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Disneyland Paris Ticket Tips & Info

Visiting Disneyland Paris and wondering how to save money on park tickets? This post offers our tips for finding discount tickets to the parks in France, as well as which Disneyland Paris ticket options we recommend. Fortunately, buying Disneyland Paris tickets is not quite as complicated as tickets for the U.S. parks.

A question we’ve gotten several times recently is about the best ticket options, particularly from Americans heading to Disneyland Paris for the 25th Anniversary or the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon. We thought we’d dedicate a post to answering some frequently asked questions.

For our first Disneyland Paris trip, we purchased multi-day tickets. For my next visit, I purchased an Annual Pass. We weren’t sure what to do this time, so we did a lot of research about the best options. Ultimately, we concluded that Annual Passes were right for us, but we also checked out numerous multi-day ticket options.

Here’s what we’ve learned about regular Disneyland Paris park tickets and Annual Passes from our experience and countless hours spent combing the internet trying to figure out ways to save a buck…err…. ‘ro. (If that’s not slang for Euro, it should be.)

Single & Multi-Day Tickets

Disneyland Paris Ticket Tips & Info

Let’s start by covering how many days to visit, as that is going to guide how many day tickets you purchase. When planning a trip to Disneyland Paris, there’s a strong chance it’s not your only destination in Europe. At least, we hope. Paris is one of our top 5 cities in the world, and France is also one of our favorite countries. (Ranking only behind Japan and the United States.)

As such, we recommend spending the bulk of your time in Paris (the city). We think a good rule of thumb is that no more than 30% of your European vacation should be spent at Disneyland Paris. In an ideal world, we would recommend 10+ days in Europe, with 3 of those days spent at Disneyland Paris. No amount of time is “perfect” for visiting Europe (you could spend a lifetime exploring and still not see it all), but we think 3 days is a good amount of time at Disneyland Paris, especially if you’re a big Disney fan.

While the attraction lineup is shallow as compared to the U.S. parks, the depth of the environments and detail of Parc Disneyland is incredible. Three days gives you 2 to 2.5 days for that park, and a half day for Walt Disney Studios Park. That’s what we recommend, and how we’d allocate our time there. If you don’t have that much time in Europe, 2 days will suffice for covering both parks. (We have done 4 days at Disneyland Paris, spending 3.25 at Parc Disneyland and .75 at Walt Disney Studios Park…it all depends upon your preferences.)

No matter how many days you’re visiting, we always recommend buying a Park Hopper ticket. Disneyland Paris doesn’t use that parlance, so you’ll be looking for the “2 Parks” ticket options.

The first reason for doing this is because Walt Disney Studios Park often closes much earlier than Parc Disneyland (sometimes as early as 6 p.m. in slow seasons). Since they are literally right next to one another, it’s a 5 minute walk to be inside Parc Disneyland after Walt Disney Studios Park closes.

The second reason is because Walt Disney Studios Park has a few “rope drop worthy” attractions that can have significantly longer lines later in the day. If you have the time, it’s not a bad idea to rope drop Walt Disney Studios on 2 separate mornings to knock out its headliners.

At Disneyland Paris, there is surge pricing for single day tickets. Now that the U.S. parks also use surge pricing, this isn’t such a foreign concept to a lot of Disney fans. However, what does complicate things a bit in Paris is that sometimes 2 single day tickets are cheaper than a multi-day ticket if you don’t want to Park Hop and both of the dates you’re going to visit fall within the MINI ticket validity window on the calendar below.

Disneyland Paris Ticket Tips & Info

Zut alores, très compliqué! Disneyland Paris Ticket Tips & Info Again, we don’t recommend doing only “1 Park” tickets, but if you want to save money, that is an option.

When it comes to saving money, you have a few options. The first, and easiest, is to purchase directly, in advance from Disneyland Paris’ website. From time to time, there are special online offers (such as getting a free day), and you’ll also save the time of not waiting in line to purchase at the gate.

As a corollary to that, much like with the U.S. parks, Disneyland Paris frequently offers package offers that include park tickets, a hotel, and meal plan. You should not purchase park tickets alone until you’re certain you won’t be booking a package. Some of these packages actually save a good amount of money, and you should check the U.S. Disneyland Paris site in addition to other versions of the site to compare pricing. We recommend checking the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy Disneyland Paris sites. Unless you’ve got mad language skills, use Google Chrome to translate the sites (aside from the UK one, which should be readable as long as you don’t mind some superfluous “u” usage).

