10 tips to make Disneyland Paris one day two parks work for you

Disneyland Paris doesn’t need any introduction. It’s one of the most favorite, most sought after destinations in Paris. And equally so for both adults and kids. Also, we all know it’s huge. So, it’s always challenging to cover it in a single day. On our recent trip to Paris, we went to Disneyland also. And pressed by time, we went for a one day two parks pass. To start with, let’s accept, it indeed is a challenge to cover both the Disneyland park and the Disney Studio World in a single day. Thus, if you have time, do give at least two days to your Disneyland Paris visit.

Disneyland Paris one day two parks

But then, many of us are pressed by time, like we were. And that is where we have to make the most of the time we have at hand. Basically what I am saying is, there can be cases where you have no other option than to do a Disneyland Paris one day two parks trip. And this post is all about how to make the most of it. Although I must admit we could have done it more efficiently. Had we learnt a few things before going there. Thus, we ought to make our readers aware so they can make the most of their time doing the Disneyland Paris one day two parks trip.

An introduction to Disneyland Paris

Broadly, Disneyland Paris consists of two major parks – The Disneyland park and The Disney Studio World. The Disney Studio World closes before the Disneyland Park. The Disneyland park is further divided into 4 sub-parks: Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland. As the name suggests, the Frontierland and Adventureland have more adventurous games and rides that elders will be interested in. While the Fantasyland appeals to really small kids. It has homes to many cartoon characters and easier rides. While, Discoveryland is also having attractions for kids, but mostly kids above 4-5 years who can relate better to the fantasy characters.

It takes around an hours time to reach here from the city of Paris. And there are various means of communication to reach here. Head to their official site here and see what suites you best. And let us jump to the tips that helped us make the most of our time doing the Disneyland Paris one day two parks trip.

Making the most of your Disneyland Paris one day two parks

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Little one having a blast at Disneyland Paris one day two parks trip

Get your Disneyland Paris one day two parks tickets in advance

You can book your Disneyland Paris one day two parks tickets online. And it will be a good thing to do. Since, it is one of the most crowded and attractive places in Paris, the tickets get even sold out at times. So, better book yours in advance. Instead of wasting your time buying one on the spot. This will help save a lot of your precious time.

Install the Disneyland Paris app

The app can be installed from Android play store or Apple app center. And it is indeed helpful. If you have data enabled, it will show you the rides. And also the rush or queue at each of the rides. This way, when you are in a particular part of the Disneyland Park, you can decide which ride to go for next. Depending on which one has the least rush. This will reduce your wait time drastically and help make the most of your time doing the Disneyland Paris one day two parks trip.

Take a map of Disneyland along with you

You can collect the map from the information center inside the premises of Disneyland Paris once you reach there. The map helps you remain on the right path as the park is huge. And without directions it can be little overwhelming. Besides, the Map also helps locate refreshment centers, hotels and restaurants and restrooms across the park. So, when you are in need for one, all you need to do is look into the map and approach the nearest one. These are located all across the park, just that you need to know which one is nearest to you at the moment. And that will help you save more time that you might otherwise waste looking for these places.

Create a rough itinerary of your day, aligning parks in order

When you have got limited time, and that is always the case with Disneyland Paris one day two parks, it’s important to make the most of it. And keeping yourself sorted and ready with an itinerary helps save a lot of hassle pondering over where to head next. This will help you make the most of your Disneyland Paris one day two parks time. To start with, long before the trip, decide the order in which you will be visiting the parks. For instance, we had decided on our trip that till lunch time, we will be in Disneyland Park. Then we will head to Disney studio world for couple of hours. And when it’s closing time there, we will get back to the Disneyland Park.

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A handshake with Mickey Mouse

In the Disneyland park itself, we decided on visiting Fantasyland first of all. So that kiddo could enjoy some kid friendly rides. And meet some of her favorite characters like Alice, Mickey Mouse etc. And then next head to Discovery land. We planned to be here till lunch time before heading to Disney World Studio. And when back to Disneyland Park, we headed to Frontierland and Adventureland and enjoyed some rides ourselves. It did work out well. Since, first of all the kid got to enjoy herself since the beginning. Next, as we headed back from the Disney Studio World, the crowd had thinned pertaining to a cold evening. And thus, in Frontierland and Adventureland we found the queue at the rides much smaller.

