Disneyland Paris One-Day Itinerary

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If you're planning a trip to Disneyland Paris, you'll need at least one full day at Disneyland Park. But whether you're planning a vacation from the United States or just a short day-trip from somewhere nearby, fitting the best rides of Disneyland Paris into one day can seem challenging. We've got you covered. This one-day itinerary for Disneyland Park will guide you through getting the most out of a single day.

If you're interested in our opinions on the major attractions, check out our Disneyland Paris Rides and Attractions post. And if you haven't already, check out our guide to Disneyland Fastpass in preparation for sorting out the details of your day. You also may want to check out our Disneyland Paris app guide and download the Disneyland Paris app, which will provide you with wait times while you're in the park.

We'll be guiding you through visiting the following attractions:

Things with Lines

Things to Explore

Phantom Manor
Big Thunder Mountain
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
Pirates of the Caribbean
Peter Pan's Flight
"it's a small world"
Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains
Les Voyages de Pinocchio
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin (10 minutes)
La Cabane des Robinson (20 minutes)
Adventure Isle (20 minutes)
Sleeping Beauty Castle (20-30 minutes)
Alice's Curious Labyrinth (20 minutes)
Les Mystères du Nautilus (10 minutes)
Liberty Arcade and Discovery Arcade (15 minutes)

Things to Watch

Mickey Presents: Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris
The Starlit Princess Waltz
Mickey's Halloween Tricycle Gang
Goofy's Skeletoon Street Parade
Disney Stars on Parade
Disney Illuminations

Note that some of these attractions might not be open, or some of the shows may have changed (particularly the 25th Anniversary and Halloween events), since we wrote this. Barring any unexpected, park-shaking changes, though, this guide should provide you a good outline. Finally, the rest of this post uses "Disneyland Paris" to refer to Disneyland Park, the castle park at Disneyland Paris resort (the other park is the smaller Walt Disney Studios Park).

At the end of the post, we have a minute-by-minute recap of one of our most recent days at Disneyland Paris. It doesn't match this itinerary perfectly, which only serves to show how flexible you can be at Disneyland Paris.

Let's get started.

Extra Magic Hours 8:30 to 9:30 — Fantasyland

In this first section, you'll want to cover the following rides:

  • Peter Pan's Flight (or an alternative, if that ride isn't open)

  • Any other rides, if you can be off them by 9:30AM

We're advocates of staying at a Disney resort, and we recommend Hotel Cheyenne. We also had a fine stay at Disney's Sequoia Lodge. But if you're not staying at a Disney resort (and thus can't access Extra Magic Hours) try to be at the park by 9AM. Despite a posted opening time of 10AM, it is sort of an open secret that Disneyland Park opens at 9:30. You'll follow the rest of the itinerary, trying to fit Peter Pan's Flight in later in the day.

 Start your day with Extra Magic Hours at Peter Pan's Flight

Start your day with Extra Magic Hours at Peter Pan's Flight

Disney hotel guests, plan to arrive at about 8:15AM to get the most out of your day. The park gates usually open around 8:00AM, and guests are given access to Main Street, U.S.A. until 8:30AM when the Extra Magic Hours rides open.

As of September 2018, the Extra Magic Time rides are: Peter Pan's Flight, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Mad Hatter's Tea Cups, Le Carrousel de, Lancelot, Hyperspace Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Orbitron. This list is (obviously) always subject to change.

Arrive at 8:15AM in case anything opens early, or to take some good photos of the castle and Main Street, U.S.A. At rope drop, hop in line for Peter Pan's Flight as soon as possible. If anything else is open and you're confident you can get to the entrance to Frontierland by 9:30, consider riding it.

In particular, target rides that don't have FastPass, like Orbitron and Dumbo. In our example itinerary at the bottom of the page, you'll see we completed five additional rides before 9:30AM.

Hyperspace Mountain (or whatever the ride is renamed after the 25th Anniversary) will have FastPass availability well into the day, so you don't need to waste your morning time on it. Just make sure you're at the entrance to Frontierland by 9:30 (or even 9:20, to be a bit farther up). 

9:30 Rope Drop — Adventureland and Frontierland

In this next section, you'll cover the following rides:

  • Big Thunder Mountain

  • Phantom Manor

  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril

There are multiple routes to Frontierland when 9:30AM rolls around, but the Central Plaza entrance is closest to Big Thunder Mountain, so you'll want to use that entrance and head straight for Big Thunder Mountain. Depending on crowds and how fast of a walker you are, you should be done with Big Thunder Mountain by about 9:50 or 10AM.

We really don't recommend grabbing a Big Thunder Mountain FastPass at this time. In our example itinerary below, we did this and it led to a series of issues. We wound up on Autopia around 9:40AM, which worked out okay, but the time probably would have been better spend on Big Thunder Mountain.

After Big Thunder Mountain, you can head to Phantom Manor and then to Indiana Jones. If the Indiana Jones wait is over 10 to 15 minutes, skip it, you'll likely be able to get a Fastpass for it later in the day.

