“Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever.”
– Walt Disney
Paris might be internationally known as the European city of Love, but to me is the home of the Happiest Place on Planet earth… Disneyland Paris. Since I was a little kid I dreamed of going to Disneyland Paris, I guess like most kids. However, traveling from Portugal was expensive and my parents were never able to take me there. Fast-forward to my adulthood I spent my birthday at Disneyland, and my I say that it was the best idea I’ve ever had.
The parade warmed my heart, I used to dream of watching that when I was little. I was so happy you guys have no idea, that i cried at the end when they have fireworks and show where the Castle is.
It was pouring on my birthday but it didn’t stop me from having the best time. I guess you can say that I was in the happiest place on the earth and nothing else mattered. So I bought a rain cape and totally rode all the attractions, even those that I almost shit my pants by just looking at them. And oh boy did I enjoy the thrill and being scared? Oh yes, I did, to the point that I went for it again and again. And yes, I’m talking about the Hyperspace mountain.
How to get there
Traveling to Disneyland Paris, from London, is pretty easy and there are multiple ways to reach the destination. Whether you travel by train or plane you’ll reach the happiest place on earth in very little time.
We flew to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport from London and then took the Magical Shuttle Airport Bus which took us directly to Disney. The journey time was roughly 60 minutes and the one-way ticket was a bit expensive at 23 €. On our way back to Paris we took a train to the city center, the tickets cost roughly 8€ (2d class) and the journey is about 40 minutes.
Other methods of transportation from LONDON:
– Euro train from St Pancras International to Disneyland Paris will take you straight to the park in 2 hours 40 minutes. Prices vary depending on the date of travel and it helps your pockets if you’re buying in advance. Price starts at 39£ each way but sometimes you can find offers online.
– If you’re on a budget the coach is a great idea, you lose time since it takes longer but it certainly helps you to save some bucks. Flexibus and Eurolines are coach companies that do the journey between London and Paris and you can pay as little as 12£ each way provided you buy in advance. The estimated time of traveling is 8 hours.
where to stay
Now, this is a hard one, since we went during Summer hotels are freaking expensive and pretty much fully booking because of the kids holidays. There’s plenty to choose from if you book things with time, but hotels over there can be quite expensive for low budget with prices over 60£ per night. We booked an apart-hotel 10 minutes away on the shuttle bus, however, I can’t seem to find it online to tell you the name.
Be sure to read the review on hotels, I tend to pay attention to scores and reviews but this time I didn’t and the place we stayed wasn’t the best. We actually saw a couple of people leaving the hotel during the night, the cleanliness was bad and staff was appalling. But at the time there wasn’t much choice to move hotels, unfortunately, otherwise, I would have.
Most hotels have shuttles to the park, ours had PAID shuttles and even though the park closes at midnight they did not have a shuttle at that time. A big disappointment that could’ve avoided if only I had read the reviews.
In conclusion, read reviews and choose a hotel with a shuttle and breakfast included. If you’re staying a bit further away the shuttle comes in handy since the taxis are quite expensive in that area. Also, make sure you have breakfast included because everything inside the park is expensive.
In an ideal world, I would’ve loved to spend 3 days in the parks, but I only had 2 days. In all fairness, it is possible to experience the highlights of the 2 parks in just one day, especially if you visit during Summer when opening hours are long.
Buy your tickets in advance on the Disneyland Paris website. They have deals are much cheaper than buying at the park’s gate and it also saves you time since the queue is different. There are a few types of tickets depending on how many days you’ve got and which park you wanna visit.
ie: 2 day/2 park ticket 149£
Food in disneyland paris
Eating in Disneyland is a hard job, man! Heads up Vegans, you have very little options in the park. Oh and vegetarians, there’s not that much for you guys either. I struggled a little bit to eat over there, so we stuffed our mouths of crepes, sandwiches, and drinks. But I guess you don’t eat much when you’re having fun, hey!
We didn’t wanna take food with us because we didn’t wanna have bags on hand or big backpacks. There are multiple food trucks along the park as well as restaurants, in quite a few of them you have to reserve a table on Disney’s phone app. The cheapest place to eat a sandwich is possible Earls sandwich in Disney Village, a yummy yummy cheese sandwich costs roughly 7 – 8 £.
Also, be sure to check the DPL GUIDE where you can find all the information about the restaurants, their menus, opening times, reservation guide and allergens.
Rides & shows
Our first day, which was more like half a day, we spent at Walt Disney Studios. However, it is the not so fairytale-like park but it has the coolest rides. It’s in this park where you can find the two coolest rides, Ratatouille, and Finding Nemo’s Crush Coaster, they’re famous for a reason fam!
Since it was raining at the time we went for all the indoor rides first. So, I started by crapping my pants in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and then pooped myself a little more in the Phantom manor (Disneyland Park). Now, a lot of people don’t find them scary but me being the easily scared Lil sh&* that I am found them terrifying. Oh, some kids went through it without even flinching and then there was me glued to my friend. BUT, but I still enjoyed it though.
Ratatouille was possibly my favorite out of all the attractions in Disneyland Studios. The attraction broke down and we ended up waiting for an hour inside the attraction. But, even though we waited for an hour it was totally worth it, I’m so glad we didn’t give up then. For those who never heard of it, it’s a 4D experience where you shrink down to Remy ‘s size and then get swirled around the kitchen and restaurant like in the movie. It sounds so bland when I explain it but believe me when I say that it is amazing!
We did a whole lot more than just going to those attractions I’ve just mentioned. Just thought I’d talk about these since they were my faves.
Onto Disneyland Park, which was certainly my favorite. It was where I felt all the magic around me, I was so happy I didn’t wanna leave. If I had had an extra day that’s where I would’ve spent it, from the parade, final Dream show, and rides, they have it all in this park. There were so many favorites in this park that I don’t honestly know where to start really.
Now can we talk about Star Wars hyperspace mountain?! Oh my goodness, it was so scary, but scary good! You go backward, forwards, watch snips of Star wars along the way, it’s dark and then there’s flashing lights. You pretty much have no idea where you’re going ’cause it’s so damn dark. I couldn’t stop laughing, that’s how freaked out I was.
Guys, we saw a lot of people leaving before the beginning of the illuminations show, please don’t do that, you’ll regret it! I’m not one for fireworks, but this show is the BOMB! From lasers, colorful fountains shows, music, projections, and of course the fireworks., it has it all.. Please don’t skip it, stick around for the final show.
– Book everything online and in advance, save a butt load of time and you’ll get great deals.
– Download the Disneyland Paris app, on this app you can check queue times and book a table for your main meal.
– Arrive 20 to 30 minutes before opening time as the queues are quite big but also because they often let people in early.
– If you are short on time, pick a few must-do rides and do those first. You can also buy a FastPass for the busiest rides, they allocate you a certain hour to ride.
– Consider using a single person ride queue. That means that if you’re in a group and don’t mind riding alone then you kind of get a “fast pass” too.
– Ratatouille and Space Mountain are two of the busiest rides you’ll find, be sure to do them first.
– If your budget is tight be sure to take a couple of sandwiches and some granola bars with you.
– Take a reusable water bottle with you, there are plenty of water fountains around the park.
– Check the timetable for the shows you wanna see beforehand, so you don’t waste time or miss it.
– Wear comfy clothes, Instagram pictures in Disneyland are cool and all but be sure to be comfortable. You’re gonna be running around the park, enjoying the rides, don’t be that one person that can’t do most of it because of their outfit.
Your girl was one happy child! I’d love to go back some time, and when I have kids… I’ll have an excuse to be there every Summer!
Just kidding.. or maybe not!