Disneyland Paris 101: My Review

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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.

Price

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.

 

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My first thought when seeing these prices was NICE.  Can’t get better than this.

 

Getting There

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:

 

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To the Marne La Vallée station which is within the Disneyland Paris Resort.

Disney World on a Budget

Disney World on a Budget

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:

 

  1. List the rides I want to go on.
  2. Check for ride closures, cross those off the list.
  3. Notate which rides have FastPass
  4. Follow this for your first 1-2 hours at the park.  Adjusting as need be.
    1. First thing you should do is get a FastPass for the Peter Pan ride in Fantasyland
    2. Here are the rides you want to make sure you ride in the morning:
      1. Phantom Manor
      2. Pirates of the Caribbean
      3. Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains
      4. Les Voyages de Pinocchio
    3. 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.

Overall Experience

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.

Disney World on a Budget

Disney World on a Budget

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19 thoughts on “Disneyland Paris 101: My Review

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    Can I please please go there one day, that looks totally amazing! I would love to go see Disney in Paris.

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    I haven’t been to DisneyWorld yet (in FL) but I’ve been to California Adventure and Disneyland in California COUNTLESS times! I’d love to go to the one in Paris, how fun! xx Adaleta Avdic

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    I felt the same way about Disneyland Paris. There was nothing wrong with my experience but I felt like another tourist face in the herded crowd.

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    Oh my goodness this would be a dream!! Paris and Disneyland!! Totally sounds like a win to me. 🙂 BUCKET LIST.

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    This would be a dream vacation! Disneyland + Paris, where do I sign up? And with your tips!! BUCKET LIST!
    XO

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    I haven’t been to any of the Disney parks yet (waiting on my kids to get a little older to go) but I must say Disney Land in Paris looks just as fine as the one in Florida. Great tips for planning a visit. -Breyona Sharpnack

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    I agree with you – the Disney Paris is not as HAPPY as Florida Disney! We enjoyed it there, but it didn’t capture the magic for sure. Plus, the train ride there is so long!

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      Def was enjoyable! I fell asleep on the way back and almost missed our stop lol

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    Shame that it did not capture the magic and the cast did not interact. Still at least you did your research and Peter Pan was good!

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    Omg one of my biggest bucket list things is going to Disney Land Paris!!!! I’ve been to land, world and Tokyo!!!! My goal is to go to them all

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    I was at Disneyland Paris more than 15 years ago (I was a kid)! I barely remember any of my experiences, so I’m definitely pinning this for when I’m coming back! I think that I will also visit the one in Orlando whenever I will find myself in Florida hehe. Thanks for the tips 🙂

    Carlota | TheWandereuse.com

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    Great tips and thank you for your honest review on DLP! I’m also definitely very interested in visiting Tokyo Disney and Disney Shanghai one day!

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    I usually just think of Disney in Orlando or California, and didn’t even know Disneyland was in Paris. I haven’t been to one yet, but in Paris – that just sounds magical!

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    You must of read my mind as I was looking into Tokyo Disney. I think Disney Paris is cool too so thanks for the info on that an prices actually doesnt look too horrible.

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    We were there and it’s one of the best we’ve been to so far! I will always be a huge fan of disney and I’ll never get tired of going to their parks. It’s great to be able to experience the ones outside the US!

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