As a little bit of a background, this was a long weekend trip to Disney with my younger sister. It was all a bit of a last minute trip and we only booked around 5 weeks before leaving and heading to the magic of Disneyland Paris.
Deciding on a Hotel
We didn’t particularly want to stay on site in one of the Disney resorts, 1) due to the cost of the hotels and 2) I know we were going to Disney but we didn’t want to stay in a hotel full of kids. This would mean that we would miss out on extra magic hours in the morning and also being able to just walk down to the parks but this wasn’t an issue for us.
After some research and watching a few YouTube videos we went with Krispy Smores recommendation of Relais Spa Val d’Europe Hotel in Chessy. We booked this hotel through hotels.com online at a non refundable rate which makes it slightly cheaper. We booked a twin room for 3 nights which cost us £196 for the two of us. Bargain! You would never be able to get this rate for 2 people staying 3 nights in a Disney hotel.
Flights to Paris Charles de Gaulle
We booked our flights through Easyjet direct on their website. We flew in and out of London Southend and booked to leave on a Thursday afternoon at 1.55pm and returning on Sunday at 4.30pm, this would give us two full days to go round the parks and half a day to do some shopping before we came home. Our flights came to a total £110.40 for the two of us including one hold luggage.
Disneyland Paris Park Tickets
After we had our flight and hotel book all that we had left to find was our park tickets. We did a bit of research and went with Attraction Tickets Direct. We got a 2 day/2 park ticket which covered us for any 48 hour period. However, if you are there for just over 2 days like we were it is worth getting the three day ticket. We ended up paying for another day ticket through our hotel. Anyway the tickets were booked over the phone as I managed to get the price down very slightly and we paid £200 for the tickets.
We also decided to go to an evening show/meal at Buffalo Bills Wild West Show in Disney Village. Attraction Tickets Direct were also selling these online we paid £110 for 2 category 1 seating which I would definitely recommend. I will do a separate post on Buffalo Bills Show so keep an eye out.
The great thing about Attraction Tickets Direct was that all the tickets were sent to you in the post. There was none of this printing of emails and taking it to guest relations on your first day. We had our park and show tickets in our hands around 3 days after ordering over the phone.
Online Planning Help
A great website to use when planning your Disneyland Paris trip is dlpguide.com. On this website you can find anything from the park opening times through the year to a list of ride closure dates. We also found the restaurant page on this website useful as they include all the menus from fixed menus to a la carte which gives you a chance to decide on possible dining reservations before you leave.
Before leaving we agreed that we wanted to have a meal at Walts – American Restaurant. Again I will do a separate post on this, however, due to it being on Main Street and the weekend we decided to reserve a table before leaving. Unfortunately you can’t reserve tables online the only way of reserving a table is by calling Disneyland Paris direct. When I called Disneyland Paris I didn’t have to wait long before I was through to someone who helped me reserve my table. They do not send you a confirmation but you can ask for a reservation code which they can give you. When we visited Walt’s restaurant we had no problems at all with our reservation.
One last thing that we did to help with our planning was downloading an app called MagiPark, you can get this on both apple and android devices but this app helped us so much. It basically gives you all the queue times for rides and it really helps you plan what rides to head for throughout the day depending on wait times.
Below I have made a list of all the websites we used when booking our trip to Disneyland Paris. I hope you have found this post helpful. Do you have any tips for planning a Disneyland Paris trip?
Hotel: Click Here | Flights: Click Here | Park Tickets: Click Here | DLP Guide: Click Here
Table Reservations: Click Here | MagiPark App: Click Here
*This post is not a sponsored post. All opinions and photographs are my own.*