Tips for Disneyland Paris with Toddlers

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Planning a trip to Disneyland Paris and not sure where to start? Visiting Disney parks anywhere can be overwhelming, but even more so if you’re traveling to a new country to visit them. From where to stay in Disneyland to the best rides and shows, we have you covered with these tips for Disneyland Paris with toddlers. 

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Disneyland Paris: The Basics

Before we share our best tips for visiting Disneyland Paris with toddlers, it’s helpful to know a little more about the park. Disneyland Paris is located in Marne-la-Vallée, France. It’s located about 45 minutes from the center of Paris. You can get to Disneyland Paris from Paris via train or by car. 

Disneyland Paris is made up of two parks. The first park, Disneyland Park, has many traditional Disney rides as well as shows and attractions that are unique to Disneyland Paris. It has Main Street and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, both of which have their own unique twists.

The second park at Disneyland Paris is called Walt Disney Studios. The focal point is the many shows, and it also has attractions with a Toy Story theme as well as an Avengers Campus, among other things. Disney recently announced that it’s going to be renaming Walt Disney Studios to “Disney Adventure World” with many new additions like a Frozen themed land. 

mickey at disneyland paris with toddlers

Where to Stay in Disneyland Paris with Toddlers

When you’re planning your visit to Disneyland Paris, the first thing to figure out is where you’re going to stay. I HIGHLY recommend staying at a Disneyland Resort to make things easier, plus they include added perks like an hour of Extra Magic hours, discounted tickets with packages, Disney characters on property and more. 

While many people consider Davy Crockett Ranch or Santa Fe to be the best Disneyland Paris hotel for toddlers because of the theming, we would prioritize being able to walk to the parks if it’s in your budget. Being able to walk means you won’t have to fold a stroller and fight the crowds at the shuttle bus, and it’s also easier to take those midday nap breaks. The four hotels you can walk to Disneyland Paris from include: Disneyland Hotel, Marvel Hotel, Sequoia Lodge and Newport Bay Club. 

We stayed at Disneyland Paris’ Newport Bay Club with our 3 and 6 year old and felt like it was the best Disneyland Paris hotel with kids. More fun things for kids at Newport Bay Club include:

  • Kids club with fun activities and Disney shows on repeat
  • Huge indoor/ outdoor nautical themed pool
  • Access to 1 hour of extra magic hours each morning
  • Character visits at Newport Bay Club each evening

If your kids are into Marvel, it’s also a fun newly remodeled hotel for Disneyland Paris with kids. Disneyland Paris Hotel also reopened in January of 2024, and the renovations look amazing.  Both of these hotels price higher than Newport Bay, however.

Not sure where to start with planning a Disneyland vacation with kids? I’m a travel agent specializing in Disney and would love to help you. (Especially if you’re looking for a US travel agent to help with Disneyland Paris!) Contact me, Amanda, at toddlingtraveler@gmail.com to get started. 

Newport Bay Hotel Review Disneyland Paris

How Many Days Do You Need to Visit Disneyland Paris with Kids?

I think this question depends on whether you’re making Disneyland Paris a standalone trip or if it’s an add on to visiting Paris and/or other countries in Europe. Many people take a day trip from Paris to Disneyland Paris and feel like that’s enough. As a Disney loving family, we did 3 nights in Disneyland Paris in between visiting London and the city of Paris. We felt like that was a good amount of time to see almost everything we wanted without rushing. We also visited Disneyland Paris in the fall, and between the heavy rain and cooler weather at time, it was necessary build breaks into our days there. 

Important Tip for Visiting Disneyland Paris: If you book a Disneyland Paris package with room + tickets, it automatically includes a park ticket for each day of your visit. So if you book a 3-night stay, you will actually get 4 days in the parks. When I priced tickets and room separately for our dates, the 3-night Disneyland Paris package with a 4-day park hopper was about the same price as booking a room with 2-day park hopper tickets separately. 

If you want to purchase a 1 or 2 day ticket at Disneyland Paris without a package, you can also book here. (Just make sure your tickets are linked to your account and screenshot the barcode for the tickets if visiting multiple days.)

