Disneyland Paris - 11 sleeps to go! Top tips please.

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holidaydreaming Fri 22-Mar-13 10:34:16

Going just after Easter with dh, dd1(5), dd2 (3) and ds(7mo).
We're staying for 4 nights at Hotel New York. We've booked channel tunnel, park tickets, hotel and cafe mickey for lunch one day. Other than that I'll be wondering round aimlessly!
Any top tips. Think we'll bring princess dresses for girls. Should we buy autograph books or anything else to bring with us?
Also am slightly worried that we'll be spending more than the cost of the holiday on crap food!
Any help gratefully accepted!

newbiefrugalgal Tue 18-Jun-13 17:52:19

Holiday
How was your trip?
Any tips??

holidaydreaming Mon 01-Apr-13 19:19:46

Ah lizard - that sounds amazing. I'm hoping for some Disney magic just like that. Was also bringing converse so might wear ski socks underneath!
Zipzap - I'll def bring some plastic bowls etc. thanks for idea.
Anyhow, one sleep to go!! Thx all. I've taken it all on board and have been boring my dh with different tips!

lizardqueenie Sun 31-Mar-13 21:21:59

Just back from DLP late last night. Had such an amazing time, when my DD met & hugged Pooh bear I almost cried!
In terms of meeting characters there seems to be an hourly small train/ parade in Main Street & in front of the castle- gets busy but a great way to see & meet some of the characters when they jump off the train.

Def agree with Abby & do not underestimate how cold it can be! I took my huge Lands end puffa coat so was nice & snug but my toes were cold in converse. Dd had thermal leggings & top on under her clothes which kept her warm, DH said he wishes he took his gloves especially when pushing the buggy.

We stayed on magic circus when was a great hotel just outside the park.

Have a wonderful time those of you going soon grin

zipzap Sat 30-Mar-13 22:34:43

Another vote for going to the shopping centre for evening meals - much cheaper, wide variety of choice and nice to experience a bit of real France as well as the disney version grin

There's also a massive French hypermarket there - sometimes when we didn't want to eat out again it was nice to go and buy some nits and bobs to take back to the room (if their weather is anything like it is here at the moment then it will be freezing and too cold to picnic outside) and have a picnic in the room.

We drove down so took a cheap pack of paper plates and plastic cups, plus ikea plastic cutlery, a small chopping board and one of the small sharp knives with a cover. Great for picnics (nice to throw plates away afterwards) and for snacking or eating in the car. I'd give dc a plastic cup each as it was easier and safer for the dc to hold going along and top it up with bits for them to eat. Biggest hit was cucumber - kept them refreshed and stopped the constant demand for unhealthy stuff and meant the didn't need as much to drink (having had several accidents where drinks got dropped and spilt!). They drank normally out of the car and did have some drink in the car obviously but it definitely helped).

I think you cam swap your hotel breakfast vouchers for breakfast in the park - can't remember the official name for it - but details are on the dlp site mentioned earlier. But worth doing if you can, you might have to ask every day about it though.

AbbyLou Sat 30-Mar-13 21:11:56

Take loads of snacks and water bottles to refill. We went in half term in Feb this year and it was amazing, I would love to go back right now. We stayed in Santa Fe, it was just what we wanted. We had early breakfast every morning and did magic hours which meant we got on loads of rides before the queues. We took dd's Rapunzel dress with us as they cost a fortune there! We just bulked her up with tons of layers and jeans underneath. We had breakfast at Cafe Mickey which the kids loved and it meant we didn't have to do loads of queueing for characters in the park. We also had standard meal vouchers which meant we weren't worrying about how much money we had. The best meal we had all week was at Annette's Diner. You can't book and we had to wait about 20 mins but it was well worth it. The food was quick and hot and very fresh. The portions were huge and the kids (one very fussy) ate every scrap. The staff were lovely too.
I'm so jealous, can you fit me in your suitcases?
Oh by the way, don't underestimate how cold it can be!!!

holidaydreaming Thu 28-Mar-13 12:30:19

Ah lizard that's great. No tips but have a fab one. What a great surprise.
sooty are you sure your dh and mine are not one and the same?
Thx all for your great tips. Decided to not do meal plan as not sure it will save us money. Now just hoping that the weather jumps by about 20 degrees in the next few days....... Here's hoping for some super quick global warming!

