You asked, well actually I asked and you answered by throwing a few questions at the back of our Disneyland Paris trip. I thought I’d pop together a quick post answering some of your most asked questions.
“How young is too young for Disneyland?“
Firstly, that totally depends on what you want from the trip. Disney is the happiest place on Earth, loved by babies, toddlers, children and adults of all ages! Age isn’t the issue! What may be the trip of a lifetime to one toddler, is perhaps completely overwhelming to another! My children loved it, Esme 10 months and Alife 3 years. It was my little boys birthday on the day we arrived, we all had a wonderful time… albeit a very expensive wonderful time.
Deciding on “when is the right time to take on Disney” depends entirely on what you want from the trip. My son loved seeing ‘glimpses’ of the characters (I say glimpse as it was almost impossible to book a meet and greet which meant a flash viewing through the crowded lines)! We all enjoyed the rides, the parades and the general Disney magic that filled the autumnal air.
What we didn’t enjoy, regardless of age, was waiting! Do expect to queue for EVERYTHING! Entry, security, rides, food, toilets, meet and greet, over half of your day will be spent in a queue of some sort! There is no such thing as grabbing a bite to eat, taking a selfie with a much loved family favourite character, or hoping on the next fun ride. With that in mind, do take a packed lunch, even if you plan on eating at the park, take snacks and water for in-between. We also had fast pass access which didn’t work out for us at all, most rides for the kids don’t have fast pass, yup you guessed it, join the queue!
So just how long do you need at Disney?
Our Disneyland Paris visit was over two full days, arriving at the park at noon the first day, then 9am – 9pm the second day, it was intense! I’ve been a few times before (without the kids), so I knew my way around however our trip did still feel rather rushed, I’d say three days is perfect! The firework display does start rather late, I would recommend splitting the day in two. Morning at the park, early afternoon back at your accommodation (if staying local), then returning back to the park mid afternoon, that worked best for us.
Is it expensive?
Yes, but its Disney, it’s totally worth it. I wouldn’t recommend going on a strict budget. As I mentioned, it was my sons birthday so I had budgeted for a fancy meal with the characters and a fair bit extra cash for shopping. I had planned on allowing him to choose whatever toy he wanted however none of that worked out! The character dinner (which would be great for a special occasion) was full booked and my little one wasn’t overly fussed about toys, there was too much going on. The point is, allow yourself to get caught up in the magic of it all, it’s an experience after all!
Is staying at the DisneyLand Resorts worth the price tag?
Again all very dependent on what you want from this trip! We didn’t stay at Disney only because I booked this trip last minute and every resort was fully booked! There are cheaper alternatives just minutes from the park. We stayed at the StayCity Apartment which is amazing value for money! With a free shuttle, great buffet breakfast, spacious, clean and comfortable rooms, it’s a steal at roughly £100 per night (family room). That said, it wasn’t overly memorable, the accommodation was nice but not Disney magic, it’s not trip of a lifetime nice! Stay at Disney if you can, ( I did on a previous trip), it’s the icing on the cake!
All in all, Disneyland Paris is blissfully magic for all the family. My memories of this trip are not queuing and over priced burger joints. It’s seeing my sons face light up as the music starts and the parade comes marching down the walkway. My daughters hearty laugh as I spin her on her first ever teacup ride! There where moments where I thought quietly to myself… my little thrill seeking Alfie will love this ride when he’s older! And Esme, my very own little princess will one day by amazed by the beauty of Sleeping Beauty’s castle but for now, for the moment we basked in what is was, a trip of firsts, a trip of memories, a trip of magic.
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