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10 Reasons to visit Disneyland Paris (even if you don’t have kids!)

Mel from Footsteps on the Globe smiling in front of a Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse statue at Disneyland Paris, Reasons to go to Disneyland Paris

10 Reasons to visit Disneyland Paris (even if you don’t have kids!)

If you were brought up on a diet of Disney magic and love of theme parks, Disneyland Paris will likely be ticked off your bucket list already. But as an adult if you feel like you’ve outgrown Disney and think it’s just for kids, think again! Here are 10 reasons to visit Disneyland Paris (even if you don’t have kids!).  

1) The epic f-ing rides!

One of the top reasons to visit Disneyland Paris has to be the epic f-ing rides! And the fantastic thing about Disneyland Paris is there are rides to suit everyone’s preference.

If you need to start slow, head to Fantasyland through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle where the most gentle rides are. But if you’re looking for thrills, here are the best (and fastest!) rides at Disneyland Paris for adrenaline junkies!

Honestly though, it doesn’t matter what your preference is. Every ride has a theme and story which makes the experience that bit cooler. I recommend trying everything and getting your money’s worth!

Front of hyperspace mountain in Disneyland Paris, Reasons to go to Disneyland Paris
If you love thrills Hyperspace Mountain (formerly Space Mountain) is a MUST

2) There is something for everyone…literally!

One of the biggest misconceptions about Disneyland Paris is that you need to love theme parks to go. And it’s simply not true! I’m expelling that myth. Right here. Right now. Disneyland Paris has something for eeee-veryone.  

Yes there are awesome rides. But there are many more reasons to visit Disneyland Paris aside from its biggest draw! 

There’s live shows, interactive experiences, character meet and greets, a cinema and over 50 restaurants and bars. Not to mention the shopping selection. Clothes, toy, homeware, figurines, art and sweet shops…to list just a few! 

Don’t fancy heading into the park at all? Chill in your room, get room service and watch Disney movies to your heart’s content. Fancy a little R+R? Treat yourself to a spa day at the Disneyland Hotel. And there’s even more reason to book if you haven’t got kids to occupy!

For more ideas on things to do, check out my post on top 10 things to do in Disneyland Paris.

Mel from Footsteps on the Globe sat on a Mickey mouse shaped bed at the Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris, Reasons to go to Disneyland Paris
Chilling in the room at the Newport Bay Club Hotel

3) It’s the perfect excuse to be a kid again 

Another major misconception about Disneyland Paris is that you need to have kids to go. And I’m pleased to report back, (four times over!) that this is absolutely NOT true. You however, can be the biggest kid there. You know why? It’s Disney-mother-f-ing-Land. Get your Mickey mouse ears on because you my friend have a free pass to revert back to childhood so enjoy the ride! 

Except this time it’s waaaay better! You can do what you want, eat want you want and go on which ever rides you want. Adulting had to pay back at some point, right?  

Proving that Disneyland Paris is not just for kids, the oldest person to visit the park to date was 106 years old. My own Grandma visited at 82 and went on every single ride with the little ones in our family. I hope I’m still going to theme parks past my 100th birthday! Gran, consider yourself challenged.

Mel from Footsteps on the Globe and her friend Tami holding up Buzz Light Year guns on the Buzz Lightyear ride at Disneyland Paris, Reasons to go to Disneyland Paris
Me and Tam getting ready to battle the Evil Emperor Zurg on Buzz Lightyear’s Laser Blast

4) It’s so easy to get to

Let’s all take a moment to appreciate budget airlines and the Eurotunnel. One of the biggest reasons to visit Disneyland Paris from a practical point of view is how easy it is to get to from the UK compared to other Disney parks. 

I’ve found return flights from Manchester to Paris for less than £40 per person. And train tickets from St Pancras to Disneyland Paris starting from as little as £46.94 (as of the time of posting).  

The Eurostar is personally my favourite way of travelling to and from Disneyland Paris. You don’t have to worry about faffing at the airport for a connection to the park and I’ve always found it ends up cheaper as part of a weekender package.  

Plus, it only takes 2 hours and 45 minutes to travel by train to Disneyland Paris and you’re literally right there at the gates. More time for rides and fun!  