Lots of people recommend getting drinks and snacks at the train station before you go into the parks.

lizardqueenie Mon 25-Mar-13 22:21:51

Thanks givemeclue. It's actually pushed me to upgrade DD's winter coat!

givemeaclue Mon 25-Mar-13 18:27:38

Have a great time , take lots of warm clothes, gloves, hats, fantasyland best land for a two year old.

lizardqueenie Mon 25-Mar-13 17:17:02

Hi ladies, hope you don't mind me joining in but I'm after some urgent advice. My DH has just come in from work & told me he has booked euro Disney for us 2 plus our 2 yo DD to go on Friday via euro tunnel, stay in a hotel & have all day Sat at the park!
We've had a rough time recently as a family with my DH's health & unfortunately he isn't quite out of the woods yet but basically said we could all do with a now family trip together.

So crikey! What do I need to do/ think of? We are staying in a hotel called magic circle? Haven't even looked it up yet, just thought I'd come for some MN wisdom first wink Know its likely to be busier with school hols but I guess there are only so many rides DD can go on given her age.

Never been to Euro Disney before & went to Disney Florida when I was about 14- many moons ago.

Catsdontcare Fri 22-Mar-13 20:32:39

We took a bottle of squash and just made up drinks to take out for the day. For some reason they only sell water or fizzy drinks (at eye watering prices). Also took a Tupperware tub to put a few rolls and pastries in from breakfast!

We also had a stroller for both ds's (age 5 and 2 at the time) it was a godsend for ds1 as the days were long and lots of walking, in fact he even had a nap in it one day!

BetsyVanBell Fri 22-Mar-13 20:27:42

Sooty Ha ha, maybe, or maybe he'll be like mine and raring to go - I'm pretty sure us parents are more excited than the kids! btw I meant Peter Pan, not pinnochio. The Peter Pan ride is lovely.

hermioneweasley Fri 22-Mar-13 20:16:39

The Dreams show is amazing

EverybodysSootyEyed Fri 22-Mar-13 19:23:04

We are going at the same time and staying at the same place!

Good tips here although I'm not sure I'll get dh out of bed for an 8am start!!

BetsyVanBell Fri 22-Mar-13 19:16:39

I realise that recommending you stay up late is not ideal with young DCs but our plan of action has always been early start, back to hotel early afternoon for nap and/or swim then back out for late afternoon/evening meal and more park fun. However, you'll find what works for you and you'll have a wonderful magical time. Just make sure kids are suitably fed and watered at all times to keep the over-excited grouchiness at bay! I must admit I was rather hoping it would be warmer by Easter - we've always been in the summer hols previously so having to make sure we've got loads of warm things (as well as sun lotion in case we actually get the hot snap April often brings) is a bit of a shock.

Wondering around aimlessly is part of the joys - the theming is so detailed and beautiful that it's hard to to tire of it and you're going for plenty of time so there'll be no rush. It's worth factoring a few sit down shows during the day for a rest so work out what you want to see and plan your day around those. Stitch Live is hilarious and our youngest loved Playhouse Disney show when we were there last year.

Do a full circuit on the train that goes round the perimeter of the park - but avoid getting on it at Main Street, you'll queue forever - I think I remember it being quickest to get on at Frontier Land queue-wise.

Make sure you don't miss the dragon in Sleeping Beauty's castle!

BetsyVanBell Fri 22-Mar-13 18:54:53

Apparently people are regretting not seeing the Dreams show every night so my top tip to you would be to make sure you watch it as many times as possible! It's at park closing time so 9.30 on weekdays 10.00 weekends after Easter. We're going soon too - am taking masses of snacks as trying to find something decent/slashed reasonably priced/ in the middle of a queue is nigh on impossible! We take water bottles and fill up at fountains which are located near most of the toilets. We're also making sure we take some warm clothes for those early start and late evenings.

