Having a Perfect Day at Disneyland Paris: 9 Steps (with Pictures)

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Having a Perfect Day at Disneyland Paris: 9 Steps (with Pictures)
Having a Perfect Day at Disneyland Paris: 9 Steps (with Pictures)
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As you probably know, Disneyland Paris is a large amusement park in Marne la Vallée, near Paris. This article will give you tips on how to have a great day at Disneyland Park, reducing waiting times and doubling your fun!

Steps

The Disneyland Castle

Step 1. Buy your tickets in advance

Instead of having to queue at the park ticket office, buy them online at the official website. If you order early enough, you can still have your tickets delivered to your home before you leave. Or you can download the tickets and print them directly from your email.

  • Keep your eyes open for good offers. Disney regularly has offers where, for example, you get a day of free entrance if you buy a multi-day ticket.
  • If you plan to park at Disneyland, you can also pre-purchase your parking ticket online.
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Step 2. Get to the park early

Early morning is the perfect time of day in the park; it is largely empty, in the summer it is not too hot yet and the children are still happy. You can get fastpasses and do some of the popular attractions before it gets crowded. About an hour before the park opens, people are already queuing.

If you'd like to get to the Fantasyland attractions, it's best to do so in the morning before the families arrive -- the lines are shortest then

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Step 3. Use fastpasses

The system may seem a bit complicated at first, but it's easier than it looks - and it's worth avoiding the lines. Here's a quick explanation of how the system works:

  • Insert your Park entrance ticket into the fastpass machine at the entrance of the attraction.
  • Receive your fastpass ticket indicating when you can report back to the attraction. Now go and enjoy the other attractions in the Park first.
  • Get to the attraction within the specified time and access the attraction within minutes via the fastpass line.
  • You can always use one fastpass at a time. If you want to reserve a new ticket, you must have used the previous ticket first.
  • Attractions with the fastpass service include: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril in Adventureland, Space Mountain: Mission 2 in Discoveryland, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast in Discoveryland, Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland, Peter Pan's Flight in Fantasyland, and Star Tours in Discoveryland.
  • Fastpasses are subject to availability and some popular attractions such as Space Mountain, Indiana Jones and the Haunted Mansion (around Halloween/Christmas) run out quickly. Get it early in the day.

Step 4. Eat wisely and well

The food in the park can be very expensive, especially if you are with a whole family. There are also sometimes long lines. Here's a list of what can work out well:

  • Eat earlier than usual, or after the lunch peak between 11am and 2pm, and after the evening peak between 6.30pm and 8pm. This way you can go on rides while everyone else is eating and avoid a lot of lines while you eat.
  • Be warned that the restaurants on Main Street U.S.A. often have the largest rows. For example, go to Frontierland if you want a shorter line.
  • If you want to eat cheaply: Bring your own lunch and dinner and put them in a locker (at the entrance). There are plenty of tables and benches to sit. If you do have to buy food in the park, fruit is fairly cheap, and you may also be able to share a portion from a fast food restaurant.
  • Book in advance if you want to eat in a real restaurant. There are only a few table service restaurants within the park: Blue Lagoon in Adventureland, Auberge de Cendrillon in Fantasyland, Silver Spur Steakhouse in Frontierland, and Walt's on Main Street, but they fill up quickly. If you want to eat there, it's better to book in advance, the phone number where you can do that is +33 (0)1 60 30 40 50.
  • If you want a meal with Disney characters you have to plan it in advance. In the park you can do that at Auberge de Cendrillon, where the Disney characters walk around while you eat, so you can take pictures. This is nice if you are with children, so they can see a lot of figures at once, but the restaurant fills up quickly. It is also better to book here: +33 (0)1 60 30 40 50.
Disneyland Sami

Step 5. Decide when to buy souvenirs

As with food, there are several ways to organize souvenir shopping, depending on your needs. Here are a few possible plans:

  • If you want to buy the famous Mickey ears (or other headgear), consider getting it early so they're in all your photos.
  • If you're not sure what you want, pop into a few souvenir shops first if you need a break from the attractions. If you've got your eye on something, buy it at the end of the day when you leave the park so you don't have to wear it all day.
  • If you have small children and are afraid of whining about souvenirs, try this trick: Buy cheaper Disney souvenirs online and take them with you. The night before you go to the park, arrange the presents so that it looks like Mickey left them there, just like with Santa Claus. They already have fun new things to play with and you don't have to worry about shopping in the park. Problem solved!
Mickey with some New Friends!

