Set in a romantic and archaic European city, Disneyland Paris exudes an unparalleled magical vibe across its two parks—Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. No wonder it’s among the most loved Disneylands in the world.
If you’re planning a visit anytime soon, these tips and insider secrets will absolutely help you have the best day ever in Disneyland Paris:
Purchase your tickets in advance
A day isn’t even enough to explore both parks of Disneyland Paris! The most convenient way to skip the lines at the ticket booth is to book your tickets online in advance before you go. And the best part? Pre-purchased tickets are also cheaper!
Get your discounted Disneyland Paris tickets here:
Option 1: One Day Ticket
Option 2: One Day, Two Parks (with Hotel Pickup and Drop-off)
Option 3: One Day, Two Parks (with Transport)
Avoid visiting on weekends and public holidays
In a year alone, Disneyland Paris attracts over 12 million guests each year, making it one of the city’s most popular destinations. So, if you can tweak your itinerary so your visit falls on a workday, do it. Do check France’s calendar, too, in case there’s a holiday around the time you’re planning to come.
You’ve got to have a game plan for your meals
Restaurants in the park like Café Mickey and the Ratatouille-inspired Bistrot Chez Rémy are always packed. However, there are some lean hours, when there are less people dining in. Needless to say, it would be best for you to avoid common lunch and dinner hours. Skip the crowds by eating earlier or later to enjoy the Disney dining experience.
Chance upon your favorite Disney characters
Anybody who’s visited a Disneyland, regardless of where it is in the world, can say that waiting in line to have a picture taken with a cast member can take forever. But word is that there is another way to meet and greet your beloved Disney characters. Instead of queueing up for a photo-op at designated areas, you may wait on cast members at a gate along the castle’s walkway into Fantasyland. Simply turn right—it’s near Cinderella’s carriage. It serves as the characters’ entrance or escape.
Get a stationery high at the Storybook Store
If you’re a sucker for stationery, Storybook Store along Main Street USA offers a plethora of paper products and pens inspired by Disney films. Get your notebook and notepad fix while filling your basket with other themed goodies.
Meet the castle’s dragon
Among all the Disney resorts in the world, only Disneyland Paris has its own dragon (animatronics, yes, but nevertheless impressive!), which you will find in La Tanière du Dragon a.k.a. the dungeon of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Be prepared to be terrified by the ferocious 27-meter creature lurking underneath the park’s most iconic landmark.
Get a trim or a shave at Dapper Dan’s Hair Cuts
An homage to Walt Disney’s father, who was a barber, Dapper Dan’s Hair Cuts is a barber’s shop with old-time charm, as evoked by its period interiors and furniture. Located within the ever-bustling Emporium, this grooming parlor offers expert services that ensure a clean cut or shave.
Check out the LEGO store within the park
You read that right! There’s a LEGO store within Disneyland Paris. So if you’re a brick-loving Disney nerd, there’s no better shop to hit at the park! When you stop by, let the store’s portraits featuring your favorite Disney movie scenes and characters made entirely with LEGOs inspire you to make magic with your own set of colorful bricks.
Build your own lightsaber
Disneyland Paris has yet to get its own Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge park, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experience being an apprentice Jedi during your visit. Head on over to the Star Wars Saga area of the Disney Store at the Disney Village to create and assemble your very own lightsaber, which you can take home, of course! It’s the perfect souvenir for any avid Star Wars fan.
Treat yourself to unique souvenirs at the Disney Gallery Shop
Complete your visit with a stop at the Disney Gallery Shop. It undoubtedly has the most collection of rare Disney finds. From character artwork prints to delicate figurines, this shop truly has something for everyone. Make sure to save some Euros before you leave the park!