It is possible to visit Disneyland Paris from many places around Europe on a 'day trip'. Few realise that the connection from Charles de Gaulle airport to Marne-la-valle takes a mere 10 minutes and there is a train roughly every hour.
Now all you need is an early flight in and a late flight out...
I quickly checked out easyjet - and you can get a 6am flight out of luton and a flight back around 21.30 a night. Doable. Alternatively, use the train trip as a stress-free way of getting there and stay over at a disney hotel.
Paris and Lille today are not the only French locations accessible directly with a Eurostar from London. In fact, there is a direct train to Disneyland itself, which makes the park a very convenient weekend trip from London (if you only want amusement parks, that is).
I took it several times Saturday morning (it actually leaves at a decent time, no 6am!) to be at the park just around noon. Had I stayed in Paris overnight, I probably would not have made it there much earlier - it's over an hour by local public transport and I am not an early riser. So I'll take the direct train every time, thank you very much.
Return is also very convenient, at about 6pm on Sunday from Disneyland. Not surprisingly, it's very popular so book ahead if you want a place, and even more so to get one for a good price.
As there is a stop at Eurodisney, I went to Eurodisney by train. From any station in the Netherlands you can go to Brussels South. From Brussels South the train goes to Marne-la-Vallee. For the last part (Brussels South to Marne-la-Vallee) you have to make a reservation.
Disneyland Paris is in the suburb of Marne-la-Vallee, and we just rode the train from Paris through the RER Line A (from Invalides, Nation, or Chatelet-Les Halles) to Marnee-la-Vallee-Chessy (takes about 35 minutes).
You could also take the bus to the hotels by the resort once you arive at CDG (every 45 minutes between 8Am and 8PM) and also available at the Orly Airport. As for driving, all I know is you take the A4 highway east and exit at Park Euro Disney.
We took our 2 year old around the park in his buggy and there are buggy parking areas outside the attractions for younger children for you to leave your buggy.
You don't need to worry about anyone taking your buggy as it all seems very safe and everyone is doing it. If you do have a very popular model of buggy I would put some sort of identifying sticker on it as there can be a lot of buggys outside the larger attractions and restaurants.
You can hire buggys there but they seemed to be very big.
We travelled on Eurostar and there was no problem takin gthe buggy on the train.
TT Prestige is a private car transfer company, we used their cars for transfer to and from the airport The cars are for your exclusive use and price is dependant on your party size. We paid 90 euros for two to get from the airport to the hotel. On our return to the airport we were with our Son and his family, so six in all, the price was only 5 euros more. The drivers all speak English, are smartly dressed and meet you in arrivals and at your hotel reception. We found this a pleasant and efficient means of transfer for both comfort and safety.
To get to and from the Parks from your hotel use the free shuttle buses. They run every 20 minutes from early morning until late evening. The parks are around eight minutes from the hotels but the journey time is often longer when the bus stops at most of the hotels along the route. If you are used to queueing in an orderly fashion as in the U.K. you will most probably not get on, it's every man for himself here, it goes against the grain but you have to just push in. Try to keep your party together - these buses are packed and you may have guessed you probably won't get a seat either. I didn't take a picture of the bus, if I had I would have been left behind.
We flew with Air France from Aberdeen to Charles de Gaulle airport. The flight is quite short about two hours, but we had a delay of almost two hours because of a thunderstorm over Paris. I know you can't predict the weather but after the initial announcement there was no further comments from the cabin crew. We guessed we had missed our slot for landing in Paris after all it is one of the biggest airports with lots of flights from around the World. The free inflight drinks are limited in choice, on the return journey we brought our own snacks and bottled water, this flight had no hiccups or holdups so we had a pleasant flight with Air France on our return
RER trains to downtown Paris run every 20 minutes more or less. The line is "RER C" (red colour). A 7 day pass costs 31 euro and one day pass costs 12 euro. The journey lasts 35 minutes. Be careful coming back to Marne La Valleè because the RER C follows too different ways so be sure to catch the right one! Every 20 minutes even from downtown Paris.
We chose to travel by Eurostar as the most convenient way for us to get to Disneyland Paris, from the UK you can board Eurostar from Waterloo station in London or Ashford International in Kent
you are allocated a carriage and seat number although both going and returning we found people sitting in our seats and had to ask them to move so that we could all sit together
the journey is fast and our grandchildren were fascinated by the fact that we were travelling under the sea, though worried that the water would come in and disappointed that they didnt see any sharks [I dont think we had explained the tunnel clearly enough to them]
we changed trains at Lille for the TVG service to Marne-la-Ville, in Summer I imagine that Lille station is very pleasant, in March however it is very cold, there is a waiting room on the ground floor which was a few degrees below Arctic temperatures, otherwise find one of the infra-red people warmers and huddle round, on returning to the UK you must check in at least 30 minutes before departure and go through passport control
there isnt a great deal of luggage space in board the Eurostar, so pack light
From the Paris airports, the easyest way is to take a VEA shuttle bus to your Disney hotel. They run all day long. Every time I was in Disneyland I saw lots of these red busses driving. around. So I don't think the waiting time is too long.
The trip takes about 40 minutes. No big deal!
Important: If you stay in the Ranch Davy Crockett, you need your own car to get there. The shuttle only stops at the hotels!
There are 3 horse drawn street cars, San Fransisco, St Louis and the Satatoga. These will take you to or from Central Plaza along Main Street USA. The street cars are vintage, circa 1900. There can be queues so pick your timing.
The Disneyland Railroad is a steam train which takes you around the outside of the park. You can pick it up from the entrance to Main Street, Fantasyland or Fronterland. I think this 2.2km train ride is a great way to get your bearings & have a general overview.
The three trains are exact replicas of steam trains used across America in the 1880s, as are the authentic stations.
There are two paddle boats which ply the river around Thunder Mountain in Fronterland, Mark Twain and the Molly Brown.
On board sometimes they have a jazz or an American old time band playing other times there is pipped music of times gone by. It is a relaxing 20 minutes or so, admiring the views on the shore of fisherman Joe's landing, smugglers cove, settlers landing and Gyser Plateau, which is based on the hot mud pots in Yellowstone National Park.
we took a national express bus firstly from leeds to london ý2 return and then from london to paris it was great you travelled through the night and arrived first thing in the morning, had a full day and then on the last day caught the bus again at 10pm and arrived in london in the morning ý35 return