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Osospecial1 Sun 03-May-15 17:48:35

I am taking my DD Age 5 with ASD and possibly ADHD to eurodisney at the end of the month on my own and starting to get a bit nervous! (Excited too as she is a huge Mickey Mouse fan) just been trying to research places to eat there and find out a bit more about it so I can be as prepared as possible to make it go smoothly! Any tips/recommendations from anybody who has been with DC with the same issues please? (I believe I can get a fast pass for rides if I just take proof of dx to main desk when we get there too?) I'm a bit worried about the eating part as I can't leave her alone on a table to go and order and she won't queue for long. I'd love to take her to Mickey cafe but hoping its practical. Also any money saving tips pleeease as I've heard it's going to cost a small fortune for food! We are staying in New York hotel and are close to the disney village, not sure if cheaper to eat there.

fairgame Sun 03-May-15 18:04:42

Double check about proof of diagnosis because i read somewhere (possibly on here) that they don't accept proof that is over 3 months old. You have to have a signed and stamped doctors letter iirc.
I've never been to DLP but i've taken DS all over the place on my own and it's been fab. A bit daunting at first but we've always had fun.

Osospecial1 Sun 03-May-15 18:31:07

Ok thanks fairgame I will check that as her dx letter is a year old. We are going term time so should be quieter and with the fast pass too and hotel being so near so we can pop back and for I'm sure it'll be fine (fingers crossed anyway!) I'll prob need another holiday to recover when we get back though!

EveryPenny1 Sun 03-May-15 18:42:16

Trip advisor have a really great forum just for disneyland paris, we are going in July and I have picked up so much helpful information!

You will need a letter signed and dated within 3 months or a valid blue badge. Ds has a blue badge so we are ok for that. We are staying in a cottage and driving in each day so don't plan on eating in the park. Enjoy your trip!!!

kinkyfuckery Sun 03-May-15 18:44:10

Yes, take your diagnosis letter, DLA award and a supporting letter (headed) from GP, dated within 3 months. Take it to City Hall, which is on the left as you go into the park.

McDonald's is in Disney Village if your DD will eat that - only just over the cost of a UK one. There are a lot of counter service places, so take your DD to the counter with you then find a seat. Eating lunch before 11am and after 2pm is recommended to avoid the big queues.
Take some ziplock bags to breakfast and 'procure' some bread rolls, cheese and ham, then that's lunch sorted wink There are various water fountains throughout the park, to save on cost of drinks. We found a particularly quiet one beside the train station in Frontierland.
Pre-book for Mickey's Cafe, and if you are doing the buffet, ask when booking for a seat near the food area. The hotel is buffet too, I think so same would apply.
If you need to leave the table with her, and are afraid to leave your things at the table, please just ask! We found all the staff amazingly helpful and friendly - more so than the other guests wink
There are lots of 'sandwich' and 'fast food' type places to eat, which are mostly cheaper than table service restaurants. You can find rough dining menus (and prices) here - it's handy to make a list of acceptably priced places beforehand, so you have no surprises. On our list for this year, we have:
Table Service
Annette's Diner - Disney Village
Café des Cascadeurs - Backlot
King Ludwig's Castle - Disney Village
Planet Hollywood - Disney Village
The Lucky Nugget Saloon - Frontierland
and any of the buffet places.

Don't be afraid to flash your daughter's pass at any time you think it may help (especially for parades) as this often does mean she won't have to wait as long, or in certain conditions.

If you have any specific requirements RE: breakfast times etc, email the hotel beforehand, and tell the hotel when you check in. We asked for the earliest breakfast slot (7am) as DD has to eat before she takes her medication in the morning as it suppresses her appetite for the rest of the day - and it meant we could get our day started early to get to the park wink

Most of all, have fun!!! When are you going?

Osospecial1 Sun 03-May-15 18:58:44

Wow that is so great thank you for all that info! Think you have answered every question that I had smile we are going at the end of the month, on the 31st for 5 days!

Osospecial1 Sun 03-May-15 19:00:08

Do you have to rebook for planet Hollywood? I think my dd would like a lot of the food there

Osospecial1 Sun 03-May-15 19:00:24


kinkyfuckery Sun 03-May-15 19:03:01

We didn't prebook, think we went about 7pm-ish, in September. They do advise to prebook just in case. You can do this from your hotel smile

We are going at start of July for 5 days grin so excited.

Osospecial1 Sun 03-May-15 19:27:43

The more I look at everything the more excited I'm getting. The Ratatouille adventure looks amazing grin thanks for all the help! hope you have a fab time!!

Lesley25 Sun 03-May-15 19:35:21

I've heard that some places are now asking that your gp/pead letter should state that your dc is unable to queue-specifically. Just double check your letter says that. I know thomasland recently changed their policy so a dx letter wasn't enough.

Osospecial1 Sun 03-May-15 19:56:19

Ok thanks Lesley, I'll get them to include that

Pootrouble Sun 03-May-15 20:47:36

I had an email just yesterday from disneyland Paris saying that a DLA letter is absolutely fine for proof of disability. Last time I went I took loads of doctors letters and I arranged for dla to send me a new award letter out So the date on it was recent

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