Monday, 12 October 2015

Travel Diaries: Disneyland Paris

When we were in Paris, we were really excited to spend a day at Disneyland Paris! I've never been t any Disney parks before, but Dylan had been to Disneyland in Florida as a child, and he's been wanting to go back for years. I thought I'd tell you all about our day at the Disney theme park, including how to get there, cost, etc.

Disneyland Paris Castle

We decided to buy our tickets online ahead of time, just because that meant that it would be one less thing to have to budget for while in Paris. There are two parks - Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. You'll definitely want to go to Disneyland Park, and it's about an extra €20 to get a ticket with access to both parks. You also have the option to buy a "low season" ticket, which is what we decided to do. I think that this is the best option by far, if the dates work with your schedule. Most low season days are Monday-Friday, but there are some exceptions, so you'll want to check Disney's calendar. The low season ticket is €62.00 for the two parks, compared to €74.00 for a normal day. If you only wanted to go to the Disneyland Park (which is what we did), the price for a low season ticket is €47.00 for an adult (12+). Going on a low season day definitely worked in our favour price-wise, but it also meant that the park wasn't as busy, and we didn't have to wait in a single line-up for more than 15 minutes! 

Disneyland Paris Halloween

We went to Disneyland Paris on October 1st 2015, which was the first day of the month long Halloween celebration. Every aspect of the park was decorated with pumpkins, ghosts, etc. Immediately upon entering the park, we were overcome by a feeling of happiness and joy - just like what you see in all of the Disney commercials! I'm not a huge Disney buff, I haven't seen all of the movies and I don't know all of the characters, but Disneyland is just such a fun place to be!

Disneyland Paris Alice's Curious Labyrinth
Alice's Curious Labyrinth 

So, how do you get to the happiest place on earth? If you're starting from Paris, like we were, it's quite simple. Take the metro to a stop where you can transfer to an RER A train. Take the train to the Marne-la-Vallée/ Chessy Station, which is approximately 35 minutes from the center of Paris. You'll need to buy a separate train ticket for this journey as the normal Paris metro tickets don't work on the RER trains. A one-way ticket to Disneyland will cost you about €7.50/person. The Marne-la-Vallée/ Chessy Station is the last stop on the line, so you can't miss it! The station is directly connected to the park, making the whole journey incredibly straight forward. 

Disneyland Paris Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin
Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin

Disneyland Paris Halloween 2015

We were able to see the entire park in one day, and ride all of the rides that we were interested in. We got really lucky, and we didn't have to wait very long in any lines - most rides we just walked right on to! I've heard that Disneyland Florida is about 5 times the size of the Paris park, which actually sounds quite overwhelming! Disneyland Paris is a great option for a day trip from Paris, but there are also a few hotels at the park if you're looking to spend more time there. I personally thought that one day was sufficient, but the real Disney fans will want more time for sure. 

Disneyland Paris Meet Jack Skellington

If you're spending more than just a few days in Paris, then I definitely think that it's worth making a day trip to Disneyland Paris. Children will have the time of their lives, and I can safely say that adults will also have a lot of fun! Have you ever been to Disneyland Paris, or any other Disney parks?

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  1. My niece would be very jealous you got to meet Jack Skellington!

    Victoria x

    1. Haha I actually have no clue who he is! Dylan wanted to meet him so I hopped in the picture!

  2. Looks like a ton of fun!! I've never been to any Disney Parks but I'd love to go someday!


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