Eurodisney spends

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Hi all, we have had eurodisney booked for begining of October. We are staying in the Newport hotel on a half board basis. How I have kept this secret from the children for just under a year I don't know! I was lucky enough to Disney a few times as a child/teen so I know roughly what to expect.But I'm looking for tips on spending please. A very unexpected large car bill has eaten into our spends!!
I am already planning on filling up at brekkie and wrap some rolls etc for lunch and take some water in and fill up at the fountains.
I really would like to be able to get the children a couple of small treats ie mickey/Minnie ears, stationary and also two larger perhaps a cuddly toy and jumper or pjs. Has anyone been recently and able to tell me a rough guide on prices?
We have DD1 aged 6.5, DD2 aged 5 and DS aged 2.5 then myself and DH. Staying for 3 nights and 4 days, we are going in term time (couldn't afford out of term and it's our only holiday for the last year and a half so very excited!).
Any tips would be appreciated on top of the snacking/eating in ques to pass time, meet Minnie & Mickey by the MGM studios, buy water in a shop near the train station?

Goneshopping Sun 02-Sep-12 20:58:56

Hi, we've just returned from Disneyland Paris (we stayed offsite though). It was fantastic! Minnie ears were E12, a teddy around E20 upwards. Autograph books E10-12. Magnum ice creams E3.60 each. I expected it to be more expensive than it was. We went in with drinks/sandwiches/snacks and security weren't remotely interested in how much food we took in. We didn't eat inside the park (other than our own food) but if you check out the website DLP magic it lists restaurant prices. Not sure if you'll have a car but Val D'europe was only 5 mins drive away with a big Auchan supermarket. Queues for Disney characters took about 30 mins except for the princesses which were more like 1.5 hours!! Suggest you see them either very early or late (apparently quiet when parades are on). Thoroughly recommend lilo & stitch live show & animagique. Have fun!

Adviceinscotland Sun 02-Sep-12 21:04:21

We have done eurodisney loads and always on a budget.

We always go into the shop at the train station (right at the park entrance) and buy enough juice/crisps/snacks for the day. It's way cheaper than inside the parks.

We did what you plan on doing and wrapped rolls at breakfast. Everyone was doing this so dont worry about looking cheap.

The restaurants in Disney village all have set evening menus alongside the normal menu (3courses for 25e kind of thing) try and stick to this if possible.

You must must must do the rainforest cafe- its amazing!

If you do buy Minnie mouse ears make sure you get the ones on the soft head band, the hard band with the spikes bloody hurts!

Goneshopping Sun 02-Sep-12 21:08:52

Sorry just realised you're half board so supermarket won't really be relevant! Tip I had was to take Disney princess costumes with me for DD as lots of little girls wear them at the park and they are very expensive at DLP!

Goneshopping Sun 02-Sep-12 21:15:11

Check out trip advisor Disneyland Paris forum and for lots of info.

We came back yesterday.

Do take water bottles, water was €2.99, lollies (not magnums) were €2.65. Whatever you do try avoid eating the food in the park - DH paid almost £25 for 3 hotdogs and 4 drinks in CAsey's Corner on our first day, it was a dry bun and a value frankfurter. We all had indigestion for the rest of the day. The Earl of Sandwich in the Village is great, €5.50 for a selection of hot sandwiches and €6 for kiddies hot sarnie,fruit salad or brownies and drink.

The DDs each got a couple of things cuddlies were €20+ for the larger sizes, t-shirts were anywhere from €10 to €19.00.

SystemofaDowny Sun 02-Sep-12 21:43:50

Definitely recommend taking a few rolls from breakfast to eat later and water bottles to refil at fountains- mark the map when you see one (most but not all are near toilets) for future reference, to avoid wasting time searching. Also if you go to a buffet for your half-board meal, it is possible to pick up pieces of fruit that can be 'saved for later' and also they usually had a bowl of sweets by the door that DCs filled their pockets with you can help yourself to on the way out smile In addition to this I had packed other snacks like cereal bars, raisins,crisps and took some out with us each day.

