Disneyland Paris, originally called Euro Disney Resort is owned by Walt Disney Company and is the most visited theme park in Europe.

It opened on 12th April 1992 and has seen around 320 million visitors in 25 years.

It has two theme parks, many resort hotels, a shopping center, multiple dining options, an entertainment complex, and a Golf course.

The two theme parks in Disneyland Paris are Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.

In this article, we try and share everything you need to know about Disneyland Paris.

1. Open hours
2. Extra Magic Time
3. Rush hours
4. Avoid the crowd
5. Best time to visit
6. Which ticket to buy
7. Tips for buying tickets
8. Buy tickets
9. Coach trips
10. New Year Party

Where is Disneyland Paris?

Disneyland Paris is an entertainment resort in Marne-la-Vallée, a new town located 32 km east of Paris.

The fastest way to get to Disneyland Resort Paris from the capital is to take the RER A train.

It’s only a 35-40-minute trip from the center of Paris to the gates of Disneyland Resort Paris.

Disneyland Paris’ address
It is in Boulevard de Parc, 77700 Coupvray, France.

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Disneyland Paris hours

Disneyland Park is open from 10 am to 10 pm while the Walt Disney Studios Park is open from 10 am to 7 pm.

Disneyland Paris is open every day of the year. However, opening times vary according to the season.

The Parks may stay open late for special and/or seasonal events.

Open hours of Disney Village

Disney Village is open every day from 7.30 am onwards. It closes around midnight.

Access to Disney Village is free.

Have fun around the clock in an entertainment district with shopping, cinema, dancing, shows, restaurants, etc.

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What is ‘Extra Magic Time’

Extra magic time is the time from 8.30 am to 9.30 am available to special guests of Disney, to enjoy Disneyland Paris much before it opens to the public.

It is a special feeling because there are small to no queues, and you get the park to yourself (well, almost!).

To avail ‘Extra Magic Time’ you must be a Disney hotel guest. That is, you must stay in one of the below given Disney Hotels –

– Disneyland Hotel
– Disney’s Hotel New York
– Disney’s Newport Bay Club
– Disney’s Sequoia Lodge
– Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne
– Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe
– Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch

When you stay at the designated hotels, you get this Extra Magic Hour Pass which gets you special access at Disneyland Paris. Image: Mousehacking.com

There is yet another way to enjoy the Extra Magic Time – be the annual pass holder with Infinity, Magic Plus, Dream or Fantasy pass.

Extra Magic time allows the visitors to experience selected attractions before regular visitors start trooping in.

You can also meet Disney characters and get their autographs.

The Extra Magic Time option is available only in Disneyland Park now.

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Rush hour at Disneyland Paris

From Monday to Friday, Disneyland Paris is less crowded.

Hence, the waiting time is 0-15 minutes for popular attractions and 0-5 minutes for other attractions.

On Saturday, Disneyland Paris can get crowded and visitors may have to wait 45-90 minutes for popular attractions.

On Saturdays, the not-so-popular attractions also have 15-30 minutes of waiting time.

Interestingly, Sunday is less crowded than Saturday. You may have to wait for 15-45 minutes for popular rides, and not more than 15 minutes for moderately popular ones.

The popular rides being Peter Pan’s Flight, Big Thunder Mountain, Tower of Terror, Rock’n’roller Coaster, Star Tours, etc.

Capitalizing on opening and closing time at Disneyland Paris

Although the Parks and attractions open at 10 am, the turnstiles open at 9.30 am. This half an hour period can be used to enjoy the Parks and get in line to enjoy the rides before others.

Certain shows and firework displays happen post-closing time. Make sure that you are within the park before the turnstiles are shut.

Some shops on Main Street USA (Disneyland) and on the ‘Front Lot’ (Walt Disney Studios) remain open for some time even after the Park has closed. So don’t give up on attractions and rush in to shop.

Paris City Pass can get you free access to 60+ tourist attractions and unlimited free rides in Metro, buses and trains. Buy Paris City Pass

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How to avoid the queue at Disneyland Paris

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There are two kinds of queues at Disneyland Paris where you may end up wasting your time.

Check out our tips to avoid both the queues –

Avoid queue at Disneyland Paris’ ticketing counter

Nobody wants to waste their time waiting in long lines. Especially in as fun a place as Disneyland Paris.

