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Disneyland Paris: The ultimate guide to your first visit

The Ultimate Guide to Disneyland Paris!

As a life long Disney lover, the first time I got to travel to a foreign Disney Park was crazy! I’ve been going to Walt Disney World since before I was even able to walk, and travel a few times a year down there still to this day. Even though my family and I have a set route to conquer as much as we can in our “home park”, we had no idea what to expect on our first trip to Disneyland Paris. I’m sharing all of the tips and tricks that helped us have an amazing experience our first time, and every time after that!

Disneyland Park

The first park that I’m going to talk about is the traditional Disneyland park. This is the equivalent of the Magic Kingdom in WDW. One of our favorite rides is the Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain which is located in Discoveryland. We are pretty big fans of Star Wars, so we never miss this section of the park! Unlike our castle back at home, Disneyland Paris features Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. There is also a unique attraction underneath the castle that you shouldn’t miss! In my opinion, the best ride is Phantom Manor! This is a Haunted Mansion like attraction that features a creepy story, and ties the entire story of Frontierland together!

You can find tons of your favorite Disney rides located in this park. Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Big Thunder Mountain all have homes here too! If you are looking for a more traditional Disney experience, this is definitely the park to choose. Disneyland Paris still has the manual Fastpass tickets which require you to put your park ticket into the machine. For those of you visiting from the US, you better know your military times!

Where to eat in Disneyland Park

Two of our favorite table service locations are Auberge de Cendrillon and Captain Jacks! Auberge de Cendrillon, located in Fantasyland, is the only character dining that I have on the list! This is incredibly popular, and you should make some reservations if you plan on visiting. This is a great option if you are looking to have a nicer sit down meal during your visit. Captain Jacks is so fun too! This is located within the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and the ride basically becomes part of the dinner show. Captain Jacks is located in Adventureland, and has a separate entrance than the ride FYI!

There are three counter service places that we visit during our trips. The first is Fuente del Oro Restaurant which is currently Coco themed! I loved the movie Coco, and seeing a giant Dante was enough for me. This is a Tex-mex option located in Frontierland. Honestly, there are a lot of Tex-mex options in Disneyland Paris! Next, Colonel Hathis Pizza Outpost! This might just stem from my love for the Jungle Book, but after eating tons of French cuisine, pizza can really hit the spot. It is usually not too crowded, and has tons of seating! Au Chalet de la Marionette is also a great option in Fantasyland!

Walt Disney Studios Park

If you have ever been to Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, this is the Disneyland Paris equivalent to that! This park features some staples such as Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and  a few Paris exclusives! Luckily for us, one of the best rides at Disneyland Paris is on its’ way to Epcot as we speak! Ratatouille: The Adventure puts you in the kitchen with Remy and Linguini, and is an amazing ride experience. Also, the themeing in that area of the park is off the charts!

Another ride that you cannot miss is Crush’s Coaster! No matter how long the wait is, just hop in line! It is one of the few rides that actually surprises me every time, and makes me squeal with laughter at the grand age of almost thirty! This ride also has a single rider line if you want to get through the line a little bit quicker! Other than the rides I mentioned, there is a Toy Story land with some super cute rides too! This park is also home to Lights, Motor, Action which used to be at Hollywood Studios!

Where to eat in Walt Disney Studios Park

There are only one restaurant really worth mentioning in this park. The first and most important is definitely Bistrot Chez Rémy! It basically shrinks you down to the size of a little rat so that you can have an amazing dinner with Chef Remy! This backs up to the ride, so during your exit, you can get a great glimpse inside. This is a traditional French menu, and is a little on the pricey side, but an amazing experience. If you are going to have one nice dinner at Disneyland Paris, this is it!

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      October 8, 2018 / 1:23 pm

      Thanks so much!

  1. October 8, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    We’ve wanted to do Disney for awhile now but my husband travels so much for work that we’ve settled on Disneyland Paris while we’re overseas in January. I’ve bookmarked this post for future use!

    • admin
      October 9, 2018 / 10:05 am

      Oh yay! I’m glad that you get to go! You’ve got to stay at Disneyland Paris hotel, it is amazing!

  2. October 8, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    We have visited the Florida Disney park the most with a few visits to California. We have never been to Disney Paris but I’m sure my girls wouldn’t mind visiting.

    • admin
      October 8, 2018 / 3:02 pm

      I’ve spent so many days at WDW! Disneyland Paris is amazing, but it isn’t as amazing as Florida!

  3. October 8, 2018 / 4:34 pm

    I’m dying to go to Disneyland Paris! Have only been to WDW and Disneyland in California.

    • admin
      October 8, 2018 / 5:03 pm

      It’s amazing! Tokyo is my favorite!

  4. October 9, 2018 / 5:01 am

    Can I just start off by saying how absolutely GORGEOUS your blog is!?

    The last time I went to Disneyland Paris was when I was about 12/13 years old, so I reallyyyy need to go back again!! I’m hoping in the upcoming years that I can treat my little brother to a holiday there, as I know he’ll love it and I can’t let him go through life without witnessing it at least once and I’ll be sure to pick out some of these recommendations to make his trip all the better! 🙂 x

    • admin
      October 9, 2018 / 10:02 am

      Thanks so much girl, you’re so sweet! I never went to Disneyland Paris until I was 26! You’ve got to take him to Walt Disney World!

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