It can be super exciting once you realise that you want to go on a DisneyLand Paris Holiday. I mean, you’re going to meet Minnie and Micky and that’s enough to get excited about!! And there’s so much to consider – When to visit, how long for, which hotel, on site or off site and how to get there?!? The questions are endless and for such a special trip to somewhere so magical, its got to be done RIGHT!
Aside from the above, there are also SO much more to think about and some points I never considered when visiting first time round. We have booked our third trip to DisneyLand Paris and took into consideration lots of extras to help make our trip a better one. SO I thought I would write down my ideas, tips and advice to help anyone else that is thinking of booking a trip to DisneyLand Paris with these tips BEFORE booking!
1. First things first when booking any holiday is WHEN. Yes, when booking a beach holiday you may be considering travelling in the warmer months but with a Disney holiday there’s a lot more to consider. For one, always check the brochure to see the calendar year ahead and what dates are noted as super value, value, moderate or high. Even if you travel in peak season but ARRIVE on a super value day, you pay super value price for the whole of your holiday. You may notice that if you play around with your booking (The last two holidays we’ve used Magic Breaks) that the price of your holiday can increase or decrease dramatically by changing your dates by one day!
2. Leading on from the first point, means that you may want to consider visiting in a certain season depending on what the celebration is during that season. For example, if you are an avid Star Wars fan, then it is crucial to visit between Jan – March as this is when Season of the Force season takes place. We are choosing to visit for the Halloween Season again so we’ve ensured we are travelling on the correct dates to include the whole celebration for our trip.
3. Finally my last point of when to travel is ensuring you consider when France have annual or school holidays. This can mean the DisneyLand park and Walt Studios can be heaving and whilst its nice to have some atmosphere, the last thing you need is to visit at a time where you cannot get on the rides as the queues are so long!
4. It can be a lengthy process when choosing WHERE to stay for your holiday. One big consideration is to decide if you want to stop on site or offsite. I have always found the prices of staying onsite to be better value and easier for us as a family as you can walk to the parks without having to get a shuttle and with two pushchairs, it’s a no brainer. You also benefit from having Extra Magic Hours which means all hotel guests (and Annual pass holders) get an extra hour in the parks each morning of their stay from 8.30am – 9.30am. This is a great way to get a good few rides in before the park fills up! Having said that, Disney do not open all the rides during this hour. For the Disneyland Park, rides included were Peter Pans Flight, Dumbo, Mad Hatters Tea Cups, Le Carrousel de Lancelot. Peter Pans flight can get busy and so this is a great one to go on first thing. Walt Studios will open most of Toy Story Play Land as well as Crush Coaster and Ratatouille. The latter two are a MUST when visiting in Magic Hours as these rides are not really doable without a Fast Pass in normal park hours.
5. Carrying on from WHERE, it’s now time to search the small print and check if there are hotel closures or maintenance work being carried out. We first visited in 2016 and were made aware of some maintenance work being carried at our hotel as they were in the final stages of renovation (New Port Bay) which was fine and was very minimal and did not affect our stay at all. Also, if you choose to stay in a hotel with a pool, check POOL CLOSURES. It can be that the pools are either closed for refurb, refit or maintenance and if your only visiting for a short period of a few days and wanted to make use of the pool facilities then you’ll no doubt be disappointed when you arrive.
6. Leading on from closures, make sure you check RIDE CLOSURES TOO. Rides need to be maintained and refurbished and sometimes they can be closed for just a few days at time (unless they have having a major refit then it could be months). When we first visited in 2016, DisneyLand Paris was having a huge enhancement program and we only found out after we had booked our holiday. It meant that a whole section of the DisneyLand Park was closed off and we did not get to see Frontier Land at all!
I wanted this post to offer some insight into the ‘extras’ you have to consider when booking your Disney Land Paris holiday – not just your bog standard ‘how to book’ but more about the hidden elements of what to consider before you book your Disney trip.
I hope its been a help to some that are booking or are thinking of booking. If there are any other hints or tips that I’ve missed, please drop them in the comments below!
Please also check out my Top Ten Tips for Visiting Disney Land Paris!