
- Adventure Isle — A huge green island with winding passageways, caves and playgrounds based one the stories of both pirates and adventurers. The island is big and little kids may get lost if they are left alone and it is connected to the rest of the park via 3 bridges.
- Les Cabane des Robinson Explore this huge tree house on top of Adventure Isle, built by the shipwrecked Swiss Family Robinson. Offers great views of Adventureland. The tree house is designed for a certain amount of people so when demand is high, 5-minute waits can form.
- Pirate's Beach — Ahoy there! Let buccaneering boys and girls play in this swashbuckling playground while the parents watch from above.
- Pirate Galleon — This pirate galleon - available to enter! - sits right next to the frightening Skull Rock and is ready to welcome guests for a buccaneering guests for a pirate inspection!
- Meet n' Greet with Aladdin and friends — A typical meet n' greet with Aladdin. Varying schedule. Located directly next to the Agrabah Cafe.
- Meet n' Greet with Peter Pan — A typical meet n' greet with Peter Pan. Varying schedule. Located directly before the entrance to Fantasyland from Frontierland.
The place where all Disney fairytales come to life. This is the most iconic land of every disneyland-style park around the world and not for nothing. Here you can soar high above Neverland with Peter Pan, meet your favorite princesses in the Princess Pavilion and even take a joyful tour around the world in It's A Small World.
Fastpass offered: Peter Pan's Flight
- Sleeping Beauty Castle — Rising high in the sky at the end of Main Street USA, this castle has been the icon of the entire resort since it opened in 1992. The castle invites every single visitor to Disneyland Paris to celebrate the place where dreams come true.
- La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant — Inside the ominous castle, this gallery filled with lavishly illustrated book, and rich tapestries with truly majestic glass windows, tells the story of its most famous occupant, Aurora" or commonly known as Sleeping Beauty.
- La Taniere du Dragon — Beneath the enchanting Sleeping Beauty Castle lies something else. A dragon! This animatronic mythical beast is accessible via a pathway directly on the left of the castle, which leads into its huge dungeon. This attraction may frighten younger children
- Les Voyages de Pinocchio — Board a wooden cart and join Pinocchio and his friend, Jimmy Carter, on his quest to become a real boy in a no-strings-attached adventure inside this classic, old-style Fantasyland dark ride. The ride is more popular than neighboring Blanche Niege et les Sept Nains, but still waits at 30 minutes are only seen on the busiest of busy days so it's a very good attraction to experience all day. The ride also has one or two scenes that can frighten younger ones.
- Blanche Niege et les Sept Nains — Another old-style Fantasyland dark ride, where guests get to experience, from inside a minecart, the magical story of Snow White and discover how the Seven Dwarfs helped defeat the evil queen. Despite being described as a family-friendly adventure, the ride features many scary scenes for small children. Not very popular, the ride very rarely has a wait above 20 minutes. There is also a hidden secret. Sometimes during the day the evil witch can be seen in the window watching guests below......
- Le Carousel de Lancelot — The typical carousel that can be found in every disney park, sits in the middle of the Castle Courtyard and it is themed after the famous knight Lancelot himself! Very rarely a wait above 20 minutes.
- Peter Pan's Flight — Board a magical galleon and through Wendy's room, sail into the moonlight sky of London before sweeping through Neverland to meet pirates, mermaids, Indians and even the Lost Boys! The ride opened first time in Disneyland in 1955 and its smashing success has made it a feature in 5 out of 6 disney parks on earth. Also, unlike other Fantasyland rides, this has the employed the technique of evoking nostalgia to not only children but adults too. Like its original counterpart, the ride is unfortunately very slow-loading despite being one of the parks headliners. Lines build up quickly and can occasionally reach 60 minutes. This should be a top priority during the morning (after Big Thunder Mountain) unless one is planning to use Fastpass (can run out before 12pm). An alternative is to ride it during or after the fireworks show.
- Dumbo: The Flying Elephant — Go high into the sky for a joyful journey round and round above Fantasyland with everybody's favorite elephant from the classic Disney-animated film, Dumbo. This is the only ride that is featured in every disney park compeletely identical to its counterparts. Although it is very enjoyable for kids and adults alike, its location right in the middle of Fantasyland, coupled with its low capacity, can mean waits between 30-45 minutes once the park fills around 12pm. This is the second highest priority in Fantasyland, after Peter Pan's Flight, and doesn't offer Fastpass so it should be experienced before 11pm or after 7pm. Keep in mind that the queue, while covered, is outside and non-air conditioned, therefore offering no protection from the summer heat.
