Looking for a truly magical family vacation? Disneyland. The happiest place on earth. Need we say more?
Any vacation with children is going to need a little extra planning, though. And with all the excitement around meeting the Disney characters and going on all the thrilling rides, you'll want to make sure you've got things under control! Check out these five tips on how to make your trip hassle free and a little lighter on your wallet when heading to Disneyland® Paris.
1. Book in advance and keep an eye out for deals
Booking online means you wont have to wait in the purchasing line and you can research the right ticket to suit your family. Also, if you book during the low season you can pick up a Mini Ticket, which is discounted, saving you €24 per adult.
If a trip to the park is in the future for your family, keep up to date with the best deals by signing up to Disneyland® Paris’ newsletter. You will be sent deals and updates on shows, and you can unsubscribe once the trip is over. This is the best way to find deals to make your visit as walletfriendly as it is family friendly!
2. Pocket some handy tips
So, you have your tickets and you are on the way to the park. There are a few things to keep in mind that may make your day that little bit better. Firstly, the FASTPASS is you best friend. When you reach a ride you would like to try, head to the FASTPASS machine and enter your tickets. You will get a FASTPASS ticket free with a time to come back so you don’t have to queue! You can also take advantage of the short queues in the first two hours of opening if you are up early, or the last two hours, when the crowds start thinning. Some rides are undergoing some renovations to add a little more shine and magic, so please make sure to take a look at the refurbishment schedule to avoid any disappointment.
Another important tip is to pack snacks. There is nothing worse than lining up with hungry kids. Pack some bars, fruit or small snacks to make sure hunger is kept at bay so you don’t miss out on any of the fun. Some people even opt to bring a picnic, but there are plenty of great restaurants with all kinds of cuisines if you don’t want to bother preparing something.
Psst! If you're planning on combining your trip with some time spent in the city, check out these stunning photos of Paris by photographer SSNNAS for some inspiration on top spots.
3. Plan your day around shows
One of the most important things to see when at Disneyland is the parade. See all your favorite characters and watch your kids’ faces light up when their cartoon heroes come marching by. Be sure to plan rides and meals around the parade and any other shows you want to see. Perhaps there is a cool screening you want to catch, so browse the website and jot down important times before you reach the park and get lost in the timeless magic.
4. Have the right wardrobe
This is going to be one of those days that you want comfortable shoes, a backpack, loose fitting clothes and a refillable water bottle. You will be walking or running around all day and be thrown through the air on the many rides. Heels may look wonderful in your selfies with the castle, but this is no place for style. Make your family’s wardrobe as fun-friendly as possible and if your kids absolutely must wear their favorite princess or prince outfit, then make sure they have running shoes.
5. Book central accommodation
If Disneyland® is your next destination, then you will want to make sure you have hassle free accommodation planned and at the ready. Getting your kids to sit still for a few hours on the plane or train can be difficult so have a family room booked at Radisson Blu Hotel Paris, Marne-la-Vallée and let them handle the rest. With complimentary shuttle buses heading to and from the park each day, and relaxation areas and a golf course for parents, this is the perfect place to revive after a busy day exploring the magic of Disney®.