The amazing attention to detail, the attractions and everything you can learn about movies and special effects make Disneyland a unique visit for everyone, even if you don't go with kids or even if Disney movies are not your favorite.
Before buying your ticket, you should know that there are two parks: the traditional park (Disneyland) and the Disney Studios park (Walt Disney Studios). They are next to each other and both have attractions: the most economical way is to buy a 1-day ticket valid for both parks.
One-day ticket for one or two parks
Choose whether you want to dedicate your day to only one of the two parks or you want to enjoy both parks and the best attractions of each one as many times as you want.
The one-day ticket to Disneyland Paris is not only the most economical option to visit the Disney universe, but it also adapts to the preferences you have during your visit. Choose if you prefer to dedicate your day to only one of the parks (the one you want) or if, for a little more money, you prefer to enter both parks, going from one to the other when you feel like it.
Of course, the ticket gives access to all the attractions and shows of the chosen park or both if it is the case. Buying the ticket in advance you will make the most of your time since you will not have to queue at the entrance and, once you validate it, you will be able to enjoy as many times as you want and in the order you want everything the Disney parks have to offer.
- Recommended if... you want to secure your entrance to the Disney Parks before your visit and not have to wait in line upon arrival.
Types of tickets by price and how to get the cheapest ones
My advice is to buy the tickets in advance to get the best prices: you can also buy the ticket for one day, a combined ticket for two days -which is cheaper than if you buy both separately- and even take a package that includes transportation from Paris and is also cheaper than hiring it separately.
After making an exhaustive study of all the types of tickets that exist, this 1-day ticket to the park is the cheapest.
Save costs with a one-day ticket for both parks
On my first visit, I thought that the Disney universe in Paris was reduced to the two parks; I was surprised to realize that Disneyland Paris is a whole complex that includes, in addition to the parks, stores, hotels, nightclubs, restaurants and squares.
Everything is taken care of with the same detail as the parks (after all, the whole universe of Disney parks is characterized precisely by the meticulousness and care behind each element). With your 1-day ticket to Disney you can explore it all, and it is worth a visit to gawk at the sheer magnitude of it all. Once there, you will see that there are even guided tours to visit every corner of this Resort.
Does it pay off financially to buy a two-day ticket?
If you are staying for two days, of course: the most economical option is to take the 2-day ticket to Disneyland from the beginning and dedicate a full day to each park.
However, if you are only going to stay one day, in my opinion it is best to see the main park and leave the second one for another visit, because if you try to see both in the same day you will miss many details.
Explore Walt Disney Studios Park with admission to both parks
For those who are curious about the world of movies and special effects, this park will be a paradise (and remember that it is included in your 1-day park admission.
It offers different shows (with several shows throughout the day) in which they tell you how Disney movies were made or what were the first special effects in the history of cinema. You can see an action car show, enter the Armageddon ship, ride the Aerosmith roller coaster or try the Tower of Terror free fall.
Also in this park there are areas dedicated to Pixar movies such as Toy Story, Monsters SA, Finding Nemo (the turtle air currents attraction is a must-see) or Ratatouille. It is a smaller park than the main one, but it has nothing to envy in number of attractions and shows. I strongly recommend that you do not exclude it from your visit.
Ana's Traveller Tip
If you are going to see both parks in one day, remember that Walt Disney Studios closes at 7 pm, while Disneyland is open until 11 pm.
Choose flexible admission if you are unsure of dates
If there is something we have learned in recent times is that flexibility when traveling and being able to change or cancel dates is an advantage. So, if you are thinking of traveling to Paris and you are not sure what day you want to visit Disney, you can choose this flexible ticket to Disneyland Paris with one year of duration.
How does it work? You buy it and choose the date you want and the ticket will be valid for one year from that same day. So a good tip is to book it for the first day you are going to be in Paris and this way you make sure you can use it the day that best suits you during your trip.
The cheapest one-day ticket with transportation from Paris
Regardless of the entrance option you choose, there are services that include transportation to the park. The resort is far from the center of Paris (in the Marne-la-Vallée area) and, although it can be reached by RER trains (the cheapest option), you will save a lot of time with a Disneyland ticket with bus transportation included: and you will get directly to the door of the parks.
Private transportation to and from Disneyland Paris and back
After the ride, the lines to get out of Disney are impressive and even longer to access the train. If in addition to including transportation to your tickets, you are considering the option of investing a little more but having more freedom of schedules and movement, I advise you to consider the option of buying your ticket to Disneyland and book a private transportation to and from Disneyland, you will greatly appreciate it.
