My guide of top tips for
- When you pack, consider all weather conditions. It was beautiful the week we went but the week after my friend arrived. They had a few sunny days and then it hammered it down.
- Comfy shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking and queuing Disney days are long days.
- Take refillable water bottles, drinks are expensive. We took fruit shoot bottles for when we drove to Disney and kept them so we could refill with water. There are water fountains all over the park to fill them up, we took a little squeezey bottle thing that had juice in so just squeezed that into the water after we refilled.
- Take snack bags. We filled a bag each for our children with sweets, crisps, raisins, biscuits, popcorn etc in case they got hungry in between meals and it saved a lot of money.
- Give your self a budget each day. We were stupid, we brought Disney toys at the park which would have been cheaper on the Disney store website and a Moana dress for 60 Euro because it was my daughter birthday. The dress fell apart a couple of days after returning home.
- If your planning on watching illuminations don’t bother trying to get close its a nightmare and you will get gridlocked. Stand near the entrance where it is less busy, you will still be able to see everything and it is definitely worth seeing.
- If you are staying in a Disney hotel you will be able to go to the park early for extra magic hours.
- The food plan is a must, make sure you book in advance.
- ADC princess meal is lovely for an intimate meeting with the princess’s, I didn’t find the food great and neither did the kids however it was worth it just for the interaction.
- If you are disabled or have a disabled person in your party, make sure you go straight to city hall to get your green card. This was an absolute godsend.
- Make sure you see the dragon under the castle from Sleeping beauty.
- Have a good look at your map and plan what you want to do and see. Make sure you take time to just take in all the Disney magic. The atmosphere is incredible and the smell of Disney is amazing.
- The princess waltz is a must see. There is also a secret spot where you can stand and see the princess’s and prince’s come out for the waltz. Go through the castle, turn right and go down a slope. At the bottom of the slope, you will see an opening which will be open. They place a rope across about 15 minutes before the waltz starts and they come out 5minutes before the show starts. The show times can be found in a leaflet that you will be given upon check-in at your hotel. You can, however, pick them up around the park.
- Buy an autograph book before you go. They do sell them at the park for around 12euros however on eBay you can get personalised books.
- Photopass is worth buying.
- Take a stroller for toddlers, even if they don’t use one it’s a very long day. You can also hire them from a little shop on your left. Found near the toilets as you enter the park. This costs 20 euros a day.
- Princess for the day experience for your little princess in the Disneyland Hotel. book there as soon as you get to the park. packages start from 55Euros.
- Watch the parade from its a small world, it does get very busy so go early.
- Take a small first aid bag ( paracetamol, ibuprofen, calpol, antihistamine, plasters, baby wipes)
- Download Disney app for queue times, restaurants etc.
- Make sure your phone is set up for France.
- Get a pre-paid currency card
AND MOST IMPORTANT, ENJOY YOURSELF 🙂