This has been in my drafts for FOREVER – so thought I should finally get around to actually posting it! We’ve been away twice since then!! #holidayaddicts
So, I’ve blogged about our half term trip to Disneyland Paris, from my proposed behaviour plans in the prologue, to the ‘fun’ in the rain for Day 1, the lunch with Princesses on day 2, the ‘sod Mickey when there’s Messi’ of Day 3, the Snapchat filtering of a world famous painting on Day 4, and an emotional balloon release on Day 5.
But I thought I’d compose some advice on matters learned from our trip (and I will try and be the bigger person than just to say don’t bother with Paris, save up for Florida as they do Disney properly…………..)
If you can – stay in the Disneyland Hotel, and if you can – book a Castle Club room. This means you get characters at breakfast every day
(the Disney ones – and sometimes the world famous footballer ones too!! #LionelMessi) which reduces the need to queue for them at other times.
The fact that you’re between the parks means you can pop back for a battery recharge (metaphorically and for your phone) during the day. You also get to enter the Disneyland Park earlier than the general public (although only certain rides are open for these Magic Hours).
The one thing I would say is that having a Castle Club room with a park view is fantastic (we stayed in Walt’s Apartment with a connecting room as there are 6 of us) but it is noisy. You have a great view of the fireworks from the comfort of your room – but equally little kids may not sleep through it! Then when the hoardes leave the park it can be quite raucous (and it’s not very ‘Disney’ to shout at them to shut up from your window……..). Then the Disney music plays until around midnight and starts again at 7am – and for us this had a Halloween ghostly theme (last time it was Christmas music though!)
We struggled keeping everyone happy (but we do have 4 kids with differing tastes!)
We had an absolutely amazing meal in the California Grill in the Disneyland Hotel – but the kids meals didn’t have fries, which immediately meant child 3 had a meltdown. The food was beautifully presented and the wine exquisite (but it is really, really expensive!)
Lunch with the Princesses in the park was also excellent in terms of quality (again no French fries) and a great way to get a few more characters off the tick list.
The best all rounder meal, though, was in Chez Remy in Walt Disney Studios – great quality food – INCLUDING FRIES!!!!
If you’re staying in a Castle Club room – and I think most of the Disney Hotels – you get unlimited Fastpasses for all of the rides that offer that facility. At certain times of the day these are great (generally in the mornings) but at some points, the Fastpass queue can be longer than the regular queues – madness! And not all rides have the Fastpass option.
Sometimes using single rider queues can also be a way to beat the queues if you’re happy not to sit together in a group – I guess this depends on kids ages and such like.
Going into Paris
We paid to do a Disney trip into the centre of Paris. This involved queuing for a coach at another hotel and driving through really slow traffic to get there. Once in Paris we were dropped off to reconvene a few hours later. We couldn’t face the coach trip back and ditched them in favour of the very reasonably priced train (double decker train at that) back to Disneyland Paris. It was a straighforward, easy train ride – and so much better than hanging about and a coach.
Once in Paris then there are loads of different options for hop on / hop off trips – or even just walking – which we did loads of!
The kids loved seeing some of the historic sites (although I’m not sure Leonardo was expecting teens to put Snapchat filters on the Mona Lisa……..)
I am sure there are loads of other top tips I can offer – so if you think of anything then ask away – but there we go.
We’ve done Disneyland Paris…………….