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, 15-ride pass costing between €90 and €190 and individual rides priced at between €5 and €18, 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 trips to Disneyland Paris we wanted to share our take on whether Disney Premier Access is worth the cost.
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 – check prices now!
Visitors to Disneyland Paris have two options for purchasing premier access:
- Disney Premier Access Ultimate: a multi-attraction pass that allows visitors to ride each of the 15 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.
If you are planning to purchase a Disney Premier Access Ultimate pass then we recommend that you have a 2 park ticket so you can use your pass to the fullest – you will then be able to use it for rides like Crushes Coaster and Spider-Man in Walt Disney Studios and then go over to the Disneyland Park to enjoy Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pan, Buzz and more – check prices now!
- 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.
How to Purchase Disney Premier Access Ultimate Passes?
There are a few ways to purchase Disney Premier Access Ultimate Passes. The easiest way is to go to the Disneyland Paris website to make a reservation or add to an existing reservation:
1 | If you are reserving a hotel and tickets package:
- Check the Disney hotel availability and pricing – click here to check availability and prices
- Add the Disney Premier Ultimate Pass to your package as part of your reservation
2 | If you purchasing Disneyland Paris park tickets:
Park tickets must be purchased in advance (it is no longer possible to purchase regular tickets at the park on the day) and the Disney Premier Access Ultimate Pass can be added to your tickets on purchase:
- Visit the Disneyland Paris website to reserve tickets – check prices now!
- After you add your tickets to the cart there is an option to add extras including Disney Premier Access Ultimate Pass and reserved tickets to the Disney shows (you can reserve access to the best seating area and avoid queueing too far in advance for shows like the Lion King or Mickey and the Magician if you reserve tickets in advance)
3 | If you already have a Disney hotel and tickets package:
- Visit the Disneyland Paris website and log into your account.
- Click on ‘My Bookings’ and then click ‘Manage My Booking’ on the booking you want to add Disney Premier Access Ultimate Passes.
- Click on ‘Your Extras’ and there will be a Disney Premier Ultimate Pass section where you can check the price on your specific days and purchase the passes.
- You can also add through the App if you have linked your tickets and are within 7 days of arrival.
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: It’s a Small World, 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, Avengers Assemble: Flight Force (120cm) and Spider-Man W.E.B. Adventure
Disney Premier Access Pass tips: we ride Cars Road Trip every day we visit and have almost 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.
How much does Disney Premier Access Cost?
As of Autumn 2023, 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, mid-season days at €120, high season days at €160 per person and peak season days at €190 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 a 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.
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, if we have a short stay and especially on the less expensive days! 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 on those days. When making the decision on higher price days or when you have a longer stay there are a number of things we consider:
Benefits of the Premier Pass Ultimate
The combination of a full-capacity park and long wait times make the option of a Premier Pass very attractive:
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 Spider-Man, Peter Pan, Thunder Mountain and Crush’s Coaster often exceed 40 minutes (and over an hour for Crush’s Coaster).
Easier with younger kids: I really don’t like queueing. And I especially don’t like queueing 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.
Ride on Demand: one of the biggest benefits of the Disney Premier Ultimate Pass is that you can ride each of the 15 listed rides whenever you choose. The pass is completely flexible and you can enter the priority queue whenever you decide you want to ride.
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 15 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. Then there are the wonderful shows, meet and greets and snacks to enjoy!
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 a good 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 15 included rides on your must-ride list to make the cost worth it!
If you have Extra Magic Hour: Extra Magic Hour is an amazing perk extended to Disney Hotel guests or Annual Pass Holders (you can check out our guide to the best Disneyland Paris Disney hotels) which grants guests access to the park an hour before regular opening. Extra Magic Hour is a great opportunity to walk on to some popular rides and enjoy shorter queues for others.
If you are there for a few days then you can really maximise Extra Magic Hour. Our Extra Magic Hours usually look something like:
- We try and do Crush’s Coaster and then WEB Adventure in Extra Magic Hour at Walt Disney Studios
- Start with Big Thunder Mountain and move on to Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear in Tomorrowland.
So really it depends! If you are only there for a a day or two the Disney Premier Ultimate Pass can still be worth it even with Extra Magic Hour. 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!
You can use 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 ride Dumbo, Lancelot’s Carousel and the Teacups multiple times. My 4-year-old takes 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.
We also squeezed in a few bonus rides on Buzz Lightyear and Space Mountain before riding again later in the day with our pass!
With the Walt Studios Extra Magic Hour you can also tick off many of its rides not included in the pass – RC Racer, Slinky Dog and Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop are the obvious choices for Extra Magic Hour. Then you can ride Avengers Assemble and Spider-Man W.E.B (which often has queues well in excess of 60 minutes) at your leisure.
If you have a few days to enjoy the parks then you will likely be able to cover many of the popular rides with your Extra Magic Hour time.
Disney Premier Access One Passes: if you want to skip the queue on a 16th 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 so it does require a little planning.
We usually purchase a couple of Disney Premier Access One passes on most of our visits to Disneyland Paris – like when we want to treat our Thunder Mountain-obsessed duo to their favourite ride before we set off for home!
Cost: There’s no denying that Disney Premier Passes are expensive. The Ultimate Pass uses low (€90), mid (€120), high (€160) and peak (€190) pricing depending on the day – on low-demand days it’s possible to get an Ultimate Pass for €90 which, for 15 rides, I think is a pretty reasonable price!
We paid €140 per person for our most recent purchase and we felt the Ultimate Pass was still worth the cost given the queue times. On peak days (like Halloween and Christmas) the pass can cost €190 per person and, because there are 4 of us and we visit regularly, we tend to go with some ad-hoc One passes on most trips – we’ve used them for Spiderman W.E.B Adventure (€18), Orbitron (€9), Buzz Lightyear (€12), Crush (€18) and Autopia (€7) so it would have been worthwhile for us to get the full pass!
Even with One Passes the cost quickly adds up – with rides like Crush and Spiderman W.E.B, it can easily become a €75 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: If you have younger kids, some of the 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 see shorter wait times 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.
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.
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, Spider-Man Web Adventure and Buzz Lightyear) still require a 15 to 20 minute wait – this is due to the pre shows on Tower of Terror and Spider-Man, and for other rides it’s down to where the premier line meets the regular line.
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 for any of the 15 rides included in the Disney Premier Access Ultimate pass as well as Orbitron.
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.
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 15 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.
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 7/15 rides but our 4-year-old was able to ride 12/15 rides available under the Disney Premier Ultimate Pass (at almost 6, he can still only make the same 12 rides as the others are 120cm+). The Ultimate Pass is 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 7 of 15 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 (she’s now 4 and loves it!).
Our 4-year-old rode an additional 5 rides (so he made it on 12 of the 15 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.
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.