Disneyland Paris Itinerary with Kids

Our Disneyland Paris 3-day itinerary was actually 3 nights, but it ended up being about 72 hours. It looked something like this:

  • Day 1:
    • Arrived in Paris in the evening on the Eurostar from London. T
    • Take a car transfer from Paris Gare du Nord to Disneyland Paris with Welcome Pickups.
    • Have dinner at Newport Bay or head to the parks.
  • Day 2:
    • Started with a character breakfast at Plaza Gardens. We also did several rides, had lunch at Casey’s Corner and watched the Halloween parade.
    • Took a break at Newport Bay Club and had afternoon tea in the lounge.
    • Spent the night at Walt Disney Studios for more rides like Hollywood Tower of Terror.
  • Day 3:
    • Started at Walt Disney Studios to catch the Pixar Together and did several rides including Crush’s Coaster.
    • Took a break and then dressed up for Halloween.
    • On Halloween night at Disneyland Paris, we had a character dinner at Plaza Gardens and caught the nighttime show at Disneyland Park Paris.
  • Day 4:
    • Started the day at Disneyland Park for more rides. We also explored Alice’s Labyrinth and caught Disney Stars on Parade.
    • Checked out of Newport Bay Club and resort hopped to Marvel Hotel & Sequoia Lodge.
    • Took a private transfer from Disneyland to central Paris.

Pro Tip: Book Welcome Pickups for a private transfer from Disneyland Paris to central Paris with car seats. We’ve used them in several different European cities, and you can add car seats or boosters.  (Perfect for visiting Paris with toddlers!)

When planning your Disneyland Paris itinerary, I don’t recommend planning ride by ride. It’s best to have a rough idea of which parks you want to start and end with and any must do attractions. Being flexible is always key when visiting Disney with toddlers, regardless of the park!

Ratatouille Ride at Disneyland Paris

Shows and Parades at Disneyland Paris

Prior to your visit, I definitely recommend reviewing shows and showtimes to figure out which ones your family may like. We only ended up seeing one day time show, which was TOGETHER: a Pixar Musical Adventure. The queues tended to fill up early, and we didn’t want to waste 45 minutes of park time to see a show. 

Depending on when you visit, the nighttime shows may be very late as well. When we went to Disneyland Paris for Halloween, for example, the Avengers: Power the Night show at Walt Disney Studios was at 11pm. We decided to skip it and just see the nighttime show at Disneyland Park one night. Below is a list of Disneyland Paris shows and parades.

Halloween Parade at Disneyland Paris

Daytime Shows at Disneyland Paris

  • Disneyland Park: The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands, Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Walt Disney Studios: TOGETHER: a Pixar Musical Adventure, Mickey and the Magician, Frozen: A Musical Invitation, The Disney Junior Dream Factory, Stitch Live!

Nighttime Shows at Disneyland Paris

  • Disneyland Park: Disney Dreams Nighttime Extravaganza & Disney Electrical Sky Parade
  • Walt Disney Studios: Avengers: Power the Night

Note: Some shows at Disneyland Paris are in all English or all French and others (like the Pixar musical) combine the two. We loved the mix of English and French at TOGETHER: a Pixar Musical Adventure. If you’re looking in the Disneyland Paris app, there will typically be a flag indicating the language the show is in. 

Parades at Disneyland Paris

  • Disneyland Park: Stars on Parade & A Million Splashes of Color (+ seasonal parades for Halloween, Christmas and other holidays)
  • Walt Disney Studios: N/A

The parades at Disneyland Paris definitely should not be missed, especially if you’re visiting Disneyland Paris with toddlers. Be sure to get a spot along Main Street a little early so your kiddos can sit and watch.

Characters at Disneyland Paris

Trying to figure out the best place to see characters at Disneyland Paris? We highly recommend booking a character meal at Plaza Inn for character interactions without the queues. (While the food wasn’t the best we’ve had, the characters were great.) You can also find princesses at Auberge de Cendrillon. Character meals at Disneyland Paris can typically be booked over the phone right after you book your Disneyland Paris package, or they’re available close to your visit in the app.

You can also find characters at Disneyland Paris hotels each evening, throughout the parks and during shows and parades. When we visited Disneyland Paris for Halloween, one of the highlights was also seeing villains at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. (A highlight for my villain loving toddler!)

Goofy at Disneyland Paris Plaza Gardens breakfast- Disneyland Paris with toddlers

Best Disneyland Paris Rides for Toddlers

Just like the other Disney Parks, Disneyland Paris toddler rides are plentiful. Disneyland Park especially has so many great rides at Disneyland Paris without a height requirement. All of the rides below do not have a height requirement unless noted. If you want the full list of height restrictions for Disneyland Paris, look here

Disneyland Park Rides for Toddlers

  • “It’s a Small World”
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Phantom Manor
  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
  • Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups
  • La Pays des Contes de Fées
  • Casey Jr- le Petit Train du Cirque
  • Les Mysteres du Nautilus
  • Le Carrousel de Lancelot
  • Autopia (81 cm/ 32 inch height min)
  • Blanche-Neige et les Sep Nains®: Snow White dark ride
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Les Voyages de Pinocchio
  • Orbitron®
  • Disneyland Railroad

Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, Pirate Galleon, Frontierland Playground and Adventure Isle/ Swiss Family Robinson are also fun areas for toddlers to explore. 

