Disneyland Paris - Pay what the French pay - 2014 - Save up to 22%
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Disneyland Paris - Pay what the French pay - 2014 - Save up to 22%

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Found 6th Jan 2014
Two adults and two kids, for four nights and five days entry to Disneyland - save up to £450 by booking via the French language version of the website.

I posted this deal this time last year and even though it's expired I've had a few people comment on it this week that they've still made good savings so I thought I'd revisit it again with some worked through examples.
The overall picture is that in most cases it is still much better to book via the French site. In the 20 examples I worked through only two were cheaper via the UK site.
The biggest saving, £474, was on the Disneyland hotel during our Easter holidays, that's 22.4% discount.
So this post is really an encouragement and explanation for you to make sure you TRY the French site when you're doing your own booking - I hope it helps some of you save!

All the following are based on 2 adults and two kids under 12, four nights in the hotel, five days unlimited park entry, no travel. I've picked hotels from the cheapest to the most expensive, and included our half term and easter holiday dates, which is when the biggest savings occur.

French prices (converted into £s)
Santa Fe Sequoia Lodge Davy Crockett Disneyland Hotel
27-31 Jan £424.44 £533.25 £399.52 £1,637.96
3-7 Feb £487.57 £696.05 £399.52 £1,006.70
10-14 Feb £487.57 £533.25 £447.70 £1,006.70
11-15 Feb £519.13 £533.25 £400.29 £1,006.70
7-11 April £835.59 £1,008.36 £931.11 £1,637.96

English Prices
Santa Fe Sequoia Lodge Davy Crockett Disneyland Hotel
27-31 Jan £435.00 £537.00 £492.00 £2,112.00
3-7 Feb £465.00 £702.00 £492.80 £1,206.00
10-14 Feb £465.00 £537.00 £553.00 £1,206.00
11-15 Feb £559.00 £537.00 £492.80 £1,206.00
7-11 April £970.00 £1,204.00 £1,062.00 £2,112.00

Savings:
Santa Fe Sequoia Lodge Davy Crockett Disneyland Hotel
27-31 Jan £10.56 £3.75 £92.48 £474.04
3-7 Feb -£22.57 £5.95 £93.28 £199.30
10-14 Feb -£22.57 £3.75 £105.30 £199.30
11-15 Feb £39.87 £3.75 £92.51 £199.30
7-11 April £134.41 £195.64 £130.89 £474.04

The way this works:
Firstly get your UK based price via the disneyland paris website or a travel agent, then:
1) Visit disneylandparis.com - it will default you to the UK .co.uk site. (Quidco potential 3.5%)
2) Click 'Change your country' in the navigation bar halfway down the page
3) Choose 'France autres regions'
4) Go through the same booking process as you would for a UK booking from the home page, use google translate if you need to.
5) When you go to pay it will fill in country ('Pays' in French) as FRANCE automatically. This DOES NOT MATTER. All you have to do is put United Kingdom in the Town box (ville) so it will be 'Dealsville, UNITED KINGDOM'. This is what the official Disney Sales rep told me to do.
6) Complete payment with your card - this is the only stage I can see there being a problem if your card company was over picky but mine has just gone through fine.

So to recap, you no longer phone the English speaking French sales team, you must order online. The address having 'FR' on the end is not an issue because they no longer post you any tickets, you just get the order confirmation code and an email.

I spent over an hour trying to buy this deal on the phone, firstly trying to get the US based UK phone number to forward me (they can't take Euro payments), and then trying to get through to the English Speaking French based sales team. It was the latter who told me you can now just do it online as described above, and that they can no longer take a card payment that doesn't have a French address on a phone order (although I suspect if you pushed they would)

For reference - English speaking French Sales office: +33 (0) 1 60 30 60 53

Be aware of currency conversion fees on your payment card as with any non Sterling deal.

For some dates and hotels you don't save or it's more expensive, but definitely worth checking!

Also worth noting the same 2 days and 2 nights free prices apply if booked before end of January on 4/5 night stays up to end March, and free for under 12's ALSO applies until then.

Please post any good savings you find via this thread for others to see.

On top of ALL that don't forget 3.5% cashback via quidco
rdbradshaw: TCB 5.55% (Thanks!)

167 Comments

Original Poster

Sorry the number formatting on the tables is so rubbish... but it should give you an idea.
There's four prices next to each date, those represent the four hotels listed in the top line of the table. Nothing lines up, I tried but it just ignores any formatting attempts...

Edited by: "bobthewibble" 7th Jan 2014

Thanks I did see your post last year and had completely forgotten your advise re the French site. Thanks for the reminder

Use disneylandholidays.co.uk
I booked the Santa Fe an hour ago
2 adults, 2 kids, 4 nights, 7th Feb = £456
Edited by: "Bigbil" 7th Jan 2014

cold... better deals to be had earlier in the year and same deals every year... just imo

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Bigbil

Use disneylandholidays.co.uk I booked the Santa Fe an hour ago2 adults, 2 … Use disneylandholidays.co.uk I booked the Santa Fe an hour ago2 adults, 2 kids, 4 nights, 7th Feb = £456



It would have cost £452.80 via the UK Disneyland site direct, so that's not bad as there is a £15 charge I think, BUT
It would have cost you £413 if you'd booked directly via the French Disneyland site as this post suggests you try, so sorry, not better to use them.

bobthewibble

It would have cost £452.80 via the UK Disneyland site direct, so that's … It would have cost £452.80 via the UK Disneyland site direct, so that's not bad as there is a £15 charge I think, BUTIt would have cost you £413 if you'd booked directly via the French Disneyland site as this post suggests you try, so sorry, not better to use them.



