For many kids, a trip to Disneyland Paris is the ultimate fantasy, but when planning your dream family vacation, it can be hard to know where to start. From booking your tickets to skipping the queues – here are some of our top tips for visiting Disneyland Paris.
Book your tickets in advance
Tickets are almost always cheaper when bought in advance and using a tour provider like Viator means you can not only make the most of flexible date tickets, combination deals and added extras like Paris transfers, but you can also book online and receive your tickets by email, so you won’t have to queue at the gates.
Book a combined ticket for both parks
There are 2 theme parks at Disneyland – the main Disneyland Park, which includes most of the most famous rides and attractions, and the Walt Disney Studio Park, where you can go behind-the-scenes of the movies, see a number of unique shows and enjoy rides like Ratatouille: The Ride; Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith; and Flying Carpets Over Agrabah. If you only have one day, you might struggle to take everything in, but with little difference in price, buying a Hopper Ticket means you can take in the highlights of both parks, hopping between them as many times as you like.
Opt for a FASTPASS® ticket
With millions of annual visitors, it will come as no surprise that Disneyland can get busy and it’s not unusual to spend long stretches queuing for rides and attractions. Investing in a FASTPASS® ticket can make a huge difference – insert your pass into the FASTPASS® machine and you’ll be given a boarding time, allowing you to return and skip the line. Best of all, it’s available for loads of rides, including Ratatouille: The Ride, Peter Pan's Flight, Space Mountain: Mission 2, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril and more. Other tips for saving time on queues include boarding the Disneyland Railroad at one of the stops away from the main entrance gates; taking advantage of the Baby Swap service or Single Rider queues; or timing your arrival at the most popular rides during the big shows or parades.
Save money on food and drinks
Eating in the Disney Village can be pricey, but it’s a fun part of the Disney Experience. You can cut down on costs by enjoying just one meal a day inside the park and bringing a picnic lunch and snacks. Instead of paying extra for drinks, bring a refillable bottle and make the most of the free water fountains dotted around the park.
Don’t just stay in the park
If you’re staying at Disney for several days, make sure to visit some of the surrounding sights too – 4 and 5 day passes have to be used within 7 days of their first use, so that leaves at least 2 extra sightseeing days. The La Vallée Village and Val d'Europe shopping centers are just minutes from the park, as is the grand Chateau de Champs-sur-Marne, or you could take the high-speed train into Paris to see the Eiffel Tower, visit the Louvre or cruise along the Seine.