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I've noticed a lot of people are planning on going to Disneyland this summer, so I thought it would be useful to have a single thread that advises people on where to go and how to do it for the best v… Read More
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
I've noticed a lot of people are planning on going to Disneyland this summer, so I thought it would be useful to have a single thread that advises people on where to go and how to do it for the best value.

1) Include advice on areas such as quickest form of travel and best value altertatives
2) Cheapest method of travel to Disneyland once arriving in France
3) Best dates to travel to take advantage of promos or to avoid queues
4) Events not to be missed
5) Best rides
6) Tips for food and cheaper alternatives
7) What's there to do in the evenings in and around the park?
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Info that I've found so far:

1) We're considering taking either Eurotunnel or Ferry, as it seems quite expensive to travel to Disneyland once arriving in France.

2) Resorthoppa quoted us something like £240, so it seems taking a car is essential and I've spoken to Disney and hotel guests have free parking privilages and offer a constant free shuttle bus to and from the hotels.

6) I don't know about the rest yet, as we haven't been but I've been advised by Disney that there is a McDonalds about 7 mins walk from the park, which is a much cheaper alternative than meals costing £15 per person inside the park.

I hope this thread helps people with there summer hols and if anyone wants any advice about hotels that are situated just outside the park, I've found some excellent prices that will make it much cheaper than booking directly with Disney. :)
#2
You might find some information in this thread

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=374769
banned#3
RFM if you go disneyland take me with you
#4
Might be better putting eurodisney in the title .......................
#5
When we went to EuroDisney you could spot the Brits because at lunchtime, while everyone else queued to pay stupid prices for food, they sat on the benches & got their sarnies out:-D

From what I remember (it was a few years ago, mind) there were 'bouncers' at the entrance trying to stop people bringing in their own food (stopping likely culprits & asking to search bags etc), and the price of food & drinks was exorbitant, so much so that we bought one drink to share among 4 of us because I refused to pay for 4 drinks:whistling:
#6
DangerGod
RFM if you go disneyland take me with you


You're going to have to be a lot nicer to me if you wanna come along...we might have to share a bed though. :giggle:

smithyp1
Might be better putting eurodisney in the title .......................


Done mate, I definitely should of mentioned it, as I thought I wrote DisneyLand but I must of forgot again. :)

cis_groupie
When we went to EuroDisney you could spot the Brits because at lunchtime, while everyone else queued to pay stupid prices for food, they sat on the benches & got their sarnies out:-D

From what I remember (it was a few years ago, mind) there were 'bouncers' at the entrance trying to stop people bringing in their own food (stopping likely culprits & asking to search bags etc), and the price of food & drinks was exorbitant, so much so that we bought one drink to share among 4 of us because I refused to pay for 4 drinks:whistling:


Do you remember what the prices were like?

Surprised that Disney have policing policies like this...I hope they don't have Mickey Mouse beating up the parents after catching them with a bottle of water without a disney logo. :giggle:
#7
I'm still waiting for the xmas and new year dates to come out, not checked this week, but if anybody knows when i'd be greatful.
#8
cis_groupie
When we went to EuroDisney you could spot the Brits because at lunchtime, while everyone else queued to pay stupid prices for food, they sat on the benches & got their sarnies out:-D

From what I remember (it was a few years ago, mind) there were 'bouncers' at the entrance trying to stop people bringing in their own food (stopping likely culprits & asking to search bags etc), and the price of food & drinks was exorbitant, so much so that we bought one drink to share among 4 of us because I refused to pay for 4 drinks:whistling:


We were there in feb-they check your bags-but its not for food-we look loads in every day-its just a security check-you can take what you want in-they have picnic type tables for you to use in the parks.

I can't get the search buttons to work-but i posted a huge paragraph of tips-as did loads of others sometime at the end of feb-if you can find that set of posts it will really help-if not pm me and i'll post it all again.
#9
With the state of the euro, you all need to get yourselves to the 'real' disney in Florida !!!!!
#10
not sure what ages the people goin are but I went with my OH (were 21) and enjoyed everything even the kiddy rides!!! The haunted mansion was amazing and we loved the buzz lightyear ride! we went in september and no one checked our bags and we took a sh*t load of food in and a 2: drink and no one seemed bothered!!! The tram tour is really good too.. before I went cos I didnt know too much about the rides or anything I typed them into youtube and found out what they were like!

have fun Im offically jealous!! :thumbsup:
#11
p.s If your stayin for a while it might be worth checkin out Les parc des felines.. its a big cat sanctuary about 20 min drive from disney!
#12
aaron14danni
p.s If your stayin for a while it might be worth checkin out Les parc des felines.. its a big cat sanctuary about 20 min drive from disney!


