At some point in a parents life, the opportunity to go to Disneyland Paris can no longer be ignored. Mini Thimble is seven now so the perfect age to enjoy all the ‘Disney-ness’ but also the rides and other fun stuff without getting to exhausted!
Here are my tips for making the most of your trip, starting from airport parking!
We live close to Heathrow so it made sense for us to fly to Paris and travel on from there to Disneyland Paris.
We booked ourselves in for ‘Pod parking’ at the airport and it was the perfect start to the holiday…
These funky futuristic pods take you all the way from the car park to the terminal building! You can book your pod parking – Here. No walking miles with your suitcase or weighting ages for a shuttle bus.
We booked with BA, took hand luggage only and used online check-in, all of which made our journey through the airport really easy.
The flight was great, and we landed on time. We had thought about catching the TGV from Charles de Galle to Disneyland, but the next available one wasn’t for hours, so we decided to catch the Magical Shuttle! (Of course).
You can buy tickets for this shuttle either online – Here, or at the airport. These coaches take you all the way to your Disney resort hotel.
TIP : Wear comfortable shoes when travelling and at the parks, you will never have walked so much in your life!!
We stayed at The Sequoia Lodge, and it was really lovely, not too ‘Disney’ but still pleasant and fun in equal measures. It also has its own indoor/outdoor pool which was great for relaxing aching bodies in the afternoons.
The hotel staff were lovely and friendly, the restaurant was an all you can eat buffet, suitable for all tastes and appetites. We chose the half board option, are were glad we did, the food in the resort is really expensive, so fill up on breakfast, and try and make it though to your free afternoon snack at 3pm. If you can’t make it that long prepare to pay upwards of 3 Euros for a small bottle of water and 15 Euros or more for a hotdog and chips.
TIP : Keep empty water bottles and fill them up at the water fountains dotted around the park.
Magic Hours : If you are staying in one of the many hotels on site, magic hours are your friends! This is the time when the park is only open to hotel guests, use this time wisely!
TIP : Plan your magic hours carefully. Search out your favourite Disney characters for photographs or get in early for the most popular rides (once the park opens to the public, the queses for these will be horrendous!!).
Fast Pass : Again use these wisely! Best used on your top favourite attractions, they enable you to go back to a ride at a designated time and jump the queue. But beware, you can only have one fast pass at a time!
Baby Swap : Not as weird as it sounds, if you have a child that doesn’t want to go on a ride but both parents do, you can queue as normal, parent one goes on the ride, whilst parent two looks after the child/children and then after the ride is over the parents swap! We didn’t have to make use of this as Mini-Thimble is fearless!!
TIP : Download the app, it was invaluable for checking ride waiting times, which rides were open early for the magic hours and for use as a quick map check.
Ours Best Bits!
Space Mountain : One word from Mini-Thimble on this AWESOME! Not for the those of a delicate disposition, this roller coaster blasts you in to space and whizzes you around in a foray of lights, sounds and thrils!
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast : So much fun! You get your own laser gun to blast the aliens!!!
Tower of Terror!!! : Definitely my favourite, although strictly not for the faint hearted! Enter the twilight zone for the scariest elevator ride of your life.
Other things that you simply can’t miss include the ‘Frozen’ Show, Peter Pan ride, the Dragon under the castle, and loads more.
We stayed for three nights (four days) and it was just long enough, we got to see everything we wanted and still had time to revisit our favourites (Space Mountain!).
This is by no means a complete list of things to do, remember and see at Disneyland Paris, but it is the top things that I will remember for next time and pass on to friends.
I would love to hear any other tips that people may have from their own visits, and I will add the best ones to this page so we can help fellow parents and children get the most from the Disney experience!
Thanks for popping by