20 Must-Do Rides And Attractions At Disneyland Paris

Heading to Disneyland Paris to experience the Happiest Place on Earth — in France? You’re probably excited and overwhelmed at the same dang time! We get the feeling, we were first-timers to Disneyland Paris too once upon a time!

Learning about all that the park has to offer from the plethora of rides and attractions to understanding which restaurants are iconic must-try’s can be overwhelming. Especially if you’re opting for the Disneyland Paris 2-Parks ticket and are planning to do it all in just one day. You’re extremely limited on time, so you need to be efficient.

After doing days of research for our very own trip to Disneyland Paris (we looked at all the best restaurants, rides, parades, and lands specific to the France location), we’ve come up with our list of the must-do rides, attractions, and restaurants to help you make the most of your time in the park.

From thrilling roller coasters to beloved classics, we’ll cover everything you need to know to plan your perfect Disneyland Paris experience.

For first-timers who love rides, you absolutely cannot miss rides like Ratatouille: The Adventure (a DL Paris-only attraction!), Phantom Manor, Hyperspace Mountain, or Big Thunder Mountain.

And when it comes to attractions unique to Disneyland Paris, we cannot recommend the super cool La Tanière du Dragon or Alice’s Curious Labyrinth enough!

For those of you celebrating something special (or just love dining at Disney’s creatively themed restaurants), I hope you’re reading this early enough because you’ll want to snag reservations at Auberge de Cendrillon, Bistrot Chez Rémy, or Captain Jack’s if they’re available!

Discover the rest of the best rides and attractions at Disneyland Paris below.

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Can’t-Miss Rides At Disneyland Paris

Ratatouille: The Adventure

Walt Disney Studios Park

Rataouille The Ride - Disneyland Paris

This one’s clearly going to be perfect for all the Ratatouille fans out there.

On the Ratatouille: The Adventure ride (located at Walt Disney Studios Park), you shrink down to the size of a rat and join Remy on a culinary escapade through Gusteau’s kitchen. I’m not using the word ‘escapade’ here lightly — you will literally be trying to escape when you’re on this ride!

It’s SO much fun and unlike any other Disney ride I’ve ever been on!

You’ll board a rat-shaped vehicle and dash through different areas of Gusteau’s famous Parisian restaurant because Chef Skinner is chasing you down! Along the way, you’ll encounter oversized food props and other dazzling sights while enjoying the sounds and smells of the kitchen you’re running through.

Hold on tight as you navigate through twists, turns, and culinary chaos on this thrilling 4D dark ride. No spoilers or anything, but you’ll even get to use your nose on this multisensory ride.

It’s truly one of the coolest rides I’ve been on lately!

👉 Pro Tip: If you opt for the 2-Parks in one day ticket, start your day off at the Walt Disney Studios Park to beat the crowds — this is the park that tends to get more crowded in the afternoon!

Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain

Disneyland Park

In a galaxy far, far away (located in Disneyland Park’s Discoveryland), you’ll embark on a high-speed space adventure aboard Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. Join the Rebel Alliance in an epic battle against the forces of the dark side as you soar through the cosmos aboard your X-wing starfighter and through a dark-ride roller coaster.

Brace yourself for all kinds of twists, turns, and loops as you dodge TIE fighters, blast through asteroid fields, and engage in a heart-pounding dogfight against the mighty Empire.

Even though in concept, this one’s pretty similar to most Space Mountain rides across other Disney parks, it’s actually quite different once you experience the coaster. It’s the only Space Mountain in the world with inversions!

We also found the visual effects, immersive soundscapes, and Star Wars music to be extra fun, especially as big fans of Star Wars.

Phantom Manor

Disneyland Park

Disneyland Paris Phantom Mansion

This iconic Disneyland Paris attraction finally reopens after its biggest refurbishment since 1992, with many new surprises in store for anyone who dares to ride it!

Phantom Manor, nestled in Disneyland Park’s Frontierland, will take you on a journey through a haunted mansion shrouded in mystery and intrigue. This one has a different and a bit darker story than it’s Haunted Mansion counterparts.

