Disneyland Paris, only a couple of hours travel & you can escape for a few days into the unadulterated joy of Disney! I can talk about the Disney theme parks for hours but here are my top 10 tips for getting the most out of your family stay:
- Book early. No late deals to be had here I’m afraid! Disneyland Paris offers great deals throughout the year (free kids, free extra nights etc) but they go fast. These deals can make a huge difference to the cost of a family holiday & Eurostar, Eurotunnel, ferries and flight tickets only seem to go up the nearer to travel that you book
- If you live within reasonable travel to a Eurostar terminal this is by far the easiest way to get to Disneyland Paris. The train will take you right to the entrance of the park, Disney hotel check in is completed while on the train (if travelling on a direct Disney service), your luggage is taken straight to your room for you, leaving you free to go into one of the two parks as soon as you’ve arrived – simple!
- Consider prebooking a ‘Meal Plan’ – Paris is not cheap, Disney is not cheap, & combined this can make for a rather expensive few days. Disney offer 3 different prepaid meal options & as entry into the parks is included if you are staying at one of their hotels all you will then need to take is spending money
- Another bonus feature when staying at a Disney hotel is that you can usually gain entry into the parks up to 2 hours before the general public – if you have older kids head straight to the ‘big’ rides before the queues!
- Want a swimming pool? Then you must book into a hotel with one – guests are not allowed use of the Disney swimming pools unless staying at that hotel
- Its often hard to get one-on-one photos of your kids (or you!) with a character, a way to gain this is to either queue at the Meet & Greet areas around the park or to book a character breakfast, lunch or dinner. Although you won’t know which characters will turn up at one of these meals, they’re sure to put a big smile on your face! I will never forget my husbands face when I made him cuddle Tigger at breakfast….!!!
- Every day there will be at least one parade through the park, but if you want a good viewing point you must turn up early! Parade times & themes do change, so check daily…
- …& if you have already seen the parade, parade times are the best time for missing the queues on those ‘must go on’ rides & attractions! Restaurants are quieter during parades too
- Use your Fastpass if queues are too long or you are just limited on time. This system allows you to gain entry into a particular ride or attraction at a set time. When its your time slot, you don’t have to queue – but be aware this is not available on every ride & time slots are taken quickly & are limited
- Do NOT go on the ride ‘Its a Small World’ until the last day of your trip (& if possible the very last hour!) – otherwise you will be singing the song over & over & over in your head for your whole holiday!!!!
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