Finishing Your Morning — Discoveryland

In this section, you'll cover the following rides:

  • Grab Fastpass for Star Tours

  • Hyperspace Mountain

  • Grab Fastpass for Buzz Lightyear

  • Nautilus or a Fantasyland Ride

Hopefully it's about 10:30 now, and you'll want to head to Discoveryland, where you'll grab a Fastpass for Star Tours and wait in line for Hyperspace Mountain (or vice versa). Your Fastpass should be quick enough that you can get on Star Tours with only a small gap. But wait! Before you use that FastPass, grab a FastPass for Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. You can grab a new Fastpass once the window for your old one starts.

Alternatively, feel free to mix up these three rides. This is especially a fine idea if the wait for Buzz is short (20 minutes or less). The Fastpass line for Buzz is actually quite awful and you'll wind up waiting 15 minutes to ride it even when you use your Fastpass, so it isn't a bad idea to plan for your second Fastpass to be something other than Buzz if you can wait in a short Buzz line early on. But you have to make sure you leave Discoveryland with two rides done and one Fastpass in-hand, because these FastPass tickets do run out later in the day.

You could use a small gap between Star Tours and your Hyperspace Mountain Fastpass to see Nautilus. If the gap is bigger, check the Fantasyland wait times for rides like Pinnochio, Snow White, and "it's a small world." If Buzz has an acceptable wait time, that's a fine option, but don't count on that. You could also explore Alice's Curious Labyrinth or Sleeping Beauty Castle (including Sleeping Beauty Gallery and The Dragon's Lair).

It should be about 11:45 now, and you'll have a Fastpass for Buzz in the afternoon. The list of must-do attractions should be down to:

Things with Lines

Things to Explore

Phantom Manor
Big Thunder Mountain
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
Pirates of the Caribbean
Peter Pan's Flight
"it's a small world"
Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains
Les Voyages de Pinocchio
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast (Fastpass)
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin (10 minutes)
La Cabane des Robinson (20 minutes)
Adventure Isle (20 minutes)
Sleeping Beauty Castle (20-30 minutes)
Alice's Curious Labyrinth (20 minutes)
Les Mystères du Nautilus (10 minutes)
Liberty Arcade and Discovery Arcade (15 minutes)

Things to Watch

Mickey Presents: Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris
The Starlit Princess Waltz
Mickey's Halloween Tricycle Gang
Goofy's Skeletoon Street Parade
Disney Stars on Parade
Disney Illuminations

Four Rules for Planning Your Afternoon

If it's 11:45 and not much later, now is a good time to grab lunch. Lines for lunch start to get big around 12PM. This is also where you'll want to start being more flexible, but according to the following rules:

1. Plan your existing Fastpass and your next Fastpass

If you're sitting on a Disneyland Paris Fastpass for Buzz, plan to grab a new one before getting on Buzz. If you didn't ride Indiana Jones yet, go grab that one. It's a long walk, but it pretty much guarantees you'll fit the rest of your day in easily. 

2. Pay attention to showtimes

If shows matters to you, which they should, don't forget to check the times. Try not to plan to make the last showtime of something, always try to make the first showtime. Check the Disneyland Paris app, but also be sure to grab a Programme at the front of the park.

 Be sure to grab a times guide ("Programme"), which lists some times you won't even find in the app!

Be sure to grab a times guide ("Programme"), which lists some times you won't even find in the app!

3. Fill the gaps between shows and fastpasses

When you have longer gaps, plan to cross off Pinocchio, "it's a small world," and Snow White, which should have waits of 15 minutes to 45 minutes. For shorter gaps, or longer gaps where you don't want to wait in lines, cross items off the "things to explore" list.

Bear in mind that the Robinson House and Alice's Curious Labyrinth can move slowly, so don't force those into 20 minute time slots. Again, check the Disneyland Paris app for wait times.

4. Consider getting Pirates of the Caribbean done before it gets too late

The last thing you want is to run out of time or have a must-see ride break down before you get on it. It's rare, but it happens. A 45-minute wait in the middle of the day can be troublesome for picking showtimes, but it might make sense for you.

A Sample Afternoon in Disneyland Paris

Here's an example of how you apply the above four rules.

Your Buzz Fastpass is for 2PM to 2:230PM. You plan to see the 12:25 Mickey Presents: Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris, the 12:50 Mickey's Tricycle Gang, the 3:35 Princess Starlit Waltz, the 4:40 Goofy's Skeletoon Street Party, and the 5:30 Stars on Parade. So here's what you do:

  • From 12:25 to 1:15, you watch Mickey Presents: Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris and Mickey's Tricycle Gang

  • At 1:15, you get in line and ride Snow White (or another ride in Fantasyland) after a 30-minute wait

  • Before heading to Buzz, you explore Sleeping Beauty Castle

  • You head to Buzz, finishing at about 2:45

  • Get in another Fantasyland Ride (Pinocchio or Small World) before Starlit Waltz at 3:35

  • At 4PM you'll need to head over to Adventureland and Frontierland for the 4:40 Goofy Skeletoon Street Party

  • While in Adventureland, visit the Robinson Treehouse and, if time permits, the Enchanted Passage of Aladdin. The street party is short, so at 4:45 head to Adventure Isle to explore.

