Disneyland Paris Top Tips
As our main summer holiday this year we headed back to Disneyland Paris. We last went in December 2012 and although we had a great week it was FREEZING. One morning when we got to the park it was -6C! This time it was definitely a lot warmer than that. It was obviously a lot busier too because of course it was warmer and school holidays too.
I wanted to share some top tips for making the most of your time at Disneyland Paris:
1. Stay at a Disney hotel. This allows you to enjoy the ‘extra magic hours’. This is time when the park is only open to hotel residents and annual passholders so you get the chance to enjoy a few select rides with much shorter queues than the rest of the day. We made sure we did this every day because it meant we had at least done some rides before it got busy.
2, Utilise the ‘Fast Pass’ option – this allows you to get a ticket to return to a shorter queue on the busier rides later in the day. You get an slot in which to return which means you can avoid a queue and go and enjoy something else in the meantime.
3. If you take younger children make use of the great Disney playgrounds, these offer a welcome pitstop to chill out and avoid queues for a while.
4. Character meeting is great fun but can involve long queues. Scope out the map and try to be in position at the character spots and least 20minutes in advance to avoid a much longer queue later. The characters will spend time with you/your child, sign autographs and pose for both official and your own photos. This means that each person can take up to 5mins.
5. Take a picnic. Outside of the parks is a fantastic picnic area which was very quiet when we visited it and very calm compared to the parks. Also take bottled water, you will be glad of a cool drink while you queue.
6. Take costumes. If your child has a favourite Disney costume then take it with you. Otherwise you will feel obliged to buy them in the park!
7. Be prepared to split your day into sections. If you go to the ‘extra magic hours’ then you might want to head back to your hotel for a swim later and then return for a long evening before the fireworks. With younger children it’s unlikely you will last from 8am to 11pm all in one go. You don’t win a prize for being there all day.
8. Food in the parks can get a bit boring. In Disney Village there are a range of different restaurants and cafes that offer a change from standard park fare. The kids LOVED Rainforest Cafe and the food was really good too!
9. Food in the parks is on the expensive side but we found that the kids at 5 and 3 were happy to share meals because they were excited and unable to eat full meals. After a big breakfast you can probably skip lunch and just have an afternoon snack anyway. If you book the Disney Meal Plan then you get breakfast, dinner and a snack included. It’s worth considering even if it doesn’t offer a huge monetary saving it is at least convenient. However as a note I would say for the meal plans that the included restaurants get very busy as the meal times approach. We saw big queues outside them even in the rain which would have driven me insane!
10. Enjoy! Disneyland is a very magic place, you will be shattered but you will have the time of your lives!
Have you been to Disneyland Paris, do you have any top tips you could share?