Planning any kind of vacation right now is difficult – with health and travel restrictions changing constantly. Disneyland Paris is no exception to this, and the resort has recently implemented a ton of new rules and systems to ensure the wellbeing of guests and cast. This includes everything from “Health Passes” to the complete removal of FastPass.

We’ve compiled a handy list of everything you need to know to make things a little bit easier while planning your next visit to Disneyland Paris.

Travel to France

Each country has its own set of restrictions when departing or arriving – and these change often. The only way to find out what restrictions will apply to you at this time is by checking The French entry restrictions.

Transportation to the Parks

The Magical Shuttle from Charles De Gaulle and Orly airports to Disneyland Paris is currently running on a revised timetable, effective July 5th 2021. Disneyland Paris operated hotel shuttles are also running between Disney Village, Hotel New York – Art Of Marvel, Newport Bay Club and Hotel Cheyenne. Face coverings are mandatory on board all public transport.

Health Measures

Masks are mandatory at all times while visiting Disneyland Paris for guests ages 6 years and older – including Disney Village and while on rides. Masks may only be removed while eating. Physical distancing remains in place, and there are over 2,000 sanitising stations around the parks, village, stores, attractions, restaurants and hotels.

Health Pass/Pass Sanitaire

Following the French Government’s announcement on July 12th 2021, a Health Pass (or “Pass Sanitaire”) will be required to enter Disneyland Paris from July 21st, 2021. This Health Pass can be presented in Digital or Paper form, and includes the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate, NHS Certificate or equivalent for non-EU countries as long as it verifies one of the following criteria:

  • That a guest is fully vaccinated (with an EMA-approved vaccine)
    • Two weeks after the second shot for two-shot vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca)
    • Four weeks after the shot for one-shot vaccines (Johnson & Johnson)
    • Two weeks after the shot for vaccines administered to people who have already had COVID-19 (only one dose is necessary).
  • OR that a guest has been tested (PCR or Antigen) and has a negative result within the last 48 hours;
  • OR for persons who have had COVID-19: the result of a positive RT-PCR or Antigen test, attesting that the individual has been infected, and that a period of time of at least 11 days and less than 6 months has passed since the test result was obtained (considered as a recovery certificate).

All guests aged 18 or older will be required to present both the Health Pass and a valid ID beginning July 21st, 2021. Beginning August 30th, 2021, this requirement will also apply to guests aged 12-17. This does not affect guests under the age of 12.

A dedicated testing center will open in Disney Village. The center is open from 8am to 8pm daily and the costs are as follows:

PCR Tests (24-hour results): 

Persons with a valid French social security number: 20€ (administrative cost)

 Persons without a valid French social security number: 63.89€ (administrative cost + 43.89€)

Antigen tests (with results usually delivered in 15 minutes):

 Persons with a valid French social security number: 20€ (administrative cost)

 Persons without a valid French social security number: 45.01€ (administrative cost + 25.01€)

If your trip is longer than 2 days, you will need to get re-tested after each 48 hour period.

Tickets

A limited number of tickets are available at the gate each day, but it is highly recommended to book online in advance. Annual Pass sales and renewals resumed on July 15th, 2021 – these can be processed over the phone or in-person at the gates.

Reservations

To visit Disneyland Paris, a reservation and valid ticket are required for entry, due to limited capacity. For Annual Passholders, only 3 days maximum may be reserved at a time – once you have used your first day, you may reserve another. Guests staying at a Disneyland Paris Resort Hotel do NOT need to reserve their dates to visit – instead, they may simply present their Magic Pass and valid ticket at the gate. Single dated tickets also do not require a reservation. You may reserve the dates here.

Hotels

A number of Disneyland Paris hotels have reopened, with more to follow in the upcoming months – with the exception of the Disneyland Hotel, which is closed for refurbishment for the next few years.

Currently, Hotel New York – The Art Of Marvel, Newport Bay Club, Hotel Cheyenne and Davy Crockett Ranch are open.

Hotel Santa Fe will reopen on October 23rd, 2021, and Sequoia Lodge will reopen on December 1st, 2021.

Davy Crockett Ranch will temporarily close from November 10th, 2021 to March 31st, 2022.

Celebrations and Ticketed Events

On July 12th 2021, Disney announced the return of celebrations and ticketed events to Disneyland Paris for the rest of the season. AP Discounts applicable. This includes the following:

  • Disney’s Halloween Festival: October 1st – November 7th.
  • Disney’s Halloween Party (Ticketed): October 31st. (€89)
  • Disney’s Enchanted Christmas: November 13th 2021 – January 9th 2022.
  • New Years Eve Party (Ticketed): December 31st 2021. (Price TBA)

FastPass System Changes

On July 6th, 2021, Disneyland Paris officially retired the previous FastPass system. Aside from the regular Standby Line, guests may now utilize the free Standby Pass or paid Premier Access.

The Standby Pass becomes available when certain attractions reach high capacity and gives guests a return time, allowing them to spend a portion of the wait time outside of the physical line for the attraction – but does not provide immediate boarding.

The Premier Access is due to launch very soon this summer (date TBA), and is a paid service. Prices start at €8 per person, per attraction, and increase depending on demand and season. This Premier Access does provide immediate (or, near immediate) boarding.

Both Standby Pass and Premier Access can be booked through the app, with Premier Access also being available to purchase on site.

Entertainment, Characters, and Experiences

Due to ongoing refurbishments, Sleeping Beauty Castle is currently hidden behind wonderfully designed tarps and scaffolding. A small portion of the castle walkway is still open to guests, and some of the completed areas are exposed for guests to see. The refurbishment is expected to continue until later this year, but no date has been officially announced.

You can still meet characters! There are various new selfie spots around both parks – including Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar Pals. A huge assortment of characters can be found all around the parks, and character cavalcades run through both parks multiple times a day. Guests must maintain social distancing and keep face coverings on while meeting their favorite Disney characters. Illuminations is currently not operating, and there are no replacement fireworks or nighttime entertainment. This does, however, mean that Fantasyland operates right up until closing time.

A number of shows are open for guests to enjoy – these include Mickey’s Philharmagic (featuring the brand new Coco segment) and brand new exclusive Disney Junior Dream Factory.

(All information is correct at time of writing. Please continue to check for updates as the situation is constantly evolving)

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