You can’t go through life and not have a Disney experience. Although, that’s how my life was going seeing as how I was 25 before ever setting foot inside a Disney park! When Brady and I were researching the Paris part of our trip, Disneyland never came up. It wasn’t until we were sitting in our hotel room on a rainy day in Edinburgh, Scotland that we decided to take a day trip to Disneyland Paris once we got to France.
You can find all the information you need about Disneyland Paris including ticket sales on their website.
From central Paris, take the RER A (train line) to Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy station. This station is located directly outside the park and is the last stop on that train line. Tickets cost €7.60 per adult one way and takes about an hour to get from central Paris to Disneyland Paris via RER. It is important to note that a metro ticket will not work as Disneyland Paris is located in Zone 5 (normal metro tickets are for Zones 1-3). With that said, your RER ticket will work on the metro, so hold on to it! Confused? So were we! Once you have purchased your RER ticket, you can use it on the metro turnstyles instead of wasting a metro ticket as long as you are within the allotted time limit (don’t ask me what it is).
Disneyland Paris Review
Disneyland Paris is made up of 2 parks – Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Disneyland Park is home to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Mickey Mouse, and flying Dumbo elephants. It is geared more towards Disney movies. Walk Disney Studio Park offers many rides, but focuses on how films are made. Here, you can find many sessions and studio tours.
The first park we went to upon arrival was Disneyland Park. It is made up of 5 lands: Adventureland, Frontierland, Discoveryland, Fantasyland, and Main Street, USA.
While wandering through the park, we noticed several rides closed for renovations:
Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains: The Fairest Ride in the Land
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
La Tanière due Dragon
Les Mystères du Nautilus
Big Thunder Mountain
La Cabane des Robinson
La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant
This list more or less made up every ride we wanted to go on. We did, however, go on the Pirates of the Caribbean water ride, which was refreshing after walking around in the sticky Paris heat. We also went on Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, which was just about the most fun ever! Brady challenged me and I lost…bad.
The park was beautifully decorated and I can totally see how it would take a good couple of days to get everything seen. We walked by the same places several times and something new was always catching my eye!
Walt Disney Studio Park
On this side of the park, we were able to discover how Disney moves are made. There are studio tours, animation tours, special effects tours, thrill rides, and so much more!
We walked to this park in the afternoon after exploring Disneyland Park. We started off at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride. Since we didn’t have fast passes, we waited in line for about an hour and a half before getting to ride. We also rode the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith (holy whiplash), learned about special effects on Armageddon’s set, and took a Studio Tram Tour.
Of the 4 rides we went on in Walt Disney Studio Park, one 1 did not break down while we were in line. Talk about bad luck. Each breakdown added a good 30 minutes to our already long wait in line.
With Walt Disney Studio Park closing at 7PM (in mid-June), we walked back over to Disneyland Park and just caught the end of the parade. We juggled around the idea of staying until 11 to watch the fireworks, but in the end decided to take the train back to Paris.
Tips for Disneyland Paris
Go for two days. We spent just one day as that was all our schedule would allow for, which was fine, but we were still rushed even with the long list of rides closed. Disneyland Paris is best suited to spend 1 entire day per park.
Get a Fastpass. This would have cut our ride wait time down significantly. Since we didn’t really plan ahead, we just went with it. Besides, it’s Disneyland Paris and just being there is fascinating!
Take a water bottle. We took a backpack with us with a large empty water bottle and filled it up multiple times throughout the day. There is no doubt that this saved us at least $25 on drinks.
Take sunscreen. DUH!! We didn’t (give us a break, we had spent the prior 2 weeks in Ireland and Scotland where it rained nonstop) and it ended up costing us €20 for a small bottle that we got one use out of before TSA confiscated it at the airport a few days later.
Map out the parks. If we had more time to research (we booked our tickets a mere 3 days before going), we would have made some kind of game plan. We also would have started with Walk Disney Studio Park first since it wasn’t open as late as Disneyland Park. We had no clue where anything was, so we were wandering around with our heads up our arses.
Get Park-Hopper Tickets. Since we only visited for 1 day, we opted for park hopper tickets which allowed us to re-enter a park on the same day. We ended up going from Disneyland Park to Walk Disney Studio Park back to Disneyland Park with no hiccups.
Disneyland Paris was great. While it was disappointing that so many rides were closed, we still had a lot of fun and made some fantastic memories. Brady seemed more disappointed than me. But, having been to Disney World in Florida, he had Disneyland Paris set to a pretty high standard and it let him down. Being that it was my first time ever at a Disney park, I left happy. Plus, I think it’s pretty cool getting to say that my first Disneyland experience happened in Paris.
A few weeks after we got back, I actually emailed Disneyland Paris and commented on their mass amounts of ride closures. About two weeks ago I received an email back stating that they would be giving us a full refund of our tickets and apologized profusely for the inconvenience!