Disneyland Paris 4nights/5 days how much spending money??!!

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pinkbunny2012 Sat 14-Dec-13 09:51:58

Hi
I am going to Disneyland paris for the first time ever next week with hubby and DD who is 4. We are all really excited and cant wait. How much spending money should I take? We are staying in hotel new York and have breakfast and that's it. For lunch we will prob just grab a sandwich or mcdonalds and during our stay with probably have one character breakfast and one more expensive sit down dinner, with one rainforest café too? what are peoples thoughts? obviously need to buy some souviners too im seriously panicking lol x

peppersquint Sat 14-Dec-13 20:07:37

I'd say for a comfortable but not too extravagant break - I'd look at about £1,000 for meals, gifts, special meals etc... though it is 9 years since we went (DH, DD and I).

peppersquint Sat 14-Dec-13 20:08:48

By the way - I'm not suggesting that £1K isn't extravagant (I'd kill for £100 at the moment)

pinkbunny2012 Sat 14-Dec-13 20:16:18

That's ok smile its really hard to know how much to budget, I was thinking between £800-£1000 so maybe that would be about right, hubby gets paid the day we go which is dangerous lol xx

Ifcatshadthumbs Sat 14-Dec-13 20:18:28

We went for 5 days too and spent £400 on food alone and we didn't eat that extravagantly. It is very expensive there.

CecyHall Sat 14-Dec-13 20:19:22

We are taking £550 but already have meal vouchers (which were £200) so in total it'd be about £750-800 ish.

Last time I went I came back with a load of money but I'd rather have too much than not enough.

Tobagostreet Sat 14-Dec-13 20:20:13

Agree that about £1k is required. Even McD's in the Disney Village is expensive (compared to UK prices).

Enjoy - I'm envy!

peppersquint Sat 14-Dec-13 20:20:49

Very dangerous - but worth it - my DD loved it and even though I was a bit cynical about Disney I got swept along with it all - she will love it (and so will you and DH). Better to take too much and come back with some than stress about it and not enjoy yourselves. Have a lovely holiday

HermioneWeasley Sat 14-Dec-13 20:28:04

You will have an amazing time!

If you are staying at a Disney hotel see if you can upgrade to a half board package as that's good value.

Otherwise lunch at Disney self serve restaurants is about E12 per adult and E6 for a child. Hot drinks are approx E3 though you usually get a free hot drink voucher when you buy lunch.

Dinner can be anything from McDonalds to e50/ head depending on restaurant. We spent E100 on dinner for 4 at rainforest cafe.

Souvenirs will be as much or as little as you want.

The better restaurants are
Blue Lagoon
Casey's corner
Restaurant des stars (studios)

And Earl of sandwich in Disney village. I would not do a character dinner at cafe Mickey.

pinkbunny2012 Sat 14-Dec-13 23:17:42

Hiya just checked and thank u all for your messages smile
I was thinking about 1000 euro so think that must be about right as that's what the general consensus is. Me nor hubby have ever been to Disney so first time for all of us and we come back xmas eve so cant wait smile Our little girl is autistic but has all of a sudden got interested in Disney princesses and we have booked a prince and princesses lunch already so really cant wait and hope she enjoys it smile We will prob eat a lot of mcdonalds as she is very restrictive in her food but would like to have a sit down dinner at least once or twice! Im not sure if I can upgrade to a half board package so close to going? Maybe I will ring Disney and see smile Anyone got any other tips for going? We are staying in Hotel New York smile xxx

Floralnomad Sat 14-Dec-13 23:22:58

We were out there at the start of the month and we always stay in the New York . What I would say is don't go to Planet Hollywood its gross, Annette's diner is lovely for burger type meals and the milk shakes are fantastic. Also if you haven't already done so have a look at the disabled guest guide and make sure you take the correct paperwork to get a priority pass ,it really does make the whole experience much better .

