Disneyland ® Paris guide
Our guide to getting the best from your time at Disneyland® Paris
Arrival and Check in - You are able to check in at any time of the day you arrive and rooms are generally available after 3pm. If you are travelling as a group, we suggest that only the group leader goes to the reception desk to collect the packs for the groups which contain all the tickets and information for your stay.
Park passes and tickets - On arrival you will receive a room pack which will include your individual Park passes, meal vouchers and show tickets. Your passes will allow you to come and go for the number of days you have booked them for and we recommend you don't validate them too late in the day on arrival as this will count as 1 full day. NB. Park passes are very valuable and if lost must be replaced by yourself.
Park Opening Times - These vary depending on the time of year and if there is a special event, so for the hours relevant to your stay please check with Hotel Reception or online before you travel.
Extra Magic Time in the parks - staying at an onsite hotel means you gain exclusive access to the parks before anyone else to meet your favourite characters (times may vary so check on arrival).
How do I get to the Disney® Parks from my hotel? - There is a free Disneyland® Paris shuttle service which leaves every 12 minutes. They run 7 days a week between 6.30 am and 11.00 pm to all Disneyland® Paris hotels or opposite the Marne La Val
Avoiding the queues - Use FASTPASS®. This free service allows you to reduce your waiting time to some attractions in Disneyland Park by pre-booking your slot (subject to availability). The following attractions are equipped with FASTPASS® service:
- Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril, Adventureland
- Space Mountain: Mission 2, Discoveryland
- Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast®, Discoveryland
- Big Thunder Mountain, Frontierland
- Peter Pan's Flight, Fantasyland
- Star Tours™, Discoveryland
In front of these attractions, you will see 2 queues:
One for traditional queuing (waiting time is indicated on a notice board). / One for FASTPASS® - If you choose the FASTPASS® access, you need to insert the entrance ticket into the machine and will receive your FASTPASS® ticket immediately. The FASTPASS® ticket will indicate the time slot during which you should return to ride the attraction.
Meals - You cannot take food into the parks but there is a range of good restaurants from very good sandwich bars to self-service and waiter-served restaurants. The only alcohol served in the Park is in restaurants where there is a waiter service, e.g. Walt’s in Main Street USA and the Silver Spur Steak House. Something different is Captain Jack’s – Restaurant des Pirates underneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. As you eat you can watch the people in their boats sail along.
Disney express luggage service - the benefits of staying on site just got even better for those travelling by Eurostar. Take advantage of this service where your bags are transferred straight to your Disney hotel upon arrival and back tot he station on your departure day.
COGO Travel Top Tips:
- Queues for breakfast can be incredibly long, the French tend to go to breakfast from 8am onwards, therefore if you can get there earlier there is a good chance the queue will be shorter!
- Peak Lunch times in the Park are 12.30 hours to 14.00 hours. Try to eat around these times to avoid long queues.
- When the Resort is busy it is best that you pre-book your evening meal, especially if it is table service. You can do this at the concierge desk in Hotel Reception, where you may book for any table service restaurant in any hotel, Disney Village or the Parks.
- How to save on food and drink! - Inside the rail station there are a couple of cafes selling cheap baguettes, crisps, drinks etc. There is also a shop selling drinks and bottles of water are much cheaper than in a Disney outlet.
- Check out the Disney Photo pass - for just €69 per person it will give you access to unlimited photo's of your time in the parks meeting your favourite characters and on the rides.
Evening Entertainment - The evenings are free to enjoy the Disney Village (free entry), which is situated between the resort hotels and the parks where you will find:
- Restaurants - Annette’s Diner, Rainforest Café, The Steakhouse, Planet Hollywood, McDonald’s, Café Mickey, King Ludwig’s Castle, Billy Bob’s and Earl of sandwich
- Sports Bar (snacks available)
- New York Deli (snacks available)
- Shops - Are open until very late, around midnight.
- Gaumont Cinema Complex
- Buffalo Bills Wild West Show Arena – 2 Shows nightly for 1 ½ hours, closed Wednesday and Thursday. Includes 3 course meal, unlimited beer and soft drinks. An experience not to be missed for the young and old alike. Here live buffalo, horses, cowboys, Indians and even Annie Oakley give you a true taste of the old wild frontier. Not recommended for asthma sufferers.
- Billy Bob’s Saloon Bar - There is usually live country and western music every night, and on certain nights (please check) the Disney Line Dancers.
Shows and Parades in the Disneyland Parks - Check at City Hall, located to the left of the bandstand as you approach Main Street USA, for the times of any live shows that day and Front Lot for information of events in the Studios including the Stunt Show. Please check for times of the Main Parade and the Disney Illuminations.
Things to do outside of the Parks
Day trips to Paris - Take the RER into Paris the line is direct into the centre of Paris and a good stop for Paris is “Auber” near the Opera or “Charles de Gaulle Etoile” for the Champs Elysees. When returning you need “Marne la Vallee – Chessy”. The approximate journey time is forty minutes. Between Disney Village and the Train Station, on the right hand side is a French Tourist Office, which has lots of free leaflets and Paris maps showing some of the opportunities available.
Val d’Europe Shopping Complex - Here you will find over 150 shops and a huge Auchan Hypermarket. There are restaurants ranging from McDonald’s to French cuisine. Especially for the bargain hunters there is also a Designer Discount Village. Sea World is a perfect addition for the children. It is one stop on the RER (take the Paris RER) approx. 4 minutes and the Metro brings you out directly to the side of the huge complex.
Ice Skating (Winter only) - Located outside Disney’s Hotel New York. Don’t forget your gloves and scarves! In winter hands and ears can get terribly cold – especially on top of Big Thunder Mountain!