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15 Tips for a Disneyland Paris with a Baby and Preschooler

15 Tips for a Disneyland Paris with a Baby and Preschooler

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Thinking about heading to Disneyland Paris with a baby or toddler? Keep scrolling for my best tips for Disneyland Paris as a Paris day trip.

This post about fun things to do in Disneyland Paris was originally published April 28, 2017 and updated July 20, 2020 and contains affiliate links which means if you purchase something from one of my affiliate links, I may earn a small commission that goes back into maintaining this blog.

I’m a Disney Mom. It happened almost five years ago.

I found myself introducing my oldest son to Mickey Mouse and Pixar movies and being giddy when I could tell he enjoyed them.

We did our first trip to Disneyland Resort in California when he was a toddler and it was a blast!

So, when we decided to take our small children to Europe, we knew we had to incorporate a Disneyland Paris day trip.

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Disneyland Paris with a Baby Guide

Photo of a Parisian Minnie Mouse headband from our Disneyland Paris day trip. | minnie mouse ears disneyland paris

Of course, I HAD to get Parisian Minnie Mouse Disneyland Paris ears! Photo Credit: Darren Cheung

Disneyland Paris is comprised of two parks: Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park. Disneyland Paris is very similar to Disneyland in California except they don’t have Toon Town.

But, they do have other Disneyland Paris attractions such as Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, an Aladdin ride and a different version of the Casey Jr. Train.

We tried to see the dragon that lives under the castle, but it was closed off due to 25th Anniversary festivities. Walt Disney Studios Park closes earlier than Disneyland Paris (it closed at 7pm the day we went.) This is the home of Ratatouille and Chez Remy and lots of shows.

Photo of the Castle during our Disneyland Paris day trip.

We got excited for our day of fun as soon as we saw the castle at Disneyland Paris! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

We ended up doing Disneyland Paris after arriving in Paris the night before.

This was a bit stressful because everyone was exhausted and it was hard to pack up and get everyone ready for a day at Disneyland Paris. We ended up leaving later than we expected.

I also left my phone behind, which meant I had to rely on my husband for all the photos. And sometime during the day, we lost our park hopper tickets so we were unable to check out Walt Disney Studios Park.

It ended up being okay because we really wouldn’t have had enough time to explore it before it closed.

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary

Disneyland Paris was decked out with 25th Anniversary elements! Photo Credit: Darren Cheung

We arrived just a couple of weeks after the start of the 25th Anniversary celebration of Disneyland Paris.

It looked very similar to the 60th Anniversary celebration of Disneyland Resort we experienced last year in California.

But, they have some new shows and meet and greets with characters in 25th Anniversary clothing. It’s a fun excuse to check out Disneyland Paris this year!

Disneyland Paris Attractions

Photo of our Disneyland Paris day trip.

Disneyland Paris is full of magic for guests of all ages! Photo Credit: Darren Cheung

I created a meticulous itinerary after doing hours and hours of research about Disneyland Paris via their website and other blogs.

My plan was to arrive at 9:30am (a full 30 minutes before Disneyland Paris opened) so I’d have plenty of time to pick up my tickets and we could grab food/coffee at Disney Village.

First, we would head straight to Fantasyland to do Casey Jr., Le Pays de Contes de Fées and Meet Mickey.

Then, we’d go to Adventureland and do Pirates of the Caribbean, Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin, Adventure Island and do a few character meet and greets.

I figured we’d do all that before lunch and then go back to Fantasyland to see the new show Mickey Presents: Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris and do It’s a Small World.

Then, we’d head to Walt Disney Studios Park to check out Stitch Live! at Production Courtyard, Cars Quatre Roues Rallye and Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin at Toon Studio.

We’d also check out the Ratatouille ride and peak inside Chez Remy before heading back to Disneyland Paris to watch the Parade and do the Thunder Mesa Riverboats.

Finally, we’d end with the Disney Illuminations show before taking the train back to Paris.

This was too aggressive. Here’s what we actually did:

Dumbo at Disneyland Paris | disneyland paris baby

Our first ride at Disneyland Paris was Dumbo. As you can see, our baby wasn’t as amused as the rest of us! Photo credit: Darren Cheung

Disneyland Paris for Toddlers and Babies: 1 Day Disneyland Paris Itinerary

12:30pm: Arrived at Disneyland Paris via RER A Train (took about 35 minutes from Paris)
Headed straight for Fantasyland and waited 45 minutes in line to ride Dumbo for the first time because our 3 year old really, really wanted to do that. I nursed our baby on the bench while my husband and oldest son waited in line and then we joined them.