St Pancras International Station in London, Reasons to go to Disneyland Paris
St Pancras International Station in London – home to the Eurostar

5) It’s open all year round

Regular theme parks are usually seasonal and only open during the summer months, but not our Disneyland! Disneyland Paris is open all year round. The summer months are busier and more expensive due to school holidays but the weather’s good and there is a great atmosphere. In winter, you’ll need to bundle up and carry an umbrella but the lines are almost non-existent and it’s way cheaper!  

No matter what time of year you go, you’ll have an awesome time. And if you haven’t got kids, you don’t need to book during the more expensive school holidays either, result!

Mel from Footsteps on the Globe smiling in front of a Christmas tree down Main Street USA at Disneyland Paris, Reasons to go to Disneyland Paris
Mouching round the shops on Mainstreet USA

6) The freebies!

If there were ever any reasons to visit Disneyland Paris, this would be the one!  

Once you’ve paid for your trip all the other experiences inside the park are free. Most day shows are free, rides are free and meet and greets are free. A part from your food and drink and the odd trip to a gift shop, you won’t need to worry about unexpected expenses.

Mel from Footsteps on the Globe hugging Rex from Toy Story in Toy Story Land in Disneyland Paris, Reasons to go to Disneyland Paris
Free hugs with Rex

7) It caters for vegans

When I think about how awesome Disneyland Paris is, the food has never come into the equation. I’ve always viewed it as just something to keep me going in-between rides. You don’t tend to get as hangry when you’re adrenaline has been pumping for hours on end! However, this changed when I went vegetarian around seven years ago.  

I remember travelling to Disneyland Paris as a vegetarian and finding it a challenge all those years ago. So needless to say I was preparing myself for the worst as a vegan when I went to Disneyland more recently.  

I found very little information on the subject but having experienced it first-hand, I can assure you vegans – you won’t starve! Disneyland Paris does cater for vegans and there are even some vegan desserts and snacks available in some places.   

Here is the full lowdown on how to eat vegan at Disneyland Paris

Mel from Footsteps on the Globe holding up an onion ring at Annette's Diner in Disneyland Paris, Reasons to go to Disneyland Paris

8) Day trips to Paris

Want to make the most of your time in Paris and venture into the city from the park? It only takes about an hour and a half on average to travel from Disneyland Paris (Marne-la-Vallée Chessy) to Paris by train. So you can enjoy a cheeky little day trip to Paris whilst you’re staying at Disney.

There are normally six trains per day but I recommend getting as early a train as possible so you can make the most of your day. Make sure to book in advance to avoid paying full price.

Of course you won’t be able to see everything in a day but with this guide to the best of Paris in a day, you’ll be able to see the main spots that make this city famous in less than 24 hours. 

Eiffel Tower against a blue sky in Paris, Reasons to go to Disneyland Paris

9) Year-round deals and discounts

As your trip isn’t dictated by school holidays there are loads of deals and discounts you can take advantage of. These range from free dining packages, an extra night’s stay, 25% discounts and an additional €100 spending money.  

Check out the Disneyland Paris website to see what deals and discounts are on at the minute and play around with the dates to see what you can get (and how cheap you can get it!).

Mel from Footsteps on the Globe smiling in front of a Mickey Mouse statue at Disneyland Paris Studios, Reasons to go to Disneyland Paris

10) It’s a great weekend getaway 

Whether you’re tripping with your partner, your best friend or your family, Disneyland Paris is a genuinely fantastic weekend getaway. And as you’ve read, there is something for everyone.  

You can cover the park and studios in two days which makes it a perfect weekender. But if you want to revisit your favourite rides and head into Paris for the day, I would recommend a four-day trip if you can.

Mel from Footsteps on the Globe smiling in front of sleeping beauty's castle at Disneyland Paris with her friend Tami, Reasons to go to Disneyland Paris
Can never keep a straight face on a weekender with this one!

Of course there are a million more reasons to visit Disneyland Paris but I hope this post gives you a flavour (even if you don’t have kids!).

Ready to go? Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions or check out more posts on Disneyland Paris 😊

Mel from Footsteps on the Globe in front of the princess castle at Disneyland Paris, Reasons to go to Disneyland Paris Pinterest image

About the author

Hi, I’m Mel! The adventure-seeking vegan travel blogger behind Footsteps on the Globe. On this blog you'll find my latest adventures, travel inspiration as well as tips and tricks on how to be vegan around the world. You don’t have to give up being vegan to follow your travel dreams and I’m here to show you how!