1-Day in Disneyland Park @ Disneyland Paris

One day was all it takes for my husband and I to visit and enjoy Disneyland Paris in France. Based on the reviews and feedback we got, we gave Walt Disney Studios Park a miss and spent the entire day at Disneyland Park instead. The highlight of our trip was Disney Illuminations special effects, fireworks and lights display at night – it was the best magical time of our lives!

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Disneyland Paris, France

Disneyland Paris in Marne-la-Vallee, France consists of two Disney Parks – Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. There are also eight magical themed hotels, over fifty themed restaurants, a golf course, and a Disney Village for dining, shopping and entertainment.

The theme parks offer over fifty magical and adventurous attractions for the young and old to enjoy which includes meet and greet sessions with one’s favourite Disney characters, fun rides, colourful parades and breathtaking shows.

Disneyland Paris receives around twelve million visitors a year which makes it the most visited place in Europe.

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The main entrance to Disneyland Paris, France
The 5-star Disneyland Hotel @ Disneyland Paris, France
Erika & Tony posing in front of Disneyland Hotel @ Disneyland Paris, France
Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park @ Disneyland Paris, France
The information board in Disneyland Park @ Disneyland Paris
Main Street Transportation @ Disneyland Paris
Walt’s – An American Restaurant on Main Street U.S.A. @ Disneyland Paris
Mickey and Minnie Mouse helium balloons @ Disneyland Paris
Tony and a police carriage @ Disneyland Paris
Erika & Tony enjoying their honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, France
A colourful and entertaining Disney Stars Parade on Main Street U.S.A. @ Disneyland Paris, France

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Sleeping Beauty Castle & Five Magical Lands

Disneyland Park located in Disneyland Paris is divided into five magical lands namely Main Street U.S.A, Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland. Each land has its own unique sights and attractions, and in the centre of it all is Disneyland Paris’ iconic landmark – Sleeping Beauty Castle. Entrance tickets to Disneyland Park can be bought online or at the entrance gates to the park.

Good news is every Disney Park admission ticket receives a complimentary FASTPASS ticket valid on the same day. One can only have one FASTPASS ticket at a time, per person. Another ticket can only be obtained once the previous ticket has been used or 2 hours after the previous one. Do note that the number of complimentary FASTPASS available per day is limited. 

Disneyland Park opens from 10am to 11pm, while extra magic hours are from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are the most popular, also the busiest and most magical time to visit Disneyland Paris, France.

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Sleeping Beauty’s Castle @ Disneyland Paris
The story of Sleeping Beauty in stained glass art in Sleeping Beauty Castle @ Disneyland Paris
The upper floor of Sleeping Beauty Castle @ Disneyland Paris, France
Sleeping Beauty stained glass art and sculpture in Sleeping Beauty Castle @ Disneyland Paris
The sleeping dragon guarding Sleeping Beauty’s Castle @ Disneyland Paris

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1-Day in Disneyland Park @ Disneyland Paris

Unlike our previous trips overseas, the decision to visit Disneyland Paris for our honeymoon was a spontaneous, spur of the moment decision. We were fortunate that Disneyland Paris was having the “adult ticket at child price” promotion at that time where two adults 1-Day, 1 Park MINI tickets only costs €102.

We made our way to Disneyland Paris, France by train via RER A to Marne-la-Vallee – Chessy (Parc Disneyland) which happens to be the last stop on the RER A4 line. To get into Disneyland Park, we had to go through not one, but two security checks. It is also good to note that selfie sticks are not allowed into the amusement park.

At Disneyland Park, we visited all five magical lands including Sleeping Beauty’s Castle (my favourite!). We forgo most of the rides because the queue was extremely long, but we managed to ride on Sir Lancelot’s very own merry-go-round just to amuse and please the child in us.

We met a dragon, posed with Darth Vader, explored Captain Nemo’s Nautilus and even climb up into the Swiss Family Robinson’s tree house to name a few! Sadly, Jack Sparrow’s Black Pearl was off-limits to visitors. Other than that, we also enjoyed browsing through various shops selling an assortment of Disney merchandises along Main Street U.S.A and Disney Village, and had a fine lunch at Walt’s – An American Restaurant.

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@ Disneyland Paris, France
Erika & Tony having fun on the merry-go-round @ Disneyland Paris, France
Pizzeria Bella Notte @ Disneyland Paris, France
Hakuna Matata Restaurant @ Disneyland Paris, France
One of the many souvenir shops in Disneyland Paris, France
Souvenirs @ Disneyland Paris, France
Frontierland, Disneyland Park @ Disneyland Paris, France
Adventureland, Disneyland Park @ Disneyland Paris, France
Pirates of the Caribbean, Jack Sparrow’s Black Pearl @ Disneyland Paris, France
Carl and Russel of Disney’s Up! @ Disneyland Paris, France
The Swiss Family Robinson’s tree house @ Disneyland Paris, France
The Orbitron in Discoveryland @ Disneyland Paris, France
One of the many restaurants in Discoveryland @ Disneyland Paris, France
Exploring Captain Nemo’s submarine, The Nautilus @ Discoveryland, Disneyland Paris
A giant squid attacking The Nautilus @ Discoveryland, Disneyland Paris
The Arcade on Main Street U.S.A. @ Disneyland Paris, France #2
The Arcade on Main Street U.S.A. @ Disneyland Paris, France #3
Adorable Disney’s Tsum Tsum @ Disneyland Paris, France
Disney princesses collectibles @ Disneyland Paris, France

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Disney Village – Shopping & Entertaiment District

Access to Disney Village at Disneyland Paris is free and opens every day from 07:30 am to late. The village is littered with shops, eateries and restaurants and even a cinema. We especially enjoyed browsing through the Disney boutique store. Everything looks so pretty in there!

At the LEGO store, we could not resist buying a Superman and Wonder Woman LEGO figurine keychains and bring them back home as souvenirs. Tony enjoyed his time at Planet Hollywood too. We caught a glimpse of the eye-catching hot air balloon hovering over Lake Disney, but the tickets cost a bomb!

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Disney Boutique Store in Disney Village @ Disneyland Paris
LEGO Store in Disney Village @ Disneyland Paris
Cafe Mickey & hot air balloon in Disney Village @ Disneyland Paris
The entrance to Disneyland Park @ Disneyland Paris

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Disney Illuminations Show – A Night Time Spectacular We’ll Never Forget

Apart from the fine dining experience at Walt’s – An American Restaurant, Disney Illuminations Show was in fact the highlight of our trip to Disneyland Paris. We intentionally stayed in the park until closing time at 11pm to watch it and had to fight for a good seat to enjoy the show.

When the time comes, colourful and incredible special effects, lasers, dancing water fountains and fireworks lit up the night sky over Sleeping Beauty Castle as Mickey led us on a magical journey through impressive projections of famous Disney tales, old and new such as Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Little Mermaid.

There are no words to describe how happy and excited we were to be in Disneyland Paris and watching the fireworks, hand in hand, having the time of our lives. I managed to record the entire show on video so that we will be able to remember and relive the moment again, time after time, wherever we are.

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The crowd waiting for the Disney Illuminations Show to start at 11pm @ Disneyland Paris. France

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In a Nutshell

Disneyland or in this case, Disneyland Paris truly is the happiest place on earth and we could see why. Even though we did not enjoy all the rides and attractions offered, we still had a wonderful time exploring Disneyland Park and Disney Village.

Most importantly, I got to spend quality time with my husband and I could not ask for anything better than that. Disneyland and honeymoon makes a good combination.

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Up next: Beauty & the Beast couple photoshoot in Paris

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