Two Parks In One
Disneyland Paris offers a classic Disney experience with a dash of French flair. Packed with insider tips on where to eat, play, stay and shop, this guide will help you make the most of your visit.
Disneyland Paris began in 1987 as a partnership between France and The Walt Disney Company. It has since become Europe’s most visited tourist destination.
While it is more compact than the United States’ parks, Disneyland Paris proves good things come in small packages, featuring many of Disney’s most sought-after rides and attractions.
Like its Californian counterpart, Disneyland Paris is comprised of two parks. Walt Disney Studios is home to the Backlot, Production Courtyard, and Toon Studio. Next door, Disneyland Park has well-known favourites such as Adventureland, Frontierland, Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland and Discoveryland.
Disneyland Paris is also stunning to look at with beautiful landscaping and design details that have visitors constantly reaching for their cameras.
- Country: France
- Currency: Euro
- Visas: Australians holding a valid passport can enter France without a visa provided their visit does not exceed 90 days.
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Australian travellers fly into France’s main airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (sometimes called 'Roissy Airport'), which is located 25 kilometres to the north-east of Paris.
Signage is in French and English, making it easy to get around, and a free train travels between the different terminals.
It takes 40 minutes for the Magical Shuttle Airport Transfer to take you direct from the airport to Disneyland Paris. Tickets cost €20 per trip for passengers older than seven and the bus leaves from Terminal 2E/2F.
For around the same price, the TGV travels direct from the airport to Disneyland Paris in approximately 10 minutes.
Trains depart from the TGV/RER hub in Terminal 2 – tickets can be purchased at the station. A taxi is a convenient option for late arrivals or groups and costs approximately €70.
- Average flight time: 23h 12m
- Daily flights from: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. Flights from Australia travel via major hubs such as Singapore, Dubai and Bangkok.
- Major airlines: Qantas, Emirates, Air France, China Southern Airlines, Thai Airways International, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways.
Disneyland Paris' compact size makes it easy to get around without excessive walking, making it good choice for less mobile travellers and parents with young children. It’s an easy stroll between Walt Disney Studios, Disneyland Park and the dining and entertainment precinct known as Downtown Disney.
Did you know...? Unlike the other Disney castles, the one at Disneyland Paris is not based on any historical castle. Instead this castle combines elements from classic fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty) and traditional French chateaux. It's also the only one with a dragon (animatronic), which resides under the castle in La Taniere du Dragon.
Where To Stay
Disneyland Paris is just 40 minutes from central Paris by train. However, it is more convenient to stay at a hotel close to the park. There are six official Disney hotels to choose from, all of which are less than 20 minutes away on foot. The closest is Disneyland Hotel, located next to the main gates.
In addition, there are seven official partner hotels that provide a free 10-minute shuttle service to and from the park. Other nearby hotels, such as Radisson Blu at Disneyland, also provide complimentary transfers for hotel guests.
Our top picks
Disney's Newport Bay Club
Disney’s Newport Bay Club has over 1,000 rooms and is the largest hotel at Disneyland Paris – and one of the largest in Europe. Guests staying at the hotel receive early entry and can spend up to two extra hours in Disneyland Park on certain days.With its jaunty nautical theme and decor reminiscent of a grand ocean liner, this 3-star hotel’s stylish surrounds will add a touch of class to your Disney holiday.
Modelled on a grand Victorian mansion, this elegant 5-star hotel is conveniently located right at the entrance to Disneyland Park. Guests at Disneyland Hotel also enjoy early entry to Disneyland Park on certain days.The on-site Minnie Club Playroom at the Disneyland Hotel offers childcare provided by qualified carers for parents wishing to enjoy some 'adult time' at Disneyland Paris.
Radisson Blu at Disneyland
Golf-lovers can add a round or two to their Disney experience at this hotel located on the edge of Disney’s 27-hole golf course.Although Radisson Blu at Disneyland has family rooms, it tends to be a popular conference venue, ideal for those seeking a more adult-focussed stay. Foodies will appreciate Pamplemousse Restaurant, which serves classic French dishes such as filet mignon, foie gras and creme brulee.
