Planning a Trip to Disneyland Paris – The Ultimate Guide

March 16, 2014

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4. At the Disneyland Paris Parks

Disneyland Paris has two parks; Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios, so it’s often hard to know what to do first!

Here are some of the key things you should know about when deciding how to schedule your days at the parks:

FASTPASS®

FASTPASS is included with all of our Disneyland Paris tickets. This brilliant system allows you to reserve a specific time slot for a ride or attraction rather than standing in the queue, so you can go off to have fun elsewhere in the park and then jump straight on at your designated time!

Your FASTPASS can be used on these rides and attractions:

  • Ratatouille the Ride
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
  • Space Mountain: Mission 2
  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast*
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Star Tours
  • Rock’n’Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Flying Carpets over Agrabah

Find out the most important rides to use your Fastpass on!

Meeting the Disney Characters

Meeting Mickey!

Meeting Mickey!

Meeting the Disney characters is the most magical part of going to Disneyland – for children especially, but also for the big kids among us!

Here are some tips on how to give yourself the best possible chance of meeting some characters for a hug, an autograph and a photo.

Look in the Programme / Park Guide
Grab a programme on your first day at the parks, which will show you who’s going to be around. The programmes change on a weekly basis, so this is the best way to stay up-to-date on the character appearances.

Staying in a Disney Hotel?
If you’re staying at the resort, look out for character meet and greet points, which will usually have signs telling you when the characters will be available.

Meet Mickey Mouse and Princess Pavilion
These are permanent meet-and-greet locations, both located in Fantasyland, where you can meet Mickey Mouse and the Disney Princesses all day. Try to arrive early though as queues build up throughout the day.

More tips for meeting the characters at Disneyland Paris

The top rides and attractions

There’s so much to do at Disneyland Paris, there’s no way we could list it all! These are just some of the enduring favourites at each park:

At the Disneyland Park

Space Mountain: Mission 2 (Discoveryland)
Get ready to be fired from a supercharged cannon into the unknown, on a G-force filled thrill ride around meteorites, black holes and back again (Minimum height 1.32m)
“it’s a small world” (Fantasyland)
Perfect for little ones. Take a musical world tour as dolls from all over the globe sing and dance in an experience that’s sure to leave you singing “it’s a small world” too!
Big Thunder Mountain (Frontierland)
Hold tight as this runaway mine train weaves wildly through tunnels, across wind-swept sierras and even through rivers on a ride you’re sure to find a real blast! (Minimum height 1.02m)

Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular

Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular

At Walt Disney Studios

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ (Production Courtyard)
Face your fears amid the faded glamour of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, as you discover what happened to guests on the fateful night of October 31st 1939 before plunging 13 floors into The Twilight Zone (Minimum height 1.02m)

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith (Backlot)
Rock and roll up to 100km/h in under 3 seconds, then ride the music like a riffing, rocking road trip with 120 on-board speakers – all set to the driving beat of Aerosmith (Minimum height 1.20m)

Moteurs… Action! Stunt Show Spectacular (Backlot)
Action just went up a gear! Inspired by the film Cars 2, this jaw-dropping, fire-leaping, wheel-screeching car stunt show will leave its audience in a spin! (Please note this may not be suitable for much younger guests)

Visiting with Small Children?

Planning a trip to Disneyland Paris with your little one(s)? They’re going to have a blast! There are loads of fun rides that have no height restrictions and are perfect for small children (and great fun for grown-ups too!)

Find out which Disneyland Paris rides are great for toddlers

Disneyland Paris takes special care to cater for families with infants and children, with park facilities including:

  • High chairs and bottle-warmers at all Disney restaurants
  • Pushchair rental
  • Baby care centres, which provide an oasis of peace to feed, heat up baby food and change nappies.
  • Changing tables in all public restrooms
  • “Baby Switch”, which allows Mum and Dad to take turns on adult rides while one takes care of the baby, without having to queue for a second time.

The Disney hotels also provide:

  • Free cots and bottle warmers
  • Babysitting services
  • Nappies and baby food available in the Disney Hotel shops

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About the author

Farrah Hedwat

Farrah is AttractionTix’s resident Copywriter. A city girl at heart, her best-loved travel moments are exploring new cities across the world like Barcelona or Los Angeles. Farrah’s favourite things are eating, sleeping, shopping and animals (but mostly animals). Her pet hates are bad grammar and other writing-based “offences”.