Making a trip to Disneyland Paris is often every child’s dream. For adults, it’s often seen as a tiring and exhausting trip! Here, we tell about our weekend at Disneyland Paris with a few tips to actually make your trip happy for everyone.
Disneyland Paris often offers package deals with large discounts. Kids under 12 Stay, Play & Travel for FREE! This weekend we enjoyed a very affordable weekend stay at the Davy Crockett Hotel with 4 kids and 2 adults.
Leaving from Paris on Saturday morning we decided to skip the Disney Extra Magic Hours in which the park is open for 2 hours (between 8 – 10) only to Disney hotel guests. We preferred to take our time, and save our energy for the big day. Upon arrival, the park was less crowded than normal due to the cold weather. The kids first wanted to visit Sleeping Beauty’s castle and catch a glimpse of all the Disneyland characters in a parade on Main Street, which offered a good introduction to the Disney universe. Although we had shorter lines and less waiting times probably due to the cold weather, we also took advantage of Disney’s FastPasses. A new concept where you use your entry ticket to avoid long waits by getting a FastPass for specific rides including: Big Thunder Mountain (the unanimously favorite roller coaster for the kids), Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Peter Pan, Star Tours, and more. Surprisingly, we discovered that most rides are designed with kids ages 4 and a half and up in mind, at least in terms of height requirements. Therefore, we were able to enjoy almost every attraction. Some of the highlights of Day 1 at Disneyland were riding Big Thunder Mountain (5 times!), the Haunted Mansion ( where lines are usually not that long), It’s a Small World, and the Pirates of the Carribean. We packed our own water bottles and snacks with a few sweaters and hats just in case.
After a long day at Disneyland, we arrived back at our hotel a short drive away. The hotel was better than we imagined, spacious and clean, with a farm, swimming pool, small shop and restaurant. In our bungalow we even had a kitchen and all the necessities to cook. However we opted for the pool and buffet restaurant. The kids went to bed with ease after Day 1.
Day 2 we woke up early to enjoy the Disney hours from 8-10! During this time we were able to catch all the rides that had long wait times including Peter Pan, the teacups, Autopia, and of course Big Thunder mountain. After this, we headed over to Disney’s second Park, Walt Disney Studios Park. We watched the show Animagique (good for small children), Cars Race Rally, Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin, and the Tower of Terror (the scariest ride yet. We finished the day off at the shops, with a gift for each kid in hand.
In retrospect, the pure joy of the kids made this weekend special for all of us. The kids left Disneyland only thinking of one thing, “If only we could live at Disneyland!!” And the were just relieved to be back home!
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