If you’re a Disney fan looking for things to do in Disneyland® Paris, you’ll want to make sure you get the most out of your visit and pack in as much as possible. That’s why we’ve put together a handy guide of the 10 things you MUST do during your visit to help you out.
If you’ve already booked your Disneyland® Paris tickets, make sure you read our list before you go for a bit of Disney inspiration…
1. Meet your favourite characters
A visit to Disneyland® Paris wouldn’t be complete until you’ve met your favourite characters. There are plenty of opportunities to do just that at both Disney Parks. If you want to meet Disney royalty, make sure you visit the Princess Pavilion at Disneyland® Park. You never know exactly who you’re going to meet here, but the likes of Cinderella, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty often make an appearance.
Over in the Walt Disney Studios® Park, you’ll be able to get up close to heroes like Spider-Man, Buzz Lightyear and Goofy. Don’t leave without meeting the mouse that started it all - Mickey! You’ll find him waiting to give you a huge hug in Fantasyland at Disneyland® Park - this is a Disneyland® Paris must-do!
2. Admire the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle
The famous Sleeping Beauty Castle is an icon for Disneyland® Paris, instantly recognisable and guaranteed to put a smile on your face. This is one of the first things you’ll see when you enter the park and we’d suggest going here first to take a selfie (or two!).
See if you can spot the hidden dragon while you’re there. This life-sized dragon (aka Maleficent) is hiding underneath the castle entrance. Dare to wake her up and you’ll hear just how loud she roars!
3. Watch Disney Stars on Parade
Disney Stars on Parade is an absolute must-see. Make sure you get a good viewing spot early because you won’t want to miss this! Watch in awe as your favourite characters make their way through the park on a series of dazzling floats. You’ll spot familiar faces from The Lion King, The Jungle Book, and Toy Story to name a few, plus you’ll get to see Disney sisters Anna & Elsa on their very own icy float.
There’s music, dancing and even a fire-breathing dragon! The parade usually takes place in the early evening but be sure to check the exact time when you arrive so that you don’t miss out.
4. Take the Studio Tram Tour
This is one of our favourite attractions at the Walt Disney Studios® Park, not only because it’s great fun but also because it lets you go behind the scenes to discover some of the secrets of the movies.
You’ll climb aboard a tram, before being taken on an exciting behind the scenes tour, where you’ll see full-scale movie sets and props. We don’t want to give too much away because this is something really special that you should check out for yourself, but be prepared to see lots of special effects up close!
5. Try the amazing rides
There are so many great rides at the Disneyland® Paris theme parks and we’d suggest trying to fit in as many as possible during your visit. It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting with little ones, in a group or as a couple, there really is something for everyone.
If you’re a serious thrill-seeker, make sure you try the exhilarating rides like Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, as these are two of the most popular rides at Disneyland® Paris. We’d also recommend braving Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the breath-taking Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril coaster.
Star Wars fans will love Star Tours The Adventures Continue, which takes you on an action-packed journey to a galaxy far, far away and the all-new Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. If you’re looking for something that the whole family can enjoy together, Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s a Small World, Crush’s Coaster (you’ll recognise Crush from Finding Nemo!) and Ratatouille: The Adventure are just a few of the fun rides you’ll find.
6. Brave the Tower of Terror
We may have already mentioned this one, but we think this deserves a place on our list all by itself because it's one of our favourites! The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is one of the most popular Disneyland® Paris attractions. If you’re a serious thrill-seeker, you’ll definitely want to make sure that this is on your must-do list.
Step inside a rickety lift and get ready for the eerie ascent to the 13th floor. You’ll be plunged into total darkness and sent hurtling towards the ground, before racing back up (and down!) again when you least expect it. Make sure you hold on tight because you’re in for a hair-raising ride.
7. End the day with Illuminations
Illuminations is an incredible night-time show that takes place each night at Disneyland® Paris. This stunning performance is truly unforgettable and is sure to be a highlight of your holiday. Get a good viewing spot in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle and watch in awe as the night sky is filled with bursts of colour.
A dazzling light show projects images of classic Disney Characters onto the castle walls and you’ll be able to relive iconic moments from your favourite Disney movies including Frozen, The Lion King, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Beauty and the Beast and much more. There are lasers, mist, dancing water fountains and of course, lots of fireworks in this epic night-time spectacular.
8. Watch the NEW Mickey’s PhilharMagic
If you’ve been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, you might already be familiar with this fantastic show as it made its debut at the Magic Kingdom Park back in 2003. If not, Mickey’s PhilharMagic is a heart-warming performance that sweeps you away into the world of Disney, immersing you in the most iconic Disney stories. You can now see this fun-filled show at Disneyland® Paris and it really is a must-see.
This amazing 4D show is where Disney magic meets Disney music! Join Donald Duck on a whirlwind tour of some of the most memorable songs in Disney animation history. Listen out for “A Whole New World” from Aladdin, “Be Our Guest” from Beauty & the Beast, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King and much, much more. This show is something you’ll remember long after your visit to Disneyland® Paris has come to an end.
9. Try the all-new Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
If you’re a Disney fan (who isn’t?) we’re sure you’ve heard of the famous Space Mountain ride. Back in 2017, this popular ride received an exciting new Star Wars makeover, transforming it into the all-new Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. If you’ve experienced this iconic ride before don’t worry, all of the thrilling ride elements you know and love are still there but now with an exciting Star Wars theme!
Get ready to enlist in the Rebel Alliance, blast through a swarm of TIE fighters and blow up a menacing Star Destroyer as you hurtle through space at top speed!
10. Dine at Bistrot Chez Rémy
If you want to make your visit to Disneyland® Paris even more special, why not treat yourself to a mouth-watering meal at Bistrot Chez Rémy. This restaurant is inspired by the Disney Pixar classic - Ratatouille. Everything inside is super-sized, to make you feel as though you’ve shrunk down to the size of Rémy. There are giant umbrellas, cookbooks and cutlery all around the restaurant, so make sure you admire your surroundings while you’re there.
There are different set menus to choose from with tasty dishes like grilled steak, roasted cod, sea bass and sun-dried tomato ravioli. For dessert, you can choose from sweet treats like chocolate mousse, apple tart, tiramisu and a rich chocolate cake.
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