When Disneyland Paris first opened its gates in the Paris suburb of Marne-la-Vallée in 1992-- then called Eurodisney- many predicted it would be a flop, expecting Europeans to show little enthusiasm for the American concept. But the attraction park and resort has since become one of Europe's most popular destinations, attracting millions of visitors each year. Less than an hour's reach of Paris by a single commuter train and offering two full theme parks, a hotel and shopping and entertainment strip, the popular park makes a perfect Paris day trip and family attraction on any vacation in the city of lights.
Location and Access
Disneyland Paris is located approximately 20 miles east of central Paris in Marne-la-Vallée, and can be easily accessed by commuter train (RER) or high-speed train (TGV) at the Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy stop.
Getting There With Public Transportation: There are several ways to get to the park from the center of the city or from the airports. You may want to purchase a Paris Visite metro/attractions pass, which will allow you to get to and from Disneyland and Paris without paying for extra travel zones.
Buy the Paris Visite pass direct (via Rail Europe)
- From Central Paris: Take the RER A commuter train from the Chatelet-les-Halles or Nation stations in central Paris, going in the direction "Marne-la-Vallee". The train will drop you off in front of the main entrance to the park.
- From Paris Airports: From Charles de Gaulle-Roissy airport, take the Roissybus shuttlebus to the Opera station in Paris, then transfer to the RER A-- direction Marne la Vallee-Chessy at the Havre-Caumartin station near Opera. You can also take the high-speed TGV train directly from Terminal B at Roissy, but this is a costlier option. From Orly Airport, take the Orlybus shuttle to the Denfert-Rochereau station. Get on the RER B and take it to Chatelet-les-Halles; then connect to the RER A which will take you directly to Disneyland.
Express Tours to the Parks: Get There by Shuttle
Some companies offer "express" shuttle services to Disneyland parks from central Paris, and the price also includes a day-long ticket to the main park.
Disneyland Park: Mon-Fri, 10 am to 7 pm; Saturdays 10 am to 10 pm; Sundays 10 am to 9 pm.
Walt Disney Studios Park: Mon-Fri, 10 am to 6 pm; Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm, Sundays 10 am to 7 pm.
Note: Check the official website for opening hours which may fluctuate throughout the year.
Tickets and Packages
Tickets to the theme parks: Consult this page at the official website for updated information on ticket prices and packages, or to reserve park tickets direct.
Vacation Packages: You can book complete complete vacation packages at the Resort, including accommodations, tickets to both parks, and more, at this page.
In terms of main attractions, the Resort boasts two main theme parks and the shopping and entertainment complex known as Disney Village.
The classic Magic Kingdom park is very much reminiscent of the original in Anaheim, California, but some of the rides here bearing the same names, including Space Mountain, are perhaps less suited for children and more for adolescents and adults. Still, there are plenty of attractions and rides perfect for even the youngest enthusiasts, including classics such as the Mad Hatter's Teacup Ride. Like its US counterparts, the park is divided into several "lands": Main Street USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland and Discoveryland.
Walt Disney Studios Park
The world of cinema and television is the theme of Walt Disney Studios Park. This park's most coveted attraction is currently the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which plunges visitors in a freefall for 13 floors. There's also a tram tour of the studios and a number of attractions susceptible to interest young visitors.
Housing an IMAX theater, dozens of restaurants, bars, and cinemas, a game arcade, and a permanent venue for the Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, Disney Village offers nearly round-the-clock entertainment.
More Information on Disney Village
Hotels and Accommodations
The Resort offers several hotels and other lodging options on or within close reach of the resort.
How to Make the Most of Your Visit?
As with any highly popular attraction, some careful planning is in order if you want to avoid annoyances like excessive crowds and prohibitively long lines. After all, who wants to spend a small fortune on a theme park and then only get on three rides?
I recommend going in the fall or early spring, if at all possible. Summer and late spring in Paris is extremely busy, and the lines and crowds at Disneyland are likely to be overwhelming, especially on nicer days. If you want to make the theme park a big part of your Parisian vacation, it might be worth planning a trip in March, late September or early to mid-October, when things are likely to be a bit calmer. Even a winter trip is not necessarily unpleasant-- it can be a lot of fun to visit the park at Christmas, for example.
Pictures of the Parks
Need a little inspiration before booking your trip? Check out our colorful gallery of photos from Disneyland Paris.