Here’s the theme of the ride: The owner of the manor, Henry Ravenswood, cherished his only daughter, who attracted the attention of four different men… each of whom came to a mysterious and untimely end.

You’ll hop aboard your “Doom Buggy” to start your tour of the cursed estate, encountering ghostly apparitions, sinister secrets, and spine-tingling surprises around every corner. It’s fun, kooky, and scary all at the same time — but in a kid-friendly way of course!

Hollywood Tower of Terror

Walt Disney Studios Park

Tower Of Terror - Best Rides and Attractions At Disneyland Paris

Ever since Tower of Terror at Disney’s California Adventure changed to Guardians of the Galaxy, we haven’t loved it the same! So imagine how excited we were to find this Tower of Terror in its original form, all cobwebby and antique-y!

As you step inside the ominous hotel, you’ll be transported to the Twilight Zone, where you’ll experience a spine-chilling journey into the unknown. Prepare to be plunged into darkness, propelled skyward, and plummeted back down in a series of thrilling drops that will leave you screaming for more.

I’m obsessed with Tower of Terror (they’re my favorite Disney rides of all time), and this one was way scarier than the ones in the Americas! The theme is basically that a little ghost girl haunts this elevator. The scary ghost girl whispers goodbyes to you in French before you plummet downwards! Terrifying… but so fun!

You’ll find this epic ride at the Production Courtyard inside of Walt Disney Studios Park.

Big Thunder Mountain

Disneyland Park

Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain

Hold on to your hats when you take on this roller coaster through the Old West on Big Thunder Mountain, located in Disneyland Park’s Frontierland.

On this thrill ride, you’ll board a runaway mine train and zoom through twisting caverns, rocky canyons, and crumbling mineshafts. You’ll encounter dynamite explosions, rattling railroad tracks, and even some pretty views of the wilderness as you race against time on this thrilling journey through the heart of the frontier.

I’m a huge roller coaster nerd, so any time I get the chance to ride Big Thunder Mountain at Disney Parks, I take ’em! Plus, they’re not all the same across Disney parks worldwide, so I’d suggest you definitely go on this one to experience the differences.

This version in DL Paris has some unique elements and actually picks up decent speed at a few points!

👉 Pro Tip: Big Thunder Mountain takes a spot on our “top 5 best rides in the park” list and is incredibly unique. Do not miss out on it! If you’re limited on time, do this over Pirates of the Caribbean.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Disneyland Park

It doesn’t matter if you’ve ridden Pirate of the Caribbean a million times before at other Disney parks, this one should always be a must for you whenever you set foot in a new park! The amount of animatronic work and detailing they put into these rides is so worth the ride.

You’ll navigate through misty caves, fiery towns, and moonlit shores as you encounter iconic scenes from the beloved film franchise, including Captain Jack Sparrow’s mischievous antics and the infamous pillaging of Port Royal.

With super detailed sets, immersive storytelling, and catchy sea shanties like the legendary Yo Ho, Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me), Pirates of the Caribbean is a timeless classic that will delight and thrill riders of all ages.

Crush Coaster

Walt Disney Studios Park

Who would have thought a Finding Nemo attraction could be actually fun? We were so surprised with this ride — it was so unique and a total blast that had us laughing the whole way through!

Head to Toon Studio® within Walt Disney Studios Park’s Worlds of Pixar area. Once you’re done waiting in a rather long line, you’ll board a turtle shell and prepare for a ride through memorable moments from the Finding Nemo movie. Sit tight, as your shell dives into the ocean and begins its incredible journey!

All in all, Crush Coaster was one of the most unique rides at Disneyland Paris. We loved it because of the fact that it was really wooshy, spinny, and fast! The turtle shell you sit in spins, which adds a 4D element to what would otherwise be a regular roller coaster.

It’s fast, but there are no loops, which makes it doable for people who don’t like going upside down on roller coasters.

In total, three drops are all going to make you laugh harder than the last one! Most of it happens in the dark and there are light visuals to watch as you go through.

👉 Pro Tip: This one’s extremely popular, meaning lines are long practically all day long. If you get to the park in time for rope drop, this is one of the rides you should prioritize first (or get Premier Access to skip the line). Otherwise, be prepared for a looong wait!

Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril

Disneyland Park

Join intrepid adventurer Indiana Jones™ on a quest through the Temple of Peril, located in Disneyland Park’s Adventureland.

You’ll dodge giant boulders, leap across crumbling bridges, and narrowly escape the clutches of dangerous adversaries in this pulse-pounding thrill ride inspired by the iconic film franchise.

Unlike the indoor ride at Disneyland Anaheim, this one’s an outdoor roller coaster ride with one inversion. It’s worth a ride if the line is short, but if the wait is over 30 minutes, we say this one’s skippable.

“it’s a small world”

Disneyland Park

its a small world Disneyland Paris

“it’s a small world” has recently finished undergoing a multi-year renovation, meaning everything about this ride will also look brand-spankin’ new.

“it’s a small world” is always a good time! As with every other “it’s a small world” ride, you’ll climb aboard a rather large and colorful boat to set sail on a musical journey through a world of diversity, unity, and joy.

Along the way, you’ll glide past miniature-sized world-famous landmarks, charming landscapes, and over 300 animatronic dolls dressed in traditional costumes representing different cultures from around the world.

From Europe to Asia, Africa to the Americas, you’ll be singing along with the catchy “it’s a small world” song within the first two minutes. Even if you never knew the lyrics beforehand!

This is the most classic Disneyland ride you’ll encounter. It really doesn’t get more iconic than “it’s a small world”!

Cars Road Trip

Walt Disney Studios Park

Even though I’m not a big fan of Cars, I know this movie series has a cult following among young kids and toddlers who grew up with it. Heck, all my best friend’s kid wants to do is watch trailers for Cars and Disneyland walkthroughs of Cars Land on YouTube all day long!

For all of you traveling with Cars-obsessed kids, the Cars Road Trip “ride” is a must!

On this mini road trip through Cars Land, you’ll take a ride through the iconic world of Disney Pixar’s Cars. You’ll cruise through Radiator Springs, encounter a flash flood in Cars-tastrophe Canyon, and experience Mater’s latest Mater-piece!

Can’t-Miss Attractions At Disneyland Paris

Alice’s Curious Labyrinth

Disneyland Park

Alices Curious Labyrinth Disneyland Paris

Located in Fantasyland, Alice’s Curious Labyrinth invites you to venture into the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland on foot. Follow Alice’s footsteps as you navigate through a maze of hedges, magical gardens, and whimsical sculptures inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale.

As you explore the labyrinth, you’ll encounter iconic scenes and characters from the story, including the Queen of Hearts’ hedge maze, the Cheshire Cat’s grin, and the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

Unique to Disneyland Paris, Alice’s Curious Labyrinth is both super fun and very pretty to look at! Papu and I both loved this one because of how interactive and immersive it was, allowing us to step into the pages of the most whimsical storybook tales in existence!

La Tanière du Dragon

Disneyland Park


Sometimes, I’m Team Disney villains. Which is why this attraction amazed me SO much! It’s Maleficent in her dragon form!

Nestled beneath Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park’s Fantasyland, La Tanière du Dragon invites you to discover the lair of a fearsome dragon lurking beneath the castle’s foundations. Once the ruler of the skies, she lies chained against jagged rocks.

As you descend into the darkened caverns, you’ll encounter the massive animatronic dragon, breathing fire from time to time and guarding its treasure hoard amidst the ancient ruins.

This one’s also unique to Disneyland Paris, and it’s such a hidden gem that many people will miss during their time in the park. By far, this is the coolest non-ride attraction I think I’ve EVER seen across all Disneyland parks (and I’ve been to almost all of them!).

La Tanière du Dragon is a pure example of how Disneyland is not all about the rides — it’s a fully immersive experience, even when you’re not riding rides. They put so much thought into the non-ride attractions, the decor within the lands, and the restaurants, all of which are worth exploring too!

Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin

Disneyland Park

Aladdin Passageway at Disneyland Paris

Located in Adventureland, Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin invites you to step into the enchanting world of Aladdin and explore the winding stone passageways of Agrabah.

