The greatest places ever created are the Disney Parks. Nowhere else will give you the same magical feeling as being at Disney. Disneyland Paris is no exception. From Disney Village to Fantasyland, the rides, shows, and all the characters. With a French twist of course. All of these can add up to a once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget. Shaking Mickey’s hand, eating at Auberge De Cendrillon- I promise you, you will still be talking about it in the years to come. These are just a few of the many great aspects of a wonderful place called Disneyland. But lets dive and talk about the park, the cost, how to get there, and a touring plan.
If you are anything like me then you have wondered about the Disney parks outside of the US.
- Tokyo Disney
- Disneyland Paris
- Shanghai Disney
- Hong Kong Disneyland
What are they like? And are they anything like the US parks? That’s why, when we planned a trip to London and Paris, I knew I had to visit Disneyland Paris. Let’s go through the basics first.
Since this was a day trip from Paris we purchased 1 day-2 park tickets but just like all Disney parks, there are many options. A one day ticket will cost you anywhere between $45-$90. I am quoting US dollars here and not Euros. Here is a screen shot of multi-day tickets.
My first thought when seeing these prices was NICE. Can’t get better than this.
More often than not, people are going to Disneyland as a day trip from Paris. Disneyland Paris offers a ticket with transportation to and from the park for a premium. However, it is fairly easy and inexpensive to get there from the city. Here’s how:
From your nearest metro stop make your way to a station that services the RER A train. Here are those stations:
To the Marne La Vallée station which is within the Disneyland Paris Resort.
Disneyland Paris Touring
There aren’t many in depth DLP touring plans but there are a lot of tip and tricks out there that I used to figure out the best way to tour. There were also A LOT of ride closures such as Big Thunder Mountain (which I really wanted to ride). Apparently, that happens often at DLP. Make sure to google “Disneyland Paris hours” close to the date you go and click on the first link for hours and ride closures. My touring guide was put together as such:
- List the rides I want to go on.
- Check for ride closures, cross those off the list.
- Notate which rides have FastPass
- Follow this for your first 1-2 hours at the park. Adjusting as need be.
- First thing you should do is get a FastPass for the Peter Pan ride in Fantasyland
- Here are the rides you want to make sure you ride in the morning:
- Phantom Manor
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains
- Les Voyages de Pinocchio
- Once you ride Peter Pan with your FastPass the next FastPass you should get is Space Mountain and then Big Thunder Moutain.
With this generalized and short touring plan, or place to start, plus your list of rides to get done – you will be all set.
*FastPass at DLP is the old version of FP and not like Florida. You are able to get unlimited FastPasses but can only have one at a time.
I made sure to do a ton of research before I went to DLP, I wanted to make sure that I did everything I could (and should) in the one day of time that I had.
Peter Pan is better done at DLP than in Florida for sure.
The rides at DLP are very similar to the ones found in the US such as Peter Pan, Small World, Big Thunder Mountain, etc. A lot of the rides are better. When I say better I mean better details, more of a thrill, longer, etc. Some of the rides are terribly done and feel like they are stuck in the 90s. DLP was a park that cost a lot to make and is just not making enough for the staff, maintenance, and updates it needs.
There was nothing specifically wrong with DLP. I just didn’t feel the magic there. The cast members barely talk or interact with guests. They occasionally look disheveled and are walking around in the wrong land with the wrong costume. You name it. The rides were great but DLP felt more like a super well-done theme park and not a magical Disney park.