The Ultimate Disneyland Paris Itinerary (Without Lines!)
Best Time Of Year To Visit Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Park Hours
Generally, Disneyland Park opens at 10am. When starting to plan your Disneyland Paris itinerary, you need to check the schedule for your chosen day, because – depending on the time of year you’ll be visiting – the park closure time varies from 6.30pm – 11pm.
Walt Disney Studios Hours
How To Use Fastpass At Disneyland Paris
You walk up to the ride that you want the fastpass for and check what the ‘return time’ is. If that time suits you, then you go to the machine, scan your park tickets (you need to scan the ticket of everyone in your party who wants to ride) and grab your Fastpass ticket.
Don’t leave either your park ticket or your Fastpass ticket behind! That will most definitely NOT help your Disneyland Paris itinerary!
Once you have your Fastpass you can do other things while you wait for your time slot. You’ll have plenty of time to grab some good food at the Disneyland Paris restaurants – we have a great guide about which ones are the best here!
When it’s your time, return to the ride and go to the designated Fastpass line.
Don’t forget to grab another Fastpass ticket as soon as you can, afterwards!
Read our complete article on Fastpass at Disneyland Paris.
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One Day Disneyland Paris Itinerary Morning Plan
Start: Walt Disney Studios at park opening
Stop 1: Crush’s Coaster This is a great fun coaster, for all ages. It does have a single rider line, if the lines are long and you could use these, but if you’ve been in the park from opening, the line should be short. You cannot get a FastPass for this ride.
One Day Disneyland Paris Itinerary Afternoon Plan
Disneyland Paris Park 2-8pm
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril – an exhilarating ride full of twists, turns and unexpected elements
- Big Thunder Mountain – one of our favorites and has an in ride photo, unlike the one in WDW
- Phantom Manor – a similar version of the Haunted Mansion
- Pirates of the Caribbean – similar to the Magic Kingdom version but with some unique differences, making it worthwhile and possibly better – don’t forget to shout Bon Appetit to the diners!
- Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain – formerly just Space Mountain and streets ahead of the Magic Kingdom ride, in our opinion. It is a lot more intense and includes inversions, but is a smoother ride.
- It’s a Small World – with a celebration of diverse languages. The parade route starts close to this ride, so you may want to be here to catch the start of the parade and then to ride It’s a Small World!
- Star Tours
- Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains (traditional dark ride, which may be too dark for really young guests)
- Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
- Casey Jr – le Petit Train du Cirque (we took our 2 year old on this and she LOVED it – it’s such a catchy tune and joyful ride, but with a very slow moving line. Now they’re older, I’d want this to be a walk on to prioritise this over other rides)
- Mickey’s Philharmagic
- Dumbo the flying elephant (slow loading and repetitive – if you have children, do NOT let them persuade you to queue for this early in the afternoon – this is an end of the day ride!)
- Peter Pan’s Flight – beautiful and with typically shorter wait times than the US Disney parks
- Mad Hatter Tea Cups – particularly beautiful at night
- Le Carrousel de Lancelot – another particularly slow loading ride
We think it’s really worth your time to dedicate some exploration time, as mentioned at the top of this section.
- Alice’s Curious Labyrinth is great fun and you can climb up the Queen’s castle.
- The rope bridge in Adventure Isle is fun for all ages
- The castle interior (La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant) has been executed with amazing detail and you can get one member of your party to go down and take a photo of you on the balcony!
- The sleeping dragon is a fabulous touch, although my toddler found the snoring a little sinister!
- Les Mysteres du Nautilus – takes me back to when there was a Nautilus in Magic Kingdom
You will need a break for dinner – to sit down and rest your legs.
Whilst there are good table service options in Disneyland Paris (we recommend Captain Jack’s Restaurant des Pirates for a great experience and atmosphere!) and you can read more about them here you will probably find the prices quite expensive and the quality not quite as good as you’re expecting.
Given France’s culinary reputation, I have rarely been particularly impressed with the quality or value for money of meals in the Table Service restaurants in either of the parks.
Aside from this, with your one day in Disneyland Paris, you may find that you want to go back to the Studios to catch a show or want to explore more attractions or repeat some of your favourite rides. If doing Disneyland Paris in a day, I’d be tempted to eat again at a Quick Service location and have more time to explore the parks.
IF both parks close early on your one day in Disneyland Paris and you can cope with a snack to keep you going, then we would recommend eating dinner in Disney Village after the parks are closed.
Once you’re happy you’ve done your essentials (particularly before Studios closes), then we recommend you mentally list your ‘top wishes’, based on the time you have left and what you’ve not achieved during the day (or things you’d like to see/experience again!).
We recommend you make time to watch Illuminations, which is a 20 minute nightly show that takes place at park closing. You may wish to eat hot dogs while staking out your spot, or prefer to ride Hyperspace Mountain one more time and walk up minutes before it starts – the benefit of this Disneyland Paris itinerary is that you make the choices that suit your group!
After Illuminations, if you didn’t eat beforehand, make your way to Disney Village and choose where you want to eat. If it’s a nice evening, you may wish to take out and stroll around the lake and take in the illuminated hotels and balloon.
If you did eat beforehand, and you have the energy, then shopping might be your preferred activity! Remember, Disney Village is generally open late, so you shouldn’t need to rush!