- Mad Hatter's Tea Cups — Take off on top of a colorful teacup for a merry-mad spin around a giant teapot! The teacups not only spin around the rides center but also around its central axis and guests can control its spin from the wheel in its center. Although having shorter waits than Dumbo, it is more popular than Lancelot's Carousel and waits usually range between 5-25 minutes.
- Alice's Curious Labyrinth — A labyrinth where you wander through your own adventure in Wonderland, with a Cheshire Cat smile in every corner. Can you make it to the Queen of Hearts castle? To avoid congestion during the labyrinth, cast members have the right to hold some guests in the entrance, leading to some short waits when demand is high. If you want to visit the castle and don't want to go through the labyrinth, enter through the exit.
- Princess Pavilion — Inside this small house next to It's A Small World rest three Disney princesses. And guests have been invited to experience them all! The princesses can change every day. If you come and meet 3 one day, the next day at least 1 princess will be different. The meet n' greet is very popular and lines antagonize those of the park's headlining rides. The pavilion can open with a 45-minute wait and reach 90 minutes if circumstances are favorable. Lineup here immediately after park opening or right before the closing of the pavillion (closes 2-3 hours earlier than the rest of the park).
- It's A Small World — Set sail on "the happiest cruise on earth" for a relaxing and whimsical voyage across the world as dolls from every continent sing and dance the catchy tune of "it's a small world". The song has won an academy award for its message of peace and acceptance to all people around the world. The ride is very good at loading and waits above 20 minutes are rare, making it an all-day experience. If you have headphones, take them off. The song is worth hearing at least once.
- Meet Mickey Mouse — The world's favorite mouse is here! Mickey is preparing to give a show but always has time meet guests in his dressing room backstage to take a photo and discover some truly magical tips and tricks! This meet n' greet is typically less popular than the Princess Pavilion but can still get 45min+ waits on busy days. Experience it early during the day or directly before its closure (closes 2-3 hours earlier than the rest of the park).
- Casey Jr. Le Petit Train du Cirque — Join the circus and jump aboard a little, jolly train from Disney's Dumbo for a gentle ride through the world of fairytales, featuring miniatures like Prince Eric's Seaside Castle, Rapunzel's High Tower and Arendelle. The ride runs the same course like Les Pays de Contes de Fees. It is more popular though mainly due to its shorter duration and the fact that only one train runs in the tracks means lines around 30 minutes during busy afternoons. The ride, along with the rest of the Storybook Land closes much earlier than the rest of the park so check the schedule.
- Les Pays de Contes de Fees — Inside a 15-person boat set sail for a joyful cruise along the land of fairytales with miniature attractions for classic Disney movies like the Little Mermaid, Frozen and Tangled. The ride runs along the same course as Casey Jr le Petit Train du Cirque. Closes earlier than the rest of the park and it is also benefited by live-voice skippers. It is extremely rare for the ride to spot a wait above 10 minutes.
- Disneyland Railroad Station in Fantasyland — The Disneyland Railroad station in Fantasyland. Gets shorter lines than the Main Street but larger than both Frontierland's and Discoveryland's.
This area takes the "Tomorrowland" idea a step further. The land fully immerses you in the concept of the stories of Jules Verne that talk about the wonders of human innovation. While the land has lost some of the charm it once had, it is still great.
Fastpass offered: Hyperspace Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Single Rider offered: Hyperspace Mountain
- Hyperspace Mountain — Step inside the icon of Adventureland and prepare for a jump through hyperspace. Blast off and help the Resistance defeat the Empire in the furthest reaches on the galaxy. The Star Wars takeover of this classic attraction through space was launched in early 2017 for the park's 25th anniversary as temporary but has stayed since then. The makeover didn't make the attraction neither less nor more popular than it used to be and are usually around 30 minutes while having the potential to reach 60 minutes on crowded days. Experience it early during the day or right before park closing since Discoveryland, unlike other lands, remains crowded during nighttime. Otherwise use Fastpass or the Single Rider line (the only attraction in the park to offer it). Keep in mind that the rollercoaster takes place in almost complete darkness and has 3 loops. Think carefully before riding.
