Disneyland Paris 20th Anniversary Pre-Trip Report


A trip to Paris is not complete, for us Disney fans, without a visit to Disneyland Paris. Certainly cannot miss their 20th Anniversary which is currently happening. There is a brand new nighttime spectacular called Disney Dreams and an amazing new parade Disney Magic on Parade.

As most Disney trips here is a pre-trip report that will give a brief outline of what we are planning. Such as Dining (my favourite), attractions, shows, and time spent in the parks. For most of the planning we used dlrpmagic.com. It has absolutely everything you need to plan. From the Resort Map to Dining Reviews there is no shortage of valuable information, best of all it’s all in English (for those that do not speak French).

Where are we staying?

We are spending 4 days / 3 nights at Disney’s Santa Fe Hotel, which is one of the value resorts. We took advantage of the 30% off our stay that they are currently offering for the summer.


During the month of July, 2012 there are a couple of closures such as Captain EO and River Rogue Keelboats. Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril is closed until the 6th of July. Thankfully our last day is July 7th and we will hopefully be able to experience this attraction. For those that have been to Tokyo DisneySea this attraction is similar to Raging Spirits.

Early Magic Hours

During the 20th Anniversary Disneyland Park is open to Resort guests from 8am to 10am. Select attractions are open just like any other Disney Park. The ones that we’re most interested in are:

Must Do

We are huge fans of Disney’s outdoor shows and parades, which means Disney Dreams and Disney Magic On Parade are a no brainer. CinéMagique in Walt Disney Studios is supposedly a must do. There’s a list of attractions that we simply cannot miss since they are unique to Disneyland Paris:


It’s decided that one Table Service restaurant will be experienced. We selected “Walt’s – An American Restaurant” in Disneyland Park. Our stay includes a continental breakfast. For lunch we took a look at the list of restaurants and decided we will decide when we are in the parks. Roughly will be paying €10.99 for a meal (with dessert) and as high as roughly €14.99.

In Disney Village we will be eating at Annette’s Diner before we depart. If there are any suggestions for food we should enjoy please leave it in the comments!


We are incredibly excited to be visiting Disneyland Paris during their 20th Anniversary and cannot wait to complete the rest of the Trip Report. If there are any tips for anything mentioned please let us know in the comments!

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