Disneyland Checklist in a Nutshell

In April ten of us went to Disneyland Paris for a long weekend during the Easter holidays, and we had an amazing time. We managed to find seats in restaurants and go on almost every ride in both parks.

This was down to good planning and the Disney App but there are many more tips we can give, so here they are in a nutshell.

Before You Go

  1. Pack for all weathers, Paris isn’t always warm so make sure you have a raincoat, umbrella, and long trousers just in case.
  2. Take sensible shoes because it’s a long day walking around the park, and if you don’t have a fast pass then you could be standing in line for a long time!
  3. Think about where you will eat before going, you can book restaurants by calling or you may have time to do a little shop in a local supermarket if you have time spare.
  4. Check what meals are included in your deal because for us breakfast was not included in the price.
  5. Download the Disneyland Paris app

When You’re There

  1. Check the park opening times haven’t changed and head to the park slightly early so you aren’t stuck in a queue to enter. If you are staying in a Disney hotel, you may be entitled to extra magic time so make the most of it!
  2. Take a look at the app to see ride times throughout the day because it will save you soooooo much time.
  3. Make the most of small coffee, hot dog and popcorn stand, as these may be your refueling stops until your main meals.
  4. If you don’ want to see parades then make use of the low queuing times and get on those rides.
  5. The Studio has some fantastic roller-coasters but closes earlier than the main park so know what rides you want to go on before you visit and check the show times.

Australia’s Most Unforgettable Adventures

Australia is a gigantic country with so many things to see and experiences to try out on land and at sea, which can make it tough for the average traveller to narrow down their itinerary and ensure that they pack in as much of the good stuff as possible.

If you’re the adventurous type, let us help you out by showing you some of the most unforgettable adventures you can have in Australia:

Exploring the Great Barrier Reef

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One of the Natural Wonders of the World, the Great Barrier Reef is an amazing attraction. So large it can be seen from space, you could easily spend your whole holiday exploring the reef, checking out the tropical fish, befriending any dolphins you come across and learning how to dive, but then you wouldn’t get to experience these other fine adventures, right?

Camp on Cockatoo Island

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Cockatoo Island is located slap bang in the middle of Sydney Harbour, so it’s pretty easy to get to. Actually, it was the place where convicts would be placed in the past at one point, and later it was used as a place to repair ships damaged in World war II. Its history, which is very evident on the island, gives it a unique and slightly eerie atmosphere, which is perfect for telling tales around the campfire, and the views out around Sydney Harbour are pretty special too. If you do plan to camp, the Outdoor Supacentre is the best place to get yourself kitted out in Australia, and it’s a good idea to get your camping equipment over there. Why? Because the baggage charges could be quite high unless you’re going right back to basics.

Skydive Over Byron Bay

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Byron Bay in New South Wales is arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia. It is also one of the best places to surf, watch whales and snorkel, which you should do off Julian Rocks for the best experience, so camping there with Skydive.com makes a huge amount of sense. The exhilaration you feel will be like nothing else you’ve ever experienced!

White Water Rafting Along Franklin River

If you’re into your watersports and you want to try something that will give you a challenge and get your adrenaline pumping, you can’t beat a white water rafting adventure down the challenging Franklin River. Strap yourself in – it’ll be a bumpy ride.

Explore Nature at Karijini National Park

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Karijini National Park is one of the most incredible natural spaces on the planet – and Australia is home to a lot of them- what makes it so special is the fact that you get to visit a lot of remote stretched like Hancock Gorge (providing you have a guide) and the fact that you can swim, abseil and even sail over a waterfall when you’re done watching the wildlife do what they do in a totally natural environment.

Try out any of these unforgettable Australian adventures, and you won’t be disappointed – they will make your holiday even more special.

Bringing Your Holiday Home

I don’t know about you but when I return from a family holiday I have mixed emotions; I’m happy to see my family but also a little down that the holidays over and there won’t be another one for a while. For this reason, I want to make the memories last forever so here are a few ways to bring your holiday home.

From relaxing on the beach to exploring a new country I love to go away whenever I can, but with a little family, buying a house and saving for my wedding, holidays are few and far between. For this reason, I try to make the most of them when they come along, this includes taking plenty of photos and buying souvenirs.

The Right Souvenirs

I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of buying the odd trinket when on holiday and then putting on display for a while until it breaks or just looks tacky.  So, why not put a little more thought into the buying process, instead of going to any old souvenir shop find one that sells the type of things you like, or that suite your home.

Picture frames, interesting things you used whilst away and unusual contemporary ornaments are always a good choice. For example, a glass jar that was used whilst away or some pebbles can come in handy for creating terrariums, lanterns or fireplaces. Obviously, if you are holidaying abroad this may not be such a good idea!

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Then there are all of the unintentional souvenirs, that just appear in bags and suitcases.

Tickets, Passes, and Tokens

When unpacking my suitcase I always find wristbands, tokens, tickets etc. from all of the places we have visited and rather than throw them away we always end up keeping them. The intention is always the same, to create a lovely frame filled with the places we have been, but this never happens – nice idea though!

Alternatively, we could add this to a scrapbook, which brings me to the next section, ‘get crafty’.

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There are so many crafts that you can use to create the perfect keepsake, like papercrafts, needlework, painting and jewellery making.

Creating a scrapbook full of your favourite images can be fun for all the family and a great way to share your memories when you return home. Papercraft companies like Smashbook and Project Life have a selection of really good folios for those just starting out and can add lots of character to your photobook display.

Another option is to create a bag from material bought in the country, creating something that’s special and unique to you and your style. Crafts open the door for you to create anything you desire all you need is the imagination to do so.

If you haven’ got time to be too crafty or you’re not that creative try to use the lovely pictures you took.

The Pictures

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Finally, there’s the obvious choice – pictures. Taking photos whilst away is important for keeping memories, so make sure not every image is possed. Try and catch the family out doing silly things or just being themselves.

It’s become too easy to just keep images in a file on your computer or share them on social media but don’t forget to print some, pop them in frames or have your favourites printed and hung somewhere. There’s so much you can do with images you just need to be creative.