Disneyland Paris is a perfect world... and then they open the gates! With visitors coming from the four corners of the Earth and bringing with them countless local customs and habits, perhaps never having visited a large theme park before, the park has created a few regulations and guidelines to keep the park "magical" and everybody getting along.
Be sure to make a note of any of these which might affect you during your visit.
You will be required to pass through a baggage security checkpoint in order to enter the Disney Parks. At one of two locations, for Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios Park, a member of the security personnel will ask to quickly look inside your bag and its pockets. The line here is usually very fast moving, so have your bag open and ready to speed up the process. On some dates, an X-ray machine is also used for bags.
Once you're through this checkpoint, you're in the main esplanade area and can pass freely between both parks. However, if you wish to visit Disney Village or your hotel, you will need to pass the security gate.
Certain items are not allowed to be taken into the Disney parks:
Cumbersome suitcases and travelling bags should be left at Guest Storage at the entrance to either park.
Contrary to many urban myths, you are, of course, allowed to take your own food and drink into the park, be it a few snacks or some bottles of water. The belief that "no food or drink can be taken into the parks" probably comes from the request that families do not take giant pic-nic hampers into the park, a particularly French tradition for days out.
Perhaps fearing families setting themselves up with a pic-nic on the lawns in front of the Castle, Disney built a special pic-nic area which can be found to the side of the entrance walkway from the main parking lot.
Those cereal bars, sandwiches and drinks thrown in your backpack are fine!
For the comfort of yourself and other guests, a shirt/top and shoes must be worn at all times whilst in the parks, whatever the season.
For your own comfort and wellbeing, remember to dress appropriately for the weather conditions — it can get very cold waiting for a parade or nighttime show in winter, for example.
Children must not wear shoes with wheels in them, for their own safety and for that of other guests.
Whilst the attractions in the two parks of Disneyland Resort Paris have been designed to handle the maximum amount of guests, the amount of eager guests means some queuing is inevitable. Whilst in queues, stick to the marked path and don't queue jump — Cast Members have the right to refuse queue-jumpers entry to attractions.
Smoking, eating and drinking are forbidden in queue lines and whilst on-board attractions (though small cold snacks and drinks are usually allowed while waiting. Should you wish to leave an attraction before reaching the boarding point, follow the easiest exit route or ask a Cast Member for assistance.
Some attractions have height restrictions which are enforced for your safety and should be understood and followed at all times. More intense attractions also have a series of other restrictions. These are clearly listed on signs at the entrances to the attractions and should be read before choosing whether to ride.
Whilst on-board attractions, you should follow Cast Members' instructions and keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle, with your safety restraint firmly in place. Should you have any problems whatsoever, ask a Cast Member immediately.
Video taping is strictly forbidden on more intense attractions and for show-based attractions which included copyrighted film footage. This rule is particularly enforced at Star Tours, CinéMagique, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Space Mountain: Mission 2, Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril, Crush's Coaster, RC Racer and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith.
Video photography is also technically not allowed on other indoor ride-based attractions, although most Cast Members will not enforce this. Please just be mindful of your bright screen detracting from other visitors' experience!
Flash photography is strictly forbidden in all indoor attractions and for most indoor shows. Please turn your flash off or refrain from using your camera. Using a flash in dark rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean completely ruins the enjoyment of the attraction for other guests.
Disneyland Paris joined other Disney resorts worldwide in providing special "Smoking Areas" within its parks. These specially-signed areas, in convenient locations off the main paths, provide benches for a relaxing sit down and bins equipped with ashtrays. Guests are now asked to smoke only in these areas.
Smoking in queue areas, restaurants, boutiques and all indoor areas is prohibited.
Sadly, this rule isn't as strictly enforced as other resorts, although enforcement is gently growing year by year.
Disney film crews are often at work in the two Disney parks collecting footage and photography for advertisements and promotions.
Signs will be placed at the entrances to the parks on these days and you should avoid areas where filming is taking place if you do not wish to be filmed.