Fresh back from our trip to Disneyland Paris I wanted to write a blog post. Rather than review each ride, restaurant and our lovely hotel I decided to keep it simple and offer some tips before you go!
We stayed at the Disneyland hotel for three nights, the location was amazing, especially with my tiny human Jasmine in tow – she had moments of wanting to crawl about and burn off some energy, so we would nip back the hotel for this and to feed/change her too.
🌟 Pre book your meals. If you’re desperate to dine at a particular restaurant, they can get booked up quickly (especially character meets). I’d highly recommend character meals, the interaction is great and you can get some great pictures. Reservations are taken 60 days before your trip, you can spend a fortune calling France making reservations or you can call 0800 085 0671 for free!
🌟 Download the Lineberty app. At 9.45am each day (not a minute after) you can book up to meet your favourite characters at the Walt Disney Studios park. Avoiding the queues and getting great pictures.
🌟Avoid going in school holidays if you can. We went in between Halloween and Christmas. Saw the end of the Halloween decorations and the start of the Christmas ones, it was so quiet, we walked on to every ride.
🌟 Don’t panic about getting ‘the picture’. The picture is having an empty castle shot, just you (maybe your family) and the castle. If you get to the castle about 8.15am (using extra magic hours entry) you can take it in turns to take pictures of the empty castle with you in it.
🌟 Don’t forget to visit the dragon under the castle!
🌟 Child swap. If two adults in the party want to go on the same ride, you can get a child swap pass, so one queues whilst the other looks after the child, then they swap and the second adult doesn’t have to queue again.
🌟 I booked directly with Magic Breaks , they have always been great for me. If you wanted to book directly through the Disney site be sure to check the prices on the UK site but also the US site and German site etc….they rotate their promotions and offers, it won’t impact what your booking but may save you lots!
🌟 Pack medicine – as far as I’m aware there’s nowhere in the park that sells pain relief so make sure you pack enough! All toiletries in fact.
🌟 Pack for all weathers, it was chilly at night – scarf and hat chilly – but there were a couple of days I was in just a t-shirt in the middle of the day.
🌟 Get the Disneyland Paris app – it shows wait times so you know you can go and wait 10 minutes for a ride. Subsequently if you go on rides during the parades or fireworks.
🌟 Pack an European adapter for plugs.
🌟 If staying at a Disney hotel you will get extra magic hours. If you plan to start the day in Magic Kingdom park then go straight to Peter pans flight or if you go to the studios go to crushes coaster. These rides a part of the few that open for the extra magic hours and best to do them then. They can exceed wait times of over 2 hours.
🌟 Shopping service. If you are staying at a Disney hotel and don’t fancy carrying all your purchases around with you, the shops will deliver your shopping to the shop in your hotel by 8pm that night.
🌟 Water in the park is pricey and there’s drinking fountains everywhere in Disneyland Paris – refill!
Lastly join Facebook groups for Disneyland Paris – there’s loads of people there happy to answer any questions! Oh and ENJOY, it’s magical!