One Day at Disneyland Paris (2022)

My kids were thrilled when we told them we were adding a day in Disneyland Paris to our Paris itinerary. They liked visiting well-known Paris destinations like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame and Versailles, but in the end, Disneyland Paris was their favorite day of the trip.

For families like ours who know their way around Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris feels fresh and familiar at the same time. It has several of our favorite rides from Disney Parks in the USA, and a few attractions that you can only find in Disneyland Paris. It's a must for Disney fans, and a fun place to visit with kids.

With so many great things to do in Paris, we carved out just one day for Disneyland Paris, and we had a wonderful time. Here are my tips for making your day at Disneyland Paris the best it can be.

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Is one day enough?

Yes and no. Disneyland Paris has two parks – Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park – but neither is as large as Disneyland in the USA. It's not even close to Walt Disney World. You can hit the highlights of both parks at Disneyland Paris in one day.

That said, one day is not enough to thoroughly visit both parks. There were several attractions that we were sad to miss because we ran out of time and energy.

If Disneyland Paris is the main reason for your visit to Paris, I recommend 2-3 days in the parks. If it's one of many wonderful places you're planning to visit in Paris, then one day at Disneyland Paris is enough.

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One park or two?

You have the option of purchasing a 1-Park ticket or 2-Park ticket if you visit for just one day. You'll save more than $20 per ticket if you choose one park and skip the other. Sticking with one park is arguably the best option for your time and money. However, you'll miss major attractions that are unique to Disneyland Paris.

If you choose one park, I'd pick Disneyland over Walt Disney Studios. It's bigger, and you'll get the classic Disneyland experience plus fresh takes on favorite attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Sleeping Beauty Castle. You'll find a few unique attractions as well.

We did both parks in one day and I'm glad we did. Families with lots of energy and no mobility limitations should be able to walk all over both parks with little trouble. Families who want to cover less ground at a slower pace, and dig deeper into one park for less money may prefer the 1-Park option.

Where to stay

Disneyland Paris is located about 20 miles/40 km outside of Paris. That's no small distance, but you can easily get there on public transportation in about an hour. For one day in Disneyland Paris, it made sense for us to stay at our AirBnB in Paris and take the train.

There are many Disney hotels and partner hotels near Disneyland Paris to choose from. If you plan to visit Disneyland Paris for more than one day, I would definitely consider the Disney hotels or other local hotels.Click the button to check rates and read reviews for hotels at or near Disneyland Paris atTripAdvisor.com.

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How to get there

Public transportation was the best option for my family. Use Google Maps, the Paris RATP app, or your paper map to find your nearest connection to the RER A line. RER trains work the same way as the Metro and use the same stations, but travel farther outside Paris. RER A Trains arrive at Disneyland Paris about every 20 minutes.

Take RER A to Marne-la-Vallee. On the map and in stations, it will be marked with Disney mouse ears and “Parcs Disneyland,” so it's easy to identify. Disneyland Paris is just a few steps from the station. The trip should take you about 45-60 minutes each way from Paris.

If you purchase a Paris Visite Pass, rather than a single round trip ticket, make sure that it includes all 5 Zones for your travel to Disneyland Paris.

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There are other ways to get to Disneyland Paris, including tours, Eurostar, Uber and renting a car. You can even add shuttle service from central Paris to your ticket on the official Disneyland Paris website. For many families, public transportation is an easy and flexible option.

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Buy tickets in advance

I received two media tickets and purchased two more tickets for our day in Disneyland Paris. I purchased our tickets on the Disneyland Paris website and printed them at home. We saved about $30 USD per ticket, compared with the gate price, by purchasing online in advance.

The other advantage of purchasing and printing tickets from the official site in advance is that you can take them straight to the gate. You may find Disneyland Paris tickets for a good price from reputable brands like Viator and Expedia. Just be aware that if it's a voucher instead of a ticket, you'll spend time in line at Guest Services before you can enter the park.

