Disneyland Paris is one of the best day trips from Paris. Leave the French capital’s hustle and bustle for a day and enjoy Disney’s fairytale world on a day trip to Disneyland Paris.
Disneyland Paris is one of the most popular day trips from Paris. Click here for the list of best Paris day trips
A Disneyland Paris day trip is great for families with kids but also for adults alone. Most of the rides are for all ages, and it is fun.
There are two parks at Disneyland Paris: Disneyland Park & Walt Disney Studios Park. Disneyland Park is the classic park with the Disney characters like Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, or Frozen whilst Walt Disney Studios Park has a more general moviemaking theme – but it’s still very Disney.
Although Disneyland Paris recommends 2 days for Disneyland Park and 1 day for Walt Disney Studios Park, both parks can be done in one day each.
This piece is focused on Disneyland Park but most of the Disneyland Paris tips here below are also good for Walt Disney Studios Park.
When to Visit Disneyland Paris
If you want to take a day trip to Disneyland Paris during your Paris holidays, we assume that you have already booked your Paris trip. If you haven’t decided when to travel to Paris yet, check out the best time to go to Paris.
Once your Paris dates are fixed, we recommend avoiding the weekend for your day trip to Disneyland Paris. Other things to consider are the French holidays, school holidays, and Disney’s seasonal events.
Finally, some weekdays see lesser crowds than others, so we recommend checking our Disneyland Paris Crowd Calendar for the full picture.
How to Travel to Disneyland Paris from Paris
There are many ways, public and private, to travel to Disneyland Paris on a day trip from Paris. Check out our quick guide on How to Get to Disneyland Paris from Paris with all the transportation options and choose the best option for you.
Disneyland Paris Deals & Bundles
Top Rides in Disneyland Paris
Here’s the list of top rides for kids and adults in Disneyland Park. Check out our quick guide to the Best Disneyland Paris Rides for more information and details.
- Big Thunder Mountain – Big Thrills
- Peter Pan’s Flight – for kids and adults
- Star Tours: The Adventure Continues – Big Thrills
- Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain – Big Thrills
- It’s a Small World – fun for the little ones
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril – Big Thrills
- Phantom Manor – for kids and adults, scary
- Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing – for kids and adults
- Adventure Isle – for kids and adults
- Alice’s Curious Labyrinth – for kids and adults
- Autopia – for kids
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – for kids
- Les Voyages de Pinocchio – for kids and adults
- Disneyland Railroad – for kids
- Pirates of the Caribbean – for kids and adults
How to Avoid the Longest Lines in Disneyland Paris
1.BUY A FAST PASS
The FASTPASS ticket is a special ticket that helps to skip the lines of the most popular attractions. You need a FASTPASS ticket for each person.
Simply enter your park admission tickets into the FASTPASS machines and receive a return time. Then go have fun until your return time and enter the specially marked Fastpass line.
The FASTPASS ticket is available for the following attractions. As you can see, it is a great option for adults, but less interesting for the little ones.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, Adventureland
- Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain, Discoveryland
- Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Discoveryland
- Big Thunder Mountain, Frontierland
- Peter Pan’s Flight, Fantasyland
- Star Tours, Discoveryland
Click here to buy your FASTPASS tickets
2.PLAN YOUR FIRST RIDES IN ADVANCE
Have a look at our Disneyland Paris Wait Times quick guide and plan your first rides in advance. Decide which rides you want to try first according to these Disneyland Paris wait times.
3.DOWNLOAD THE DISNEYLAND PARIS APP AND CHECK THE WAITING TIMES LIVE AT ANY TIME
This free application by Disneyland Paris is great. Amongst its many functions, you can see the waiting times for each attraction live so you can decide where to go next according to the information displayed.
You can see the full list of rides or create a custom-made list with your favorite rides.
This app also shows the rides temporarily closed for maintenance, so you avoid walking to this ride for nothing.
Where to Eat at Disneyland Paris
In Disneyland Park, there are 31 restaurants with different kinds of foods and price ranges.
On the Disneyland Paris app, you can see the full list of restaurants with their location on the map and their menu. Decide where to eat beforehand and avoid wasting your time on-site.
Make your restaurant reservations well in advance and avoid over an hour for a table to become available. There are many ways to do this:
- Up to 6 months prior to your arrival date, by calling the Dining Reservation Service on +33 1 60 30 40 50 (international call rates apply)
- Upon your arrival, through the reception desk at your Disney Hotel
- Or at the restaurant directly
GOOD TO KNOW: Since the beginning of the pandemic, Disneyland Paris has reduced the number of daily visitors in the parks, and some restaurants may be closed. Double-check in the app that your favorite restaurant is working normally.
In Disneyland Park, there are also some food stands and they have interesting bundles food + drink for a quick eat on the go. To use without moderation.
Finally, Disneyland Paris allows you to bring your own food, and this is a great (and cheaper) option for a day trip to Disneyland Paris when your time is more limited. Adventureland and Frontierland have some pleasant areas for a picnic.
Other Tips for your Disneyland Paris Day Trip from Paris
TAP WATER IN DISNEYLAND PARIS
Just like tap water in Paris, you can drink tap water also in Disneyland. Bring your refillable water and save money and plastic during your day trip to Disneyland Paris.
SINGLE RIDER SERVICE
There’s a Single Rider Service available for some rides including Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain at Disneyland Park. This is a great option if you don’t mind riding separately and want to skip past the line.
CLIMP UP TO THE CASTLES FOR THE BEST VIEWS
Climb up to the Sleeping Beauty Castle or Alice In Wonderland’s Castle for some great views of Disneyland Park.
BEST HOT CHOCOLATE
Disneyland Hotel does the best hot chocolate on property. During the colder months, be sure to stop by Cafe Fantasia in the Disneyland Hotel for the best hot chocolate in Disneyland Paris. It is served as a warm cup of milk with a big chunk of hot chocolate to dip into the milk and meltdown.
RUNNING OUT OF CASH?
Automatic cash dispensers (ATMs) can be found in several locations:
- Disneyland Park – Discoveryland and Adventureland
- Walt Disney Studios Park – next to the Restaurant des Stars
You can find these locations on the interactive map on Disneyland Paris app.
Enjoy free WiFi in during your Disneyland Paris day trip. Here’s how to connect:
- Select ‘Disneyland Paris’ WiFi, ‘Disney-Village’ WiFi, or the name of your Disney Hotel
- If you’re an Apple user, you’ll be automatically redirected to a sign-in page on your internet browser
- If you’re an Android or Windows user, you’ll have to manually open your internet browser, where a sign-in page will appear
TAKE LESS PICTURES, EXPERIENCE MORE
One of my main regrets during my day trip to Disneyland Paris was spending most of the time taking pictures inside the ride, forgetting to actually enjoy the ride.
Unfortunately, I have lots of pictures and short videos of It’s a Small World (most of them bad quality pictures due to the lack of light) but I cannot say that I enjoyed the ride!
EXTEND YOUR STAY AT DISNEYLAND PARIS (IF YOU CAN)
Book a night in one of the Disneyland Paris hotels and do both parks without rush.
Also, the Disney Hotels come with great on-site facilities, and you can enjoy extra magic time in the Disney Parks before the day-trippers arrive.
And there you have it, the list of best tips for planning a memorable day trip to Disneyland Paris from Paris. Enjoy!