While Disneyland Paris has come under fire for violating the EU’s ‘single market’ laws, Disneyland Paris still offers different promotional pricing offers (that’s how they skirt the law) targeted to different markets. You can book through any of these Disneyland Paris sites, irrespective of where you live. (That’s how they avoid being in violation of the law.)

Disneyland Paris Ticket Tips & Info

If you’re staying off-site or aren’t buying a vacation package, you can save even more buying third party tickets. In our planning, we keep coming across two additional, authorized discount Disneyland Paris ticket brokers: Attraction Tickets Direct and AttractionTix. Both companies offer savings of around 5-10 Euro per ticket. Not a ton off, but every little bit helps. Please note, we have never used either of these, but we’ve read enough positive reviews (as well as independently vetting their accreditations) to feel comfortable recommending them. They’re both legit.

The problem is that they are both located in the United Kingdom, and AttractionTix only sells to those with billing addresses in the United Kingdom or Ireland. So, you’re set if you live in either of those countries, but not so much if you’re in the United States (or elsewhere). Attraction Tickets Direct, by contrast, does sell to those with U.S. billing addresses, and since these are delivered electronically, there should be no concerns about shipping time or cost.

If you plan on visiting for 3 days, as we suggest, you might want to look at an Annual Pass instead of regular park tickets…

Annual Passes

Disneyland Paris Ticket Tips & Info

Disneyland Paris has 3 tiers of Annual Passes, which offering varying blockout dates, discounts, and other perks. Let’s look at what each tier offers, starting with the lowest.

The lowest tier is the Classic Annual Pass. Here’s what you should know about it:

  • Cost €135
  • Valid 280 days per year
  • 10% off food & merchandise
  • 25% off hotels
  • Parking is an additional €30.
  • PhotoPass is an additional €45
  • No other perks

The middle tier is the Fantasy Annual Pass. Details:

  • Cost €179
  • Valid 320 days per year
  • 10% off food & merchandise
  • 25% off hotels
  • PhotoPass is an additional €45
  • Parking & Extra Magic Hours are included

The middle tier is the Dream Annual Pass. Details:

  • Cost €223
  • Valid 365 days per year
  • 10% off food
  • 20% off merchandise
  • 35% off hotels
  • PhotoPass is an additional €40
  • Parking & Extra Magic Hours are included

All tiers also offer a 20% family discount if you purchase 5+ Annual Passes together.

We both purchased the Dream Annual Pass on our recent trip (blockout dates prevented us from buying lower tiers) due to the discounts and ability to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. We also anticipate revisiting Disneyland Paris in April 2017, which would bring our total number of days in the parks up to 7-8 within a 365 day window. This made buying an Annual Pass a no-brainer.

For my previous trip a couple of years ago, I spent 5 days in Disneyland Paris and the Walt Disney Studios Park and did not intend upon revisiting, but I still got the Dream Annual Pass (again, same scenario with blockouts during my trip). In that case, I could have saved on tickets directly had I not purchased the Annual Pass. However, I dined at Bistrot Chez Rémy and Plaza Gardens Restaurant, plus a number of counter service restaurants. The money I saved on the table service meals alone offset the difference in cost.

Point being, even if the math doesn’t quite work to justify everyone in your party purchasing an Annual Pass, you might buy one for the savings on merchandise and restaurants.

If you know someone who is already a Disneyland Paris Annual Passholder, they can sponsor you. This offers you 10% savings, and them 12 free months when they sponsor 3 people. If you want to take advantage of the sponsorship offer, print out this form.

Disneyland Paris Ticket Tips & Info

Based on my experience and research–which is admittedly limited as compared to the U.S. Disney parks–that covers it in terms of saving money on Disneyland Paris park tickets. If you know of any other hacks for purchasing discount Disneyland Paris, we’d love to hear them!

For the basics of planning a visit to Disneyland Paris, check out our Disneyland Paris Trip Planning Guide. Want to see more photos or read about Disneyland Paris in agonizing detail? Check out our Disneyland Paris Trip Report!

YOUR THOUGHTS…

Do you typically purchase vacation packages for Disneyland Paris? Have you purchased Disneyland Paris tickets through a third party? Anywhere that you recommend? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your questions and thoughts in the comments!

 

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