Last Minute to Disneyland Paris
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Europe's first and only Disney theme park is a riotous escape for families and loved ones. With quick and easy connections to Paris, you can choose from a number of hotels nearby or visit the theme park on a day trip. Don't know what to expect? Here are our highlights and tips for a fun-filled last-minute getaway at Disneyland Paris.
By far the star attraction at Disneyland Paris, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is a true must-do loaded with thrills and spills. This is essentially a high-concept log flume ride with swashbuckling animatronics and plenty of sea shanty songs. It features many of the characters from the beloved movie franchise among new characters who lead you through an enchanting pirate fortress. In the words of Captain Jack, "Drink up me hearties, yo ho!"
Phantom Manor is Disneyland Paris' very own haunted house ride, complete with plenty of ghosts and ghastly ghouls that go bump in the night. The slow-moving ride takes you through the ill-fated Ravenswood Estate, a haunted manor with an engaging backstory and plenty of scares. It gets busier at night, but it's well worth the wait - just not for the faint of heart!
Disneyland Paris' Hyperspace Mountain is a Star Wars-themed rollercoaster with eye-popping visual effects. It's one of the more intense of Disneyland's rides, with fast speeds and the occasional jolt. The ride takes place in a spaceship which is launched into space, where you'll shoot down surrounding TIE fighters and other imperial ships. Buckle up – and don't forget your lightsaber.
Disneyland Paris' evening illuminations are a real treat for the family. With fireworks, lasers, illuminated fountains and projections, it's a true spectacle of light and sound which takes place every night. The festivities kick off at the central plaza but feel free to explore the other nooks and crannies of the park after the show for more artful illuminations.
This one is sure to delight the little ones. You can catch the Disney stars as they parade on their dazzling floats. It usually starts at about 5:30 PM but arrive early to save your place. Look out for the magnificent fire-breathing Maleficent dragon float. You can also meet up with a wide range of characters throughout the day at designated selfie spots.
Disneyland Paris is located 32km east of Paris, in Chessy. There are many convenient ways to reach the park, including by rail, road and plane.
Passengers coming from Paris can take a direct train from Gare de Lyon station which arrives in Gare de Marne la Vallée in under forty minutes. It's just a short, well-advertised walk from the train station to Disneyland Paris. There are also excellent links to other locations in France, such as Lille. This is particularly useful for Eurostar customers, as they can take the train from London to Lille and then exchange to a TGV train.
As for road links, Disneyland provides many shuttle services from multiple Paris locations, and there are plenty of other similar services too. Many passengers coming from the UK opt to travel to Disneyland Paris by car via the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. From Calais, it takes roughly three hours to arrive when driving direct. Of course, you can also rent a car while in France to drive around at your convenience.
Disneyland Paris' closest airport is Paris Charles de Gaulle, although you can also use Paris Orly. Both airports are serviced by Disney's Magical Shuttle bus service, offering direct links to the theme park and partner hotels. Arrivals from Charles de Gaulle can also hop on a direct TGV train which takes just 9 minutes.
There are many ways to book your Disneyland Paris tickets. One of the most convenient methods is online via the Disneyland booking centre here. You'll be able to select between one or multi-day tickets, with the option to pre-buy shuttle bus connections too. If you don't know which day you're going to visit, you can buy a flex ticket which is valid for one year. If you're already in France, you can also buy tickets directly at the Disneyland Paris gates, or in associated FNAC stores, Metro ticket offices and some Parisian hotels.
Disneyland Park opens at 9:30 AM and closes at 6:00 PM daily. Visitors staying in a Disney-branded hotel are eligible for Extra Magic Time, allowing early entry at 8:30 AM, and stays within the park until 9:30 PM.