Step 6. Know where to find the figures

If you have kids, meeting Disney characters is probably high on your list. Although the figures used to walk loose through the park, there are now some designated places:

  • Between 11am and 1.30pm you will find some figures on Main Street.
  • On the Disneyland Railroad, there are figures on the 11am, 12pm and 1pm trains.
  • Winnie the Pooh and friends can be found on Main Street between 11am and 1pm.
  • Mickey can be found in Fantasyland between 10:30 and 17:00 at the Fantasy Festival Stage.
  • You can meet the Disney princesses over lunch and dinner at Auberge de Cendrillon, or near It's a Small World in Fantasyland between 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM.
  • Meet Jack Sparrow at 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM, 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM near Chalet de la Marionette, in Adventureland.
  • All figures can be admired during the Magic Parade from 5 pm.
  • Check the website for current information.
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Step 7. Find good places for shows and parades

There are a few parades and shows every day, depending on the season, as well as an evening show and fireworks. (Check the schedules to see what will happen when you get there). Most shows are very busy, but you can get good seats if you plan a bit smart.

  • Most people want to see the parade on Main Street or near the castle. It's usually quieter in Fantasyland, especially where the parade starts (at the pink doors next to It's a Small World).
  • Fireworks: Again, many people want to watch this from Main Street, so you can see it with the castle in the background. If you want this, try to get a bench in the square.
  • Alternative fireworks: If you don't mind missing out on the castle panorama, you can look elsewhere in the park.
  • If you don't need to see the shows, these are great times to go on an attraction. Attractions like Space Mountain are a lot quieter during parades and shows.

Step 8. Know when certain pieces close

The park is open longer in the summer than in the winter, and they also stay open longer on weekends than during the week.

  • Fantasyland usually closes first, so don't save those attractions until last.

    Sub Lagoon
  • Specific closing times are indicated at most attractions.

Step 9. Proceed wisely to the exit

There will be a mass exodus after the fireworks (or an hour before closing, if there are no fireworks). You can only walk very slowly and there will be queues for the shuttle buses. If you want to avoid the crowds, leave halfway through the fireworks, or stay a little longer after the fireworks.

Tips

  • Avoid going to Disneyland Paris on weekends, holidays and during the hottest summer days. Most visitors come from the local area, so it will always be busy on those days. The best times to visit Disneyland Paris are from mid-January to late March, from mid-April to mid-July, and from mid-September to early December. These are the quietest periods in the park, although weekends and Wednesdays can still be quite busy.
  • One of the things that are way too expensive at Disneyland is a bottle of water. Bring your own bottle and always refill it.
  • If you've bought Mickey ears before, take them with you! Your child definitely wants them when he sees them with another child. Just put them in your backpack and your child will be happy.
  • A train ride is a good way to give your feet some rest and take a break.
  • All employees, from cleaners to managers, have a name tag on (except the Disney characters). Remember, they all work there because they love helping people, so feel free to ask any questions!
  • Before you go, check the Disneyland Paris website for opening times, show schedules, special events, attractions closed for maintenance, and the weather forecast.
  • Tell your kids to go to a staff member (with a name tag) if they get lost. There is also a lost and found section at the entrance.
  • Maps are available in most languages. Take one, this is very useful when planning your day.
  • Remember that Disneyland is a place with a lot of families, so have fun and be considerate of others in the park.

Warnings

  • If you are afraid of an attraction, or have a medical condition, do not enter it. Always look for the warning signs.
  • It's easy to forget that the ride you enter is a high-tech device that can cause serious injuries or even death. Therefore, always follow the instructions of the employees, for your own safety.

Things you need

  • If you are going out with a whole family you will need:

    • A backpack
    • sunscreen
    • water bottles
    • (Rain)coats
    • sunglasses
    • A blanket if you go to a show in the evening (optional)
    • An app that gives the waiting times (optional). Check your app store for options.

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