- Orbitron — Pilot your own spaceship and spin round and round above the skies of Discoveryland, while having the ability to control the height of your vehicle. Much like Dumbo over in Fantasyland, the ride's iconic location (in the center of Discoverland) and low capacity can mean waits above at around 40 minutes. Experience it during the morning or late at night (the ride empties quicker than the other ones).
- Autopia (81cm to board a cart) (1.32m to drive the cart) — You don't need a license to drive here. Jump on the driving seat of a car as envisioned by manufacturers in the 1950s and take a drive through this miniature motorway, filled with trees, while also being able to control the speed of your car. Just be careful not to bump to the car in the front. The Autopia is one of a few rides in the resort that attract lengthy lines (40-50 minutes occasionally) and do not offer Fastpass. Experience it early during the day or right before park closing, since it still remains quite crowded during the night.
- Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast — Evil Emperor Zurg is stealing batteries from helpless toys. Now, with the help of Buzz Lightyear, guests must aim with lasers at the targets and defeat the emperor before it gets too powerful. The attraction opened in 2005, replacing The Visionarium and is now the only interactive ride in the entire resort. It quickly became very popular with children and adults alike and wait times rival those of Hyperspace Mountain these days. Experience it within the first hour from park opening or last thing at night. Otherwise use Fastpass (can run out quickly). Many guests ride it multiple times and try to beat their scores.
- Les Mysteries du Nautilus — "Dive" into an exhibition showcasig Jules Verne story of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. See the legendary submarine of the Nautilus for yourself through its hallways. Don't forget to look out of the window as a giant squid is out there! Contrary to popular belief you never go into the submarine displayed in the lake, but underground it.
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue — This 3D-motioned simulator lets guests board a Starspeeder 1000 and blast through the war-torn planets of the Star Wars world, like Jakku, Tatooine and even the Death Star as the Resistance continues to battle the First Order. The attraction experienced was one of those who experienced a huge update during the 25th anniversary, bringing it in par to the its counterparts in other Disney parks and adding a new futuristic-looking airplane. It's location on the back of Discoveryland and good capacity means that Star Tours doesn't usually surpass 40 minutes worth of wait and also empties considerable earlier than the rest of Discoveryland. Fastpass isn't a good use here as the queue is quite nice (set on an intergalactic space station). Experience it during the morning or nightfall.
- Starports: A Star Wars Encounter — Prepare for an out-of-this-world encounter with the famous but dreaded Sith Lord himself, Darth Vader! Can get half an hour lines during midday and it closes earlier than the rest of the park so check the schedule.
- Star Wars: The Path of the Jedi — One of the many short movies that have been housed in the Discoveryland Theater, this 10-minute shoer movie showcases iconic moments from the Star Wars films, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Closes earlier than the rest of the park and never has a line.
- Disneyland Railroad - Discoveryland Station — The Disneyland Railroad station in Discoveryland, more popular than Frontierland but less than both Fantasyland and Main Street USA.
Walt Disney Studios Park
The sister park of Disneyland Paris opened in 2002. Since then it has received a lot of criticism of lacking the feel of "disney" and being miniscule. Some of the acclaims are true (Walt Disney Studios park is currently the smallest disney park on the planet but not the one with the least rides) but the park features some very unique and exciting attractions, worth doing at least once. The park will undergo major expansion between 2019-2023 that will transform the Backlot into a full-fledged land based on Marvel Characters, add a brand new lake, expand the current central boulevard and add 2 new lands based on Frozen and the Star Wars franchise. Unfortunately all of these additions and remakes will see the closure of some fan-favorite rides such as the Studio Tram Tour: Behind The Magic and Rock n' Rollercoaster. So catch them while you still can!
Journey into the world of movies into the Front Lot, the entrance to Walt Disney Studios Park and set the climate for the magic about to unvolve.
- Disney Studio 1 — Welcome to Hollywood! Stroll down this small boulevard inspired by the real Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles and jump into the limelight and surprising run of films. All of this inside and air-conditioned! Don't forget see the 10(!) different shops. The Studio also serves as the entrance to the park, like Main Street USA over in Disneyland Park.
Step into the Production Courtyard. Filled with awesome rides, majestic shows and dining worthy of stars, this is the first land that guests run into after Studio 1 and really helps set the tone for the park.
