Top Tips for Getting the Most out of Disneyland Paris! (inc. discounts!)

We’ve just booked our Disney trip for next year (we had one planned for this year during the low season but the weather is due to be crap and so many rides ended up being closed that I changed the dates) but here are a few tips if you’re planning on booking for this summer.

Booking

  • The earlier you book the better – sites such as Magic Breaks offer around 25% off with a free half board meal plan chucked in. Magic Breaks also give you the option of booking character meals, meet and greets and entertainment ahead of time. They're also offering selected discounts on restaurants inside the park and a call from Mickey himself!
  • Don’t just head straight for the Disneyland Paris website or travel agent sites, check for deals – many voucher sites like Wowcher offer discounted rates (just remember to read the T&C’s)
  • Taking the Eurostar may work out easier than flying as luggage is included, under 3’s can travel for free on your lap and the train station stops closer to Disneyland than the airport. 
  • Disney hotels are expensive so consider other nearby hotels if you’re trying to penny pinch. If you use Booking.com you can get 10% off of your stay using this link They also give you the option of a cooling off period where you can cancel your booking by a specific date for free. 
  • Use the Disney express luggage if you’re given the option! You can have your luggage transferred directly to your hotel on arrival and to the station on departure (at Disneyland Paris Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy station).


Things to consider

  • Check park opening times and ride closures here
  • Check crowd calendars which are based on trends including school holidays and known peak times here
  • Make a list of rides and attractions that you want to go on before going and head to the busier rides first to get them over with (consider height restrictions too). You can find them here 
  • Check for free shuttles to and from the park to your hotel or factor in the cost of public transport or cabs



During your visit

  • Hit the local shops to fill up your hotel fridge during the start of your visit to minimise costs (don’t forget to pick up lunches too) 
  • Bring water bottles as there are refill stations in the park 
  • Bring light snacks and nibbles for queuing 
  • Bring packed lunches into the theme park as food and drink can be expensive 
  • Pre book character meals to avoid waiting in queues for the princess and mickey mouse cast 
  • Arrive at least 15 mins before shows and performances 
  • Download the character booking app before your visit to save you queuing for ages
  • Don’t forget your changing bag with spare clothes and pack for miserable weather just in case!



Things to buy before your trip

  • Costumes, ears and facepaints (I'm sure you've heard how extortionate these things can be at the theme park) 
  • Autograph books, pens and lanyards to carry your tickets in
  • Wipes
  • For winter: Hats, scarves, gloves, coats, thermals 
  • For summer: Suncream, sunglasses, sun hats and fans (weather dependant)
  • Portable chargers (especially if you're planning a full day at the park!)
  • Camera

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