I’m going to begin this post by saying that I’ve always been a major Disneyland skeptic. Sure it’s fun, but in the past I would under no means have classified it as the happiest place on Earth. I always went along because of the company that joined, and at the end of the day was always more than ready to leave. However, my experience at Disneyland Paris last fall completely changed this mindset. Click through to find out exactly why I too have fallen in love with Disney, and why I think that the pricey ticket is completely worth it.
So why is Disneyland Paris worth it? Let’s start with the points below:
- Lines are shorter.
- The rides where more fun! They offer more intensive roller coasters (I mean Disneyland level intense), which made it a whole lot more interesting for me.
- It’s a lot cleaner than the one in California.
- It way less crowded. I can even say that having gone on a Sunday with glorious weather for the most part. We never had to wait for more than 30 minutes, and the peoples masses were so much less.
Another reason what made this trip so worth it for me was the fireworks show at the end of the night. Not only were the fireworks spectacular, but I loved the little story and songs that went along with it. The cherry on top of the cake though? The fact that the whole show was based around the movie (and cartoon man) of my childhood: Peter Pan. That being said, the Peter Pan ride was also an amazing experience.
The day also ended up being quite cheap, due to various food discounts we got throughout the day. When I bought myself tea in the morning at the Walt Disney Studios Park (equivalent to California Adventure), I got a coupon for a free hot chocolate later in the day, redeemable in both parks.
Some tips for when you visit:
- Pack a picnic! Buy drinks throughout the day, but you can get much better and cheaper food at an outside Paris supermarket.
- Reach the park by taking the RER A. It’s the cheapest and fastest way. It leaves from major stations including Chatelet, Nation, and Charles de Gaule-Etoile.
- Arrive at opening time (10AM usually) and head into Walt Disney Studios Park first. That park is smaller (thus you can get through it quicker), and has the rides with the longest lines. Getting it done early will save you lots of waiting time.
- Stay for the fireworks show! This is a must.
- Dress in layers. It’ll be a long day, and Paris weather can be quite fickle.
- Buy some 3 Euro fudge on Main Street, it’ll rock your world.
- Know that the rides are different than their American counterparts! For example, Indiana Jones was way more intense in Paris. Fun for me, but if you are visiting with younger siblings or children be sure to do your research.
I hope that you have found this post helpful, and that it has inspired you to visit! What are your thoughts about the Disneyland theme parks? Skeptic or believer? Sound off in the comments below, and thanks for reading.