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Is Disneyland Paris Worth It?

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.

Julia

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  • Julia

    Yes you must!! Such a fun way to spend a day 😀 When are you moving abroad?

    • Well we both have to finish our degree so probably summer of 2016.

      • Julia

        Oh you have to keep me updated for sure, excited where you’ll end up going!

  • Julia

    Ahh yes, the most dreamy Paris sunlight 😀 I haven’t been to the one in Japan (yet), although I’ve been to Tokyo before. Didn’t even cross my mind back then, because, as I said, I used to be a hardcore skeptic 😀

  • Disneyland Paris is a great park for the rides and overall experience, but the food was a no no for me. I have a dairy allergy and for people with any allergy, they only offer three (nasty) frozen meals. If you stay longer than a day, you’ll definitely run into some food problems, so I can’t agree with you more on bringing outside meals. But you’re so right on the lines and rides being awesome!
    Thanks for a great post!

    http://vivianandme.com/the-disney-experience-with-an-allergy-disneyland-paris/

    • Julia

      Oh no, I am so sorry to hear that! That honestly sucks, one would think that they would have more option available for people with allergies. Just read your blog post, thank god that the customer service ended up being good at the restaurant!

      Thank you for reading! :)

  • Robyn

    I haven’t been to Disneyland since I was a kid! Definitely dreaming of returning! Cheers for the tips :)

    http://www.thetechgypsy.com

    • Julia

      Of course, thanks for reading and following along :)

  • agnes doyle

    Thank you for this post! I dream about going to Disneyland Paris! I hope it will be soon :)))

    xoxo

    Floor cleaning Fulham

    • Julia

      Wishing for you that you get there some day! Thanks for reading :)

  • When I was living in Paris I was always desperate to go to Disneyland and I foolishly never made it. Now I’m kicking myself because it costs more for me to fly to France first to go there! I’ve been to the Florida one as a kid but I think the Paris one is way more up my street!

    • Julia

      But that’s what next time is for 😀 I really hope you make it back soon, and thanks for reading :) xx Julia

  • Naomi

    I’m a HUGE Disneyland lover. I’ve been to the ones in Paris, Anaheim & Florida and I think all parks have it’s advantages. What I love about the Paris location the most is hands down the firework show. Like you said, it’s absolutely magical! xo // Naomi in Wonderland

    • Julia

      Yess, the fireworks show!! So glad that there’s someone else out there to vouch for me 😀 Thanks for reading and I love your blog, I’ve given you a follow on Bloglovin’! xx Julia

  • Tailored and true

    Sounds super fun! One day I’ll make it there…

    http://www.tailoredandtrue.wordpress.com

    • Julia

      I really hope you do! Thanks for reading :)

  • Love your blog! Super cute! I always go to the disneyland in California, but have always wanted to check out the one in Paris!

    http://www.littleblackshell.com

    • Julia

      Recommend it so much, I hope you get the chance to one day! :)

  • Thanks for the information!! love it!
    xo

    http://martaskripnik.blogspot.com

    • Julia

      Glad I could help! :)

  • I am going to Paris in a month and your blog has some amazing info and tips, loves it
    http://www.populairelife.co.uk

    • Julia

      Thanks girl! :)

  • Jenny Lynn

    I was just in Paris a couple weeks ago! I didn’t have time to go to Disney, but hopefully next time! I love Disneyland in California!

    http://thedishydarling.blogspot.com/

    • Julia

      Ohh I really hope you make it next time, seriously so fun!

  • Cocktailsandcatwalk

    love the post details! want to go there again!
    http://www.cocktailsandcatwalk.com

    • Julia

      Thanks so much!

  • lovely post ! i love Disney Paris I went there few times :)

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Julia

      It’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? 😀 Thank you! :)

  • nice post!!

    • Julia

      Thanks! :)

  • Elise Angelopulos

    This is a great post especially for families who are questioning if going abroad for an attraction they have stateside is worth it! I’ve always wanted to stop in and check out the Paris version of Disneyland..good points! Elise

    http://www.madeforelise.com

    • Julia

      That’s exactly what I was aiming for, thanks for the awesome compliment 😀 Hope you can make it some day, soo worth it :)

  • I’ve only been to the one in California, but I would love to visit the Paris and Orlando Parks. Unfortuantly I didn’t have enough time on my most recent trip to France. Great post! :)

    http://www.mintnotion.com

    • Julia

      That means that there’s always an excuse to come back 😀 Thank you so much and thanks for reading!