Here’s the Well Travelled Munchkins breakdown of things to think about when you book your trip to Disneyland Paris.
If you do your research you will discover that there are a few different ways you can book your Disneyland Paris holiday. However, I find that the best deal is always with Magic Breaks.
Price wise Magic Breaks offers the better deals. I have booked Disneyland Paris holidays with Magic Breaks twice now and so far I have not been disappointed!
Finding The Best Deal
The best time to book is when the offers are on – of course. The best way to know about these is to sign up to the Magic Breaks mailing list. I’m generally not a fan of doing this. Most of the time I find myself deleting the emails straight away and not even bothering to read them. However, I am always on the look out for a good Disney trip and through the emails I can get see when the deals are just too good to pass up!
Things to do Before Your Trip to Disneyland Paris
If you’re on a half board or full board meal plan on your Disneyland Paris break make sure you book your meals ahead of time.
This is not always made clear at the time of booking, however, if you want the most choice on where and when you eat, you need to prebook. Here’s a list of restaurants available to you depending on what meal plan you have gone for.
You can book your choices by calling the booking reservations line.
This is the best time to arrange and book any Disney extras you would like to do such as a Character Breakfast, Princess Breakfast or Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
The price of these extras may differ depending on if you have a Meal Plan with your booking. To find out what is available to you and and what cost always best to ask at time of booking.
Apps To Use
Download the Disney app to get the latest news on shows, wait times, Fast Passes, opening times and ride information and restrictions.
This is handy, especially when travelling with little ones who might not be high enough for some of the attractions.
Also, download an app called Lineberty. This is how to book meet and greets with the Disney characters in the Walt Disney Studios Park.
I found this a bit hit and miss. You have to book through the app to meet a character, but it seems that unless you are lucky or go on the app at the exact moment the tickets are realised, you miss out and there are no more tickets left.
However, when I did manage to book a ticket it was all very easy and quick.
This is only used in Walt Disney Studios Park. In the Disneyland Park it is not needed and if you want to meet a character you queue as normal.
If you have booked a full or half board meal plan you can make up the price difference and book a character breakfast at the Garden Plaza Restaurant in the Disneyland Paris Park.
This is a truly lovely way for you and your family to meet some of the Disney characters up close and personal and a great way to get those autograph books signed. It is also very easy as they stop at every table while you tuck into a very tasty buffet breakfast. Yum!
The Princess Breakfast is an opportunity for you to have a one of a kind dining experience with some of your favourite Disney Princesses.
The Princess Breakfast is located at the Auberge de Cendrillon restaurant, just to the right of Cinderella’s Castle.
It’s a great chance for your own princess to dress up as their favourite Disney Princess and snap some lovely photographs all while you tuck into a delicious breakfast.
All the Princess interactions were not rushed and they were very good with both our kids, taking the time to speak to them separately and sign their autograph books. They joked with the baby and chatted with our eldest who was probably a little overwhelmed!
This experience is table service and a little more expensive. To check prices according to your Meal Plan click here.
There are other character dinning opportunities in the park such as a buffet lunch at Inventions in the Disneyland Hotel and dinner at Cafe Mickey.
Make sure you pay attention when checking in to the Disneyland Paris Hotels.
When booking with Magic Breaks I was told we would received a ‘Grab and Go’ breakfast from the hotel in the morning, which was described as a breakfast in a bag you helped yourself to.
However, our ‘Grab and Go’ breakfast was actually a bit more of a sit and eat affair in Videopolis, which is situated in Discoveryland, in the Disneyland Park! We actually preferred this, but it was a little different to what I was told when booking the holiday.
Also, make sure you look after your passes! They act as your room keys, park tickets, access to FastPass and payment for your full or half board meal plans.
10 Points About The Disneyland Paris Park
Fantasyland and Discoveryland
1 You will find most of the rides in Discoveryland and Fantasyland. It is here you will find you spend most of your time.
2 Fantasyland also has lots of rides for the littlest ones among us. So if you are travelling with little ones don’t be surprised if you keep getting pulled back here.
3 Lunch and dinner times in Discoveryland and Fantasyland can be the busiest and the restaurants and fast food places fill up quickly. My tip would be to find somewhere to eat in either Adventureland or Frontierland. These lands don’t have the amount of rides to keep people around for as long, so people pass through them much quicker.
4 Schedule in a parade. The floats are quite impressive and the characters and actors are really interactive. Our little one got a kiss from Tigger!
5 Fast Past the busiest rides to keep your wait times as low as possible.
Ratatouille and Crushes Coaster in the Walt Disney Studios Park and Peter Pan in Fantasyland always have very long queue times. Thunder Mountain, Star Tours and Hyperspace Mountain are also handy Fast Passes in busy periods.
6 If you have an adrenaline junkie in your party bare in mind that the Indiana Jones ride is relatively quiet first thing in the morning.
Eating and Resting
7 Videopolis, where we picked up breakfast, is essentially a huge room with a stage at the front and tables and seating right across the building. We found this was a good place for moments of down time as they played old style cartoons on three big screens, which our kids loved! They were happy watching a bit of telly for ten minutes and we got to stop and relax with a coffee. It was a win win! Keep in mind that this is in Discoveryland though, so it does get busy.
8 If you don’t want to get to the point where you are carrying your tired and heavy children around the park you can hire buggies at the entrance of the park. We took our own pushchairs and a baby carrier. However, lots of people were carting their little prince and princesses around in them as you’d be surprised how many miles you cover just walking around!
9 Make sure you stick around or head back to the park for the illumination show on the castle. It’s a great show full of light, music, your favourite Disney stories and fireworks!
Walking from the Disney Hotels
10 The walk to parks from the Disneyland Paris Hotels is really quite enjoyable allowing you to have a little nose at all the other hotels along the way. We felt there was no real need to catch one of the shuttle buses as the walk only takes about 15 minutes to the Disney Village.
The Disney Village is a great place for a little retail amble. There are lots of places to eat and shopping is plentiful just in case you missed something in the park!
If you go to Disneyland Paris at Christmas time you will find a lovely Christmas market in the Disney Village. All the stall sell a mix of sweets, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and yummy cakes and waffles. All with that sprinkle of Mickey Mouse magic and that ever present Walt Disney touch!
You don’t need a park ticket to go into the Disney Village. This means you can pop in here before and after your park days have finished. That’s if you want the magic to last just that little bit longer.
There is paid parking in a multi story car park right next to the Disney Village. It’s really easy to find if you are arriving by car – just follow the road signs for the Disney Village. Simple.
It’s not crazy expensive, but it’s not cheap either. Here are the tariffs as per Dec 2018.
Things To Keep In Mind at Disneyland Paris
If you are travelling to Disneyland Paris with babies be aware that high chairs are not as plentiful as they could be. There were moments when finding a high chair for a very hungry baby was quite stressful.
Character meets in the Disney Park are a bit hit and miss as they don’t stay around for very long.
Disneyland Paris states that all of its parks are non smoking. There are now designated areas for people to smoke and vape in.
The Princess meet and greet at the Princess Pavilion is always extremely busy. If this is a must see on your list then get there early and be prepared to wait.
Badges are available for free from City Hall in Disneyland as you first enter the park. However, when we were there they didn’t have any. If this is the case your best bet is to go into the hotels and ask for one instead.