Disneyland Paris: Is Disney Premier Access Worth the Cost?

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Disney Premier Access passes offer visitors the opportunity to pay to skip the queue on some of the most popular rides across Disneyland Paris. With a one-use, 12-ride pass costing between €90 and €170 and individual rides priced at between €5 and €13, there is no doubt that the passes are expensive but are they worth it?

Having tried out both the Disney Premier Access Ultimate and One passes on our recent trip to Disneyland Paris we wanted to share our take on whether Disney Premier Access is worth the cost.

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What is Disney Premier Access?

Disney Premier Access is a paid replacement for the free Fast Passes that were available in Disneyland Paris up to 2021. Premier Access passes are available to purchase via the Disneyland Paris website and app and allow riders to join the dedicated priority lines for selected rides. Visitors to Disneyland Paris have two options for purchasing premier access:

  • Disney Premier Access Ultimate: a multi-attraction pass which allows visitors to ride each of the 12 listed Disney Premier Access Ultimate attractions one time, whenever they choose. Disney Premier Access Ultimate Passes vary in cost depending on the day you visit and if it is categorised as a low, high or peak pricing day.
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Our Disney Premier Access Ultimate Pass
  • Disney Premier Access One: a one-time pass for a single ride on the listed Disney Premier Access One rides. Visitors can purchase a pass for the next available timeslot and join the priority line for the ride at that time. Guests can purchase up to 3 Disney Premier Access One passes per guest per day. Disney Premier Access One Passes vary in cost depending on the ride.
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Disney Premier Access One pass pricing during our visit

What rides are included in Disney Premier Access?

The Disney Premier Access Pass allows priority access to some of the most popular rides across the two Disneyland Paris Parks:

  • Disneyland Paris Park: Big Thunder Mountain (102cm), Peter Pan’s Flight, Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain (120cm), Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Autopia (81cm to ride, 132cm to drive), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril (140cm), Star Wars: The Adventures Continue (102cm), Phantom Manor, Orbitron (Oribitron is only covered under the Disney Premier Access One individual passes, it is not included in the Disney Premier Access Ultimate pass)
  • Walt Disney Studios: Crush’s Coaster (107cm), Ratatouille: The Adventure, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (102cm), Cars Road Trip
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Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

Disney Premier Access Pass tips: we ride Cars Road Trip every day and have always walked straight on or waited in a short queue. In my experience, and from what I’ve seen online, a Premier Access Pass isn’t typically needed for Cars Road Trip.

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Cars Road Trip

How much does Disney Premier Access Cost?

As of September 2022, Disney Premier Access passes cost:

  • Disney Premier Access Ultimate: the price of Disney Premier Access Ultimate passes vary depending on when you visit the park. Low season days are currently priced at €90 per person, high season days at €140 per person and peak season days at €170 per person. The charge applies to guests aged 3 and over and we paid €560 in total for 2 adults, a 3-year-old and 4-year-old on a weekday in August.
  • Disney Premier Access One: the price varies depending on the ride and its queue time. The most popular rides such as Peter Pan, Crush’s Coaster, Big Thunder Mountain, Twilight Zone of Terror and Ratatouille run at around €12 and €13 while some of the others are €5.
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Disney Premier Access One pricing during our visit

Is a Disney Premier Pass Worth the Cost?

So, is the Disney Premier Access Pass worth it? It’s a time versus cost scenario and, for us, it’s a yes! The convenience of walking straight onto some of the most popular rides at Disneyland Paris without any forward planning makes the Disney Premier Ultimate Pass absolutely worth the cost for us.

Benefits of the Premier Pass Ultimate

Our most recent visit was during the school holidays (in August 2022) and the combination of a full-capacity park, long wait times and temperatures over 30 degrees made it an easy decision for us. Here’s why:

Skip the queues: the Premier Pass Ultimate allows the opportunity to walk straight onto some of the most popular rides in the park. We saved so much time using the priority queues – the wait times for rides like Peter Pan, Thunder Mountain and Crush’s Coaster were running at well over 1 hour the week we visited.

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We walked straight to the boarding gate on Peter Pan

Easier with younger kids: I really don’t like queueing. And I especially don’t like queuing with a 3 and 4-year-old who possess limited amounts of patience and a 4-month-old who likes to eat and sleep on demand! We definitely wouldn’t have been able to ride all the rides we wanted without the Ultimate Pass – our 3 and 4-year-olds do their best in queues but 60 minutes plus queues multiple times per day is a lot to ask of them.

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Crush’s Coaster with a 1hr 50 minute queue just after park opening

Ride on Demand: one of the biggest benefits of the Disney Premier Ultimate Pass is that you can ride each of the 12 listed rides whenever you chose. The pass is completely flexible and you can enter the priority queue whenever you decide you want to ride.