You get to stroll through the passageways at your own pace, encountering famous scenes from the film, including Aladdin’s encounter with the Genie, Jasmine’s palace balcony, and the bustling marketplace.

Once again, this one’s unique to Disneyland Paris, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much and consider it a must-see even though it’s not the most thrilling.

As soon as you’re done enjoying the charming rooms, you’ll want to head out and enjoy the rest of Agrabah within Adventureland. Don’t miss your chance to rub that genie lamp!

Marvel Avengers Campus

Walt Disney Studios Park

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Marvel Avengers Campus was a big deal when it first opened up in Disneyland Anaheim, so I’d imagine this area within Disneyland Paris is also deeply loved by anyone who’s a major Avengers/Marvel fan!

At Marvel Avengers Campus, you’ll have the chance to encounter all your favorite superhero characters (like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor), as well as come face to face with cutting-edge technology, larger-than-life statues, and immersive experiences that bring the Marvel Universe to life.

The one not-to-be-missed attraction here is Avengers Assemble: Flight Force, where you’ll soar through the skies alongside Captain Marvel and Iron Man. (This ride is a reskin of the Aerosmith Rockin Rollercoaster at WDW.)

Just make sure this isn’t your first ride of the day. Learn from our mistake — we had quite the headaches going from just waking up to hopping on such an intense ride!

Worlds of Pixar

Walt Disney Studios Park

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In Walt Disney Studios’ Worlds of Pixar area, there’s a cute little Toy Story area (similar to the one found in Hong Kong Disneyland). Because of how obsessed I was with Toy Story as a kid, this one had to make the list!

Pixar World - Best Rides and Attractions At Disneyland Paris

Wander through Andy’s backyard, where oversized toys, playful props, and colorful landscapes create an immersive playground for guests of all ages.

Encounter beloved characters like Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and Jessie as you embark on interactive adventures, board thrilling rides, and explore themed attractions inspired by the beloved animated films.

Rides in this area include Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop and RC Racer.

Pirates’ Beach

Disneyland Park

Pirates Beach - Best Rides and Attractions At Disneyland Paris

Maraud deep into Adventureland through dark caverns and past Davy Jones’ Locker to Skull Rock.

As you start heading towards Pirates’ Beach, you’ll encounter a sandy shoreline dotted with pirate ships, hidden coves, and tropical foliage, creating a fun little setting reminiscent of a Caribbean pirate hideaway.

Once at Disney Pirates’ Beach, you’ll unearth two pirate playgrounds loaded with rope ladders, slides, and even a plank that’s sure to keep your little ones in check.

Honestly, this area was so unique (and unique to Disneyland Paris!). As someone who’s ridden Pirates of the Caribbean at least 20 times over my lifetime, I found that wandering around the ships and caves around the ride was the most fun part of the Pirates area!

Other Areas We Loved At Disneyland Paris

Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough

Disneyland Park

Disneyland Paris Sleeping Beauty Castle

The centerpiece of every Disneyland park is a magical castle at the end of Main Street that needs no introduction.

A truly fairytale castle, the castle at Disneyland Paris boasts soaring spires, ornate turrets, regal royal-blue rooftops, stained glass windows and tapestries. The castle stands at a grand 167-feet high, invoking both the magic and mystery of fictional palaces like the one seen in Disney’s animated classic Sleeping Beauty.

If the castle walkthrough is open, it should be a must-do on your agenda for the day. Incredibly unique experience. If you look intently during your walkthrough, you’ll also find elements from real French castles and other historic monuments!

Sleeping Beauty Castle has been recently renovated and now shines brighter than ever. It truly looks brand-spankin’ new! And definitely don’t miss the dragon underneath the castle. It’s the best part, hands down.

Disneyland Paris entrance

Disneyland Park

Floral Entrance Disneyland Paris

Y’all. I am totally obsessed with the Disneyland Paris entrance. It’s by far the prettiest entrance to anything I have ever seen in my life. It’s pink, filled with flowers, and so quintessentially French.

I know you’ll probably be in a rush to get inside the park, but don’t miss the chance to snap a few pictures with the majestic entrance adorned with delicate pink hues! The colorful floral blooms and intricate landscaping evoke the essence of French elegance — you won’t find anything this gorgeous at other Disney parks around the world!

