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The magic of Disney at the gates of Paris


Disneyland Paris, 77777 Marne-la-Vallée, France

GPS: 48.868148445163, 2.7848222281151

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Disneyland Paris includes a wide range of attractions divided into two separate theme parks: Disneyland Park founded in 1992 and Walt Disney Studios Park set up in 2002 to expand the overall supply of the complex. Located about thirty kilometres east of Paris, Disneyland Paris ranks first among all European tourist destinations (it welcomes around 15 million visitors per year).

This 22 km² leisure place is the fourth most visited Disney park in the world after those of Walt Disney World in Florida (United States), Disneyland Park in California (United States) and Tokyo Disney Resort (Japan). It is ahead of visitors to the two parks located in China: Hong Kong Disneyland and the very recent Shanghai Disney Resort. In 2017, Disneyland Paris celebrated its 25th anniversary with great fanfare by launching a vast renovation program for its park. Among the novelties, a daily night show and a new version of Star Tours attraction inspired by Star Wars films (Star Tours: The Adventures Continue), replacing the previous version dating from 1992. In parallel, the leaders of the French park are rehabilitating the site’s flagship attractions, namely Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain (which was (formerly known as Space Mountain: Mission 2), Pirates of the Caribbean and Phantom Manor.

In the coming years, Disneyland Paris will implement a significant extension to double its current size in the long term. This is the largest development plan for the park since its opening. It includes the addition of a new thematic world entirely dedicated to Marvel (through the Marvel Avengers Campus inaugurated in July 2022). New Star Wars and Frozen universes will follow by 2025 with the deployment of new shopping and restaurant areas. An artificial lake will connect these new entertainment spaces. Initiated in 2019, this unprecedented investment could reach the tidy sum of 2 billion euros from 2021, corresponding to the opening date of the first leisure areas (which includes the Iron Man Adventure attraction). The management of the park has also committed to reducing its environmental footprint through the installation of a vegetable garden and hives, the removal of plastic straws, the abandonment of plastic bags for single use in favour of the sale of reusable bags, the establishment of refillable bottles in hotels, as well as the development of a water treatment station. Through its various essential rides and attractions, its golf course and its seven themed hotels, Disneyland Paris is much more than a simple entertainment park, it is a real enchanted kingdom at the gates of Paris.

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  • The variety of attractions, rides and roller coasters for all ages
  • Parades and meeting with Disney characters
  • Disneyland Park musical productions and night lights (including Disney Dreams); Walt Disney Studios film shows; the animations organized during Star Wars World Day (May 4)
  • Disney Village entertainment stores and leisure places; the seven Disney hotels to extend and take full advantage of its experience
  • Special festivities and celebrations (Halloween, Christmas parties, anniversary of the leisure complex on April 12 of each year…)
  • Free fastpass service to reduce queues; The restaurant Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show… with Mickey and Friends! (within Disney Village)
  • The free shuttle service between the park and the hotels in the complex (except for the Davy Crockett ranch located outside the park and the Disneyland Hotel located inside the park)
  • The easy access from Paris by public transport (RER A, TGV, OUIGO, bus…) or by shuttle (Magical Shuttle) from the airports of Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle and Paris-Orly; the TGV station located in the heart of the Disney complex (Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy station)
  • The proximity of the huge Val d’Europe shopping centre (located in Serris and accessible by bus or RER A)
  • A great lover of theme parks, Michael Jackson had a preference for Disneyland Paris, which he particularly liked.
  • Disneyland Paris is the only Disney park in Europe. The establishment on the old continent of the American giant was the subject of a fierce battle between Spain and France in 1985 to host the project. It is finally Paris, through the Marne-la-Vallée site, which will win the coveted contract after long and tough negotiations.
  • From a strictly economic point of view, Disneyland Paris represents 6 % of France’s tourist revenue, one of the world’s leading destination. It has welcomed more than 320 million visitors since its opening in 1992.
  • Recently, Disneyland Paris worked with Pierre & Vacances (owner of Center Parcs) to create the nearby leisure complex “Village Nature Paris”. This vegetated site adopts a sustainable approach (zero carbon, zero waste, natural habitats…) and aims to minimise its impact on the environment. It includes restaurants and shops (Promenade du lac), a water park (Aqualagon), farm activities (Ferme BelleVie), a recreational forest area (Forêt des légendes), gardens (Jardins extraordinaires) and accommodations (Cottages) just a stone’s throw from Disneyland Paris.
  • To optimize your visit experience, go to Disneyland Paris outside of winter (the majority of attractions being outside), preferably mid-week and outside school periods.
  • Also remember to buy your ticket in advance (by opting for the fastpass system, you will reduce your waiting time to certain attractions).
  • Entry to the two theme parks (Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios) requires the purchase of two different tickets.
  • If you favour the car to go there, note that the parking lot is chargeable and that it is advisable to bring your own picnic (food is expensive and of poor quality).
  • Disneyland Paris has posted a new website to enjoy many games, shows, activities, animations and gourmet recipes from home.

Where to eat

  • Le Comptoir Lounge
    (upper French brasserie)
  • Alfred Burger
    (home-made burgers)
  • Le Quincangrogne
    (tasty dishes)

Where to go

  • Parc Culturel de Rentilly
    (nice place to walk)
  • Château de Champs-sur-Marne
    (pretty castle well restored)
  • Val d’Europe Mall
    (the shopping haven)

Where to stay

  • Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch
    (suitable for families)
  • La Rose des Vents
    (peaceful guest room)
  • Hôtel l'Elysee Val d'Europe
    (distinguished and endearing)