Disneyland in Paris France is an amusement park and a holiday village within Marne-la-Vallée, an eastern suburb of Paris, about 32 km from the city center.
The amusement park, in operation since 1992, has…
- a total of two theme parks and
- a separate Disney Village for shopping, restaurants, and entertainment, plus
- 7 Disney-owned and themed hotels.
When it was completed, Disneyland Paris was, in fact, the second Disney theme park to open its doors outside of the United States (the first one was in Tokyo)…
…and since then, with over 15 million total visitors, it has become one of Europe’s top tourist attractions.
A European Disneyland amusement park had been in development since 1972, but the plans were vitalized only after Tokyo Disneyland became a fantastic success immediately after opening its doors, back in 1983.
The location for the Disneyland in Paris, at Marne-la-Vallée, was chosen for to its proximity to not only Paris, but also because the place is so central to much of Western Europe.
As an example of this, there are about 68 million people living within four hours drive from the Disneyland theme park.
Disneyland Park Paris is spread to an area of around 566,560 m² (140 acres), with the adjacent Walt Disney Studios Park theme park adding another 270,000 m² (66 acres).
All in all, over 2 million visitors come to visit Disneyland in Paris every year.
Disney Village, a center of entertainment within the amusement park, has a wide range of restaurants, bars, and shops to choose from.
You can also purchase tickets to the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Dinner Show, or any of the other show numbers available at the Disney Village.
If you have decided on staying overnight at the park, you’ll be able to choose from a total of 7 Disney-owned and 6 independently-owned hotels.
To get to the park, you can use a train to the Disneyland train station, at “Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy”, located between the theme parks and the Disney Village.
From the train station, you can catch connections to the RER train network (the station is, in fact, the RER line A terminus) and the TGV bullet trains.
Most tourists come to the park using a train, with RER trains departing for Disneyland Paris (on weekdays) from central Paris every 10 minutes.
If you like, you can also use the buses that connect Paris to the Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy station.
Finally, there is a (once daily) Eurostar — operated by Eurostar — train, connecting Disneyland Paris to London.
As for entertainment within Disneyland in Paris France, the area has been divided into three main sections:
- Disneyland Park,
- Walt Disney Studios Theme Park, and
- Disney Village.
Of these, the Disneyland Park section has a total of around 50 rides, in five themed sections, including “Main Street”, “U.S.A.”, and Frontierland.
Walt Disney Studios Theme Park, meanwhile, has 13 amusement rides, with a chance for visitors to take a peek into the world of movie & animation making and television studios.
The hotel services offered at the Disney Village include…
- Disneyland Hotel
- Disney’s Hotel New York
- Disney’s Sequoia Lodge
- Disney’s Newport Bay Club
- Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne
- Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe
- Disney’s Ranch Davy Crockett
- Vienna International Dream Castle Hotel
- Holiday Inn
- MyTravel’s Explorers Hotel
- Kyriad Hotel
- Hôtel L’Elysée
- Radisson SAS Hotel
- Résidence Pierre & Vacances Val d’Europe
At Disneyland in Paris France, additional services available at the park include:
- Golf Disneyland (27-hole golf course)
- Le Centre Commercial Val d’Europe
- RER and TGV train station (Gare de Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy)
- Arlington Business Square business park
Disneyland in Paris France
To plan your visit to Disneyland in Paris France, one of the best sources of information is the official website, at www.disneylandparis.com.
For other theme parks in Paris, in addition to Disneyland Paris, you can also visit “Parc Asterix” (www.parcasterix.fr) and “Futuroscope” (www.futuroscope.com).