Other ideas for reducing boredom during long queues or while reserving a 'good spot' for the parades are things like DS/Leapster/iPhone etc or even a colouring book and pencil case. My DC happily sat for an hour boasting writing postcards to their friends while waiting for the early evening parade.

Regarding meeting Mickey in the studios. There is usually 2 different characters there with separate queues. A good idea would be for you to wait in one queue while DH waits in the other and then let the DC just join you/DH when one of you gets near the front of their respective queues. Also Mickey can be met at the backstage area in the Disney Park (longer queue but its indoor and has cartoons to watch), and also at Cafe Mickey (your half board vouchers will probably cover the cost of this, but make a reservation in advance) and at the Inventions restaurant (need to pay on top of half board vouchers here) the bonus side to meeting them in a restaurant is getting to sit/eat/drinkwine rather than queue as Mickey and pals (usually 4-5 different friends each mealtime) come to your table instead. finally Mickey is sometime the character in your hotel lobby in the mornings, but these are different everyday so check when you arrive.

Enjoy your trip and if you have any other questions feel free to ask here or PM smile

Meeting Mickey and Co in Inventions was fantastic. We had a 6.30 booking and saw Mickey, Minnie, Cinderella's mice, Geppetto, Pinnochio, Goofy, Donald, Pluto, and Chip and Dale. The come around to each table and spend a few minutes with the kids, sign autographs and have piccies taken. If you are feeling particularly cheeky the Disneyland hotel has characters in the 2nd floor dining area from 8am so you can just take the lift up and join the queue, they also have 4 characters every afternoon from about 2-4pm but it is much more of a scrum. Do pop in and check the times with the concierge, Woody and co do some appearances in Frontierland near the Cowboy Cookout restaurant.

This is brilliant! Thanks for the tips, so I'm thinking on the basis that we are cheating with some rolls etc £100 a day should be more than enough? Our home budget is way way less but I want it to be special for them as we are not likely to go away again for a long time.

I love the taking outfits tip! I'm going to search eBay!

We are travelling by Eurostar and the plan is that we are telling children that we are taking the train to stay in London, then give DD1 a letter to read to the other 2 with all the juicy details! grin

Thinking of packing cereal bars etc and take on train actually....

Also with regards to cafe mickey or inventions? Can I book in advance or on check in?

SystemofaDowny Sun 02-Sep-12 22:38:49

When were you planning to give the letter? I'm not sure what it's like at St. Pancras, but at Ashford as soon as you get to the station it is covered in disney pictures and signs saying 'this way to the magic' Once in the departure lounge there is the big Disney Express stand and Mickey mouse makes the tannoy announcement. Just saying that they might guess beforehand if you planned on not telling them until on the Eurostar itself!

Oh and mentioning the Disney Express luggage service- this is well worth every penny it you haven't already booked it.

mamababa Sun 02-Sep-12 22:40:01

We went last October during term time. It's pricey on snacks etc but you are doing the right thing taking snacks and drinks in. We found the best place to meet mickey Minnie and co was in cafe mickey. You can probably reserve now although I did a lunch booking the day before. Your half board viichers prob cover this if nit, you an use them anyway and pay the extra. Your vouchers will only cover the number of nights you are thrre anyway so depending on travel times you'll need to buy a lunch. Food was generally good i thought lots of choice in the buffets. We saw buzz and tigger in the studio park not too bad a queue and captain hook in the middle of parc Disneyland after a show. The best time to do rides is when the parade is on (about 5pm in parc Disney) or check out the magic hours although not all rides open. All the little girls dressed up in princess dresses but they are pricey there. Tbh I didn't think the gift shops were anymore expensive than Disney store here. Check the weather before you go. We went in October and it was bloody freezing. A good few degrees cooler than southern England.

