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Things you have in Walt Disney World, but not in Disneyland Paris

When I’m at Disneyland Paris, I always compare it to Walt Disney World in Orlando. Mostly unconsciously.

And even though both are Disney Parks, they are completely different. Not only in terms of climate but also in the size and amount of unique attractions.

Disneyland Paris certainly has its charm. It is small and uncluttered, and being in France has something romantic about it. Disney World is just a massive place. A city in itself, where there is so much to see that one day (week!) is not enough.

But that’s not the only difference between the parks.


The Monorail is a significant mode of transportation in Walt Disney World. From the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC), it will take you to Magic Kingdom, the Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian, Contemporary, and Epcot. The Monorail runs very regularly and has a high capacity. As a result, you never have to wait long. It also has air conditioning to cool off in.

Even if you don’t have a park ticket, it’s fun to take a tour of the Magic Kingdom Resorts by monorail. Snooping everywhere, eating something or shopping. And then on to the next hotel.

Disneyland Paris is so small compared to Walt Disney World that a monorail is unnecessary. You just walk from park to park, and even back to the furthest Disney Hotel only takes a 20 minute walk.

If for some reason you are unable to walk, you can use the free Disneyland Paris bus transportation.

Animal Kingdom

Another thing we don’t have in Disneyland Paris is Animal Kingdom, one of the 4 theme parks at Walt Disney World.

Disneyland Paris has two theme parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. There have always been rumors of more parks coming in the future. But for the time being Disneyland Paris mainly focuses on expanding the small Walt Disney Studios Park.


I could have mentioned both Animal Kingdom and Epcot in the same paragraph, still, Epcot is so unique that I wanted to discuss it a bit further.

Especially, since there is a France section in this park. As someone who traveled to France over a hundred times, I can see what they tried to achieve with this section, but it doesn’t look like the France I know.

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Also, don’t expect Disneyland Paris to look like this. It looks just like the American theme parks. If you want to experience France, then drive into the countrysides of the Dordogne or to the south of France.

Splash Mountain (and many more attractions)

There are some similarities in rides between Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World. Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean and many more of the same ride you will find in both resorts.

And even though they sound the same, in practice, they are not. They are completely different rides, only with a similar theme.

Disneyland Paris also has some unique rides like Crush’s Coaster, the most popular rollercoaster in Disneyland Paris. Another unique ride is Phantom Manor, the haunted mansion of the French theme park. Here you follow the story of bride Melanie and her father, who makes all her fiancés disappear.

Magic Bands and Genie+

Technologically, Disneyland Paris is way behind on the American theme parks.

We don’t have MagicBands here, and there is no Genie+. There is a Disneyland Paris app in which you can check the wait times, and make diner reservations, and you can now even mobile order food at some restaurants in the parks.

Other than that, you will have to use a physical ticket to gain access to the parks. Or scan a QR-code with your ticket information that’s in your Disneyland Paris app.

Disney Premier Access

Disney Premier Access is something they don’t have in Walt Disney World, but they do in Disneyland Paris.

With Disney Premier Access you pay for access to a shorter queue at some of the most popular rides in both Disney Parks. You pay per ride and per person, and the prices vary between €5 and €18. So, as you can imagine, this feature is hardly used.

The only ride that is worth buying this for is Crush’s Coaster. It’s the most expensive one, but it will save you at least an hour, but usually more, of waiting in line.

If you have some cash to spend, then buy Disney Premier Access Ultimate. This gives you one time access to all the Disney Premier Access queues. We tried this and were able to visit all the popular rides in only a few hours on a sold-out day in July.

Disney Springs

Finally, Disney Springs. In Disneyland Paris we have something similar called Disney Village, but this is much smaller. It takes only 5 minutes to walk from one side to the other, that’s how small it is.

In Disney Village there are several restaurants and shops. And it’s often a great place to spend the evening hours, after the parks are closed. During the winter months, there will even be a small Christmas village with many booths with several food offerings.

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Disney Village will receive a large refurbishment in the coming years, where new areas will be added. When that overhaul is finished, this area will probably look a lot more like Disney Springs.

Photos: Pixabay and Disney

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