Whether you’ve got the little ones in tow or you’re simply looking to fulfil your own childhood dreams, you’ll soon fall in love with this fairy-tale escape. This world-renowned attraction has more to offer than you’d ever imagine– from the thrill of high-octane rides and rollercoasters to the sheer fantasy of the Magic Kingdom. Located just 22 miles from the city of Paris, a trip to Disneyland offers a much-needed dose of enchantment to your jam-packed city break – just take the train to Marne-la-Vallee Chessy and begin your journey.
The shows are as spectacular as the rides so be sure to check them out while you’re there. An entertaining car stunt show will please the entire family, while Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show is a dinner event combining horses and pistols action with hearty barbecue food – a great place to visit when the sun begins to set on the Disneyland Park.
Aside from all the excitement, holidays to Disneyland Paris are also famed for delicious culinary creations. Visit Agrabah’s Café, Aladdin’s favourite hang-out for Middle Eastern cuisine, or indulge in fresh seafood dishes at The Blue Lagoon. If you’re feeling particularly flush, head to Walt’s for an American dining experience you won’t forget in a hurry. Alternatively, visit the Disney Village – you’ll find every restaurant, snack bar and shopping experience you can imagine.
The park is split up into five themed areas:
The studios are split into four studio lots that let you look behind the scenes of the creation of TV and films.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.