Fastpass offered: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (1.02m height requirement) — Step inside this infamous, haunted and once-glamorous hotel right in the middle of Hollywood and experience first-hand the mysterious event that forced it to close in 1939. After the preshow, step into a maintenance service elevator that will drop you 13 unlucky floors and straight into....The Twilight Zone! The attraction is based on the hit 1950s american TV-series called Twilight Zone and opened as part of the park's first expansion (along with Crush's Coaster and Cars Race Rally) in 2007. It has dominated the resort's skyline ever since and quickly became an immediate hit. Waits can get long during busy days (around 40-50 minutes). The attraction thankfully offers Fastpass and it should be the second one of the day, after Ratatouille: The Adventure. Waits times also drop considerably during the last 2 hours that the park is open.
- Studio Tram Tour: Behind The Magic — Board a studio tram and take a relaxing tour "behind the scenes" of the Production Courtyard to see how movies are made. An explosive end awaits you though inside the Catastrophe Canyon filled with fire and water! One of the 3 opening day attractions in the park, it was copied from Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World (which closed in 2014). The ride isn't very popular anymore and its good capacity means that waits don't often surpass 30 minutes. Keep in mind that the queue is very boring and you want to avoid it during midday.
- Marvel Super Heroes United — Immense yourself to this groundbreaking show - only present in Walt Disney Studios Park - and see your favorite characters such as Iron Man and Captain America, played by live actors with state-of-the-art special effects, battle each other before uniting with Spiderman and Black Widow to bring down the baddest villain ever, Thanos! Plays on certain times during the day so check the schedule.
- Stitch Encounter — This interactive show features the little, adorable blue alien, Stitch himself! Guests can chat and sing with the the little alien that communicates via a satelite link-up. Stitch in this show, is neither a real person nor an animtronic. It is on a screen where both his moves and voice are controlled and synchronized brilliantly by cast members. Performs on select times during the day so check the schedule.
- Disney Jr. Live on Stage — An all-singing, all-dancing show - with no chairs - where Mickey, Minnie and Goofy sing some very catchy songs and take the audience with them! Performed on select times during the day so check the schedule.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance Off — Meet up with Star Lord and Gamora and spin, shake, step, and slide onto the dance floor filled with music from classic of the 1970s and '80s. Performed on specific times during the day so check the schedule. The show will run only until 30th September 2018.
Step into the park's largest land and join the cast in some of Disney's greatest animated stories. Shrink to the size of mouse, ride the East Australian Current or go up and down in a paratrooper operation, this land is tons of fun and also has heavy influences from Pixar. The land was formerly known as Animation Courtyard, until 2007.
Fastpass offered: Ratatouille: The Adventure, Magic Carpets of Agrabah
Single Rider offered: Crush's Coaster, RC Racer, Ratatouille: The Adventure
- Crush's Coaster (1.07m height requirement) — Join Crush and his friends inside a the beached soundstage and, after cruising leisurely through Sydney's Harbor on board a turtle, hop on a giant turtle shell and spin, dive and fight against the forces of the East Australian Current! While this has been one of the highlights of the park for families, the rollercoaster part of the ride takes place in complete darkness and also spins, making it a big no for those either afraid of darkness or are prone to motion sickness. Also the turtle shells rotate freely meaning a different experience every time! Crush's Coaster is insanely popular but unfortunately wasn't designed to handle such a big amount of people. Waits will always range between 45 and 90 minutes and the coaster can reach 1 hour worth of wait within the first 20 minutes that the park is open. Experience it first thing in the morning or right before park closure. The attraction doesn't have the ability to offer Fastpass (it would make standby waits unbearable) but does offer a Single Rider Line. There is also a smartphone game available in the exterior queue of the ride.
- Magic Carpets Over Agrabah — Board a giant carpet and spin high in the sky above Agrabah around a giant genie lamp! The ride is similar to Dumbo: The Flying Elephant and Orbitron and guests are able to control the height of their carpets. The ride is slow-loading but not as popular as its similar counterparts in over in Disneyland and waits above 25 minutes are only seen on the busiest of busy days. Fastpass isn't a good use at all here since waits are considerably low during both morning and late afternoon.
