This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Marne-la-Vallée. To help you make friends with Marne-la-Vallée before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Marne-la-Vallée is a city outside of Paris best known for being the home of Disneyland Paris, the only Disney Park in Europe and an incredibly popular European attraction. Marne-la-Vallée was actually established as a planned community.
Although hostel options are limited in Marne-la-Vallée, that should notkeep you from visiting. Many budget travelers book a hostel in the Paris city center and then take advantage of public transportation to Marne-la-Vallée. The subway is the fastest option and brings you right up to the Disneyland Paris entrance. There are also bus services that can pick you up from your choice of downtown Paris location and drop you off at Marne-la-Vallée, particularly the Disneyland Paris parking lot. From there, it is just a short walk to the park entrances.
Since you probably want to visit Marne-la-Vallée just to enjoy Disneyland Paris, there are some things you should know about the park. Disneyland Paris is actually split into two parks. The "Disneyland Parc" has the typical Magic Kingdom attractions, including a princess castle and fairy tale-themed rides. The centerpiece castle looks different than any other Disney castle around the world because it is actually based on a real French castle. The other park on the Disneyland property is called Walt Disney Studios. While this still has plenty of rides, this park explores more of the movie-making process. It is less child-centered. Next to the parks is Disney Village, a fun shopping center with free entry.
It is definitely possible to leave your Paris hostel early in the morning, travel to Disneyland Paris, and spend a full day there before traveling back to Paris. This will give you a good overview of the parks. While Disney unfortunately offers no hostels, they do have several hotels, albeit pricey, if you' would like to spend the night for a multi-day vacation.
Disneyland Paris is certainly the number one reason most people visit Marne-la-Vallée, but there are also several universities and colleges located here that you may be interested in looking into.
Written by local enthusiast for Marne-la-Vallée hostelsJessica Lippe