Information & Facts
Disneyland Paris is a pleasure resort of the first order, designed to entertain, enchant and delight holidaymakers. Wander down Main Street USA, take a steam train ride, hike over to Frontierland and ride the thrilling Thunder Mountain, or rock and roll on the Pirates of the Carribbean ship. The thrills and spills are endless. During the afternoon and evenings there are stunning fantasy parades to watch, and the night sky is often jewelled with fireworks displays. In addition various theatres and performance venues offer live shows. Opening hours are usually from 9am to 10pm in peak season, with opening and closing hours moved up an hour or so during winter.
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.
Queues in summer can be very long and trying for impatient children. The prices are also very steep (even by European standards) and parents should take this into account.
Apart from numerous restaurants in the Disneyland Paris hotels, the holiday park offers dozens of eateries, from full-service French restaurants, to hot-dog stands. The cuisine is mostly aimed at fast-food family fare, but there are also plenty of quality restaurants to tempt the palate and dent the pocket. Planet Hollywood in Disney Village is popular for American favourites, while the Auberge de Cendrillon in Fantasyland serves up true French nouvelle cuisine, and if you take the kids along they can enjoy burgers, mash and beans while you sup on fois gras. Would-be cowboys can sink their teeth into steak at the Silver Spur or chow down on Tex-Mex at the Cowboy Cookout in Frontierland. The most difficult aspect of dining in Disneyland is deciding on where and what to eat, so vast is the choice.
Holidaymakers should make sure they take plenty of spare cash to Disneyland Paris if shopping is your passion, because besides offering thrilling entertainment, the resort also offers one of the largest, glitziest shopping centres in Europe, in the form of the Val d'Europ. Shoppers will need to hop a taxi, or ride one stop on the train, to access this centre which consists of acres of outlet stores, known as La Vallee, and a vast two-storey mall. Buy anything from designer fashion to a toothbrush!
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).