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Making the most of your time at Disneyland Paris

It’s just a short hop from the UK by rail, road or air, packed to the gills with so much to see and do, and offers something new to experience on every visit, so it’s no wonder Disneyland Paris is such an enduring favourite with families, including the young and the young at heart.

Websites like have some great deals on Disneyland Paris tickets this spring. Whether you want a short break, to celebrate a birthday or other occasion, or to enjoy a full-length holiday, perhaps taking in some of the sights of the French capital while you’re that side of the Channel, this theme park fits the bill time after time.

But the sheer array of things to see and do can seem slightly overwhelming initially. So plan your trip with some military precision worthy of a Toy Story soldier.

Here are some tips to help:

  • Disneyland Paris actually has two sites – the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, with the latter having a more movie-focused theme. Sit down and work out which rides you know you want to go on, and which parades and shows are on the ‘must see’ list.
  • You can reduce queuing time on the most popular rides with a Fastpass ticket. These are free and can be bought at machines around the park. You get an allocated time to go on much-loved attractions like Peter Pan’s Dream Flight and Buzz Lightyear’s Laser Blast and can enjoy other rides in the meantime. However, in general terms, don’t be put off – queues tend to move pretty quickly.
  • Not to put a dampener on things, but even in Disneyland Paris it’s been known to rain on occasion, even in summer. Take waterproofs and umbrellas (rather than buying them in the park) and the fun doesn’t have to stop, whatever the weather.
  • Be aware that some rides have height restrictions – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril is one example. Find out this information in advance before you promise the children they can go on anything they want. That way, you’ll avoid disappointment and temper tantrums from the little ones when you’re there.
  • Planning on watching a parade? Bag your place early, maybe even an hour before it begins, to be sure of the best view. Equally, on days you’re not taking in a parade, at these times lines for the most-visited rides will be shorter. When the parades are over, around 5pm, as visitors start to trickle away from the park, this is another great time for some of the more popular attractions.
  • Try and book a ‘character breakfast’ one morning of your stay. You’ll generally find these at the on-site hotels, and they’re a great chance for your children to get autographs from the Disney characters they love best, and you’ll be able to take photos you’ll treasure.
  • Don’t overdo it. Much as you may want to do absolutely everything at Disneyland Paris, it probably isn’t physically possible. Every two or three hours, take a few minutes to draw breath and grab a snack or drink. And if, one afternoon, you grab a couple of hours’ sleep or relax by the hotel pool, that could do wonders for your energy levels too.
  • Finally, a few of the attractions have narration in French, Snow White being one example. Don’t shy away from this, and, if your kids are learning the language, why not see if they can translate.
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