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Best time to go to Disneyland Paris

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windmill121 · 24/09/2019 08:27

We are stuck with having to go during school holidays and can't decide between going May half term or October half term

Has anyone been at either of these times and have any recommendations?

Thanks

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mummymeister · 24/09/2019 14:47

We went in October half term and it was very wet and cold but that did mean the queues were smaller as there were less people there. Personally I would avoid May half term as it will be super busy but make sure you take lots of good waterproof clothing and you should be fine in October .

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BeyondMyWits · 24/09/2019 14:51

Have been at May half term and it was ok, weather was ok when we went, mainly dry, 1 wet day... Weekend was busy, but midweek was just fine. Loved it.

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poorbuthappy · 24/09/2019 14:53

I would be deciding based on price.

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Sewingbea · 24/09/2019 14:54

Partly depends on where you are hoping to stay....

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Keepsmiling1 · 24/09/2019 15:01

We went in May half term this year. It was unusually hot (around 30 degrees) which made walking round and queuing uncomfortable. My DDs were 7 and 4 and they both struggled with the heat. It was also extremely busy - there was a french holiday when we went and the park was rammed. We made use of fast passes etc but still had long queues. I have never been in October but I wouldn't go in May again.

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DefConOne · 27/09/2019 07:22

We went in a May half term went the French schools weren’t off. Weather was awful. It was really quiet and small queues for most of the rides. It was between Spring and summer seasons so less shows and theming but that didn’t bother us.Friends went in October and had two hour waits for rides. They did like the Halloween theming.

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zafferana · 28/09/2019 10:19

We went in the May half term two years ago and had amazing weather! It was really hot. It was also quite busy the first few days (i.e. the bank holiday weekend), but it got much quieter on the Weds. We were there for five days, which gave us plenty of time to visit both parks and have a day in Paris. We had a great time, but I appreciate that being lucky with the weather plays a big part in that.

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OuiOuiMonAmi · 16/10/2019 08:23

A bit late to this thread but May is quieter than October. Could be v.hot though.

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Milliefizz · 16/10/2019 08:46

French schools don’t have May half term and the weather will be better than October so in my opinion that is the best time to go. We bought an annual pass starting in the latter part of May half term one year and so were still able to use it in the first part of May half term the year after (as well as two other trips during that year)

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reluctantbrit · 17/10/2019 11:13

We went in May, we had 3 1/2 days with 3 different weathers, wet, cloudy and sunny and hot.

Weekends are busy as the French pass holders come so if you could do Mon-Thursday it would be better. But do check French public holidays, I think they have at least one which can be sometimes during our half term (a Thursday) and then the schools are closed. We had this when we went to Paris and everything was a lot more crowded than on the normal work days prior to it.

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VanillaSugarr · 17/10/2019 11:18

Would anyone go just before Christmas, ie 16 December? Cold? Wet? Busy?

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Milliefizz · 18/10/2019 22:42

Vanillasugarr - we also went just before Christmas (around 20th) the year we had our annual pass. It was mild that year and not overly busy. We enjoyed it.

Generally speaking Paris is colder than the south of England in the winter.

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rainbowruthie · 18/10/2019 22:46

We went just before Christmas, was absolutely freezing

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Daddylonglegs1965 · 18/10/2019 22:51

I would like towards the end of Easter with can be mixed but queues less look at cheapest Prices to give you an indication how busy it’s likely to be.

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VanillaSugarr · 19/10/2019 00:21

Thanks! Was it very busy? I’ve been in the first week of July and it was a freakish 35 degrees! Whenever you go OP, upgrade to the smart pass which allows you to use the fast queue. It really is worth the extra money!

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Daddylonglegs1965 · 25/10/2019 09:25

It was amazingly quiet actually. We stayed in hotel Cheyenne (cheap and cheerful which was ok) got up early and had an hour in the parks before the gates opened to others staying in a non Disney hotel but queueing times were minimal compared to others who visited the parks a week or two Before or after Us.

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OuiOuiMonAmi · 25/10/2019 23:41

VanillaSugar, not sure what you mean about upgrading to SmartPass? There’s no such thing - there is FastPass but this is free and anyone use it. There is no way of paying to get quicker queues....

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Catapillarsruletheworld · 02/11/2019 20:30

We came back yesterday.

It was busy, very busy, but with the use of fast passes we did everything we wanted to and the Halloween staging is just amazing.

We had tickets to the Halloween party, which was well worth it and we really made use of the shorter queues for rides after midnight (we walked into several). Obviously if you have little kids this wouldn’t be practical as they’d be dead on their feet, but with a teen and tween it was great.

I have the Disney blues big time. I just wanna go back!

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