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The Best Time to Go to Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris is a magical land where fun is guaranteed 365 days a year; however, there are exceptional seasons that you will surely not want to miss. Here are all the details you need to know.

Katherine Betances

Katherine Betances

6 min read

The Best Time to Go to Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris, France | ©Thomas Evraert

In Disneyland Paris the party never stops, throughout the year the parks are open for the enjoyment of the public and the seasons with special shows full of magic and color follow one after another.

This reality brings important advantages and also some remarkable disadvantages. On the one hand, no matter what time of the year you decide to go on your adventure, there is always plenty to see and do at Disneyland; on the other hand, when asked about the best time to go to Disney, the answer can be complicated.

Anyway, I have placed on the scale the most outstanding qualities, hoping that the information I share today will help you make a better decision and have an incredible trip.

What is the best time to visit Disneyland Paris?

Christmas Parade Carriage| ©Found Around Disney
Christmas Parade Carriage| ©Found Around Disney

Christmas at Disneyland Paris is undoubtedly the best time to visit the park. During this period all the details, shows and decorations are carefully thought out to amaze us, thrill us and make us dream like children.

**The setting
**The team in charge of the elaboration of the Christmas season in Disneyland Paris puts a lot of effort to delight visitors. In Town Square, a gigantic 24-meter-tall Christmas tree is installed; Main Street is transformed into a Christmas village full of bows, balls and lights that guide you on your way to Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

**The Shows
**Many new ceremonies and special moments are included during this time. During the day there are two character parades and during the evening each day there is the traditional Christmas tree lighting event led by Mickey and Minie.

The Characters
Christmas is the perfect time to see our Disney characters dressed in their festive finery. My favorites? Santa Goofy and the always adorable Stitch in his red and white outfit.

**The party starts early
**The Disney holiday season in all its splendor is generally available starting the second week of November. If you want to take advantage of the best days, I advise you to buy your Disneyland Paris tickets for the last two weeks of November and avoid weekends as much as possible.

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The best time if you want to save at Disneyland.

Visiting Disney in Paris| ©Patricia Ferreira
Visiting Disney in Paris| ©Patricia Ferreira

Disneyland is one of the best destinations to travel from Paris. If you are on vacation in the City of Light and want to take the opportunity to visit Disney on a budget, my recommendation is to strategically choose the cheapest times of the year.

The cheapest months in Disneyland are January and September; specifically the first two weeks of both months. These seasons coincide with the beginning of school and, consequently, the end of vacations. The only drawback is that if you plan to travel to Paris with children, it will be very complicated to match their schedule to enjoy these experiences, but if you are traveling alone or with adults, it is perfect for you.

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The best time if you want to avoid crowds

Disneyland Paris| ©David Jafra
Disneyland Paris| ©David Jafra

If you want to avoid crowds on your trip to Disneyland the least busy time is in the winter but after the new year. As a general tip, you can plan your excursion on the first days of the week. Tuesday through Thursday, if it doesn't coincide with any national holidays, you can find shorter lines at the most popular attractions and you can easily make reservations at Disneyland's most popular restaurants. Below is a specific range of dates to visit Disneyland and avoid the crowds. These dates are obtained by looking at the park's visitation history over the last few years; they are especially useful if you are only staying one day at Disneyland or two days at Disneyland and want to see everything.

  • January: From the second week of the month from Monday to Friday you will find little affluence, I recommend to let the furor of the Christmas season pass.
  • February: Only during the first week of the month there is little affluence, the rest of the month is moderate and with high affluence every day at the end of the month.
  • March: As in January, the influx drops considerably from the second week of the month and from Monday to Friday. Always avoid weekends and the Mardi Gras holiday on March 6.

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The best time if you want to enjoy the good weather

Alice's Labyrinth at Disneyland Paris| ©Stéphane
Alice's Labyrinth at Disneyland Paris| ©Stéphane

The first in Disneyland is the best time to enjoy the park with good weather and a less euphoric Disney. In addition to mild weather that sometimes turns summery, it has extended hours on weekends. Although if you want to avoid crowds, weekends are not the best option, nor are French holidays or school vacation weeks.

Although springtime in Disneyland does not have fixed shows for the moment, there are beautiful parades with floats full of flowers and the usual characters animate the party. During this season the gardens of the park take special prominence, where sculptures representing our favorite animations are placed. Alice's Labyrinth resurfaces with new life and it is not surprising in the spring season to find the Hatter or the White Rabbit participating in the parades and floats.

Marvel Superheroes also makes its presence felt with a light show and acrobatics to entertain all the fans. In addition to seeing the characters on stage you will be able to have your picture taken with: Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Thor and more.

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The best time if you are going for the first time

Park entrance| ©Thomas Evraert
Park entrance| ©Thomas Evraert

If this is your first time at Disneyland, summer is your best option. Although the idea has spread that this season should be avoided at all costs due to the influx of tourists, I personally consider that this season offers some interesting qualities.

About the influx in summer, While it is true that there are more people visiting Disneyland as a result of school vacations, it is also true that the crowds at this time are a little better distributed. Unlike the rest of the year where weekends are always very crowded, by summer the load is a little more evenly distributed.

But undoubtedly the main reason to choose this season if it is your first time at Disney is the opportunity to enjoy the park for longer hours thanks to the extended summer hours. During this time the parks usually close at 23:00 so you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the rides and outdoor shows. The weather also becomes quite pleasant especially early in the season when the summer heat is not yet hitting us so hard.

Want to take advantage of summer at Disney without the crowds? Plan your trip in June at the beginning of summer in Paris and between Monday and Thursday of the week.

The best time if you want to enjoy spectacular decorations.

Christmas Mikey and Minnie| ©Disney-Me
Christmas Mikey and Minnie| ©Disney-Me

Halloween at Disneyland Paris is the second big celebration of the calendar. Similar to what happens during the Christmas season, the theming is very marked with decorations made especially for this time of the year, with Halloween-inspired menus and Disney characters giving their all.

**The setting
**
Two spaces that you should not miss are:

-LeChateau de la Belle Durmante (Sleeping Beauty's Chateau). Princess Aurora's castle, located at the end of Main Street in the central area of the park, is haunted by the evil Maleficent and the enchanted trees of the fairy tale invade again the walls and gardens giving them a terrifying aspect.
-TheFuente de Oro Restaurant: This space has always been the Mexican food restaurant of Disneyland Paris; on Halloween it honors the Mexican Festival of the Dead and its decoration is totally allusive to the movie Coco. The whole square is filled with garlands, giant alebrijes and of course the beautiful skull and catrina.

Characters
Don't miss the opportunity to take a picture with Jack Skeleton, the real King of Halloweentown; you can find him at a photo booth or with Sally at the Haunted Mansion. Maleficent also wanders the streets, mostly in the area near the haunted castle.

**Shows
**The villains of the fairy tales take the open-air stage next to Sleeping Beauty's castle and sing their favorite songs. Participating in this show are: Ursula, Maleficent, Cruella, The Evil Queen and others.

Attractions
Two attractions you shouldn't miss on Halloween are: The Haunted House and The Tower of Terror.

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