Walt Disney Studios Park is located just next to Disneyland Paris and offers behind the scenes of films and TV in addition to the attractions. This is the smaller of the 2 parks with only 14 attractions and 7 entertainment options. It can easily be done in half to three fourths of a day. While we had a fun time it is a one and done kinda deal for us, we were able to see/do everything we needed so there is no reason to go back. I was looking forward to the holiday decorations for fall/Halloween but we found that at the Studios park there weren’t any. There was a lot at Disneyland Paris though.
First off for planning I highly recommend getting the Independent Guide to Disneyland Paris 2015 (or if there is a newer version). This book was a HUGE help in helping us to plan our time and avoid the lines. It also helped us to avoid waiting in long lines for food as well. I bought mine from Amazon as our local library did not have a copy. The guides for each park are fantastic for knowing where to go and when to get the most for your time!
As far as cost of the park, it’s a bit spendy. For 2 parks/2 Days it is $190 Adult and $172 for kids ages 3 to 11, ages 12+ are adults. Which would’ve been $742 for our family of 4! HOWEVER if your a military member they have a military discount and it is €69 per person for ages 12+ and €65 for ages 3-11 for 2 Days/2 Parks which is a great deal! We instead paid €276/$300 for our family of 4, so as you can see it’s a substantial difference between the two prices. You need to go to the ticket window and show your ID to get the military discount rate.
Parking is €20/day unless your a hotel guest (Explorer’s hotel also has free parking at the Disney Parks) so I recommend choosing a hotel with a shuttle service.
Food in the park is limited options and is expensive. Food at one of the cheaper places is €11,99-€14,99 a meal. Lunch at DLP cost us €53,96 for the 4 of us. Even snacks were expensive as well as drinks. I recommend bringing in water & some snacks and then eating outside the park for meals.
Back to the park experience. We drive down on Sunday, parked at the hotel and took the shuttle to the park area. We stopped to eat at McD’s in the Disney Shopping area first so we got into the park around 11:30 am. It was €22,50 for 2 meals & 2 kids meals. We stayed until around 4:30 pm and got everything done except the 2 popular rides Ratatouille and Crush’s coaster because we weren’t willing to wait over an hour and the FastPasses were long gone. I highly recommend downloading the free Disneyland Paris app as it has current wait times displayed, although we did find it wasn’t always accurate but generally close.
You do have to go through security to get into the parks and Disney Shopping area, your bags are searched but it’s pretty quick and easy.
I will say that when your planning your trip if you can AVOID the weekends you’ll have much shorter wait times for the rides. The parks were much busier on Sunday than they were on Monday. The shortest wait on Sunday was listed as 30 mins, although it was more like 15 mins later in the day for the Rock N Roller coaster. The park is small and its easy to get from one end to the other quickly. On Sunday the longest wait was 120 mins for Crush and 90 mins for Ratatouille, this was around 1 pm and stayed that way until close. If you want to hit these 2 rides you need to do them FIRST thing get a FP for one and stand in the line for the other.
We only caught 1 show at the park, Cinémagique, which was fun. It was kinda like the Honey I shrunk the kids show with some surprises. It didn’t matter that some of it was in French, you could follow along. The live action Stunt show was closed. Above is inside Hanger 21.
Best ride we went on was the Rock N Roller Coaster. I sat out the Tower of Terror, it was Bea’s first time on it and she wasn’t a fan, LOL! I rode it at Disney Sea in Tokyo and once was enough for me. I’ve heard Crush’s Coaster is great but none of us wanted to wait 90 mins to check it out, because I know it wouldn’t have been that great 😉
A very popular ride in the park! Be early or prepared to wait if you really want to go on it.
Overall it didn’t have a whole lot of rides for older kids and can easily be done in half a day. We had a fun time but I wouldn’t say it’s a MUST do unless your a Disney fanatic or already there in the area for Disneyland Paris. There is not as much to do at this park and even less with older kids. It wasn’t the best amusement park we’ve been to but it was ok for a visit once.
Know Before You Go
What: Walt Disney Studios Park in Chessy, France – Disneyland Paris Area
How To Get There: It’s about 3.5 hours from Spangdahlem, and 3.5 hours from Ramstein. GPS address: Place des Passagers du Vent, 77700 Chessy, France
Parking: Is €15 at the park unless your a hotel guest with a free parking pass. I’d recommend using a hotel with a free shuttle service or free parking.
Cost: 2 Day/2 Parks is $190 Adult and $172 for kids ages 3 to 11, ages 12+ are adults. HOWEVER if your a military member they have a military discount and it is €69 per person for ages 12+ and €65 for ages 3-11 for 2 Days/2 Parks which is a great deal!
Traveling with little kids: If your wanting to experience Disney without the enormous sized parks of FL & CA this is a great way to do so. Strollers OK here. They have some for rent but they are industrial looking with no basket or anything underneath to hold bags, coats, etc. Probably lower maintain for them but not nearly as handy for sure!
How long: I’d recommend at least 1/2 day to 3/4 day for Walt Disney Studios Park.