The Ultimate Guide to Disneyland Paris with Kids

I always thought Disneyland was overrated and quite childish until I went there and experienced it. I honestly couldn’t really understand when adults were talking about it with such excitement. But it turns out that there is nothing exaggerated at all, it is really a very fun and charming place that attracts people of all ages. So if you have a question about whether it is worth going to Disneyland, I can definitely say yes. If you are planning a trip to Disneyland, you have come to the right place. In this Disneyland Paris with Kids guide, you will find information that will answer every question you may have, from transportation to accommodation, from buying tickets to eating and drinking.

Disneyland Paris with Kids

Disneyland Paris Travel Guide

I would like to start by explaining some questions about Disneyland Paris that families are usually curious about.

At what age is Disneyland suitable for children?

You can take the kids from infancy, but the toys they can ride and the pleasure they will get will change at different ages. I recommend taking them after the age of 3 and I think the ideal age is 5.

When to go to Disneyland?

Disneyland is open all year round, but of course it is very crowded at some times. Especially in the summer months, it is much more crowded because schools are on vacation, the weather is nice and it gets dark later. In winter, although the crowds are less, it gets dark earlier, some of the rides may be closed and of course it is cold, so you have to wait in line in the cold, but winter tickets are much more affordable. I think it is best to go on weekdays in spring and fall.

How many days do you need for Disneyland?

If you are going to visit only 1 park in Disneyland and ride certain rides, 1 day is enough. If you are going to visit two parks and/or ride all the rides, you can spend 2 or 3 days. Normally you can visit 2 parks in 1 day, but it is a bit difficult due to waiting lines, and you might want to ride some of your favorite rides again.

How to buy Disneyland tickets?

Disneyland tickets are on sale on its own website. I know some websites that sell cheaper tickets, but I do not share them because I am not sure of their reliability, I recommend you to buy them from their own website. First of all, let me state that children between 0-3 years old enter the park for free, so there is no need to buy tickets for them. When you go to this page, there are options to buy a day ticket valid for 1 year or a day ticket for a certain date. Of course, it is cheaper to buy a ticket for a certain date. There are two parks in Disneyland Paris: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. When buying a ticket, you choose how many days you want to buy and whether you want to enter one park or two parks. Prices change according to these choices. Then you select the days you will go from the calendar screen where you can see the ticket prices on a day-by-day basis. Here you determine how many adult and how many child tickets you will buy. Child tickets are for ages 3-11 and are slightly more affordable than adult tickets. After this, you make your payment and the ticket purchase process is completed. Apart from these daily ticket sales, there are also hotel and park tickets that you can buy together in packages or yearly tickets. During the Christmas holiday period, weekends and special holidays, both prices and crowds increase, you can see them all on the calendar screen.

Disneyland Paris with Kids

How to get to Disneyland?

Disneyland is located far from the center of Paris. It is accessible by train from central Paris. You should go to a station where the RER A line passes from where you are staying and take the train in the direction of Marne-la-Vallee – Chessy. You will get off at this stop. If you want to stay close to the park, I will also talk about accommodations in the next part of the article. If you have a vacation plan that is completely focused on Disneyland, and going to stay in hotels in that area, you need transportation from the airport. Then you can take the TGV high speed train from Terminal 2 at Charles De Gaulle airport, it arrives at Disneyland in 10 minutes. There are also buses called Magical shuttle, but it takes 1.5 hours and costs a bit more than the train.

Disneyland Guide with Kids

I recommend Disneyland Park for families with younger children and Walt Disney Studios Park for families with older children. If you have more time, you can go to both anyway. Disneyland Park opens at 9:30am and closes at 9pm, while Walt Disney Studios Park opens at 9:30am and closes at 7pm. It is possible to bring the stroller into the park and there are stroller parking spaces next to the rides, so you don’t have to worry about that. If you don’t want to carry it with you, you can rent a stroller for a fee inside the park. Be sure to download the park’s app to see where are the rides and how long the wait times while you are wandering around Disneyland. Waiting times can be very long for some popular rides, you can get a fast track pass and ride the rides without waiting in line at certain times. This is not a paid app, but think of it as going to the ride area with fast track and making a reservation. There are around 50 rides in the park, some are open to everyone, some have height restrictions. You can find these restrictions on the park’s app or at the entrance of each ride. Finally, I recommend you not to miss the parade of Disney heroes at 5pm and the fireworks show at the end of the park.

Disneyland Paris with Kids

Disneyland Accommodation with Kids

You can get to Disneyland from anywhere in Paris, using the transportation I’ve described above, but it makes sense to stay at a nearby hotel, especially if you’re spending more than one day here. Disneyland Hotel is the only and most expensive hotel in the park, but it is under renovation until 2024, so you will need to stay in other hotels in the neighborhood. Among the hotel options, Disney-owned hotels spread around the park stand out. The designs of these hotels are inspired by Disney movies and you can encounter Disney characters in the hotel. Other advantages are the right to enter the park 1 hour earlier than normal visitors and free shuttle service to the park. There are also hotels that are not owned by Disney but have partnerships. These hotels are cheaper than Disney hotels and also have free shuttle service to Disneyland Paris. Apart from these hotels, I have also found some hotels that are easy to reach the park, suitable for families and have good reviews. Below I will list all the hotels around Disneyland Paris by categorizing them, so you can decide which ones are the most suitable for you.

Disney Hotels: Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of MarvelDisney’s Newport Bay ClubDisney’s Sequoia LodgeDisney’s Hotel Santa FeDisney’s Hotel Cheyenn ve biraz daha uzak olan bir Disney oteli Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch.

Hotels in partnership with Disney: L’Elysée Val d’EuropeAdagio Marne La Vallée – Val d’EuropeCampanile Val de FranceExplorers Hotel Marne-la-ValléeB&B Hotel.

Top family-friendly hotels near Disneyland Paris: Relais Spa Chessy Val d’EuropeStaycity Aparthotels Paris Marne La ValléeGrand Magic Hotel Marne La ValléeRadisson Blu Hotel Marne-la-ValléeDream Castle Hotel Marne La ValleeDisney BaliMoxy Paris Val d’Europe.

Disney Hotels: Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, Disney’s Newport Bay Club, Disney’s Sequoia Lodge, Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe, Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne and a slightly more distant Disney hotel, Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch.

Hotels in partnership with Disney: L’Elysée Val d’Europe, Adagio Marne La Vallée – Val d’Europe, Campanile Val de France, Explorers Hotel Marne-la-Vallée, B&B Hotel.

Top family-friendly hotels near Disneyland Paris: Relais Spa Chessy Val d’Europe, Staycity Aparthotels Paris Marne La Vallée, Grand Magic Hotel Marne La Vallée, Radisson Blu Hotel Marne-la-Vallée, Dream Castle Hotel Marne La Vallee, Disney Bali, Moxy Paris Val d’Europe.

You can check out the other hotels in the area around Disneyland Paris here.

Disneyland Food and Beverage

There are many places to eat in Disneyland, but as you can imagine, the prices are high. There are mostly fast food style restaurants. There are also small stalls selling snacks like popcorn etc. You can take snacks, fruit, sandwiches etc. with you, there is no search at the door. You can also take water, there are fountains inside where you can refill your water, don’t throw your bottle away, don’t waste money.

I tried to explain all the details so that there would be no question marks in mind. I hope my Disneyland Paris Guide helps you to plan a nice trip. If there is anything else you want to add or ask, please write in the comments so that everyone can benefit.

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