Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris: things you don’t want to miss!

If you think of Disneyland Paris, then you think of Disneyland Park. The big pink entrance and the matching castle, you probably know them from the commercials on TV. This is not only the most famous theme park in Disneyland Paris but also the most popular.

It was the first Park of the Disneyland Paris Resort to open in 1992. Almost 10 years later, the second park opened its doors – the Walt Disney Studios Park. Although Studios Park gained popularity in recent years with several attractions, it still cannot match Disneyland Park.

The Park

Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris: things you don't want to miss!

Disneyland Park is the “magical” park of Disneyland Paris. The rides, the environment, and of course, the big pink castle give this park something fairy-like. The nice thing is that this Park is similar to the Magic Kingdom park in Orlando and the other Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. Especially if you have visited several Disney parks, you immediately have that feeling of recognition as soon as you enter the Park.

The entrance to Disneyland Park is probably as recognizable as the castle. This is not just any building, but a real luxury hotel: the Disneyland Hotel. This is the most expensive hotel in Disneyland Paris. You sleep in large rooms, some of which even have a view over Disneyland Park. Because of the good location of this hotel, you are within 5 minutes in the Parks. Ideal if you want to take a nap in the afternoon or sleep in a little longer.

At the entrance to Disneyland Park, you’ll find the ticket offices to purchase tickets or order an annual pass. Ordered tickets that you have not printed out can also be picked up here. Next to the entrance of Disneyland Park, you will also find Salon Mickey, the lounge for shareholders. By showing your shareholder card, you get access to the lounge and can grab snacks and drinks.

The countries/theme areas

Disneyland Park consists of about 5 countries. These are themed areas in which the attractions, stores, and restaurants are all coordinated. Disneyland Paris has done quite a bit of work on this. Do some parks have several set pieces standing around to indicate a certain theme. In Disneyland Park and the Studios, the theme is worked out to the smallest detail. Especially if you visit more often, more things will catch your eye, and you will see something new every time.

For example, you can look for Hidden Mickeys. Usually, this is the silhouette of Mickey or the 3 circles that make up his head, which is hidden in places in the park. This could be very subtly on the floor, for example, or in a painting hanging in an attraction. It’s a fun little search game that makes the Parks and attractions just a little more fun.

Main Street U.S.A.

Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris: things you don't want to miss!

As soon as you enter Disneyland Park, you are in the first country: Main Street U.S.A. This part looks like the main street in an old American village. There are no real attractions in this section. However, you will find several stores and restaurants here. Also, the Guest Services is located here, where you can go, for example, for table reservations at a restaurant, if you have lost your belongings, if you need extra help at attractions because of a disability, etc.

Main Street U.S.A. is also the place to watch the parade(s) and see the evening show. In addition, you can take a ride in an old car or a horse-drawn streetcar here. There are also several places where you can have your picture taken with Disney characters, and in the two passages that are located left and right of Main Street U.S.A., you can take shelter from the rain or cool off on a hot day.


Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris: things you don't want to miss!

If you go clockwise from Main Street U.S.A., Frontierland is the next land you’ll end up in. This section of Disneyland Park has a Wild West Theme. The land itself is a Western village with saloons, bars, and even a mine. In this part, you will find the haunted house of Disneyland Paris: Phantom Manor.

Another popular attraction in Frontierland is Big Thunder Mountain. You take place in a derailed mine cart in this roller coaster as you race around the mountain and back into the depths. As a roller coaster enthusiast, this is one of my favorites. Not because of the huge G-forces but because the theme is right.

If you are more of a quiet person, you can take a trip on an old riverboat powered by steam. You can relax while overlooking the water, the geysers, and of course, Big Thunder Mountain.

At the back of Frontierland are two more attractions. The first is a playground in the shape of a Native American village, including teepees. The other is one of the steam train stations that makes a round trip around the park. The other stations are located in Fantasyland, Discoveryland, and Main Street U.S.A. You can get on and off at each station.


Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris: things you don't want to miss!

The next land in Disneyland Park is Adventureland. This land has an adventurer theme, but you can see it more as exploring various lands. There is an Indiana Jones attraction, an African section, an Arabian section with an Aladdin attraction, and a large pirate section.

