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.

Preparing for Disneyland Paris

We are off to Disneyland at the end of April and there are a lot of things to consider, including the weather, clothing, and food.

Over the last few months, we have been watching YouTube video after YouTube video, to gain as many tips as possible before our trip. This is the first holiday we are taking as a whole family, including Nan, Grandad, Aunties, and Uncles, so we want it to be as special as possible.

This means preparing as much as we can for all types of situations. Here’s our preparation list based on all the blogs we have read and vlogs we have watched.

Weather Preparation

We travel in April and so the weather conditions may vary, anything from rain to sunshine, it is unpredictable. Therefore, we plan to pack for all weather conditions.

For the journey there, we will layer up wearing a t-shirt, jumper, jacket/hoodie, and coat to save room in the luggage. This means we will have our coats with hoods ready in the event of rain, a couple of t-shirts in case of sunshine and deodorant because with all the layers we will smell!

Taking an umbrella and poncho are also good ideas, as they are small and take up less room than a coat. Alternatively, we can buy ponchos there and bin them before our journey home.

Preparing to Walk a LOT!

Walking around theme parks can be tiring as they are large, and busy, even waiting for rides takes its toll on your legs, especially if you have small children. For this reason, we will be packing flat shoes that have a nice amount of padding for comforts, like pumps and trainers.

In the past, I have taken shoes and walked so much that I’ve ended up with holes in my shoes! This memory always reminds me to take more than one pair.

For the smaller children I will be taking spare socks and shoes as they don’t like being uncomfortable and if their socks get wet I’ll never hear the end of it.

Eating with no Meal Plan

Regular Disney goers seem to encourage meal plans, but we are not planning on doing this instead, we have made reservations the buffet restaurant, Buffalo Bill’s. The prices here seem reasonable for Disney and there is something for everyone at 35EUROS per adult and 19EUROS per child (according to the website).

However, it is not the evening meal we are concerned about, it’s the fact we don’t have breakfast and there aren’t any shops near the hotel! So, I’m thinking we will pack croissants and some snack boxes for breakfast and lunch, as we are travelling by coach this should be okay.

I realise this isn’t the most informative post but I would welcome any suggestions for meal times from regular visitors.

Exploring Walt Disney Studios

Following on from our last post -on day two we plan to take a look around the Studios, which is the part I have enjoyed most in the past.

When entering the Studios I can remember walking down an indoor street that was filled with shops pretending to be in Hollywood. This really does set the scene for our imaginations though, as I definitely associate Disney films with fantasy, glitz, and glamour.

Heading out of the main entrance you come across the perfect picture opportunity with Walt and Mickey – smile for the camera. From here this time we plan to take a right and head straight to Monsters Inc. for more picture ops and if the timing is right a trip into the Animagique Theater. Before, entering Toon Studio.

Toon Studio

This is an area for the younger children on our little adventure, as they can take a ride on a magic carpet, discover the ocean on Crush’s Coaster, and explore Radiator Springs with Lightning McQueen and the gang.

Heading further into the Toon Studios I look forward to taking a trip on the Rataouille ride which will be fun for all as you discover what it is like to be in the film. From here we enter the land of Toy Story (one of our favourite animations). I can remember this area well because my son absolutely loved the Slinky Dog ride, although he probably won’t be that interested this time around, perhaps more interested in the next stop…

Production Courtyard

Home of The Hollywood Tower Hotel for those who like a little terror and the Studio Tram Tour, which seems to always of been a firm favourite.

It is here I like exploring the set designs and the materials used to make them, as I have a love for the Theatre and act in my spare time. From this point, we will stop for a bit to eat at the Cafe, before heading to Backlot.

Backlot

As well as some of the rides such as the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster there’s also the Moteurs Action! This I do remember well because I thought it was fantastic, I just hope it wasn’t one of those times when you watch something as a child and think it’s amazing and as an adult, it’s actually pretty crap.

Before, leaving the Studios we will also take a stop at The Disney Animation Gallery where the younger children can meet some of the characters and also learn a thing or two about animation creation.

Then it’s off to the shops for some souvenirs before heading back to the hotel for a good nights sleep before the journey home.

We’re off to Disneyland

So, I have been to Disneyland before but for some reason, I can hardly remember anything. This time I am determined to remember the trip so I am going to plan ahead.

DL

After getting inspiration from Fishbowl Life I decided the family have to go back to Disneyland, Paris that is, and we are going by coach! I know we are crazy and there are 10 of us going, but plenty of adults to take care of the little ones. On the other hand, there are a variety of age groups so we need to make sure all children are catered for.

Frontierland

As this is closest to the entrance our journey will probably start here – although I do like and can remember Main St so would spend a bit of time there. The Phantom Manor looks good so we will take a wander in there and be spooked!

There’s also Big Thunder Mountain that I’m sure my boy would like to go on and a photo op, which we love. Next to this area is the Indiana Jones ride – and we are travelling with some Indie lovers – this ride is on our list as we make our way to Adventureland.

Adventureland

The place for pirate lovers a couple of good rides and a tree house. This area also looks like it has plenty of places to eat so we will be stopping at Captain Jacks for some refreshments before heading to…

Fantasyland

By the looks of things, the small children will want to take Fantasyland, and this is where Peter Pan’s Flight is and I can remember loving this ride – even as a teenager! I’m imagining we will visit this area around lunchtime after we have had some food, this way we can ensure the little ones are occupied for most of the day – I know this is an odd thing to say when in Disneyland but it can be a lot of walking and waiting.

Discoveryland

This seems to have something for everyone, our main plan here is to take those who love Star Wars to Hyperspace Mountian, whilst the younger children try out Autopia. Then all of the family can try the Buzz Lightyear Laser Tag.

Somewhere within all of this we also need to catch a parade and meet some of the characters, obviously Mickey.

In the evening we are considering visiting Mickey’s Cafe for dinner but we are not too sure yet – we are finding that all of these restaurants need to be booked well in advance and as we are going at Easter the park will be busy.

We are there for two days and on day 2 we plan to visit Walt Disney Studios – I remember personally preferring this area to Disneyland Park. But, I will share this in a different post.

If you have been or have any tips for meal plans please let us know 🙂