The Mouseketeers guide to Disneyland Paris

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Discover how to plan the perfect day at Disneyland Paris with our comprehensive guide. From choosing the top rides and attractions to navigating crowds and finding the best dining options, we are here to help you make the most of your time at this park.

A view of Disneyland Paris. Image credit: Soyoung Han/Unsplash
A view of Disneyland Paris. Image credit: Soyoung Han/Unsplash

Disneyland Paris, formerly known as Euro Disney, is a magical place that brings to life the enchantment of Disney stories and characters. It is located in Marne-la-Vallée, about 32 kilometers east of Paris, France. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, attracting millions of visitors every year. In this article, we will take a closer look at Disneyland Paris and what it has to offer.


Disneyland Paris opened its doors on April 12, 1992, after much controversy and criticism from the French media and public. Many saw it as a threat to French culture and feared it would undermine local businesses. However, despite the initial challenges, Disneyland Paris has since become a beloved attraction for visitors from all over the world.

The park underwent a major expansion in 1995 with the opening of Walt Disney Studios Park, which offers visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the magic of movie-making. Since then, the park has continued to grow, with new attractions and experiences being added regularly.

Theme parks

Disneyland Paris is home to two theme parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Disneyland Park is divided into five themed lands: Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, and Discoveryland. Each land offers a unique experience and a variety of attractions, from classic rides like Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean to newer attractions like Ratatouille: The Adventure.

Disney princesses show at Disneyland Paris. Image credit: Gilbert Sopakuwa/ Flickr
Disney princesses show at Disneyland Paris. Image credit: Gilbert Sopakuwa/ Flickr

Walt Disney Studios Park, on the other hand, is dedicated to the world of movies and television. It features several themed areas, such as Production Courtyard, Toon Studio, and Backlot, and offers thrilling rides like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Crush’s Coaster.

Attractions and entertainment

Prepare for an unforgettable experience at Disneyland Paris, where over 50 rides and attractions await to transport you to a world of magic and adventure.

Hold on tight and get ready to blast off on Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, a thrilling roller coaster that will take you on a high-speed journey through space, with twists, turns, and drops that will leave you screaming for more. If you’re in the mood for something more laid-back, hop on It’s a Small World and embark on a boat tour to explore different countries and cultures with singing dolls.

For those who seek a swashbuckling adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean will take you on a pirate-themed ride, complete with animatronic pirates, mermaids, and a lively soundtrack. If you’re looking to tantalize your senses, Ratatouille: L’Aventure is a 4D ride that offers a unique culinary experience, complete with 3D visuals, motion-simulated seating, and special effects like wind and water.

Finally, brace yourself for a wild ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, an exhilarating roller coaster that takes you on a fast-paced journey through the wilderness, with sharp turns, steep drops, and high speeds. 

Shows and parades

Disneyland Paris has a variety of unforgettable stage shows that will create memories to last a lifetime. Start your day by catching the Disney Stars on Parade, a colorful daytime parade featuring floats and characters from Disney films, including classic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, and the Frozen sisters, Elsa and Anna.

Minnie Mouse at Disneyland Paris. Image credit: wallpaperflare
Minnie Mouse at Disneyland Paris. Image credit: wallpaperflare

In the afternoon, head to Mickey and the Magician, a magical stage show that takes you on a journey through the world of Disney with impressive illusions, singing, and dancing that will leave you in awe. And for those who love “The Lion King,” the Rhythms of the Pride Lands musical show is a must-see. This production brings the beloved characters of the movie to life with acrobatics, dance, and African-inspired music.

As the day winds down, don’t miss the unforgettable Disney Illuminations, a nighttime spectacular that combines breathtaking projections, dazzling fireworks, and iconic Disney music to tell the story of some of the studio’s most beloved films. This stunning show will provide the perfect finale for your day at Disneyland Paris.

Dining and shopping

If you’re planning a visit to Disneyland Paris, you’ll be pleased to know that the park offers a range of dining and shopping options that cater to all tastes and budgets.