You can avoid the line at the ticketing counter by buying the ticket online, in advance.

In fact, online tickets are also cheaper than those available at Disneyland Paris.

The logic is simple – when you buy online, you don’t pay the ticketing window surcharge.

If you want to ignore the two massive benefits of online tickets (saving time and money!) and still want to buy them at Disneyland Paris be at the counter before 10 am.

Since everybody starts queuing up from after 10 am, queue keeps on increasing till it reaches its peak somewhere between 11 to 11.30 am.

If you line up at the ticket counter at Walt Disney Studios, you are likely to find a shorter queue.

Avoid queue at Disneyland Paris’ rides

If you plan it well, you can avoid waiting in the lines at Disneyland Paris rides.

The best way to avoid the lines at the rides and other attractions is to visit during lean days.

For instance, the number of guests during mid-week (Tues, Wed, Thurs) during mid-January to mid-March or mid-April to mid-May is low.

If you plan your visit on these days, you will spend less time waiting in the queue.

Yet another way to avoid the queue (or reduce your wait times) at the numerous attractions is by making the best use of their Fast Pass System.

Rides such as Indiana Jones Temple of Peril, Space Mountain Mission 2, Buzz Lightyear Laser blast, Star tours, Big thunder mountain, Peter Pans flight etc accept Fast Pass.

You swipe your card through the ride that accepts Fast Pass, and it gives you a time. Any time you land up, after the said time slot provided to you, you will get to the front of the line. More Tips

The third tip to avoid queues at Disneyland Paris rides is quite simple. All you must do is download an app called Disneyland Wait Times app (for Android | for iPhone) and keep a tab on which rides are busy and which aren’t.

The app can tell you which rides have shorter waiting times and which have endless queues. You can decide, which queues to avoid and which to join in.

Recommended reading: Best Disneyland Paris rides

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Disneyland Paris – how many days do you need?

The answer to this question depends on how long your holiday in Paris, is.

A good, proper visit to Disneyland Park takes around 2 days while Walt Disney Studios Park takes 1 day.

There is a lot to explore in Disneyland Paris. It is quite detailed, so visitors should plan to visit for at least 2 days

The longer you stay, the better you’ll be able to take things slower and enjoy the rides.

However, if you have only a day, we suggest you skip Disneyland Studios Park and just visit Disneyland Park.

Best time to visit Disneyland Paris

One can argue that Disneyland being the place it is, anytime is the best time to visit Disneyland Paris.

Having said that, the best time to visit Disneyland Paris depends on what you want out of your visit to the happiest place in the World.

Here are a few recommendations –

Best time to visit Disneyland Paris on a budget

With a few tips, one can save a lot of money when buying a ticket to the happiest place on Earth.

If you are on a tight budget, the best time to visit this Disney’s marvel just outside of Paris is the offseason. Tickets prices and hotel fees are low.

Another way to save costs is by staying in Paris and traveling to Disneyland Paris, instead of opting for a Disney Hotel.

In fact, if you want to save on the Paris city to Disneyland Paris travel cost you can even stay in a much cheaper Disney Good Neighbor hotel nearby.

Best time to visit Disneyland Paris for parades

A parade called ‘Stars on Parade’ sets out at 5.30 pm each day and is updated every week.

When the park hours are shorter, the parade happens at 5 pm.

It starts in Fantasyland near the Small world and ends at Town Square at 6 pm.

However, if you want to see a more extravagant, themed parade, you can visit Disneyland during special days like Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

When you must NOT visit Disneyland Paris

The following are some of the worst days to visit Disneyland Paris –

– Jan 1 to Jan 6 of every year

– Martin Luther King Jr Day (3rd Monday of January)

– President’s Day (February 15 to 24)

– Spring break (March 21-April 7)

– Easter weekend (Which starts with Good Friday and ends with Easter Monday)

– Weekends in May

– Mid-June through Aug. 12

– The week of Thanksgiving

– From Christmas week till the second week of the New Year

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Which Disneyland Paris ticket should you buy?

In the last few years, Disney has implemented price tiers for their tickets. This means Disneyland Paris tickets will cost more on days which are expected to be crowded.

There are three kinds of Disneyland tickets – Mini, Magic, and SuperMagic.