Pick a day with lighter crowds

Use the calendar on the Disneyland Paris ticket page to pick a day when crowds are expected to be light. Not only will you save time in line, you'll save money on single-day tickets too.

Disneyland Paris has a three-tier demand pricing system, meaning that single-day tickets are more expensive on days that the park is expected to be more popular. Weekends and holiday season crowds tend to be heavier. Weekday crowds tend to be lighter. We bought tickets for a Tuesday in mid-June and paid the lowest price.

I would not call Disneyland Paris uncrowded on the day we were there. However, it was significantly less crowded than that same day would have been at Disneyland or Walt Disney World.

Download the app

Disneyland Paris has an official app, and it's handy for checking wait times, show schedules, finding bathrooms, and much more. It saved us from trekking across the park to find that the ride we wanted was temporarily closed.

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Arrive early

Disneyland Paris typically opens at 10:00 AM. I've read that you can actually get in at 9:30, so it pays to arrive early. That was our plan, but we didn't arrive quite as early as we hoped.

We left our apartment at 8:00 AM, expecting to arrive around 9:00 AM. We barelymissed our train. Weather and strikes added time to our wait, which was frustrating. We arrived at Disneyland Paris a little before 10:00, and then spent time at Guest Services and City Hall to pick up my media passes. After all that, we were really ready to ride.

Apparently, transportation strikes happen fairly regularly in Paris. The good news is that they don't completely shut down the trains, they generally just reduce the frequency. They schedule strikes in advance so you can plan around them. Just Google “Paris Strike Schedule” to see if your trip will be affected.

Skip the lines

Disneyland Paris has FASTPASS and Single Rider lines at many of its most popular rides, and they are a good way to make the most of your limited time at Disneyland Paris. Look for kiosks near rides with FASTPASS lines. Scan your ticket and take the FASTPASS. Then return later in the time frame on your FASTPASS ticket. You'll cut your wait to about 15 minutes in line.

Single Rider lines are great for families with older kids who would rather ride fast than ride together. You'll fill empty seats and ride with other groups, but you'll probably get through the line a lot faster.

Baby Switch is a good option for families with children who are too young for some attractions. Parents take turns riding, but wait in line together just once.

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Pack a lunch

Disneyland Paris will allow you to bring sandwiches and snacks into the park. We brought a few provisions in a day pack and then nibbled our lunch on the go, without losing any ride time during our first hours in the park.

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Disneyland Paris is filled with restaurants. Character Dining and meal plans are available as well. I didn't notice any of the “must-have” snacks like Dole Whip, corn dogs and others that I'm used to at Disneyland in California. However, with just one day at Disneyland Paris, sampling all the eateries was low on my list of priorities.

We ate dinner at the quick and relatively inexpensive Restaurant en Coulisse in Walt Disney Studios. They serve fairly typical theme park burgers and fries, and we were glad to find a veggie burger on the menu for my vegetarian son.

There is a picnic area just outside the parks, and many more restaurants in Disney Village. These include familiar names like McDonald's, Starbucks, Five Guys, Rainforest Cafe and many more. I'd save these for the very end of your day, or for another trip, since walking out to Disney Village then back into the parks will kill a lot of time if you only have one day at Disneyland Paris.

Conclusion

One day at Disneyland Paris isn't much time, but it is enough to make great family memories. I hope these tips will help you make the most of your visit. Happy travels!

Disclosure: Disneyland Paris provided me with two complimentary passes and four VIP FASTPASSes for the purpose of review. I purchased two additional passes. All opinions are my own.

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FAQs

Is 1 day in Disneyland Paris Enough? ›

A. Ideally, we'd recommend three full days. Two days for Disneyland Park and its five magical themed lands, one day for Walt Disney Studios Park and its four action-packed zones.

Is one night in Disneyland Paris Enough? ›

Disneyland Paris, including both parks and the hotels, can be seen in two days. We recommend two nights and three days for fans to fully experience Disneyland Paris.