With over 70 dining options available, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From quick-service restaurants to authentic local eateries and international cuisine, there’s something for everyone. If you’re looking for a fine dining experience, head to the Auberge de Cendrillon, a restaurant designed to resemble Cinderella’s castle that serves up delectable French cuisine. For a quick and easy bite, Casey’s Corner serves up delicious American-style hot dogs, fries, and soda. Or, if you’re a fan of the Pixar movie “Ratatouille,” check out Bistrot Chez Rémy for a taste of French cuisine inspired by the film.

Pizzeria Bella Notte is another popular dining option, themed after the classic Disney movie “Lady and the Tramp,” where you can indulge in pizza, pasta, and other Italian delights. And, for a unique dining experience, visit The Blue Lagoon Restaurant, located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, where you can dine on seafood dishes as you watch the boats float by.

Disneyland Paris also offers over 50 shops, from souvenir stores to high-end boutiques. For a classic Disney shopping experience, head to Main Street, U.S.A., where you’ll find an array of shops selling Disney-themed souvenirs, toys, and clothing. If you’re looking for a break from the park, venture over to Disney Village, an outdoor shopping and dining area just outside the park, where you can browse shops and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants.

For a more high-end shopping experience, check out La Vallée Village, an outlet shopping center located near Disneyland Paris that offers discounts on designer brands. And, for the ultimate Disney-themed shopping experience, head to Galerie Mickey in Fantasyland, where you can browse a range of Disney-themed art and collectibles.


For those looking to stay on-site, Disneyland Paris offers a variety of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. There are several themed Disney hotels, as well as non-Disney hotels and apartments, located either within walking distance of the park or a short drive away.

Disney Hotels

Disneyland Paris has seven themed Disney hotels, each with its own unique style and amenities. These hotels range from budget-friendly options to luxury accommodations, and they are all located within walking distance of the parks. Some of the most popular Disney hotels include:

Disney’s Newport Bay Club

Taking inspiration from the early 20th century New England seaside resorts, Disney’s Newport Bay Club features a nautical theme that extends to its standard and superior rooms, as well as its suites. 

Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel

This recently renovated hotel pays homage to Marvel superheroes, with a sleek and modern design that incorporates comic book art and memorabilia. It offers standard rooms, executive rooms, and suites.

Disney’s Sequoia Lodge

Nestled amidst the rustic lodges of America’s national parks, Disney’s Sequoia Lodge welcomes you with a warm and inviting woodsy feel. It has an array of accommodations, including standard and superior rooms, family rooms, and suites. 

Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne

Step into a Wild West frontier town at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne, where standard rooms, family rooms, and themed rooms inspired by the beloved Disney movie “Toy Story” await your stay.

Non-Disney Hotels

There are several non-Disney hotels and apartments near Disneyland Paris. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly stay or a more upscale experience, you have plenty of possibilities to explore. Some of these hotels provide free shuttle service to the parks, making them a convenient pick for visitors who prefer to stay off-site.

Dream Castle Hotel

The Dream Castle Hotel is a truly magical stay, with its fairy tale castle theme that extends to its standard rooms, family rooms, and suites. This hotel offers a free shuttle service to the parks, making it an ideal choice for those who want to be close to the action.

Radisson Blu Hotel

Within walking distance of the parks, the Radisson Blu Hotel is a perfect choice for those seeking convenience and comfort. The hotel offers both standard and superior rooms, as well as suites, and boasts an on-site restaurant and bar for your dining pleasure.

Adagio Marne-la-Vallée Val d’Europe

This apartment hotel is located a short drive away from Disneyland Paris and offers free shuttle service to the parks. It has a modern design and offers studio and two-room apartments, each with a fully equipped kitchen.

Now that you’ve got a bunch of options for hotels near Disneyland Paris, we suggest booking a convenient Blacklane car service to get you there in style. If you find yourself interested in getting out of Disneyland and into the city, there are plenty of great ways to spend a day in Paris.