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Disneyland Paris Overview

Euro Disney Disneyland Paris is one of France’s top tourist destinations, a thoroughly family-friendly, squeaky-clean, year-round ‘Magical Kingdom’ where Disney characters are brought to life.

‘Disneyland Paris’ originally opened as ‘EuroDisney’ in April 1992, but was renamed in 1995 as part of a re-branding exercise to boost visitor numbers. It was the third Disney resort to open – following the original in California and the second in Tokyo. Despite difficult beginnings, in 2008 the park attracted some 15.3 million visitors and it has overtaken the Eiffel Tower as Paris’s top tourist destination.

Although it is aimed primarily at kids, or at least the young at heart, it’s not entirely child-centric. There are some edgier, adrenaline-filled rides for thrill-seekers, and grown-up attractions such as golf courses, shops and a spa.

The resort covers some 4,800 acres (19 km2) of meticulously-planned land and contains two theme parks, a Disney Village entertainment district, resort hotels, a golf course and its own railway station. The two theme parks are the ‘Disneyland Park’, which everyone has heard of, based on the successful Disneyland formula in California; and the ‘Walt Disney Studios Park’, which revolves around the entertainment industry.

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Attractions at ‘Disneyland Park

This theme park has around 49 attractions (at the last count) in five areas known as ‘lands’: Adventureland; Discoveryland, Frontierland; Fantasyland; and Main Street, USA.

As its name suggests, Adventureland aims to deliver thrills and excitement. One of the top attractions is ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril’, a roller coaster based on the Indiana Jones films that features an inversion. Guests ride a mining train up and down over the surface of the temple, ‘clearing debris’ and ‘returning artifacts’ – before the mining car ‘loses control’ and turns upside down. Also in Adventureland, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ is an indoor boat ride in which guests float through a larger-than-life pirate adventure scene, complete with gunshots, cannon blasts, pirates pillaging, and burning buildings.

Discoveryland is home to Space Mountain: Mission 2, a popular space-themed roller coaster attraction featuring a 1.5G uphill launch at 42 miles per hour (68 km/h), with two inversions (a sidewinder and a corkscrew) and an over-banked turn. Also in this land is the Orbitron, a rocket-spinner attraction in which guests board a small personal spaceship which then flies up and down around a central pole, spinning around.

For a less hair-raising roller coaster, head to the Wild West-themed Frontierland, where Big Thunder Mountain offers an indoor and outdoor mine train voyage, taking you through a ‘set’ inspired by the real-life Bryce Canyon.

Fantasyland offers lots for families with smaller children, and is billed as “the happiest of Lands” – where the fairy tales and stories that inspired Disney’s Classic animated films are brought to life. Attractions include Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, Peter Pan’s Flight, and family rides such as Dumbo the Flying Elephant (for a good view of the park) and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups.

Main Street, USA has an old-town feel, themed on a small town in America during the 1900s. Visitors can window-shop in Victorian shops, take a ride in a horse-drawn ‘streetcar’, or wolf down some ice cream at the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour. Attractions include the Disneyland Railroad steam train and the Discover Arcade where you can see scale models of some of the finest inventions of the 20th century.

The Disneyland Park is open daily between 10:00-19:00.

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Attractions at ‘Walt Disney Studios Park’

In this second theme park, which sits next door to the Disneyland Park, everything is themed around the world of cinema and television, with attractions split into four ‘studio lots’: Front Lot, Production Courtyard, Backlot and Toon Studio.

In the Front Lot you are on-set at ‘Disney Studio 1’ for the shooting of a motion picture, surrounded by all the set, props, and famous façades.

Production Courtyard reveals secrets behind filming, film sets, studio life and costumes, culminating in a virtual roller coaster ride.

Backlot contains attractions relating to action films and special effects, such as ‘Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular’ set in a Mediterranean town, and the dark, indoor Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster based on an Aerosmith music video.