Can you do both Disneyland Paris in one day? ›

Disneyland Paris has two parks – Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park – but neither is as large as Disneyland in the USA. It's not even close to Walt Disney World. You can hit the highlights of both parks at Disneyland Paris in one day.

Is a day trip to Disneyland Paris worth it? ›

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. 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.

How many rides are at Disneyland in one day? ›

Although initially, it may seem like an overwhelming task, by planning a trip carefully, guests can ride all 40-plus rides at Disneyland over the course of a single day.

Does Disneyland have the 120 minute rule? ›

Once you've made a selection, you can make your next Lightning Lane selection when: You have used the first one you booked; Your first return time window has ended (if you miss it); or. 120 minutes have passed since you booked your last one (or 120 minutes after park opening, depending on the situation).

Can you hug characters at Disneyland Paris? ›

Disneyland Paris has relaxed its policy regarding interactions with characters, allowing guests to once again meet, greet, and hug many of their favorite Disney friends.

Is Disneyland Paris worth the money? ›

If you're a true Disney fan who loves ALL things Disney, then the answer will be a definite YES. But if you're just a go-with-the-flow type Disney fan, it might not be. Both my daughter and I are pretty much true Disney fans, so for us, it was definitely worth it.

How do I tackle Disneyland Paris in one day? ›

  1. Buy Your Tickets In Advance.
  2. Arrive Before “Rope Drop”
  3. Get Breakfast Before Heading To The Park.
  4. Prioritise Rides & Attractions.
  5. Stay On-Site At A Disneyland Paris Hotel.
  6. Get A Premier Access Pass.
  7. Order Your Food On Mobile In Advance.
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What time are fireworks at Disneyland Paris? ›

Duration: The approximate duration of the fireworks show is about 20 minutes. Timings: Disney Illuminations takes place at Disneyland Paris every night at 9:30 PM.

Can you get into Disney after 2PM? ›

The first park you visit on a given day will require a parks pass reservation. If you don't have a parks pass reservation for a park, it can't be your first park of the day. If you don't have a parks pass reservation for any park, you can't visit the parks at all, even after 2PM.

Do and don'ts Disneyland Paris? ›

The Dos and Don'ts of Disneyland Paris
  • DO: Make the most of FASTPASS.
  • DO: Have a game plan.
  • DO: Ride solo.
  • DON'T: Eat in.
  • DO: Get savvy with the 'Wait Times Disneyland Paris' app.
  • DON'T: Underestimate the Parisian weather.
  • DO: Get to the parade early.
  • DON'T: Skip the shows.
13 Feb 2017

Is tap water free in Disneyland Paris? ›

Facilities for Every Guest

The tap water at Disneyland Paris is safe to drink. Feel free to fill up your water bottles!

Which day is best for Disneyland Paris? ›

The best (emptiest) times to visit Disneyland Paris are most days of the week in winter and spring, as well as days of the week in September, October, November and the first two thirds of December as long as they do not fall within school holidays of the most relevant European countries.

Can you bring refillable water bottles to Disneyland? ›

And, while you are welcome to bring your own water bottles, water fountains and water bottle refill stations are located throughout both parks. A map of drinking fountains can be found on the Disneyland Mobile App.

Do you need more than 1 day at Disneyland? ›

How many days should you spend in Disneyland parks? Though there are just 2 parks at Disneyland Resort, there are still plenty of attractions and things to do. Ideally, you should plan on spending a total of 3-4 days in the parks to cover most everything, including rides, characters, shows, and fireworks.

How much does the average person walk at Disneyland? ›

The average Walt Disney World guest walks 7-10 miles PER DAY during their vacation. For some guests, this is great – you want to get those steps in as your form of vacation exercise (gotta work off all those cupcake and turkey leg calories).

How early should I get to Disneyland Paris? ›

What's the best time to arrive at Disneyland Paris? If you want to get on the rides early in the day, you should get to the park fifteen to thirty minutes before opening. The gates typically open thirty minutes before the rides begin to run.