Where to Eat and Drink
France is famous for its cuisine and Disneyland Paris is no exception. With choices ranging from traditional French fare at Bistrot Chez Remy to hot dogs at Casey’s Corner and classic baguettes at the Earl of Sandwich, there is something to satisfy every taste and budget.
During summer, a long, leisurely lunch at one of the park’s many table service restaurants is an ideal way to beat the heat.
Our top picks
Blue Lagoon Restaurant
Adventureland, Disneyland Park
Located within the torch-lit fort that forms part of Pirates of the Caribbean, diners can watch the rides’ boats float past as they feast on seafood with a Creole twist. Top picks include the Buccaneer's Cocktail made with coconut-ginger shrimps and a classy take on traditional Surf and Turf featuring a veal medallion, half lobster au gratin, ginger butter, sauteed vegetables, fragrant rice and roasted plantain. Order a la carte or opt for one of the popular set menus.
Last Chance Cafe
Frontierland, Disneyland Park
Saddle up for tasty Tex-Mex cuisine served with the speed of a Wild West gunslinger at the Last Chance Cafe. If you fancy a delicious meal but are short on time, this casual restaurant tucked around the corner from the Lucky Nugget is a great choice. However, you might need to keep your eyes peeled, as this well-priced, lesser-known dining option can be a little tricky to find.
Character dining is the easiest (and one of the most fun ways) to get your photo taken with your favourite Disney characters as Mickey, Minnie and the gang come and visit your table.Whether you prefer fine French cuisine, the variety of a buffet, or pizza and pasta at Cafe Mickey, there is sure to be something to whet your appetite at the following character dining experiences. Reservations are highly recommended.
Auberge de Cendrillon
Fantasyland, Disneyland Park
Join princes and princesses as you dine in the grand banquet hall at Auberge de Cendrillon. Table service combined with classic French cuisine makes this one of Disneyland Paris’ most elegant character dining experiences. Young princesses are encouraged to wear their prettiest dress.
Join your favourite Disney characters for lunch or dinner and feast on dishes from around the globe at Inventions, themed around some of the world’s most significant historic creations. On Sunday you can also join your Disney friends for brunch from 1pm to 3pm.
Specialising in American-Italian cuisine, this restaurant is perfect for those who want to meet Mickey, Minnie and their friends. Cafe Mickey is located at Disney Village and offers character dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Disneyland Paris offers an impressive array of shopping options inside both parks and within the adjoining Disney Village leisure precinct. Along with classic collectibles available from Disney & Co., you can pick up everything from Disney-themed golf accessories at Goofy's Pro Shop to giant old-fashioned lolly pops at the Boardwalk Candy Palace on Main Street U.S.A.
Our top picks
Chez Marianne (Souvenirs de Paris)
Toon Studio, Walt Disney Studios Park
Part of the charming arrondissement near the Ratatouille ride, this Art Deco-inspired gift store offers a tasteful array of carefully curated Parisian-inspired gifts and keepsakes. Along with a selection of sweets not previously seen at any other Disneyland park, this attractive shop stocks a selection of items themed around the movie Ratatouille. You will also find cute accessories created exclusively for Disneyland Paris.
World of Disney
World of Disney is the biggest and best place to stock up on all things Disney. Whether you are after the perfect pair of Mickey Ears, a commemorative t-shirt or the latest character pins to add to your collection, World of Disney has you covered. Allow at least 30 minutes for browsing (even longer when travelling with kids or kids-at-heart).
Special musical events
Disneyland Paris gets your toes tapping with a series of special musical events throughout the year. Disney Village comes alive with Brazilian rhythms during a two-day Latin American celebration in June. There is also a Blues Weekend and a Country & Western Jamboree with rollicking line dancing and a parade of famous Frontier figures, including cavalry on horseback. In September, Disney Village is filled with hotrods and street cars as guys and gals shake their tail feathers at a Rock'n'Roll festival featuring live entertainment.
