How to visit Disneyland Paris in 1 day? I went to Disney Paris 4 times, when I was still a teenager, but also later when I was older. With age, we do not visit Disney in the same way. Here you will find all you need to know: our advices, the best time to visit Disneyland Paris, but also how long the visit will take. Let’s go!
1. How to prepare your visit to Disneyland Paris and enjoy it?
Here is some key information for visiting Disneyland Paris.
1.1. How to get to Disneyland from Paris?
You have 3 solutions to visit Disneyland Paris in 1 day or more: either take the RER A, or the TGV from CDG airport, or go there by car.
RER A. Well, we all know that the RER A is not the most pleasant transport in Paris. But to go to Disneyland, it’s quite convenient. The RER exit is close to the entrance to the park, it’s well done. In addition, in the morning, even on weekdays, the RER towards this direction, from Paris outwards, is not crowded. Same in the evening. Management: Marne La Vallée. Stop: Marne La Vallée–Chessy. If you have the Navigo card, it’s good, it’s included. Otherwise, you must take a 5-zone ticket.
TGV from CDG airport. If you come to visit Disneyland Paris in 1 day, you may come by plane to Paris. For you, it is then possible to go directly from CDG airport to Disneyland Paris by TGV, without going through Paris. Look for timetables on the SNCF website. Otherwise, it is also possible to book a taxi.
Taxi. It is also possible to get there by taxi from Paris. It takes about 40 minutes to get to Disneyland from Paris for 70€ on KiwiTaxi.
Parking. Disneyland Paris car parks are chargeable: count 30 euros / car. So, it is also possible not to pay for parking, but it’s more hassle. The trick would be to go to the parking lot of the Val d’Europe shopping center, then take the RER A for one station… Indeed, you will save money, but waste time and energy. And in the end, you will enjoy the place less. It’s my point of view.
1.2. Where to buy skip-the-line tickets for Disneyland Paris?
There are thousands of places where you can buy Disneyland Paris tickets.
For example, you can go through this platform to buy your day ticket for Disneyland Paris. You can take adult and child tickets by indicating the age before booking. It’s a good plan to visit Disneyland Paris.
1.3. Tips for visiting Disneyland Paris in 1 day
There is of course the choice of when you will visit Disneyland Paris (I give some information below), but that’s not all. Whatever the time of your visit, I think it’s good to prepare 2-3 things in advance to be more serene and relaxed, so enjoy it more. This is my main tip for visiting Disneyland Paris.
Map of Disneyland Paris. Take a look at the official Disneyland website to prepare for your visit: see the interactive map. This will allow you to better orient yourself on D-Day, and therefore save time once there. What interests you, if you come to visit Disneyland Paris in 1 day, is the part on the left: the Disney Park (the main, the oldest) and the Walt Disney Studios Park (the “new”).
Official mobile app. In order to find your way around even better, but this time on site, consider the official Disneyland Paris mobile application. The advantage? You can see attraction wait times in real time! But also calculate travel times between attractions. Super handy for saving time. And it’s free.
Good to know. Basically, the main and oldest park is more made for the little ones, while the Walt Disney Studios Park will interest the older ones more. Although there is something for everyone in both parks. Prepare a short itinerary in these two parks. In order to save time, do one park first, then the second.
2. How long to visit Disneyland Paris?
You can spend the whole day there! From opening to closing. There will be plenty to do. But it all depends on your stamina. 🙂 Because it’s pretty exhausting all the same. It is for this reason that I advise you to prepare your visit in advance.
I would say that 6-7 hours is the maximum to enjoy the most. If you do more, then it will be necessary to plan real moments of calm breaks. On the other hand, the travel time must also be taken into account.
How long to visit Disneyland Paris, if you come by RER from Paris? Add at least 2 hours, 2 hours 30 more.
3. When is the best time to visit Disneyland Paris?
Here is a ranking of the best time to visit Disneyland Paris to the worst time:
- The best time to visit Disneyland Paris is on weekdays, avoiding Wednesdays if possible. Because it is clearly during the week that Disneyland Paris is quieter and you can enjoy the attractions with less waiting and in a more relaxed way.
- The 2nd best time is the weekends in January, February, April and November, excluding school holidays.
- Outside these periods, there are many more people at Disneyland, and the visit is less pleasant.
Unfortunately, but nothing surprising: school holidays are the worst time to visit Disneyland Paris. At least you know it, and are ready.
Good to know! In the evening, 2-3 hours before closing, there are fewer people than in the morning. Every time I went it was quieter, which isn’t surprising either, since there are a lot of kids. But it’s good to know, because the show and the fireworks are really cool to see!
Visiting Disneyland Paris in 1 day is completely possible, but you have to choose the attractions you want to do in advance, because you won’t be able to do everything. Try to avoid school holidays. And if that’s not possible, prepare your visit more: choose what you want to do and imagine an itinerary, or a small plan for the day. Even if it will change, at least you won’t waste time in the park in hesitation or orientation.
We wish you a great visit! And if you go to Paris, you can also take the opportunity to do non touristy activities: Unusual things to visit in Paris.