Our guide to prices, weather and queue times at Disneyland Paris in June, July and August
Summer is certainly a popular time to visit Disneyland Paris. It looks lovely in the sunshine and there's less chance of needing to buy an emergency poncho. The evenings are long and the entertainment is non-stop. But will it be too busy? Or too hot? Or too expensive?
Here's our guide to the pros and cons of a holiday at Disneyland Paris in June, July and August, including advice on queue times, entry prices, accommodation costs, weather and opening times.
What is the weather like at Disneyland Paris in summer?
You will not be shocked to read that Disneyland Paris is warmer in summer than during the rest of the year. But is it a pleasant temperature or is it a bit too warm for a day of walking and exploring?
During June, you can expect it to be somewhere around 15 degrees Celsius on cooler days and about 23 Celsius on warmer days. You will get some variation outside of that range, but that's a rough guide. For me, that's a really nice range of temperatures - you can do without a jumper but you won't be unbearably hot very often.
July and August are generally a little bit warmer than June at Disneyland Paris. There's not much difference between July and August, although late August does tend to be a bit cooler than the start of the month.
Generally, you can expect an average temperature of 20 degrees Celsius at Disneyland Paris in July and August. Warmer days will often reach around 25 degrees Celsius. That's a little bit warm for me when I'm out with the family, but a lot of people love it in the mid-twenties.
What are the opening times at Disneyland Paris in the summer?
One of the best things about visiting Disneyland Paris in the summer is that you can get really good value from your tickets.
The parks are often open until 9pm or 10pm, giving you long days for exploring. In winter, the parks tend to close nearer to 6pm so there's quite a difference in how much time you will have out and about.
One question to ask yourself is what your family's stamina is like. Families with teenagers and couples visiting without children can see a lot of Disneyland Paris in a few days with summertime's late night closing. However, if you've got young children then you may prefer to get them to bed earlier.
The evening parades and entertainment start later in summer, so you will miss some of the fun if you leave the park at tea time. There's still plenty to see in the day, but the parades are a highlight for many visitors to Disneyland Paris.
What are queue times and crowd sizes like at Disneyland Paris in the summer?
The summer is one of the busier times of year to visit Disneyland Paris - but the data suggests that it's not the annual peak.
Week by week data from Thrill Data suggests that Easter was the busiest time of year to visit in 2022. Late May and early June were not far behind. July was a fair bit quieter than June whilst August wait times were somewhere in the middle of June and July's.
Monthly data from the same website suggests there isn't a huge difference in wait times from April to October at Disneyland Paris. April, May and October had the longest wait times with an average wait time of 30 minutes. Bear in mind that wait times vary significantly between different attractions so this is a very broad average - some attractions have much shorter waits.
Using the same data, June and August had a 29 minute average wait time in 2022 whilst July was 27 minutes. I appreciate that those figures don't mean a great deal because of the variation between rides but it should give you some idea about the overall crowd sizes during different months. For comparison, February 2022 had an average 'wait time' of 22 minutes - seven minutes shorter than July and August.
My summary from all this data? Summer at Disneyland Paris is busy, but it's not notably busier than any of the other months from April to October (see our guide to visiting Disneyland Paris in January, February and March if you want to visit during the quiet season).
For a more detailed look, I would recommend Queue Times. Their data looks at each day and shows that there was a big drop off in crowd sizes in late August 2022 and in the first few days of September 2022. Their data also suggests that the first two weeks in June 2022 were much busier than the first week in July 2022. In summer 2022, the parks were also much quieter on Sundays than they were on Saturdays.
One final thing to mention in this section is that Bastille Day takes place on July 14th. It is a bank holiday in France and Disneyland Paris is likely to be very busy.
What events are at Disneyland Paris during the summer?
There is lots going on at Disneyland Paris during the summer, but it's worth noting that there isn't a single event which dominates the season - unlike October, November and December which are Christmas and Halloween themed).
However, there tend to be more shows each day during the summer months than there are during the winter. During June there is also a Pride event at Disneyland Paris.
Also worth mentioning is that until 30th September 2023, there are special shows to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. This includes 'spectacular drone light choreography' in the evening and a daytime show in the Central Plaza featuring 'Mickey, Minnie & Friends'.
How expensive are ticket prices at Disneyland Paris in summer?
The cost of entry to the Disneyland Paris parks varies throughout the year. This makes some sense, as visitors in July can sometimes use the park for up to four hours more than visitors in winter.
If a family of four purchased tickets for both parks at Disneyland Paris for three days in July 2023 they would pay £997.46. During January 2023, the price would be £693.10 (about £300 less).
However, the prices in the summer are not the highest of the year. At Easter, the price would be £1090.12 (about £93 more than July).
So, there's an argument that you are getting better value in the summer than at Easter, as the nights are long and the prices are lower.
Search latest ticket prices at DisneylandParis.com.
(Prices checked January 2023).
How expensive is the official accommodation at Disneyland Paris in summer?
A lot of people who visit Disneyland Paris go for one of the official hotels, as you get entry tickets included and easy access to the parks (see our comparison of the Disneyland Paris hotels for details of walking distance and review scores).
Disneyland Paris's current promotion is for a "Summer break for £114 per person, per night" at Davy Crockett Ranch. Disneyland Paris has calculated this with the following criteria:
"Average price calculated by dividing the package price of £1,357.88 by 4 people (2 adults + 2 kids aged 3-11 years old) and 3 nights for arrivals between 22nd July and 1st September 2023, Trapper Cabin. Prices subject to change depending on time of booking. Subject to availability. Conditions apply."
But how does the price of staying at an official Disneyland Paris hotel in summer compare to other times of year?
In the UK, we are used to paying a lot more for holidays in August than the rest of year, but the differences at Disneyland Paris are not quite so stark.
For a rough comparison, we looked at the official Disneyland Paris Price Estimate Calculator. This is an excellent tool which is worth spending a bit of time on if you are a fellow bargain hunter.
By default, it gives an indication of prices for two people staying at the official Disney hotel of your choice but you can change this to include other family members. I chose the Disney Newport Bay Club for two nights including three days at the park for my comparison. The price you see is what you'll pay if you arrive on that day, rather than what you'll pay per day.
We looked at February, April and July/August 2023 and searched in January 2023.
Here are three screenshots from the Disneyland Paris website:
As you can see, July and August can be a very good value time to visit Disneyland Paris - particularly if you book early. About two thirds of the available dates are £1050, which is cheaper than all of April and some of February.
However, we searched in January when April was only three months away and August was seven months away. You can expect the July and August prices to increase nearer the time, so the key is to get in early for the best deals!
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