The park is split up into five themed areas:
- Main Street USA is a little piece of America in Paris, where you will find Victorian shops and horse and carts.
- Fantasyland is the home of Sleeping Beauty’s castle and the world of Alice in Wonderland, complete with the Mad Hatter’s teacup rides.
- Frontierland will transport you to the Wild West where you can see the Indian village of Pocahontas and you can cruise up the Mississippi on the paddle steamer.
- Discoveryland boasts the famous Space Mountain ride, through black holes and past meteorites, as well as Toy Story themed rides.
- Adventureland will have you talking like a pirate in no time. Join the Pirates of the Caribbean on a swashbuckling adventure on the hunt for treasure.
The studios are split into four studio lots that let you look behind the scenes of the creation of TV and films.
- The Front Lot is a Hollywood extravaganza where you get to star in your very own movie!
- The Back Lot lets you see what it would be like to direct and see the technical side of making a film which older children and adults will love.
- The Toon Studio is a giant version of the Toy Story film set where you will feel like you have been shrunk down to the size of the toys. Rides include the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop!
- The last section of the studios includes rides like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock and Roller Coaster!
There are over 70 restaurants and cafes to choose from, so even the fussiest of eaters won’t go hungry! Everything from self-service buffets of every cuisine imaginable, to table service restaurants over-looking the blue lagoon, to dining with your favourite Disney characters and getting menu advice from talking parrots! For pictures taken with the crew, then head to the Auberge de Cendrillon in Fantasyland, Café Mickey or Inventions.
How to get there
If you are staying in the city centre then you can get the RER train from the main stops along the A line, which will take around 35 minutes and departs every 5-10 minutes. The trains are often double decker and very clean, so you will normally find a seat. A single ticket costs around €7, but you can’t buy returns so you may want to buy two singles at the same time. You can also get the TGV train straight from Charles de Gaulle airport.
The Park is usually open from 10am until 7pm during the week and from 10am to 9pm at weekends. The studios close slightly earlier, at 6pm during the week and 7pm at the weekends. Opening times vary constantly throughout the year so it is worth checking the official website before you leave.
- A standard ticket for one day costs around £52 per adult and £47 per child
- Express tickets that include return transfers from Paris city centre
To avoid the crowds and queues, visit mid-week from Tuesday to Thursday and outside of school holidays of you can, although there will be fewer scheduled shows during these times and the parks will close earlier. There are special events throughout the year in 2014, including new night-time shows and meeting Mickey and the gang. Check the schedule when you book your Paris break to see what’s on.
The Dream Castle Hotel offers a free shuttle bus to the Disneyland Park that runs regularly throughout the day and is just a 35 minute train ride to the centre of Paris. There is an indoor pool, children’s pool and spa pool for relaxing after a long day at the park. There are two restaurants serving a wide choice of French and European cuisine, with staff in medieval costumes that entertain the children. There is also a medieval themed bar, Excalibur, which is the perfect place for evening entertainment including games, live music TV screens showing sports.
Magic Circus Hotel
The Magic Circus Hotel at Disneyland Paris is a 10 minute shuttle bus ride from the entrance of the park and just a 35 minute train ride from the centre of Paris. The hotel is in a large manor building with views of the surrounding countryside. There is an indoor pool, a relaxation terrace and a large playground in the grounds. All the rooms follow the circus theme that runs throughout the hotel and there are adjoining family rooms available. There is also a wellness centre and spa on-site for a truly relaxing stay.
Novotel Marne la Vallee Noisy
This modern hotel is found halfway between centre of Paris and Disneyland, perfect for if you want to explore the area around the city and plan a few daytrips. There is an outdoor heated pool with a terrace, where you can also eat in the summer months. The Novotel Café serves traditional French cuisine and you can choose to eat in the restaurant, outside or take advantage of the room service option. The bar serves snacks throughout the day and is open until late.
Residhome Val d’Europe
This aparthotel has 189 apartments that can sleep up to 7 people and is just 5 miles from Disneyland. Nearby, there is also a large shopping centre and a modern, interactive aquarium. You can get a high speed train to the centre of Paris in around 35 minutes, perfect for a day of sightseeing and exploring.