Disneyland Paris, also known as Euro Disney, is quite similar to its sister parks in Orlando and Anaheim and the United States. Buying tickets to DLP is no exception. Here is what you need to know!
A Quick Note
Let’s start with some basic housekeeping! Unless you are buying a packaged deal, always buy your tickets from an official source or website! Having worked as an Anaheim Disneyland Cast Member, I can tell you that there are no exceptions when it comes to tickets. You will be forced to buy a new set if you ticket is fake, expired or unusable.
Disneyland Paris is made up of two theme parks, Hollywood Studios and Disneyland Park. As of right now, there is a lot of construction going on within Hollywood Studios. I would not consider this park as a full day park meaning that you should be able to see most of the part in less than half a day. Your mileage may vary, however, and I could be totally wrong. You are ultimately the only judge of what you want to see and do in a day.
One Day Ticket Types
One day tickets to Disneyland Paris, like its sister parks in the US, are sold on a tiered ticketing system. This means that if you want to purchase a one day ticket, you need to look at the calendar on the DLP website for the date you want to visit to ensure you buy the correct type of ticket. One day tickets are available as: Mini, Magic or Super Magic tickets.
Super Magic tickets are going to be the most expensive of the lot. They are valid all year long and have no black out dates. Super Magic tickets can be used at any point of time and don’t have a calendar you need to look at. Note that all one day tickets come with the option to visit one park (either Disneyland or Hollywood Studios) or two parks in one day options.
Mini Tickets are going to be able to be used on days that are not as busy or off peak times while the Magic tickets will be required during weekends and busier days.
Child Versus Adult Ticket
Disneyland Paris considers anyone over the age of 12 an adult. Anyone between the ages of 3 and 11 will require a child’s ticket. 2 and under are free.
Buying One Day Tickets Online
Once you know the dates of your visit to DLP, check the Disneyland Paris website to see if there are any specials ongoing. For example, when I went in September, if you purchased your ticket online, adults were able to buy their tickets for the price of a child’s ticket! You never know what you are going to find!
Should you decide to go through the DL Paris website, you will find that if you buy your tickets in advance, the prices will be discounted anyway versus buying them at the theme park. If you buy tickets in advance, you do not necessarily need to print them out if you have a smart phone. I found out that you can just scan the ticket at the entrance. You will NOT receive a paper ticket.
Tickets purchased on the DLP website will offer you the opportunity to add in a shuttle bus from the Eiffel Tower, Gare du Nord, Opera or Chatelet. It may be worth it if you do not plan to use the RER train or Eurostar service. The RER and Eurostar station is only about a 5 minute walk to the main entrance.
Multi Day Tickets
If you are planning to visit on multiple days, you can buy a 2, 3, or 4 day ticket. All multiday tickets are automatically two park park per day tickets. Multiday tickets do not have to be used on consecutive days, but must be used within 7 days of the first day you use the ticket.
Extra Magic Time
Extra Magic Time is a perk that allows guests to enter the theme park an hour or so before park opening. This perk is exclusive to hotel guests of the Disneyland Paris resort.
Disabled Rate Tickets
If you are a guest with a disability, you may be able to purchase a special rate ticket in person. Per the Disneyland Paris website you will need to provide the following documents:
For French residents: disability card, priority card, card for persons who have difficulty standing, war veteran disability card, European disabled parking badge.
For residents of other countries: disability card, European disabled parking badge, other official documents issued in your country of residence or an original medical certificate in French or English, signed and stamped by a doctor (of medicine), dated within the last 3 months and stating the disability.
Purchasing Add Ons
Disneyland Paris does sell Fastpass access, dinner shows and special holiday party tickets. You will need to know that Fastpass if you do not purchase it is not included in the price of the ticket like in the United States. DLP is a little behind when it comes to the ability to use this service on your phone. You will need to visit the physical attraction to obtain a return time on the attractions. I think it’s a bit pricey and not required unless you are going during a peak time of the year.
Upgrading Tickets and Annual Passes
Tickets can be upgraded or applied towards the cost of an Annual Pass. Any upgrade must be done before the end of the last day of the ticket usage. This means one day tickets have to be upgraded before the end of the day and multiday tickets before the end of the last day of use. Upgrades have to be done in person.
While I didn’t touch on packaged deals, sometimes it can be much more cost effective to book everything at once. DL Paris offers what they call “half board” (dining package) in some of their promotions if you have a large family, this may save you a lot of money!
Tickets can be very confusing and a lot of information to process when you already are confused about what is what. The bottom line is to have an idea of the basics so you can maximize on the money you can save! This post is meant to serve as a guide and is by no means comprehensive. Rather is serves as an overview. Please be aware that tickets are always subject to availability and can change at any time! Hope this helps you! Until next time, happy travels!