Aloha my wonderful merfolk!
I was tagged by my lovely friend Jade over at Outside the Tower to do the Disney Holiday Hints & Tips Tag. I visited Disneyland Paris last month and feel that I may be able to answer these questions better now than previously. Before my trip in April, it has been almost nine years since my last visit.
So, without further a do, let’s start the hints and tips giving.
1. When is the best time to visit?
The best time is either in January when all the sales are on. Or if you wished to go to one of the themed season events, try to time it for when there are none or barely any school holidays throughout Europe. Also avoid weekends if you don’t wish to be standing in extremely long queues all day.
2. How long is the perfect visit?
I’ve been on a 4 day trip where only two were spent in the parks and two were spent travelling and you felt like you were rushing around the parks to get everything done. On this latest trip, I went for five days and I felt like that was a good length of trip. We managed to get everything done we wanted (besides a show that kept getting cancelled due to adverse weather). I didn’t want to leave however so really, no matter how long a holiday to Disneyland Paris is, it’s never really long enough as you never want to go home.
3. Which hotel is the best to stay at and why?
Out of the Disney hotels, I have stayed in the Santa Fe, the Sequoia Lodge and most recently the Cheyenne. Sequoia Lodge is definitely an amazing hotel to stay in, especially at Christmas. Although, I really did love the Cheyenne. I adored the Western theming of it so much.
4. Is there anywhere else to visit near the park?
A couple of times I have left the parks and gone into the city of Paris. I did the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and we also went to Versailles in an attempt to see the Palace but the queue was way too long. We also did a boat ride down the River Seine and saw the original Statue of Liberty. I’d say it’s something to do at least once on a trip to Paris.
5. What is the one thing that is a must to pack?
Oh gosh. I always carried around my charger with an adaptor attached, even though most of the time I wasn’t on my phone as I had no 4G for three of out of the five days I was there. I think for my next holiday I may et one of the portable charger things that EE give out so I can charge my phone on the go.
6. Where is the best place to take a picture of the castle?
I’ve seen lots of people get photographs by the left hand side of the castle, which looks awesome. I sadly didn’t get a photograph there as I forgot all about that spot. Also, being one of the last few people in the park and getting one on Main Street in front of the lit up castle.
7. Where is the best place to watch the parade?
I recently watched it from the Fantasyland gates and if you’re at the front of the ropes, it’s the perfect place for photographs and amazing character interactions.
8. Where is the best place to watch the fireworks?
When I was there in April, I stood in three different places. The first night I was right at the front. The second I was at the back of Central Plaza next to one of the popcorn wagons. The third I was on Central Plaza, sat on a bench (I stood up when Dreams began). Being at the front was awesome but my spot on Central Plaza meant I saw it all from a good distance and wasn’t too close to anything.
9. Which restaurant would you recommend and why?
Au Chalet de la Marionette. They have an awesome veggie burger in a bagel, as well as plenty of meat options. The theming is great, it’s quick service, there is a lovely area to sit outside so you can look over Fantasyland. I loved it.
10. What food should I try?
There is so much to try in Disneyland! I couldn’t have a lot of the food due to being vegetarian but that meant the food I did eat, I hadn’t tried on previous trips. The veggie bagel burger being one of them.
11. Which rides are a must?
Parc Disneyland: Space Mountain, Pirates, Phantom Manor, It’s A Small World, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast and Big Thunder Mountain when it’s open.
Walt Disney Studios: RC Racer, Ratatouille
12. If I can only buy one thing, what should it be?
Ears or a Photopass. Ears because the parks or the only place you can really wear them, and a photopass because they are so worth the money.
13. If I can only do one thing in the park, what should I do?
Go on Phantom Manor. I adore this ride more than anything. It was sadly closed for the duration of my last trip and it broke my spooky little heart.
14.What is the one thing I must take into the park?
My camera. This trip I filmed parts of my journey to create a montage. I didn’t feel confident enough to vlog but thought I’d film my visit in another form.
15. If you had to tell me your own top tip/hint what would it be?
Pick up a park schedule and plan your day. Plan when you’re going to do meet and greets. Plan what shows you will see and when. Make the most of extra magic hours to meet the fab five and do the rides in Discoveryland and Fantasyland.
I’m not sure who has already been tagged in this, so if you wish to do this tag, then I tag you!
a mermaid be waiting for you, in mysterious fathoms below