No Disneyland for me, I hate Disneyland!
Before I had kids, I swore up and down that I would never ever take my future children to Disneyland; despite the fact that I begged my own father to take me to Disneyland as a child. – Oh how quickly we forget.
My Disneyland abstinence lasted several years until my two sons turned five and six. I still remember the look on their faces when we arrived. It was like they had won the lotto. As I watched them gush with raw unadulterated joy, any and all my reservations and aversions towards taking them to Disneyland melted away. My pocketbook felt differently.
History Repeats Itself: Old Habits Die Hard
Five years later I had a third child, a little girl. (YAY!)
When my daughter turned 5, we were living in France and it never occurred to me that she might also like to go to Disneyland until one day she just did.
I think some of her classmates at school went to Disneyland and told everyone how amazing it was.
So once again I felt the pressure to take not just my daughter but my teenage sons to Disneyland. I resisted for a while but it was hard resisting my daughter’s pleas but I eventually caved.
Secretly, a small part of me wanted to go because come on, It’s Disneyland PARIS.
10 Reasons To Go To Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris originally opened for business in 1992 and was called Euro Disney Resort. It’s actually located in Mame-la-Vallee, France, on over 5,000 acres of land.
1- It’s the most popular tourist attraction in France
Every year, Disneyland Paris receives an average of 10 million visitors per year, surpassing the
2-It will Make Your Kids Super Duper Happy
It’s a no brainer, your kids are going to love it. A day of eating junk food, seeing cartoon characters come to life, riding fun rides and seeing cool shows.
You might be interested in reading: Why France Is The Most Popular Tourist Destination in The World!
3- The Rides
If you enjoy theme parks and rides, Disneyland Paris has a lot of them. From age-appropriate rides for little toddlers to the scariest of roller coasters. Here are just a handful of some popular ones:
- Space Mountain 2: An updated version of the old ride.
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror:
- It’s A Small World
- Phantom Manor
- Star Tours
- Big Thunder Mountain
4- Jump To The Head Of The Line: The Fast Pass
If one of the reasons you don’t want to go to Disneyland Paris is because of the long lines, there is a solution.
You can always take advantage of the FREE FastPass system. A fast pass allows you to bypass the long line.
All you have to do is find the Fastpass distribution area near the entrance of the ride you want to get on. Swipe your park admission ticket at one of the machines and receive a free faspass ticket with a designated time. When you return at that designated time, you will bypass the bulk of the queue. (only good for certain popular rides and some restrictions apply- of course)
If you have some money to burn, you could get the VIP FastPass which is like the Fast Pass I mentioned above on steroids.
A VIP Fastpass ticket will grant you unlimited FASTPASS use. (some restrictions apply)
All you have to do is book a room or suite at one of the following hotels: Disneyland Hotel Castle Club, Hotel New York’s Empire State Club, a suite at the Newport Bay Club or Sequoia Lodge.
Then use the fast pass all day at any ride that accepts the fast pass.
6- Use Disneyland Paris as a bargaining chip to convince them to travel to France
If your kids are worried about visiting a foreign country or whining about the trip then taking the kids to Disneyland is a sneaky way to get the kids excited about a trip.
7- It’s familiar but foreign
The overall look and feel and many of the rides are similar to Disneyland in the US but there is a definite French Flair to it.
For instance, the ride announcement will be in French and English and a few other languages.
There are food carts selling fun treats unique to France like
8- You will be able to communicate
If you don’t speak French, you will still be able to communicate relatively easy.
There are menus, maps and even signs written in French AND English. Many of the park cast members also speak English because they are recruited from all over Europe and the world.
9-It’s smaller and very doable in a day
One of the things I hated about Disneyland in the US is it was huge. Overwhelmingly huge.
Disneyland Paris is smaller, slightly more manageable and doable in a day with some planning.
10-What’s the harm in it or Why The Hell Not?
Sure it’s cheesy. Sure it’s not really culturally “classy” but if you have kids who are dying to go or even a grown-up kid who wants to go, they will worship the ground you walk on if you take them to Disneyland Paris.
What’s the harm it anyway?
I know part of my own resistance had a lot to do with how other people POO POO the idea of going to Disneyland Paris.
“You went to France and visited Disneyland Paris???????”
PFFFT! As if going to Disneyland will lower your social status or make you less classy.
Stop caring about what other people will think.
The worst that could happen is you waste some time and money while your kids, your friends or spouse have the time of their lives.
Who knows you might have a great time too or at least enjoy watching your kids have a great time.
If you have a week or more in Paris and have kids or the people who you’re travelling want to visit Disneyland Paris, go for it.
Go check out these personal accounts from other people who actually went to Disneyland Paris and see what they thought about the park.
p.s. The best time to visit Disneyland Paris is on weekdays outside public holidays and school vacations.