Insider Tips for Visiting Disneyland Paris
This episode is a trip report with Debbie Raises who shares her insider tips for visiting Disneyland Paris. Debbie and her family live “close to the magic” and hour away from the Walt Disney World in Florida. They have a long history with Disney, she and her husband went on a Disney honeymoon, her husband works for Disney, and they know the parks inside and out. For today’s show she has prepared a list of tips you won’t want to miss to make your next trip to Disneyland Paris as successful as hers. Debbie and her family were at the resort for 3 and a half days in June 2017.
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What You Will Learn About in this Episode
- 2’45 Introduction
- 4′ Why come to France? For Disneyland Paris!
- 4’45 Should we stay at Disneyland Paris (DLP) the whole time or spend a few nights in the city of Paris? It’s a 45 minutes RER ride between DLP and Paris center, we recommend you choose a more central hotel in Paris.
- 6:15 Is it easy to take the RER to Disneyland Paris? Yes, extremely!
- 7′ Shall we take an Uber to go to Disneyland Paris? It’s a great choice if there are 3 or 4 of you.
- 8′ Do you mostly travel to Disney? What other types of trips do you do?
- 10′ The 4 days you spent in Paris, what did you visit? They went to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Sainte-Chapelle, Notre Dame, and took a day trip to Versailles
- 10’45 Sunset is late in France in the summer.
- 11’30 What are similarities and differences between Disneyland Paris and other parks you’ve visited.
- For the most part, it is the same.
- The Disneyland Paris Fast-Pass system is different: the time window is shorter than in other parks.
- Main Street USA is cobblestone, which is cool!
- The Liberty Arcade is an area that runs along Main Street USA and it’s a good place to get out of the sun or rain or shop on your way out of the park.
- 16′ Did most cast members speak good English? Yes, they knew how to talk about their area of expertise for sure, some knew a lot more. The maps are also in all sorts of languages, including English.
- 18’20 Disneyland Paris feels really safe because everyone has to go through a metal detector and a bag check. Unlike the center of Paris, there are no pick-pockets, the premises are watched closely.
- 20’16 Tell us about Disneyland village.
- 20’33 The rides at Disneyland Paris are more thrill rides: Hyperspace Mountain goes upside down. The Indiana Jones ride also goes upside down. The Big Thunder ride is also more thrilling. That’s because Europeans like more of a thrill park. At Disney World there are thrill rides, but they are spread around four parks.
- 22’40 Disneyland Paris is missing a couple of old attractions: no Tikkie Bird, no Jungle Cruise. There aren’t enough indoors attractions where it’s air-conditioned.
- 24′ There is also a Studios park, it was a little bit disappointing to Debbie and her family. They have to Rock-and-Roller coaster, the Tower of Terror. The Crush coaster was great there, and the new Ratatouille ride. Ratatouille is a high tech ride that they don’t have yet in other parks.
- 25’22 Description of the Ratatouille Ride. The whole area is themed like Paris. This ride is unique to France, so is Crush coaster.
- 27′ Attendance in June was moderate, Debbie thought it would be quieter because French kids weren’t out of school yet, but it was busy.
- 28′ How many days are enough at Disneyland Paris?
- 28’50 Are there some things you wish you knew before you came?
- Make sure you know what attractions are open and closed. There’s an App now that shows what’s under refurbishment. They were thinking of coming in March, but a lot of rides were closed in anticipation of the 25th Anniversary celebration.
- Make sure you know if your hotel has AC, they often don’t in France, don’t assume!
- There are a lot of quick serve restaurants with interesting themes. Some of them close at unexpected times. Toad Hall wasn’t open as much as they thought it should be, that will show on the App too.
- 34’15 Are the restaurants different at Disneyland Paris? The themes are really well done in Paris.
- 35’15 How did you like the food?
- 34′ What’s a good daily budget for food? More or less 16€-20€ per person per meal.
- 37’30 There were no problems paying with credit cards anywhere, no need to carry cash.
- 38′ What sit-down restaurants did you try? They tried Bistro Chez Rémi. The Silver Spur smelled really good, but they didn’t get to try it. In the village they tried Buffalo Bill Wild West Show (a must-do for French people!), it’s a dinner show, very fun. King Ludwig’s had German food and it was very good.
- 41’20 They stayed at the Sequoia Lodge which has a pool and is 15 minutes walk to the park. It’s a mid-range price hotel. This is a Disneyland hotel.
- 42’39 Annie stayed at an out-lying hotel called the Vienna House Dream Castle at Disneyland Paris which had 2 queen-sized beds in one room. The wait-time for the bus was sometimes a bit long.
- 47′ What was your favorite thing that you did on this trip?
- 48’30 What didn’t you like? They didn’t like the train because it takes forever as there is only one on the track, and there isn’t much to see along the route. The back lot tour was also a disappointment because it was boring.
- 51’30 What are some tips you want to share with the listeners?
- Don’t buy the photo pass because there are too few photographers out.
- 55′ The night-time show projected on the castle was lovely!
- 57′ If you need transportation to or from the airport, the Magical Shuttle is a really good option. You can schedule it in advance.
Disneyland Paris was really magical, Debbie, her husband and children all enjoyed it very much. By some measures, the Disneyland Paris park is the most visited attraction in France. It is especially perfect for families with children between ages 5 and 12 or 13.
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