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2024 Disneyland Paris Guide for First Timers

If you’re planning your first trip to Disneyland Paris, get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with magic and wonder. The two parks that makeup Disneyland Paris offer a unique blend of classic Disney charm and European culture, making it a must-visit destination for any Disney fan. There is a lot to learn to make your trip go smoothly. In this Disneyland Paris guide, we will take you through all the important information you need to know before planning your visit to Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris Guide for First Timers

While called Disneyland Paris, the EuroDisney theme park is actually outside of Paris in Coupvray, France and located right off the train station in Marne-la-Vallée.

Disneyland Paris covers an area of over 4,800 acres and is divided into two Disneyland parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.

Both are within walking distance of each other, Disney Village (their entertainment district) and the train station.

Getting to Disneyland Paris

The Marne-la-Vallée Station is where Eurorail runs, so if you are coming in from London, Brussels or Amsterdam, you will find your end destination quite convenient.

You can simply leave the train station and walk straight into Disneyland Paris!

Traveling with Luggage

If you are visiting Disneyland Paris for the day and are traveling with luggage, you will be able to store your bags at the Guest Storage located to the right of the entrance to Disneyland Park.

Prices are based on how large of a space you need:

  • 2€ for accessories
  • 8€ for small items
  • 11€ for medium size items
  • 12€ for large size items

Disneyland Paris Tickets

First of all, there are two parks, Disneyland Paris & Walt Disney Studios Park. To see both, you will need to buy separate tickets for each.

And just like tickets for Disney World and Disneyland, the Disneyland Paris Ticket price will decrease when you add multiple days.

To enter the Disney Parks, you must either have a dated ticket or you can purchase an undated ticket & register your visit date in advance.

The undated tickets are more expensive because it gives you a bit more freedom to choose your dates at a later time or switch your plans.

But if you know when you are going to be at the parks, I would totally suggest getting a dated ticket to save money.

For example, if you are just purchasing a one-day undated ticket, you can expect to pay on average £45 more than for the dated ticket!

Disneyland Paris Park

Disneyland Paris Park

Disneyland Park, also known as Parc Disneyland in French, is the first and original theme park at Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris Castle

It opened its doors to the public in 1992 and was created to be a sister park to Disneyland in California.

Disneyland in Paris Map

Disneyland Paris Map

Disneyland Paris is divided into five lands: Main Street USA, Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Discoveryland.  Each land has different rides, attractions, and shows.

Main Street USA

As you enter Disneyland Park, you will find yourself on Main Street U.S.A., a charming recreation of a small American town at the turn of the 20th century.

This is where you will find most of the shops, a few restaurants, as well as the Disneyland Railroad and horse-drawn carriage rides.

La Plage des Pirates (Pirates Beach)

Adventureland

In Adventureland, you can embark on exciting adventures with Indiana Jones & the Temple of Peril and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Kids will love exploring Swiss Family Treehouse as well as the Pirate Galleon & Pirates Beach.

You can also meet beloved Disney characters like Aladdin and Jasmine in this land.

Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disneyland Paris

Frontierland

Frontierland is a land inspired by the American Wild West.

Here, you can experience thrilling attractions such as the Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster and explore the iconic Phantom Manor.

One of the shows not to be missed is The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands.

Fantasyland

Fantasyland is the busiest area of the park.

You can spend time meeting Disney princesses, riding classic attractions like Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Peter Pan’s Flight, and exploring Alice’s Curious Labyrinth.

Be sure to check out their version of It’s a Small World as it features many different Disney characters mixed in with other Mary Blair characters.

The Sleeping Beauty Castle is the centerpiece of Disneyland Paris and should be explored fully to see how Disney Imagineers recreated the story of Sleeping Beauty!

There is even a dragon underneath.

Don’t miss the stunning nighttime spectacular, Disney Illuminations, which takes place in front of the castle.

Discoveryland Disneyland Paris

Discoveryland

Discoveryland is a futuristic land themed around space and exploration that is similar to Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.

Here you can ride the thrilling Star Wars HyperSpace Mountain roller coaster and go on a Star Tours adventure.

Make sure to check out Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast attraction, where you can join Buzz in defeating Emperor Zurg.