Toon Studio is all about cartoons, and will appeal to children – revealing the history and secrets behind Disney animations. At Animagique, Disney characters from many of the classic animations come alive.

The Walt Disney Studios Park is open daily between 10:00-19:00. but residents of Disney Hotels (see accommodation section below) can get in from 08 00

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Disney Village Entertainment District

The Disney Village provides almost all the facilities of a town, including shopping, dining, cinemas (including a 3-D IMAX), live entertainment and dancing, all of it very family-oriented.

This entertainment district stays open after the main theme parks close for the evening, offering a good range of venues for those staying at the resort’s nearby hotels. One popular show is ‘Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Dinner Show’, which entertains you with cowboys, Indians, wagons, buffaloes, Sitting Bull, Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill himself while you eat your supper.

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Other Euro Disney Activities Near By

Some additional activity bases that are considered part of Disneyland Paris are located a few kilometres away, including Golf Disneyland and Davy Crockett’s Adventure.

Golf Disneyland caters for both adults and children, offering three 9-hole courses that start and end in front of the Club House – making it possible to play them separately or combined to offer three different 18-hole courses.

Davy Crockett’s Adventure is a treetop adventure trail of swings, trapezes, rope bridges and ladders with five different levels to suit beginners through to brave fitness fanatics.

There are no shuttle services to these activities, so you need your own car to drive there from the resort’s hotels.

Disneyland Paris Admission Charges

Admission prices depend on how many days you wish to spend at the resort, but also there are always special offers available for last minute bookings, family packages and seasonal deals.

As a guide, 2015/16 winter prices for a one-day ticket to one of the theme parks start at  around £51 per adult or £45 per child (3-11 year inclusive) – restrictions apply to those prices. Standard 1 day prices are around £69 for an adult and £64 for a child. A two-day ticket giving access to both of the theme parks costs around £115 per adult and £104 per child (again, 3-11 years inclusive). You can get tickets covering more days, or purchase a package with hotel. For up-to-date deals visit the resort’s website (http://offers.disneylandparis.co.uk/index.xhtml).

If you’re keen on the more popular roller coasters, use the free Fastpass service to reduce your waiting time at many of the most popular attractions, including Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, Space Mountain: Mission 2, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight and Star Tours.

You have to insert your park admission ticket into the Fastpass machine at the entrance to the attraction, and you will be given a Fastpass ticket showing a time that you should return to the ride. You can then go off and explore other activities in the park until this time, at which point you should get on the ride within minutes.

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Accommodation At Euro Disney

There are seven Disney hotels at the resort, each depicting a region of America, and if you stay at one of these hotels you get the advantage of accessing the park before ‘non-residents’. The Disney hotels are set in a large area that’s much like a town in itself, providing a total of 5,800 rooms catering for various budgets. Free shuttle services are offered from resort hotels to the Disney Parks – except for Davy Crockett’s Ranch and Golf Disneyland, for which you need your own transport. Shuttles leave every 12 minutes between 06:00 and 23:00 every day.

If you stay at a Disney hotel you can enjoy an extra 2 hours in part of Disneyland® Park every morning before regular park opening. Go to the main gates of Disneyland Park with your valid regular park ticket and your Disney Hotel Easy Pass.*
*For those staying at the Hotel l’Elysée Val d’Europe, your room key or your shuttle access card will be sufficient. This offer is reserved for those staying at Disney Hotels (Disneyland Hotel, New York, Newport Bay Club, Sequoia Lodge, Santa Fe, Cheyenne and Davy Crockett Ranch) or the Hotel l’Elysée Val d’Europe having booked a package that includes entry tickets for Disney Parks, and to holders of the Dream Annual Pass.

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Eating Out At Disney Diners

    Food in the numerous restaurants in the Disney Village is quite expensive, but generally good quality. There’s a wide range of fast food and international cuisine, ranging from the child-friendly Café Mickey (which sees visits from favourite Disney characters) to the Rainforest Café, which is more likely to scare off the kids with its thunder effects, offering dining in a lush, tropical rain forest environment with giant aquariums, and even rain!

