There’s never a bad time to visit Disneyland Paris, but there’s a good argument that visiting between January and March is the best time for a lot of people.
Queue times in January, February and March at Disneyland Paris
Queues and crowd sizes at Disneyland Paris are at their smallest during most of January, February and March. That means that you’ll spend less time waiting for rides and will have less trouble finding a great vantage point for the daily parades and shows.
Let's look at a couple of examples.
Over the whole year, the average wait for the Princess Pavillion meet and greet is 61 minutes whilst the Meet Mickey experience averages 48 minutes (according to Queue-times.com). However, visiting in January, February and March can cut that number significantly.
We compared data from Thrill Data for a day in early December 2022 to a day in mid January 2022 and found the following.
So, a visit in the quieter months of the year should mean you can squeeze a lot more into one day.
This is backed up by the official Disneyland Paris FAQ which suggests that 'If you want to visit when the number of Guests is fairly low, plan to stay mid-week (Tuesdays to Thursdays) during mid-January through mid-March or mid-April'. The benefit of visiting the Resort when the number of guests is low is that waiting time are shorter.'
Ticket prices and accommodation prices at Disneyland Paris in January, February and March
In our price comparisons, we’ve found that staying in one of the official Disneyland Paris hotels is great value in January, February and March – particularly if you can avoid staying on a Saturday night.
We searched for the price for two nights for a family of four at the Disney Hotel New York – The Art Of Marvel, including three days of tickets to both Disneyland Paris parks.
In mid-January 2023 (outside of school holidays) we were quoted a price of £1077.
Meanwhile, in mid July (also outside of school holidays) the price was £1708. That’s a difference of £631.
It’s a similar story if you just want to buy tickets for the Disneyland Paris parks without booking official accommodation.
We searched for tickets for four days for a family of four. In mid-January 2023, the price was £816. In early July 2023, the price was £1177 – a difference of £361. Both sets of dates were outside of UK school holidays to make it a fairer comparison.
Closing times at Disneyland Paris in January, February and March
Another factor to consider is that Disneyland Paris closes a little earlier in the colder months. Typically, you can expect the parks to close at around 6pm in January and around 8pm by March. The exact time varies depending on events. By the summer, Disneyland Paris is open until much later (sometimes around 10pm).
This may seem like a negative point but it can actually be a positive for parents with younger children.
Earlier closing times means that the evening parades and fireworks begin earlier. I know my young children would struggle with a 10pm closure and we would all pay for it the next day! The closing times in January, February and March are much easier to manage.
The official Disneyland FAQ also says that there 'may be fewer scheduled shows and events' during the quieter periods.
The downsides of visiting Disneyland Paris in January, February and March
After pointing out the good points about a visit to Disneyland Paris in January, February and March, it’s only fair that we point out the downsides!
Of course, the weather in the first few months of the year is pretty cold. You can expect temperatures which are not hugely different to southern England. In January, the average temperature is around five Celsius at Disneyland Paris with some rain on about a third of half of days. By March, the average temperature has risen to somewhere around 10 Celsius.
One thing I would say that is that you will spend quite a long time walking around during a Disneyland Paris holiday, which helps keep you warm! There’s also an argument that the summer months can be a bit too hot for a day of walking around with young children. August temperatures at Disneyland Paris average 20 Celsius but temperatures regularly reach the mid-twenties.
It’s also important to note that there are some dates in January, February and March which are unusual.
New Year’s Day and the first few days of January tend to be still be busy. The park is still celebrating Christmas and most children are off school.
February half term can also be a bit busier. Some French schools have a winter break which extends into early March, which can also make the park a little busier.
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