Disneyland Paris Complete Guide for First-Timers

Although the European park is not as big as Walt Disney World in Florida, there is so much to see and do there!

No matter which location you stay at, Disney is magical! And Disneyland Paris is no exception. Although the European park is not as big as Walt Disney World in Florida, there is so much to see and do there. Disneyland Paris was the first large theme park I had ever been too. It will always be a sweet memory. I’ve been to Disneyland Paris so many times, in different seasons. I want to share with you some of my tips and tricks to get the most out of your magical Disneyland Paris vacation. Read on.

Disneyland Paris Complete Guide for First-Timers

Disneyland Paris tickets

First thing first – Where can you buy Disneyland Paris tickets?

Disney Park tickets can be purchased in several ways:

1. Through Disneyland Paris secure booking center.

2. In Paris:
At the entrance to the Disney Parks.
At FNAC stores in Paris.
At the main RATP (Metro) ticket offices in Paris.
At some Parisian hotels.

Lodging

You can’t travel to Disneyland Paris without staying at one of the gorgeous hotels. I mean, staying within the Disneyland hotels only enhances the magic of your vacation (:

Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Hotel is located just outside the gates of the park. This five-star Victorian railroad-style hotel offers nothing but the best in typical Disney fashion.

 

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Dining Options in Disneyland Paris

Character Dining can be found at Inventions. California Grill has more of a relaxed feel to it, and Cafe Fantasia serves cocktails in an enchanted musical setting.

Activities

Disneyland Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel

Disneyland Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel is a fashionable four-star resort that resembles modern New York City; complete with an art gallery full of Marvel artwork. Located about ten minutes from Disneyland and close to Disney Village as well. Don’t forget to keep a lookout for Disney’s Marvel characters during your stay.

Dining

  • Manhattan Restaurant gives you a glimpse into the fine dining that Tony Stark enjoys regularly. The decor is fantastic and completed with a chandelier straight out of Asgard.
  • Downtown Restaurant has Marvel Comics hanging on the walls and offers a delicious buffet menu where you can enjoy it. The meal options include Spider-Man’s hometown favorites.

Activities

  • Super Hero Station- Meet and get pictures with your favorite Marvel Super Heroes
  • Swimming- Indoor and outdoor pools perfect for any age
  • Marvel Design Studio- learn how to be a Marvel comic book artist
  • Sauna and Steam Room
  • Fitness Center
  • Outdoor Fitness Area

Disney’s Newport Bay Club

Disney’s Newport Bay Club will send you right back into the maritime romance that is a 1900’s coastal mansion. This four-star hotel is just a short 15-minute walk to the parks.

Dining

  • Cape Cod- offers an aquatic Mediterranean buffet with old favorites and new things to try
  • Yacht Club- A mix of foods inspired by New England with a hint of Mediterranean flavors

 

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Activities

Disney’s Sequoia Lodge Hotel

Disney’s Sequoia Lodge Hotel is the place to be if you want to experience a more homey cabin feel while still having the Disney magic around you. Each room has its theme making this mountain cabin resort an extraordinary place to stay.

Dining

  • Hunter’s Grill – This delicious buffet serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Make sure to book your reservations as soon as you book.

Activities

Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne

Leave reality behind and immerse yourself into the Wild West frontier. All of the rooms at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne have a Sheriff Woody (from Toy Story) theme.

Dining

Chuck Wagon Cafe– In old Wild West fashion Chuck Wagon Cafe is nestled inside a barn. Here you will find a gourmet buffet that serves delicious food all day long. Make your reservations, as it can get very busy.

Activities

  • Indoor kids play area
  • Pony rides- this is an additional fee

 

How Many Rides are at Disneyland Paris?

Inside the Parks of Disneyland Paris you will find more than 50 attractions and rides to keep your whole family busy (yes, you read that right; the entire family, young and old just the same).

Tips Before You Go

Price Comparison

It is valuable to explore other pricing options instead of just booking the first thing you see. Often, you can find something that can save you quite a bit of money. Here are my top items to compare prices on:

  • Decide where you want to eat. If you plan on eating at pricier restaurants, choosing one of the two meal plans can quickly help to save you money
  • Disneyland Paris hotels are pretty expensive. Be sure to compare prices for off-site lodging as well before you make your decision
  • If you choose to stay onsite, Disney typically offers different package options to different regions. Take time to compare each area so you can get the best price.
  • If you are planning to be at Disneyland Paris for three days or more, you may be able to save some money by purchasing a season pass instead of individual park tickets.
  • If taking the Eurostar to or from Disneyland Paris, compare prices from the station closest to the park or the one right in downtown Paris.

Things to Pack

When packing, there are a few things that I have found to come in very handy during our stays at Disneyland Paris:

  • Rain is pretty standard in France so pack either disposable or reusable ponchos
  • Extra battery packs to charge your phone while in the park
  • Voltage Converter

Tips for Inside the Park

Restaurants

  • All of the counter service meals come with the main entree, side, and drink. Just remember that you can order only the entrance at a lower price.
  • There is a French law that doesn’t allow any sugary drinks refills. Even the freestyle machines will only fill your cup once.
  • The restaurants inside Disneyland Paris typically close around 5:00 pm making lines very long. Heading over to Disney Village for dinner can help you avoid those long lines.
  • You can get free tap water at restaurants [if requested] and drinking fountains during your stay.

Rides and Attractions in Disneyland Paris

  • Extra magic hours are great but, the lines start getting long somewhere around the second hour, and many of the trips aren’t open during these extra hours.
  • Just like any other Disney Parks, make sure to grab your buttons for any celebration.
  • About 10-15 minutes after Disney Illuminations ends, Mickey appears on the Main St USA Train Station and says a few lines. It’s is known as ‘Mickey’s Goodnight Kiss.’
  • Fantasyland tends to close early due to the Nighttime Spectacular. Make sure to hit any rides in there as soon as possible.
  • Character meet and greets are very popular at Disneyland Paris too. If this activity is essential to you and your group, make sure to check all of the events and greets off your list as soon as you can.
  • Big Thunder Mountain is a huge hit. If you want the least amount of time in line, get in front about five minutes before park closing. Not only will your wait be minimal but, you will get the fireworks above you while you ride.

Other Helpful Tips

  • Download the Disneyland Paris app. It will help you keep an eye on the wait times and restaurant hours.
  • Save your shopping until the end of the day. The stores on Main Street usually stay up somewhere around an hour after the rides close. That gives you plenty of time to shop [plus, you won’t have to lug everything around the park all day].
  • Chipped credit cards are the types of tickets needed at Disneyland Paris. Chip and pin credit cards are the norm in France, but a chip and a signature card will also work.
  • French is the native language, and most French people I’ve met, don’t speak English. Try to learn at least a little bit of French before you go. Even a few basic questions or requests can get you pretty far.

Annual Pass Holder Tips

  • Annual pass holders can take advantage of extra magic hours just like resort guests.
  • The infinity annual pass even gets you VIP seating for Illuminations and the parade.
  • If your visit happens to fall between October and March, be prepared for colder temperatures and even possible snow.
  • For annual pass holders, luggage storage outside of the parks is free. You can’t beat that on arrival and departure days.

Disneyland Paris is one of the smallest Disney properties, but don’t let the size fool you. The amount of Disney magic that is there is impressive. Plus, on top of the Disney magic you have come to know and love, you also get to experience the French culture as it is very prevalent at Disneyland Paris. Did I miss any of your favorite tips for visiting Disneyland Paris? Share them below!

 

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