We recently went to Disneyland, Paris to try out Frommers Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, Paris and I have to say, it was brilliant. I love theme parks, and think I was probably more excited about it than the kids.
I’d only been to Disneyland, Paris once before – with Livi on a press trip when she was three and all she wanted to do was cuddle the giant characters. This time we booked a “character dinner” – a dinner where the characters come and mill around, cuddle the children and pose for pics. She loved it.
It was Toby’s first time, and he was blown away by the number and scale of the rides. Alex just found it exhausting, but I loved it and can’t wait to go back. Meanwhile – here are my top Disney tips.
* If you are arriving by Eurostar and staying at a Disney Hotel, take advantage of the service which takes your bags from you at the station and drops them off at your hotel, allowing you to go straight to the park.
* Disneyland can involve a lot of walking and you may find that children who are usually beyond a buggy will appreciate one by the end of the day. If you don’t want to take one, they can be hired just inside the park entrance.
* Try to persuade your children not to go on Dumbo – it is one of the slowest rides in the park.
* Queues for rides shorten during parades – but make sure you see a parade at least once during your stay – they are magical, even for adults (well, I found it magical, anyway.)
* If you are travelling with small children and want to ride rolllercoasters, take advantage of the “babyswitch” system which allows two adults to take turns riding while the other minds the children.
* If your child wants to cuddle characters, book character dining. The “cuddling queues” in the park can be almost as long as for the major rides.
* Get The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland which features touring plans for families as well as others plus loads of tips about how to get the most out of your stay. We found it invaluable.
You can read my article Disney by the Book for BMI Baby’s magazine here.