Disneyland Paris is the most visited amusement park in Europe and awaits its visitors around 30 kilometres east of the French capital. It has many attractions, sights and childhood heroes to touch. Young and old are offered roller coasters, magical fairytale castles, adventure worlds and shows.
With around 15 million visitors a year, Disneyland attracts twice as many visitors as Paris' landmark, the Eiffel Tower. The park area is divided into two themed complexes: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studio Park. They cover an area of 22.3 square kilometres and offer more than 60 attractions, 70 restaurants, 16 hotels and many shows and events.
The Disneyland Park
In Disneyland Park, visitors can expect five themed areas. In Adventure land, as the name suggests, everything revolves around adventure. Here you can follow in the footsteps of pirates or ride a roller coaster. In Discovery land, Star Wars fans will get their money's worth with a ride on a spaceship. Fantasy land awaits you with childhood stories. Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, Pinocchio and many other childhood heroes are brought to life here in the attractions. The Wild West awaits you in Frontier land. Main Street, U.S.A. features a small fictional town with numerous shops in the middle of the park. Here, souvenirs ranging from stuffed animals to household goods can be shopped among the fairytale-like buildings.
Walt Disney Studios Park
Similar to Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studio Park offers a variety of attractions, rides and sights. The Walt Disney Studio Park is a little smaller, but still big enough to keep you busy for a whole day. There are four different areas: Front Lot, Production Courtyard, Toon Studio and Worlds of Pixar. Shows and seasonal events also take place here. With a few exceptions, most shows are included in the admission price.
A visit to Disneyland
The parade through the park, which starts every day at dusk, is highly recommended. Numerous Disney characters dance or ride on floats through the park. As Disneyland is usually very crowded, it is advisable to visit outside holiday periods or on weekdays. It is also helpful to know that tickets are only sold online.
Ideally, you should plan at least two full days for a visit to Disneyland Paris. As you often have to wait a long time for the rides, you should think in advance about what you really want to see. Disney also has 16 hotels available on site. Just over 70 restaurants and bars cater for your physical well-being during your stay.
Disneyland Paris contracts were signed in 1987. Disneyland, with its seven Disney themed hotels and the Disney Village, opened in 1992. At that time, there was only one park, Disneyland Park. From then on, not a year went by without new attractions. The second park, Walt Disney Studios Park, followed in 2002. In 2014, the opening of Disney's 60th attraction was celebrated. To this day, the two theme parks are constantly expanding. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary in 2022, more new attractions and shows are expected. Disneyland in Paris is the most visited theme park in Europe today.
Disney now has 14 parks worldwide, spread over five resorts. In addition to Disneyland in Paris, these include Asian resorts in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai, U.S. resorts in Anaheim, and the largest Disney resort in Orlando.
How to get there
Disney Paris is easily accessible by car, public transportation, and plane. Overnight accommodations are available on site.
Motorways provide easy access to Paris from Germany, and you do not need to go through the city itself. Disney World is about a five-hour drive from Frankfurt. French motorways sometimes require you to pay tolls of between 10 and 40 euros. You'll find a car park right next to the park. However, parking is quite expensive unless you stay in one of the Disney hotels.
Many German airports offer direct flights to Paris's Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports. You can take a shuttle bus directly to Disneyland from the airport.
From Stuttgart, Cologne, or Frankfurt am Main to Paris, it takes less than 4 hours by train. You can also take a night train from Munich or Rosenheim, for example.
Disneyland is also easily accessible by public transport from Paris. A stop directly in front of the parks is "Marne-la-Vallée / Chessy". The journey will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
On the Disneyland website, you can also find more information about how to get there.