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Disneyland Paris with 3yo and 5mo

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Bunnyfluffys · 12/06/2020 09:42

Normally I wouldn't do a packed holiday like this with a baby but the offer we couldn't pass on. Does anyone have any tips for us? We're staying in Disney and we'll have my parents to help, though they'll be helping my niece's too. I'm hoping this baby will like a sling 😅 were flying too with bed and breakfast next spring

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sleepismysuperpower1 · 12/06/2020 10:49

bring a cheap second hand umbrella pushchair for your 3 year old. They get tired walking around the parks, and it saves whining/tired dc. The park ones are really expensive to rent. You can also use them to carry your own reusable cups (fill them with water at the hotel).
I would also buy an autograph book (like this), and a pair of kids ears (like these), as they can be very expensive and the ears at Disney may be too big for your dc's head.
all the best, have a great time!

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Bunnyfluffys · 12/06/2020 11:50

Thank you so much! We have a pram that's made for travel, (lightweight and folds down small) I figured my lo would want it! I'm concerned about the 5mo though, but hopefully if he does like the sling he'll be happy as Larry being cuddled all day haha thanks for the links! Never thought about ears really, I think I'll be getting matching ones 😂

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sleepismysuperpower1 · 12/06/2020 12:05

no problem, if dc doesn't like the sling perhaps ask your SIL to bring a buggy (if she has one) with her? I'll put some other things that I remembered below, and I'll most likely be back as I remember other things too! I miss Disney 😂

ID Bands in case your dd gets separated from you. Teach her before you go that if she is lost, she needs to look for a Disney worker (you can show her pictures) and show them her bracelet.

dress your dd in bright colours, so she can easily be spotted.

bring snacks into the park with you that come in individual packets, eg: raisins. You can get these off site at a supermarket

bring glowsticks (you can get packs from poundland). The glow in the dark toys that Disney sells can be over £20

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Bunnyfluffys · 12/06/2020 14:54

Thanks again, I'm happy for any advice! I've been looking at double buggies but they're so big for just the one trip. My sister will need a pram herself haha I'm going to pass the id bands onto my sister too, she has 6&7yo too. Have you ever gone to the shopping mall just past Disney? Val d'europe or something like that haha

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sleepismysuperpower1 · 12/06/2020 14:56

I haven't no, we have only been to Disney Paris for one day (we were in paris for a week), but have been to Disney florida a few times now :)

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Tfoot75 · 12/06/2020 15:00

Best thing would be a pushchair that lies flat like a baby jogger so they could both use it alternately without the need for a pram attachment. Prepare for it being wet as well, (buy ponchos) as it may make the sling impractical all day!

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2tired2bewitty · 12/06/2020 15:05

If you’re on FB there’s a very helpful group called Disneyland Paris for Brits where there’s always lots of helpful ideas and info, particularly at the moment.

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sleepismysuperpower1 · 12/06/2020 15:10

I just realised the ID bands I linked above are from America, so are very expensive shipping wise. try here instead x

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Inmyownlittlecorner · 12/06/2020 15:15

Definitely take a buggy for the 3 yr old! When my DC we’re babies we took slings & would pop into the Disneyland Hotel for breaks with them. We just popped them on a blanket on the floor in the public areas.
We always go to Val d’europe to stock up on wine etc. It’s easy to do on the train, but parking is free. The baby care centres in the park are useful for nappy changes, loos for the toddler & bottle/food warming.

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viques · 12/06/2020 15:15

Take a photo of your child in the morning so if heaven forfend she does get lost you have a clear picture of her and what she is wearing that day.

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SoloMummy · 12/06/2020 15:25

When are you going?

If in a bnb is it within walking distance?

The centre is easily got to, but the effort involves and time would make me only do 1big visit - you can get the train from Marne La Vallee Chessy to Val D'europe in 15 minutes. If you're going for the supermarket, I'd just pop to the local little shops and bring as many snacks possible in your suitcase.