La Pays des Contes de Fées best rides for toddlers at Disneyland Paris

Walt Disney Studios Rides for Toddlers

  • Ratatouille: The Adventure
  • Spider-Man W.E.B. Adventure
  • Cars ROAD TRIP
  • Slinky®  Dog Zigzag Spin
  • Les Tapis Volants- Flying Carpets Over Agrabah®
  • Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop (81 cm/ 32 inch height min)

Walt Disney Studios has more of an emphasis on shows for toddlers than rides. If you’re deciding between Disneyland Park vs Walt Disney Studios for toddlers, I definitely recommend Disneyland Park given the number of rides without a height requirement and the amazing parades. 

Pro Tip: Use Baby Switch! How does baby switch work at Disneyland Paris? It’s a little different from child rider switch Disney World or Disneyland Paris. The main difference is that you get a physical ticket AFTER doing the ride instead of at the front of the line. After the first group completes the ride, look for a cast member after getting off the ride. There will be a designated person handing out a paper Baby Switch Ticket. 

If you’re using a Premier Pass with Baby Switch, you only need to purchase it for the first group riding. So in our situation, Dad rode with our oldest child first and we only purchased two passes. Then I (Mom) did the same ride with our oldest using Baby Switch. We were able to use the Premier Pass line the second time without having purchased a pass. (Note that it’s also referred to as Disneyland Paris “Parent Swap.”)

Snow White ride Disneyland Paris

Is Disneyland’s Premier Access Ultimate Worth it with toddlers?

If you’re not familiar, Premier Access Ultimate is Disneyland Paris’ skip the line feature to be used for multiple high demand rides. It can be added to your Disneyland Paris package in advance or purchased the day of. The cost of Disney Premier Access Ultimate can vary significantly depending on the time of year and how busy it is. I’ve seen it anywhere from €90 to almost €190 per person per day, like during the busy season when we were there for Halloween.  The challenge when using premier access at Disneyland Paris with toddlers is that they’re only tall enough to do about half of the rides included, and you pay the same price whether they can use it for every ride or not. 

That said, we typically recommend purchasing Disney Premier Access Ultimate at Disneyland Paris for kids only when they’re tall enough for all (or most of) the rides included. Instead, I recommend using a combination of Premier Access One for individual skip the line passes at Disneyland Paris, in addition to Baby Switch when needed. 

You can find more info including rides that are eligible for Disney Premier Access here

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Disneyland Paris

Miscellaneous Disneyland Paris Tips for Toddlers

Looking for more tips on visiting Disneyland Paris with a toddler? Below are some additional helpful things to know. 

  • If you’re visiting Disneyland Paris with a child under 3, they get into the parks for free. They’re also free for character meals and buffets. So if you’re considering Disneyland Paris for a 2 year old, it’s a great time to go!
  • There are pram/ stroller rentals at Disneyland Paris for a fee. We traveled with our favorite Zoe Traveler for our 3 year old and rented a stroller for our 6 year old. Be sure to keep the receipt if you rent a stroller at Disneyland Paris.
  • Like the US Disney Parks, there are Baby Care Centers at Disneyland Paris. At Disneyland Park, it’s located off Main Street, USA. The Baby Care Center at Walt Disney Studios is behind Studio Services. Disneyland Paris Baby Care Centers include things like a microwave, changing tables and a private nursing area. There are also family bathrooms and changing tables throughout the parks. 
  • Don’t forget a rain cover for your stroller as well as disposable ponchos.
  • Be sure to check the weather and put your toddler in layers. 
  • If you’re going from Disneyland Paris to Paris, we recommend using Welcome Pickups. It’s an easy private transfer option to Disneyland Paris with kids and luggage.

Planning a Disneyland Paris Trip

Are you thinking about visiting Disneyland Paris with toddlers or kids of any age? Whether you’re planning a 1 day visit as part of Paris with kids itinerary or a multi day trip to Disneyland Paris, I’d love to help you plan! Contact me here to get started.

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