pinkbunny2012 Sat 14-Dec-13 23:36:46

Iv read mixed reviews about the hotel, how did u find it? and I was thinking of going to planet Hollywood so will maybe give it a miss if it wasn't great. I loved the look of Annettes diner, so will most definitely eat there. She doesn't eat any meat, so makes it a bit difficult to eat in a lot of places, I have a feeling she might just end up a bowl of chips which isn't great, but am going to bring lots of snacks from home too. I have looked into the pass as I think its going to be a lifesaver, am going to bring her dla letter (as she gets the highest rate) and a letter with the nhs stamp from her specialist health visitor explaining her difficulties and hope this will suffice smile I am so so so excited though and cannot wait! Do u know if the new York has a kettle or toaster in the room? thank u so much for all ur help smile xx

Floralnomad Sat 14-Dec-13 23:46:38

TBH the New York is showing its age a bit ( shabby ) but we've been visiting since it first opened so we don't mind as its a bit like an old friend ! You can ask for tea/ coffee making stuff but we always take a kettle and mugs with us ,they sell milk in the hotel shop. The breakfast is lovely with lots of choice ,my dd also doesn't eat meat and is coeliac so we are very limited but nobody starved . I agree with avoiding cafe Mickey ,it's really gone downhill over the last few years .I have always had decent meals in the Silver Spur and Blue Lagoon ,and the hotdogs are nice at Caseys corner . The good thing about getting the pass is you don't have to rush around to do the extra hours in the morning ! My dd has a blue Badge for mobility issues and that's all we show them so what you are taking sounds fine . Also make sure you take lots of warm clothes as it's generally freezing at this time of the year and we have often had snow when we've been out there closer to Christmas.

pinkbunny2012 Sun 15-Dec-13 00:28:03

I would have loved to stay in the Disneyland hotel but it was so expensive and we wouldn't have been able to afford to go, and the hotel new York seemed nice so we settled for that smile I was thinking of taking a kettle and toaster and some hot choc and teabags for the evening, as our daughter will probably be in bed early. Its a shame about café mickey as im sure she would love the characters, I might do a breakfast there instead of a lunch maybe? and iv heard a lot of people say about the blue lagoon so will head theresmile have u ever done a prince and princess lunch? as we have already booked and paid for one and not sure what to expect? I hope what im taking is fine as she doesn't understand queuing and would make our trip a nightmare. They are both dated this month so im hoping so. Im going to buy a few thermal layers before we go and bought dd a big thick snowsuit and snowboots too, I would love love love it to snow!! lol xxx

HermioneWeasley Sun 15-Dec-13 09:55:37

Hotel New York is perfect location wise. Disneyland hotel is obviously closest to the parks, but NY is closer to the village.

If you take your Dr letters to city hall they will sort out passes for you. It's the only place people speak good English.

You should be able to upgrade to half board still, ask your travel agent. If travelling by Eurostar have you got Disney Express?

Book restaurants in advance. The buffet in NY is good (park side diner I think)

If she struggles with crowds and queues, I would do the "stars and cars" parade in the studios park rather than the main one as you have to assume your position early to be able to see anything.

You will have an amazing time. Watching their faces light up is amazing.

Floralnomad Sun 15-Dec-13 10:01:42

We have stayed at the Disneyland hotel before and it really wasn't worth the extra money ,yes its closer to the park but you have to walk to the village and the studios . With the parades the rule was only 1 person and the person with the pass could go in the disabled areas , my sister went in with dd and me and DH stood right next to it and the disabled areas don't get crammed. cafe Mickey will be ok for breakfast it's just the food that lets it down for meals. You will probably find that with your pass you could have done less if a stay ,we find 2 days in the park more than adequate although we do know exactly what we are doing .

Nishky Sun 15-Dec-13 10:03:09

I think she will love the princess lunch!!!

In the main hotel on the gates there is a buffet style meal with characters- I think you can do that even if not staying at that hotel, have just consulted with dc and we all think we did it both years and we only stayed there one year.

