We have been to Disneyland Paris three times now with young children. We wanted the magic to be there and this is why we decided to go when the children were little. It is a lovely destination for anyone that loves Disney or likes theme parks. When travelling with young children, organisation is the key, so I have written up my 10 top tips for taking young children to Disneyland Paris.
1. Drive there. I suppose this really depends where in the country you are starting out from, but we found taking the car over to France was the easiest way for us to travel when the boys were younger. It was easy to pack in everything we needed including the pushchair, bottles and powdered milk.
2.The New York Hotel. If you are staying at one of the Disney hotels then consider how far the walk is. After a day of walking even the next hotel down can take an extra 10 minutes to walk to. We stayed in the New York hotel on a couple of occasions. It has the added bonus of being able to accommodate 2 adults, 2 children and 1 infant in a room. When they are older, I believe there are a few rooms that can accommodate 5 within the Disney Hotels, but you need to book really early and call up for these.
3.If you go for the Half Board Meal Plan then it is worth going to the buffet restaurants if you have an under 3. They aren’t charged under the meal plan. Therefore they don’t get a meal if you are at a served??? restaurant. You can order food for them off the menu, but it is often far more than they need. At the buffet restaurants they are happy for them to have a small plate of food.
.4.Beware, not all children like costumed characters. I had not even thought of this before taking big man aged 3 to Disneyland. He loved Mickey on the TV. Face to face with a five foot mouse is a different matter. Luckily he got used to it pretty quickly!
5.If unsure take a buggy. You and your children will do a lot of walking. If you are unsure about taking a pushchair, you probably should. Our 4 year old ended up falling asleep in his brother’s buggy he had got so tired one day!
6.Use fast passes to cut queuing time. Little children don’t want to queue an hour for a ride. Some of the rides offer fast passes. This means you scan your ticket and then come back at a selected time later in the day and then take a fast track queue.
7.There are lots of characters around the park but there are two problems with this. Either you have to queue for a long time to get a picture and autograph or there is a mass bundle around them where parents are pushing their kids to the front. The best way to see the characters is to book character dining.
8.Go in term time if you can. But it is worth checking when the French holidays are.
9.If you are in one of the Disney hotels, you will get extra hours in the park. Make the most of your little ones waking up early and go on the selected rides before everyone else arrives.
10.Everyone heads to Disneyland, but make sure you go to Walt Disney Studios. Personally, I think it has more for younger children and is usually less crowded.
So there are my top tips for Disneyland Paris with young children. Can you add any more?
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