Disneyland® Paris holidays


By Eloise Barker

Photography by @Disney

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Not everyone knows that Paris has two centres. There’s a regular one – and then there’s a magical one: Disneyland® Paris. Swap Champs-Élysées for Main Street, U.S.A® at Disneyland® Park, and whisk your family away on an adventure they’ll never forget.

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Disneyland® Park

Best for: Spend the day exploring this massive park’s five fantastic lands. There’s Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, Discoveryland and Main Street, U.S.A®.. Escape the real world for a little while. In the evening you’ll be able to watch the impressive Disney D-Light and Disney Dreams! at the end of every day above the castle. There’s something for everyone, and everything’s utterly enchanting.

The lowdown: Sleeping Beauty Castle forms the pretty-as-a-picture turretted centrepiece to Disneyland®. Park, the larger of the two parks.

Tips for little visitors: Float around on family adventures, riding “it’s a small world” and Peter Pan’s Flight.

Tips for bigger visitors: Run the gauntlet of fast rides from Star Wars™ Hyperspace Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean to Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril, and Big Thunder Mountain.

Walt Disney Studios®  Park

Best for: Film fans will be in paradise. There are some classic rides here that all Disney Park fans should experience, along with a host of newer adventures, too. This park celebrates Disney, Pixar and MARVEL, with rides from Cars ROAD TRIP to Spider-Man W.E.B Adventure and Avengers Assemble: Flight Force. Get ready for heroic encounters at every turn, requiring you to don your invisible Super Hero cape at Marvel Avengers Campus, ready to save the world from an intergalactic threat.

The lowdown: The smaller of the two Disney® Parks, Walt Disney Studios® Park lets everyone in on the secrets of Disney films – with sets that make it look like you’ve stumbled straight into the heart of Hollywood. The shows are also spectacular, you can catch Mickey and the Magician or the new Pixar Show premiering this summer.

Tips for little visitors: Pop into a classic Parisian kitchen at Ratatouille: The Adventure, which adds a French twist to family fun, or get swept along on Slinky® Dog Zigzag Spin.

Tips for bigger visitors: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ – still as deliciously scary as it ever was.

  • Cars ROAD TRIP, Walt Disney Studios® Park.
  • Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop, Walt Disney Studios® Park.
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle, Disneyland® Park.

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Marvel Avengers Campus

Get your best Spidey moves at the ready and lookout for Super Heroes looking for new recruits to help them save the day. Learn epic moves at Hero Training Centre, welcome the latest Wakanda warrior as Shuri, Princess of Wakanda, or join the Guardians of the Galaxy in a dance-off with Star-Lord and Gamora.

  • Marvel Avengers Campus, Hero Training Centre.

Where to stay

If you want the full Disney experience, then look no further than the Disney® Hotels. Situated as close to the Parks as can be, kids and adults alike will love the unique theming.

Know this: You'll have access to both Parks and Extra Magic Time so you can enter before they officially open. You'll also have the chance to meet Disney Characters at your hotel. They are a short walk or shuttle ride away, and there is plenty of free parking right by your accommodation and at the Park entrances if you've hired a car.

Budget: Disney Davy Crockett Ranch

Stay for: A relaxing stay in a natural environment, just 15-minutes’ drive away from the Disney® Parks – you'll need a car as there is no shuttle service. Choose between Trapper, Pioneer  and Premium Tribe cabins. The heated indoor swimming pool with waterfall, river stream and slide will go down a treat.

Know this: Your private forest cabin has everything you need for a self-catering break including a fully equipped kitchen, barbecue and picnic table.

Budget: Disney Hotel Santa Fe

Stay for: At this budget-friendly Disney hotel you'll feel like you've stopped off at a motel along Route 66, following the same route taken in Disney and Pixar’s Cars. The rooms carry the Cars theme through, complete with traffic cone-themed lights. The Rio Grande Bar is a popular spot for live music and La Cantina restaurant offers excellent European food in the ambience of a Santa Fe market.

Know this: Get into gear every morning where you’ll be greeted in the lobby by Mickey & Friends for that all-important souvenir selfie.

Mid-range: Disney Hotel Cheyenne

Stay for: Surrounded by saloons and Wild West-styled squares, you’ll feel as though you are starring in your own Western movie, especially when you're dining in the Chuck Wagon Café.

