Earlier this summer, while visiting Paris, my family spent a day visiting the two theme parks of Disneyland Paris. I know that Disney isn’t for everyone. Most people either hate Disney or love Disney. If you’re visiting Paris and are on the fence about allocating time to Disneyland Paris, here are some things to consider.
Cheaper than Disney Parks in USA
Tickets to Disneyland Paris are cheaper than tickets to the Disney parks in the United States. For example, for a single park-hopper ticket on a Saturday in October:
Disneyland Paris: $148
Disney World (Florida): $219
Disneyland (California: $224
Easy to Get To
Disneyland Paris is very easy to get to from Paris via public transportation. From our apartment near the Eiffel Tower, we rode on two trains for a total of one hour, including train transfer time. The train brings you right to the front gate.
Two Parks/One Day
Walt Disney Studios Park and Disneyland Park in Paris can easily be conquered in one day total, especially if you visit mid-week. We were there on a Thursday in late June, and we had no problem riding all the rides we wanted to ride. We didn’t even have to purchase Disney Premier Access (aka the paid version of the old Fast Pass system).
Different and More Thrilling Rides/Characters
One of the things I love most about visiting different Disney parks is comparing the rides and attractions. Many Disney fans know that even between the U.S. parks, the same rides are a little bit different. At Disneyland Paris, there are even more differences.
For example, Space Mountain has an inversion loop, as does the Indiana Jones ride. The park’s version of Pirates of the Caribbean is by far my favorite. Phantom Manor looks a bit different from the Haunted Mansion:
Pinnocchio and Geppetto are quite popular at Disneyland Paris:
As well as everything Alice in Wonderland:
And what is this?
Break from Museums and Monuments
Paris is full of wonderful museums, monuments, cathedrals and other really cool historic buildings. Those are great, but sometimes a family just needs a break from that. Visiting Disneyland Paris is a great way to experience some thrills and a change of pace from the typical Paris itinerary.
Now if you’re not a fan of Disney at all, I’d probably skip it. Instead, you can check out one of these other Paris theme parks for a change.
So, would you visit Disneyland Paris during a trip to Paris? Yay or Nay?
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