For those of you who might not be familiar with Disneyland Paris (aka Euro Disney) let me tell you a little about this magical, enchanted, romantic little piece of Paris. Nestled roughly 20 miles (32 km) east of Paris, Disneyland Resort Paris is pretty easy to get to from the city, whether you’ve got a car at your disposal or not. It’s one of the most popular tourist attractions, and if you would like to take a break from the usual museum, galleries , monuments or sites, then this is the place to go. If you have kids they will definitely love it. Like any true Disney theme park, Disneyland Resort Paris is a combination of amusement park rides, hotels, restaurants, and other recreational attractions. It also includes not one but two theme parks and seven hotels.
Disneyland Park Paris
The first Disneyland Paris theme park is Disneyland Park Paris, which includes many of the same features you’ll find at other Disney properties. There’s Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland, and the popular Main Street U.S.A. and just like some of the other parks, a Disney train runs through several of the different ‘lands’ allowing for easy access between them.
Walt Disney Studios Park
For those of you who might be familiar with Disney’s Hollywood Studios located in the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista Florida, the Walt Disney Studios Park is a bit similar to that. Opening after Disneyland Park Paris the Walt Disney Studios Park has different parts to it that are called “studio lots.” There’s the Front Lot, Toon Studio, Production Courtyard, and Hollywood Boulevard – and there’s even a Backlot which you can check with guest services for a tour.
There’s more entertainment than just the two theme parks.. The Disney Village is full of restaurants, shops, and attractions that aren’t amusement park rides. The idea of Disney Village is to mimic Disney World’s “Downtown Disney” area, where you’ll find features like Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Dinner Show, an IMAX theatre, a bowling alley, and a disco.
For those avid golf players, Golf Disneyland has a 27 hole golf course that is open year round. And there is also a kid section at Golf Disneyland for the kiddies that like to also play a round..
As if it wasn’t enough to have a Disneyland Paris theme park, there’s a man-made lake at EuroDisney called, what else, Lake Disney. Much like Walt Disney World’s Bay Lake, it’s nestled in the center of three of the park’s resort hotels. It’s not exactly part of the recreation, but it’s very serene, peaceful and beautiful.
As mentioned, there are seven Disney-operated hotels at Disneyland Resort Paris, but those aren’t your only options. You can also choose to stay in one of the six non-Disney hotels near the park which offer free shuttle rides to and from EuroDisney. When you’re booking your hotel, if you’re planning to spend most of your time at Disneyland Paris just make sure to find out about the free shuttles – where they pick up and drop off, and when they run. Also note that if you choose to stay at Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch (which is a Disney-operated hotel), the free shuttle buses don’t run to that hotel.
Visitor Information for Disneyland Paris
Park Open Hours: Depends on the season, but in the low season Disneyland Park Paris is open Sunday-Thursday 10:00-7:00, Friday-Saturday 10:00-9:00… Walt Disney Studios is open Sunday-Thursday 10:00-8:00, Friday-Saturday 10:00-7:00 – in the high season, the parks tend to stay open later, but don’t necessarily open earlier. (News & Events calendar)