Catch the parade at least once

The parades are an integral part of life at Disneyland Park Paris. There are designated times when the parades come out through the main street of the Disneyland park. And you must catch one of these. Luckily we caught not one, but two parades. The one in the afternoon, before heading to the Disneyland Studio world and then the one in the evening, right after returning from the Disneyland Studio world. The parade is where all the characters come together, march, dance around and greet the audience. The music and activity alongside charges up the whole atmosphere.

If it were up to our daughter, she would make the characters dance and let the parade go on all through the day.  But here’s an insider tip for you. During the parade, the rush at the rides really decreases as many go ahead to watch the parade. So, this is a wonderful time to go on some of the rides that are otherwise having lots of rush. We did try it at the end of the second parade. We dispersed a little before the rest of the crowd did. And we found some of our favorite rides not at all crowded.

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Disneyland Parade on the end of the main street

Decide on your rides beforehand

Just like you decided on your park itinerary, also decide on your rides. Let these be the rides that you don’t want to miss on your Disneyland Paris one day two parks trip. There are literally 100s of rides to take here. And you must make a priority list in case you are going on Disneyland Paris one day two parks trip. Since, it’s literally impossible to cover all the rides in a day. You must give some a miss in order to enjoy those you want the most. And for that, you will need to make a list beforehand. If you are with family, like we were, you should make a list of activities that include all of these : (1) ride for kids (2) ride for adults (3) rides and games that both can be involved in together.

In our case, we chose for our kid Alice’s curious Labyrinth, Disneyland railroad, Dumbo the flying elephant, Le Carrousel De Lancelot, Flying Carpets, Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups, Sleeping beauty castle and meeting Mickey Mouse. While for ourselves, we chose Pirates of the Caribbean, Big thunder mountain, Indiana Jones and a few other rides. On some of these rides, she could enjoy along side us. And when we found the next ride on our list over crowded, we switched to some other ride, and came back to it later. End of the day, we did more than these rides. And we had the satisfaction of not missing out on one we badly wanted to take.

Disneyland Paris one day two parks

Make use of fast pass

Many of the attractions at Disneyland Paris support fastpass. It is a concept that works like those tokens you get at banks and restaurants. Just instead of a token number, there is a pre-designated time printed on your fastpass. You ensure to return back to the attraction at that time, and you can have an entry into it without waiting in the queue!

So, this helps in two ways – (1) You secure your time on the rides that you love and don’t want to miss. And you won’t have to wait in queue when you arrive at those rides at the predesignated time as per your fast pass. (2) You can utilize the time that you would have otherwise wasted in queue, in taking some other ride in the meanwhile. All you need is to insert your disneyland ticket into the fastpass machine near the attraction and get the time printed. So, particularly when on a Disneyland Paris one day two parks trip, the fastpass is like a trump card you can use to save time.

Stay at Disneyland Paris itself?

Well, this is something that we didn’t do. And we won’t recommend to the economical travelers. The Disneyland Paris hotels on the premises are really costly. The advantage is that you save travel hours. And you get those magical hours – the time before the park opens to the public and after the park closes to the public. You will have those extra hours for the rides and adventures around the park without much rush around. But then it all comes at a cost. So, if you are comfortable with your budget, you should definitely stay on the premises and take advantage of these hours and save travel time.

Eat while you walk

Well, when we all do a lot of ride and walking around on our Disneyland Paris one day two parks trip, we are bound to feel hungry and thirsty. But, did you know that if you are not eating the right thing and the right way, it’s going to work against you during the trip. And will also not help you make the most of your time here? So, the trick is to eat right. And by right I mean light food at regular interval. Since you will be taking rides that will be spinning and going in rounds it is good to eat light, easily digestible food.

Next comes saving time and making the most of your time at Disneyland Paris one day two parks trip. And that is where again eating right is going to help. Eat what can be packed and carried with you while you walk or are waiting in queues. Avoid sitting in a restaurant and eating. We did that once during lunch time and we wasted close to an hour there. The ordering, finding a place, eating and relaxing all takes time, without us realizing. So, do take rest if you are tired. But if not, then eating while walking or waiting in queues will be better.

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The arena where we had our lunch watching some live show

Last but not the least, carry your food right from Paris if possible. The food at Disneyland Paris is pricy. Why to pay for it when you can get the same thing outside at much lesser cost. Carrying food is allowed (Of course within a limit like a few sandwiches in a bag) . Apart from the meals, some power food like chocolate bars, energy bars, dry fruits and others help keep the energy level up between the meals. And satisfy your hunger spans.

