The Perfect One Day Itinerary For Disneyland Paris

Can you visit Disneyland Paris in one day?  Well we certainly think so and we’re here to show you how to do it with this Disneyland Paris one day itinerary.  I have wanted to visit Disneyland Paris since it first opened and was called Euro Disney and I was delighted when I got the chance to visit the park with my family recently as I’d waited a long time for this magical experience.

I was planning our visit to Disneyland Paris for weeks before we flew to France.  We were going to be guests at Holiday Inn Paris – Marne Le Vallee and flying with Air France.  If you are looking for cheap Disneyland Paris packages it’s a good idea to stay outside of the park like we did for big savings on your trip.  Access to Disney from Paris is excellent by train which gives you lots of hotel and accommodation options for a trip like this.

If you are taking young children to Disneyland Paris for the first time, my biggest tip is to keep your trip to the Disney park a secret for as long as you can.  We told our daughters they were going to be visiting Disneyland for a day trip just before we got on the train to the park, and this really helped to manage their excitement levels!

Disneyland Paris Entrance

How To Get To Disneyland Paris by Train

You will need the RER A route that goes from central Paris, Charles de Gaulle Etoile station to Marne-la-Vallée — Chessy station at Disneyland Paris. To travel the entire route takes around 45 mins and trains depart approximately every 15 minutes. The adult fare is €7.60  and a child’s ticket is €3.80. Trains run from around 5.30am to midnight.

Holiday Inn Paris – Marne Le Vallee where we stayed is an excellent hotel to access Disneyland Paris and the city of Paris by train as the station for this route is straight across the road from the hotel.  We found it really easy to take this train with the kids and would recommend using it as a way of getting to the park if you are staying here.

Disneyland Paris Parade

Disneyland Paris One Day Itinerary

My next big tip is to use the Disneyland Paris app to help plan your Disneyland Paris day trip.  It’s a great Disney Land Paris guide packed with useful information like a map of the park, wait times for rides and information on the different dining options.

The plan I put together to visit Disneyland Paris for our 3 and 5 year old daughters was based on their favourite Disney characters and how long they would be happy to wait for going on the rides given we only had one day to visit.  We also checked which rides were open on the day we were visiting Disneyland Paris so that we weren’t disappointed.  We also took into account the location of the rides so that we were not wasting time wondering all over the Disney park with small children.

Our Disneyland Paris Wishlist - One Day Itinerary

Disneyland Paris One Day Guide

  • On arrival head to Main St USA to explore the Discovery and Liberty Arcades
  • Autopia (ride) – Discoveryland (Daddy might go to the Star Wars attractions at the same time)
  • ‘It’s a small world’ (ride) – Fantasyland
  • Casey Jr. – le Petit Train du Cirque (ride) –  Fantasyland
  • Le Pays des Contes de Fées (ride) – Fantasyland
  • Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups (ride) – Fantasyland
  • Aim to get lunch at 11.45am to beat the queues
  • Mickey Presents “Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland (check show times)
  • Alice’s Curious Labyrinth (activity) – Fantasyland
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant  (ride) – Fantasyland
  • Disney Princesses: a Royal Invitation (check show times) – Princess Pavilon, Fantasyland
  • Le Carrousel de Lancelot (ride) – Fantasyland
  • Explore Sleeping Beauty Castle (activity) – Fantasyland
  • Disney Stars on Parade (time 5.30pm)

This one day itinerary is particularly suited to younger children, due to the short wait times on rides and because they are child friendly.  If you have older children, you may want to be a bit more ambitious with your choice of rides.

Where To Eat at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris Discoveryland

I’ve also thought about the different dining options available at Disneyland Paris, and have a list of places that I think are worth keeping in mind if you are only visiting the Disney park for a short time.

  • Market House Deli, Main St USA –  £, Quick Service, Snacks
  • Au Chalet de la Marionnette, Fantasyland – £, Quick Service
  • Victoria’s Home-Style Restaurant, Main Street USA – £, Quick Service, Snacks
  • Cable Car Bake Shop, Main St USA – £, Quick Service, Snacks
  • Cafe Hyperion, Discoveryland – £, Quick Service

For lots more ideas and inspiration for planning your visit to Disneyland Paris, check out these top tips from Our Bucket List Lives blog.

It’s with huge thanks to Holiday Inn and Air France that we are able to share with you our experience of  visiting Disneyland Paris with our children.  

Zena's Suitcase
Zena's Suitcase

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

Find me on: Web | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

16 Comments

  1. Rachel Butler
    May 19, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    Wow!!! I hope you all have a magical time! xoxoxo

  2. Evelina
    May 19, 2017 / 11:53 pm

    Sounds like a truly magical day! Have fun!

  3. Lorna Ledger
    May 20, 2017 / 5:33 am

    wow, hope you had a fantastic time! It is on my big bucket list xx

  4. Sarah Cooper
    May 21, 2017 / 10:17 am

    Wow! I really like the sound of your itinerary. Sounds like you will have great fun!

  5. MARGARET gallagher
    May 21, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    Lots to pack in to a short visit
    It’s certaintly Will be a MAGICAL experience

  6. Susie Wilkinson
    May 21, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    The Small World ride will send you crackers with the song they sing, it’s 9 years since we went, and I can still send my partner crazy by singing it!

  7. Vicky H
    May 21, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Amazing i hope you all had a great time can’t wait for when we go Disney.

  8. May 21, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    We’d love to go to Disneyland Paris one day so found this post really useful, thanks x

  9. John Jewett
    May 21, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    I was pleasantly suprised when i went to DP. I thought i would hate it,but quite the opposite. Probably enjoyed it too much lol

  10. Margaret Clarkson
    May 22, 2017 / 6:08 am

    It all sounds so wonderful, so many great experiences to fit it!

  11. May 29, 2017 / 11:05 am

    I remember being woken up from my sleep in the middle of the night when my then six year old song sang “It’s a small word” in his sleep. Ah, Disneyland. How magical the experience must have been for him!
    Veronica Lee recently posted…Tail & TroubleMy Profile

  12. Kayleigh Watkins
    July 18, 2017 / 1:23 pm

    What an amazing surprise, I think I would do the same otherwise like you my children would be over excited counting down the days, what a lot of things to pack into one day, I never plan ahead like you did, but will be next time we plan on going for a day out xxx

  13. Ashleigh Allan
    September 25, 2017 / 6:13 am

    Great itinerary. Sounds like a fun day. I love the parade. So magical

More About This UK Travel Blog

Whether you are looking for travel tips to make the most of your next cruise holiday or you need UK travel ideas we’ve got you covered on Zena’s Suitcase UK travel blog.  We started sharing our holiday and travel reviews in 2013, so if you can’t find the travel, family or lifestyle blog above you are after make sure you head over to the search bar to find what you need.  Think of us as one of the best travel blogs brimming with ideas to get you out and about with and without the kids.