That's the kind of information I want to know about, as we're staying for 4 nights and 5 days, so we might want to venture out at times.

What's there to do in the evenings in and around the park?
#13
smithyp1
With the state of the euro, you all need to get yourselves to the 'real' disney in Florida !!!!!


agreed 100%
banned 1 Like #14
I've been to Disneyland Paris many times and would recommend staying in one of the cheaper hotels on-site. I've stayed in all the Disney ones with the exception of the actual Disneyland Hotel (the most expensive) and my favourites are the Sequoia Lodge and the Cheyenne.
There's a big shopping center and outlet village one stop along (RER) from Disney. It has a big supermarket which is ideal for buying food and drink.
At night Disney Village has plenty to keep you entertained- shops and restaurants etc- all of which are open late.
#15
claire89
I've been to Disneyland Paris many times and would recommend staying in one of the cheaper hotels on-site. I've stayed in all the Disney ones with the exception of the actual Disneyland Hotel (the most expensive) and my favourites are the Sequoia Lodge and the Cheyenne.
There's a big shopping center and outlet village one stop along (RER) from Disney. It has a big supermarket which is ideal for buying food and drink.
At night Disney Village has plenty to keep you entertained- shops and restaurants etc- all of which are open late.


Thanks for the advice, rep added. :thumbsup:
#16
seems quite an obvious thing to say but thought I'd mention it anyway.. Paris.. you can get a train in that takes about half an hour and is only about £10pp, pay for a metro ticket in paris and spend the day visiting the major sights. Theres also Versailles thats about 40mins from Paris on a train but you need to go into paris first to get the train to verailles... might be worth it if its your kinda thing!

Theres also "Parc Asterix" another theme park not sure how far it is from Disney think its only about an hour by car but its Frances biggest theme park.. n u can use tesco vouchers too!

If you want to get away from Disney for a cheap meal theres a place about 10mins drive called "pommeuse" (might have spelt that wrong!) that has a couple of italian restauraunts and a shoping market and its nice to get away from the hustle and expense of Disneyland for an hour or 2!! :thumbsup:
#17
realfriendlyman
That's the kind of information I want to know about, as we're staying for 4 nights and 5 days, so we might want to venture out at times.

What's there to do in the evenings in and around the park?


Rides rides and more rides :-D & parades etc

you have to ride Big Thunder Mountain in the dark it's fab!

or eating / shopping / drinking in the Village

try a cocktail in one of the hotels bars too :thumbsup:

Val D' europe is good for cheaper eating ,The Dragon Chinese was very good last year.and of course the shopping!

this planning forum is fab : http://www.disboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=77

PS It's Disneyland Resort Paris (DLRP ) not Eurodisney ;-)
#18
RFM this thread will go around in circles because no one is going to read it through once it gets to 50 posts+
It will be a lot of repeat questions and tips pretty quick.

You should have cordoned off the 1st few posts and updated them as information comes through.
#19
thesaint
RFM this thread will go around in circles because no one is going to read it through once it gets to 50 posts+
It will be a lot of repeat questions and tips pretty quick.

You should have cordoned off the 1st few posts and updated them as information comes through.


That's why I'm going to update the OP once I get enough info. :)

Always one step ahead. ;-)
#20
We went at half term in Feb.

Big Tip - before you go into the park there is a train station-in there is a Spar type shop which sells 2litres of coke etc for about 1.50euros (you pay more than that for a small water in the park) - they also had sandwiches and crisps etc-go there on your way to the park and get your nibbles for the day -and save a fortune !

Everyone was taking rolls and croissants out from breakfast-just take an empty kids bag down to breakfast with you. We also took fruit from our buffet evening meal for the next day when the kids (9 and 3 ) were peckish.


Outfits were 45euros (!!!) luckily my friend had worned me of this-and we took a dress from Asda - lots of the girls where them at tea time - so it is worth thinking about if you have girls.

I also got some Disney colouring bits etc from the £ shop for the kids for treats at night rather than buying from the shop (very dear as previously mentioned) and for playing bits of games while waiting in the queues for rides.

Everyone has an autograph book for the charactors to sign too-they are special with Disney on-but they are 5euros each too-so you might want to take something with you if you don't want to cough up for them - we got them as there are special

Oh, and we took water bottle from home-and filled them in the mornings for drinks when the pop was gone from the Spar shop !

Hope this helps ! Have a lovely time !


