As you have probably seen from the overload of photographs on my Instagram story and feed – I have recently just got back from a little visit to Disney Land Paris.
I had the most amazing Easter bank holiday in one of the most magical places in the world and I am forever grateful. I have decided to do this post to give tips and advice to those of you who are considering taking a visit to Disney Land, whether if it’s for a couple of days or even a week. Some of these are probably obvious, but I think it is crucial that they are mentioned considering it made my stay stress-free.
I 100% recommend booking your tickets way in advance, not only to save time in the queues but also because you can get deals to save on the prices too. Personally, I think that 2-3 days in the park is by far enough time. It obviously depends on how old everyone is, as you will not want to go on every ride, especially if you’re a 22 year old like me. It is the exact same for younger children as they might not be tall enough for the bigger rides. Therefore, it is a good idea to do some research so you only book the number of days that you actually need.
Pack a bag
It is very important to know that you are allowed to take bags in with you, even on the rides. A standard rucksack would be ideal. I recommend packing a bag with plenty of snacks, and anything you think you will need for the duration of the day – including sun cream. Your bag will get searched/scanned at the entrance, but this is the rules for all. The prices for food and drinks at Disney Land is extortionate like you wouldn’t even believe me. You can expect to pay at least 4 euros for singular ice cream, 4 euros for a small bottle of coke, meals (such as small macaroni cheese, bottled water, apple, and crisps) will be around 15 euros – and they’re not even worth it! I 100% recommend packing a sandwich or at least only eating out at Disney Land once a day – unless you can afford it of course.
But not too much…
I know, I know – I am contradicting what I just said, but you’ll thank me when you’re there. Only pack with you the things you will actually need. You will have to carry this bag with you for the whole day and whilst queuing up for rides for up to 2 hours long. When I went to Disney Land, I took with me a reasonable size bag on the first day with lots of snacks, a jacket, and my camera equipment. To be honest, I should have estimated how much I was going to eat, as well as checking the weather app as I did not need as much food or a jacket because the weather was LOVELY! If you are going for a few days, I would spend one day going on a few rides, explore the parks, and take all the fancy photos. Then, the rest of the days I wouldn’t take your camera equipment as you will have all the desired shots.
Take an empty water bottle
DO NOT BUY WATER BOTTLES! If you take your own water bottle or any drink bottle for that matter then you can simply just fill your bottle up with FREE water from their fountains. The water fountains are located outside every single toilet. It is much better to do this as it is completely free, saves the environment (less plastic), and could save you a lot of money as their drinks range from 3-6 euros – even for water!
Wear sensible clothing
Whilst dressing cute and all appropriate for the weather is a priority. It is always important to think about the activities and the duration of the day. On the first day, I arrived at the park at around 09:30 and didn’t leave until 23:00. As you can probably tell, this was not intended and we only stayed to watch the Disney Illuminations, which by the way is fantastic. It starts at around 22:00 and because my accommodation was around 30 minutes away, it was better off just exploring the park for the whole day. It is important to dress accordingly to the rides you are going on, any activities, as well as weather changes, and perhaps extra or spare clothes. Personally, I recommend covering up, especially if it is hot as I found it uncomfortable sitting on the rides with my skin touching them. To be honest, just wear what you feel most comfortable in!
Although staying at the Disney Land resorts can be expensive, I would definitely try and consider paying to stay at one. I stayed at the Villages Nature which is an alternative to Center Parcs. The accommodation was absolutely incredible and I loved it so much – there will be a review post very soon. But, it started to become quite pricey as we had to pay for the bus every time we went to Disney Land and travelled back home again. This wasn’t very much of a problem as it was approximately a 20 minutes bus journey. If you can stay as close as possible, then definitely do. There is nothing worse than getting a bus very late at night or in the beautiful sunshine.
Plan your route around the park
I 100% recommend that you download the Disney Land Paris app before you travel. You will be able to see the maps of both parks, find your way around, know the waiting times for rides, as well as find out about any events or activities happening during your stay. I found this very useful, especially whilst planning what to get done on both of the days I was there for. This is the best way to get the most out of your holiday.
Buy Disney merchandise
Without a doubt, you should head over to some common retail shops to buy some Disney outfits, pajamas, accessories, and anything that you think you would actually use. You can see what I bought here. Fortunately, I already owned the classic Minnie Mouse ears from my last visit 5 years ago, so I took these with me. I also took a mickey house t-shirt, make-up bag, shopper bag, and night-dress. I wanted to be full on Disney-fied! It is so much cheaper to purchase some Disney items before you travel, as I can guarantee you will be tempted to spend hundreds on merchandise. Personally, I could not afford to buy an outfit from Disney Land, barely enough for the ears, so if you want to be a part of all the fun and dress up for less, then do that!
Be prepare to SPEND SPEND SPEND! I have never travelled to anywhere as expensive as Disney Land Paris – even for a small bottle of diet coke I was surprised.
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