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Disneyland Paris: Before Going

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.

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    Heather Keet
    20th March 2017 at 9:08 am

    I am such a Disney fanatic! I would live at one of the parks if they would let me! #bigpinklink

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    20th March 2017 at 9:13 am

    Great tips. We recently went to Seaworld in Aus and I think between you and I we would have it covered for a family with all ages! #bigpinklink

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    Left Back
    20th March 2017 at 9:21 am

    I can’t wait until my girls are old enough to go here #bigpinklink

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    20th March 2017 at 9:25 am

    Oh what a totally fantastic post from anyone planning to go! It really helps to be organised when travelling with little ones. I bet you’ve helped a lot of people out with this post – particularly the booking of restaurants – hungry children and no where to eat is not fun! #BigPinkLink

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    Petite Library
    20th March 2017 at 9:55 am

    A wonderfully helpful post for parents thinking of visiting! Really detailed, thanks for sharing #bigpinklink

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    and Jacob makes three
    20th March 2017 at 10:00 am

    Great tips. I’d LOVE to take Jacob to DLP when he’s a bit older. I’m interested to read about the meal plans thing. #BigPinkLink

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    Sinéad (shinnersandthebrood.com)
    20th March 2017 at 10:33 am

    Such a handy post. Pinning for when we go

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    Mom Of Two Little Girls
    20th March 2017 at 10:55 am

    Thanks for sharing. I’d love to take my girls but we’re going to wait until our youngest is around 5 or 6 years old at least. Planning and preparation will be key though!

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    Jacquie holl
    20th March 2017 at 11:00 am

    This was super helpful Hannah, thanks for sharing!!! We definatley plan on going when our Joseph gets a little older so have bookmarked it for when we do 🙂 xx

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    20th March 2017 at 11:19 am

    We hope to go one day, great tips thanks. #BigPinkLink

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    20th March 2017 at 11:57 am

    We haven’t been to Disneyland…yet! These are great tips though, thanks 🙂 #bigpinklink

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    Aleena Brown
    20th March 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Wow, I love your organisation! we would deffo turn up, wing it, and be faced with poor organisation melt downs!! #bigpinklink

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    The Allergy Mum
    20th March 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Those are some brilliant photos! Excellent tips, I’ll keep them in mind for when our turn comes… I have heard they are pretty good with allergies too so I think the meal plan and booking ahead will be crucial for us. #bigpinklink

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    20th March 2017 at 1:11 pm

    We’ve been to Orlando, but not Paris. It does sound fun. Jealous! #bigpinklink

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    20th March 2017 at 1:17 pm

    The photocard sounds like a great idea! Look forward to hearing more about your trip. #bigpinklink

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    20th March 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Hi, I love Disney but haven’t been for a few years. All passes are a must. I wasn’t aware of the dining option so when I return I will look into this. Thanks for sharing, Chloe #bigpinklink

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    20th March 2017 at 1:59 pm

    What a dream!!! I grew up in Florida and we would go to Disney World once a year. I am Disney obsessed now at 29 years old. lol. It looks like you guys had a wonderful time. So special! #bigpinklink

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    20th March 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Here in the states you can have a Disney planner schedule and budget out everything for you…for free. Probably the only free shit Disney has!


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    Alana - Burnished Chaos
    20th March 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Great tips, I’m very jealous. Maybe one day x

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    20th March 2017 at 3:35 pm

    I loved my first trip to Disney Land aged 21. Can’t wait to take my daughter there, whether she wants to go or not! Great tip about the meal planning. Eating out is SO expensive there. #bigpinklink

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    Laura Beresford
    20th March 2017 at 4:02 pm

    I’m hoping we’ll go in a couple of years, so will check this advice again then! #bigpinklink

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    20th March 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Fab tips – none of which we did before we went, haha! I am so disorganised, but if we were to go again I would definitely get more organised and do all of these things! #bigpinklink

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    Naptime Natter Wendy
    20th March 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I love Disney land Paris. We went quite a few times when I was younger and have since been back as an adult and I still over it! I am yet to take my boys but I definitely will when they are a bit older. This post is so useful xx #bigpinklink

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    Rainbows are too beautiful
    20th March 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Good ideas! We’re always just worried about the kids passes. After that I can just about cope with most things.