Top tips to save money at Disneyland and get an equally amazing, but cheaper, experience
If you are looking forward to going to Disneyland but you are afraid that the visit will be out of your budget, don't worry. We have already seen that there are ways to get your tickets cheaper, but if you allow me, I leave you a small list that you can follow to make sure that your visit to the park is much cheaper while you enjoy yourself without worrying about your pocket:
- The tickets: in advance and online, to get them cheaper: as we have already seen, this is the cheapest one
1-day Disneyland ticket.
- Souvenirs: you will be struck by the dozens of corners where you can get any kind of Disney souvenir in the park, but do not fall into the temptation of these "tourist traps": the vast majority of stuffed animals, mugs, T-shirts, etc., you can get them in stores outside the park or in the center of Paris and they will be cheaper.
- Lodging: sleeping inside the park is often an unnecessary luxury: if you do not have the budget to stay in one of Disneyland's resorts, do not worry. There are areas around that are very well connected to the park and that will allow you to make the most of your time without spending the money that the park's hotels cost.
- Low season, better prices: spring and summer are usually the busiest seasons in the park and therefore, tickets, accommodations and even transportation may be a little more expensive. If you have a choice, avoid high season (plus there will be less crowds inside!).
- Avoid, if you can, weekends and holidays: throughout the year there are special dates (holidays, Christmas, long weekends or even Saturdays and Sundays) where everything is more expensive (and also crowded). If you can, avoid it for a cheaper but also more relaxed experience.
- Use public transportation to get to the park: maybe it is not the most comfortable, because there are rush hours when trains are more crowded, but it is certainly a good way to save on the day. However, if you are thinking of hiring private transportation, you already know that this option exists.
- Save on meals: many of the park's restaurants have above-average prices. Therefore, choose well where to sit down to eat: check the menu before ordering and if you can, carry snacks in your backpack to save on snack costs. You will be able to refuel without having to pay extra.
Make the most of your time at Disneyland Park
With all the information on how to buy the cheapest tickets for Disneyland Paris, it's your turn to enjoy getting an idea of what you will find in a park that (I repeat) is not only for children. Disney's strong point is not its attractions, although Space Mountain is a pioneer among indoor roller coasters; neither are its shows, although its rides are famous all over the world; not even the characters that interact with children.
In Disney parks, constant innovation and care for details are the strong point and it is something that can be perceived in everything; that is why adults, aware of it, enjoy the visit even more than children. What are you going to find there?
Main Street USA
Disneyland Park is the main park. It is presided by "Main Street USA": a "village" built around a main square from which to move around the park, full of stores all decorated differently and with a train stop at the entrance that takes you around the park.
Once you have toured Main Street (and it is worth it, do not think it is just a shopping area because you are wrong), you will have at your disposal the four main areas of the park with their respective attractions and shows, each with a different atmosphere.
This is the most classic Disney area and the one with the largest number of attractions for children. Behind the Sleeping Beauty Castle you will find the Beauty and the Beast mugs, Alice's Labyrinth, Peter Pan's Flight, Snow White and Pinocchio's stories, Dumbo's Flight or the It's a Small World water carousel with characters from all continents.
It is the area dedicated to the future and science fiction and therefore the one with the famous Space Mountain indoor roller coaster (it's a real blast). Here you will also find the Star Wars flight simulator, Buzz Lightyear's saber game, Captain Nemo's ship, the Videopolis theater and a car highway.
It is the territory set in cowboys and Indians. You will find there the Big Thunder Montain, the haunted house (very worthwhile), Pocahontas' village or Woody's rodeo attraction.
Dedicated to the adventure universe, this area has large green areas such as the Robinson's hut or the pirates' beach. The star attractions are the Pirates of the Caribbean (which inspired the movie) and the Indiana Jones roller coaster.
Ana's Traveller Tip
Once the nighttime ride is over, the lines for the train are endless. Leave the park a little early or hire private transportation to your hotel.
Organize your visit to Disney
Book in advance to get the lowest price tickets
There are huge lines at the park's ticket booths and there are many things to see in a short time; save your nerves and go directly with your ticket. The best option to save time and money is to buy your Disneyland Paris tickets in advance: you will receive a voucher that you can exchange for your ticket at any of the automatic machines at the entrance of the park (there are many and you will not have to wait). You will enter the park directly through the turnstiles at the entrance without waiting in line at the ticket office.
Ticket dates and times
Tickets are subject to a time of the year, but not to a specific day. You can buy your tickets before your trip to Paris and, once there, decide which day you will use them depending on factors such as the weather. Also, by buying your tickets in advance, you will be able to choose ticket types and compare prices, which will allow you to save money and get them cheaper.