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Peter Pan

Make the most of limited time in the park: if you only have a day in the park the Disney Premier Ultimate Pass is awesome for maximising ride time. You can easily make it through the 12 rides covered by the pass in a half day and still have time to squeeze in the Avengers Campus and other popular rides like Dumbo and Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Tower of Terror

Includes a wide selection of rides: the Disney Premier Access Ultimate Pass covers a wide selection of the most popular rides across the two parks. If you’re planning to ride the ever-popular thrill rides then Premier Access is an excellent investment as the queues rarely let up. Crush’s Coaster, Thunder Mountain and Peter Pan had long wait times for the entire day and the Premier Pass is very valuable on these rides.

Disneyland Paris Premier Access tip: to ensure the Ultimate Pass is worth the cost you will want to have most or all of the 12 included rides on your must-ride list to make the cost worth it!

If you have Extra Magic Hour (Disney Hotel guests or Annual Pass Holders): we found the Disney Premier Ultimate Pass still totally worth it even with our Extra Magic Hour as Marvel Hotel guests. The Extra Magic Hour passes so quickly and there’s such a great selection of rides across the two parks that it’s still a challenge to squeeze everything in even with the pass and Extra Magic Hour!

We used Extra Magic Hour to focus on popular rides that always have long queues but aren’t included in the pass – we spent most of our Extra Magic Time in Fantasyland where we rode Dumbo, Lancelot’s Carousel and the Teacups multiple times. My 4-year-old took advantage of the short queues to grab some bonus rides on his favourite, Thunder Mountain, and we rode Orbitron in Discoveryland. It’s also a great time to check out a couple of character meet and greets

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant

We also squeezed in a few bonus rides on Buzz Lightyear and Space Mountain before riding again later in the day with our pass!

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Buzz Lightyear

With the Walt Studios Extra Magic Hour being reinstated from October 1 2022 (it was paused in favour of a late opening for the Avengers Campus) you can also tick off many of its rides not included in the pass – the Avengers Campus rides, Avengers Assemble Flight Force and Spiderman W.E.B Adventure, are the obvious choice for Extra Magic Hour as are RC Racer, Slinky Dog and Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop.

Top up with a Disney Premier Access One Passes: if you want to skip the queue on a 13th ride then you can purchase a Disney Premier One Pass for Orbitron. The single passes are also a great option if you don’t want the expense of an Ultimate Pass although they are time slot specific and limited to 3 per guest per day so it does require a little planning.

We purchased a couple of Disney Premier Access One passes on the days we didn’t have the Ultimate Pass to skip the queue on some of our favourite rides – like when we wanted to treat our Thunder Mountain-obsessed 4-year-old to his favourite ride before we set off for home!

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Orbitron

Any downsides?

Cost: There’s no denying that Disney Premier Passes are expensive. The Ultimate Pass uses low (€90), high (€140) and peak (€170) pricing depending on the day – on low-demand days it’s possible to get an Ultimate Pass for €90 which, for 12 rides, I think is a pretty reasonable price!

We paid €140 per person on our most recent trip and we felt the Ultimate Pass was still worth the cost given the queue times. However, the pass is €170 per person during our next visit over Halloween and, because there is 4 of us and we’ve visited so recently, we’re likely going with the ad-hoc One passes for that trip (although I could almost bet we’ll end up with Ultimate Passes before we travel!).

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Waiting to board Crush’s Coaster

Even with One Passes the cost quickly adds up – with rides like Crush priced at €13 per person, that quickly becomes a €50 purchase when you are travelling in a group of 4.

Disney Premier Access tips: If you are visiting across multiple days, you can opt to purchase a pass on the cheapest day. For example, if you are outside of peak times (around holidays like Christmas and Halloween) or the summer holidays (where high pricing typically applies every day) you can usually benefit from a €90 pass on weekdays. This means you could grab one for a Friday or Monday and save €50 compared to a €140 pass on weekend days.

Some popular rides aren’t included: the Avengers Campus rides, Avengers Assemble Flight Force and Spiderman W.E.B Adventure, are the most obvious omissions given their popularity and newness. Other popular rides such as Dumbo, RC Racer, Slinky Dog and Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop don’t have priority access queues.

Disneyland Paris Disney Premier Access tip: if you do opt for an Ultimate pass we recommend focusing on these other popular rides during Extra Magic Hour (if you have access) or in the late evening when queues can taper down on some of the rides. I never really saw a reasonable length queue for Crush’s Coaster or Peter Pan even later in the day. If you don’t mind who you ride with or have older kids that can ride across carriages, Single Rider Access is another great option to cut queue times.

