It’s no secret that one of my favourite destinations in Europe is France and, more precisely, Eurodisney. Being a big kid at heart, I can’t think of any better ways to spend my holiday than revisiting my childhood and indulging in a day of Disney adventures and happiness. So this April was my ninth visit to Eurodisney – yes ninth – and I thought It’d be a good idea to share my top tips and tricks with you guys to ensure you maximise your fun and minimise your time waiting around in queues.
1. PLAN IN ADVANCE
The Disney Paris website provides the perfect platform for anyone to plan their day with detailed lists and directions of attractions as well as show and parade times.
2. ARRIVE EARLY
My last visit to Eurodisney wasn’t the most efficient as I didn’t arrive until around Midday so I strongly advise that you arrive early. However, an exception to this would be if you’re visiting with young children and wanting to watch the fireworks.
3. TRAVEL BY TRAIN
The easiest way to maximise your time in Disneyland Paris is simply to catch the train each way. The directions from Paris and other destinations can be found here.
4. USE FASTPASS
MY BIGGEST PIECE OF ADVICE
No matter what time of year you visit Eurodisney, there are some attractions that are bound to involve large queues due to their popularity. To accommodate for this, Disney has implemented a Fastpass system where you can actually BOOK A TIME to ride a certain attraction, FREE OF CHARGE (for the list of attractions this applies to, see here).
5. AVOID DINING DURING TYPICAL DINING HOURS
Again, I learnt this lesson on my last trip to Eurodisney as I endured a forty-five minute queue for both lunch and dinner simply because of a lack of planning. To avoid this, choose to eat lunch early, around 10-11, and dinner just before the rush, so approx. 3pm. Hopefully, this will lead to a decrease in your time waiting around so you can enjoy more of what the park has to offer!
6. WATCH THE FIREWORKS, SHOWS AND PARADES
No trip to Eurodisney – and Disney in general – would be complete without watching at least one of the amazing pieces of entertainment they have offer! Full details can be found here.
RECOMMENDATION: my favourite thing to see at Disneyland is the character parade, usually commencing on the hour every two hours, and going around the whole park. I may be seventeen but that didn’t stop me from reverting back to being a child in the spirit of this amazing tribute to Disney’s.
7. GET INTO THE SPIRIT OF DISNEY AND BUY SOME MERCH
And the last point I want to stress is the importance of buying some Disney merchandise to truly complete your trip!
RECOMMENDATION: the Minnie Mouse ears – no surprises there!
Any comments or further recommendations feel free to post below!