The mini ticket is the cheapest ticket to Disneyland and thus gives you access to Disneyland Paris on lean days. These invariably end up being weekdays during the off-season.

If you don’t like the crowd, can be flexible with dates and don’t want to spend a lot of money on tickets, Mini tickets are your best bet.

Magic tickets come next. They are costlier than the Mini tickets and give you access to Disneyland Paris on most weekdays and some weekends as well when the crowd is moderate.

Mini and Magic tickets can only be bought online. At Disneyland Paris’ ticket counter you can only buy the Super Magic ticket.

The Super Magic ticket is the most expensive Disneyland Paris ticket.

It covers all dates within a year of its purchase, including the busiest days like Spring Break, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year etc. Find out which dates apply to which ticket

Note: Whichever ticket you opt for, be aware that buying tickets online is cheaper than buying at the venue. When you buy online, you save both money and time (you don’t stand in the queue!)

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Disneyland Paris ticket prices

Most tourists visit Disneyland Paris on single day trips.

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While booking your tickets, you have the choice of seeing one Park or both the Parks at Disneyland Paris.

Visitors aged 3 to 11 years pay a child ticket price, visitors 12 years and older pay the adult admission rate and kids below 3 years walk into Disneyland Paris for free.

1 day-1 Park tickets

Mini ticket for adult: 47 Euros
Mini ticket for children: 42 Euros

Magic ticket for adult: 61 Euros
Magic ticket for children: 56 Euros

SuperMagic ticket for adult: 70 Euros
SuperMagic ticket for children: 63 Euros

While the SuperMagic tickets are valid for a year after purchase, the Mini and Magic tickets have a shorter validity – usually around six months.

1 day-2 Parks tickets

Mini ticket for adult: 64 Euros
Mini ticket for children: 60 Euros

Magic ticket for adult: 78 Euros
Magic ticket for children: 73 Euros

SuperMagic ticket for adult: 87 Euros
SuperMagic ticket for children: 81 Euros

For a better experience, we recommend one Park per day. And we recommend Disneyland Park over Walt Disney Studios Park.

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Tips to know before buying Disneyland Paris ticket

Disneyland Paris is a highly rated attraction just outside of Paris and is always crowded.

It is always better to buy Disneyland Paris tickets online to save money and waiting time at the ticketing counter.

The sooner you get in, the better you can start enjoying the magic inside.

If you are visiting for two days in low season, you should buy two 1 Day-1 Park tickets and visit one Park each day.

This option is cheaper than buying two tickets for 1 Day-2 Parks.

Disneyland ticket prices normally increase each spring.

Since most tickets are valid for a year from the date of purchase, it’s better to buy your ticket before an increase. This will save you money.

If you are visiting Disneyland Paris for three days (or more) or are planning to come back within the next 12 months, we recommend Disneyland Paris Annual Pass.

Annual Pass is easy to buy and cheaper than the regular tickets.

They offer up 365 days access to both Disneyland Parks each year with additional perks thrown in.

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Disneyland Paris tickets

Disneyland Paris is the most visited theme park in Europe.

Disneyland Paris is visited by around 15 Million tourists every year.

This is more than 40,000 visitors every day.

Therefore it is always better to book your Disneyland Paris tickets online, in advance.

Less time spent waiting in line means more time inside the Park.

While buying Disneyland Paris tickets, you have the following three options –

1) Buy tickets for one pre-booked day
2) Buy tickets for one flexible day
3) Buy tickets for multiple days

All the ticket options given below are smartphone tickets. This means the ticket will be emailed to you and at the entrance you just need to show the ticket on your smartphone screen. Yes, no printouts needed!

With all of these tickets, you can enter the Disneyland Paris Park at 10 am, when it opens and stay inside till it closes.

1. Disneyland Paris 1 ‘Fixed Day’ Ticket

If you know when you will be visiting Disneyland Paris, this is your best choice.

This ticket is usually a one day-one Park ticket. However, on the ticket booking page, you can upgrade and make it a one-day-two Park ticket and enjoy both.

Our tip: Stick to one Park. Two Parks can get hectic.