Disneyland Paris Entrance

Chez Marianne

Disneyland Park

This is basically an entire shop dedicated to merch from the Disney Pixar film Ratatouille. Within this Art Deco-style boutique is a bunch of Ratatouille stuff, cooking gear, and delectable French sweets!

Since none of the Disney parks within the USA or China love Ratatouille as much as the French do, you won’t find this type of gift shop anywhere else!

Main Street USA

Disneyland Park

Main Street USA is always a good time. No one ever makes time for it at the beginning of the day since we’re all running to get in line at the rides, but it’s definitely one of those unmissable experiences! Plus we personally think it’s so much prettier at night anyway.

Save all your souvenir shopping for the end of the day, and do it all at Main Street USA. Whether it’s Disney Ears, Loungefly backpacks, Disney pins, plushes, toys, costumes or housewares… Main Street has got it all!

While you’re here, take some time to duck into the brightly lit arcades (covered walkways full of surprises)!

Main Street USA - Disneyland Paris

Bathed in the soft lighting of vintage-style gas lanterns, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Featuring ornate ironwork, these arcades are a treasure trove of artwork, photographs and exquisite scale models.

Best Restaurants At Disneyland Paris (Reservations Required!)

At Disneyland Paris, dining is a big deal. You’ll find sit-down restaurants complete with set menus, all-you-can-eat buffets, kids’ menus, Disney Character Dining, counter-service restaurants, vegan options, and lots of quick snack options to choose from. 

With just 1 to 2 days in the park, it’ll definitely be impossible to try everything! But one thing you should definitely do is enjoy one of the park’s sit-down restaurants.

They’re headed by REAL culinary chefs, and the chefs are always coming up with new and more creatively themed recipes inspired by different Disney Characters and stories!

Among the many sit-down restaurants to choose from, here are three I recommend after doing a ton of research for Papu’s birthday meal at Disneyland.

Auberge de Cendrillon

Auberge de Cendrillon at Disneyland Paris

Auberge de Cendrillon, or Cinderella’s Royal Table, is a regal dining experience located in Fantasyland. If you’re able to snag reservations for this one, hold on to it and never get go! Reservations at this high-end restaurant are almost impossible to get (unless you time it perfectly).

Guests dine in a fairytale setting reminiscent of Cinderella’s castle, complete with elegant decor and enchanting ambiance. Disney Princesses come to your table as you dine in this majestic banquet hall and it truly feels magical.

Young children are encouraged to dress up for the occasion, as the Princesses come to greet them and take pictures.

One of the most iconic dishes at Auberge de Cendrillon is the “Carré d’Agneau Rôti,” or Roasted Lamb Rack, a decadent and tender lamb dish served with seasonal vegetables and a flavorful sauce. It’s for sure a dish fit for royalty!

Reservation difficulty level: Hard (almost always booked up)

Bistrot Chez Rémy

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Inspired by the Disney Pixar film Ratatouille, Bistrot Chez Rémy immerses guests in the charming world of Remy the rat and Gusteau’s restaurant. The restaurant’s decor and ambiance are designed to make guests feel like they’ve shrunk down to the size of a rat, with oversized props and furnishings.

Here, oversized cocktail umbrellas, cookbooks, and cutlery give you a rat’s eye view, all whilst you and your squad indulge in one of three special set menus.

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You can go with the Rémy Menu, which comes with a starter and a main course. There is also the Émile Menu, which includes a starter, main course, and dessert. For the little ones, there’s also a Little Chef Menu that’s more appropriately sized for smaller appetites. 

The signature dish at Bistrot Chez Rémy is the “Ratatouille” (duh!) a delicious vegetable stew made with zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and tomatoes, inspired by the famous dish from the film.

Reservation difficulty level: Medium to hard (almost always booked up, but you may find one or two openings when people cancel)

👉 Pro Tip: These restaurants are very popular and are almost always booked up. Be sure to make a reservation using the official Disneyland Paris app well in advance! Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance, and your best bet at snagging reservations is to make them exactly 60 days prior to your visit date — aka immediately as the dates of your visit are released.