Nope
£553.60 on Disneyland site, so nearly £100 difference

Thanks will definitely have a look as literally been into travel agents today to see about booking so ill see if I can save some money

Still a good deal though

Original Poster

If you've not been before let me recommend the tripadvisor forum for it, a very helpful bunch, there's lots of other forums but this is the most sane and useful in my experience:
Trip Advisor Disneyland Paris Forum
My major tips having been every year for 8 years around now: consider driving via eurotunnel for the cheapest way to get there; take warm everything if you're going at this time of year; make lunch at the breakfast buffet and get to the nearby shopping mall for cheaper meals and the fascinating Auchan supermarket (2 mins by train if you're not driving). Oh and do not miss the Disney Dreams end of the day show - amazing.
Edited by: "bobthewibble" 7th Jan 2014

Ran this through the French site. After the 19 euro fee is added at the booking it comes out at 626.44.
So £520
Am I doing something wrong. I'm booked, but my sister isn't yet

cheers

i am going via eurostar! 59 quids return

My 16 year old son went in July, queued in a very short queue for Captain Jack Sparrow and when he got to the front of the queue, the character looked at his watch and said sorry my shift is over and walked off! Charming! Sent a letter of complaint to Disney and got a very very delayed reply, sorry we'll speak to department concerned. No voucher, no nothing! Underwhelmed. Will not bother with Disney Paris again, been a few times before but both my kids now teenagers and nothing there for them worth the cost of going.

Thank you, want to go this year sometime so great heads up!:)

Great advice, we booked (and saved) by using the .FR site last year. was a bit traumatic when the documents all came through in French but as you say, you literally just need your booking reference.

On the downside, I now just want to go back!

Thanks. We want to go but soooooo expensive. Will try this

I want to take my little girl in november but with the transport works out so expensive..

Does this come with tickets for the park

I need tickets

Banned

Use Google Chrome. If it detects a non-English page a bar will appear at the top asking whether you want to translate the page. Really useful for things like this.

it's full of French people, good reason enough not to go.

does the eurostar take you too disneyland does anybody know?

The Eurostar goes direct to Disneyland everyday bar Tuesdays and Saturdays, literally right into the resort itself.

You have four prices next to each date range. Can't figure out why? Thanks

nseaman

You have four prices next to each date range. Can't figure out why? Thanks



The prices are set in columns, so 1st price is for Santa Fe, 2nd price is for Sequoia Lodge, 3rd price is for Davy Crockett and the 4th price is for Disneyland Hotel.

You have four prices next to each date range. Can't figure out why? Thanks

Thanks OP, just booked a trip via the French website to stay at the Disneyland hotel with family for 2 nights and saved about £400 compared with the English version. The only difference was that the English website was including lunch & breakfast whereas the French version only offers breakfast.

Noticed this yesterday had had to book it fantastic price !!!

wakkaday

Does this come with tickets for the parkI need tickets



Yes

Not great if your second kid is 12.....£1100 and you quoted £500-£600

Can tickets alone be booked this way?

Yes, you can book tickets only on the website.

This is a good deal but unfortunately for me, looking in July, the prices are no different.

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accie5ever

Not great if your second kid is 12.....£1100 and you quoted £500-£600


I feel your pain. My eldest hit 12 last year. It does jump up, no way to avoid it but still found a good deal for Davy Crockett back then.

Disneyland Paris rules soooo much!

We are planning on going back in October for Halloween but when we went last time, we went just before the school holidays in july. was amazing!

Took me nearly a whole day just to get past the tat shops. was in my element! Im a big kid but this place is for everyone, loved it so much.

However, i did see people smoking in and around them park and near food stands which should be band but it didnt put a damper on anything.

Lets see what price i get for october!

The problem is A) the French are surly and not suited to this sort of thing and B) The weather is lousy and not suited to this sort of thing. I went a while ago and don't think I would bother again especially out of season.

Does this work out any cheaper than going through an agent like

disneylandparisdirect.com/

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tomlewis007

Does this work out any cheaper than going through an agent … Does this work out any cheaper than going through an agent likehttp://www.disneylandparisdirect.com/



From my experience they can only get you the UK prices, so as with the whole post, the point is, get a price from them and compare.

Cheers for this, I want to take our kids to Disney and think this might be a better option than Orlando (they're 0 and 2) and I love Disney but have never been to the Euro one.

Is there any website that gives you the quietest time to go? Or should I take the prices as a good indicator? We could go at any time, probably thinking early 2015 to be honest, but you don't want to coincide with a Belgium school holiday or something.

Original Poster

Bogside

Yes, you can book tickets only on the website.This is a good deal but … Yes, you can book tickets only on the website.This is a good deal but unfortunately for me, looking in July, the prices are no different.


It seems the biggest differences are around this time of year from what people reported in the old post. It's still worth checking but I think the big savings come about through our holidays differing from the French, so we're effectively getting their term time prices, plus the offers vary. When summer comes both countries are on holiday so that difference disappears. That's my theory anyway.

I should add, it's worth trying other countries too, someone found a big saving through the Spanish language version last year.

I'm looking to go in May, it doesn't seem any cheaper for then, is this correct?

i know the OP mentioned it but don't forget card charges for foreign currency which can be quite steep! 2.99% in the case of First Direct

The French version came up with roughly the same price in Euros as the English site was in pounds for the Disneyland Hotel. The difference was about £300 !
Very hot from me. Thanks for your effort
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