Visiting Disneyland Paris with a Toddler: Tips for a Magical Family Day Out

The enchanting Disneyland Paris resort is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations. It is also the most visited amusement park on the continent. Rising from the landscape in true Disney style, this 1,942-hectare resort houses two massive theme parks. These parks are filled with Disney magic and are the perfect backdrop for family adventures, especially for the little ones. 

Watch as their eyes light up when they spot Sleeping Beauty’s Castle or Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. Hear their delighted laughter as their favorite characters pop up during the “It’s a Small World” boat ride. Set them loose in Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, a real-life Wonderland, where they can have hours of fun chasing after the White Rabbit. 

Now that you’re inspired to visit the resort with your toddlers in tow, this insider’s guide to a dreamy day at Disneyland Paris will get your magical family outing off to the best start.  

Get Discounted Access

A trip to Disneyland Paris can be expensive, considering accommodation, food, and travel costs. However, you can save on meal plans and tickets if your kids are under three years old. They can enter the park free of charge and eat from your plate. If you go outside of peak times, you’ll probably get further discounts on lodging and transport to the parks. 

If you’re only going to be at the resort for a day, visit the traditional Disneyland Paris site and save the Walt Disney Studios Paris site for your next visit. You save even more when you opt for one-park tickets instead of two-park tickets.

Use the Money You Saved to Stay On-site

It is a good idea to stay on-site instead of the surrounding areas. You won’t have to coax your toddlers to get on public transport, and they can enjoy the rides for a full hour before the crowds arrive. The resort calls it the Extra Magic Time, and it’s one of the best things about staying on-site. Your kids can experience the most popular rides without waiting in line.

Some of the options for early morning Disney fun are Fantasyland’s carousel or the Peter Pan ride. Discoveryland’s Buzz Lightyear and Flying Carpets are also awesome rides.

On-site hotels are more expensive, but since you’re saving money on access fees, you can put the extra cash towards accommodation. Some toddler-friendly hotels include the nautical-themed Newport Bay Club, the Marvel Hotel, and Sequoia Lodge. Many Disney characters visit the hotels for meet and greets with the kids, so expect to see Thor, Minnie, and Woody, depending on the hotel you choose. 

Get Lost In a World Of Wonder

Disneyland Paris is fun for young and old. The resort has made it easy for parents to keep their toddlers entertained with no fewer than 34 adventures aimed at kiddies aged 0 – 3. 

These include Mickey’s PhilharMagic, a 4D animated experience starring everyone’s beloved Disney Characters. If your toddler likes taking short walks, they will love Adventureland and the secrets of Skull Rock. Adventureland is filled with suspension bridges, pathways, and caves to keep the fun going. 

Other rides include Dumbo the Flying Elephant, the Gardens of Wonder, Horse-Drawn Streetcars, Phantom Manor, and much more. 

And if you want to get in on the fun and ride the thrill rides and rollercoasters, the Rider Switch ticket option allows you to stand in line and ride and then switch with your partner, spouse, or friend so they don’t have to queue again.

Consider Bringing Strollers

Getting back to the technical part of planning your Disneyland Paris outing, you should consider taking a stroller for each toddler. There is a lot of walking to do, and between running for rides and simply running around, your kids will likely get tired very soon. If your toddler no longer uses a stroller, you can rent one for the day at the park. 

Bring a Couple of Water Bottles

If you’re visiting during the summer, pack a couple of water bottles in a bag. You can fill these up at the various water fountains inside the park. You might also want to bring some snacks so you don’t have to keep buying stuff inside the park. 

Have All the Fun

Disneyland Paris is a bucket list item you must tick off your list. It is one of the best places in France to visit with your kids. The magical attractions here will certainly inspire you to plan a yearly trip to enjoy everything this Disney kingdom has to offer. 

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