In this last blog about EuroDisney, I thought I’d share with you my top 10 tips that can save you time, save you money and help you make the most of your time at one of Europe’s biggest playground for all ages.
1. You don’t need to stay at a Disney hotel to get the complimentary shuttle bus
An attraction of staying at a Disney hotel is that, if you don’t fancy the walk, you can catch the complimentary shuttle bus that links the hotels to the park and train station. The first time we went to EuroDisney with our very young children, we stayed at the Santa Fe hotel which was perfectly good. However, after finding out that some local non-Disney hotels also offer this shuttle service, we stayed at the Radisson Blu in 2009 which was cheaper and really nice. We were even upgraded for free to a two-bedroom suite!
2. Book ahead
If you can, book ahead. I’m guessing that few people want to be queueing up for their entry tickets and would much prefer to get on with their day. So, do buy your tickets in advance if they don’t come as part of a hotel package.
However, there are also some restaurants where it’s highly advisable to book in advance as you’re unlikely to get a table on the same day. I successfully booked a table at Bistro Chez Remy about two weeks before I went but there were people turning up on the off-chance and being turned away.
3. Prepare to queue!
It helps to go along with the mentality that queueing will be part of your day. It’s just one of those things you need to accept if you don’t want to get all hot and bothered about it. It is possible to get fastpasses so you don’t need to queue for as long and you may even get one or two fastpasses as part of your hotel package. However, especially if you have young children who need to be entertained, keep your phone charged to entertain them and consider taking along a portable phone charger (I don’t know what I would do without mine!).
Depending on the hotel you’re staying in, you may get early entry to the park before the gates open to the public. Otherwise, you may find yourself greeted by huge queues to get through security, etc. The hideous initial queues tend to disappear by about midday.
4. Baby Switch
Do you have young children? Do you and your partner fancy going on a ride but, with one of you needing to mind the children, you don’t fancy queuing twice? Then Baby Switch could be for you where the second parent/adult doesn’t need to queue again. https://www.dlpguide.com/planning/services/baby-switch/
5. Take a water bottle
As is the case with many attractions, food and drink can be super pricey. For example, a regular Diet Coke at EuroDisney can set you back around €5. However, there are drinking fountains all over the place so it’d be far cheaper to bring along or buy a water bottle and keep filling it up.
6. Have your shopping delivered to your hotel
Just by the entrance to the park, there is a huge Disney Store selling every conceivable Mickey-patterned or shaped object! Hours may vary but, when I was there last week, I heard the manager say how it’s currently open until 1am. If you want to avoid the crowds of people buying their treasures as they leave for the day, visit when you first arrive and, if you’re there by mid-afternoon, you can have your items taken back to your hotel free of charge so you don’t need to walk around with them. And what’s great is that many of Disney’s other shops offer this service too so no worries if something catches your eye between rides.
7. See the Disney characters
Many people going to any Disney park in the world will be familiar with the parade late afternoon where a procession of lightly coloured floats pass along with everyone’s favourite characters on board. However, in the leaflet detailing the attractions and map, you’ll find the times where you can meet certain characters where the queues aren’t too long. If you are staying at the hotel, you may even have characters come along around breakfast time.
8. Stay somewhere very cheap and local the night before
When you stay at a Disney hotel, you’ll be told the time you can check in but you can arrive earlier, leave your baggage and make your way to the park. To make the most of this, you could stay at a very cheap hotel the night before so you arrive at the Disney hotel first thing in the morning and get in to enjoy the rides.
9. If you have a disability, get hold of a Disability Pass
I can very highly recommend that you pick up this pass. Not only does this mean that you will not have to queue for rides, you will be allowed in a cordoned off area for certain events such as the firework show. Some of the rides involved going on balance, such as on Pirates of the Caribbean, but there are specially adapted boats with wheelchair access. https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/guest-services/guests-with-disabilities/
10. Check out the restaurants for a special treat.
There are plenty of places within the park selling takeaway food, sandwiches and cakes but there are also some fantastic restaurants around. There are quite a few in the Disney Village but one of my favourites is Captain Jack’s next to Pirates of the Caribbean where you can watch people go past on the boats and enjoy truly fabulous food in a truly unusual setting.
And I’m not going to blog about EuroDisney without one last mention of the delectable fireworks and illuminations at closing time. Grab your spot up to 2 hours early (well whether it) and prepare for an amazing show. Here’s a 7 minute video snippet from last week.
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Happy Wednesday everyone xx