Be prepared when traveling with kids

When traveling with kids, it becomes all the more important to be prepared so you can make the most of your time during your Disneyland Paris one day two parks trip. The number one tip is to carry the kid’s essentials with you including extra pair of dress, water, some fruits and dry fruits etc. And the second one is carrying or renting a stroller. We could have done everywhere else in Europe without a stroller but not in Disneyland. There is a hell lot of walking to be done. So much so that for the first time during our Europe trip, we felt totally exhausted end of the day. So, it’s impossible to expect small kids to do this tremendous amount of walking.

If you are carrying a stroller with you, then it’s the best. But if you are not, we highly recommend renting one from the shop just after the entrance to Disneyland park. When you move from Disneyland Park to the Disney Studio, you will need to submit the stroller back. But then in the Disneyland Studio, you can again rent one out with the same receipt. You need not pay twice. The best part is that the kid is also able to take a nap in the stroller during the day, getting all refreshed once they wake up.

Disneyland Paris one day two parks

Additional tips on doing Disneyland Paris one day two park trip

  1. For latest information on the opening and closing times, operational rides, commute and stay, visit the official disneyland website.
  2. Wear comfortable walking shoes as there will be a lot of walking to be done.
  3. Carry refill water bottle with you. There are ample places where you can fill your bottle as well as drink from a tap directly.
  4. Enter through the main street of Disneyland Park and head towards the Fantasyland straight if you have kids with you.
  5. Catch the parade on the main street. It’s better and bigger after the renovation of Disneyland Paris this year.
  6. It’s much more chilly here compared to Paris unless you are visiting in the summer months. When we visited in April, it was cold and chilly. And the wind seemed to hit us right in the face. Since the area around is quiet open and there is no cover. So, prepare accordingly. Carry enough woolen and dress your kid in layers.
  7. Near the stroller shop, there are several souvenir shops. The prices across the shops in Disneyland are the same. But they are higher than the city. But in case you want to pick a souvenir from here, you can go to one of these shops. After all, it is a wonderful day in your life so why not make it all the more memorable 🙂
  8. If you are planning to return to Paris by train, don’t forget the return time of the last train from Disneyland. And make plans accordingly so you catch it in time. Else, it will be difficult (and way too expensive) to reach back to the city using a cab hire kind of medium of commute.
  9. You can as well stay near to Disneyland Paris, on the outskirts of the city but not inside one of the hotels in the Disneyland campus. Although, it will save time traveling. But, it won’t give you access to the magic hours. Still works better if your main purpose in Paris is to visit Disneyland.
  10. Hop on and off between the parks efficiently on a pre-planned route and you are sure to make the most of your day.

Summary of our Disneyland Paris one day two parks trip

Time

Activity

9:30am

Arrival, entry, renting a stroller

10:00am-12:00pm

Fantasyland rides & Exploration

12:00pm-1:00pm

Met Mickey Mouse @ his house

1:00pm-2:00pm

Lunch @ Discoveryland alongside some shows

2:00pm-3:00pm

Discoveryland rides & Exploration

3:00pm-5:00pm

Disney World Studio rides & Exploration

5:00pm-6:00pm

Adventureland rides & adventures

6:00pm-6:30pm

Parade @ Main Street

6:30pm-7:30pm

Frontierland rides & adventures

 

 

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60 Responses

  1. These are all such fantastic tips! I totally pre-planned all the rides I wanted to go on and oh man how I loved the fast pass. Having a map on hand was always helpful because you forget how big the park actually is so its easy to get lost.

    • Thanks Soraya. Yes, doing pre-planning is a must in destinations like Disneyland that attract so much of crowd any day of the year. It saves a lot of time and end of the day gives us the satisfaction of having explored it the way we wanted

  2. DisneyLand is indeed the happiest place on earth and is great to go to if you have kids. I didn’t know there was an app so I think that’s super useful when deciding which ride to go on next! Who likes long waiting times? No one!

  3. We had the priviledge of visiting Disneyland last month and it was so much fun. We were mainly there for the illumination show and it was cherry on the top. Your itinerary looks viable for people who want to do Disneyland in a day!

    • Thanks Harsh. Yes, it’s for those who have got to do it all and see it all in a day. We missed the illumination show. It must be such a treat

  4. I have not been to a Disney park since I was a little kid myself! But I remember how my mom worked soooo hard to plan the perfect itnerary. This seems like a low key but action packed schedule. Perfect for kids!!

