My Home Park
Disneyland Paris has a special place in my heart. I call it my home park as it is the closest park to my home but also the park I visit most.
I always say I basically grew up at Disneyland Paris. My family visits the park at least once a year and has done since I was 3 years old. I've seen the park develop over the years and it's been a major part of my life.
General tips and tricks
The Secrets to a Magical Vacation
Okay, so my first tip is that Christmas at Disneyland Paris is the most magical time ever. Santa Claus is there to visit, there's a wonderful Christmas Parade and it snows every hour on Main Street USA.
Halloween is also so much fun at Disneyland Paris, I think I'm definitely a sucker for seasonal decor but there's something very special about seeing the Park decorated for each season.
Character meet and greets: So in Disneyland Paris characters only really come out for the first half of the day and at specific times, so get your butt out of bed and plan who you want to meet.
Park-hop. The Walt Disney studios park is small and you can definitely get it all done in half a day, we tend to get there early to do the busier rides then head over to the Disneyland Park for around Parade Time (Usually 3pm or 5pm depending on the time of year)
Pack a lunch. Food at Disney parks is pricey and if you're going to be there for the whole day you don't want to get hangry. We usually make sandwiches in the hotel and bring lots of snacks for the day then go for dinner at park closing.
Consider the needs of your family/group. Seriously this is vital. If its a group of adults you may only need a day or two to do the parks, if you have small children who need naps and feeding you'll need more time.
Where to stay
There are many options when it comes to where to stay at Disneyland Paris.
As I was growing up I was lucky enough to stay at a number of the Disneyland Resort Paris Hotels as well as then in my late teens my parents invested in the Marriott Vacation Club where we now stay regularly when we visit Disneyland Paris.
Disneyland Hotel: This is obviously the most expensive option as it is the fanciest hotel in the resort and its at the gates of the park. For these reasons it's so amazing to stay in especially if it's a special occasion. Dinner at Invention the Buffet Restaurant in the Hotel is Character Dining and well worth the price tag to meet all of Mickey's pals! The luxury and magic of this Hotel is an absolute treat!
New York Hotel (Re-opening soon as the Marvel Hotel): This hotel is second to the top of the Disney Hotel Ranking. I obviously haven't seen it since the renovations but the New York theme of this hotel was super special, especially at Christmas time with the ice-rink outside.
Marriott Village Ille de France: For my family this is our favorite place to stay, especially in the summer as it has a gorgeous outside pool and lovely gardens. We like the Marriott Vacation Club because you stay in a house or apartment with a kitchen so we can make breakfast in the mornings and come back and make dinners after park close. There is a shuttle that goes to the parks as well as a public bus which also goes to the nearby shopping centre.
Disney's Sequoia Lodge: With the feel of staying in an Alpine Ski Lodge, the cozy and comfortable Sequoia lodge is a lovely hotel with a slightly lower price point then the other hotels I've mentioned.
Different ways to get the most for your money.
Whatever tickets you go for, I HIGHLY recommend buying your tickets before you go. Tickets at the gates can be more expensive and the lines for the ticket booths can be insane.
If you're going to stay onsite at one of the Disney Resort Hotels, it's best value to book a package through the Disneyland Paris website. Usually you can get an offer for a free night if you stay for three nights or more or sometimes you might even get a meal plan included in the price!
If you're like me and you want to visit Disneyland Paris more than once a year it's 100% worth getting an annual pass. Not only in an Annual pass better value, but you also get tonnes of perks like discounts in shops and restaurants, free parking and even invites to exclusive events. As well as being better value you can also pay monthly.
Where to Eat
My Favorite Places to eat at DLP
Walt's: An American Restaurant
Walt's is my favourite restaurant at Disneyland Paris. It sits above the Emporium on Main Street USA and is the perfect spot for watching the parade while dining. Each section is decorated with a theme of one of Walt Disney's Classic Films, it's magical. The food is a delicious mixture of French and American cuisine. As far as price range goes, I would consider Walt's a mid-range restaurant for Disneyland Paris standards ( at least 30 euro per person).
Bistro Chez Remy
Remy's Bistro is literally like stepping into the world of Ratatouille. With giant plates, bottles and cocktail umbrellas as walls, tables and parasols. The food is stunning french cuisine, but not too overly snooty! There's also a stunning terrace perfect for golden hour photos. Price wise, you're looking at another mid-range.
The Silver Spur Steakhouse
This is a new addition to my list of favourites. In the heart of Frontierland, this steakhouse serves up a well priced hearty meal of anything you expect a steakhouse to offer. The theming in this restaurant leaves a little to the imagination but the food and friendly service makes up for it!
The Plaza Gardens
The Plaza Gardens is a gorgeous buffet style restaurant serving up various american delicacies. My family love this one as it's all you can eat and includes bottomless soft drinks and desserts. Price wise it's slightly above mid-range at just under 40 euro per person.
What can I say really about Planet Hollywood, we all know it's a fab place for wings and burgers. This particular restaurant sits within the giant globe in Disney Village. It's a good choice for a lower price range and a great atmosphere.
The most fun restaurant at Disneyland Paris. Within the Disneyland Hotel this buffet character dining experience is the best place to meet Mickey and his friends with the best view of the castle.