Know this: Rooms are decorated with a horseshoe on the door and a boot-shaped lamp. inspired by Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story films.

Mid-range: Disney Sequoia Lodge

Stay for: This Bambi-themed accommodation, surrounded by nature, provides a flavour of the great American outdoors, without compromising on home comforts. The rustic-style rooms are cosy, plus there’s a pool, fitness facilities and steam baths to enjoy.

Know this: Take a dip indoors, or out, at the Quarry Pool. With water games and slides, explorers of all ages will enjoy the two heated pools in a beautiful natural setting.

  • Standard Double Room, Disney Hotel Santa Fe.
  • Disney Hotel Cheyenne.

    Making memories

    Buy a Photopass and collect all your digital ride and character meet & greet images.£448 pp

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  • Disney Sequoia Lodge.

    Extra Magic time

    You'll have exclusive access before the gates open to the general public.£468 pp

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Luxury: Disney Newport Bay Club

Stay for: This is the largest hotel at Disneyland® Paris, perched on the water’s edge of Lake Disney, a stay at Disney Newport Bay Club feels like you’re right beside the seaside. The indoor pool has a themed boat for decoration too.

Know this: It's around a 15 minute' walk to Disneyland® Park and Walt Disney Studios® Park and the panoramic lakeside views are well worth it.

Luxury: Disney Hotel New York The Art of Marvel

Stay for: Experience all the energy and excitement of the Big Apple and witness over 350 pieces of original MARVEL® artwork. Get ready to bring home your very own marvel when your little ones knock out their masterpiece at The Marvel Design Studio. There's high demand for the Super Hero Station, so book your slot ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Know this: The spacious rooms reflect an art deco theme giving Manhattan vibes, and facilities include indoor and outdoor pools and an adults only sauna and steam room.

Luxury: Disneyland® Hotel

Stay for: This grand hotel will be better than ever when it opens again in 2024. Enjoying the best location, right at the entrance to Disneyland® Park. You'll feel the part when you book a stay in the Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Frozen or Tangled suite.

Know this:  Disneyland® Hotel is currently being renovated to make it more magical than ever and enhance its impeccable service and unrivalled Disney hospitality.​

  • The pool, Disney Newport Bay Club.

    Splash around

    The large pool at Disney Newport Bay Club provides the perfect antidote from a fast-paced day at the Parks.£477 pp

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  • Super Hero Station, Disney Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel.

    Special powers

    The Super Hero Station is reserved for hotel residents only.£580 pp

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  • The clock, Disneyland® Hotel

Why choose a Disney Meal Plan?

Booking a Meal Plan in advance not only helps your budget go that little bit further, but it also means you can often nab a table, at the most popular restaurants, when you reserve a spot up to 12 months in advance. Look out for those where you can dine with your favourite Disney Characters. But even counter service eateries are charmingly themed. Some of the highlights include PYM Kitchen – lab-themed and inspired by MARVEL’s Ant-Man & Wasp, here you’ll find supersized and tiny food experiments. Bistrot Chez Rémy, a Parisian bistro imagined from a rat’s eye view complete with oversized plates and kitchen utensils. Toad Hall Restaurant which serves tasty fish and chips in a whimsical setting recreating a British manor house and fine dining table service restaurant Walt’s – An American Restaurant located on Main Street, U.S.A® with a prime view of the parade.

Partner Hotels

As well as its Disney® Hotels, Disney has a range of Partner Hotels. Set just outside the resort, these can be a great value way to enjoy Disney from a hotel brand you know and trust – and some come with fantastic perks too, such as a free shuttle bus that will get you to the park gates in minutes.

What’s the best ticket?

Book your holiday with British Airways and you’ll be able to pre-book your Disneyland® Paris tickets before you travel. Best of all, if you book a Disney® Hotel, your park ticket is included in the total cost of your holiday. Alternatively you can add either a one-, two-, three- or four-day, two park ticket separately if you stay elsewhere.

If you book into a Disney® Hotel you’ll also get other magical perks, like Extra Magic Time. This allows you to visit the parks before they open to the general public, so you can enjoy quieter parks and shorter queues.

How do you get to Disneyland® Paris?

Sitting in Paris’ eastern suburbs, Disneyland® Paris is less than 15 minutes from Charles De Gaulle airport by TGV (high speed train). You can drive from the centre of Paris or you can travel on the RER A express train line, which takes around 35 minutes to reach Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy station.