Never did cafe Mickey but it looked more frantic than the one we did- especially if you get the earliest table possible, which would suit with a little one

Hole you update us after Christmas we how it went. I am very excited for you!

Nishky Sun 15-Dec-13 10:05:16

With how it went not we. Still awful grammar, but I am excited for you!

pinkbunny2012 Sun 15-Dec-13 10:51:15

Thank You all so much for your replies! I booked through Thomas cook so might get them a ring today to see if I can upgrade to the half board option, as would rather just have to buy lunch which could be a mcdonalds or quick sandwich and have the rest to just spend on merchandise, im terrible at budgeting! so would be easier lol I was thinking of trying one of the restaurants in our hotel so might try the parkside diner if you say it was nice smile She does struggle with crowds, but am going armed with ear defenders and lots of blankets she can hide herself in in the buggy so hoping she may (fingers crossed) cope.

Also sorry to keep going on, what are the studios like? As everyone seems to talk about the main park but I don't really know much about the studios? I will probably go in with my daughter to the parades as shes a bit of a mummys girl, but I wonder if they will let dh in as im pregnant too? if not doesn't matter im more than grateful to get the pass as we wouldn't be able to go otherwise smile I booked 4 nights as wasn't really sure how long to go for, and we are going to go into Paris on the Saturday- as I figured it will probably be heaving in the park and will be a nice break from it all too lol

The buffet style lunch with characters sounds great, and something to look into, as the only reason I was thinking of café mickey was purely for the character experience, but I would rather pay a bit more and have a less stressful experience, as dd can get upset when there is lots of people.

And yes we are travelling via Disney express, though I don't know what the difference is between that and the normal Eurostar? I guess its just because its for people only going to Disney.

Thank u all so so much for your help, I appreciate it and any other little tips or helpful things to take/not to take or do or not to do will so much appreciated and will update u all when we get back!
xxxx

Floralnomad Sun 15-Dec-13 14:27:40

The Studios are lovely ,generally less busy and they have some shows and the toy story rides . The Flying carpets in there are the same as the Dumbos ,without the queues .Cinemagique and Animagique are both lovely and its nice to just sit down for 20 minutes in the warm !

pinkbunny2012 Sun 15-Dec-13 18:41:34

sounds great, so excited to go now, have had terrible morning afternoon and all day sickness and have been feeling a bit unmotivated lol but have given myself a shake and going to start my packing tonight smile it helps that me and dd have had the lights off and xmas tree on and watching Christmas movies all day smile haha xx

mashyup Sun 15-Dec-13 19:44:57

I wish we had gone half board, my dad paid for extended family to go but I had hardly any spending money. Ended up sneaking a lunch box to breakfast and filling it with croissants and ham! And got fed up of fast food but couldn't afford restaurants
Did do Rainforest cafe one night which was good.

HermioneWeasley Sun 15-Dec-13 20:11:39

OP, Disney express is a luggage service available if you travel via
Eurostar, not a type of Eurostar train/journey. They give you your park tickets on the train and you take your luggage to a kiosk in the station and they take your bags to the hotel (and vice versa when you return). Do check that you have booked it as it's a PITA otherwise. Get your DH to sprint ahead with bags as the queues to drop off bags can be long otherwise.

Studios are more about shows than rides (though there are a few)

givemeaclue Mon 16-Dec-13 09:32:28

Macdonalds is not in the disney theme park it is in disney village so really not convenient to pop to macdonalds at lunchtime. Also book your restaurants in advance or you will be waiting up to an hour in the evening.

pinkbunny2012 Mon 16-Dec-13 14:01:50

Iv heard a lot of people take things from breakfast for lunch time, but what with being pregnant, I wont eat ham and I always worry about how long things have been left out etc so would rather just grab a quick sandwich to eat. Yes I am travelling via Disney express, I rung the travel agent and asked fblush, sorry, and would be nice to see to see a few shows, if dd will sit lol, and didn't realise Disneyland was so big, how long of a walk is it from the Disney theme park to the village? and am going to ring today and try and pre book the restuarants before we go smile only 3 more sleeps! my dd has no understanding or interest yet, so cant wait to see her face when we actually get there smile xx

givemeaclue Mon 16-Dec-13 14:07:38

Park entrance is five mins walk from disney village but if you are at other side of park it could be half an hour.

