Are you wondering what are the best things to do in Disneyland Paris? In this guide we have put together over 30 items to come up with the ULTIMATE Disneyland Paris Bucket List for first time and repeat visitors!
Best Things To Do in Disneyland Paris Bucket List
Best Rides and Attractions and Disneyland Paris
See the parade
My absolute favourite part of any Disney Visit whether you are in Hong Kong, Japan, California, or Disney World or Disneyland Paris is the Parade. I think it is just magical though I admit these days I miss most of it watching my little girls face as her favourite characters go by.
Top Disneyland Paris tip: Get there at least 30 minutes early to get yourself a front row spot and let your little be in costume as the character might come over to you.
Watch Mickey and the magician
For me one of the best things to do at Disneyland Paris is watch the Mickey and the Magician Show at the Walt Disney Studios. This show isn’t all year but usually runs February – September and in my opinion is one of the best things to do if you are visiting Disneyland Paris in August.
This spectacle is conducted in French and English simultaneously. It follows Mickey as he meets some of Disney’s most magical characters as he tries to learn the secrets of magic.
Top Disneyland Paris tip: The queues for this gets pretty long especially if you are there in summer. I’d get there at least 20 minutes before show time to ensure you get a good spot.
Get lost and found in Alice’s labyrinth
Only Paris and Shanghai have mazes based off Alice in Wonderland. Be sure to get lost and found in the Labyrinth while in Disneyland Paris
This ride is completely unique to Disneyland Paris and can be found in Walt Disney Studios Park. Despite being Nemo themed there is quite a high minimum height restrictions to this rollercoaster.
Top Disneyland Paris tip: It is one of the busiest rides in the park without a fast pass so be sure to ride this during Early Magic Hours if you have them.
Another completely unique attraction for Disneyland Paris that is located in the studios rather than main park. Again this ride gets exceptionally busy so be sure you use Early Magic Hours or get a fast pass for this one.
This 4d adventure will have you following Remy around on his culinary journey in Paris.
Ride Hyper Space Mountain
Hyper Space Mountain is a take on the classic space mountain ride. In this ride there is a Star Wars Motif but be warned this dark indoor roller coaster is not for the faint hearted.
Explore the Castle of Sleeping Beauty
In my opinion the Castle of Sleeping Beauty at Disneyland Paris is in fact the most beautiful of all the Disneyland Castles on both the inside and outside. Be sure to fully explore the whole of the castle including
Meet the dragon under the castle
The Disneyland Paris Castle is the only castle in the world that has a dragon in the dungeons. Descend into the castle depths to make sure you meet the dragon but be warned it may scare some of the younger children.
Le Pays des Contes de Fées
This is one of the most gentle rides at Disneyland Paris and is also one of the unique water rides in Disneyland Paris. Modelled after the Storybook Land Canals in the Disneyland California Park but this has no commentary. I must admit that I personally missed the commentary as we have had great narrators at other parts however the scenery and sets on this ride are undoubtedly beautiful so still worth a ride and as an added bonus the queues even in visiting Disneyland Paris in August are usually short for this ride.
Casey Jr. Circus Train
Located next to the above, board the train from Dumbo and head off on this mini rollercoaster that takes in some of the sets fro above.
Indiana Jones and the temple of Peril
This Indiana Jones ride is not for the faint hearted with a 360 loop.
Another ride that had my stomach in knots just watching it. This RC Racer is based in Toy Story Land in the Studios Park and is not a ride for kids. You hop on RC and go up and down a track before stopping at the top before dropping.
Slinky Dog Coaster
My little girl loved this track based ride where slinky dog chases his tail.
Toy Story Parachute Drop
Another semi scary Disneyland Paris ride in Toy Story Land. You are pulled to the top of a tower before your parachute drops to the ground.
Top Disneyland Paris Tip: This ride gets very busy so plan accordingly.
Watch the illuminations
The Disneyland Paris illuminations are an absolute must for your Disney bucket list.
Top Disneyland Paris Tip: If you are travelling with small children or toddlers to Disneyland Paris you might want to consider traveling in Winter as the illuminations aren’t until 11pm during the summer months.
Les Mystères du Nautilus
This is another unique attraction at Disneyland Paris. Rather than being a ride per se it is a walk through attraction talking you through the Nautilis of 20,000 leagues under the sea fame. It is not to be missed.
Best Things to do at Disneyland Paris with Characters
There is no bad age to visit Disneyland Paris, but if you are visiting the park with toddlers or young kids then you are definitely going to want to be doing lots of the character meet and greets. Here is our list of top ways you can meet characters in the park.
