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 room packs for the group.
Park passes and tickets - On arrival you will receive a room pack which will include your rooms keys, individual park passes, meal vouchers and tickets (if applicable). Your park passes will allow you to visit the parks as much as you like within the opening hours and for the number of park days you have booked. Please be aware that once you activate your park pass, this will count as one full day’s use, even if activated late in the day. Please refer to your itinerary for the best days to use them. NB. Park passes are very valuable and if lost must be replaced by yourself.
Park Opening Times - Opening times vary depending on the time of year, or if there is a special event. You can view the opening times on the Disneyland Paris website by going to the following link: https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/calendars/park-hours/
Extra Magic Time in the parks - Staying at an onsite Disney hotel means you gain exclusive access to the parks before anyone else. Extra magic hours may vary, so please 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 SNCF Marne-La-Vallée train station at the entrance to the Disney Village. Please note, the shuttles do not go to Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch or the Disneyland Hotel
Avoiding the queues - Disney have implemented a new paid system called Disney Premier Access. This is an upcharge in the official Disneyland Paris app to board select attractions instantly, from €8-€15 per person, per ride (prices vary according to the attraction and day of visit).
Disney Premier Access is available for Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pan's Flight, Ratatouille: The Adventure, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, Star Tours: The Adventures continue, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terrorᵀᴹ, Autopia®
Please see the following link for further information: https://www.disneylandparis.com/engb/attractions/disney-premier-access/
If you do not have a smartphone or a Disney Account, do not worry! You can still purchase Disney Premier Access at City Hall in the Disneyland Park or at Studios Services in the Walt Disney Studios Park.
There is also a new Standby Pass which is a free service, available via the official Disneyland Paris app. During certain periods of the day, you will need to reserve a Standby Pass to be able to join the queue for some of the most popular attractions during a specific allocated 30- minute time slot (subject to availability).
More information on the Standby Pass can be found by following this link: https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/guest-services/standby-pass/
Meals -You cannot take food into the parks but there is a wide variety of dining options. More than 65 restaurants and bars are available to suit all budgets, each offering a unique menu. For those with food allergies, please visit this link: https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/guest-services/specific-dietary-requirements/
Alcohol - Is only served in the parks in restaurants where there is a waiter service, e.g. Walt’s in Main StreetUSA and the Silver Spur Steak House. Something different is Captain Jack’s – Restaurant des Pirates inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. As you eat you can watch the people on the ride in their boats sailing by.
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 to the 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 at 07:00, there is a good chance the queue will be shorter!
- Peak Lunch times in the parks are from 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 your hotel reception, where you may book for a table for any restaurant in any hotel, Disney Village, or Parks. Alternatively, book a table up to 2 months in advance using the Disneyland Paris app.
- How to save on food and drink! -Inside the train station there are a couple of cafés selling cheap baguettes, crisps and drinks etc. There is also a gift shop and a mini supermarket which will also be much cheaper than food and drink items purchased in a Disney outlet.
- Check out the Disney Photo pass - It will give you access to unlimited photos of your time in the parks, meeting your favourite characters and on the rides. Please enquire for a price.
Evening Entertainment - Enjoy exploring the Disney Village. Entry is free and is open every day until midnight, the village is situated between the resort hotels and the parks. Here 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)
- Gaumont Cinema Complex
- Concerts and dancing at Billy Bobs (select evenings)
- Games Arcade
- PanoraMagique – one of the world’s biggest hot air balloons (depending on weather conditions)
- 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!