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Everything You Need to Know about Disneyland Paris

There is nothing quite like the excitement of booking or planning a trip to Disneyland Paris! I am a HUGE fan of all of that Disney magic, almost as much as my kids are!

We have planned a few visits to Disneyland Paris over the years with our children. Always on self-drive holidays where we booked a Dover to Calais ferry crossing, as we feel this is a more affordable option for us. Because of this we have managed to compile everything you need to know about Disneyland Paris into this one article!

Booking – everything you need to know about 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!

Everything you need to know about Disneyland Paris
Disneyland in December

Finding The Best Deal

The best time to book is when the offers are on – of course.

One of the best ways to know about these is to sign up to mailing lists. 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 lookout for a good Disney trip and from the emails I can easily see when the deals are just too good to pass up!

Everything you need to know about Disneyland Paris
Santa Fe Hotel

Things to do Before Your Trip to Disneyland Paris

Meal Plans

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.

Disney Extras – everything you need to know about Disneyland Paris

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. 

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Lineberty app

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.

Character Meals

Character Breakfast

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. 

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The Little One meeting Mickey Mouse at the Garden Plaza Restaurant

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! 

Princess Breakfast

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 served at your table.

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Meeting Aurora at the Princess 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!

Princess Breakfast at Disneyland Paris
Joking around with Snow White at the Princess Breakfast

This experience is table service and a little more expensive. To check prices according to your Meal Plan click here.

There are other character dining opportunities in the park such as a buffet lunch at Inventions in the Disneyland Hotel and dinner at Cafe Mickey.

Check In

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

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Disneyland Hotel and Park entrance

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. 

Disneyland Paris Parades

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!

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Parade with Mickey and Minnie

Fast Pass – everything you need to know about Disneyland Paris

5 Fast Past the busiest rides to keep your wait times as low as possible.

Ratatouille and Crush’s 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. 

Thunder Mountain
Thunder Mountain

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.

Check out: Disney World, Florida Fastpass Secrets and Tips here!

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. 

Pushchair Hire – everything you need to know about Disneyland Paris

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.

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! 

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Goofy heading up the midday parade


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! 

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Castle at night

Walking from the Disney Hotels

10  The walk to parks from the Disneyland Paris Hotels is really quite enjoyable. Especially as it allows 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.

Disney Village – everything you need to know about Disneyland Paris

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Early morning in 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 stalls 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.

Everything you need to know about Disneyland Paris
Disney Village multi storey parking tarifs

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 greets 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. 

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This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. sharnah

    I cannot even explain how helpful this was, especially about the app, meeting the character and where and when places will be the busiest. I am going in Jan and I will re visit this post before then! Thanks so much, fab post xx

    1. Jayne1

      Have a fabulous time!

  2. Teresa Lynn Jeffris

    This sounds like fun. Lots to do and experience.

  3. Nancy

    I haven’t been to Disneyland Paris before but been to the original Disneyland so many times. The Disneyland app is such a life saver! The meet and greet with the characters is a great experience for kids. Love these tips! I need to take note of them for my own trip to DL Paris one of these days!

    Nancy ♥

  4. Janja

    Wow! I didn’t know there is so much about Disneyland to know. Thank you for sharing all these tips and tricks.

  5. Teresa Lynn Jeffris

    Great ideas and tips, especially apps. I’ll keep these in mind.

  6. Elizabeth

    Our boys have been to Disneyland and Disneyworld- we’d love to get them here someday!!!!

    1. Jayne1

      And we would love to go to Disney World!

  7. Aisling

    I was in Disneyland in August, and stayed in the Explorers Hotel, I had no idea about te=he Grab n’ Go breakfast, that sounds much better than waiting in line for the buffet in the morning!

    1. Jayne1

      In all fairness we had to wait in a bit of a line for our Grab and Go to 🙂

  8. Ellie

    I’ve never been to Disney b/c as a child I was never a fan. My boyfriend asked if I wanted to go the other day and after this I have to admit it looks so cute! Might just have to reconsider that one!

    1. Jayne1

      Definitely, say yes!

  9. The Ordinary Blogger

    I went to disneyland a few years ago and I wish I had some of these tips! I definitely found fastpasses great for busy rides!

    1. Jayne1

      Fast Passes are great!

  10. aisasami

    I heard Disneyland Paris was the first park to introduce the Boutique where kids can dress up as their favorite princesses. Why can’t adults do that?

    1. Jayne1

      They do it in California too! So cute!

    1. Jayne1

      There is so much to see and do, but a couple of days at the park can be pretty simple

  11. Kari

    So many great tips! I can’t wait to book a trip so I can use them all! Thank you so much for sharing! I look forward to more great travel tips!

    1. Jayne1

      Great stuff!

  12. Char

    I haven’t been to Disneyland Paris in YEARS and this makes me want to go in a heartbeat. Such practical tips and it really looks like the happiest place on earth (or France).

    Char xo

  13. John Quinn

    Bizarrely I’ve never made it to Disneyland with my little one. She never really had huge love for the Disney characters. That said your guide was great. I like how you focused on the possible negatives that will have to be overcome on a visit.

  14. Elizabeth

    Looks quite a bit different from the Disney Parks in the US!

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    Christine xx

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  20. Adorable pictures, I really love it. Your information is very helpful for readers and those people who don’t know about specially Disneyland Paris Park. i like your tips and tricks for travel .Thank you for sharing this amazing post.

    1. Well Travelled Munchkins

      I’m really glad you found it useful. We have another Disney trip in the works so stay tuned for even more tips!

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