Captain Jack’s

Captain Jacks - Best Restaurants Disneyland Paris

Located in the heart of Adventureland, Captain Jack’s – Restaurant des Pirates is a themed restaurant that serves homestyle Creole cooking and transports guests to a Caribbean pirate hideaway.

Not only is the food creative and delicious, but the restaurant’s theme/decor is so much fun, meant to make you feel like you’re on a galleon or pirate ship of some sort.

You’ll find all kinds of nautical elements, pirate paraphernalia, and atmospheric lighting, creating an immersive dining experience that’s equal parts fun, colorful, and pirate-like.

Captain Jacks Pirate Restaurant - Best Restaurants Disneyland Paris

When Papu and I had lunch here, we both opted for the Pirate’s Treasure set menu which came with a starter, main course, and dessert. I ordered the Island-Style Fish Soup for my app, Caribbean Chicken, Prawn and the Captain’s Rice as my entree, and the Island-Style Rice Pudding as my dessert.

I’m writing this months after my meal and I’m dreaming about it all over again — everything was so delicious!

They also serve a wide variety of creative island-inspired cocktails (in addition to wines). Papu ordered one of them and he really enjoyed it along with his set meal!

Reservation difficulty level: Medium (popular dates/times are booked up, but you’ll more easily find openings at lunchtime)

Best Things To Eat At Disneyland Paris (Counter Service + Street Eats)

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The awesome entrance of Stark Factory!

Bolognese Pasta at Stark Factory: The meat pasta here was so simple, yet so incredibly delicious, especially since we were freezing from the morning rain! Plus, the whole concept of the restaurant was super cool — it resembles Stark Factory, a high-tech workspace where the Avengers assemble to work on their gear (and fuel up on food!) in between missions.

Croque Monsieur: Indulge in a classic French ham and cheese sandwich served hot and crispy. At Walt Disney Studios’ Worlds of Pixar, you’ll also find The Croque McQueen, a toasted sandwich with ham and melty Laughing Cow® cheese — and Lightning McQueen’s face stamped into the bread!

Crepes: Savor sweet or savory crepes filled with Nutella, strawberries, cheese, or ham and cheese. Crepes aren’t really available at any other Disney parks worldwide, so get ’em while you’re in France!

Dole Whip: A Disney classic! Cool off with a refreshing Dole Whip, a pineapple-flavored soft-serve ice cream treat. You can get this in Cafe de la Brousse in Disneyland Park’s Adventureland.

Beignets: Delight in warm and fluffy beignets dusted with powdered sugar, a perfect French-inspired snack for satisfying your sweet tooth.

The food stalls around the Ratatouille ride: Some of the best food for when you’re feeling hungry from all the walking! Each one features food and drink from different regions of France and some from different countries in Europe as well.

Where To Stay At Disneyland Paris

Since we visited Disneyland Paris as a day trip, we sadly did not get to experience a Disneyland Paris hotel for ourselves. It’s a shame because, in true Disney fashion, the onsite hotels have some really cool themes.

Here are the fun ones we think are going to be your best bet:

Disneyland® Hotel

Overview: 5-star hotel ($$$$), Classic Disney theme, steps from the park entrance (with a dedicated entrance to Disneyland Park)

Disneyland Hotel Paris

Live the life of royalty at Disneyland® Hotel, the ultimate 5-star royal residence at the entrance to Disneyland Park. You’ll be just a few steps from all the magical attractions, shows, parades and Disney Character Encounters. It doesn’t get any closer than this!

With a swimming pool, sauna, high-end fitness suite and meditation and yoga space, this is the perfect place to unwind after a day of adventure in the Disney Parks.

Guests can indulge in a Royal Banquet with all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet options, including character dining opportunities with beloved Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie. La Table de Lumière offers an exquisite dining experience inspired by the Hall of Mirrors at Palace of Versailles, featuring French cuisine and character dining with Disney Princesses and their princes.

This one’s almost like a Four Seasons Hotel, but with a Disney theme!

Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne

Overview: 3-star hotel ($$), Wild West Frontier theme, 20-minute walk to the park

At Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne, you’ll enter the Wild West where rustic charm meets cowboy adventure. From themed rooms adorned with cowboy decor to sprawling landscapes reminiscent of the American frontier, this hotel offers an immersive experience for fans of classic Western films like Toy Story and The Lone Ranger.

The hotel has fun themed activities, rodeo-inspired dining, and even a chance to meet your favorite Toy Story characters.

Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe

Overview: 2-star hotel ($$), American Southwest theme, 20-minute walk to the park

Calling all Cars fans! You and the kids will be transported to the American Southwest at Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe, where you’ll find adobe-style architecture and desert landscapes at every turn.

Experience the spirit of Route 66 as you enter your themed room adorned with nods to iconic landmarks and characters from the beloved Pixar film. With cozy accommodations, Southwestern cuisine, and plenty of Cars-themed activities, this hotel offers a fun and nostalgic retreat for fans of Lightning McQueen and his friends.

Disney’s Newport Bay Club

Overview: 4-star hotel ($$$), New England Seaside Resort theme, 15-minute walk to the park

Set sail for adventure at Disney’s Newport Bay Club, a charming seaside resort inspired by classic nautical tales like Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid.

Newport Bay Club is great for those of you looking for elegant accommodations with coastal decor, breathtaking views of Lake Disney, and luxurious amenities.

Disney’s Sequoia Lodge

Overview: 3-star hotel ($$), American National Park Lodge theme, 15-minute walk to the park

If immersing yourself in the great outdoors is more your vibe, you’ll like Disney’s Sequoia Lodge, a cozy mountain retreat inspired by America’s majestic national parks.

This hotel captures the rustic charm and natural splendor of films like Brother Bear and Up!

Whether you’re relaxing by the fireplace in the cozy lounge, dining at the rustic-themed restaurant, or exploring the scenic grounds, this hotel offers a serene and scenic escape for nature lovers and Disney fans alike.

Essential Tips For Visiting Disneyland Paris

  • If you have the budget for it, buy Premier Access — it’s worth it if you value your time.
  • These rides have the longest wait times. If you can, try to ride these first: Big Thunder Mountain, Hyperspace Mountain, and Crush’s Coaster.
  • Walk through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle (upstairs and underneath!). This experience is very unique to DLP and is exquisitely done.
  • If you love intense drops don’t miss Tower of Terror. It’s my all-time favorite! Sometimes I cry because of how much I’m laughing on it!
  • If you had to pick just one park, I’d tell you to choose Disneyland Park. It’s so well done, nothing feels old, mediocre, or cheap there. Plus, there are so many unmissable experiences on that side of the parks.
  • If you want to experience one of the popular sit-down restaurants, be sure to make reservations ahead of time — ideally 60 days in advance!
  • The sit-down restaurants offer set menus, which is something the USA parks don’t have. With the set menus, you’ll usually get an appetizer, entree, and dessert.
  • The bolognese pasta at Stark Factory is oddly delicious. We immediately wanted a second bowl after the first.
  • If you’re riding the metro to get to the park, don’t leave anything valuable in your pockets. Pickpocketing is huge, so don’t be a victim if you can help it! Get yourself a travel vest with secret pockets or an anti-theft bag for your travels.
  • Go on a weekday for fewer crowds. You’ll be surprised by how empty weekdays can be compared to crowd levels at American parks.
  • If taking the RER train, you need specific tickets (~$5 each) outside your standard metro ticket. Lots of tourists get stuck at the terminal exit due to not having the correct ticket.
  • Don’t forget to check out which rides may have closures. We didn’t check ahead of time so we were super sad that Phantom Manor and a few other big rides were closed during our visit.
  • If you’re visiting in the springtime, check the weather forecast as there may be rain. It rained for half the day on our Disneyland Paris visit. It was a bummer, but we had umbrellas and rain jackets to keep us dry.

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Elle Leung

My name is Elle and I'm a travel blogger and adventurer based in California. I love helping people plan trips and create unique itineraries based on their interests and their budgets. I'm a huge fan of outdoor adventures and doing off-the-beaten-path things in my state (and all around the world too)!

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