10 tips for families at Disneyland Paris
Updated: Jan 15
Planning a trip to Disneyland Paris? We have prepared a list of 10 tips which should help you to maximise your time in Paris.
Arrive a little bit after the opening time to avoid the massive queues. On our second day, we arrived at 9.30am and the queues were really long with huge bottlenecks around the ticket barriers. The day before we arrived just after 10.00 and it was much easier and quicker to get through.
Don't buy the full-day queue jump card, you can pay on the spot for a lot of the big rides if there is a long wait. It's between 9-14 EUR pp and valid for 1 hour, we saved 180 EUR by not taking the full-day queue jump. This is a good option if you aren't staying long as it allows you to do experience more rides.
Start with Walt Disney Studios Park as there are fewer queue jump options and by arriving earlier you might beat some of the traffic which is very high due to the popularity of Marvel Avengers Campus.
Book your place for the shows (they are amazing). We watched Mickey and the Magician and we absolutely loved it. Our pre-booked tickets gave us the right to be among the first to enter the theatre and then pick the best seats. Arrive 30 minutes before the show with your reservations.
Arrive early for the fireworks: People were taking their places a good 30-45 minutes before the fireworks started and we ended up in the middle of the road where is was hard to see (especially for the children who we then had to carry). We didn't really understand why people didn't just remain seated so that everyone could see clearly
Food and drinks are expensive so plan your budget.
Book a Disney hotel to have earlier access to the parks. Residents of the Disney hotels have access to the parks before the rest of the public which means you can get in and get around a bit more easily.
Have dinner in Disney Village (just outside the parks) where everything is a bit less crowded. A lot of the proper restaurants in the Disney parks get booked up months in advance so if you struggle to book something, head to the Disney village where there are a couple of options as well as less crowded places for a drink.
Check Disney website for offer during low season. It's worth keeping an eye open for lower prices in off-season times.
Wear good shoes as you will walk a lot, wear sun protection/sun hat as there is very little shade. A lot of the queues for the rides are in full sun so you will be grateful for a hat and a bottle of water. There are also very few places to sit down so prepare to spend quite a lot of time on your feet.
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