Eurodisney wasn’t high on my list of things to do in Paris but I ended up having a great time. Here are some tips to help you enjoy Disneyland even if you stopped playing with Mickey Mouse many years ago.
- There are 2 parks at Disneyland: the Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios Park. The Disneyland Park feels younger with rides like the one where you sit in ‘teacups’ that waltz around while the Walt Disney Studios Park feels older, gives a feel of cinema and has rides like the thrilling Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
- Buy Disneyland tickets online. They are way cheaper online than at the gate. At the moment, a 1 day/ 2 park ticket online costs about 51 Euros per adult and about 46 Euros per child.
- You can take the Eurostar directly to Disneyland from St Pancras in London. If you’re already in Paris, all you need to do is to take the RER A4 train to Marne-La-Vallee/ Chessy. The train stops practically in front of Disneyland’s gates.
- Disneyland is at its busiest in the summer. Ideally, you should go there during the week as there are fewer people there then.
- Go in the morning as the queues for rides seem to get longer as the day wears on.
- The queues for rides can be pretty long so it’s best not to go to Disneyland alone so you have someone to chat with while waiting for rides. Although Gray Cargill enjoys going to Disneyland solo and has written a post about it so maybe going alone can be fun.
- There are loads of places to eat at Disneyland so unless you have special diet requirements, there’s no need to worry about food.
- Eat a very light breakfast to reduce the chances of you throwing up on any of the rides. Go on as many rides as you can then take a break for lunch. Rest a bit and if you still feel up to it, hit the rides again.
- Leave the high heels at home. Apart from being uncomfortable on the rides, you’ll do a lot of walking at Disneyland so unless you want to spend the day in pain, wear flat, comfortable shoes.
- The souvenirs at Disneyland can be expensive. A photograph of you on a ride can cost 20 Euros. If you spot a souvenir you like but it’s a little expensive, go away and if you’re still thinking about it at the end of the day, go back and get it!
- There are hotels at Disneyland particularly geared towards families and with so many rides there, staying at a hotel and going on as many rides as possible may be a good idea.
Disneyland truly is a lot of fun and you can enjoy yourself no matter how old you are – just go prepared to have the time of your life.
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