If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook then you’ll probably know that we’ve not long come back from the most magical family holiday at Disneyland Paris. Life has been a little hectic over the past few weeks but I’m now finally finding the time to start sharing our wonderful trip. There is so much to talk about that I’ve decided rather than posting one ridiculously long post that will probably bore you to tears, I’ll post a number of shorter ones instead. Covering everything from our favourite rides, the delicious food to the incredible parade and everything in-between.
This week I thought I’d start with a few things that are worth doing or looking into before you go to Disneyland Paris. Not only will they hopefully help to reduce costs whilst at DLP but also add a little extra something to what will already be an incredible holiday.
Meal Plans & Booking Restaurants
This was something that not only saved a a whole heap of money but also meant that we knew we had a dinner for each night without having to think about where we were going to eat. When you’re thinking of booking a trip to DLP then have a really good look around for deals as sometimes you can add meal plans for free or a very low price. Our meal plan saved us well over £100 over the week, probably closer to £200 and reduced a lot of stress. Our plan meant we had Breakfast, a Tea Time treat and Dinner covered for everyday of our stay but you can also add Lunch by purchasing a Full Board Plan. We also booked tables at our chosen Restaurants ahead of our trip, the Restaurants can get pretty booked up so its well worth pre booking. There are plenty of websites where you can view the Restaurant Menus to help you pick where you might fancy eating- look out for a post in the next few weeks on more details about the Meal Plans and where/ what we ate.
Again, something that can save you a lot of money and definitely adds to the DLP experience by giving you something you can bring home and enjoy forever. We managed to purchase a PhotoPass for just £30 when booking our holiday, these can be double to triple the price if you wait to pick them up at the Park. Having a PhotoPass can save you a lot of money especially if you plan on meeting a lot of Characters or want photos from some of the rides. The PhotoPass is a quick and simply system that enables you to have all your souvenir photos accessible at the end of your holiday, you just have to present your PhotoPass card to any PhotoPass photographers or ride photograph areas, they’ll scan your card and the photo automatically goes to your account. On the back of your card you’ll find all the login details for your PhotoPass account, you just have to visit the website and you’ll find all your photos ready to go. We only used it for rides on our last trip but we’ll definitely be using it at Character Meets on our next visit to DLP.
Make A Rough Plan
Before we went I spent a fair amount of time looking at what attractions and rides we definitely wanted to do. I became a little obsessed with a fantastic website DLP Guide and I cannot recommend it enough for any DLP related questions you may have, the section I probably use the most is the attraction and ride lists and also the park maps. The lists cover every ride and attraction at DLP and the Walt Disney Studios Park, it tells you any height restrictions and age recommendations and really helped me to put together a rough plan for our holiday. I would probably make a plan even if it was only the Hubby and I but if you’re going with littles then it really is a must. DLP also release their weekly timetables about a week in advance, it’s really worth checking this out before you go so you have an idea of when the Parades and Shows are on as well as any seasonal specials or specific Character Meet times. I’m not saying you should plan down to the hour but having a roundabout idea of what areas you want to visit and shows you want to see on a particular day might help you to relax and enjoy your holiday that little bit more.
I hope this post helps if you’re currently planning a trip to Disneyland Paris, next week I’ll be covering one of our favourite things to do at Disney, Character Meets. If there’s any specific topic you’d like me to cover or you have any questions about planning a holiday to DLP then please don’t hesitate to ask.