What is the slowest time at Disney? ›

September is the best overall month to visit Disney World. Other than Labor Day, there are no holidays to bring in crowds and most families have returned home for the school year. This is therefore the least crowded time of year to visit Disney World.

What is the slowest day of the week to go to Disneyland? ›

Crowds tend to spike again after the holidays for MLK Weekend (January 15-17, 2022). Other than that, just go on a weekday and avoid holidays (including the whole week after Presidents Day). Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are historically least crowded.

Can you kiss in Disneyland? ›

Whether you are at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, Knott's Berry Farm, Disneyland, or any other theme park, Guests to not have to typically restrict themselves from kissing their partners.

What if you miss your lightning lane time? ›

If you miss your return window, you forfeit your Lightning Lane access. This one is super important to remember. If you happen to miss your return time window for your Lightning Lane, you will NOT be allowed to book another one for that attraction.

Does Disney manipulate wait times? ›

“They definitely skew about 20 percent higher than actual wait times. They do often use them as a way to pull people away from a ride.” Doug Sisk, who runs WDW Passport, which offers live wait times, says that Disney usually inflates times by between 25 and 50 percent.

Are backpacks allowed at Disneyland Paris? ›

If you are wondering does Disneyland allow backpacks, the answer is yes. You can bring backpacks into Disneyland Paris, provided they do not measure more than 55cm x 40cm x 25cm as per the Disneyland Paris Park Rules.

Is there Encanto at Disneyland Paris? ›

New “Encanto” PhotoPass Magic Shot Available at Disneyland Paris Through November 28th, 2021. Hi everyone! Disneyland Paris has a new “Encanto” Magic Shot through November 28th, celebrating the upcoming Walt Disney Animation Studios film.

Can you be shirtless at Disneyland? ›

All Disney theme park guests are required to wear shirts and shoes at all times.

How much is a can of Coke in Disneyland Paris? ›

Prices in restaurants in Disneyland Paris.
Meal in a cheap restaurant10.00 EUR10 USD
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)5.00 EUR5.00 USD
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)4.00 EUR4.00 USD
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)3.30 EUR3.30 USD
Water (0.33 liter bottle)2.50 EUR2.50 USD
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How long is enough at Disneyland Paris? ›

Ideally, we'd recommend three full days. Two days for Disneyland Park and its five magical themed lands, one day for Walt Disney Studios Park and its four action-packed zones.

How long are the lines at Disneyland Paris? ›

Some can have a very long wait time, close to 45 mins to an hour, whereas some may vary from 30 – 45 mins. It is good to learn in advance about the must-do rides and which have the longest lines.

How do you beat Disneyland Paris queues? ›

7 TIPS FOR AVOIDING THE QUEUES AT DISNEYLAND PARIS
  1. GO OFF PEAK. disneylandparis. ...
  2. Premier Access. ...
  3. ASK ABOUT BABY SWITCH. ...
  4. HEAD FOR THE BIG RIDES DURING THE PARADES. ...
  5. MAKE NOTE OF THE RIDES THAT ONLY LOOK CROWDEd. ...
  6. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SINGLE RIDER QUEUES. ...
  7. NAB THE WAIT TIMES APP.

What time do rides shut at Disneyland Paris? ›

Disneyland Park Paris is open from 9:30 AM to 9 PM on weekdays and 9:30 AM to 10 PM on weekends. A. The Walt Disney Studios Park is open from 9:30 AM.

What time are the parades at Disney Paris? ›

So what time is the Disneyland Paris Parade? It takes place everyday, usually at 5:30 pm.

Does Disneyland have firework every night? ›

Fireworks occur on select nights only. Please check the Entertainment Schedule for the performance schedule. All fireworks at Disneyland Park are dependent on weather conditions and are subject to change or cancellation.