- Cars Quatre Roues Royalle — Inside this mini-Radiator Springs, zoom along-side Lightning McQueen and spin in this small circuit from the world of Cars. The ride is really similar to Mad Hatters' Tea Cups in Disneyland and opened in 2007 along with Crush's Coaster. The least popular attraction in the park rarely sees waits above 20 minutes.
- Art of Animation — Discover the history and birth of animation relive the best moments of Disney's animation legacy, see the creation of a classic character and draw on your imagination by trying your hand at a host of interactive animation experiments. A typical walkthrough attraction, not busy.
- Mickey and The Magician — This ground-breaking show follows Mickey through his journey to become a magician as he meets some Disney characters such as Rafiki, Genie and Elsa! Performs on select times during the day so check the schedule.
- Toy Story Playland — Shrink into the size of a small toy and visit Andy's backyard garden! Andy has unpacked many games, ready with for guests with your favorite Toy Story friends like Woody and Buzz. Opened in 2010 as the second expansion of the park
- RC Racer — Andy has unpacked his favorite game! Board this colorful car and zoom up and down in a curved, orange, half-pipe rollercoaster towering race track with breathtaking 90 degree falls! The ride is designed to give a "sense of thrill" albeit not offering very much to the average guests. Still the fact that only one car can run on the tracks (meaning a capacity fewer than 1000 riders per hour) and the its healthy popularity can mean waits above 50 minutes occasionally, which is insanely long for a ride that only lasts 1 minute. Experience it within the first or the last hour that the park is open or use the Single Rider Line.
- Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin — Jump aboard the back of Slinky Dog as he spins round and round, up and down in circles, always trying to catch his tail. Another slow-loading attraction, this one isn't nearly as popular as the RC Racer or Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop and lines rarely surpass 20 minutes.
- Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop — Welcome to the Army camp! Build your stamina and your courage as a new recruit of the Green Army Men in a towering rise-and-drop freefall parachuting exercise. The attraction is based on the Green Army Men from Toy Story movies. The ride loads faster and has the ability to hold more people than the RC Racer leading to waits roughly 5-10 minutes shorter. Still it is better experienced early or late during the day as the 1 minute that the ride lasts doesn't hold on to its 40min+ occasional lines.
- Ratatouille: The Adventure — Step into a small plaza inspired by one in neighboring Paris where Chef Gusteau's Restaurant is waiting for you! Shrink to the size of a small rat and let Remy take you on a wild, whirlworld adventure from the rooftops of Paris to fiery kitchens to see for yourself the world of Ratatouille! This ride IS the reason to visit Walt Disney Studios Park and opened relatively recently in 2014. It also employs state-of-the-art special effects along with impressive 3D technology to enhance the experience. So you would expect for a ride this good to have long waits right? The answer is no. Unlike Crush's Coaster, the attraction was designed with a very healthy capacity in mind - and Fastpass and Single Rider Line - so even on busy days lines stay around the 50 minute mark. Still it is better experienced either early or late in the day or with Fastpass and the Single Rider Line.
Crank up the volume in Rock n' Rollercoaster, see for yourself a stunning car show or experience the special effects from the movie Armageddon, the Backlot is filled with experiences full of adrenaline. The Backlot will be transformed into a Marvel-themed land and will probably close in late 2018 or early 2019.
Fastpass offered: Rock n' Rollercoaster
- Rock n' Rollercoaster - Avec Aerosmith — Jump from 0 to 100km/h in less than 3 seconds and ride the music in this magnificent indoor rollercoaster, filled with catchy tunes from the American rock band, Aerosmith. The ride originally opened in Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World and was copied here as one of the three opening-day attractions of the park. Lines for the ride begin to enlarge around 11pm since it takes a while for the crowds to move to the Backlot. Its good capacity also means that waits above 35-40 minutes are uncommon. Better experienced either with Fastpass or early in the day. The Backlot also empties considerably in the last 2 hours before park closing.
- Armageddon: les Effects Speciaux — Rocket over this building and experience an explosive special effects show inside a spacecraft's control room. This isn't a typical show. Guests are asked to stand around a circular platform that has a hole in its center (from where the special effects are shown). The show features loud sounds, moments of complete darkness and the platform has the ability to move. Rarely a line above 20 minutes.
- Moteurs...Action! Stunt Show Spectacular' — A sensational, wheel-screeching Disney stunt show featuing four-wheeled cars in a Meditteranean town themed area. The show performs on select times during the day so check the schedule and lasts 45 minutes.