Use your extra magic hours - breakfasts are always nicest as early as possible - aim for 7.30 so you can be in the park for the 8am start - I always feel that the park is at it's most magical then plus as you've got young DCs the rides you'll most want to go on are actually open then (Dumbo, pinnochio) and are ones that get stupid queues later on.

Take snacks from breakfast - I always think of it as simply taking the rest of the kids' breakfast they were too excited to eat! For cheaper meals the Earl of Sandwich just opposite Hotel New York has reportedly great sandwiches/kids' meal deals for around 5 euros a piece - very good value at DL! Baby switch is brill - you just say "baby switch' to the cast member at the end of the queue to find out what to do. Get fast passes - they tend to run out later in the day so remember to collect them up earlier - very useful if you and DH want to go on unsuitable stuff quickly (along with baby switch) and you can use all your park passes to get .

Only a few more days till I'm there grin so excited! We've been going every 2 years or so since the kids were tiny, oldest DS is finally tall enough for EVERYTHING!

Do check out DLRP Magic! and forums for loads of info.

Floralnomad Fri 22-Mar-13 18:39:10

Oh I know all the old characters , my eldest was born the year Disneyland Paris opened and we've been every year for at least one trip ,its seriously sad but I could probably draw an accurate map of both parks with my eyes closed . We've stayed at most of the hotels ( except Sante fe and cheyenne) but the New York is our favourite although it is a little dated in places.

PhyllisDoris Fri 22-Mar-13 17:37:48

My top tip - take lots if warm clothes (it's cold) and lots of snacks (food inside the park is v v expensive and poor quality)

IDoTakeTwo Fri 22-Mar-13 17:37:18

Your girls will like the princess plaza where you have a special visit ith one or two princesses, but you will have to make getting a ticket your first priority to get in.

holidaydreaming Fri 22-Mar-13 17:32:31

Wow - I'm impressed you knew they were Cinderella's mouse friends. If the girls ask who random characters are I shall use the immortal phrase, " ask your father' !

holidaydreaming Fri 22-Mar-13 17:32:07

Wow - I'm impressed you knew they were Cinderella's mouse friends. If the girls ask who random characters are I shall use the immortal phrase, " ask your father' !

givemeaclue Fri 22-Mar-13 14:34:17

No, the princesses are not at the hotel. Mickey and Minnie are though. To avoid queuing at the princess pavilion, just see the princesses on the parade. They all come by waving etc and mine are normally very happy with that. You will be surprised which random characters end up being your dcs favourites!

Floralnomad Fri 22-Mar-13 14:32:30

Personally I've never seen the princesses in the hotels , although we did see Cinderellas mice friends once . You can book to have dinner with the princesses , I think its at the Cinderella themed restaurant in Fantasyland to the right as you walk through the castle , or you could last year . I don't know what it's like as I never did it ( mine are older now) . The queues for the princesses can be vast so that may be a good way to go .

holidaydreaming Fri 22-Mar-13 14:17:12

Great -thanks loads. Will bring camera to breakfast. Will they have Disney princesses at the hotel? Girls aren't too excited about mickey, goofy etc but they will be really pleased to see belle etc..
Kettle- this I reckon will be my lifesaver!
Also thx for restaurant recommendation. Girls are also big fans of chicken nuggets!! Oh where have I gone wrong. I imagined they would be listening to Mozart and eating falafel at this age but instead it's " it's a small world" and nuggets!!
Pirate playground will be good chance for a sit down I reckon!

givemeaclue Fri 22-Mar-13 13:06:17

Unfortunately not found any way of making queues more fun. Outside schoolIhols and weekends the queues are fine but at weekend and hols time queues can be 45-70 mins which is why fast pass and magic hours are good! Pirate playground in adventure land good for no queue activity and small world in fantasy land has short queues.

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