Disneyland Paris could be one of the most magical places on earth and a perfect holiday destination for both children and adults alike. I’ve been to Disneyland Paris multiple times as a child and have recently gone back as an adult. There are some obvious points to start with before you visit Disney but the main one to consider is that it is expensive. There’s no avoiding it, however there are some ways to can save yourself some pennies.
‘Magic everywhere, celebrate the magic’
Take snacks & a reusable water bottle
Obviously everyone wants to buy a Mickey Mouse shaped chocolate lollypop and a cocktail in a Planet Hollywood glass, but taking a small selection of snacks and a bottle of juice will save those extra pennies when you are feeling a tad peckish or thirsty and spending 90 minutes waiting a queue for a picture with a princess.
Get an early spot for the parade
Maybe this one is just me, but I love a Disney parade and I was determined to get the perfect spot. Depending on the weather, crowds start gathering around 45 minutes before the parade begins. We found a spot on the kerb and made camp for a little bit with one of us heading off to get the grub. Alternatively, if you are not fussed about the parade then this is the perfect time to get on the rides that usually have a lot of queues.
Take advantage of the fast passes
The more popular rides have a set amount of fast passes for each day which are free of charge and allow you a set time to get straight onto the ride you’ve chosen. You’ll find the fast passes booth just outside the entrance which will display the next available time. As they can easily run out, it’s best to get your fast passes for your favourite rides first thing so you have a guaranteed spot but just remember to structure your day around the times so you don’t miss out.
Look out for vouchers
We booked our park tickets through Attraction Tickets Direct which had a special offer on of 3 days for the price of 2 with entry to both parks. With the tickets came a voucher for Planet Hollywood, both food and merchandise, and a voucher for Earl of Sandwich in the Disney Village. These vouchers made a big difference to our food spending budget and we chose to eat in these places because we had the offers. There are plenty of dining options available on site and Planet Hollywood has always been one of my favourite restaurants.
A day of walking around the park is absolutely knackering. My dad could hardly walk the following morning. You don’t realise how much walking you’ve done and I highly recommend counting your steps using your phone or fitbit as I must have done five times as many steps as I usually do in a day. Comfy shoes are a must and weather appropriate clothing. It’s a good idea to layer clothing as there is a lot of queuing outside and inside which means temperatures can vary from one moment to the next.
If you are thinking about visiting Disneyland Paris, it’s always good to do some research before visiting! They have just begun celebrating their 25th anniversary and have plenty of special events occurring throughout the year. You may also be interested in reading the review about the wonderful hotel we stayed in for our trip. OH and if you are looking for super cute ears, lifestyle blogger and disney fan, Sophie Kean made mine!