Monday, 27 January 2020

Last summer I was lucky enough to visit Disneyland Paris through work for a few days.

It had been a while since I had visited and I came away with a new appreciation for this beautiful little park.

If you are planning a trip soon or have one already booked, here are my magical must do's and things you won't want to miss on your trip!

 Stay at a Disney Hotel 

Disneyland Paris is soooooo easy to get around by bus or by foot. All of the hotels are within walking distance and for this reason alone it is worth staying on site for your trip.

Not only will you be closer to the magic, often it will cost you no more (or only a marginal amount) to stay at one of these beautifully themed hotels compared with a hotel a few miles away.

Hotel Cheyenne offers great value and amazing theming

perfect for any toy story fans

By staying onsite you also become eligible for a whole host of benefits including:

Free shuttle buses to and from the parks
Free parking if you have decided to drive to the parks
Optional dining plans (sometimes free with seasonal offers)
Characters in your hotel at select times
Extra magic Time ( entry to the parks an hour before the public on select days)
Extra Fastpasses (Club room guests)

Newport Bay offers a little more luxury for a special stay

fun nautical theming throughout

Be Sure to Use Fastpass

It amazes me how many people visit Disneyland Paris and either forget to utilise the fastpass machines or do not realise they are there.

Fastpass is a great way to maximise your time in the parks, especially if you are only there for a day or 2.

You will find it at the following attractions:

Ratatouille: The Adventure
Peter Pans Flight
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
Hyperspace Mountain
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Indiana Jones Tempil of Peril
Phantom Manor
Big Thunder Mountain
Star Tours

All you have to do is head over to the machine located outside the ride and insert your park ticket. It will then return your ticket along with a fastpass for a time slot later in the day.

You are now free to enjoy the rest of the park and can then return to the attraction at the specified time and enjoy little or no wait at all.

When visiting the studios I recommend heading straight to the ratatouille ride as the park opens, grab a fastpass for a little later then enjoy some of the nearby rides in toy story land or crushes coaster before your fast pass slot.

Character Dining

Character dining is a great way to add a little extra magic, celebrate a special occasion or just tick off meeting a chunk of your favourite characters.

I would recommend pre booking your character meals before your trip so you aren't disappointed as they fill up fast.

You can have breakfast or lunch with the princesses at Auberge de Cendrillion in Disneyland park. or feast with your favourites at Cafe Mickey in Disney Village, plus many more.

Shrink to the size of a mouse (well, rat)

Currently Disneyland Paris is the only place where you can experience Ratatouille: The adventure, though it is soon to open in the France pavilion over in Epcot.

This stereotypically French area of the studios is super cute and has lots of hidden details.
The attraction is awesome, but for a little extra magic, why not dine at Bistrot Chez Remy, where you immediately feel the size of a rat at this larger than life restaurant.

Stay for the Fireworks 

Disneyland Paris might be one of the smaller disney parks, but its night time spectacular is anything but small. 

You might be tired from a long day in the parks, but trust me you dont want to miss this. 

I would recommend grabbing some food or snacks from any of the nearby restaurants or snack carts and grabbing a spot in front of the castle 30 - 45 minutes before the advertised show time. 
This is the perfect chance to rest, refuel and get the best view. 

Rock out with Aerosmith

This high speed, twisting, turning and looping coaster will have you screaming louder than Steven Tyler!

Its a thrill ride for sure but its also a lot of fun! Just maybe not straight after you have eaten!

Catch some waves with Crush

Crush's coaster is one of the few rides that you won't find at any other disney park across the world making it a (read in crush voice) 'totally awesome' must do!!!

This twirling, swirling free falling coaster is a lot of fun and a great way to introduce younger children to more thrilling rides.

Unfortunately crushes coaster doesn't offer fastpass and is a pretty slow loader with only 4 seats per car. So head there as the park opens or maybe try the single rider line if you dont mind being split up from your party. It doesn't take your picture so it really doesn't matter.

What are you waiting for, grab some shell duuuuuuuude!

Get the best (free) view of the parks

The toy story land area is great for little kids, or kids at heart. With fun rides and lots of cute photo opportunities you won't want to miss this section. 

The Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop is a great ride for both big and little kids, but if you are brave enough to look around at the top, it also offers some fantastic views of the resort. 

You might want to put your camera strap round your neck for this one but you can get an amazing photo! 

Get the best (paid) view of the parks

Alternatively if you are a lover of heights or hot air balloons you may want to check out the Panoramagique balloon over in the Disney Village

This is a great activity as well if you have perhaps purchased a park ticket with fewer days than your stay or just want to escape the crowds as it is outside the 2 main parks. 

This does come at an extra cost, but last time I checked adults were €12 and children €6. 

Discover the Secrets of Phantom Manor

This is DLP's take on the Disney Parks Classic; Haunted Mansion.

Each of the parks has its own version and you really do not want to miss this terrifically terrifying tour, deep into the depths of the manor.

Recently refurbished, this attraction offers fun for the whole family, amazing theming and fantastic animatronics throughout. 

Indulge in a Little Retail Therapy

No matter what time of year you go or how long you decide to visit for, be sure to set some euros aside for a little shopping spree!

There are opportunities to buy all the fabulous merchandise at every turn in DLP.
Most attractions will have their own specific merchandise just outside the exit or nearby to the ride itself.

There are also lots of amazing items, confectionary and clothing to be found throughout the Disney Village so you can always hunt out any bits you missed or forgot about as you head back to the Eurostar on your last day.

right now you can get a €100 gift card on select Disneyland Paris packages as well as free half board dining. Get in touch for more information and a quote for your next trip.

Get back to Nature 

 Village nature is the newest concept of accommodation at Disneyland Paris and is a joint collaboration between DLP and a little company you may have heard of... Centerparcs.

Village nature offers beautiful and spacious accommodations. Perfect for families and those perhaps wanting a longer stay.

Onsite you will find a number of restaurants, the Aqualagoon, a working farm with activities, spa, recreation trails and much much more.

You may decide this is the perfect accommodation for your family, but alternatively you may just decide to spend a day here during your trip.

You can add a day pass from as little as £35 pp and this includes unlimited entry to the 5 immersive worlds.

if you would like a quote for your next Disneyland Paris trip. Please send me an email at


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