I always thought Disneyland was overrated and quite childish until I experienced it myself. Honestly, I couldn’t really understand why adults talked about it with such excitement. But it turns out that there is nothing exaggerated at all; it is indeed a very fun and charming place that attracts people of all ages. So, if you’re questioning whether it is worth going to Disneyland, I can definitely say yes. If you are planning a trip to Disneyland, you have come to the right place. In this guide to Disneyland Paris with Kids, you’ll find information to answer every question you may have—from transportation and accommodation to buying tickets, and from dining options to other activities.

The Ultimate Guide to Paris with Kids

Disneyland Paris Travel Guide

I would like to start by addressing some common questions about Disneyland Paris that families often have.

At what age is Disneyland suitable for children?

Children of any age are welcome at Disneyland. However, the rides they can enjoy and the level of enjoyment they will experience vary with age. While infants can accompany you, I recommend visiting when children are over the age of 3. The ideal age, in my opinion, is around 5.

When to go to Disneyland?

Disneyland is open throughout the year, but it experiences peak crowds during certain periods. The summer months are particularly busy due to school holidays, pleasant weather, and longer daylight hours. Winter sees fewer crowds, but it gets dark early, some rides may be closed, and the cold can make waiting in lines uncomfortable, despite lower ticket prices. The best times to visit are weekdays during spring and fall.

How many days do you need for Disneyland?

For a visit to just one park with a focus on specific rides, one day may suffice. If you plan to explore both parks and/or enjoy all the rides, consider allocating 2 to 3 days. Although it’s possible to visit both parks in a single day, long waiting times and the desire to re-ride favorites can make it challenging.

How to buy Disneyland tickets?

Tickets can be purchased through Disneyland’s official website. While there are other sites offering discounted tickets, I cannot vouch for their reliability and recommend purchasing directly from the official site. Children aged 0-3 enter for free, so no ticket is necessary for them. On the ticket purchase page, you’ll find options for a one-day ticket valid for a year or a one-day ticket for a specific date, with the latter usually being cheaper. Disneyland Paris has two parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Your ticket options will include the number of days and whether you wish to access one or both parks, affecting the price. You’ll then select your visit dates and the number of adult and child (ages 3-11) tickets, with child tickets being slightly cheaper. Following your selection, you’ll complete the payment to finalize the ticket purchase. Besides daily tickets, package deals that include hotel stays and park access or annual passes are also available. Note that prices and crowd levels rise during the Christmas season, weekends, and special holidays, which you can track on the pricing calendar.

How to get to Disneyland?

Disneyland Paris is situated a distance away from central Paris but is well-connected by public transport. To reach Disneyland by train from anywhere in Paris, head to an RER A line station. Board the train going towards Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy station, which is the final stop for Disneyland. I’ll discuss accommodation options near the park in the next section of this article for those looking to stay close by.

For visitors with plans centered exclusively around Disneyland, particularly those staying at hotels near the park, you might require transportation directly from the airport. From Charles De Gaulle Airport, you can catch the TGV high-speed train from Terminal 2, which will get you to Disneyland in about 10 minutes. Alternatively, the Magical Shuttle bus service is available, though it takes approximately 1.5 hours and may be slightly more expensive than the train.

Disneyland Guide with Kids

For families with younger children, I recommend Disneyland Park, while Walt Disney Studios Park might be more appealing to those with older kids. If time allows, visiting both parks is a great option. Disneyland Park opens at 9:30 am and closes at 9:00 pm, whereas Walt Disney Studios Park opens at 9:30 am but closes earlier at 7:00 pm. Bringing strollers into the park is hassle-free, with designated parking areas next to the attractions, so there’s no need to worry. For those preferring not to bring their own, stroller rental services are available within the park for a fee.

To optimize your visit, downloading the park’s official app is essential. It helps in navigating to different rides, checking wait times, and planning your day more efficiently. Be aware that wait times for popular attractions can be lengthy; however, you can utilize a fast track pass to access rides at specified times without waiting in line. This service is not part of the app but acts similarly to making a reservation directly at the ride’s fast track entrance.

With around 50 attractions in the park, offerings range from universally accessible rides to those with height restrictions, which you can easily find on the park’s app or at the entrance of each ride. Don’t miss out on the Disney heroes parade at 5:00 pm and the enchanting fireworks display marking the park’s nightly closure.

Disneyland Accommodation with Kids

Reaching Disneyland from anywhere in Paris is convenient with the transportation options described previously. However, for those spending multiple days at the park, staying at a nearby hotel is advisable. While the Disneyland Hotel is the park’s only on-site hotel and its most luxurious option, it is undergoing renovation until 2024. Therefore, you’ll need to consider other hotels in the vicinity. Disney-owned hotels around the park are popular choices. These hotels, inspired by Disney movies, occasionally host Disney character encounters. Benefits include early park access (1 hour before the official opening) and complimentary shuttle service to the park.

Additionally, there are hotels not owned by Disney but affiliated with it. These hotels offer more affordable rates than Disney hotels while still providing free shuttle service to Disneyland Paris. For families looking for convenient, well-reviewed accommodation, I’ve also identified several suitable hotels near the park. Below, I’ve categorized the hotels around Disneyland Paris to help you decide which best fits your needs.

Disney Hotels: Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of MarvelDisney’s Newport Bay ClubDisney’s Sequoia LodgeDisney’s Hotel Santa FeDisney’s Hotel Cheyenn ve biraz daha uzak olan bir Disney oteli Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch.

Hotels in partnership with Disney: L’Elysée Val d’EuropeAdagio Marne La Vallée – Val d’EuropeCampanile Val de FranceExplorers Hotel Marne-la-ValléeB&B Hotel.

Top family-friendly hotels near Disneyland Paris: Relais Spa Chessy Val d’EuropeStaycity Aparthotels Paris Marne La ValléeGrand Magic Hotel Marne La ValléeRadisson Blu Hotel Marne-la-ValléeDream Castle Hotel Marne La ValleeDisney BaliMoxy Paris Val d’Europe.

You can check out the other hotels in the area around Disneyland Paris here.

Disneyland Food and Beverage

There are numerous dining options in Disneyland, but as you might expect, prices tend to be high. The selection mainly consists of fast-food style restaurants, in addition to small stalls selling snacks like popcorn. You are allowed to bring your own snacks, fruit, sandwiches, etc., as personal food items are not restricted upon entry. Bringing your own water is also a smart choice; there are fountains inside the park where you can refill your bottles. Keep your bottle with you to avoid unnecessary purchases.

I tried to explain all the details so that there would be no question marks in mind. I hope my guide to Disneyland Paris assists you in planning an enjoyable trip. Should you have any additional insights or questions, feel free to share them in the comments so that others may benefit as well.

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