  • Grab a spot for the 5:30 Stars on Parade by 5:15.

At 6PM, you'll have three or four hours left to cover one Fantasyland dark ride, Alice's Curious Labyrinth, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Unless you're pressed for time, we suggest adding in Le Pays des Contes de Fées, which closes at 6PM. Even if you have to push another Fantasyland ride until after 6PM, you're still left with plenty of time in your day.

 Pirates of the Caribbean is a great ride at night!

Pirates of the Caribbean is a great ride at night!

Remember, Fantasyland closes early (one hour before park close when we were there), so don't wait too long for anything you have left there. Also, don't push Pirates of the Caribbean (or any ride) too late, lest you wind up stuck in line during the fireworks. 

Finally, a bit before park close, grab a spot on Main Street U.S.A. and watch Disney's Illuminations.

Our Most Recent Disneyland Park Day

Here's an example of how a day applying a variation of our itinerary went. We were at Disneyland Paris in September 2018 on a weekday with moderate/light crowds. The indicated time windows are from when we got in line for a ride until when we got off the ride.

  • 8:15AM - Arrive

  • 8:30AM - Extra Magic Hours rope drop

  • 8:33AM - 8:37AM - Peter Pan's Flight

  • 8:39AM - 8:43AM - Dumbo

  • 8:43AM - 8:48AM - Mad Hatter's Teacups

  • 8:52AM - 8:57AM - Orbitron

  • 8:57AM - 9:09AM - Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin

  • 9:12AM - 9:22AM - Pinocchio (Comment: This is a bit of an odd choice, but the main alternative is Hyperspace Mountain, which is very easy to get FastPass for later in the day.)

  • Comment: At this point we could have grabbed a FastPass for Hyperspace Mountain. We opted against it mostly to add some minimal challenge to this itinerary.

  • 9:30AM - Frontierland Rope Drop

  • 9:34AM - Grab FastPass for Big Thunder Mountain (10:30AM to 11:00AM) (Comment: This was probably a mistake, we should have ridden the ride instead of grabbing a FastPass for it.)

  • Comment: While on our last trip Indiana Jones was running at this time, we now believe this is unusual and that you shouldn't count on anything other than Big Thunder Mountain to be running on this side of the park at this time. This is why we think riding Big Thunder Mountain will usually be the best decision here.

  • 9:48AM - 10:35AM - Autopia (Posted wait of 30 minutes) (Comment: Our Big Thunder Mountain FastPass decision makes sense for people who really want to ride Autopia, as its waits are annoyingly long throughout the day, and this is probably the best time to squeeze it in.)

  • 10:37AM - Grab FastPass for Hyperspace Mountain (11:05AM to 11:35AM)

  • 10:42AM - 11:07AM - Use Big Thunder Mountain FastPass (Comment: We waited 20 minutes in this FastPass queue, adding to the fury about our earlier decisions.)

  • 11:14AM - Grab FastPass for Star Tours (11:45AM to 12:15PM)

  • 11:15AM - 11:25AM - Use Hyperspace Mountain FastPass

  • Break for snack breakfast (we recommend crepes and coffee from the cart in the main plaza)

  • 11:57AM - 12:19AM - Use Star Tours FastPass

  • Break for lunch

  • 1:00PM - 1:09PM - Le Pays Des Contes De Fées

  • 1:11PM - 1:19PM - Casey Jr.

  • 1:20PM - 2:00PM - Watch two shows (scheduled 1:20PM and 1:50PM) on the castle stage

  • 2:03PM - 2:17PM - "it's a small world"

  • 2:18PM - 2:35PM - Alice's Curious Labyrinth

  • 2:40PM - 2:55PM - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  • 2:59PM - 3:17PM - Pirates of the Caribbean

  • 3:20PM - 3:37PM - Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril

  • 3:42PM - 4:17PM - Riverboat

After this, we headed to Walt Disney Studios park, before returning after the parade (you obviously should feel free to stay for the parade) to finish the odds and ends (things like Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, Adventure Isle). The only major attraction missing from this itinerary was Phantom Manor, which was closed during this trip. The carrousel was also closed.

So by the end of this day, we had just under five hours left of park time (minus 30 minutes you'd commit to the parade) and only one major attraction left. Plus, we sort of botched our morning with that Big Thunder Mountain debacle.

It's pretty obvious that even with longer waits and slower feet, you would have plenty of time to see all of Disneyland Paris in a single day.

Do you have any questions about spending a day at Disneyland Paris?