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Paris Disney Parks Opening Hours: everything you should know

Would you like to go to Disneyland Paris? Take a look at the theme park's opening hours to plan your visit in detail.

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

6 min read

Paris Disney Parks Opening Hours: everything you should know

Entrance to Disneyland Paris, France | ©Kurt Sunkel

Visiting Disneyland Paris is the dream of many people! In fact, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the French capital and tickets to visit Disneyland are flying.

One of the aspects you should take into account when organizing your trip to Disneyland Paris are the opening hours. In order to get the most out of this experience you will need to know when it opens, how to save time in the queues or what is the best time to go. I tell you that and much more in this post, read on!

1. What are the opening hours of Disneyland Paris?

Disneyland Paris| ©Sean MacEntee
Disneyland Paris| ©Sean MacEntee

The Disneyland Paris theme park is open every day of the year but the opening hours vary depending on the season, which means that they are not always the same. Therefore, when planning your visit to the park I advise you to check the opening hours on the Disneyland website.

Depending on the number of visitors expected on certain days of the week or in certain months of the year, opening hours are extended or reduced to make the most of the park's attractions and shows.

Thus, for example, Disneyland Paris usually opens early (around 9 AM) on weekends and a little later (around 9:30 AM) on weekdays.

In any case it is worth knowing that Disneyland Paris only publishes the opening hours of the park 3 months in advance, so to know the latest updates in the calendar my advice is to download on your mobile the official app of the theme park which is available for Android and iOs

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2. When does Disneyland Paris close?

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

The closing hours of Disneyland Paris are the same as the opening hours, they can be extended or reduced depending on the season, the day of the week and the special events that take place in the theme park at times such as Christmas at Disneyland or Halloween at Disneyland, for example.

Thus, Disneyland Paris may close early (around 6:30 PM) on weekdays and later (around 10 PM) on weekends depending on the time of the year you go.

For this reason, when planning your visit, I recommend you to download the Disneyland Paris app to have always updated park hours on your cell phone. The app is available for Android and iOS.

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3. How long does it take to see Disneyland Paris?

Main Street USA.| ©Victor R. Ruiz
Main Street USA.| ©Victor R. Ruiz

The best way to have a good time in the park is without rushing. To see both Disneyland Paris and Disney Studios well, a minimum of two days is required because they are two large theme parks where there are many shows to attend, many attractions to go on and many things to enjoy.

However, if you are on a tight schedule and you are only going to be there for one day, my advice is to choose one of the two, especially Disneyland Paris if it is your first time in the city.

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4. When is Disneyland Paris less crowded to visit?

People at Disney| ©Aurélien JEANNE
People at Disney| ©Aurélien JEANNE

Naturally, the days when there are usually fewer people are on weekdays. Waiting times are quite short to ride the attractions from Monday to Friday. The most popular rides take about 15 minutes at the most, while the rest of the rides take about 5 minutes at the most.

On weekends the situation changes completely and Disneyland Paris is packed to the rafters. Waiting times are longer to get on the rides. On Saturdays it can take between 45 and 90 minutes for the most popular rides, while on Sundays it can take from 15 to 45 minutes.

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5. How can I save time in the queues at Disneyland Paris?

Ticket Office| ©slowly_rusting
Ticket Office| ©slowly_rusting

At the ticket offices

When you go to visit a place as fun and exciting as Disneyland Paris, you want to get in as soon as possible to have a good time and not waste time queuing for miles at the attraction's ticket office to get your tickets.

This is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris so if you want to save time waiting in line at the ticket booths and avoid getting tired even before riding all the attractions of the park, my advice is to buy online and in advance the tickets to Disneyland Paris. You will avoid hassles and you will start having fun there from the first minute!

At the attractions

The best way to avoid queues at the theme park attractions or at least to reduce as much as possible the waiting times is to buy the Disneyland Paris FastPass ticket.

The price of this FastPass may cost a little more than a general admission ticket but it is worth it if your forte is not patience or if you plan to spend only 1 day at the Disney parks or 2 days at the Disney parks in the park.

In case you are going to spend more days in Disneyland Paris (around 3 days in Disneyland or 4 days in Disneyland) you might not be so interested.

By checking the most and least crowded attractions in real time

A trick to save time in the queues at Disneyland Paris attractions is to download on your phone the Disneyland Wait Times app (available for Android and iOs) that alerts you in real time of the attractions that are more or less crowded at a given time.

I recommend it because it is quite useful to plan your route through Disneyland Paris.

6. When is the best time to visit Disneyland Paris?

Illumination and fireworks show over the Castle on New Year's Eve.| ©Zino Scheers
Illumination and fireworks show over the Castle on New Year's Eve.| ©Zino Scheers

If you want to coincide with fewer people at Disneyland Paris, the best time to visit Disneyland Paris is either from mid-January in Paris to mid-March in Paris or from mid-April in Paris to mid-May in Paris. However, at these times there may be fewer events and shows scheduled.

In case you want to live a complete experience in Disneyland Paris where you can enjoy as many attractions, shows and events as possible for a longer time, the best time to go to the theme park is in the summer months and in special seasons such as Christmas, Halloween, New Year's Eve or Disney's Magical Fireworks and Bonfire.

In return you will have to share the park with more visitors and the waiting periods to ride the attractions may be longer. Patience!

7. How can I enter the park before the official opening time?

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

If you would like to be one of the first people to enter Disneyland Paris on the day of your visit, there is a very exclusive option that will allow you to enter before the official opening time when they open for the general public and that is to book the Extra Magic Time service (available for Disney hotel guests and Infinity Pass holders).

With the Extra Magic Time service you will be able to enter every morning at 8:30 AM to enjoy the theme park attractions before anyone else and be among the first to have your picture taken with the friendly characters of the Disney universe. The rest will be able to do it from 9 AM or 9:30 AM depending on the day.

8. What are the hours to enter Disney Village?

L'Hiver Gourmand| ©ED92
L'Hiver Gourmand| ©ED92

Disney Village opens every day at 7:30 AM and is one of the places in Disneyland Paris where you can take a break from all the fun.

It is full of restaurants, stores, bars and entertainment areas for the whole family - the perfect place to extend the party when you want a change of scenery!

You will find it between Disneyland Park, Disney Hotels and Walt Disney Studios Park. Disney Village usually closes around 12 AM or 1 AM.

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