Once you validate your ticket at the gate of either of the two parks you can access throughout the day as many times as you want, but keep in mind that the studio park closes earlier than the main park (around 7 pm), whose opening lasts until after the night ride (approximately 11 pm). Closing time may vary depending on the time of year, but the opening time is always 9:30.
When to go
Disneyland Paris is open every day of the year (there may be exceptions that are announced on its website, but it is not common), but depending on the season in which you go you will find some special events or others. There are periods of the year dedicated to the different Disney movies and special Christmas or Halloween celebrations.
When planning your visit to Disneyland Paris you have to take into account that it rains a lot in Paris, so it is a good idea to check the weather before your visit; you can visit the park when it rains, but you will not enjoy it as much. It is also advisable to avoid the hottest days, which also coincide with the high season (summer). As for days of the week, the same rule applies as for other tourist sites: avoid weekends and holidays.
How to get there
The Disney parks are far from the center of Paris, but you can easily reach them by the RER (Paris train network). Taking line A (red) is the last stop and is announced in all train stations; it will take you about 45 minutes from the center of Paris.
The real problem is usually getting back, as after the parade you may want to stay for dinner in some of the restaurants outside the park and, even if you don't, you will have to run so that the train doesn't close because in Paris trains don't run in the early morning.
I recommend you to book in advance a private transportation to and from Disneyland, as you will avoid last minute rushes and crowds when entering the park in the morning.
Duration of the visit
The parks open at 9:30 am. Disney Studios closes at 7:00 p.m. and the main park closes around 11:00 p.m. once the night ride is over. To see both parks well you need a minimum of two days as there are many attractions to ride, many shows to see and many details to enjoy.
It is not worth visiting in a hurry, but if you have no other choice and you are only going to stay one day, choose one of the two parks to enjoy it better (although if you have the ticket for two parks you can switch from one to the other without any problem).
Save on meals
The Disney complex is prepared for you to eat in one of its many restaurants, all of them decorated with different themes. Although there are some restaurants with menus, most of the food you will find is fast food (pizza, hamburger, hot dogs) and you cannot bring food from outside the park.
Save on lodging
If Disneyland is one of your main destinations during your visit to Paris, I advise you to stay near the park for your convenience. The accommodations belonging to the Disney complex are truly marvels, but they are also usually much more expensive. A good option to find the best value for money and save on your stay, is to look for accommodation in the Chessy area, much cheaper but equally close to the park and with a good and quick communication with it.
When you enter the park you will be given the program of shows. Take a few minutes to decide which ones you want to see (if you have doubts about which one you might like to see you can ask any member of Customer Service) and organize your visit according to those schedules.
If you are going to see both parks, it is best to go first to the Studios Park, which usually has fewer visitors in the morning, and queue for the first passes of the shows held there.
With so many things to see, organizing your visit to Disneyland Paris can be a bit chaotic. At the entrance you will be given a map of the park, but when you get to the attractions you will see that in many of them there are different passes and sometimes long queues for them. The best trick: download the park's official App where you will be able to see at all times how long you have to wait for each attraction and where each one is. You will get more out of your time.
Avoid the queues
At the entrance of some attractions you have a machine to get a fast pass for a certain time. These attractions are marked on the map. Organize your time and, before riding an attraction, get the "fastpass" for a nearby attraction so that, at the time it is your turn, you can go directly to queue.
Be careful, fastpasses also "run out" and there is a certain time at which you will not be given any more and you will have to wait in the normal queue. Keep in mind this and also the distances between the different attractions to avoid spending the day running from one attraction to another.
Ana's Traveller Tip
Don't forget to install the official App of the park to be able to control the waiting times at the attractions; the time will be twice as long for you.
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Frequently asked questions
How many days are needed to visit Disneyland Paris?
Considering that Disneyland consists of two different parks, Disneyland Paris recommends at least three full days to experience the attractions offered by the park (2 days for Disneyland Park and 1 day for Walt Disney Studios Park).
Are there seasonal or special events depending on the time of year?
Disneyland's special and seasonal events vary throughout the year, many of them coinciding with Disney's latest movie releases. That said, there are many events held annually that you can attend if you time your visit to coincide with them.
How big is Disneyland Paris, and how far is it from the city center?
Disneyland Paris consists of 19.5 km² (12.12 miles) of extension, and about 45 km (28 miles) east of the center of Paris. There are several ways to get there, you can rent a car and drive there, take public transportation from Nation station or take the Disneyland Shuttle bus.
How can I get the cheapest Disneyland tickets?
You can buy them at the ticket office or in advance on the Internet, but it is best to buy them online with enough time to skip the queues and ensure your ticket.