Disneyland Park vs Walt Disney Studios – Which is Best?

There are two theme parks at Disneyland Paris:

  1. Disneyland Park
  2. Walt Disney Studios

Depending on your budget and the time you have at Disneyland Paris, you may only want to visit one of these theme parks. 

So, what’s the difference between the two theme parks? And which one should you choose?

In short, Disneyland is the classic Disney theme park. It features the iconic castle, parades and the opportunity to meet Disney Princesses. On the other hand, Walt Disney Studios is a modern-day Disney theme park. Here, you’ll find rides and attractions dedicated to Marvel and Pixar.

There are currently 55 rides and attractions across both Disneyland Paris theme parks. However, 42 are inside Disneyland, and just 13 are inside Walt Disney Studios. As a result, Disneyland offers better value for money when it comes to rides and attractions.

As a Disneyland Pass holder, I have visited Disneyland Paris several times over the last decade. I’ve visited the park solo, as a couple and with kids. As such, I know to help you decide which Disneyland Paris theme park is right for you.

Difference Between Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios?

Before you decide which theme park to visit at Disneyland Paris, you should first understand the differences between the two.

Disneyland Park

The Disneyland Park is the ‘main park’ at Disneyland Paris. It is the only park where you’ll see the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle and is filled with nostalgia and classic Disney experiences.

Disneyland’s primary focus is on family-friendly rides, parades and shows. In fact, many of the rides at Disneyland have been in operation since the theme park opened more than 30 years ago.

There are 55 attractions across the two theme parks at Disneyland Paris. 42 of which are inside the Disneyland theme park. These rides and attractions include:

  1. Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  2. “it’s a small world.”
  3. Adventure Isle
  4. Alice’s Curious Labyrinth
  5. Autopia, presented by Avis
  6. Big Thunder Mountain
  7. Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains®
  8. Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
  9. Casey Jr. – le Petit Train du Cirque
  10. Central Plaza
  11. Discovery Arcade
  12. Disneyland Railroad
  13. Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  14. Frontierland Playground
  15. Horse-Drawn Streetcars
  16. Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril
  17. La Cabane des Robinson
  18. La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant
  19. La Tanière du Dragon
  20. Le Pays des Contes de Fées
  21. Les Mystères du Nautilus
  22. Les Voyages de Pinocchio
  23. Liberty Arcade
  24. Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups
  25. Main Street Vehicles
  26. Meet Mickey Mouse
  27. Monkey Puzzle Tree / Araucaria araucana
  28. Orbitron®
  29. Peter Pan’s Flight
  30. Phantom Manor
  31. Pirates of the Caribbean
  32. Pirates’ Beach
  33. Princess Pavilion
  34. Rustler Roundup Shootin’ Gallery
  35. Sleeping Beauty Castle
  36. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue*
  37. Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
  38. Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing
  39. Welcome to Starport: A Star Wars Encounter
  40. Le Carrousel de Lancelot
  41. Le Passage Enchanté d’Aladdin
  42. Pirate Galleon

Walt Disney Studios

The Walt Disney Studios theme park opened in 2002 and focuses more on modern-day Disney films. This theme park is smaller than Disneyland Park and has no parades.

The major themes of the Walt Disney Studios theme park are Pixar and Marvel. So expect to see rides and attract actions dedicated to Monsters Inc., Toy Story and Cars.

There are 55 rides and attractions across the two theme parks at Disneyland Paris. However, only 13 are inside Walt Disney Studios. They are:

  1. Animation Academy
  2. Avengers Assemble: Flight Force
  3. Cars Quatre Roues Rallye
  4. Cars ROAD TRIP
  5. Crush’s Coaster
  6. Disney Studio 1
  7. RC Racer
  8. Ratatouille: The Adventure
  9. Slinky® Dog Zigzag Spin
  10. Spider-Man W.E.B. Adventure
  11. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  12. Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop
  13. Les Tapis Volants – Flying Carpets Over Agrabah®

Disneyland Park Best For:

Based on the themes, rides and attractions, Disneyland Park is best for:

  • Young children: 37 of the 42 rides inside Disneyland have no height requirement.
  • Star Wars fans: You will only find a dedicated Star Wars store and Star Wars ride at Disneyland.
  • Fans of Princesses: You can only meet Disney Princesses inside Disneyland.
  • Nostalgic Disney fans: Most attractions at Disneyland are based on classic Disney films.

Walt Disney Studios Best For:

Based on the themes, rides and attractions, Walt Disney Studios is best for:

  • Toy Story fans: There is a large, immersive Toy Story area inside the Walt Disney Studios theme park.
  • Marvel fans: A Marvel area with rides and character interactions recently opened at Walt Disney Studios.
  • Pixar Fans: There are several Pixar-themed rides. These include Ratatouille, Cars ROAD TRIP and Crush’s Coaster.
  • Tweens & Teens: Many of the rides inside Walt Disney Studios are more mature and have a higher ‘thrill level’.

Visiting Both Disneyland Paris Theme Parks

Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios are very different. As such, if you can visit both Disneyland Paris theme parks, I’d recommend doing so.

You can visit Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios in one day using a park-to-park theme park ticket. However, a few days at Disneyland Paris will give you time to leisurely explore each park in depth.

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