  5. Thanks for the comprehensive tips! My older child will soon grow into the phase where he’d be asking to go to Disneyland and these other theme parks. The Paris one looks like there is so much to offer. I never knew there are actually two parks. Cant wait to bring our kids there one day!

    • Are you kidding me.. my 3 year old wants to again go there and have another handshake session with mickey mouse. The kids now a days are so smart. You need not wait for them to grow up and demand things

  6. I thought long and hard for years about heading to Disneyland Paris. (kill two birds with one spoon) But I’m not sure the expense would be worth it. Thanks for the tips either way, they could be useful if I change my mind.

  7. I remember going to Disneyland when I was a kid and thinking how huge it was!! Two parks in one day with the little ones is definitely a feat! The little one must have been exhausted by the end no?

    • Actually, that’s where the stroller comes to our rescue Diana. She had a good sleep of around 2 hours in the afternoon in the stroller while we were out there taking our turns to some of the rides 🙂 and afterwards also, she was mostly in the stroller, apart from taking a few rides. So, end of the day, we were quiet exhausted but she wasn’t 😀

  8. Due to the fact that I still feel like a child, visiting Disneyland would be a dream come true for me. Thanks for the suggestion and inspiration, Neha. Is one day enough to enjoy it?

    • One day is enough to get a good feel of it with all those tricks up your sleeve Agness. but I would suggest, if you can, stay for 2 days. So you can take it slow and will be even more satisfied end of the trip

  9. I’ve been there for the last time when I was five years old and didn’t even know that a Disney Studio World was existing? Is it even worth or necessary going there? I would probably focus on traditional Disney Land only. I’ve been to the Disney World in Orlando in 2013 and “my” Disney Land in Hong Kong last year and can only confirm that preparation helps to make the most of your day. We loved the app and the FastPass system as well.

    And, by the way: Thanks, Neha! Now that song from “It’s a small world” is stuck in my head once again… 😉

    • ha ha.. thanks Dennis! Whether one would like the Disneyland or the Disneyworld Studios is really a matter of personal choice. There are some movies, some ‘making of xyz’ kind of stuff, some cool 3D animations etc. in the studios which are bound to attract some. But yes, we also liked the rides and meeting the characters in the Disneyland park more.

  10. that’s so useful, as im planning for a trip to disneyland soon.thank you very much!

  11. Amazing that you were able to do it in just a day. I went to Universal Studios Japan and Universal Studios Singapore, and I don’t think a day was enough. There were so much that I wasn’t able to see. But then again, you are right, as tourists, sometimes we just don’t have all the time in the world and so we do what we can. You got some good tips on how to do it. Can’t wait to go ahead and try it myself. Hopefully, I’d get to France in the near future!

    • Thanks Marge. That’s true what you said. If I were to go to another disneyland, I would maybe want to allocate two days to the park for a more relaxing experience. But sometimes, you just have only that much time with you and you have to make the most of it.

  12. I get the chance to experience Disneyland once in HK and this one seemed to be really a great place to visit as well. I truly enjoy what you have posted and I can feel how this place can bring smile and happiness to every visitor. Your photos shows how lively and full of life this place is. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

  13. Never new there are two parks in Disneyland Paris. But would definitely agree on creating an itinerary and having a “must-ride” list. 🙂 Having a go at the rides during the parade is such a good idea. Will try this next time I’m in Disneyland

  14. This is so detailed and makes me want to go back to being a kid. I’d visit but do more of the adults stuff but I’d not mind handshakes with my childhood favorite Disney characters. Lol. Since I can achieve these much in a day, I’d mention the idea of Disneyland to my folks, they’ve been worried about the crowd for a long time. Your tips would go a long way.

    • I think that is a part of the deal. you have to leave yourself behind and become the ‘child’ you or maybe bring out the child in you when heading to disneyland. And that is the only way you can enjoy the most here

  15. What a faboulous tips! I actually never went to Disneyland before and it’s so close from London! I would love to see the parade and the big castle! Hopefully I can plan some trip soon! You put many useful informations here ! Thanks !

    • Great to know that Ada..We do intend to visit London sometimes. And yes, even if you are not a very big fan, visiting here once will be a must for kids sake, if you have any…since they totally love the place. But I am sure, once you are there, you will yourself feel like a kid

  16. Neha. That’s useful. I feel like taking family to the closest disneyland here which I guess is HK. Looks like its a lot too pack in for children to enjoy and for parents to feel like kids. I am now interested to simply download the app and see how the experience is. In such a crowded place, is it also advisable to have the kids wear some GPS device, since they could potentially get lost? Or is it a safe experience?

