Disney’s cartoons never get old. They can both move and make you laugh to tears. Who of us did not cry during the death of Mustafa from the Lion King, did not want a romantic story like from Pocahontas and could not wait to see what’s going to happen to Pluto or Donald Duck. Sometimes we think about the fact that the careless childhood is far behind us and will never come back. However, we can always come back for a while to those moments in the magic world of Disneyland.
Euro Disneyland is located outside Paris, 30 kilometers from the French capital, in the village of Marne-la-Vallée. You can get there by car or suburban train Rer A which runs every few minutes. Getting from Paris by train does not take more than 45 minutes, but costs about 10 €. The park is open every day from 10 am to 23 pm, but after closing the attractions, I recommend staying at the amazing fireworks show next to the Sleeping Beauty castle (the show starts at 11 pm and lasts about 30 min). Then hurry for the return train, the last one leaves just after midnight, and because of the distance from Paris, it is better not to be obligated to return by taxi. If you are coming to France only to visit Disneyland, you will find many hotels at affordable prices in the area.
Such a return to childhood, unfortunately, isn’t cheap. You have to pay at least 60 € for entry and children often do not have discounts or they are very small. Prices range up to 90 € per day if you want to go to two parks in the summer. However, it is worth checking prices off-season, for example at the end of March, when the entrance to two parks is included in the price of one and, in addition, a winter discount applies (last year I was able to buy a ticket for 45 €). It is worth checking beforehand which days are cheaper, below the price for August 2018. As you can see, the end of the month is the cheapest, and between 13-17.08 you pay the most expensive because in France August 15 is a day off and a lot of French people travel to Disneyland (the French are over 50% of Disneyland visitors).
If you are planning to go to Disneyland for more than 2 days, it is more profitable to purchase an annual for 219 €. It is also best to buy tickets online, usually, since they are not dated on a specific day but can be used for a few months. If you have such a possibility, it is also better to avoid weekends and go during the week, there will be a lot fewer people, which also means shorter queues for attractions.
As I mentioned, in Euro Disneyland there are two parks – Walt Disney Studio and Disneyland Park, and of course, it is worth to visit both, but they have a completely different character. The first one reveals the scenes of making Disney films, provides many decorations from action plans and places to see the animation in 4D. There you can watch stunning shows and see how special effects of some movies, such as Armageddon, were created. Also, there is the Tower of Terror, a tower of fear from which a beautiful view of Disneyland spreads, but only under the condition that you do not close your eyes. The fun is amazing, but it is also very scary.
Disneyland in Paris is divided into 5 thematic parts:
Main Street. U.S.A.
The main street of the park that is already spreading from the entrance through the whole area and connecting all the lands. It looks like removed from an American town from the early 20th century. In colorful houses, you will find souvenir shops and buy something to eat.
There are also amazing Disney character parades on Main Street every hour during the summer, and only once a day, during the winter.
The land of the Wild West. There you can take advantage of such attractions as House of Fear, a city of Pocahontas, Lucky Luke house or Big Thunder Mountain, a roller coaster located in the middle of the lake. If you prefer something calmer, I recommend Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing cruise on the lake.
This land will take you on amazing adventures in searching for treasure. A treat for fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean. You can visit their ship and feel like in a movie. Also, there is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril – Indiana Jones roller coaster, but fasten your seatbelts because the queue will turn you upside down!
Also here you can visit the town of the Tales of One Thousand and One Nights, inspired by the history of Aladdin and restaurants with the motif of the Lion King.
Ideal for children. There you can visit the Castle of the Sleeping Beauty, a merry-go-round with cups or the labyrinth of Alice from Wonderland.
A cosmic land with BuzzLightyear Laser Blast, laser battles. I also recommend Space Mountain: Mission 2 – a space roller coaster.
Discoveryland is the perfect place for Star Trek fans. There you can go to the Jedi Academy or to a Star Tours – a spaceship with a traffic simulator.
Euro Disneyland is the fourth most-visited tourist attraction in the world with over 15 million people a year. Due to this popularity, in most of the places, we find long queues. The advantage is that each attraction shows the exact waiting time, so if you have to wait 40 minutes to take a picture with the Mini Mouse, you will really wait this time. You should also take into account that queues change during the day and even if you have to wait 50 minutes in the morning, maybe 2 hours later it will be only 20 minutes. An interesting thing is also the Fast Pass, which is a ticket that can be entered at certain times without queuing. Go to one of the attractions and take a quick ticket, and then come back to the attraction in the time slot given on the ticket. Unfortunately, you can take a fast pass only for one place at time or right before moment given on the first fast pass, so before you use it, you can take a new one.
Some attractions have the Single Pass Entrance so an entry direct entry but only for one person. If you do not want to stand in a long queue, you can even use even if you are 2 or 3 people, just you will not sit together. It is also an interesting option for people who want to take advantage of an attraction and their companions prefer to rest.
Food at Disneyland.
Eating at Disneyland restaurants is really expensive and I recommend taking a backpack with sandwiches and water. A good option is also to go to Disney Village, which is located next to safety gates and is not a part of Disneyland. Without problems you can go back later to the amusement park using the same ticket and for a normal price, you can eat at Mc Donald or another restaurant at Disney Village.
It’s raining, what to do?
Is it worth going to Disneyland when it rains? Well, most of the rollercoasters and attractions (and queues to enter) are inside the buildings and if you have no other option, it is totally worth going. This has its plus – there will be a little fewer people, and the weather in France can change literally every 5 minutes so after 2 or 3 hours it can be very sunny. As you can see in some of above photos, one day I had really rainy weather, but still, the fun was amazing!
I wholeheartedly recommend visiting Disneyland. It is a magical place where everything is made with perfection and the attention to detail really surprises. Children from 3 years can spend amazing moments there, and adults will never run out of attractions.
How to get there
- Rer A station Marne-la-Vallée Chessy (Disneyland)
10 am – 11 pm during summer season and 9 am – 9 pm during winter
- Prices range from 60 € to 90 € depending on the season and number of parks
For more information, go to the Disneyland website.
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