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Thinking about taking a side trip to Disneyland Paris? You’re not alone—several of our readers asked us to research this possibility. We haven’t made a visit there when we’ve been to the Mediterranean, but we did visit Disneyland Paris some years ago with our son Alexander. And we now offer an entire guidebook, PassPorter’s Disneyland Paris by Sabine Rautenberg—get more details at http://www.passporter.com/disneyland-paris.asp.
First things first—how do you get to Disneyland Paris from Barcelona? Your best bet is to take the train via RENFE (Spanish National Railway Network). Trains leave from the Barcelona Franca station in the evening and arrives in Gare de Paris-Austerlitz or Gare de Lyon the following morning. Prices start at about €140 per person, one-way. For more details, see http://www.seat61.com or http://www.raileurope.com. Once you reach Paris, take a taxi—it’s about 30–45 min. to the park and about €70 (bring cash). It is possible to take a train to Disneyland Paris, but it requires switching lines several times—we don’t recommend it.
Disneyland Paris itself could be blitzed in a day (not counting your transportation to and from Barcelona, of course), though we spent three days here in order to really enjoy it. Keep in mind that there are two parks at the resort as well as several resort hotels. We splurged on the Disneyland Hotel, a grand Victorian hotel right at the entrance to the Disneyland park. Our large, first-floor room had high ceilings and a four-poster bed—quite enchanting and very French. Room rates here start at €460. If you’re more budget-minded, consider Disney’s Davy Crockett’s Ranch at €220/night. More Disney resort hotel options exist between these two rates, as well as several non-Disney hotels that begin at about €180/night. (All of the rates we mention are per adult, based on double occupancy, and include park admission.)
Sleeping Beauty Castle
The parks themselves—Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios—are within walking distance of each other. Admission is €60/adult and €53/child age 3–11 for a one-day/one-park ticket. Park hoppers are available—one-day hopper (€85/€77), two-day (€141/€127), and three-day (€176/€160). You can tour the park attractions and eateries before you arrive at http://www.disneylandparis.com. One attraction you should not miss is CinéMagique at Walt Disney Studios—it’s a delightful journey through 100 years of movies with Martin Short!
Disney Cruise Line offers excursions to Disneyland Paris when it pays port of call visits to Le Havre, France (see page 469). Due to the distance, travel time, and complexity of the rail connections, we recommend cruisers stick to the cruise line-offered shore excursions.
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