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    Susie / S.H.I.T.
    20th March 2017 at 9:40 pm

    We did this trip a few years ago – the queues for the Disney princesses were painful (hours looooong) but worth it every time to see their little faces light up when they met them. #bigpinklink

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    20th March 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Fab tips! I can’t wait to go to Disneyland when my sons a little older (my husband has told me we have to wait until he can remember it, I just want to go for myself hehe!) #bigpinklink

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    20th March 2017 at 10:02 pm

    Great tips! I never realised that purchasing BEFORE reaching the park would mean lots of savings. Now I know.

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    20th March 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Some great tips. Must remember them for when the grandkids are a bit older.

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    Hooray For Moms (@HoorayForMoms)
    21st March 2017 at 3:53 am

    Excellent tips, thank you!

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    21st March 2017 at 8:36 am

    We live in Paris and we haven’t been. The funny thing is that it is hardly advertised here at all. I know a few mummies who have annual passes. We will go though, at some point, and great tips to bear in mind when we do go! #bigpinklink

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    David @ Thinking Thrifty
    21st March 2017 at 8:56 am

    I actually can’t wait until my niece and nephew are old enough so I have an excuse to go!

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    21st March 2017 at 8:58 am

    I love these types of posts! Such great tips and great for anybody going there with kids. So good to have an idea of what to expect and how to plan a little bit. I can’t wait to go to Disney with my little girl Thank you some great tips!! #bigpinklink

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    Thelma Booth
    21st March 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Sounds amazing xx

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    21st March 2017 at 1:11 pm

    The first time my wife and I took our now teen to Disney I was nuts about having every second planned to see as much as possible. We are going with the little in a few months and I can’t wait, but I’ve learned since then my wife is not happy when I’m too strict with our itinerary! #bigpinklink

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    21st March 2017 at 1:53 pm

    These are great tips! I am saving this in the hope I get to go soon…. Hint hint Hubby!

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    Muffin top mummy
    21st March 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Oh I love Disneyland Paris! I can’t wait until my baby is big enough to take her – I don’t know who’ll be more excited!? #bigpinklink

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    21st March 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Great tips – I’ve never been to any Disney park but it won’t be long before my 4 year old is pestering me! #bigpinklink

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    Mrs Mummy Harris
    22nd March 2017 at 1:03 pm

    I just love this place… its like heaven to me! Peter Pan has to be my favourite ride purely for the magical element! and this was before taking a kids with me hahaha! #bigpinklink

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    Rhyming with Wine
    22nd March 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Brilliant advice – Personally I think that the planning is half the fun and so exciting. The time goes so quickly while you’re there, it can be so easy to miss shows and attractions if you don’t do your homework in advance. Looking forward to your next post! Thanks for hosting #bigpinklink x

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    Cheryl @ Tea or Wine
    23rd March 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Definitely sounds like the planning paid off. This is good advice and I’ll definitely be coming back if we ever get to go to Disneyland! Thanks for hosting #BigPinkLink x

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    absolutely prabulous
    24th March 2017 at 9:49 pm

    You’re probably going to think I’m stupid but erm…didn’t your blog used to have a different name?!! I think I’m going senile. Secondly, I was part of the opening crew at Disney Paris back in…wait for it…1992. I lasted 3 weeks if that. Awful. Ironically, I then ended up working for Disney again circa 2003 and ended up back at the Paris park on a team building trip. I’ve never visited it apart from those two times. It will feel weird if I ever go back as a parent. Will look out for the rest of your posts! #bigpinklink

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    31st March 2017 at 9:58 am

    Oooh, these are such amazing tips for anyone planning a trip! Me and my husband did go and get a trip priced up, but we talked ourselves out of it in the end.. The children still find it really difficult to walk for long periods, get easily upset in new environments, and as much as we hoped it would be a magical experience, there was a big worry that we’d spend all that money and they wouldn’t enjoy themselves…! So I was hugely disappointed to put it on the back burner, but we are definitely going to go in a couple of years, and I didn’t know about any of the things on your list here, so they will be super helpful when the time comes!

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