Walt Disney Studios Park

Opened in 2002, Walt Disney Studios Park is the second theme park in Disneyland Paris.

It is dedicated to the art of filmmaking and consists of four production zones – Front Lot, Toon Studio, World of Pixar, Production Courtyard, and Avengers Campus.

Front Lot

Front Lot is simply the entrance to the park and has some features to make it look like a studio lot.

Disney Studio 1 (UNDER RENOVATION) showcases the Golden Age of Hollywood and the magic of filmmaking by paying homage to Walt Disney’s early career in cinema.

Frozen Sing Along

Toon Studio

This part of the park makes you feel like you are part of the movies!

You can ride on a Magic Carpet over Agrabah, Sing-a-Long with characters from Frozen and Meet some of your favorite Disney characters!

Worlds of Pixar

If you love Pixar movies, you will LOVE this part of Walt Disney Studios!

You can go on a Cars road trip, shrink to the size of mouse and run around an enormous kitchen, or go surfing with Crush!

Production Courtyard

Families with small kids will enjoy the Disney Junior Dream Factory show or experience the magic of Disney animation in Stitch Live!

Thrill seekers can take one of the last elevators still in service at the Hollywood Tower Hotel and enjoy free-falling 13 stories!

Marvel Avengers Campus

The newest addition to Walt Disney Studios Park is Marvel Avengers Campus, which opened in 2022.

This land features attractions and experiences based on popular Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man and Iron Man.

Guests will also find impromptu shows and Marvel character meet & greets in this area.

Disneyland Paris Hotel

Staying at Disneyland Paris Resort

Disneyland Paris resorts allow visitors to fully immerse themselves in the Disney experience while also providing convenient access to the theme parks.

Hotel Cheyenne

There are currently seven Disneyland Paris Resorts to choose from, each with its own unique theme and amenities.

Disneyland Paris Sequoia Resort

They range from budget-friendly options to luxury experiences, ensuring that there is something for every budget and travel style.

Disneyland Paris Map

One of the main benefits of staying at a Disneyland Paris Resort is the close proximity to the theme parks.

Guests can easily access the parks by walking or through their shuttle service.

In addition to convenience, staying at a resort also offers extra perks such as extended park hours, exclusive character meet and greets, and early access to popular rides.

Getting the Best Price on a Disneyland Paris Resort Package

Your best way to find the best price on Disneyland Paris resort packages is to check all of the Disneyland Paris websites.

Yes, there is more than one!

Disneyland Paris has learned the art of capitalism and offers different discounts to targeted countries.

Currently, they have versions of Disneyland Paris ticket package sites targeting the UKFranceGermany, and Italy.

Each of these sites offers different ticket discounts. You will need to find the one that has the best deal.

Disneyland Paris Parade in Rain

Be Prepared for Disneyland Paris Weather

The weather in Disneyland Paris will really depend on the time of year that you go.

Be prepared for rain and when it rains, be prepared for outdoor rides to shut down until the rain is over.

We have been to Disneyland Paris when it rained an entire day and it wasn’t that bad. Just make sure you pack a poncho and you’ll do just fine.

In fact, on the day that it rained, the crowds were much less and we were able to ride just about everything we wanted without having to stand in long queues.

If you come in the off-season (Spring & Winter), it is much colder and you will want to wear layered clothing and even might want to bring a pair of gloves since you will be outside much of the time.

Most Frequently Asked Questions about Disneyland Paris

Is Disneyland worth it in Paris?

Yes, if you are someone who enjoys Disney World or Disneyland in the United States, you are going to have a great time in Disneyland Paris.

Do they speak English at Disneyland Paris?

While French is the preferred language in all of Paris, we found many people working there from all over Europe and beyond. Most would be willing to speak to you in English.

How many days do you need in Disneyland Paris?

Optimally, two days is perfect for a trip to Disneyland Paris so that you can visit both of the parks.

Can you bring food into Disney Paris?

Yes, you can bring in snacks, a packed lunch and drinks into Disneyland Paris.

Is Disneyland Paris fun for adults?

Yes, if you are a kid at heart and enjoy thrill rides, you will have a blast in Disneyland Paris!

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