It was only a few short months ago that we went to Disneyland Paris and yet I’m dying to go back as soon as possible. I LOVED it. I’ve found that there are so many comparisons between Disneyland Paris and WDW but I maintain that comparison is the thief of joy, it really is, so I don’t compare the two and that way I can easily see the joy in both.
I was inundated with messages from people asking for my tips and advice on booking Disneyland Paris and what I would/wouldn’t recommend, how I found it in comparison to WDW and if I had any tips that would make their trips just a little bit more fun. As it happens, I do! I have popped down my tips for Disneyland Paris here in this blog, and alongside that I’m running a giveaway so that you can kit yourself out before you go with a £500 primark voucher! You can enter below.
So on with the tips for Disneyland Paris!
- Hire a pushchair if you’re only going for a few days.
We didn’t regret this at all! We thought that it might be a bit of a “arghhh” moment but we went across on the Eurostar and we were only there for a few days, so for 40EUROS it was well worth not having to find somewhere to dump the pushchair on the train and the Eurostar train, then wrangle the three kids AND a suitcase… it just made things so much easier. As you go through the gates to Disneyland Paris Park you can find a place to hire the pushchairs and mobility scooters or wheelchairs. If you’re going for any length of time (perhaps a full week) it might be worth buying a cheap stroller instead!
2. The Princess shop is the one stop shop for Princess EVERYTHING.
The Princess shop in Disneyland Park DOES sell everything princess, you will find that they are the only place that sells anything for Jasmine dress up (and a few others that I can’t remember off the top of my head) and even then, they are likely to be sold out. I think the best thing that you can do is grab a dress up before you go unless its one of the obvious ones: Belle, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White or Rapunzel. Even though I say that, I still can’t tell you how much you should check out the princess shop – it’s got exclusives and its AMAZE… which brings me on to my next point…
3. Ask what is exclusive in each Shop
Some of the shops have products that are exclusive to just them, in fact quite a lot of them do! If you are walking around the shops have a look at what has an “exclusive” tag on or ask if they have any products that you can only find in that one shop. It might surprise you!
4. Ask at guest services (or check the app) what performances are on and when – then FAST PASS them.
You could also do this by checking the app which I HIGHLY recommend you download – it’s free and it will give you up to date ideas of queues, events and show times. I love it, I spend a little bit of time working out exactly what I will be doing on what day using the app and then check it in the morning as well. Certain shows like Mickey and the Magician will 100% need a fast pass or need you to get there early as they get so full but they are so worth seeing and genuinely the most magical experience.
5. Download the app
Totally should have thrown this in earlier in the post but now it’s got me thinking – downloading the app is a must. If you search Disneyland Paris in the app stores relevant to your phone it will come up but it is invaluable to your disney experience. Seriously, do not just ignore it. Not only does it tell you about all the shows and times, it also tells you where characters should be, wait times in real time, allows you to book dining experiences and even organise tickets for events. It’s the bomb!
6. Go under the castle
When we were at Disneyland Paris there were so many people who were going under the Princess Castle and they had no idea that there is a dragon down there! It’s Maleficent’s dragon and it’s not to be missed – it is a little bit dark and scary for the kids but mine loved it and had so much fun under there we went back again and again.
7. Character dining is expensive but oh-so-worth it!
Yes it’s pricey, yes it’s hard to get into some of the restaurants but it is Ohhhhh so worth every penny. We didn’t have many options and we went to Café Mickey’s for dinner which we honestly weren’t fans of but the food was the last thing we considered because we just adored the meet and greet with the characters as they came round.
8. If you don’t want Characters then you still shouldn’t miss Rainforest Café.
We’ve done this in London and in Orlando and it never fails to be a winner. The food is amazing and it’s just outside the parks so slightly quicker to reach than your restaurants in the park but probably even busier (unless we’re talking Princesses – those ladies are in DEMAND).
9. Ask the cast to trade their pins with you and they will
Probably not a surprise to anyone who isn’t a total noob, but if you buy disney trading pins then you can ask the cast to trade with you and they will. It’s something fun for the kids to do and oh-so-enjoyable to join in with.
10. Fast pass everything you can because it will get busy!
Most important ones to fast pass for us were Crush’s Rollercoaster, Ratatouille (which we missed out on because it was having technical issues!), Big Thunder Mountain, Hyperspace Mountain.
11. The best place to watch the parade is…
Just underneath the castle. There is a roped off area for VIPs but next to it there is another area and you can get a cracking view of all your faves.
12. Photo pass is worth it if you can.
It’s expensive to buy one or two photos but the photopass has it all sent to your phone and it so worth it. We had some really fab images of us in Paris and we didn’t get the pass so I would highly recommend doing it as we missed out there!
13. Newport Bay Hotel is lush – and breakfast is so yum!
We stayed in Newport Bay Hotel and we LOVED it! It’s LUSH, it’s well designed and it’s oh so lovely. I absolutely suggest staying on site and this hotel works out a lot cheaper than the Dinseyland Paris hotel and it’s 5 mins to walk to the park or station. I loved it. One thing I would add is that breakfast in the hotel was delish and it meant that we were up ready and raring to go in time for our magic hour.
14. Use the extra magic hours!
Use them! Top tip of all: Get up EARLY and use that magic hour, then after lunch head back to your hotel for a siesta and then make your way back to the park either for or after dinner, that way you will have the energy to stay up until the wee hours and enjoy the firework display, then do it all again tomorrow! Don’t miss the fireworks because you think your little ones will be tired – they will, but the magic at disney seems to keep everyone going somehow and if you are there for more than a few days you can always enjoy a few down days or early nights, but long weekenders must. not. miss it!
15. Height restrictions and the parent swap
Parent swap is a feature that allows you both to queue up and then one of you go on whilst the other waits with the kids and then you swap – without having to queue again. So useful and perfect for when you want to go on rides with one of the older children but not the tiddlers. Edith couldn’t go on a few rides, Toby missed out on maybe two so that shows the height restrictions aren’t bad at Disney – it’s much less thrill ride in the conventional sense and more thrilled with awe.
16. Snacks for days
There are thousands of lists out there to tell you which snacks to try but what I do want to say on this is that you should try as much as you can and especially the Mickey desserts!
Have the best time disney lovers! Side note: this competition is in no way affiliated with Primark or Disneyland, Primark is simply one of my faves.