We bought the half board package-were unsure but we knew someone who went at Christmas and they said it was horrendous for food-it was loads easier-as others have sadi kids meals were 15euros and adults 27 or 29 euros depending on which hotel you ate at -and that was for a buffet so it worked out loads cheaper in the long run.
#21
Anyone know the best place to get cheap tickets on offer or otherwise?
Sorted a hotel through a friends friends and family deal in the radisson, but just need to get the tickets to get in the actual park.
Also do you need tickets to get in the disney village?
#22
Monkeyballs
Anyone know the best place to get cheap tickets on offer or otherwise?
Sorted a hotel through a friends friends and family deal in the radisson, but just need to get the tickets to get in the actual park.
Also do you need tickets to get in the disney village?


sometimes you can pick partial tickets up on evilbay, that's prolly the cheapest way

the disneyland site sells them too and you can use quidco I think x x
#23
ah cool cheers
been round some of the travel agents who seem to put like a tenner comission on them
banned#24
thesaint
RFM this thread will go around in circles because no one is going to read it through once it gets to 50 posts+
It will be a lot of repeat questions and tips pretty quick.

You should have cordoned off the 1st few posts and updated them as information comes through.


Then he should post it in the deals section and take all the credit for the information provided by everyone else. Someone else I can think of does this! Seems to work.

Stealing other peoples info = serious business.


BTW - RFM - loose the "Official" tag..... It makes it sound rather silly.
#25
My favourite ride is Star Tours. It's funny, and about as much excitement as I can handle!

First time youngest went on it (she was about 5, I think) her first question on getting off was, "We are going back again, aren't we?" - poor thing thought we really had just flown through space! :-D
banned#26
Jazz
My favourite ride is Star Tours. It's funny, and about as much excitement as I can handle!

First time youngest went on it (she was about 5, I think) her first question on getting off was, "We are going back again, aren't we?" - poor thing thought we really had just flown through space! :-D


Shhhhh. Don't let RFM know! :thumbsup:

Mind you - if you've ever been on Mission to Space in EPCOT. you could seriously understand that notion!
#27
guv
Mind you - if you've ever been on Mission to Space in EPCOT. you could seriously understand that notion!


... not yet ... will have to put that on my list ... :p
#28
Got back from a superb three day trip to Disneyland last night, only let down was Eurostar, got to train station at 6.15pm for 7.45 train, got on the Escalator with my group of nine, when we got near the top the family in front where trapped on the top platform due to the walkway being completely full with people, we started shouting down for people to stop the Escalator, nobody could find a button, we starting getting crushed against the family in front, while we where still on the moving part of the escalator, people where trying to run down at the bottom, kids crying, women screaming, just complete panic, i could not reach my 8 year old daughter as she was getting crushed down the side of the family in fronts suitcase, God knows how but the guy in front managed to push the crowd forward enough and grab my daughter, just as some guy managed to locate a little stop button at the bottom of the escalator. No member of staff came, when we got to the baggage check everybody was complaining about the incident, they just said we will tell the manager.
When we got to Ashford, the children refused to go down the escalator even though it was clear at the bottom, halfway down we started to see people backing up again, our group starting shouting move forward and then someone pressed the big emergency stop buttons which where not available at Paris, (Guards had forgot to open the gates). Complete disregard for safety. Please just make sure the exit is clear before taking the Paris Escalator.
[HUKD Blog Network]#29
I think the thing that saved us the most money this year was becoming a Shareholder.
There are loads of perks, some of which are aren't great but you save 15% on table service and buffet restaurants and 15% in all stores in the resort, which for us was a big saving! (Also works in Disney Stores in the U.K. for 10% discount)
You are also entitled to use Salon Mickey which is a basically a wee room at the entrance to the park which serves water, coffee, juice and pastries etc fee of charge to Shareholders and is open between 9 and 11 (maybe 12??)
Lots of other discount info can be found on http://corporate.disneylandparis.com/shareholders/shareholders-club/discounts/index.xhtml

We purchased through the Halifax and it was a very simple process-purchasing 20 shares (which cost us around £80 including the fee a few months ago) means that there are no further hidden costs-either from the Halifax or Disney and the card is vaild for 2 years with free renewal.
We saved a lot of money in restaurants and shops in Disneyland Paris and still use it at home in the Disney Store.
Realise it may not be for everyone but hope it helps some.
[HUKD Blog Network]#30
Oh and not a money saving thing at all but a wee tip is that Walts is a lovely restaurant and if you're thinking of going there book in advance, checking the parade times first, from the U.K. and request a window seat.
It means you get a lovely meal and a chance to watch the parade from your table-lovely to do!
I will stop now because I could go on and on (and on!) about Disney! :oops:

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