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Disneyland Paris, is it day-trippable?

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viagrafalls Wed 24-Jan-18 07:40:53

Do any of you have any experience in hell trying to cram in all the joys of Disneyland P in a day? W e live about 30 mins drive from Ashford, and I dont mind comng home late. Was it expensive? DD would so love to go but I just dont think I could stand it justify the expense of an overnight stay… Any tips, advice etc would be gratefully received. TIA

hidinginthenightgarden Wed 24-Jan-18 07:49:20

I think it depends when you go. If you go peak season then no, not a chance. You will spend your time queuing and see nothing.

If you are smart and go on a day where it isn't too busy plus plan your day, I think you could see enough of it to just do one day. It isn't cheap but there are facebook group which have great tips on where to eat and when to go etc.

PenguinsandPandas Wed 24-Jan-18 07:57:04

You could probably just about do it as a day trip via Eurostar taking the one direct to Disneyland. Will be expensive. If you do stay overnight if you stay in one of the Disney hotels from their website you can get in early or late (fireworks) and these are the least busy (painful) periods. Went once at Easter and up to 2 hour queues for each ride on day trip, felt very ripped off. When we stayed overnight was better, as periods when not busy and fireworks but cost rises.

PenguinsandPandas Wed 24-Jan-18 07:58:39

Maybe a nice trip with the grandparents 😂

PeonyTruffle Wed 24-Jan-18 08:59:32

I don’t think it’s doable in a day. And there are 2 parks, the main one with the castle and then the studios next door so you’d have to pick one and run around quickly.

I would also choose characters or rides, you wouldn’t have time to do both once you’ve queued for each thing (we went in June midweek and queued at least 45-60 minutes to see each character, it was 40 degrees with some freak heatwave and ds was 2, that was fun!)
We were there 3 nights/4 days and still didn’t see everything

Have you considered staying offsite? There are nearby hotels that run shuttle buses in and they are cheaper than the Disney hotels

negomi90 Wed 24-Jan-18 09:07:02

Its sufficiently expensive that doing it in a day would mean missing things and make it so stressful so as not to be worth it.
Eurostar takes extra time to a normal train as their's immigration and passport control with security checks. Its more like catching a plane then a train. Disney also has a security to get on site and then in the park. It takes a lot longer than you think to get from your house to the first ride.
Also Disney is the place of tantrums and overstimulation and tiredness, the pressure of attempting to do it in a day will make you and dd miserable, and she (and possibly you) will get overtired.
Could her dad take her on a special daddy daughter trip if you don't think you could survive it?

Iruka Wed 24-Jan-18 09:10:37

I work at Ashford sometimes and people do go over on the Eurostar for day trips but it tends to be work outings or stag and hen dos rather than people with children. Families tend to go for at least two or three nights (and the adults always look completely exhausted getting off the train grin)

cookiedough1 Wed 24-Jan-18 09:13:26

Absolutely not. We went In March last year (term time) and the queues were a good size then. We had 3 days and still didn't get round everything. One of the DC wanted to meet Minnie Mouse, we stood for an hour and a half to get her picture done with Minnie. The other wanted to meet the princesses, that had a 2 hour line. A couple of rides with fairies queues and that was all we managed to do that day. It would be an absolute waste of money and totally stressful trying to do it in a day.

cookiedough1 Wed 24-Jan-18 09:14:04

Oh and even if you did go for a day, it's so bloody fab you would come back and start planning a proper trip anyway.

cookiedough1 Wed 24-Jan-18 09:15:15

* fairish sized queues not bloody fairies

SueSueDonahue Wed 24-Jan-18 09:24:19

@cookiedough1 I love the idea of queues of fairies 🧚‍♂️ 🧚‍♂️🧚‍♂️🧚‍♂️🧚‍♂️

I think I'd be tempted to go for that!

Sofabitch Wed 24-Jan-18 09:26:33

There is a eurocamp nearby and its about 20 minutes to Disney by train. A good way to save on accommodation.

Although its the tickets that are expensive.