1:15pm: Rode Dumbo (one of the best Disneyland Paris rides for babies!)
Waited 15 minutes in line for Le Pays des Contes de Fées (storybook village boat ride)

1:40pm: Rode Le Pays des Contes de Fées
Waited 5 minutes for Casey Jr.-le Petit Train du Cirque

1:50pm: Rode Casey Jr., which is one of the most popular Disneyland Paris rides for toddlers.
We all were a bit grouchy and hungry so we hit up Toad Hall for lunch and I took my 3 year old to the bathroom.

2:00pm: Fish and Chips at Toad Hall

2:45pm: Headed to Meet Mickey Mouse
Spent 40 minutes in line inside to meet Mickey and watched the cartoons (my 3 year old clapped after each clip.)

3:25pm: Met Mickey Mouse and it was a magical experience! They took a lot of time with us and Mickey even pretended to be a train to entertain our 3 year old while we got our baby ready for photos.
Put back on all our layers of clothing and funneled to the cashier area to look at our Mickey photos.

3:45pm: Got to Mickey photo counter and chose 2 photos to purchase.
Bought popcorn at a stand (they had both sweet and salty options)

4:00pm: Went down Main Street, U.S.A. at went shopping for warmer clothes because we were freezing.

4:50pm: Found the Baby Lounge and nursed our baby while our 3-year-old napped in the stroller. My husband found a spot with tables and chairs and we drank Coke and chatted with other guests as we waited for the parade to start.

5:30pm: Disney Stars on Parade (which was FABULOUS!)

6:15pm: Realized we lost our Park Hopper tickets and that Walt Disney Studios Park closed at 7pm. Made executive decision to stay put.
Headed to Star Wars area to go shopping.

6:30pm: Tried to go on Disneyland Railroad but found out it was a 50 minute wait so we turned back.

6:40pm: Headed to “it’s a small world” and waited 15 minutes.

6:55pm: Rode “it’s a small world” and it was so beautiful my oldest and I got right back in line to ride it again. It’s one of the best Disneyland Paris rides for 1 year olds and 2 year olds because there’s so much to see!

7:20pm: Headed to the Carousel and I rode with our 3 year old while my husband waited with our baby.

7:30pm: Waited 15 minutes for Disneyland Railroad to take us back to entrance.

8:00pm: Arrived in entrance and looked for food in Disney Village. We settled on hot dogs.

8:30pm: Caught the RER A train back to Paris.

Photo of "it's a small world" one of Disneyland Paris attractions. | disneyland paris toddlers

Slightly different than the one in California, “it’s a small world” is still one of our favorite rides! Photo Credit: Darren Cheung

15 Tips for Disneyland Paris for Kids

1. Take the train to get from Paris to Disneyland Paris

I had read that the train was a 5 minute walk across the street to the gate and I was worried about getting there with the kids.

In reality, the train stop is AT Disneyland Paris and there’s no crossing of streets. It took us about 35 minutes from Paris to Disneyland Paris and we were able to find seats and bring a full backpack and umbrella stroller with no problem.

2. Dress in layers

We went to Disneyland Paris in April and we were FREEZING. I ended up wearing 6 layers at one point to keep from shivering. They only sold one jacket for women at the Park, so I wish I would have brought a much heavier coat with me.

We also bought blankets there to keep the kids warmer.

3. Bring a stroller

I feel like this is my advice for any of the Disney Parks, but it was extra helpful going to and from the train. Our 3 year old used it the most and it was primarily to move a bit quicker so we could do more rides.

Or, you could always rent a Disneyland Paris stroller from guest services.

4. Head to City Hall first

If you aren’t staying on-property, head to City Hall and pick up a button that says “I’m Celebrating” in French! We love to add the buttons to our bags or clothing for some Disney flair and it’s fun souvenir.

5. People don’t stand in lines

This was especially difficult with kids because we had people mow over us to get on rides. This meant our family couldn’t sit together for some rides, even when we were at the front of the line.

This frustrated my 3 year old a lot because we either had to pick him up and race to get on a ride or we got the last seats available.

6. Disneyland Paris cast members are one French time

We found that it took a very long time to do anything whenever a cast member was involved. We spent about 20 minutes waiting in a non-line to order our Mickey photo and then once we did order it, we spent more time waiting for the cast member to get the order right.

It’s not the level of speedy service that you’ll find in California, so it’s good to prepare yourself.

7. Bring snacks

The food at Disneyland Paris is pretty blah and very expensive. Neither the snacks nor food items seemed special to Disneyland Paris except for a crepe stand.

We ate lunch at Toad Hall and their fish and chips were okay, but there was too much batter. We relied a lot on the snacks we brought.

8. Visit Mickey Mouse

There is something so magical about visiting Mickey Mouse. I feel like they choose the nicest cast members for Mickey’s handlers and the photographers are also so happy and friendly.

This was the first time my youngest got to meet Mickey and it was such a special, memorable moment. I’d recommend every guest visit Mickey at least once during their trip.

