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!
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 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.
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
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.