Planning a trip to Disneyland in France? Check out this post for the 10 most exciting things to do in Disneyland Paris!
First off, as someone who has been to Disney World Orlando twice, I never thought Walt Disney would be crazy enough to build another resort in another country!! But… apparently he is. For anyone who’s not familiar with this resort, Disneyland Paris is another Walt Disney resort based near Paris in Coupvray, France. It shares a couple of similarities with the other two U.S. Disney resorts, but on it’s own, Disneyland Paris has it’s own Parisian twist. So, if you’re looking for a Disney experience full of crepes, baguettes and fondue, you’ve come to the right place! Here are 10 most exciting things to do in Disneyland Paris!
Ride Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain (things to do in Disneyland Paris)
Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain at Disneyland Paris is a Star Wars-themed version of Space Mountain in Disney World Orlando. Launched in 2017, this ride follows after Space Mountain: From the Earth to the Moon and Space Mountain Mission 2. The catapult system on the ride resembles a real-life aircraft carrier with a 32 degree tilt, so, don’t be surprised if you feel like you’re going to catapult into outer space. The ride is meant to assimilate Star Wars with the help of music, engineering and special effects.
In fact, you’ll notice some Star Wars scenes play out as the ride progresses. One scene in particular takes place during the Battle of Jakku, the final confrontation between the New Republic and the last members of the Galactic Empire. So, if you’re planning on doing this ride, get ready! It will probably take you through some loops, spins, and inversions.
Try a Breton Pancake (things to do in Disneyland Paris)
The French version of an American pancake, Breton pancakes are something you need to try in Disneyland Paris. Larger and thinner than the American pancake, Bretons come in two different flavors: sugar and chocolate. To purchase one at Disneyland Paris go to Cafe Fantasia, March Hare Refreshments or NY Style Sandwiches to find them.
Explore Sleeping Beauty’s Castle (things to do in Disneyland Paris)
An iconic landmark, Sleeping Beauty’s castle is definitely a must-see at Disneyland Paris! Known as one of the most visited castles in Europe, its renovation took almost a year to complete. So, if you haven’t been to the castle yet, you’re in for a surprise! With 14 shades of pink, the castle has been completely repainted from top to bottom. In fact, with the help of many painters, imagineers, and craftsmen, the castle has also been embellished with 41,000 gold leaves and 19,000 slate tiles. So, if you’re looking for a sign to visit the castle, this is it! Embrace the magical moments while you’re there and take in the beautiful scenery!
Visit Alice’s Curious Labyrinth (things to do in Disneyland Paris)
Alice’s Curious Labyrinth is a maze that lets you wander through your own adventure at Disneyland Paris. As an attraction, it helps you follow the footsteps of Alice as you make your way to the Queen of Hearts’ castle. Down the White Rabbit’s hole, you’ll encounter famous magical creatures, decipher conflicting symbols and meet the famous Cheshire cat. So, if you’re looking for an adventure, you’ve come to the right place! Alice’s Curious Labyrinth will take you on an adventure in Wonderland where a Cheshire cat-sized smile awaits you at every corner.
Grab a Croque-Monsieur at Market House Deli (things to do in Disneyland Paris)
The Croque-Monsieur is a French hot sandwich that’s made with ham, cheese and toasted bread. The name itself comes from the French word croque that means “to bite” and the French word monsieur that means “mister”. The dish was created by Michel Lunarca in 1910 and it was used as a quick snack in French bars and cafes. So, if you’re interested in trying out the Croque-Monsieur for yourself, go to the Market House Deli on Main Street U.S.A to purchase one.
Enter Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril (things to do in Disneyland Paris)
Opened in 1993, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril is a roller-coaster attraction in Disneyland Paris where guests are taken on a mining train through a lost temple. Based on the Indiana Jones movie franchise, the ride itself gives the visitor the experience of what it’s like to walk in the shoes of the famous explorer. From the start, the ride begins at the top of an excavation site as it twists, turns and plunges around the ruins. So, if you’re planning to visit the ride for the first time, you’re in for a thrill! The Indian Jones and the Temple of Peril will take you on the ride of your life all in one minute.
