We know that in this day and age life is different than normal. This is also the case at Disneyland Paris. Summer used to be the busiest time of the year. This year there were queues of one hour at most. That still seems long, but not when you consider that it used to be often double.
But it does seem busier than usual. This is due to the Covid-19 measures. Queues seem to go longer and slower. While there are considerably fewer people in it.
Maybe you’ve seen pictures of the crowds at Disneyland Paris this summer. Then the lines seem really long. Sometimes people were waiting way outside the entrance of the attraction.
Yet this was a queue of at most 20 to 30 minutes. How is that possible?
In Disneyland Paris you have to keep 1 meter physical distance. On the ground there are stickers that guarantee this distance. Or at least should, because not everyone seems to keep it. Most of them do, by the way.
Because you have to keep your distance, a lot less people fit in the queues. Because of this it seems to be busier than before, even with normal crowds. After all, the queue is all the way outside, but don’t let this fool you!
Queues go much faster
Not only are the queues shorter, the queues also go faster. That is because of 2 things.
The first is the mandatory distance you have to keep. As soon as the queue starts moving, you immediately move a greater distance closer to your final destination, entering the attraction. While normally you might take a few steps you can now usually move 2 or 3 compartments forward which is about 5 meters.
In addition, there are currently no Fast Passes. This is the system where you can reserve a spot in the queue on busy days. You then have a fixed time at which you can return to the special Fast Pass queue. In this queue you usually have to wait a maximum of 10 minutes before boarding, in contrast to, for example, the 60 minutes of the regular stand-by line.
Because of the mandatory distance of 1 meter, there is less space for all visitors to take place in the queue, Disney has chosen to add parts of the Fast Pass queue to the regular queue to fit as many people in the line as possible.
There are also considerably less visitors in the park than usual around this time of year so you don’t really need a Fast Pass.
Average wait times
How long do you stand in line in Disneyland Paris on average? Now let’s get the Disneyland Paris app. Don’t have it on your phone yet and are you going to this amusement park soon? Then make sure you do, you will benefit a lot from it, if only to see the waiting times!
So how busy is it now at Disneyland Paris – keep in mind, the summer vacations are over:
- Big Thunder Mountain: 5 minutes
- Pirates of the Caribbean: 5 minutes
- Ratatouille: 5 minutes
- Peter Pan’s Flight: 10 minutes
- HyperSpace Mountain: 15 minutes
- Phantom Manor: 15 minutes
- Crush’s Coaster: 35 minutes
Unbelievable that it can be so quiet in Disneyland Paris. We could never have imagined that last year. But yes, that goes for a lot of things.
The crowds – or lack thereof – is partly due to the end of the summer vacations and of course the reduced capacity. But also because in many countries it is currently not recommended to visit Disneyland Paris and the region around it. As a result, at the moment there will mainly be only French visitors, which explains part of the quietness.
If you want to go to Disneyland Paris, and you don’t mind wearing a mouth cap, and following the rules? Then I’d say go for it, as quiet as it is now you’re never going to see it again!