During my semester abroad in Paris, my mom visited me for a week, and one day, we decided to take a spontaneous trip to Disneyland Paris! We both love Disney World in Florida, so we thought this would be a fun way to get out of the city and hang with Mickey! Here are some of my tips for a great day trip to Disneyland Paris from Paris!
Do: Take the RER to Disneyland from Paris! Public transportation makes getting to Disneyland so easy from the center of Paris. The RER red line stops in Disneyland, so just make sure you’re on the right train, going in the right direction, and settle in for about an hour before you arrive at Disney! Caution: the RER leaving Disney can be very crowded at the end of the night, so just prepare yourself for the stampede.
Do: Dress for the weather! It was February when we went, and it was COLD. Come prepared!
Do: Bring your own food! There aren’t as many food options in Disneyland Paris or around the park as my mom and I were expecting, and we ended up eating at a McDonald’s across from the entrance for dinner! Lots of locals brought their own food, which seems like a smart fix to this problem!
Do: Go on a weekday in the off season! We rode just about every ride in both parks (including the awesome Ratatouille ride!) without too many waits during our weekday visit in February. Tickets are also cheaper outside of peak times!
Don’t: Expect this Disneyland to be just like its American predecessors. A lot of the quintessential Disney charm is there: the characters are all there, and the “lands” are perfectly themed, but there are some noticeable differences. The first, and most obvious, thing to note is that this is an extremely international park that attracts people from all over the world, so everything might not be available in your native language. My mom and I also thought the level of service was different, and that there was much less of that trademark “American Disney cheer.” About 9 rides broke down while we were on them or while we were in line. The parks are really fun, but they didn’t quite live up to our expectations after visiting Disney World in Florida. Thankfully, the tickets were much cheaper, so we didn’t mind much, and we still had a really fun time.
Note: I had a lot of trouble buying last minute tickets on line from both the official website and other sellers. I’d recommend buying in person if you come during the off season, or, if you’re visiting, asking your hotel concierge for help! Some ticket deals are only available online.
Have you been to any of the international Disney Parks? What are your thoughts?