If you can plan your timing somewhat, you may wish to take advantage of the free FastPass system. When you get to a ride, you can get a so-called fast pass that allows you to bypass the bulk of the queue at a set, later time. Even when the park is only moderately crowded, it's a good idea to get fast passes for popular rides early (Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pan and Tower of Terror for example). FastPass exists only for a few of the most popular rides. On non peak days with low queues they may not bother issuing Fastpasses on some attractions, only issuing them for the two or three most popular rides in the park.
You first go to the Fastpass distribution area near the entrance of the ride, swipe or scan your park admission ticket in one of the machines and receive a free Fastpass coupon with a time frame. You then have to come back in that given time frame to experience the attraction. If you don't like the proposed time frame, you need to either get in the regular line or come back for a Fastpass later. You cannot take another FastPass ticket before the start of the time frame on your current Fastpass. There is a limited number of Fastpass tickets availiable each day so you should take them before they are all gone - especially for Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pan and Tower of Terror.
Note that some attractions which regularly attract long lines such as Crush's Coaster and Autopia do not offer Fastpass so plan when to visit these attractions with the shortest wait e.g. at the very beginning or end of the day.
This is a great system for people with very young children. Essentially only one has to queue while the other waits with the baby and then is taken straight to the front of the line.
Note - if you are using the Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, the Baby Switch process is slightly different. Once the first adult has been on the ride, they collect a ticket at the exit. The second parent then has to queue through the FastPass entrance (although the ride attendants recommendation is merely to push your way to the front of the queue), which can take some time.
If there is one thing you will never have a problem finding in Disneyland Paris, it's stores. Various themed and general stores are spread liberally throughout the park, selling Disney merchandise and general memorabilia. They carry everything from pencils to books, from Indiana Jones fedora hats to Cinderella costumes. The sky is basically the limit on the money you can spend at Disneyland Paris - you can buy glass/crystal trinkets and sword replicas in the central castle. If you come to Disneyland Paris with children, be prepared to reach deep into your pockets; cowboy hats and pistols or knights' swords seem to be essentials for boys; Cinderella costumes for girls. Either way, a set of goodies for a child will probably set you back approximately €50. Add to this plush dolls, t-shirts and action figures ... it's easy to spend €50-100 a head on "souvenirs" - or more.
The main shopping area of Disneyland Paris is Main Street USA. The largest store at Walt Disney Studios Paris is Disney Studio 1, which you will see straight ahead after you enter the park. Disney Village has a large collection of retailers, including a Disney Store.
Disneyland Paris sports many restaurants and bars that have mostly one thing in common: They're expensive. Some are simple fast-food spots, others are quite fancy. The food is often expensive. Cafe Mickey is expensive (€130 for four people) but the characters came around and you may save some time not queuing up in the park to have the kid's pictures taken with the characters.
- The cheapest food on the premises can be bought at McDonald's. Unsurprisingly, they are much more expensive than any average McDonald's. The McDonald's in Disney Village is the largest in France.
- The primary place to eat, drink, shop and party is in the Disney Village, which contains some nicely-themed restaurants including King Ludwig's Castle, the very atmospheric Rainforest Café, and a nice steak house.
- Perhaps the most interesting ambience can be had in "The Blue Lagoon," which is built inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Prices are steep, but the atmosphere is very nice. You can also look in on the ride itself which can be very entertaining
- If you booked yourself into a Disney hotel, this includes breakfast - basically an all you can eat buffet of cereal, rolls, yogurt, and so on. The food is not fancy, but it'll feed you well. You should also get vouchers to eat in the Park at least once (they may offer more than once depending on the booking situation). The food is the same, but you are admitted to the park 1 hour before it officially opens, giving you a head start to the rides. Not all the themed "lands" are open for this, you can get a list of the ones that are from your hotel. For instance "its a small world" doesn't open until 10AM and Autopia (cars that the kids can drive) doesn't open to 12:30PM.
- There is a large shopping mall Val d'Europe located near the park (one stop west on RER A or about a 20 minute walk, also free parking is available). This may help if you are on a budget.
- Bring something to drink into the park - if you walk around all day, especially when it's hot, you will need a lot of liquid. Don't forget that drinks at kiosks are very expensive.
- There are signs at the entrance stating that there is no picnicking inside the Park. However, this rule is not strictly enforced.