AiryFairy1991 Wed 24-Jan-18 09:39:39

Remember if you book with a Disney hotel (through Disney) the tickets for park entrance are included in the price! We found that made it much more affordable than we thought. We are staying in the Santa Fe next month it’s the cheapest hotel but we only plan to sleep and shower in it anyway!

SueSueDonahue Wed 24-Jan-18 09:46:17

Does anyone on here know if the fast track tickets are available to buy at all? From what I can work out from the website (isn't it confusing?!!!) they are only given out for suites in the most expensive hotels.

I assumed there would be some sort of q bot system which is the ONLY way I have ever got DH and the little DD around legoland. Little DD has adhd and finds queuing so difficult.

SueSueDonahue Wed 24-Jan-18 09:47:03

@AiryFairy1991 I was looking at Santa Fe too! Again, would only be using it to shower and sleep...

CatLadyInTraining Wed 24-Jan-18 10:10:57

You can enjoy Eurodisney itself in a day if you are not worried about seeing/doing everything and go off peak. (We did.) However, I don't think it would be worth it to do the whole trip in a day, including travel. Looking at Eurostar, the earliest you can get to the park will be 11ish (changing in Paris) and you would have to leave by 5pm to make the last train back to Ashford. So not much time in the park, and you will miss fireworks.

Why not make a short break of it and stay in Paris and explore the city on the other day(s)?

Unihorn Wed 24-Jan-18 10:15:50

Disney includes free FastPasses to every guest, it's not just for resort guests. You can't hold more than one ay a time but other than that there are no restrictions. Much better than the bullshit qbot the parks in this country flog.

PenguinsandPandas Wed 24-Jan-18 10:20:37

From what I remember you can't buy fast track but think some children with special needs can get it, not sure how, my DS has autism but we didn't get one but last time the queues were so bad the kids said never again. My DS also got scared of that noisy annoying mouse Minnie. Definitely better in the extra hours you get with Disney hotels and some packages aren't too bad as includes tickets.

PenguinsandPandas Wed 24-Jan-18 10:22:28

We did the free thing but it didn't help it was for about 5 hours time. I do think there is a scheme for special needs children but you may need proof.

Springiscoming123 Wed 24-Jan-18 10:38:49

now way,we went last summer and willadmit stayed 4 nights on site and took the relaxed approach

but i day no it would be very stressful and you wouldnt get to enjoy it

PolkaDotFlamingo Wed 24-Jan-18 10:43:22

Just stay in something like an F1 or Campanile a few miles away. They’re cheap and you’ll be able to spend a couple of days at DLP and get more out of your trip.

seafooodplatter Wed 24-Jan-18 10:45:35

Not a hope in hell of doing it all in a day.

2 days minimum and even that is a bit of a rush and we missed bits.

Toffeelatteplease Wed 24-Jan-18 10:53:39

Yes and no

Not on the direct eurostar train. It doesn't get in until 2pm and you need to be back at the station by 5ish. It used to be possible when there arrived early in the morning and left late but not now.

If you could do direct maybe or if you drive down very early in the morning and back very late. There used to be a few coach companies that did it but I haven't found any in recent years.

However you will see the smallest fraction of what is there. You will not "Do" Disney. but having done it it can be fun.

Toffeelatteplease Wed 24-Jan-18 11:02:37

On the fast tracks, you cannot buy fast tracks like merlin attractions or qbots @ Legoland .

If you stay golden forrest (Sequioa)compass club (NPB) or Empire club (new York) you get one fast track per a day. Suites have unlimited fast track. I'm not sure about disney hotel.

The worst queueing rides have a free fast track. You put you hotel tickets through the machine and get a fast track ticket with a return time. Each park pass can hold one fast track at a time. You can get another once the first has been used. It certainly used to be the case that by making good use of the fast pass and extra magic hours over at least 3 nights you could avoid the worst of the queues and do most of the park.

Children and adults with special needs Inc autism (PenguinsandPandas this could have made a big difference to your experience on the park

Toffeelatteplease Wed 24-Jan-18 11:04:49

Posted too soon

Children and adults with special needs Inc autism (PenguinsandPandas this could have made a big difference to your experience on the park) can access special passes that by pass the queues. At busy times these have a return time and there can still be a wait but it's usually much much shorter

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