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Disneyland Paris in a Day?

Disneyland Paris: Is it possible to do both parks in 1 day? Are park hopper tickets available?

From Jay R.
Posted April 3, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Does anyone have any experience visiting both parks in a single day?

If so, are there any suggestions on how much time to spend at each or any tips or suggestions to maximize time!

Thanks!



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From Robert Niles
Posted April 3, 2013 at 11:02 AM
Yes, I've done both parks in one day with a park-hopper ticket I bought on the DLP website. (It was a 20th anniversary special for American visitors that included both parks for the price of a one-day, one-park ticket.)

I didn't think much of the Studios park -- unless you're trying to check off having visited every Disney theme park on Earth, there's so much to do in Disneyland that I'd suggest just spending the day over there instead. When the Ratatouille ride opens, that might change, but for now I don't think a huge line for the Crush Coaster, a few kiddie rides and a handful of dated shows are really worth sacrificing time in the wonderful Disneyland park.

From Jay R.
Posted April 4, 2013 at 1:27 PM
Thanks Robert!

That seems to be the consensus about the studio park, and I'm leaning toward just doing Disneyland!

From AJ Hummel
Posted April 4, 2013 at 2:19 PM
I visited with one of the 20th anniversay special tickets last July, and I would personally say that unless you can find a good deal on a two park ticket, just do Disneyland Park. Walt Disney Studios Park was very disappointing, and we only did two attractions before switching to Disneyland Park for the rest of the day. Many of the attractions there are cloned from other Disney parks, and the only non-clone I'd recommend is Crush's Coaster. Given the typical crowds at Disneyland Paris, you really need a full day at Disneyland Park to do everything plus another 2/3 to a full day for Walt Disney Studios Park.

If you do want to visit both parks in one day, I would recommend arriving at least 45 minutes before the Studios park opens (an hour would be ideal). This is because instead of a rope drop, guests are free to join the queue for any attraction immediately after they enter the park(although they don't start loading until official opening time). Go straight to Crush's Coaster, and with luck you will be off within about 45 minutes of opening. Get a Fastpass for either Rock 'n' Roller Coaster or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, then ride the other. Once you've used your Fasspass, get over to Disneyland Park. Nothing else at the Studios park is worth it if you only have one day (unless you're a show person, in which case there are a few good ones...pick only one or it will be too much of a time drain).

At Disneyland Paris, make sure you take full advantage of the Fastpass system, as the lines can be insane (on my visit, almost every ride had 60-90 minute waits for a majority of the day). I would consider the following six the park's must-see attractions:

Alice's Curious Labyrinth
Big Thunder Mountain
Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant
Phantom Manor
Pirates of the Caribbean
Space Mountain: Mission 2

Other than that, the park's got a lot of similar attractions to the US parks (although mainly in French), and a number of walkthroughs that are good for killing time while waiting for a Fastpass. Other than Space Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain, the park also offers Fastpass on Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Star Tours, and Peter Pan's Flight. Also note that single rider lines are practically non-existant at Disneyland Paris (there may be one or two at the Studios park, but I know for sure there are none in Disneyland Park).

One final note...if you have the flexibility to pick a date of visit during your trip and there is a weekday with a chance of rain, go then. On my visit, a rainstorm moved in around 6 P.M. and it pretty much killed the lines (Space Mountain: 80 minutes to 15 minutes, Big Thunder Mountain: 70 minutes to 10 minutes, Phantom Manor: 45 minutes to a walk-on, Star Tours: 60 minutes to 5 minutes, etc.). Even when crowded, the park is still enjoyable, but you have to be sure to plan your day carefully if you want to get everything done.

From Robert Niles
Posted April 4, 2013 at 2:52 PM
I got to WDSP 35 minutes before opening last summer, and Crush was already a two-hour wait. We bailed on that, watched the nice (but dated) Cinemagique movie, walked around taking pictures, then hit Disneyland.

From Jay R.
Posted April 4, 2013 at 6:31 PM
Thanks AJ & Robert!

Yeah, just reviewed the Crush coaster & if it's popular as you guys say it is, I can skip that & the park. Not worth losing time to ride that.

It seems like the studio park would take up too much time while trying to squeeze everything in a single day.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted April 5, 2013 at 4:08 PM
There really isn't much at Disney Studios. In fact, it is the weakest Disney park I have been to. Alot of it is similar to DHS down in FL.

With that being said, I still think two days is in order to really enjoy it all. Disneyland Paris is my favorite Magic Kingdom park because it has both rides and the scenery

From Daniel Smith
Posted April 8, 2013 at 12:10 AM
By far the weakest Disney park has to be Hong Kong, which I just returned from :P Studios in Paris is the second weakest link for me. Just Tokyo to go later this year and I'll have done every Disney park in the world! Yay!

From Jay R.
Posted April 9, 2013 at 1:29 PM
Thanks everyone!

From john page
Posted June 5, 2013 at 7:45 PM
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From Manny Rodriguez
Posted June 6, 2013 at 5:22 PM
Never Been there but if my family went on all rides at Animal Kingdom then hopped over to DHS And rode all rides there
in one day you can do that park in one day depends on the day tho.

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