Price of 1 Day ticket for 1 Park

Adult ticket (12+ years): 79 Euros
Children ticket (3 to 11 years): 72 Euros

Price of 1 Day ticket for 2 Parks

Adult ticket (12+ years): 99 Euros
Children ticket (3 to 11 years): 92 Euros

2. Disneyland Paris 1 Day ‘Flexible’ Ticket

This Disneyland Paris ticket is everything the previous ticket was, except you don’t have to choose a ‘fixed date.’

If you buy this ticket, you can visit Disneyland Paris any day you want and enjoy the rides, shows, and parades as per your convenience.

If your Paris holiday is longer than 5 days, we recommend this option.

Price of 1 Day ticket for 1 Park

Adult ticket (12+ years): 79 Euros
Children ticket (3 to 11 years): 72 Euros

Price of 1 Day ticket for 2 Parks

Adult ticket (12+ years): 99 Euros
Children ticket (3 to 11 years): 92 Euros

3. Disneyland Paris ‘Multi-Day’ ticket

To enjoy Disneyland Paris, you need 3 full days – two days to explore Disneyland Park and one day for Walt Disney Studios Park.

If you have the time and money, we highly recommend the ‘Multi-Day’ ticket.

You have the choice of booking 2 days, 3 days or 4 days of fun at both the Parks.

After your first visit (Day 1), you will get seven more days to use up your remaining visits to the Disney attraction.

This means you can take a few days to rest before you plan your next visit to Disneyland Paris.

Price of 2 Days ticket for 2 Parks

Adult ticket (12+ years): 150 Euros
Children ticket (3 to 11 years): 133 Euros

Price of 3 Days ticket for 2 Parks

Adult ticket (12+ years): 185 Euros
Children ticket (3 to 11 years): 166 Euros

Price of 4 Days ticket for 2 Parks

Adult ticket (12+ years): 226 Euros
Children ticket (3 to 11 years): 180 Euros

Want to save money and time during Paris holiday? Buy one discount Pass and visit 60+ attractions for free. Buy Paris Museum Pass

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Disneyland Paris coach trips

Disneyland Paris is in a town called Marne-la-Vallée, 32 km east of Paris.

Because of this distance from Paris, tourists who want to visit Disneyland Paris have two options – stay at one of the Disney hotels within Disneyland Paris or stay in Paris and travel to the tourist attraction.

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Most of the tourists opt to stay in Paris and travel to Disneyland Paris. The two primary reasons being –

1. There is so much to see in Paris as well
2. The Disney hotels can be costly

Therefore, there is a huge demand for Disneyland Paris coach tours.

Coach tours to Disneyland Paris

There are two kinds of coach trips available for tourists who want to visit Disneyland Paris.

Coach trip from Paris city to Disney land Paris

This trip happens on the famed Disneyland Paris Express, a fully air-conditioned, WiFi enabled coach.

When you book this tour, your entrance ticket to Disneyland Paris is also included.

While booking this trip, you must make two decisions –

1. Will you be exploring one Park or both the Parks
2. Will you be boarding the coach at Central Paris or at Eiffel Tower

From Central Paris the coach starts at three different time slots – 8.20 am, 8.30 am and 8.45 am. From Eiffel Tower, the coach starts at 8.10 am.

Depending on your choices, your tour price will vary.

Return from Disneyland Paris happens at 8.30 pm.

Coach trip from Paris airport to Disneyland Paris

Many tourists are impatient and head straight to Disneyland Paris after getting down at the airport.

That’s why Magical Shuttle runs from CDG and ORY airports to Disneyland Paris.

From Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport

Boarding is at terminal 1. The coach shuttles depart every 45 minutes starting from 9 am to 7.45 pm. They head towards Disneyland Resort hotels, Serris-Val d’Europe, and other selected hotels.

The shuttle departs every hour from 9 am to 8.25 pm, every day of the week.

From ORY Paris airport

The coach shuttle departs every hour from 9 am to 8:25 pm to all Disney hotels.

Tourists also have a choice to disembark at the Disneyland bus station and transfer to the park’s own shuttle service.

Note: This shuttle service is only a one-way tour.

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Alternatives to coach tours to Disneyland Paris

For people who do not wish to take a coach, there are two alternatives available.

Disneyland Paris by train

This ticket includes two things –

1. Transport from Paris to Disneyland via train (both ways)
2. Entrance ticket to 1 or both the Parks (your choice)

On the day of your visit, an RER A train will take you from the City Centre to the front of the Amusement Park in just 40 minutes.

