This is our day plan of Disneyland Paris edited to what we did in the parks and what we thought of each thing. Some of it is in a different order than what we actually did due to rides having technical issues or long queuing times. You should note that every time it says “meet character” here, we didn’t actually meet them, we just stared awkwardly and took pictures of them between seeing other guests. I go into these experiences more in my questions and answers post.
* = Worth seeing if you’ve got spare time
** = Very good, worth seeing
*** = Must see
9:00am Queue to get tickets- make sure you exchange anything you have for actual tickets which is what we had to do as we only had a pre-paid voucher. If you’re unsure, it’s always better to ask to avoid any disappointment when queuing to get in.
10:00am Enter Walt disney studios park- we were lucky in that the whole park and all the rides opened at 9:30. This also happened at Disneyland but anything that hadn’t been opened for early magic hours was shut until 10. However, it is still worth it to wait at the short cut 1 entrance to Frontierland for half an hour to get to Big Thunder mountain (day 2).
Head over to Toon studio
Popular ride: Crush’s coaster *** Go straight there, don’t look back, don’t get distracted! Some people run… don’t do that. If you don’t go here first you’ll end up waiting for over an hour at all times of the day without fail.
Fast passes needed: Ratatouille the adventure *** (we did single rider, really worth it if you can’t get a fastpass)
Mickey and the Magician*** (lasts 20mins)
Head over to Backlot
Fast Pass needed: Rock ’N’ Roller coaster * (this is my husband’s rating as I hate rides that go upside down.)
Go to Production courtyard
Fast Passes: Twilight zone Hollywood tower of terror *** (to be honest, you don’t usually need a fastpass for this because the wait time doesn’t usually go above 30 mins)
Meet Captain Jack (or friends) ** (we didn’t actually go and see him at all but I know I would’ve enjoyed to at least see him from a distance)
Studio Tram Tour * (see rides reviews for a warning about this ride.)
3pm consider leaving Walt Disney studios park
Do anything that either has good waiting times or is something you really want to see. (Just in case you miss it on day 2.) We went on and saw: Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan’s ride, The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, the Pirate area in adventureland, the castle and underneath and just had a general explore.
An hour before the parade head over to where you want to stand for it. The best position is on the corner just before the finish (near Fantasyland).
5:30pm Parade *** We LOVED the parade!!! Really worth going twice, the second day we got a front row view!
Explore round the park.
Suggestion- A night ride on the Carousel **– quite short but very magical! Only really worth it if 20 mins or under waiting time.
10pm Head down in front of the castle for the lights show
Suggestion- sit on a bench and when the show starts stand on the bench! We didn’t do this but apparently it’s allowed (stated by a guest online). We were lucky, on this day everyone stayed sat down so we all got a good view.
11pm (Park close, this happens at different times depending on when you go in the year) Light show *** DO THIS TWICE! It’s soooo beautiful and you may get better seats or a different view the second day.
If you leave with the crowds, you may get a chance to wave at Mickey who might be standing on the balcony of the Hotel. If you stay where you are until most of the guests leave you can get really good pictures of the castle at night but may miss Mickey. We did both!
9:00 am get tickets and queue at entrance
10:00 am enter Disneyland!
Head over to Frontierland and get to Big thunder mountain as fast as possible, get on or get fast passes. We did this and waited about 10 minutes! You WILL NOT get on if you go ANY later than the park opening… Unless you want to wait for over an hour!!! (See shortcut number 1 in shortcuts section)
Fast Passes needed: Big thunder mountain ***
Forest of enchantment musical adventure (20mins) ** (we did this in the afternoon- check the times)
Phantom Manor **
Thunder Mesa River Boat **
Meet Woody * on the way to the train station
If you can get the train from here to Fantasyland, it’s lovely and there’s a cool surprise at the end!
Sleeping beauty’s castle *** and see maleficent *** (For good pictures of you and the castle with no one else in shot go to the left of the castle, there’s a photo op point that’s usually empty)
Alice’s curious labyrinth **
Le pays des contes de fées **
Carousel ** (at night is best)
Popular rides: Peter pan ride *
Mad hatters tea cups * (In the evening it might be five minutes wait. If so, then it’s worth it!)
Meet Queen of Hearts *
Fastpass needed: Buzzlightyear **
Les Mysteres under sea tour *
Fast Passes Needed: Hyperspace mountain * (This is my husband’s rating as I hate rides that go upside down.)
Popular rides: Pirates of the Caribbean ***
Swiss family treehouse (worth visiting again when it’s dark, sooo pretty!)***
Pirate beach and pirate galleon! **
Aladdin’s passage **
Meet Peter Pan (and/or friends) *
Meet Aladdin (or friends)*
An hour before the parade head over to where you want to stand for it. The best position is on the corner just before the finish. (near Fantasyland)
5:30pm Parade *** (your time may be different)
After the Parade, we headed back to the Studio park to do two of our favourite rides: Tower of Terror and Ratatouille. We entered back into Disneyland at around 7:30 and explored Main street.
Suggestion- climb the castle in the evening light. -We didn’t do this but apparently you get a lovely view of the park. We thought the Swiss family Robinson tree house was better for a pretty sight in the dark.
10pm Head in front of the castle for light show
Suggestion- sit on a bench and when the show starts stand on the bench! -We didn’t do this but apparently it’s allowed. (stated by a guest online)
11pm- Light show ***