Thursday, 8 February 2018

Disneyland Paris tips and tricks

I spent a few days last week in Disneyland Paris and it was SO MUCH FUN. I grew up on Disney and have always wanted to go, so I jumped at the chance when we decided to go.

It was so much fun to meet all my favourite characters, from Mickey to Hook, and the whole place is so magical. The detailing of the whole park is so perfect and done so well, that it add something extra special to the whole experience.

I did pick up a few little pointers though, so hopefully these help you if you're ever in Disneyland Paris (or even in any of the other Disneyland parks):
  • Download the app - it's absolutely essential to help plan your experience. It tells you live queue times for the rides, also where you can expect some of your favourite characters to be for a meet, greet and picture
  • Wear flats - Disneyland is a lot of walking around from area to area, so you want to make sure your shoes are as comfortable as possible
  • Bring your own snacks or pack lunch - there are a few restaurants outside the theme park itself (Disney Village), but those in the park itself are super expensive and also quite small, so it's difficult to find a table at any point
  • I would recommend 2-3 days to do Disneyland and the Walt Disney Studios properly, and would also say that, where possible, you make sure you're there on a weekday - the park is a lot emptier and the queues are a lot shorter
  • 100% stay in one of the hotels of the park. They might be a tad pricier, but they usually come with the price of tickets to the park included, as well as some meals. They also mean you can come into the park 2 hours earlier than it's open to the public
  • If you do decide to stay in a hotel in the park, definitely make use of coming in early. Come in for 8am, I would say, so that you have some time to meet a few characters and take pictures before it's super crowded
  • See if you can plan as much as possible before - have a look at the rides you want to do, or characters you want to meet, and plan a route of action
  • Meeting characters was one of the best bits for me - they're so much fun and so interactive. There usually is a queue for them, but again, it's so worth it. Make sure you use the app to see where about they are at any given point, but most of them have set locations for where you can take pictures with them
  • Meeting Mickey and a princess is a slights more planned procedure. As they're both 'in demand' characters to meet, they both have a set building where you can come to queue and meet them, and take pictures. This is when staying in the park comes in super handy. At the time of writing, the Princess Pavillion opens at 8.30am - we had Cinderella when we went there. We got there just after it opened, and there was already a long queue, so I'd recommend getting there before 8.30am
  • See if your hotel does meets with characters as well - it might be the easiest way to meet them
  • For Mickey, it's a similar process. His doors open at 10am and usually the queues start at 9.30am. I would recommend getting in the queue at that time, otherwise you'll have longer to wait later on in the day. He was a priority for us, and we got there for 9.40am, and there were still a few people before us, but the queue was close to an hour by the time we left
  • The parade and fireworks display are absolutely amazing experiences and you HAVE to do them. For us, the parade was 5pm, and the Fireworks/light show (one of my highlights) was at 7pm. Again, you want to get there early. Use the app to see the route of the parade and get there 30 mins before it starts to get a good place for pictures
  • The queues for us weren't crazy so we got to do a fair few rides. But if you are going during holidays or the weekend, when there are larger queues, you should be able to get 'Fast Pass' tickets for each ride, giving you a time to come back and skip the queue. We didn't have to use this, but apparently it comes in really handy
  • The park is PRICEY. If you want to be there in Disney gear, I would say buy what you want to wear beforehand. We bought our Minnie Mouse ears from Amazon at £2-£3 each, but those sames ones were £17 in the park
  • Doing Disneyland is actually quite an exhausting experience, running around all day and being on constant sugar rushes. You definitely need a day in Paris to recover after. Or, try to go only in the mornings (from about 8am-1pm) and take the afternoons/evenings to chill

I hope this helps - let me know if you have any other tips.

Sherin xx


Cee said...

It's been so long since I've been to Disneyland Paris - our last visit was in 2013. I grew up going to Disney World in Florida (and even made the trek to the California Park once) but I love the Paris park best because it's on a slightly smaller scale which makes visiting for a day or two a lot more reasonable. I have to admit, though, the reason we haven't been for so long is that the prices have increased like crazy in the past few years. When we went in 2013, our day passes were 28 euros at the discount rate and the discount rate has doubled (!!) since then. If I hadn't been so many times, though, I'd definitely think it was worth it ;)

Couture Carrie said...

Awesome tips and adorable pics!


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