No two Disney parks are the same, which has led to some unique things to do at Disneyland Paris that you won’t find anywhere else.
Having visited Disneyland Paris countless times in the past with my family, I’ve managed to discover various attractions, experiences, characters and performances which are distinctive to only Disneyland Paris. And, of course, I’m going to share them with you!
Whether this is your first Disney trip and you’re looking to make it one to remember, or if you’re a seasoned visitor and you’re looking for something different to explore, these 10 unique things to do at Disneyland Paris are guaranteed to elevate your trip even further.
Sip Champagne Down Main Street
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Number one of the unique things to do at Disneyland Paris is for the Disney adults. How great does it sound to sip some champagne on Main Street as Disney characters stroll past?
Unlike Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, which doesn’t allow the consumption of alcohol outside of table service restaurants, at Disneyland Paris, you can celebrate in style with a glass of champagne!
Disneyland Paris has been serving alcohol since its opening in 1993. So keep an eye out for a taste of France from the roaming champagne cart, which makes its way down Main Street just before the fireworks.
You can find out more information on Magic Kingdom’s alcohol restrictions at Does Magic Kingdom Sell Alcohol?
Devour All the French Inspired Snacks
A highlight of visiting any Disney park is the snacks. And in Disneyland Paris, you can expect everything from sweet French crepes to flavorful macarons.
I highly recommend strolling through the parks, shopping at the snack stalls and tasting everything that piques your interest. If you love food, this is the place to be!
Snack hunting has become one of our favourite things to do in Disney parks all over the world. And it should definitely be at the top of your priority list.
Ride Disneyland Paris Exclusive Rides and Attractions
What’s great about the Disney parks is that they all offer a unique experience. And one way they do that is through exclusive rides.
Some rides, like Crush’s Coaster, are only available at Disneyland Paris, while other rides, like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, tell a different story from those in other Disney parks.
These differences mean that even if you’ve ridden the Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios 100 times, riding it in Disneyland Paris will provide a different experience entirely.
Here are some of the rides that are exclusive to or different in Disneyland Paris.
- Crush’s Coaster
- Phantom Manor
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
- Casey Jr. Circus Train
- Alice’s Curious Labyrinth
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
- Ratatouille: The Adventure
- Cars Quatre Roues Rallye
- Toy Story Parachute Drop
- Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin
- Big Thunder Mountain
- It’s a Small World
Skip the Queues with Disney Premier Access
Put up your hand if you miss the fast pass system over at Walt Disney World because I sure know I do.
Disney scraped its incredible fast pass feature in Orlando in 2021 and replaced it with the not-so-incredible Genie+ and lightning lanes.
However, although fast pass is sadly no longer available, Disneyland Paris still offers a similar add-on that allows guests to skip the queues of some of the park’s busiest attractions. Allowing you to work through your itineraries faster.
With what’s called Disney Premier Access, Disney guests can overtake the regular queue in a dedicated fast lane.
And the best part? You can use it one time on each available attraction. And there are no time slots!
Disney Premier Access will cost you anywhere from €90 to €190, depending on season. But as it allows you to skip the queue of 16 attractions, it could be well worth it!
You’ll end up hitting all the big rides with plenty of time left over to grab those all important souvenirs!
Explore Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
Every Disney castle is different, so visiting will be on most itineraries whichever park you go to. And Disneyland Paris’ castle is the beautiful and iconic Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant—or Sleeping Beauty castle if you can’t speak French.
Although the castle, with its soaring spires, turrets, and royal blue rooftops, is beautiful from the outside, as you step inside, you can really appreciate the ornate stained glass windows and tapestries. So, a visit to the inside of the castle is one of those experiences that should definitely be on your itinerary!
Make sure you work your photography magic while you’re outside too – these are the family shots you’ll want to keep forever.
See the Dragon that Lies Beneath the Castle at Disneyland Paris
Another of the unique things to do at Disneyland Paris is to see the large animatronic dragon which guards the castle. The attraction is called the Lair of the Dragon.
And as you walk through the cave, you’ll come across the 89-foot dragon that wakes up to blow smoke at passersby.
Watch Disney Stars on Parade
Some people don’t care for Disney parades, but I personally love them. In my opinion, Disneyland Paris has one of the best parades in all the Disney parks.
So, of course, Disney Stars on Parade had to make its way onto this list. This is the sort of family entertainment I wouldn’t want to miss while at Disney!
Every afternoon, the Disney Stars on Parade makes its way through the Disneyland park. And with 2,050 costumes, floats full of characters spanning various different Disney movies, and upbeat music to get you in the mood, it really is a spectacular performance.
Stay in a Wild West Themed Disney Hotel
Disney’s incredible theming and entertainment expands all the way to its hotels. So one of the unique things to do at Disneyland Paris is to book a stay at the Disney Hotel Cheyenne—a wild west themed accommodation with a frontier-style village, a saloon, and Toy Story-inspired rooms.