Remember that the park closes early in the winter, spring and autumn so it is hard to eat dinner in the park after dark.
Disney offers various hotels in and around the park. They vary in quality and style. All should offer a free safe to store your valuables during the day, including notebook computers (Laptops). Inquire at the reception. Most are within easy walking distance from the Park
An asterisk (*) indicates hotels that offer point exchanges to members of the Disney Vacation Club .
- The Cheyenne hotel has a Western theme. It's a bit outside - you have to take the bus to reach the Village - and it's a little on the budget side. The rooms are nice and it's a good value for the money. A walk around takes 10-15 minutes but is not that well signposted, perversely the signposts to the Park are easier to see on the way back from the Park than on the way there, but it's a fairly easy level walk. The hotel is a little on the budget side, basic, clean sort of the average travel lodge type. They offer an "all you can eat buffet" which is actually some of the best food on the Disney site.
- The Disneyland* hotel is the most lavish and famously expensive. It is situated over the main entrance so walking isn't a problem, however this means that there is a bit of a walk to the village and lake Disney.
- The New York* hotel is situated on Lake Disney. This hotel tends to attract business customers coming for conventions.
- The Newport Bay* hotel is situated on Lake Disney. The theme is New England. Due to its many balconies and a very large swimming pool, this is a great hotel to stay at in the summer and offers great views out into the lake and beyond.
- The Sequoia Lodge* hotel is situated on Lake Disney. The hotel consist of a main block where most of the rooms are and a number of smaller blocks scatter through the woods surrounding the hotel, it is quite a nice place to explore.
- The Santa Fe hotel is situated on the other side of the river beside the Cheyenne hotel. You can reach the parks by walking but may prefer to take the bus as it is a ten to fifteen minute walk to the park but its probably the cheapest of them all.
- The Davy Crockett Ranch is situated 5 minutes drive away (you have to have a car as there is no shuttle). It is quite different from the other hotels and consists of separate motel style accommodation with cooking facilities. There is also a shop (open late) and a swimming pool, horse rides and a petting zoo.
As well as the above, there are several outer hotels, all of these offer transport to the park but they don't have a Disney theme and may not be included in special offer packages.
One such hotel is the Holiday Inn, which is situated alongside the official Disney hotels. It is also served by the Disney bus from Charles de Gaulle airport, and by the frequent shuttle buses to/from the parks. It has a circus theme throughout, and has good sized family accommodation.
- PV-Holidays Adagio Val d'Europe  is another cheaper, self-catering option. Located minutes from Eurodisney- with a free shuttle bus to and from. Apartments spacious, comfortable and self catering. Designed on the model of a private mansion house, with decor combining an urban style with the spirit of an English garden-city, the residence is also ideally located next to one of Europe's largest shopping centres. Tel: +33 1 58 21 55 84.
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Allée De La Mare Houleuse, ☎ +33 (0)1 60 43 64 00, . The Radisson Blu hotel is ideal for those wanting a bit more space, this modern hotel also boasts the Disneyland Golf course on its door-step so it is ideal for golfing enthusiasts. edit
- Dream Castle Hotel Paris (Dream Castle Paris), 40 avenue de la Fosse des Pressoirs, ☎ +33 1 64 17 90 00, . This Disneyland Paris hotel is located near Paris, France. The 4-star Eurodisney hotel offers accommodation for families and business travelers, two restaurants and a bar, conference venues, and spa services. edit
Communication should not be an issue for English-speaking visitors. Although Disneyland Paris is mainly French, all menus and signs are also available in English and some in other languages. All Cast Members speak English; and as they are recruited from all over Europe, several of them speak over three languages. If all else fails, the visitors are from all over Europe and the world, and a bystander might be able to translate. Besides French, many sights are also written in English and possibly German as they are the three most commonly used languages in Disneyland. Maps are available in French, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and German while passing under the train tracks after you have purchased a ticket and entered the park.
You can buy postcards and stamps at most shops in the park. Mailboxes exist in some central locations. Ask the shopkeepers about the postage required to your destination.
The park doesn't offer Internet access to its visitors. Some of the more expensive hotels may offer an Internet Cafe though; inquire before booking. No computers are in any of the rooms but it is possible to bring a laptop as there are spare electric sockets and a desk space.
- Val d'Europe  is the first stop from Marne-la-Vallee on RER A.
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