Thursday, 23 June 2016

Disneyland Paris tips -

The other weekend me and the best friend went to Disneyland Paris, as my 21st birthday present and celebration, it was the first time for both of us, so we didn't really know what to expect and pretty high expectations. After doing a little research online and hearing from friends and family, here are a few tips we picked up along the way that might be useful to you.

  • Early access to the parks is the perfect time to take your photos as you have less randoms in your photos and is the perfect time to take those typically tourist photos.
  • A few characters are out at this time to be able to meet too.
  • They close off sections of the park during the early access, keeping you within the castle. This was kind of annoying when you want to beat the queues for those bigger rides. 
  • This however is the perfect time to get the Buzz Lightyear ride in, it often from 45 minute queues when it was open to the public. 
  • Download the Disney app, you can find out where everything is, if it's open or how long the waits are. Its a life saver.
  • Check out it's a great website to read before you go tells you everything you need to know, including menus. Which I found super helpful. 
  • The Hotel Cheyenne is the 2nd cheapest Disney hotel, but that in no way reflects the hotel. I kind of thought it'd be a little outdated but it look amazing both in and outside. They're also currently refurbishing and we got a free upgrade to one of the newly done rooms so that was fab. Don't let it being the cheaper one put you off in anyway. 
  • As a fussy eater and vegetarian, I'd done a little research into what the food was like and it didn't have the best response, I went into it thinking I would only eat chips for the weekend, But I was pleasantly surprised. Yes I did have chips multiple times a day but there was vegetables, potatoes, cheeses, pizza all the good stuff.
  • I highly recommend paying extra for Disney express, its so great being able to drop your luggage off and go straight to the park knowing it'll be dropped at the hotel. But it's even better when you have to check out by 11am and you have an evening train home as it'll get taken to the station for you and you don't need to drag it round the park with you.
  • Go for breakfast at 7. This was told to me by someone I know and we managed to beat the mad rush that starts to appear at about quarter past.
  • If you don't mind separating from your friends when on rides then they have the option to go in the single ride line.
  • Book the Wild West show on the Disney website when booking the holiday, its cheaper then booking it in the park.
  • If you're a meat eater and a meat and potato kinda guy/gal or anything you're going to get on well with the show. However if you're fussy or vegetarian, I'd be prepared to get a Mcdonalds after or a few hours before. I only ended up eating a handful of small potatoes and I'm not entirely convinced they weren't cooked with the meat. The Wild West show is a must though and I'd say worth the money.
  • If you book at Disney, don't bother picking the more expensive option. No way is the view obstructed and we payed the cheaper option and was on the 2nd row so. 
  • There is a Mcdonalds at the back of the Disney Village on your way to the hotels and it's the cheapest place to eat in the park. It's also not well publicised and a little hidden, so be aware that it is there. Lets be honest you can't beat eating something you know you're going to like. I'm so typically British.
  • Make Ratatouille your first ride as soon as its open, the queue was never below 100 minutes. We fast passed that one.
  • Also make Crush's Coaster one of your firsts of the day, because everyone seems to head there as soon as the park is open.
  • Fast pass is great if you don't want to queue, however the time your given is often the same or longer then the minutes you're in the line for. We got our ticket at about 12, for Ratatouille and didn't need to go back till 6 to half 6. It's really if you'd prefer to wait in line or do the odd thing while waiting. It's also free so that's a plus.
  • The Indiana Jones ride often ends up only having a 5 minute wait later in the day, so you don't need to queue for an hour like we did our first full day. 
  • Space Mountain also only often has a 5 minute queue time. 

If you have any tips and tricks please leave a comment, I'd love to know!
You can find my other Disney posts herehere and here.

Courtney xo


  1. I've been to Disneyland Paris once before! I wish a had a lot of these tips for when I went. Hope you had a lovely 21st x

    Kate @ Beautiboe

    1. I had a great time thank you! I'm glad you think these would have helped you :)

      Courtney xo