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When To Visit Disneyland

You need at least two full days to explore the resort properly, and even then you would by no means have exhausted all the attractions. Disneyland Paris is open all year but the best time to visit is on weekdays outside public and school holidays, particularly during the quietest times of year, which are generally September-October and May-June. Within these months, June is probably the best in terms of weather. At these quiet times of year you’re also more likely to get good deals – such as three days for the price of two, or similar.

A further advantage is that you won’t have to wait as long at the most popular rides, where queues can get tediously long during peak holiday season. Waiting 45 minutes or more for a ride is no fun, and if you’re a thrill-seeker wanting to go on most of the more popular roller coasters, you could end up spending the majority of your trip in queues during busy times. The Fast Pass is well worth considering if you’re keen on this type of ride (see ‘Admission charges’ below).

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How To Get There  – Travelling To Disneyland Paris

Paris won the bid for the European Disneyland resort because of its central location and the fact that it’s easily accessible by road, rail and air. It is located about 32km (20 miles) east of the centre of Paris in a suburb called Marne-la-Vallée, and has its own station (Marne La Vallée – Chessy TGV station).

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Travel To Disneyland By Train

From the UK, you can take the Eurostar from London (St Pancras International) to the station at Disneyland Paris in about four hours. The station is right by the resort’s hotels. Special Eurostar and Disneyland package deals are available on the Eurostar website, including accommodation in nearby hotels.

If you are already staying in central Paris and decide to visit Disneyland from there, it is just 30-minutes by train to the Disneyland station.

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Travel To Disneyland By Train

From the UK, you can take the Eurostar from London (St Pancras International) to the station at Disneyland Paris in about four hours. The station is right by the resort’s hotels. Special Eurostar and Disneyland package deals are available on the Eurostar website, including accommodation in nearby hotels.

If you are already staying in central Paris and decide to visit Disneyland from there, it is just 30-minutes by train to the Disneyland station.

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Travelling To Disney By Plane To Paris

If you are flying to Paris, you can find detailed information about both Beauvais Charles De Gaulle and Orly Airports on the euromost Paris Airport Page at       Using public transport to travel from the airport to the resort, take a ‘Shuttledirect’ bus service. The journey is just 40km from Charles de Gaulle and 49km from Paris Orly. See http://www.shuttledirect.com/ for details.

      If you’re driving from the airport, from Charles de Gaulle leave following signs for ‘Marne La Vallée’ until you reach the A104 (‘La Francilienne’). After approximately 27km, leave the A104 for the A4, following ‘Metz / Nancy’. Take exit 14 (‘Val d’Europe, Parc Disneyland®’), 12km further on, for the Disneyland Resort. From Orly airport head in the ‘Paris’ direction and follow signs for ‘Créteil’ on the A86. After 11km, join the A4 heading for ‘Metz / Nancy’. Exit 14 is 30km further on.

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Travelling To Disneyland By Car From The UK

By car from the UK: You can either take a P&O Ferry from Dover to Calais (90 minutes), or the Eurotunnel (about 35 minutes) from Folkestone to Sangatte (near Calais) – and then head by road for Paris (see below for directions from Paris).

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Travel To Disney By Car From Paris

From the Périphérique (Paris ring road), at the ‘Porte de Bercy’ exit (south east of Paris), follow “Metz / Nancy” on the A4 motorway. To reach Disneyland® Park and the Disneyland® Resort Paris hotels, take exit 14, ‘Val d’Europe, Parc Disneyland®’.

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Parking At Disneyland Paris

If you stay at a Disneyland Resort hotel, free parking is available there. Other visitors can choose from car parks either a few minutes’ walk from the entrance to the Disney Parks, or near the entrance to the Disney Village entertainment district

Euro Disney website: http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk/

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