Disneyland Paris!

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Get all the tips and tricks for traveling to Disneyland Paris! Such a fun Disney vacation for the whole family, regardless the time of year!

Lauren Brooke and Blake at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

Today I’m sharing a lot of my photos and tips for traveling to Disneyland Paris. Man oh man did we have fun! Flying into Paris and already having been to Disney World, Disneyland and a Disney Cruise in the past year I wasn’t sure what to expect. I read as much as I could about it, but honestly there wasn’t much to find. Nothing about the food or the attractions. Besides the Disneyland Paris website, there wasn’t a whole lot of research to do. So me and Rachael (a fellow food and travel blogger) went in blind, not exactly sure what to expect. 

But upon arrival, we both realized Walt Disney World Studios and Disneyland Paris were smaller than the parks in the states, WAY less busy and not terribly food or merchandise focused. I’m not sure if it was the cold weather keeping people away or Europeans not loving Disney as much as Americans, but regardless the lack of people was wonderful! Both parks were easy and pleasant to navigate, wait times were about 20 minutes at the most and the hours weren’t too early or too late either. It was one of the best experience we’ve had with Disney. The Disney hotels were cheaper, ticket prices were cheaper and the treats at the park were about the same. I’ll talk more about specifics below, but take a peek at our visit! We were there two days and accomplished so much!

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Brooke and Blake at Disneyland Paris

A group of people standing in front of a store

A tray of waffles

Disneyland Paris store

Blake showing off his watch

Macarons

Macarons Mickey

Mickey shaped pancakes

A Disney castle with water in front of a building

A boy walking across a bridge

Lauren and the kids in Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris entrance

Disneyland Paris City Hall

Christmas tree in Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris Castle

Lauren and the kids at Disneyland Paris

Where to stay at Disneyland Paris

We booked a room at Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe. I found a steal of a deal on Travelocity (or maybe Expedia?) for 120 euro per night. On the Disney website, I couldn’t figure out a way to book hotel and tickets separately (read: cheaper) so I booked the hotel through a third party site and got our tickets directly through Disney. The hotel was worried I didn’t have tickets upon check-in, but I flashed my printed tickets at them and they were fine.

Our room was on the smaller and simpler side, but nothing that my New York City kids weren’t already used to. Plus, we just needed beds for our heads and a shower.

Hotel Santa Fe also offered breakfast buffets for some crazy amount I wasn’t willing to spend, so we got smaller breakfasts at the Starbucks in the hotel. Yogurt parfaits and croissants. Turned out being much cheaper. (I know through a third party site you can add breakfast on for a cheaper amount…I just didn’t want to. Ha!)

In Disneyland Paris Park

Like I mentioned above, both parks at Disneyland Paris weren’t very busy at all. Off our redeye flight we took the Magic Shuttle directly to our hotel. After we checked in, dropped our bags, freshened up and added a few layers, we headed out to the park around 3pm. So if you’re keeping score, it took us 4 hours to get through customs, walk over to the Magic Shuttle location, wait for the bus to leave, drive to our hotel, check in and walk over to the park.

Walking in not knowing what to expect, we were happy to find the majority of the rides with 0-15 minute wait times. It was awesome! A little strange to ride rides in the cold, but so fun!

Over the course of the two days we were there, we rode the following with zero fast passes:

  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blasts (4 times)
  • Cars Quatre Roues Rallye
  • Crush’s Coaster (twice)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Ratatouille…The Adventure (5 times…a favorite!)
  • Rock’n’Roller Coaster (twice)
  • Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin
  • Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain (3 times)
  • Tower of Terror
  • Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop

We also saw the fireworks show at Disneyland Paris our first evening and a Christmas Parade the second day, mid-afternoon.

My favorite rides were Crush’s Coaster (sit backwards if you can…so much fun!) and Ratatouille (Blake’s favorite). We convinced Brooke to ride Rock’n’Roller Coaster and she ended up loving it.

Be aware that when you get into the park during those magic hours, a lot of the rides don’t open until the park opens for the general public at 10am, so check the Disneyland Paris App to check ride times. Crush’s Coaster opens early though 🙂

Also, if you have printed tickets, you have to switch those out for real tickets, so head to a cashier window.

Disneyland Paris Food

Not sure if the cold weather affected the lack of food options or if there just aren’t very many food options, but the best stuff we found were all not IN the park but at Disney Village, just outside the park. How’s that for strange? Here is what we had.

  • Mickey Waffles in Walt Disney Studios
  • Nutella Crepes across from Ratatouille ride
  • Burgers and fries from Cafe Hyperion
  • Mickey Macarons in Disney Village
  • Chocolate Covered Apples in Disney Village
  • Roasted Chestnuts in Disney Village
  • Pizza from New York Style Sandwiches

After the fact, we realized there was a McDonalds further down in Disney Village had we walked a little further. That would have been a better choice for our kids, looking back. Also, there is a “Pineapple Whip” (similar to Dole Whip) available in the summer, but wasn’t available for us because it was winter. Too bad! And, kinda bummed the pretzels available weren’t mickey-shaped. Haha!

We also looked into a sit-down, table service restaurant inside Disneyland, but none of them had great ratings on TripAdvisor or Google, so we felt like it just wasn’t worth the money.

After the fact, are there things we would have changed about this trip? Probably not. We love Disney! But you have to expect it’s a whole different experience than you’d get in the states mainly because it’s not all about the food. Overall though it was worth the money and so so fun for me and my kids to experience. Not to mention much cheaper than our last trip to Disneyland in California. Ha! How’s that bro backwards?

Anyways, have you ever been to Disneyland Paris? Tell me what you thought 🙂

Have a great day, friends! xo

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7 Responses
  1. Kaci

    We just returned from our 5th trip to DLP this year! Haha. To say we love it is an understatement! I’m glad you guys had fun!! I agree about the food, the special “food and wine” huts on the Studios side are so delicious – we are so thankful for them being there! We aren’t a sit-down-restaurant type of family so we usually get the Croque Monsieurs wherever they are available (there are counter service shops on both parks that offer them), “stinky cheese sammies” from the huts, and dinner in the Village at Earl or McDs!
    You must have gotten there on a low-crazy day because the weekends can definitely get crazy with lines…especially now with Paris City Center being a bit hostile. DLP is just the best though, we love it!!

  2. Susan Crawford

    We were in Paris for our 25. Th wedding anniversary in 1999. We really weren’t going to Disneyland except for the fact that while we were in Paris all the museums were in strike. Everyday we would check and they were still on strike. So Mona and I never met in person. On the third to the last day we were there we went out to Euro Disney Took the train from Paris, enjoyed the country side. It was May and the roses out front we’re in full bloom so beautiful. I felt like it was small, somewhat crowded, especially the women’s rest rooms. ha aren’t they always. II remember buying a Belgium waffle with whipped cream, so delish. Other then that we walked downtown Disney to find something to eat can’t remember what….I was super disappointed with the Indiana Jones ride, it just wasn’t like Disneylands. We did have a great trip to Paris and Disney. I need to do N. Y. city someday! Thanks for sharing your trip blog with photos, you are all so cute. I love all things Disney!

  3. Marilyn Brennan

    I LOVE all these pictures. Two observations: Blake jumps really high and he looks soooo cute. Brooke’s hair seems to grow really quickly! They are adorable and I am so glad you got to take them!

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    Here’s the best site I’ve found for info Disney Parks: DisneyTouristBlog.com.
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    So glad y’all had fun. Love your blog!

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