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Bunnyfluffys · 12/06/2020 16:26

I've been looking at baby wearing jackets too, but they're so expensive! I've seen somewhere that people got their pram rain covers stolen so not to bother. What a sad world we live in!

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Bunnyfluffys · 12/06/2020 16:27

I'm in a group at the moment, I'll have to have a search through old posts and think of some new things to ask!

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Bunnyfluffys · 12/06/2020 16:28

We won't have a car, so it would be train, is it easy to do with 2 kids in tow? I'm a wimp when it comes to travel haha

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Bunnyfluffys · 12/06/2020 16:29

Very helpful but sad thing to have to do isn't it, but I'll definitely be doing that, thank you!

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Bunnyfluffys · 12/06/2020 16:31

We're staying in Disney, the santa Fe hotel next April. It's restaurants and a big shop that we'd be going the mall for. Unless Disney restaurants aren't that much more expensive to eat at 🤷

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Bunnyfluffys · 12/06/2020 16:32

Thank you! Me and my husband have been Florida, but never Paris, from what I've seen the experience is quite different haha

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Bunnyfluffys · 12/06/2020 16:32

I hope all my posts have replied to the correct person, I did click reply on each chat haha

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FlaviaAlbiaWantsLangClegBack · 12/06/2020 16:41

We went last summer when the rain was biblical, we'd got raincoats and waterproof trousers but we had to go to decathlon and buy welly boots for the kids as their shoes were soaked. On the plus side, that day was brilliant, the rain kept people away and there was hardly any queues. We did get the poncho we'd bought to cover the pram nicked though so I'd suggest stashing rain covers out of sight and parking the pram under cover.

The Disney village outside the park is much cheaper for food, there's a sandwich place, a pasta and pizza place that's really good and a McDonalds.

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Bunnyfluffys · 12/06/2020 17:26

Didn't think of wellies, thanks! That's great, we're happy to eat cheap so a McDonald's is fine with us. May splash out for one meal though haha

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SoloMummy · 12/06/2020 17:30

@Bunnyfluffys

We're staying in Disney, the santa Fe hotel next April. It's restaurants and a big shop that we'd be going the mall for. Unless Disney restaurants aren't that much more expensive to eat at 🤷

If you can buy the meal deal when on offer I would as it works out expensive otherwise. Finding food elsewhere will seriously add to the faffing if not eating in Disney restaurants.
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Mightymurphy · 12/06/2020 18:30

Book your character meals as soon as the bookings open.

Use extra magic time wisely and try to do it every day. You can get quite a bit done in that first hour.

Get a good spot for the fireworks early.

Don’t compare Paris to Florida.

Don’t forget about the dragon under the castle.

Train is easy. Get off, come through to face the park gates and you’ll walk straight to the shuttle buses.

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FlaviaAlbiaWantsLangClegBack · 13/06/2020 16:18

Oh, if you have a MasterCard you can queue at the town hall in the park or the customer services in the studios at opening times for better seating at some of the shows.

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BroodyBridget · 13/06/2020 16:26

One tip I used when we went to Florida (so I appreciate it may not apply here but very helpful if it will 🤞🏻) is to take some of the little Robinson's squeezy juices with you. Can get them cheaper in Aldi.
We could ask for water from any of the restaurants and kiosks and it was free of charge so then we could make juice for the kids much cheaper than it would be for us to buy a 'soda' every time. Just pop a handful of them in your bag on the morning - far less weight to carry round than taking your own bottles.

Agree with a PP who said to buy Disney merchandise before you go - we stocked up on ears from eBay, and lots of Disney clothes from primark before we went so we didn't pay the extortionate prices there.

Finally, buy some cheap waterproof ponchos form eBay. Ideal for water rides or if the weather turns. And take up very little space in your bag.

Hope you have a wonderful trip! I've done Disney Paris twice when I was a lot younger, and they were wonderful holidays Smile

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