In this section, you will also find one of the most popular attractions of Disneyland Park: Pirates of the Caribbean. Indeed of the movies of the same name. Among others, Jack Sparrow, you will meet on this boat trip along with other pirates. Although this attraction is suitable for the whole family, some scenes can be frightening for young children.

A more exciting attraction in Adventureland is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril. Although you can’t see it from the outside, this is a pretty spirited roller coaster. You are shaken up quite a bit, so you rarely come out without a head or neckache. Nevertheless, this ride is highly recommended if you like roller coasters.

In addition to the attraction, you also have a section where you can explore on your own. Through the dark caves of Adventure Isle, you can look for the hidden suspension bridge. You can also visit the ship of Captain Hook and the treehouse of the Swiss Family Robinson.


Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris: things you don't want to miss!

From Pirates of the Caribbean, you walk straight into the next country: Fantasyland. As the name suggests, this is the place to be if you like fairy tales and princesses. This is the colorful, magical part of the park where you will also see the Disney characters.

An example of this is the popular, Fastpass attraction Peter Pan’s Flight. In a pirate ship enchanted with pixie dust, you and Peter Pan flying through the dark over the British city of London. From the sky, you’ll see cars in the distance and fly around Big Ben. Then you set off for Neverland, where you come face-to-face with Captain Hook, Smee, and the crocodile.

In Fantasyland, you will also find a true Disney classic. Probably you have heard the tune of this attraction: It’s a Small World. This is truly a family attraction where even the littlest ones can go. It is a boat trip along with cheerfully singing puppets who represent various countries around the world.

In addition to It’s a Small World, you’ll find another classic: Dumbo the Flying Elephant. This is another real favorite for the whole family. You take place on the back of Dombo and fly with him. You can determine the height yourself, which makes the attraction suitable for people with a fear of heights.

Finally, in Fantasyland, you will, of course, find the castle. The famous eyecatcher of the park. In the castle, there are stores and a Sleeping Beauty attraction. You can see even from one of the balconies overlooking Fantasyland. If you look carefully, you will find the dragon at the bottom of the castle. This is not a happy-looking fantasy dragon, so be careful with small children.


Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris: things you don't want to miss!

This is the fifth and final land of Disneyland Paris. This section has a space theme. That means rockets, space travelers, and of course, Star Wars.

Since the purchase of Star Wars by Disney, you see more and more of these movies back in the parks. There was, of course, already a Star Wars attraction: Star Tours. Here you step aboard a spaceship to take a leisurely trip to a distant planet. But that trip works out a little differently. If you have seen the movies, the characters and planets will probably look familiar—a fun attraction for Star Wars fans.

Another fun attraction in Discoveryland is Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. You get your own laser gun, and you can shoot at various targets to defeat Emperor Zurg. This is truly a child-friendly attraction suitable for the whole family.

Another attraction you should not miss is HyperSpace Mountain. Also, in this attraction, the Star Wars theme has now penetrated. To familiar music and sound effects, you shoot through space in this wild roller coaster. The attraction starts when the car is loaded into a large canon. Then you are shot off into space, and the journey begins.

The attractions of the Disneyland Park

Above, of course, we have already discussed a lot of attractions. In total, there are 40 attractions in Disneyland Park. So there is more than enough to do! The attractions range from quiet family rides to roller coasters and thrill rides.

It’s too much to list them all. There are also attractions for tiny children, including a carousel, It’s a Small World, and Dombo the Flying Elephant. Casey Jr and the Maze from Alice in Wonderland are also great fun for young children. Everyone can have a great time in this park, and if not, there is the Walt Disney Studios Park.

Special events

Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris: things you don't want to miss!

Besides the normal attractions, shows and parades, there are also special events in Disneyland Park. From November through early January, there is the Christmas season at Disneyland Paris. This is a popular time of year when Disneyland Park is cheerfully decorated, and there are also special shows and parades here.

Also, during Halloween, Disneyland Park is cheerfully decorated. The park gets autumnal decorations, and there are “spooky” shows and parades performed.