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Disneyland Park vs Walt Disney Studios Park

Are you torn between Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park for your next Disneyland Paris adventure? Let’s simplify your choice.

Disneyland Paris consists of two parks just a few minutes walk apart, which are as follows: 

Walt Disney Studios Park may be smaller, but it has thrilling rides, captivating shows, and behind-the-scenes glimpses.

Disneyland Park, on the other hand, is the classic Disney experience, with iconic attractions, enchanting lands, and beloved characters.

With this guide’s assistance, you can choose which Disneyland Paris Park to visit.

Note: Why choose when you can have both? With the multi-day ticket, you will have up to 4 days to explore every bit of magic in both parks.

A Quick Glance

This is a quick reference guide for you to decide which park to prioritize during your visit to Disneyland Paris.

Aspect Disneyland Paris ParkWalt Disney Studios Park
Theme Magic KingdomHollywood Studios
Park SizeLarger Smaller 
Main AttractionsSleeping Beauty Castle, Space Mountain, Pirates of the CaribbeanTower of Terror, Ratatouille: The Adventure, Crush’s Coaster, Haunted Mansion
Iconic CharactersMickey Mouse, Cinderella, Buzz LightyearMickey Mouse, Goofy, Lightning McQueen
Special EventsDisneyland Forever Fireworks, Disney’s Electrical ParadeSeason of the Force, Marvel Season of Superheroes
Themed LandsMain Street, Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland Front Lot, Production Courtyard, Toy Story Playland, Toon Studio
Themed RestaurantsHakuna Matata, Blue Lagoon, Auberge de CendrillonBistrot Chez Rémy, Restaurant des Stars
Target AudienceFamilies and ChildrenMovie buffs

Disneyland Park

Disneyland Park is the flagship park and a true symbol of Disney magic. 

It is divided into five enchanting lands: Main Street, USA, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, and Discoveryland. 

Disneyland Paris Park is where classic fairy tales come to life, with iconic attractions like Sleeping Beauty Castle, Pirates of the Caribbean, and It’s a Small World. 

It offers many family-friendly rides, character meet-and-greets, and spectacular parades and fireworks displays. 

This park is a nostalgic journey through Disney’s timeless stories and is ideal for those seeking a traditional Disney experience.

Walt Disney Studios Park

This Park celebrates the world of movies, animation, and television. 

Divided into different sections, such as Front Lot, Production Courtyard, Toy Story Playland, and Toon Studio. 

You can experience thrilling attractions like Ratatouille: The Adventure, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Crush’s Coaster. 

You can also explore interactive exhibits, behind-the-scenes tours, and shows that showcase the artistry and creativity behind Disney’s iconic productions. 

Walt Disney Studios Park is perfect for those who want to delve into the entertainment world and experience the excitement of movie-making.

Comparisons

Here’s a brief comparison of both parks based on themes, rides, eateries, and other features:

Themes

Disneyland Park offers the typical Disney experience. The park aims to transport visitors to various settings, including fairy tales and space exploration.

Each of the five theme zones has a distinct theme:

  • Main Street U.S.A.
  • Adventureland
  • Fantasyland
  • Frontierland
  • Discoveryland

On the other hand, Walt Disney Studios Paris focuses on entertainment behind the scenes. 

Four sections of the park have areas according to different aspects of film production: 

  • Front Lot
  • Production Courtyard
  • Toon Studio
  • Backlot

Rides and Attractions

The parks of Disneyland Paris provide rides for all ages, including those for adults, teenagers, and children.

Here’s a table listing the popular rides and attractions at both the park and Disneyland Paris:

Disneyland Park AttractionsWalt Disney Studios Park Attractions
It’s a Small WorldRock ‘n’ Roller Coaster with Aerosmith
Big Thunder Mountain RailroadRatatouille: The Adventure
Buzz Lightyear Laser BlastCars Quatre Roues Rallye
Pirates of the CaribbeanToy Story Playland
Space Mountain: Mission 2RC Racer
The Mad Hatter’s Tea CupsStudio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic
Peter Pan’s FlightCrush’s Coaster
The Haunted MansionThe Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Popular Tickets

Here are some tickets that have the option for both parks or have included access to both:

TicketsParks IncludedAdult ticket (18+ years) price
1-day ticketChoice for bothFrom €64
1-day flexible ticketChoice for both€105
Multi-day entryIncludes bothFrom €160
Seine River Cruise & Disneyland ParisChoice for bothFrom €71
Disneyland Paris & Paris ZooChoice for bothFrom €78
Disneyland Paris Tickets and Shuttle TransportChoice for both€139
1-Day Ticket with Transport from ParisChoice for bothFrom €137

Restaurants

You will grow hungry during your exploration, so stopping for a snack occasionally becomes vital.

From quick-service alternatives to upscale dining selections, both parks offer a variety of dining experiences. 

There are some themed eateries in both parks, including:

Disneyland Park
RestaurantsService Cuisine 
Blue Lagoon RestaurantTableCaribbean
Lucky Nugget SaloonTableAmerican
Auberge de CendrillonTableFrench
Colonel Hathi’s Pizza OutpostQuick Italian 
Hakuna Matata RestaurantQuick African 
Walt Disney Studios Park
RestaurantsService Cuisine 
Bistrot Chez RémyTable French 
Restaurant En CoulisseQuick American 

Opening Hours and How Long It Takes

Depending on the season, the hours of operation for both parks change. 

According to the season, both parks typically open at 9.30 am and close between 9 pm and 11 pm. 

To properly enjoy everything both parks offer, we strongly advise staying at least two days, while four days are ideal.

Best Time to Visit

The parks at Disneyland Paris are typically less crowded on weekdays. 

The low season, which lasts from January to March or November to December, is the ideal time to go.

At this time of the year, the park is less busy, and the temperature is moderate.

However, some park attractions may be closed between the two less busy periods. 

Make reservations for your tickets and lodging at Disneyland Paris in advance because these are the busiest times for the park.

Special Events

Disneyland Park: Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival (March to April), Pixar Fest (Summer), Holidays at the Disneyland Resort (Mid-November to Early January)
Walt Disney Studios Park: Seasonal celebrations like Christmas and New Year.

FAQs 

Can I use my Disneyland Park ticket to enter Walt Disney Studios Park on a different day?

Tickets for Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park are sold separately and are valid only for the specific park on the designated day. To visit both parks, you must purchase a multi-day ticket that includes admission to both.

How do I purchase Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park tickets?

We recommend buying your tickets online. ‘

Here are some tickets that offer the choice of visiting both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park:
1-Day Ticket (Choice for both)
1-Day Flexible Ticket (Choice for both)
Multi-Day Entry Ticket (Both parks included)

Are there locker facilities available in both parks?

Both Parks offer lockers for rent during your visit. Locker rentals rely on capacity and are available at designated places or park gates.

Are there hotels or accommodations within walking distance of Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park?

Yes, several hotels are within walking distance of both parks, including Disney and partner hotels offering a variety of themes and budgets.

Are there fireworks shows in Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park?

The fireworks show appears at Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Park.

Are there designated smoking areas in Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park?

Both parks have smoking bans. Smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor places near the park’s entrances.

Can I use the same ticket to enter Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park on the same day?

No, a daytime ticket for general admission does not include entrance to Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.

Each park requires a different ticket. However, the Disneyland Multi-Day Entry Ticket provides access to both.

Featured Image: Disneylandparis.com

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