Disneyland Paris

We’re just back from Disneyland Paris. Here are my tips for a less-stressful trip

  • Get used to queuing. They can be up to 60mins for one ride.
  • Alternate rides you have to queue for with ones you don’t such as the Labyrinth, Dragon’s Cave, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Alladin’s Passage, Shootin Gallery (2euro a go). My kids really enjoyed the interactive displays in the Disney Animation Gallery in Walt Disney Studio Park. You don’t have to queue for this if you skip the video at the start and go straight in the exit. I was told this by a staff member so it’s okay to do.
  • Hit the most popular rides as soon as you get into the park and get fast-passes where you can. As far as i know you can’t have two ‘live’ fast passes at once so choose well.
  • It’s often best to go to the back of the park and work you’re way forward in order to avoid queues.
  • Rides are quieter during lunchtime and parade time.
  • If you’re on your own or a group that’s happy to be split up you can avoid the queues by availing of this on the rides that have the option.
  • The car stunt show in Walt Disney’s Studio park is worth attending but wrap up warm if it’s a windy day. It can get cold!
  • We also enjoyed the 30min movie in the Cinemagique. Famous scene from Disney movies sound boring but there’s a story running through it and it’s very well done. It’s also an opportunity to rest the legs!
  • Unfortunately quite a few of the attractions were closed but we still had a great time. My kids are 8 and 6 so our favourite rides were the Ratatouille and Pinocchio rides. My husband liked the scarier Space Mountain and Tower of Terror (Walt Disney Studio Park).
  • If your children do not like rollercoasters or the dark avoid Crusher’s Coaster. Given it’s link to the movie Nemo we thought it’d be harmless, it scared the sh**t out of me and the kids.
  • Do not miss the light show at 8pm in the Disneyland park. It’s deadly!
  • If you’re going half-board reserve sittings in advance. Most of the restaurants we visited weren’t taking any reservations and without them you might have to queue for up to 45 minutes for a table.
  • Be warned food in Disneyland is EXPENSIVE, which is why we availed of the half-board option and booked in advance. Still a 3 course meals for two adults and two children will set you back over a 100euro and burgers and chips for 4 will be about 50euro.
  • If you get vouchers for tea-time treats expect to queue for up to 30 minutes to collect the free drink and treat.
  • If you’ve fussy eaters i think the buffets are the best bet. We liked the Plaza Gardens in Disneyland Park and Cape Cod in Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne.
  • We loved the interior of the restaurant Chez Remy in Walt Disney Studios Park. The choice of food is limited, particularly if you’re on a half-board meal plan but that wasn’t why we went there. It’s made to look like the ‘rats’ bistro in the film Ratatouille so the scale of everything is made to suit, i.e seats look like champagne cages.  We heard it’s packed at lunchtime but we took the last sitting at 5pm and it was really quiet and relaxed.
  • We told the kids that they could window shop for toys while we were in the resort but we wouldn’t be buying them until the last day. This was for a few reasons; to keep a cap on spending, the shops stock different product ranges to this way you get to see it all before deciding, avoid impulse buys and to stop them wanting to stay in the hotel playing with them!
  • There’s a great Lego shop in Disney Village where you can customise and buy your own mini figures. This area stays open till 10pm and has lots of shops and restaurants.