It’s no secret that Disneyland Paris is my favourite place on earth. I love everything about it! From the cheerful music and magical surroundings to the dads dressing up and wearing mickey mouse ears. There is zero judgment for being a child again! The whole place is wonderful and brings me so much joy. As I’ve been there quite a few times now I thought I’d share with you all my top Disneyland Paris tips. Whether you’re going for the first time, or it’s been a while, these tips will help you make the most of your trip!
Wear a Tiara
I would wear the Mickey Mouse ears like everyone else for years. One year I decided to buy one of the tiaras in the castle shop and I’ve never looked back. By wearing a tiara the characters and employees will treat you like a princess. I’ve had Buzz Lightyear regally bow to me. Goofy made a huge fuss pointing at my tiara and jumping excitedly which was adorable and employees in the hotel and at the front of queues would greet you as ‘princess’.
Honestly, Disneyland is really the only place you can wear a tiara and not get judged for it no matter how old you are. If you have kids with you make sure they wear a costume, if they want too of course, as the characters tend to give them more attention.
Download the App
Before you arrive at the park download the Disneyland Paris app. This app can help you keep up to date with all the events going on at the park while you’re there. It’ll also show you where you can find characters, which rides are closed for refurbishment and where the parades will take place.
Make use of the Magic Hours
If you’re staying in one of the Disney hotels you’ll be entitled to magic hours. This means you’ll be able to get into the park an hour before it officially opens to the general public and can stay an extra hour after it closes. We really made the most of this when we went last by getting up early for breakfast and wandering around a pretty empty park. A lot of the rides aren’t open at this time but you can still have fun walking around and getting pictures without the crowds. It’s also a good chance to get in line first for some of the more popular attractions like the Ratatouille ride and the Princess Pavillion.
Don’t Miss the Parades or Firework Shows
These are big events toward the end of the day that cannot be missed! The parade is so much fun and you get to see a lot of characters singing, dancing and providing great photo ops. Some characters will even interact with you if you’re at the front of the crowd. The firework show, which is Disney Illuminations right now, is incredibly magical too and I will watch it every single night I’m there. It always makes me really emotional, I pretty much bawl my eyes out the whole way through, and I love every second of it!
Bring a Reusable Bottle
To state the obvious, Disneyland is expensive. Buying drinks can really eat into your budget, especially during the hotter months. Luckily there are however plenty of water fountains everywhere, where you can fill up a bottle with water for free.
Wear Comfortable Shoes
I’ve seen so many people walking around the parks in heels or flip flops and you can tell they’re struggling! I think people underestimate just how much walking you do during a day there. To put it in perspective during our last trip our daily steps averaged around 30,000. So make sure you wear the most comfortable pair of shoes you own and not something brand new and barely broken in.
Bring your own Medication
As far as I’m aware, you cannot buy any medication such as paracetamol, sore throat sweets etc in the parks. Unless you want to travel quite far outside the parks I’d suggest bringing your own medication. Paracetamol or any kind of pain killer is a must to help relieve aching feet and headaches. I also like to bring Pro Plus with me as the days are very long and packed with activities, so a little burst of energy is often needed.
Pre-book Character Meals
Before you leave the country do your research on the character meals as there are several different ones around. I personally love the one in the Inventions resturant in the Disneyland Hotel but you also have Cafe Mickey, Plaza Gardens resturant and Auberge de Cendrillion. Which one you decide to go to will depend on your budget, what type of characters you’d like to see and food options. It’s also best you pre-book these meals as I’m sure you can imagine they are very popular and you don’t want to risk missing out. The character meals are a lot of fun and all the characters make sure they spend enough time with everyone to make it worthwhile.
Don’t Miss the Dragon
If you haven’t been to Disneyland Paris before it can be easy to miss the dragon in the dungeons. When you enter the castle on Main Street you’ll see shops on either side, toward the back of the shop on the left is a staircase. When you go down these steps you’ll experience the moving, breathing, roaring dragon and it’s quite spectacular.
Don’t Plan the Day
I’ve tried to plan out the day before and it just doesn’t work. There so much to do and see that you don’t even think about when making lists. Special parades happen during the day or a character will spontaneously make an appearance that will distract you from your plan. It’s best to make a general list of things you want to do or see but leave plenty of space for exploring.
Bring a Portable Charger
If, like me, you like to take pictures of absolutely everything a portable charger will be a lifesaver! I forgot to bring one on a day where all the Princesses were doing a special parade. Just as I got my phone out to film my battery died. Obviously, I was distraught. Jaz’s phone battery was still going however and he managed to capture the majority of the parade. So definitely invest in a portable charger if you want to be able to capture as many moments as possible.
And of course, the biggest tip I can give you is to HAVE FUN! Disneyland is such an amazing place so try not to stress out too much over all the minor details. Explore, have fun, and unleash your inner child!
Are you going to Disneyland soon or have you just come back from a trip? What tips would you suggest? Let me know in the comments!