Note: You must collect your printed ticket at the Magic Ways office, 25 Rue Godot de Mauroy, 75009 Paris.

Price of ticket for 1 Park + Transportation

Adult ticket (12+ years): 129 Euros
Children ticket (3 to 11 years): 124 Euros

Price of ticket for 2 Parks + Transportation

Adult ticket (12+ years): 149 Euros
Children ticket (3 to 11 years): 144 Euros

Disneyland Paris by private transport

This ticket includes two things –

1. Round-trip transportation from Paris to Disneyland by luxury vehicle
2. Entrance ticket to 1 or both the Parks (your choice)

On the day of your visit, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Paris and on return dropped back to the same place.

A minimum 3 and a maximum of 8 people are needed to book this tour.

This ticket gets instantly confirmed and reaches your email within five minutes of booking.

Price of ticket for 1 Park + Transportation

130 Euros per person.

Price of ticket for 2 Parks + Transportation

160 Euros per person.

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Disneyland Paris on New Year’s Eve

There is nothing better than spending the New Year with your loved ones in a magical world filled with your favorite Disney characters.

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Is Disneyland Paris open on New Year’s Eve?

Disneyland Paris is open all throughout the year and the New Year’s Eve is no different.

The usual opening times of Disneyland Paris is from 10 am to 10 pm every day. However, on New Year’s Eve, the timings are a little different.

Disneyland Paris New Year opening times

Since Disneyland Paris is open from 5 pm to 11.55 pm. you can enjoy New Year’s Eve party at Disneyland for a long time.

Even the Walt Disney Studios Park is open till the clock announces the arrival of the next year. This Park does not require a special events ticket.

Enjoy the festivities sprinkled with Disney Magic as you meet the Disney characters dressed up for the occasion.

Disneyland Paris New Year party

On 31st December, spend the last few hours of the year celebrating with Mickey and his friends, watching the fireworks and partying the night away.

Wave to your favorite Disney characters during the Disney Parade, go crazy in the dance party and end your evening with a fantastic firework display at the Sleeping Beauty castle.

Disneyland Paris New Year’s Eve tickets

This ticket is valid for one night only – from 7 pm on 31 December to 1 am on 1 January.

All ticket holders can enter Disneyland Park from 5 pm onwards, but the celebrations begin from 7 pm only.

Ticket will be confirmed within 48 hours of the booking.

This is a non-refundable ticket so book only if you are sure to show up.

Ticket Price

99 Euros per person (no discounted rates for kids)

On the ticket booking page, select the ‘Disney’s New Year’s Eve Party’ option.

Disneyland Paris special days

These two special days are NOT to be missed –

1. Disney Halloween Festival

Celebrate 90 years of Mickey in autumn’s Disney Halloween Festival from 1st October to 4th November and immerse yourself into a ghoulish Disney fun.

For Mickey’s Halloween party, you need to purchase a separate ticket. But if you visit Disneyland 3 hours before Mickey’s Party time, you need to buy a regular ticket too.

These parties are very popular, so purchase your ticket in advance lest they get sold out.

On the ticket booking page, select the ‘Disney’s Halloween Party’ option.

2. Disney’s Enchanted Christmas

Revel in the extra sprinkling of merry magic in the Disney world and the gigantic 60 feet tall Christmas tree as you celebrate Disney’s Christmas with your family and friends.

The Christmas fantasy parade and the fireworks are two of the best things to experience in Disneyland on Christmas.

Make sure that you are inside a little early since Disneyland is quite crowded on this day.

On the ticket booking page, select ‘25 December’ before booking your tickets

Popular attractions in Paris

# Eiffel Tower
# Louvre Museum
# Palace of Versailles
# Arc de Triomphe
# Musee d’Orsay
# Centre Pompidou
# Notre Dame
# Pantheon
# Sainte Chapelle
# Seine River Cruise
# Seine Dinner Cruise

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Era Kaundal

Era Kaundal is a writing enthusiast and a Korean language lover. In love with the beauty around her, she dreams of exploring the beautiful sights all around the world.

While planning her holidays, she prefers destinations where one can relax and rejuvenate.

Favorite Cities: Seoul, Tokyo, Florence, Vienna

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