Disneyland Paris, originally Euro Disney Resort, opened 12 April 1992. Covering 4800 acres the resort includes two theme parks, 8 hotels, an entertainment and shopping district, cinema and golf course. It’s the most visited amusement park in Europe.
The park is divided into five themed lands which are home to various classic attractions. All designed around a central hub which contains the icon of the park “Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant” or “The Sleeping Beauty Castle”. The lands are arranged in a ‘hub and spoke’ design and are encircled by the Disneyland Railroad which provides transport for guests. Each land aims to transport you into a specific time or place.
The park has a strong presence of shops and restaurants to suit all budgets, it has a host of live entertainment with parades, character meets and a nighttime spectacular firework display with accompanying projections on the castle.
The park has an offering of shops and restaurants mainly located near the front lot, there is a chance for character meets and you can attend stage shows in the studios. It is the home of most of the resort’s themed party nights.
In the coming years this park will see drastic redevelopment with a focus shifting to dedicated lands for Disney properties (ie. Frozen, Marvel and Star Wars. ) rather than the studio feel it has today.
Ideally situated close to major international motorways Disneyland Paris is extremely easy to reach by car. Just be aware that French motorways operate a toll system with it being approx. 20€ to arrive from Calais or Metz.
Disney Hotels offer free parking throughout your stay, but if you’re just visiting the parks then the main car park charge is 25€ per car unless you have an annual pass in which case it is complementary.
With Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station situated on the doorstep of the parks it couldn’t be more easy to visit by train.
There are direct trains connecting Disneyland to London and Brussels. The TGV is well represented to connect you with the rest of France and beyond. The local commuter service also gives you the option to easily travel in and out of Paris city centre as well as the two closest airports.
Hundreds of direct flights land at Paris Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports everyday so coming to Disneyland by plane is very easy.
A transfer from the airport couldn’t be simpler with direct regular trains to Chessy train station. You could even take the hassle out of it all by pre booking the magic shuttle airport bus which will drop you straight at your hotel.
There are eight official hotels serving Disneyland Paris with six of them inside the resort itself. They all have differing styles, room types and facilities on offer giving you plenty of choice no matter your needs or budget.
Set above the entrance and ticket booths of Disneyland Park the imposing Victorian style hotel offers 5 star style and comforts.
If you opt for a parkside room you will be treated to a great view of the evening’s fireworks.
Home to two restaurants, California Grill which is a haute cuisine offering and Inventions which is a character dining buffet inspired by Jules Verne and Leonardo Da Vinci. There is a bar, Cafe Fantasia, which serves cocktails and light snacks.
The hotel has an onsite swimming pool, sauna, spa and fitness centre.
A four star offering located close to Disney Village, this hotel is designed to echo the feel of New York with it’s Art Deco style. Outside is Rockefeller Center which comes with its own faux ice rink.
The hotel hosts the Manhattan Restaurant and Parkside Diner which serve New York style cuisine in a 1930’s setting. You can also spend the evening in New York City Bar with is relaxing Jazz club style.
NOTE: Closed from 7th Jan 2019 to 2020, it is to be renovated and re-themed as Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel.
Themed as a 1900’s coastal New England mansion you can enjoy your time next to Lake Disney in 4 star comfort.
The hotel offers heated indoor and outdoor pools, a sauna and fitness centre to help you relax.
It hosts a unique seafood restaurant, the Yacht Club as well as a nautical theme buffet style offering Cape Cod. In the evening you can visit the Captain’s Quarters where drinks are served whilst you sit in the cosy theming of yacht races and regattas.
A Holiday village developed in partnership with Center Parcs, situated 6km south of Disneyland Paris.
Accommodation consists of cottages and apartments ranging from 2 to 4 stars.
There are 5 Zones making up the resort; The Aqualagon with its water park and heated outdoor lagoon, BelleVie Farm, Extraordinary Gardens, Forest of Legends and Lakeside Promenade.
The hotel is built to encapsulate the feel of an american national park lodge at the beginning of the 20th Century. Surrounded by thousands of imported trees you can really get the sense of a relaxing mountain retreat.
Home to two buffet restaurants Beaver Creek Tavern and Hunter’s Grill , you can sit down to a meal with a distinct log cabin feel. Afterwards why not relax at Redwood Bar and Lounge, serving a variety of drinks whilst you warm up by the roaring fireplace.
Why not relax in the indoor and outdoor pools, sauna and fitness centre?
Take a trip back to the Wild West with a stay in this American frontier themed hotel.
The whole hotel complex is divided into smaller western themed out-buildings named after famous characters from the old west such as Billy the Kid and Annie Oakley.
The main building houses the Red Garter Saloon where you have a drink and see live performances on select nights, also here is the Chuck Wagon Cafe where you can enjoy a buffet meal. The hotel also houses it’s own Starbucks.
Travel down Route 66 and explore this American Southwestern themed hotel. Now very much inspired by the Cars films the hotel is only a 20 minute walk from the parks.
Santa Fe is home to La Cantina which delivers a Tex Mex and International style buffet meal. The Rio Grande Bar which offers with colourful sights inspired by the mighty river, where you can relax with a drink. You may also wish to try the hotel’s very own Starbucks.
Located in a wooded area outside of the main resort, approx. 15 mins drive, this is a campground consisting of 595 self catering cabins.
Due to the outdoor nature and space on offer you can take advantage of access to an indoor pool, tennis court, mini golf, adventure playground and other outdoor play areas.
This facility also allows guests to visit with their dog.
Disneyland Paris is served by it’s own Entertainment, shopping and dining district; Disney Village. It also has close proximity to and a partnership with Val d’Europe shopping centre which also has a large hypermarket and Sea Life aquarium.