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Cars Road Trip

How does Disney Premier Access Work?

After you purchase either a Disney Premier Ultimate or One pass you will have a QR code for the ride for each relevant guest in the Disneyland Paris App. The QR codes are scanned at the priority entrance to the ride and each rider in possession of a Disney Premier Access pass can join the priority queue.

Disney Premier Pass tip: we did everything through the Disneyland Paris App on our phones. If you don’t have a phone you can still purchase Premier Access at City Hall in the Disneyland Park or at Studios Services in the Walt Disney Studios Park.

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Rides are tracked in the Disney App

On some rides the Disney Premier Access can be almost instant while on others there can still be a short wait time. It really depends on the pre-ride set-up and how many riders have priority access at that specific time.

Disneyland Paris Premier Pass tip: we experienced wait times of less than 10 minutes on most of the rides but a couple (Crush’s Coaster, Tower of Terror and Buzz Lightyear) still required a 15 minute wait. This was still extremely quick compared to the 80 minute to 100 minute wait times for general access.

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Autopia

Disney Premier Access Ultimate vs Disney Premier Access One

Disney Premier Access One is effectively an a la carte version of Disney Premier Access Ultimate. Guests can purchase premier access to 3 rides per day from the 12 rides included in the Disney Premier Access Ultimate pass.

Disney Premier Access tip: always check the ride wait times before purchasing any Disney Premier Access One Passes. On busy days, especially when the park is at full capacity, Premier Access is absolutely worth it. If the park is quiet and queue times are short (a seemingly rare occurrence at the moment!) then a Premier Pass might not be worth the expense.

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Walt Disney Studio wait times at 2pm on a summer day

The main differences between a Disney Premier Access One Pass and a Disney Premier Access Ultimate Pass are:

  • Ride Selection: the Disney Premier Access One pass is available for all 12 of the rides included in the Disney Premier Access Ultimate pass. Guests can also purchase a Disney Premier Access One pass for Orbitron which is not included in the Ultimate Pass.
  • Time slots for rides: Guests can ride at whatever time they choose to with an Ultimate pass. With the Disney Premier Access One pass guests are allocated a time slot during which they are allowed access to the ride. A limited number of Premier Access One slots are allocated each hour so you might have to wait a while for your slot time for the most popular rides at peak times.
  • Number of Rides: the Ultimate pass includes priority access for a single ride on each of the 12 attractions it covers while guests can only purchase 3 Disney Premier Access One passes per day.
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Purchasing a Disney Premier One Pass

Do Children Need to purchase a Disney Premier Pass?

Children aged 3 and over need to purchase a full-price Disney Premier Pass if you want to take them through the priority queue although younger guests won’t meet the height requirements for some of the rides. This is only really an issue for 3-year-olds – as I’ve mentioned below, our 3-year-old could only ride 5/12 rides but our 4-year-old was able to ride 10/12 rides available under the Disney Premier Ultimate Pass. The Ultimate Pass is absolutely worth it for ages 4 and up in my experience.

However, you don’t need to purchase a Premier Pass for everyone in your party. If you are worried about younger kids not using all the rides you could purchase individual Disney Premier One passes for the rides they can ride and then they can join you using the priority entrance – the only issue with this is that you will need to wait for their Premier One Pass time slot before you can ride so it’s not quite as flexible.

Disney Premier Access pass tips: if you have a hotels and ticket package you can only buy Ultimate passes for everyone in the party through the website. If you only want to buy passes for some members of the party you can call up or purchase via the app from 7 days before arrival.

Our experience of the Disney Premier Ultimate Pass with young kids

We purchased a pass for our 3-year-old and 4-year-old as part of our tickets and hotel package.

Our 3-year-old was able to ride 5 of 12 rides included in the Disney Premier Ultimate Pass: she went on Peter Pan’s Flight, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Autopia, Ratatouille, and Cars Road Trip. She also met the entry requirements for Phantom Manor but we didn’t think it was age appropriate for her.

Our 4-year-old rode an additional 5 rides (so he made it on 10 of the 12 rides included in the Disney Ultimate Pass): in addition to the rides our 3-year-old went on, he met the requirements for Big Thunder Mountain, Star Wars: The Adventures Continue, Crush’s Coaster, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. He was happy to try out Phantom Manor.

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Our 4 year old was able to ride 10 of the 12 rides covered by the Ultimate Pass

We were able to use their thrill ride passes for ourselves so we rode Space Mountain and Indiana Jones a couple of times each and our 4-year-old rode Thunder Moutain and Crush twice in a row, accompanying each of us. I’ve since read that the passes are not transferable so there’s no guarantee this is possible if the Cast Member decides to restrict access.

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Ratatouille

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