Hana has brought you a post about how we’re planning for our trip to Disneyland Paris from a clothing and accessories point of view (always wanting to look our best), so now I’m here to let you know how else we’re planning for our trip in a few weeks. Here are the travel, accommodation and extra details that we’re taking into consideration for our first time visiting DLP in 9 years.
We’ve decided to fly to Paris, as it’s the most convenient way to get over to France and the flights were really reasonably priced for a return when we booked them. We are travelling out early on a Saturday morning, arriving at around midday, and we will then be getting the TGV train from the airport to Disneyland Paris Resort. We only plan on using train transport or walking while we are in Paris, as it’s the cheapest and easiest way to get around, and doesn’t require trying to navigate a big city in a rental car. Plus, we’re not likely to be travelling far, so we’r not expecting travel costs to be high.
We are staying as close as possible to the Disneyland Resort without actually staying on site, as we cannot justify the cost of staying at a Disney hotel when the advantages aren’t that great. Although you can get shuttles to and from your hotel and on select days you can enter the parks a little earlier, we could get a well-reviewed accommodation five minutes from the resort for a lot less money, and that’s money we would rather put towards food or souvenirs. I think I would splurge on a resort hotel when staying in Florida, but for a short Paris stay, I think we’ve made the right decision to stay off-site.
We will be buying our theme park tickets from Attractions Tickets Direct. They offer the same tickets as the official Disney site, but at a cheaper rate, plus a few little extras like discounts at Planet Hollywood and Earl of Sandwich, which are likely to use during our stay. We might look at getting some even better deals closer to when we travel, but the ticket prices are always going to be one of the biggest expenses during a trip like this.
We know from past experience that Disney parks are best appreciated when you do some forward planning. There is lots to see and do so some early preparation will make sure that you get to experience everything you want without getting too stressed out while you are there in the middle of it all. Obviously, with me being pregnant, there’s some extra things to take into consideration for us (namely the attractions I can’t ride, for safety reasons), but having a rough itinerary of the things you don’t want to miss and an idea about the attractions you don’t mind passing on will help you use your time most wisely. We’ve had a look at some restaurants too, to ensure we’re not wasting our time on sub-par meals, all part of making this trip the best it could possibly be!
We will of course do a detailed post all about our time in DLP when we get back, hopefully with lots of photos and videos. We also hope to give some hints and tips in case you are planning your own trip, as we know how much that can help. Stay tuned.
*Note: I know that this photo is from Magic Kingdom in Orlando, but I took this photo when we were there back in October 2015 and I love this photo. There will be plenty of Disneyland Paris photos up when we get back!