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My Disneyland Paris Advice and Tips #2

This is my second installment of advice/ tips for adults going to Disneyland Paris. If you’d like to read the first post then click here.

Any questions let me know!

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Food/ Drink

  1. In Disney Village

One of my favourite places to eat. There is such an atmosphere in the evening as everyone has left the parks and has that ‘Disney Glow’ (true Disney fans know what I mean). I must state here that I do Disney on a budget, I don’t have the money to spend 100euro per meal (trust me when I say it’s easily done) on two people, so I budget. In terms of budget places to eat in the Village, these are my favourite:

Annette’s Diner

New York Style Sandwiches

Earl of Sandwich (whole lot of sandwiches eaten in Disneyland I swear)

Each cost about 30euro altogether for two people and the sandwiches are a substantial size.

Advice: Ask to sit upstairs in Annette’s Diner, you’re away from the door and you get to see everything around you. Also, have a milkshake when you’re there as they are AMAZING.

2. In the Park/ Studio

I don’t eat in the Park/ Studio much as I tend to not have lunch, however my favourite recommendations for the Park are:

Agrabah’s Cafe

Plaza Gardens

I’ve never actually eaten food in the Studios so can’t make any recommendations there.

Advice: Don’t bother buying snacks in the park as they are SO expensive. Instead, take a roll, some butter, some cheese etc from breakfast and take it into the park with you. You’re not allowed picnic hamper sized food but you can have little bits in your bag.

Advice: To save even more money, buy food before you go and stash in your suitcase. Things like crisps/ energy bars etc are good to take. Buy a bottle of water before you go too as there are fountains all over the park that you can refill with.

Advice: Take fruit with you. Starbucks was the only shop in the Village that offered fruit/ veg, it’s like it’s just not eaten out there! We always take some bananas and apples with us when we go

Advice: There are a couple of small shops you can buy little sweet treats/ crisps from like Gibson Girl and Cookie Kitchen

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Disneyland Park

  1. Extra Magic Hours

The Extra Magic Hours you get from your hotel are usually only in the Park and it’s usually in the morning. For adults, take advantage of this time to get on rides like Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear and any kids rides you need to go on.

Advice: You can normally stay on Space Mountain 2/3 times without having to requeue as it’s not that popular a ride for kids in the morning.
Advice: If you want to get on Autopia (do it at least once) use the extra magic hours to queue early as it gets MENTAL. The queue, by midday, normally reaches the 2/3 hour mark and that’s non-peak time.

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2. Shows/ Parades

Prepare to get there early as the streets fill very quickly. We normally end up getting a space about 30 minutes before a parade/ show starts and then we wait, otherwise you’ve got no chance of getting a good view or good pictures.

Advice: Don’t stand in the road, an usher will come along and push you back and, if there’s nowhere to stand behind you, you’re going to have to move.

Advice: Pushy parents try to put their children in front of you or tut a lot until you move. DON’T FEEL GUILTY. You paid to be there and you’re going to damn well have your space.

3. Fastpass

Take advantage of Fastpass on constantly busy rides (Thunder Mountain, I’m looking at you).

Advice: You can only have one Fastpass at a time so bear this in mind. Also, stick to the times that you’re given; if you’re a minute late you won’t be allowed in.

4. Toilets

Are dotted all over the place and, no matter what time you go in (first thing/ last thing at night), they always smell like crap. No matter what.

Advice: The toilets always tend to have a water fountain near them, so look for these if you need to refill your water bottle.

5. Favourite ride

For me? Haunted Mansion (I don’t know why I just love it) and Space Mountain.

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Disneyland Studios

  1. Extra Magic Hours

I’ve never been to Disneyland Paris when the EMH are in the Studios, I’m pretty sure it’s just some sort of myth. However, if you have a park hopper ticket use your EMH in the Park then hop over the Studio so you’re not waiting around for one to open.

Advice: Although the Studios may not open until 10am, people queue from 9am and the staff let people in early from about 9:40am. Use your EMH to cut through the main public entrance and sneak into the queue that way.

2. Shows/ Parades

Exactly the same as the Park, although there aren’t as many in the Studios, so same advice applies really, get there early and wait.

Advice: Don’t stand in the road, an usher will come along and push you back and, if there’s nowhere to stand behind you, you’re going to have to move.

Advice: Pushy parents try to put their children in front of you or tut a lot until you move. DON’T FEEL GUILTY. You paid to be there and you’re going to damn well have your space.

Advice: Take advantage of the cinema style shows with Animagique and Cinemagique, these are really fun, interactive shows and worth a watch.

2. Fastpass

Can be used but not really on the decent fast rides; Finding Nemo, Rock n Roller Coaster, RC Racer and Parachute Drop didn’t have the machines working when I went. Tower of Terror, however, does have one, and it’s well worth using when it gets busy.

4. Toilets

Again, sufficiently dotted all over the place and they, too, have water fountains nearby.

5. Favourite ride?

A tough one, but Finding Nemo and Tower of Terror are both amazing.

And that sums up my Disneyland Paris advice/ tips post. If I ever think of anymore I’ll update these and republish them.

If you have any questions about visiting Disneyland Paris, or have something specific you’d like advice on then let me know in the comments/ tweet me and I’ll do my best to help.

Thanks for reading,

S x

4 Comments

  1. katie

    February 22, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    What is fastpass please and how does it work? do you pay extra? Sorry i’m visiting for the first time in December so looking to up my knowledge first! Loved this 2 part series thank you.
    Katie
    http://www.blushingbubbles.co.uk

    1. Sophie

      February 23, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Don’t be silly it’s fine! So fastpass is basically an easier way to beat the queues:
      – If a ride has fastpass, you can go over to the booth (normally next to the ride) and put your main park ticket it to receive a fastpass ticket
      – This gives you a nominated time, normally between an hour, and you have to wait for this time
      – Once your time slot arrives, there is normally a different entrance for those with fastpass which allows you to cut the queue and go straight on the ride between these times (although sometimes there is a bit of a queue but it’s much shorter).
      – Things like Ratatouille and Thunder Mountain and Buzz Lightyear all book up quite quickly so it’s better to go early if you want to go on them xx

  2. Silas Wubbel

    March 13, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    When we first went to Disney, we found that the studios park was quieter than the main one, so it was a good place to get quickly on rides etc. However, when we went at Easter we found the opposite it seemed to be more crowded! Don t spend too much time walking between the parks probably best to do one in the morning, and the other in the afternoon?

    1. Sophie

      March 14, 2016 at 8:57 am

      100%! If you get a park hopper ticket I actually prefer doing Disney Park in the morning and Studios in the afternoon. Studios are usually quieter when the parades are on the main park too 🙂

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