If Wild West isn’t your type of thing, however, then there are plenty of other Disney hotels to choose from. Disneyland Paris boasts a Marvel-themed hotel, a forest lodge-style hotel with Bambi-themed rooms, and even a lakeside nautical hotel with Mickey and Minnie theming.
For a list of some great hotels near Disneyland Paris, check out Best Places to Stay for Families Near Disneyland Paris.
Dine at Bistrot Chez Rémy
In a similar fashion to Disneyland Paris exclusive rides, there are also a few restaurants dotted around the parks that you won’t find anywhere else. One of these hidden gems is Bistrot Chez Rémy.
Bistrot Chez Rémy makes you feel like the size of a mouse with giant decor, including champagne corks, jam jar lid tables, and oversized cocktail umbrellas. The menu at Bistrot Chez Rémy is understandably French-inspired cuisine, with Remy’s signature dish, Ratatouille, making an appearance.
If you’re looking for other restaurants in Disneyland Paris, then here are some of the best themed restaurants for families.
End the Night with Magical Disney Dreams
No trip to Disney is complete without watching a fireworks display so this item makes it onto most Disney itineraries. And Disneyland Paris’ fireworks display is quite possibly the most unique, as the park has involved the use of drones for an added level of entertainment.
Disney Dreams takes you through beloved Disney stories and incorporates fireworks, magical effects, and, since the 30th celebration, drones to end your day at Disney in the most spectacular way possible.
Cameras at the ready – fireworks photography has never been more spectacular!
Tips for Maximising Your Visit to Disneyland Paris
Whether this is your first trip or your tenth trip to Disneyland Paris, it’s always handy to know some insider tips and tricks for maximising your visit.
Here are some valuable things that every Disney goer should know:
Book in Advance
Booking your tickets in advance not only saves you from waiting in the ticket queue but it also enhances your chance of getting a discount, which is a win-win if you ask me!
Visit Both Disneyland Parks
Both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park are worthy of a visit. So, I suggest you visit both.
Most guests feel like half a day is more than enough time in the Walt Disney Studios Park, while you could spend an entire day (or two) in Disneyland Park discovering all its hidden gems and hunting for souvenirs.
Download the Disneyland Paris App
The Disneyland Paris app has information on wait times, dining spots, menus, hidden gems and a schedule of the daily events, parades, shows, and fireworks. So, it’s definitely something you should download before your trip.
Take Advantage of Single Rider
One way to skip long queues is to ride as a single rider. If you don’t mind being split up from your group, then single rider is a great way to tick off all of Disneyland Paris’ top attractions in one day.
This can work well if you’re visiting with kids who don’t want to go on certain rides.
Purchase Disney Premier Access
Alternatively, you can purchase Disney Premier Access and skip the queue of 16 of the park’s top attractions.
Visit During Weekdays
Understandably, weekdays are far quieter than weekends. So if you’d prefer to visit Disneyland Paris with slightly smaller crowds, booking tickets for Monday to Friday would be your best bet.
If you’re a photography fan, you can capture some beautiful scenes at the parks while they’re quiet.
Stay in a Disney Hotel
Disney hotels don’t only come with the benefit of being close to the parks, as by being a Disney hotel guest, you can actually get let into the park a whole 30 minutes before regular guests! If not consider these other hotels near Disneyland Paris.
Bring Your Own Drinks and Snacks
There is no rule that you can’t take your own food and drinks into the parks. So, shopping before you go in is a great way to cut down on costs if you’re doing Disneyland Paris on a budget.
I personally love tasting all the Disney snacks and different cuisine, so we don’t tend to bring our own food very often.
But I definitely stock up on drinks, as there is no way I’m spending my precious Disney money on things like water. I’d rather save it for souvenirs to take home!
Visit During Low Season
Another way to experience Disneyland Paris with lower crowds is to visit during the low season. Low season in Disneyland Paris runs from mid-January through mid-March as well as mid-April through mid-May.
Be Prepared for Unpredictable Weather
Through all my years of Disney visits, one of my biggest tips is to pack for all types of weather. You never know when the temperature is going to drop or if a rain cloud is going to make its way over the parks.
So it’s best to bring layers, a raincoat, and sun cream so that you’re prepared for whatever the weather has to throw at you. And don’t forget you can always dip inside for a spot of shopping while you wait for the rain to pass!
Book Dinner Reservations in Advance
If you don’t want to be disappointed and miss out on one of your must-visit restaurants to try the fabulous cuisine, it’s wise to book dinner reservations in advance. Spots to some of the busiest restaurants fill up incredibly fast.
So, take advantage of the fact you can book dining reservations six months in advance and ensure you’re snagging all of your top Disneyland Paris restaurants.
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