9. Try to spend 2 days at Disneyland Paris

For the most enjoyable experience, I’d spend at least 2 days so I wouldn’t feel rushed. While it feels smaller than Disneyland Park in California, it’s still big enough to warrant the time.

We didn’t have time to see any of the shows or check out Walt Disney Studios Park. I wish we would have stayed a couple of days and made it a relaxing break during our European adventure.

10. Watch Disney movies ahead of time

Disneyland Paris has different character meet-and-greets than in California. We saw Gepetto, the Queen of Hearts, and the White Rabbit, in addition to 25th Anniversary Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Pluto.

Our 3 year old hadn’t seen Pinocchio or Alice in Wonderland so he wasn’t super interested in them.

11. Shop the Paris Collection

I was surprised that there weren’t more places to buy Disney stuff, but I was happy to shop the Paris Collection.

Besides cute clothing items, there were also Disneyland Paris postcards, and a train set my son desperately wanted.

12. Bring Pull-Ups

If you are bringing a preschooler, you might want to bring pull-ups. We had our son wear pull-ups the whole day and it saved us a lot of stress when locating a bathroom. It also helped us not have to bring several extra changes of clothes for him.

13. Take advantage of the Disneyland Paris Baby Care Center

I used the one near Main Street and while it was very bare bones (2 wooden chairs for nursing and a bunch of wooden high chairs) it was a warm and quiet area away from the crowd.

They also had a long changing table area with large paper towels to put on top.

In hindsight, I wish I would have taken my 3-year-old here to use the restroom every time we passed it since it wasn’t crowded at all.

14. Download the Disneyland Paris App

We found this app to be very helpful when checking ride times and locating restrooms. It also helped us navigate the park quickly.

15. Check the Disneyland Paris official website

We found a lot of helpful information about going to Disneyland Paris with Children on their website. We also found PDFs of the program, which helped us plan our trip.

Olaf and Sven at Disneyland Paris

The Disney Stars On Parade was fantastic and our 3-year-old was ecstatic to see Olaf and Sven ride past him! Photo Credit: Darren Cheung

Overall, our impression of Disneyland Paris with a baby  was that it seemed like Disneyland-light.

We didn’t see balloon sellers on Main Street, U.S.A. guests weren’t decked out in Disney clothing, and the Park looked like it could use a good scrubbing.

But, it still felt like Disneyland Park; we had a fantastic time!

If we had the opportunity to do Disneyland Paris with a baby and a preschooler over again, we would have gone straight to Disneyland Paris and stayed at least two nights at one of the hotels on-site so we could have spent one full day at each park.

We also heard good things about the character meals and dining at Chez Remy. This trip, we moved a lot slower with a baby and a preschooler than I had anticipated.

Next time we head to France, we will be incorporating a mini vacation to Disneyland Paris.

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 | Disneyland Paris with a Baby and Preschooler featured by top Seattle family travel blog, Marcie in Mommyland

Disneyland Paris day trip tips and itinerary for families with babies and toddlersDisneyland Paris was kind enough to offer me (2) complimentary one day park hopper tickets and a VIP FASTPASS for 4 so we could explore the parks.

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Julia Dent

Saturday 3rd of June 2017

I love your detailed itinerary! I always try to have a planned out itinerary whenever I go somewhere new, so I'll definitely save yours!

marciecheung

Sunday 4th of June 2017

Yes, I think Disney is always a bit better with a plan!

Kelly

Saturday 3rd of June 2017

Wow!! You are a Disney pro for sure. I give you so much credit. I am not big into Disney but I know that I ever have kids then I will live and die by the posts of pros like you. Thanks for a great share.

Liz

Saturday 3rd of June 2017

This is such a comprehensive and useful post. I will share it with my friends who travel with small children. And the pictures are so lovely. I want to go back to Disneyland right now!!!

marciecheung

Saturday 3rd of June 2017

Disneyland is ALWAYS a good idea :)

eazynazy

Sunday 28th of May 2017

I really loved reading your post, I have been to Disneyland in Los Angeles when my lil one was just days old and I really had an amazing time then and this post reminded me of those days :)

marciecheung

Sunday 28th of May 2017

Whoa! That's impressive!

Deni

Friday 26th of May 2017

These are fantastic tips! I don't have young children myself, but having traveled with my younger cousins, I know how hectic that can be. That's great to see that the train pulls right up to the Disney park. I'm also very glad to hear that the staff was so accommodating when you were trying to get photos with Mickey. Those are memories that last a lifetime, and I'm so glad that they made those memories easy and carefree. Great post!

marciecheung

Friday 26th of May 2017

I feel like the Mickey "handlers" are always the creme de la creme of employees! They really added the magic to our trip!

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