Disney top 5 for under 5s , my 5 top tips to make the best out of a trip to Disneyland Paris.
Early Magic Hours
Early Magic Hours are an exclusive privilege for guests staying at all Disneyland Paris hotels on site. Basically you are allowed into the park from 8 am until 10 am before it opens to the general public. Only certain area and attractions are open.
It is an effort to get up early when you are on holiday but we used those 2 hours to get so much done. It is a great time to meet some characters, in Main Street. We managed to meet Minnie, Chip and Dale and Donald Duck without too much of a queue.
We also used the time to ride some of the more popular rides, Peter Pans Flights, Dumbo’s flying and Buzz Light Year Laser Blast. It was a favourite ride and we would do it many times in a row, taking full advantage of no queue. In total we managed to ride it 10 times in our holiday!
Our favourite things to do
Meemoo and Pook enjoyed many of the rides at Disneyland Paris and there was plenty to do without worrying about the bigger roller coasters. Truthfully since a terrifying ride on Indiana Jones Temple of Doom about 15 years ago, when it went backwards! I came off green, I have not enjoyed the big roller coaster since. The majority of the rides that the girls enjoyed where in Fantasy land.
At risk of writing a list in a list our favourites were
In the Disneyland Park
- Buzz Light years Laser Blast
- Its a Small World
- Peter Pans Flight
- Storybook boats
- Runaway Train
In Walt Disney Studios Park
- Slinky Dog
- Aladdin’s flying carpets
Make time to watch the parades and the shows. They are great opportunity to rest weary legs in the middle of the day. Also more importantly they were just amazing and equally favourite along with all of the rides.
Things to take to Disneyland Paris
Apart from the basics we found a few things invaluable on our trip to Disneyland Paris. Water bottles to refill at the various water fountains dotted all over both parks. It was a life saver on a hot sunny day to have a free drink with us as branded drinks are expensive in the parks.
The other item was a pocket picnic blanket. It folds up very small and was great to put down to sit on when waiting for a parade or a show, after the a rain shower and especially as Meemoo and Pook spent all week dressed in costumes that I did not want them to ruin wriggling around on on the outdoor floor.
After much debate we did take a stroller, tho it is not used at home anymore. it was so useful for resting tired little legs and a handy place to hang all your bags of junk. We did take a bike lock for it but only used it once. I always made sure that I left nothing on or in the pushchair!
You can book your meals 60 days before you arrive. Now I know this sounds mad deciding where you want to eat and when before you have even packed to go on holiday. Lots of the more popular restaurants and character dining get booked up way in advance. It was one less thing to have to organise each day when we were all tired and hungry. It did not really get in the way of what we wanted to do . The majority of our meals were booked for 6:30 pm , by which time we were ready for dinner and bed! 10 hours in the parks is pretty exhausting.
Enjoy the magic
Take the time to stop, enjoy the magic because it is a magical place to be. Enjoy the music playing in each of the lands, take time to dance to it up the street, look up at the buildings, look at all the amazing attention to detail and soak it all up. Enjoy watching your children’s eyes sparkle.
We had the best trip and I don’t think it will be long until we return!