Do fast pass what rides you can. You can only do one at a time but on some rides saves ages queuing! If your Dc want to ride the autopia cars get there v early. Huge queues!!
Am v envious want to go again envy

mamababa Sun 02-Sep-12 22:44:33

Op when I say cold I mean gloves and scarves and frost in the morning!!! Also, the Brit guide to Disney paris is good with lots of 'Brit tips' grin

SystemofaDowny Sun 02-Sep-12 22:46:54

Dinner reservations can be made in advance (up to 30 days ahead I think) over the phone. They do have an option to speak to a person in english! You can also book them through the concierge at your hotel or at the information kiosks in the parks.

Letter on the train to London as yes st panc gets "obvious" although they are pretty naive, they won't for a million years think we are actually going. We promised them we would go when DS is 6 so 4 years away! grin we could probably point it out and say look one day we will go from there. Hmm maybe outside the Eurostar entrance would be good!!

Ok will look into booking now for a character meal.

Travel there morning and home evening of the 4th day.

OnlyWantsOne Sun 02-Sep-12 22:53:36

So can any one give me a total idea how much the holiday cost in all?

Not yet I can't!

But if it helps for us 3 nights 4 days travelling Eurostar and half board at Newport bay club it was just over £1k in school term though. I got it booked a while back on a 40% off offer I think? Even if the half board doesn't save me much it meant that food was pretty covered and it's spending money to find!

Awful grammar. Bed calling...
Thanks for the help so far.

Floralnomad Sun 02-Sep-12 23:09:15

We go to Disney Paris very regularly at various times of the year and in my experience you don't need to book any restaurants / character meals until you get there. There are lots of options for character meal meets including a princess one in Fantasyland . You are prob better off looking around when you are there and then deciding . Definitely take advantage of the magic hours for hotel guests in the mornings ,it deals with at least a few of the rides with less queuing. Characters in the hotels normally rotate so you get a couple of different ones each day, there is usually a board in the foyer with the times on. Make sure you go armed with your own camera as the photos they take are no better and a bit expensive and don't be rushed !

SystemofaDowny Sun 02-Sep-12 23:25:33

Only its costs as much as you are willing/able to spend! I think the cheapest I did a few years ago was approx £600 for 3 nights (2 adults/2kids) but that was just for bed/breakfast and at the cheapest hotel. Meals cost about 50-70 euros minimum, obviously fast food type places are cheaper than the restaurants. Once you add on all the extras, I doubt it would be doable for much under £1k and its very easy to spend much, much more!

Regarding buying stuff from the toy shops etc. I always tell the DC that they can choose 1 thing and only on the last day/before we leave. This works because a)I know how much is left so can give them a maximum budget each b) they will have looked at all the shops by then and decided what they like bast c) they will have a new toy to play with on the train home so they don't get bored or sad the holiday is over.

Yes it's cost us £1k for the stay, tickets, travel and half board food so far. I feel happy reading these comments that the budget will be suffice.

I think I will take that tip of choosing something on the last day for the special toy to choose that I'm budgeting for. Thankyou.

Just checked the character meals and they are not included in the half board just for anyone else's info!

SystemofaDowny Mon 03-Sep-12 18:44:07

The half board vouchers can be used toward the total cost though, so you only pay extra. You should get the half board plus vouchers if staying at the Newport which have a value of around 30 euros per adult I think.

I wasn't sure about if they covered the full cost of Cafe Mickey or not because when I was last there they didn't charge me anything on top, but that could have been because I did complain about the service grin also managed to get a free breakfast in that restaurant one morning too!

Ah see my holiday company said "computer says no" grin
I guess I will see when I get there! Yes they are half board plus according to the invoice.

AbbyLou Mon 03-Sep-12 22:22:44

Re price of the break. I booked about 2 weeks ago to go In February half term - me, dh, ds (8) and dd (5). They had a really good deal on (4 nights for 2 I think( and we've paid about £800 for 4 nights/5days with a half board dining package and breakfast at Cafe Mickey one day. I was really chuffed with that price, especially in the school holidays. Ok we are saying in Santa Fe which I think will be extremely basic but I figure we'll all be so shattered all we'll do there is sleep anyway!