I have never taken food from breakfast buffet and only ever saw one family doing this. Bring snacks from home rather than pinch food off a buffet. If you have a big breakfast at hotel you will not want much for lunch anyway

pinkbunny2012 Mon 16-Dec-13 17:15:38

A lot of people on places like tripadvisor seem to say to take things from breakfast but as I said, I always worry about getting sick, or it not being stored right so would rather just buy a burger or a sandwich, we are on holiday after all!!! lol Im going to bring some snacks from home as my dd is extremely fussy, and due to her autism really funny about eating things she doesn't recognise, so going to bring her favourite cookies, and biscuits/crisps and fruit shoots as don't want to have to go hunting for stuff as soon as we get there, though will probably buy loads of snacks too, as im constantly hungry at the minute haha. Thanks for all your help and suggestions smile

Floralnomad Mon 16-Dec-13 20:02:54

I've never taken stuff at breakfast either ,or seen people do it .there are plenty of places to stop for a muffin or a brownie .

Creamycoolerwithcream Tue 17-Dec-13 13:27:23

I think £800 to £1000 would be enough. When we went we had breakfast included so instead of booking a character breakfast we had the character lunch and a smaller dinner that evening. Hope you have a lovely trip.

peppersquint Sun 22-Dec-13 13:19:08

How did it go Pinkbunny?

pinkbunny2012 Wed 25-Dec-13 23:20:44

Hi everyone smile had a great holiday. dd really loved it. We stayed in the hotel new York and it was brilliant. We loved the hotel, the breakfast was a lot better then I expected and dd loved that she met a character every morning before breakfast. We didn't actually think our room or the hotel was run down, (maybe we were just lucky) and thought the location was brilliant for the Disney village.
We booked the princess lunch before we went and couldn't recommend it enough to anyone. There were three princesses, ariel, Cinderella and snow white and they all came to the table and spoke and posed for photos. And they all danced with dd too, the look on her face was brilliant, the food was lovely too and made a change from the burger and chips which is mostly what u get in Disney. The queues for the rides were about 1hr long each but we had a pass as our dd is disabled and this was brilliant. longest we queued was 10 minutes.

pinkbunny2012 Wed 25-Dec-13 23:27:23

The shows were fantastic and the Disney dreams were breath taking. Along with the parades which were lovely and the Christmas tree lighting too. Was so Christmassy and magical. The food was generally over priced and burger and chips but what u would pay in Thorpe park and those type of places, the McDonald's seemed to have quite a restricted menu with no fish fingers or anything like that. Had a dinner in rainforest cafe which was great and in cafe mickey too. Service was terrible and food wasn't great and overpriced but worth the money as dd got to meet mickey, minnie, goofy and Pluto and get photos too. Dd actually fell off her chair in shock when she saw minnie. We bought quite a few souvenirs and went for 3 dinners out and had mcdonalds or that type of food for lunch and spent about £800 which was great as budgeted for more and came home with some money which never usually happens. I can't recommend disney enough at Xmas, we want to go back next year!! Haha. On another note getting home took 14 hours due to weather and almost got stranded at Waterloo. Got home at 3 in the morning instead of 9.30! And was Xmas Eve next day, but at least we got home :D honestly if u can go at Xmas was truly magical :D xxx

Floralnomad Wed 25-Dec-13 23:31:31

Glad to hear you enjoyed it , I think I notice the hotel looking a bit shabby because we've been going since it was brand new - still love it though . Me and my DH will still be visiting long after our DCs have given up coming with us ( 1 already has) . Christmas is the best time of year to go IMO ,and I've done all the seasons and events .

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