Disneyland Paris looks even more bewitching during Halloween when both parks are filled with colourful jack o’ lanterns and spooky surprises. Characters wear Halloween-themed costumes and there are wicked meet-and-greets inspired by the movie, Maleficent. You can also pick up limited edition Halloween pins and memorabilia at the parks during October.
Christmas is celebrated from mid-November to early January at Disneyland Paris. Decorations festoon the streets, particularly Main Street U.S.A., which looks especially pretty when the lights go down. Entertainment options include lively festive parades and a spectacular evening show with a Christmas theme. Santa is also available for selfies until 25 December.
St David's Welsh Weekend
Mickey and Minnie wear traditional Welsh costumes during this three-day festival celebrating all things Welsh with lively dancing, free face painting and a themed fireworks display.
St Patrick's Day
You’ll be green with envy if you miss St Patrick's Day at Disneyland Paris. Celtic music can be heard throughout the parks and Disney characters wear special green outfits. Even Sleeping Beauty Castle turns green in honour of the occasion.
Space Mountain: Mission 2
Already ‘done’ Space Mountain? Think again. Disneyland Paris is home to the fastest Space Mountain ride in the world and the only one that flips riders upside down.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
Short, but thrilling is the best description of the first roller coaster in any Disney park to feature an inversion. Indiana Jones at Disneyland Paris has little in common with its much tamer namesake in California except for the theming. Don’t miss it.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Coaster starring Aerosmith
Carriages on this ride are called ‘Soundtrackers’. Eone has a unique lightshow and plays different Aerosmith music during the ride, which reaches speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour. If you like your roller coasters fast and furious, this one is for you.
Ratatouille: The Adventure
Gusteau's famous Parisian restaurant comes alive during this ingenious high-tech ride that uses cute dodgem cars shaped like mice to take riders on a charming 4D adventure. Smell delicious food cooking and feel the rush of running feet and the heat of the kitchen without leaving your seat.
Crush’s Coaster is exclusive to Disneyland Paris and one of the park’s best-known attractions. In addition to hurtling along swooping roller coaster rails, each ‘shell’ on this ride spins independently, something that makes this coaster "totally rad", as Crush would say.
Shhh ... Insider Secrets
Visit rain, hail or shine
With the majority of rides and attractions located either undercover or indoors, Disneyland Paris is a surprisingly good option for a rainy day.
Choose your show time carefully
Shows at Disneyland Paris alternate between French and English throughout the day. Look for the language listed alongside the performance time and make sure you choose one of the shows in English.
Other Paris Destinations
Paris is famous for fashion, cuisine, culture and history, so there's plenty to keep you entertained beyond the gates of Disneyland Paris. The park is just 40 minutes from Paris by train making it easy to experience some of the city’s other highlights.
La Vallee Village Chic Outlet Shopping
Shop ‘til you drop at this stylish outlet shopping precinct located just 10 minutes from Disneyland. Here you will find over 100 stores stocking all the big brands such as Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabbana, Lacoste and Salvatore Ferragamo.As the European and Australian seasons are reversed, you’ll be able to wear all those new ‘off season’ bargains as soon as you get home.
Arc de Triomphe
Enjoy a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower – and the whole of Paris – from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, the famous triumphal arch honouring those who fought in the Napoleonic Wars.Time your visit for just before sunset when you can watch the sky turn pink and the lights come on throughout the city. The Arc de Triomphe is 40 minutes from Disneyland Paris by train.
Museum of Fairground Arts
In the heart of the Bercy neighbourhood is the quirky Museum of Fairground Arts, one of the world’s largest collections of antique amusement rides.Tours are interactive and guests are encouraged to ride the historic attractions and play vintage fun fair games from the 1800s, all of which are in full working order. Musee des Arts Forains (as it is known locally) is 40 minutes from Disneyland Paris by train.