SystemofaDowny Mon 03-Sep-12 22:47:50

AbbyLou, I recently stayed at Sequoia Lodge and in my opinion the rooms were basically no different to those at Santa Fe. Only real difference is that they are located in separate blocks and not the main building (where the dining room/shops/reception is located) and that its a bit of a further walk from the parks.

sunnyday123 Tue 04-Sep-12 10:38:24

Disney is very expensive but you can reduce costs by taking own snacks and drinks - everyone does it. I would definitely take fancy dress as loads of kids walk round wearing them and they're over £50 in the park!

We bought them a soft disney toy for £18 each which were only £8 in disney store at home so try avoid toy shopping! Lunch can be made cheaper in the fast food places - we ordered say 2 pizzas and 2 chips to share as we found them too big for lunch time plus we often ate tea early at around 4.30pm so that we could get back out in time for a good space at the disney parade.

Wouldn't worry about hotel standard- we tended to get in the park about 8.30am (to take advantage of hotel only until 10am) and stayed til about 4, back for tea and then back out at 6pm til 11pm so hardly in room at all!

Not sure id bother getting the autographs unless there are small queues - my dds were very keen to get them but after 10 minutes got bored and preferred to go on the rides!

Do use the ticket reservation system for rides and plan your time well - for example some of the busier rides get massive queues later in the day- the nemo, mountain rides etc can queue for over an hour so aim to get there at 10am on at least one of the days to book your space as none of the rides are worth an hour queue! We did this on all the rides and never queued for more than 10 mins ever in July school hols! We just turned up at less popular rides and reserved spaces at busy ones.

Thanks. We've Already booked so don't have to arrange any of the hotel.

The children tend to eat about 5 ish so that will tie in well with parades hopefully!

Calamansi Tue 04-Sep-12 11:36:28

If you want to meet the princesses you can get a fast pass to cut queue as you go in on the right hand side (think it is called the town hall). Also don't forget to see the dragon under the castle it's amazing and v lifelike. Have a great trip, such an amazing surprise for your lucky kids they will be blown away grin btw I'd pack cereal bars, crisps etc to really cut costs then your kids will have more to spend on a souvenir grin

Thankyou calamansi. I'm soooo excited 33 days! Anyone would think I was the child!

How are you going to tell the kids?

NoCarbsBeforeBarbs Wed 05-Sep-12 21:51:44

Op, yay first time ever. I know you ;-)

Oh intrigued! smile

Thinking of telling them that we are staying in london for a mini holiday and then give DD1 a letter when on the train to London that she can read to Dd2 and DS

You must records it. They will be so excited!

Yes we will. I absolutely can't wait they go without so much so this will totally thrill them. 31 days gringrin

NoCarbsBeforeBarbs Thu 06-Sep-12 11:03:56

I will put my Disney countdown on fb today regnamechange and you will know who i am then ;-)

And Don't cheat as my mn history will out me straight away!

Love your idea of a letter! That is really wonderful. Mine know, my mouth is too big!

I think I've Sussed it from the 'barbs' part!

NoCarbsBeforeBarbs Thu 06-Sep-12 16:15:21


Liz79 Sun 16-Sep-12 20:26:51

Hello, I am just planning our trip for may half term. We will have 5 yo dd & 3yo ds. We were wondering about taking the train from northern england, staying teh night in a premier inn type in london & then getting the disney eurostar there, and doing the same on the way home. Anyone done this? We haven't taken them on a long train joureny before, plus we would have a buggy and all the luggage etc. Will we manage? Would it be easier to take the car? How many nights is it best to stay? I was thinking 3 nights/4 days
ta x

SystemofaDowny Sun 16-Sep-12 20:45:09

I've driven down to Ashford and stayed in a Holiday Inn the night before getting the eurostar, if that's the kind of thing you meant. The place we stayed had a deal for £91 which included bed, breakfast, free parking for the week,taxi to the train station and then back again after we had been. I'm sure the london ones do the same sort of thing.

givemeaclue Sun 16-Sep-12 20:52:44

*Liz 79*we stayed premier inn in london the night before (had a day out in london as well) all great. presumably you won't need loads of luggage as you'll only be going a few nights?

givemeaclue Sun 16-Sep-12 20:53:51

NB you don't need to buy water - water in france is fine to drink! Just take a water bottle and fill it up at your hotel.

