We visited Disney Land Paris last month for the first time, and despite torrential rain, we had the best time. There is a lot to see and do, so we thought we would share with you our Disney Land Paris top tips.
What is it?
A theme park in Paris, France. It consists of two parks – Disney Land Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. There is also Disney Village which is has shops, restaurants and a cinema and is a destination in itself without any admission charge. You have to pay wherever you park though.
Why we loved it:
- It is Disney! No one ‘does it’ quite like Disney.
- It is virtually on our doorstep. Especially if you live in the South of England.
- It is compact, and with careful planning can be covered in a day or two.
- It is very affordable to visit – day passes are little more than some of the UK’s big them parks.
- There is so much for all ages to enjoy.
Our Top Tips
- McDonalds in The Village has the most reasonably priced food. Head towards the toilets at the back – we found a table tucked away near there every time we visited. The coffee is good too.
- If you are looking for Lego toys, visit the Lego shop – we had a Spiderman set that was €10 cheaper than in the Disney shop!
- Before you visit, plan which ‘big’ rides you want to do and check if you can Fast Pass them. If you can, head there as soon as you arrive to get your Fast Pass. They are free, but limited and run out quickly. The machine for each Fast Pass is where the ride is.
- Buy an autograph book and pen from the UK before you leave – order in advance on eBay or Etsy for some lovely personalised ones.
- Be aware of closing times – when we visited Walt Disney Studios Park closed at 6pm. Disney Land Park was open until 11pm.
- Check the time of the main parade – there is only one a day.
- Check what time character appearances finish – a lot finish at 7pm even though the main park was open until 11pm. Mickey’s House where you can meet Mickey closed at 7pm too.
- For all you Super Hero Fans, Spider Man meet and greet is a must. We did queue for just over an hour, but it was worth every minute. He is super friendly, and takes time with you to grab your best Spidey pics. He has a permanent place in Walt Disney Studios Park opposite the Aerosmith Rock n Roller Coaster. Head there early for the shortest queue.
- Single Rider queues are available on some rides, great to ride alone, with much shorter queue times – but be aware. Don’t think you can queue together (especially with children) and be seated together. You absolutely will not be. We saw an altercation with a mother and youngish child who thought she could cut down queuing time and plead to be seated with her son. The staff refused point blank. And rightly so! We all queued – why shouldn’t she?
- If it rains, buy your ponchos from the Planet Hollywood shop in The Village. They were much cheaper than in the Disney Land shops.
- You have to pay to park, wherever you park. We parked in Disney Village because it was easy to find, undercover (it is a multi storey) and wasn’t too far to walk. There was a lift too. It cost around €20-25 for 24 hours. I don’t know what the other car parks are like.
- Both parks and Disney Village are within minutes walk of each other. Not like Orlando where you need transport to get around.
- Eating in the parks is expensive. If dry weather is forecast, take your own. There is no where indoors to eat a picnic if it rains though.
- Shop around for your tickets – we stayed off site at a Eurocamp site and had a great deal on tickets to Disney Land Paris from Attraction Tickets Direct, they had UK only tickets at a great price and you can arrange them to be emailed to you to print off. They are full tickets for admission – not vouchers, so no need to queue to swop for tickets.