A first trip as a couple is already pretty special. But ours became even more special because we were able to make one of our dream come true: visiting Disneyland. As avid Disney fans, we didn’t even think twice about saving one day out of our Paris trip to visit Fantasy World.
When the day arrived, we were both super excited. We woke up early and got on the metro quickly to arrive as soon as the doors opened. We wanted to make the most of our day – and that we did.
We bought our tickets and immediately felt butterflies in our stomachs from how nervous we were to finally be making our dream come true. We walked in and just looked at each other in disbelief: we were both smiling wide from ear to ear, not unlike the little kids who passed by us hand-in-hand with their parents.
But we had no time to lose! So, we got to work and started exploring the park. With our Fastpass, we were able to go on every ride (some even more than once!) and we even had time to watch the evening parade with all of our favorite Disney characters.
As the day came to a close, we left the park and our eyes were shining from the excitement of it all. We spent every minute heading back to our hotel reliving the best moments of the day and there was only one thing on our mind: we wanted to go back!
But, since not everyone has the opportunity to visit __ more than once (and it’s definitely not because no one wants to!), here are our top tips to make the most of your day at Disney:
HOW TO GO
The most common way to get to Disneyland is by train. Take the metro to the Chatelet Les Halles station and, from there, take the RER A train to Marne La Vallée. If you’re traveling directly from Charles de Gaulle airport to Disneyland, you can take the train from the TGV station to Disney (Marne La Vallée).
WHEN TO GO
Like we said, we got to the park as soon as the doors opened. The park is open from 10am to 9pm (and if you stay at a Disney hotel, you can be there from 8am till 10pm!) and the first train to Disney leaves at 5:30am from Chatelet Les Halles. Trains leave every 15 minutes after that.
KEEP IN MIND: As any other tourist attraction, the park will be busier during the holidays. Remember to check the French school calendar if you want to avoid visiting the park during the French school holidays, which occur at different times than the rest of Europe.
This will be your best friend during your day at Disney! The Fastpass is free and allows you to schedule a time to visit the park’s most popular rides. That way, you don’t have to wait in never-ending queues and you can make the most of your day!
WHERE TO EAT
We had lunch at the Pinocchio restaurant and we definitely recommend you arrange one of your meals at one of the park restaurants. We know they’re a little more expensive, but hanging out with your favorite Disney characters is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And we felt like we were in the midst of a totally new Disney movie, made just for us.
DON´T MISS THE PARADE
In the evening, drop everything you’re doing and head to the Sleeping Beauty Castle. We skipped dinner, grabbed some quick hot dogs and headed there to watch our favorite characters say goodbye to us for the last time with music, dance and fireworks. It was an amazing moment and we’re definitely glad we didn’t miss it! (PS – if you want the best view of the parade, head to the castle about an hour before it starts!)
The Disneyland Park is open every day from 10am until 9pm and the Walt Disney Studios Park is open every day from 10am until 7pm. Ticket prices start at €47 for adults and can go up to €99 with different perks. Check out Disney’s official website for more information on temporary closures for certain rides.