How to Enjoy Disneyland Paris as a First Time Visitor

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Taking a trip to any Disney Park can be a big undertaking. Disney offers so many amazing experiences at all Parks that it can be difficult to know where to begin, especially if it’s your first time there. As a Disney fan, you want to do it all while visiting. As a visitor to a new Park, it can be overwhelming with all of the options, like what to definitely do and what to pass on.

For many Americans, Walt Disney World or Disneyland is their home Park. Getting the experience to leave the country and explore a new Park may just be a bucket list item for all Disney fans. Disneyland Paris is one of the few options Guests can enjoy outside of the U.S. with unforgettable experiences. Of course, Disney is always leading the way with suggestions, ideas, and best practices to enjoy your visit for the very first time. The planDisney panelists just made planning even easier with their tips on visiting Disneyland Paris as a first-timer.

Disneyland Paris Parade

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Tips For Visting Disneyland Paris

planDisney panelists commented on their experiences at Disneyland Paris, crafting the best suggestions for your first time. What’s better than hearing tips from Disney fans who’ve already done the heavy lifting?

Stay on Property

This may go for every Disney Park, but staying at a Disneyland Resort is the first tip. It definitely feels more magical when staying in the Disney area, but the convenience is always the best part. Staying closer to the Parks cuts down on travel time and assists with transportation. With free shuttle transportation or easy walking to the Parks, it’s a time saver plus financially. “Disney hotels also feature Extra Magic Time in the parks and hotel-exclusive character encounters, so you are immersed in the magic your entire stay,” Disney Parks Blog adds. Disneyland Paris also offers a Club Level service which offers a private check-in experience as well as a private food lounge for an extra special touch.

Disneyland Paris Hotel

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Like the food, try them all! What’s cool about visiting different Parks is seeing their version of the classic rides we all know and love. Disneyland Paris offers Pirates of the Caribbean and Space Mountain but with their own twist making it an entirely new experience. Furthermore, trying the rides there are only found in Disneyland Paris is the whole reason to experience a new Park! Crush’s Coaster and Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant are two listed as not to miss experiences.

Dining Experiences

Come hungry because there are bites you won’t want to miss! Like many Disney Parks, the food offered at Disney is one of a kind, limited edition, or only found specifically in that Park. The exclusivity of Disney’s food options makes it important to schedule dining reservations for sit-down restaurants and to try all the snacks you may not have the opportunity to try in your home Parks. For planDisney panelist Prince, macaroons are an absolute must saying; it’s almost a rite of passage for those visiting Paris for the first time to indulge in these crisp-yet-pillowy bites of delight.”

Disneyland Paris Dining

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Take It All In

Experience all Disneyland Paris has to offer by trying everything but actually soaking it in. You’ve traveled far to try something new, so it’s not the time to rush from one place to the next. Schedule the time in your day to enjoy the parades and entertainment, full of new costumes, songs, and characters you’re not used to. That goes for your Resort too. It’s important to take some time to relax on your trip and enjoy the unique Parks of Disney Resorts.

Panelist Adrianna said, “She always recommends Guests slow down and take a stroll through Parc Disneyland to be rewarded by the immersive beauty, unique architecture, and design details that make this destination so appealing.” Additionally, Disneyland Paris has their own tips and tricks before visiting the Parks to get you ready for a magical experience.

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About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.