Scream Your Soul Out at the Tower of Terror (things to do in Disneyland Paris)
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is an accelerated dark drop tower ride that is a based on a popular television series called The Twilight Zone. As a result, the ride begins upward into a tower of darkness as spooky spectres begin to materialize in a lengthy hallway. These spectres are otherworldly tower inhabitants from 1939 that will ask you to come join them in the midst of their appearance. Once they dematerialize, the ride will stop at a looking glass where you’ll have the opportunity to see your reflection. Once it fades, the ride will free fall down to the bottom of the shaft before unexpectedly launching to the top! So, if you’re interested in riding this ride, don’t let the horror of this experience scare you. You may shriek in terror from The Twilight Zone but you’ll eventually make it back to the real world.
Purchase a Crepe from the Crepes Cart (things to do in Disneyland Paris)
Crepes are such a signature staple in France, so, it’s only fair that you get one in Disneyland Paris too! To purchase a crepe at Disneyland Paris, go to any crepe cart vendor located in the park. If you have trouble finding one, look next to the Ratatouille ride. Once you’re there, order the Nutella crepes. From what I’ve heard, they’re thin, warm and filled with the just right amount of filling.
Meet your favorite Disney Princesses (things to do in Disneyland Paris)
Make you way down to Princess Pavilion at Disneyland Paris to meet some of your favorite Disney princesses. These princesses include but are not limited to: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and possibly even Princess Tiana. They will be open for autographs and pictures throughout the day so be sure to stop by if you can!
Get Dinner at Bistrot Chez Remy (things to do in Disneyland Paris)
Bistrot Chez Remy is a famous restaurant at Disneyland Paris that features French cuisine at a Parisian bistro. The restaurant was modeled after the Disney-Pixar film Ratatouille where guests are shrunk down as rats while the kitchen stuff is larger than life. To make a reservation at this location be sure to download the Disneyland Paris app 2 months in advance. From there, the app will let you book or cancel a table within minutes. Alternatively, you can also contact the park at +33160306053 to book a reservation with an expert.
Things to do in Disneyland Paris FAQs
To end this post, I thought I would finish it off with a beautiful GIF as well as some frequently asked questions about things to do in Disneyland Paris!
– How do I get to Disneyland Paris from the Paris center?
To get to Disneyland Paris from the Paris Centre, you need to take a commuter train from the city. The Regional Express Network (RER) in Paris has a train called Line A that terminates at Marne-la-Vallee station. This station is right next to the front gates of Disney Village and the theme parks at Disneyland Paris. Line A can also be boarded at Gare de Lyon, Chatelet Les Halles, or Charles de Gaulle Etoile! Use the metro map as a reference if you need directions. Tickets can also be purchased at any office in the station or at an automated vending machine.
– How much are the tickets?
The ticket prices at Disneyland Paris vary depending on how long you want to stay. If you are just visiting the parks for a day, I would recommend purchasing a dated ticket. For one adult, the price starts at $93.22. However, if you end up staying longer the price will be cheaper for each day.
– Do I need to know French in order to go?
No, all employees at Disneyland Paris speak English very well, so there’s no need for you to study up on your French. However, if you do choose to speak in French throughout your visit, it will be very welcomed by the French.
Overall, I really hope you found some interesting things to do for your trip to Disneyland Paris! Let me know in the comments down below if you’ve been to Disneyland Paris or are planning to go to Europe in the future. I would love to hear from you!
We are surprising our girls with a day at the Park in June. So excited. Great to read some of your tips, especially for making reservations.
I hope you and your girls have fun!!
I cannot believe I have never been to Disneyland Paris! After reading your post I want to go even more! Thanks for sharing.
You’re so welcome Francesca!
I’d love to visit Disneyland Paris! What a magical experience. That Breton pancake looks delicious!
Yes it does!! Crepes in France are to die for
Great tips on what to do at Disneyland Paris! I visited a while ago but would love to go back again and cross some of these things off my list.
That’s awesome!! I didn’t get the chance to go when I was last in Paris.
Great post! I will be sharing it with my friend who loves all things Disney!
Thanks Yvonne, I hope your friend likes it!