    • Thats a good point about GPS actually. I didn’t feel the need because my kid was mostly in stroller. But yes, elder kids that tend to run away at the blink of an eye, will be definitely helpful for them. Overall it’s very safe. But it will definitely cause you a stress, no matter what, if your kid is not visible to you all the time..applies to anywhere actually

  17. Wow! Being a 2nd generation Disney worker (my mom started right after it opened in California), we are always looking for extra tips to help make the next Disney experience better that the last. This is great information to help us plan everything out the way we want to and just keep moving to squeeze it all into a few days. Thank you!

  18. I agree with all your tips! I wish I knew them before my Tokyo Disneyland experience! It would be better to try all the attractions and rides so if people don’t have a strategy, they won’t be able to maximize their time at the park!

    • Exactly, it’s so important to make a plan particularly when you have limited time at hand

  19. Disneyland Paris with kids? That’s something you have to prepare before, because it’s a hell of a mission, and I know what I’m talking about! I love this place, because let’s face it, it’s a dreamy place, and everything is magical there… until you’re an adult and even then, something still is magic!

  20. Great article! I’ve heard Disneyland in Orlando is the best, but with all you have written here, I might just reconsider. Great article!

  21. That is a detailed all in one post Neha, with lots and lots of information. Really Nice! We are last minute planners and your posts are going to be a boon to us while planing Europe trip. We too agree that there is always shortage of time so one really needs to plan and sort the things in advance. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Thanks Suruchi. Disneyland Paris did require much more planning than others. But in the end, it was totally worth. Since, we don’t travel that far that often. So, we have got to make the most of our time there

  22. Seems like a fun filled adventure day! I haven’t been to Disneyland but it’s one of my dream places. Happiest place on earth, isn’t it? I’d love to watch the amazing show here!

  23. Disneyland is no doubt the happiest place in the world. Such a wonderful place for kids and families. We skipped this when we were in Paris as we too had a time constraint. Good to see you managed it but it must have been a little cramped to do two parks in a day. We have visited Disneyland in Hong Kong and had a great time there.

    • It required hell lot of planning for sure. And we did sacrifice some rides. End of the day, motive was to have a great time there instead of feeling disappointed . And seeing our kid having such a lovely time, we felt it was totally worth. 🙂

  24. promisemaxwell

    I’m glad I could come across a post like this because we planning of heading to Disneyland Paris next year to cross it off our list. Thanks a lot for this very useful tips!

  25. It’s such a shame how I haven’t been to any of the happiest place in the world, but I’ll definitely keep this in mind should my wandering feet take me here someday! 🙂

    • Ha ha.. I am more of the believer that happiness comes from within. So, don’t be disappointed. But yes, it’s indeed a magical place inside which there’s all beauty, fantasy and happiness. No place for sorrow

  26. Abigail Sinsona

    I’ve always wanted to go to Disneyland. This post made my yearning grow stronger. What a handy guide and loved your practical tips too!

  27. Very thoughtful of you to have packed up all the information in one central place. Are their toilets in the vicinity? I am asking this question because proper toilet facilities can make or break a travel destination.
    Thanks

    • You are right. Yes, they have plenty of restrooms in all the zones. So, you need not worry about that

  28. Great tips Neha. But some doesn’t work – like for example we did plan for some rides but they get filled up very fast and we had to spend some time in queues.Your daughter is quite brave to shake hands with Mickey 🙂

  29. Neha, that’s so much planning! You have almost planned a single minute but I guess for a traveler like me who realises at the end of the day, I have missed out on so many things, you are a boon! If we ever go anywhere in a group, I would vote for you as the leader: diligent and sorted! Coming back to Disney land I am sure to follow your strategy for the next recreation park I visit.

    • Thank you so much Ambuj. There was a time when we simply used to pack our bags and head out without any prior planning. But things change with time, particularly when kids get added to the travel equations 🙂 So, planning is unavoidable

  30. Now that’s such a wonderful guide put together and I must say the tips and itinerary are surely going to be of great help not following which, would waste ones time and not to forget the money put on the pass..

    • Thanks Mohit! Definitely you need some tips and tricks at play to be able to make the most of the limited time at hand

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