A fairly unusual trip report as most people on this board wouldn't dream of going to Disneyland in Europe but I hope this report will be useful as a snapshot of what it's like to travel here right now, or to help people who are considering traveling to Disneyland Paris in the future make up their mind.
Originally we'd planned on buying a German Rail Pass and spending December riding the rails between Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Italy to visit Christmas Markets as a birthday/holiday present to ourselves. That....didn't work out due to the massive spike in COVID cases and resulting closures and lockdowns, but France was doing a bit better 2 weeks ago when I bought the tickets.
I am a big fan of Disney parks and grew up going to Disneyland and went to Disneyworld twice as a teen. However I'm not one of those obsessives, and given the extremely high cost of going to Disneyland Paris (DP) I'd always thought our money could be better spent on "real" travel. So I hadn't been to a park since 2006 until a family trip to Disneyland Anaheim in January 2020 (there is a trip report for this!) really reinvigorated my desire to go to any Disney park. And after living and traveling in Europe for 11 years (!), after saving money during Covid, after seeing our travel plans go up in smoke, and with the blessing of my ever-patient husband, I decided to treat myself. The results are decidedly mixed! Onto the report:
We are both triple vaxed with mRNA vaccines and self-tested the day before we left. I foolishly booked is on a 06:51 train to Paris from Stuttgart. My poor husband has been working night shift for 2 months so he came home from work to go straight to the station. I'd spent way too much time the previous night trying to link my TGV ticket to my Pass Sanitaîre which I did succeed in but was a waste of time, as we'd scanned our German-issued QR code into the French Tous Anti-Covid app already with no issue. Once again I'll reiterate that in Germany, an American with a CDC card and a passport can go to any Apotheke (Pharmacy) and get issued an EU-valid QR code to be used as your proof of vaccination throughout the EU.
Our train was nice and empty. You aren't allowed to eat in the bar car, which seems odd since eating around more people at your seat is surely a bigger risk to yourself and others.
Once in Paris we took the 4 Metro from Gare d'le Est to Hôtel Relais des Halles. Since we had to use the RER A and B during our trip, and my husband would need to sleep during the day a bit, we splurged in terms of location and quality. It helped that the hotel was heavily discounted Wednesday night - the same room was €130 more Friday night (which is why we didn't return).
After dropping off our luggage we walked 15 minutes to St. Chappelle because my husband hadn't been before (my 3rd visit). It's required to have advance tickets now, which I bought as we walked and managed to get a time slot right as we were arriving. We did have to show our tickets to police who were blocking pedestrian access to the whole complex, presumably the Palace du Justice being the main reason. It has been over 3 years since I'd been to Paris and I forgot how tight security can be! But the actual security line at St. Chappelle was non-existent, not was there any other line. Blew my mind. They did confiscate the little corkscrew I finally remembered to bring with me, due to the foil cutter. Dumb. Well I had probably bought it in Paris anyhow.
St. Chappelle was amazing as always, but seeing it with only a couple dozen other people was even better. The reason why tourism is sparse is sad but it did make me realize that if you're vaxed and willing to deal with some minor inconveniences, the period after this wave peaks will be a fabulous time for a responsible, vaccinated traveler to visit Paris.