VikingVagine Sat 29-Sep-12 15:52:25

We've just booked tickets for the beginning of November. None of us have ever been so not sure what to expect. We're staying at the DC ranch, so won't be eating in the DL restaurants. It's costing us €480 for two nights/three days in the parks.

Does anyone know how safe the car park is? We can't check in until 15h so will want to leave our stuff in the car on the first day (not that there's going to be anything of any interest, but still, don't like leaving luggage in the car).

milkybarsrus Fri 12-Oct-12 20:49:07

I have been many times to dp and it can be reasonable if you take lots of snacks and drinks with you. I also have bought all mine disney t shirts and hoodies and pjs in the uk as they are a lot cheaper and they enjoy wearing the new disney clothes there. Most supermarkets have disney stuff which you can wrap and give as a gift at the end of each day. On the last day they get to choose a gift from one of the shops. If you go into a disney store here you will see the huge differance in price from euro to sterling! I did on one trip take disney outfits with us for them to wear and my daughter just bought a tiara in dp to wear with her princess dress. Have fun.

So tops tips are

Eat in rainforest cafe
Buy clothing here and take with you
Back for early tea and out for night time parades
Stock up on drinks and snacks at train station before going into the parks

How busy to you reckon the parks will be during the week late November?

givemeaclue Sat 13-Oct-12 15:33:41

Don't really rate the rainforest cafe but kids will like the decor and theme

ellliebelle Mon 15-Oct-12 17:30:10

regnamechange just wondering if you have been to euro disney yet? and if so how much spend you realistically needed. we are going next thursday 3 nights 4 days myself dh and dd age 5 and dd age 3 we have also paid half board and i felt prepared with the amount of money i had saved to take but have now had an unexpected bill which has thrown a spanner in the works. really want to be able to enjoy ourselves without worrying about what we spend. like has been said i plan to take drinks and snacks in and make up rolls at breakfast our evening meal is sorted with half board vouchers but would like things like autograph books and stationary maybe a teddy/toy each for the dd's souvenier mugs and a christmas decoration etc

givemeaclue Mon 15-Oct-12 21:36:33

We Spent 300 for 3 nights, we were not half board though although paid for one meal in advance so not included in the 300. Autograph books and pen about 10 euros I think and soft toy 15 euros. Take costumes with you.

TyrannosaurusBex Sun 24-Feb-13 16:05:19

Dunno if anyone has mentioned the French website FNAC. They have an events section (and an English translation available) and there are frequent flash sales of tickets for the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show at €30 each, rather than €57 for adults and €45 for kids which made me hmm.
They do charge €10 to send the tickets to the UK, but as we were booking 9 seats we didn't mind!

newbiefrugalgal Tue 18-Jun-13 16:15:31

Bump smile

Anyone recommend Disney based hotels.
Best pool / play area for DC 5&6?
I know they have an offer running at the moment with kids free and half board, so planning a four night stay!

Planning on going mid September, obviously UK and France are back in school am I missing anything or happy to assume it won't be so crowded at this time?

nicky949 Sun 19-Oct-14 10:41:12

My and my dd aged 14 will be going to disneyland paris in march 2015. We are staying at santa fe and going from monday to friday. Can someone advise how much spending money we will need was thinking 800 is this a good figure ?

NickiFury Sun 19-Oct-14 10:53:56

We went full board and it was worth every penny. Literally couldn't eat all the food, you get an afternoon snack and drink too, which we didn't have because we were still too full from three course lunches. I bought a couple of toys on the last day so other than that didn't spend anything, not a penny. Also had a lunch at "Walts" on Main Street one of the days and it was one of the nicest meals I have ever had. Filled up water bottles before we went in too so didn't have to buy water. It was brilliant I have to say, loved every minute. Hardly any queues when we went in either. Didn't see one ride with more than 20 minute queue, most were 5. However this was during term time.

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