If you have a Princess mad child be sure to had to the Princess Pavillion. Here you will meet some of your favourite princesses.
Top Disneyland Paris Tip: this gets very busy so do during early magic hours or early in the day.
To get a great character interaction do check out our best questions to ask Disney princesses.
Let’s face it is any visit to Disney complete without a meeting with Mickey Mouse?
Check our our post on best questions to ask Disney characters to ensure a great interaction with characters like Mickey.
Meet All the Main Toy Story Characters
If you have a Toy Story obsessed child like me this will be one of the big things to put on your Disneyland Paris Bucket List. Split over the two parks (Jessie is in Frontierland and Buzz is in the Studios and must be booked in advance – read here how to prep your phone for Disneyland Paris here). Woody is also sometimes available too on lineberty in Studios.
There are also lots of great photo opps in Toy Story Land that you should put on your Disneyland Paris Bucket List.
Best Disneyland Paris Food and Drink Bucket List
One of the things I love when I am visiting any Disney is the unique food and drinks. Here are the must do food and drink experiences at Disneyland Paris that have to be on your bucket list:
Character dining at Inventions or Cafe Mickey
Having a character meal is a must at Disney. Two great options are the Inventions Bruch or Cafe Mickey. At these meals you will usually meet five characters.and if you are lucky you might see Mickey which will cut down on wait times in the park.
Have Lunch with the Princesses
If however your child is more into princess then the lunch at auberge de cendrillon is a must. Here you will meet a wide cross section of princesses and will mean you don’t have to wait at the Princess Pavilion which usually has a wait time of at least an hour no matter what time of year you go.
Eat Mickey shaped food
From Pizza to Waffles you will find shaped in the Mickey Mouse shape. Be sure to try at least one. For more information on the best cheap eats at Disneyland Paris check out this post.
Have a famous Mickey Mouse glowtini at cafe Fantasia
For the longest time I hadn’t realised you could get a cocktail at Disneyland Paris but you can. The best is at Cafe Fantasia in the Disneyland Paris hotel. The most famed is the glowtini with the Mickey Mouse ice cube.
Buffalo bills Wild West show in the village
This is one of the finding experiences based in the village rather than the park. This is a wild west show complete with horses where Mickey and his friends make frequent appearances.
What Else Should be on Your Disneyland Paris Bucket List
Pin swapping is a staple activity at the Disneyland Parks but isn’t really well known amongst first time Disneyland visitors. Be sure to grab a pin and start swapping.
Spot hidden mickeys
Throughout the park you will find “hidden Mickeys” – basically the Mickey Mouse head shape all over the park. See how many you can spot.
Get all the Characters Autographs
Autograph collecting is a must at Dinseyland Park. Just be sure to buy your Disney Autograph Book before you go as the ones in the park are expensive.
For more Disneyland Paris Budget tips click here!
Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin
A must for any Aladdin fan. This walkthrough shows you some of your favourite scenes from Aladdin.
Stay at a Disneyland Paris hotel
Last time we visited we stayed off site but I think staying on site at least once in your life is a must for a Disney bucket list. When we return to Disneyland Paris in December we are staying at Cheyenne to tick this one off our list.
For a full comparison of Hotel Cheyenne vs Sequoia Lodge check out this post.
For more information about where to stay in the park and off site click here.
Join Mickey’s not so scary Halloween
Disney does seasonal very well. A must for any Disney fan is to visit during Mickey’s not so scary Halloween.
Celebrate Christmas at Disneyland Paris
From late November to early January each year Disneyland Paris becomes a winter wonderland with lots of seasonal specials and activities. Be sure to head back to the blog in December to see how we found Disneyland Paris in December.
Be sure to check out our other Christmas monthly guides and our guide for Christmas day
- Visiting Disneyland Paris in November
- Visiting Disneyland Paris in January
- Visiting Disneyland Paris on Christmas Day
- Disneyland Paris Thanksgiving Guide
Join a Disney Run
Did you know that Disney holds several running race events for both adult and kids. For the more energetic among you be sure to sign up for one of these.
See the Eiffel Tower From Disneyland Paris
Ok this one is only possible if you are grace with good weather and cloudless skies while at Dinseyland Paris. However if you are lucky to with the weather head to the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House and look towards the Studios Park there is a chance you will be able to see the Eiffel Tower. For more information on where you can see the Eiffel Tower from Disneyland Paris check out this post.
There is also a chance to see it from the hot air balloon ride in the Dinseyland Paris village.
How many of these have you done? What is on your Disneyland Paris Bucket List that I missed?