But slowly and surely, the park kept adding new, cool stuff, and crowds turned out to see them. The park turned a profit. In 2002, sibling Walt Disney Studios Park opened. It took another solid decade to get the finances in order. The parks avoided bankruptcy, managed to restructure their debt, raised another $1 billion shot from investors, and, in mid-2017 sold full ownership back to the Walt Disney Company.
That’s good news for visitors, for as it happens Disney goes all out for celebrations and milestones. Disneyland Paris’ 25th Anniversary celebration, currently in full swing, is no different. In 2016 nearly every attraction closed down for an overhaul or refurbishment, so the park is a sparkling wonderland of up-to-date enhancements. Every ride is freshly painted, beautifully updated, and improved.
Getting to Disneyland Paris is easy, and tickets are cheaper than you’d expect
These days Disneyland Paris includes two theme parks: the utopian classic Disneyland Park and entertainment-centric Walt Disney Studios, a sort-of cinematic counterpart to Disney’s Hollywood Studios outside Orlando. You can also hit up Disney Village, a bonanza of restaurants, bars, shops, and a handful of Disney’s American-themed hotels. But with the parks in Chessy, France, a mere 25 miles outside of the center of Paris, this is rightly a day trip. They’re an easy half-hour drive from Charles de Gaulle Airport or a 50-minute Paris Metro ride from the city centre to Gare de Marne la Vallée Chessy. The park’s main gate is right off the stop. Security at the entrance is tight: people, bags, and even hotel luggage get scanned.
Disneyland Paris’ tiered ticket pricing ranges from Mini tickets on less popular days up to Super Magic Plus tickets for bustling ones. The most expensive two-park one-day ticket tops out at $102 -- much cheaper than Stateside Disney parks. And the move here is definitely to see both parks.