What is the 120 minute rule at Disney? ›

The "120-minute rule" allows you to book a Genie+ LL for later in the day -- but if it's more than 120 minutes away, you don't have to wait to redeem that LL. You simply wait 120 minutes and can book another Genie+ LL. Both MaxPass and FastPass+ had similar policies.

Is Disney free after 6pm? ›

You do not need a park reservation or additional ticket to enter the park at or after 7:00 PM.

What does a 13 minute wait at Disney mean? ›

If either attraction has a wait time of 13 minutes for the standby line, get in line! 13 minutes is a 'code' for no wait time at all. In the case of these two attractions, number 13 happens to be a lucky number! ( Photo Credit Meeko)

Can you bring bottled water into Disneyland Paris? ›

Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks inside the Disneyland Paris premises.

Can I wear flip flops to Disneyland Paris? ›

You can also put on sandals, but make sure they are comfortable so your feet don't get sore during the day.

Can I bring my own water bottle to Disney? ›

"Guests are welcome to bring bottles, cups and mugs into the theme parks provided that they are not glass containers and they do not bring alcohol into the theme parks. You can check out the Walt Disney World Resort Park Rules for the complete list of prohibited items.

Do they check water bottles at Disneyland? ›

However, a Cast Member at the security checkpoint may ask to open your bottle to check its contents, since metal water bottles are opaque. Just keep in mind that alcoholic beverages and glass containers aren't allowed inside the Disneyland Resort, as stated in the Rules.

Does Disney refill water? ›

Don't forget to stay hydrated! There are several water refill stations in Disneyland including a cold filtered water option I'll tell you about below. You can bring your own water bottle to refill throughout the day at both parks. There are drinking fountains all over the parks as well.

Is one day in Disneyland Paris Enough? ›

A. Ideally, we'd recommend three full days. Two days for Disneyland Park and its five magical themed lands, one day for Walt Disney Studios Park and its four action-packed zones.

What is the busiest time at Disneyland? ›

When to Visit Disneyland in 2022
  • The weeks before and after Easter: mid-March through mid-April, or Spring Break Season.
  • The week before Christmas through the first couple of weeks of January, Christmas Day and New Years Eve bring in some of the largest crowds the park sees all year long.
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What is the busiest time of day at Disneyland? ›

What is the busiest time of the day at Disneyland? 10 am-11 am is the busiest time to enter Disneyland. The lines reach their longest length from 12 pm-3 pm.

Can you do just one day at Disneyland? ›

Sometimes one magical day at the theme parks is all you need! The best way to purchase a one day ticket to the theme parks is by visiting the official Disneyland webpage for theme park tickets. Did you know that park hopper tickets give you access to both theme parks on the same day? Double the fun!

How much does the average person spend at Disneyland in one day? ›

Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $54 to $129 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants. See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs.

What is the most crowded day at Disneyland? ›

Weekends, especially around holiday weeks and three-day holiday weekends (MLK Day (3rd Monday of January), Presidents Day (3rd Monday of February), Memorial Day (last Monday of May), July 4th, Labor Day (1st Monday of September), and Columbus Day (2nd Monday of October).

What happens if you miss a day at Disneyland? ›

I am very happy to inform you that there is no penalty for you missing your scheduled reservation. Your Disneyland Theme Park Tickets are still active in order for you to book another theme park reservation.

How can I survive a day at Disneyland? ›

But here are some tips that can make it enjoyable anyway:
  1. Be in the park for “rope drop.” This means arriving at the Mickey and Friends parking garage 90 minutes before the park opens. ...
  2. More on Disneyland:
  3. Wear a hat. ...
  4. Bring frozen water bottles. ...
  5. Get a MaxPass. ...
  6. Ride the rails. ...
  7. Hit Fantasyland first.
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Which park is better in Disneyland Paris? ›

In short, Disneyland is the classic park with the iconic castle, parades, and opportunities to meet Disney princesses. Meanwhile, Walt Disney Studios is a more modern Disney experience with themed Marvel & Toy Story areas and rides centred around Pixar greats such as Finding Nemo & Ratatouille.

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