Luke and I are that cringe pair who will opt for a Disney playlist over anything else (Leon Bridges being the only exception) and sing along to every song even after the third loop. So you can imagine our excitement when we decided to trade a day of creating Instagram content in the city for a day at Disneyland Paris. I’d been saving my Disney ears from a Halloween party 5 years ago for this very occasion.
In typical fashion, on the day we chose to experience all the Disney magic, it decided to rain. Heavily.
Getting to Disneyland Paris from the city centre: Get yourself on the RER A train which leaves every 15 minutes. It will take you directly outside the Disneyland gates – Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy is the stop you’re looking to get off at.
With the combination of arriving early and rain, it meant that Disneyland Park was pretty quiet when we first arrived so we used the obvious tactic of doing all the best rides first.
As you walk down the main street with the Sleeping Beauty Castle in view, you can’t help but have the biggest grin. The pastel coloured shops and cafes are a dream and the park is spotless. There can’t be rubbish in the place of dreams can there? You can spend a good while just admiring the buildings and looking at all the Disney gift shops.
The park was so quiet that the queues never took longer than 10 minutes. By midday, we’d ridden on all the rides we planned to and wondered why we hadn’t bought the ‘2 Park 1 Day’ ticket.
Around 4.30pm, you’ll begin to see people gather for the Disney Stars Parade that begins at 5pm. The majority of people will head to the main street and in front of the castle to watch but our advice would be to head towards ‘It’s A Small Word’ which should be a little less busy.
We think the parade is a must do but it’s also a great time for people to go to the busiest rides so if you’re not into people dancing around in costumes then you know what to do. However, the parade is so much fun to watch. The atmosphere is brilliant with everyone dancing along to the music. The fire-breathing Maleficent float is particularly impressive.
Then you have another couple of hours to go on the rides and grab a hot chocolate before the night-time show which absolutely cannot be missed. Even if your body is telling you to go home for warmth and food, don’t listen!
Projections on the castle, show Mickey passing through some of Disney’s most memorable stories. Also accompanied by a water display and fireworks. I’m not a huge fan of fireworks but they were brilliant (and weirdly quiet). It’s impossible to describe how truly amazing the show is so I won’t even attempt to. These photos will give you an idea 🙂
We loved our day at Disneyland Paris but here are a few things we would’ve done differently which may you may want to consider when visiting:
- We bought a 1 Day/1 Park ticket but regret not going with the 2 Park ticket as we found that there was plenty of time to do both. Plus, Walt Disney Studios Park has the ‘Tower of Terror’ and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster’ which makes the extra cost so worth it.
- Get a photo with a character! Mickey Mouse specifically!
- We don’t exactly wish we’d stayed in the Disneyland Hotel because well, it’s damn expensive but we’ve made a promise to each other that one day we are definitely staying on the Disneyland Paris grounds.