My husband and I don’t mind admitting that we are huge Disney fans. I’d say we have visited Disneyland Paris more than your average adults and therefore have some wisdom to share! A quick internet search, and you will find plenty of advice for families visiting Disneyland Paris, which is to be expected as clearly they are Disney’s biggest customer. However, the advice I’d give to couples is very different and so for first timers or veterans alike, here are my top 5 tips.
1. Travel by Eurostar
In larger groups this is unlikely to be the most economical option, considering that if you go by car (through the tunnel or on the ferry) the price is per vehicle rather than per person like on the Eurostar. However, it is so convenient if you live within a reasonable distance from London/Kent, that when there are just two of you, I’d say it’s the only way to travel! Marne-la-Vallee station is so close to the park, it might as well be in it. You can therefore walk to the park straight off the train, but if you have heavy bags there is also a free shuttle to the onsite hotels (which brings me on to my next tip!)
Bonus tip: if you book tickets as soon as they are released (which I think is 6 months in advance) you can get them for £72 return per person.
2. Stay on site
Yes, this is a more expensive option than staying in a hotel outside of the park. However, a trip to Disneyland Paris is expensive regardless and if you have decided to splash out on the trip in the first place, in my opinion, you may as well go all out! Having said that there are 7 themed onsite hotels, with huge variability in price so there are more ‘budget friendly’ options. Why stay on site though? For me, there are two reasons. The first being practical; if you are staying for a short time (which most people do when visiting Disneyland Paris) the hotels are very close to the parks and Disney village (with restaurants and shops) so it’s nice to be able to ‘pop’ back to your hotel without wasting precious time travelling. You also get extra perks such as access to the parks an hour before the general public. The second reason comes from my general love of Disney; if you stay on site you are constantly surrounded by the Disney magic! Our favourite is Sequoia Lodge with it’s theme being inspired by America’s National Parks. It’s especially cosy in the winter as the bar area has a huge open fire, which is lit most of the day at this time of year (which again, brings me on to my next tip!)
3. Go in the Winter
As a couple if you have the flexibility of not having to travel during school holidays, and you don’t mind the cold, then winter is the time to go! You’ll find it’s much cheaper and the parks are quiet. There are still enough people around for there to be a good atmosphere, but in our experience there is barely any queuing. Most, if not all rides seem to remain open too. Wrap up though! We tend to go in February when there is often snow and/or temperatures well below freezing. I’m talking thermals, snow boots, layers, gloves and woolly hat weather!
4. Sign up to the official mailing list
This tip is actually not exclusive to couples and I would recommend this to anybody who is planning a trip to Disneyland Paris. You can sign up by visiting the website, here. You will be tipped off about upcoming special offers. Offers seem to be available at most off-peak times, but peak times too. The best value one we’ve used is the ‘Free half board menu plan’ saving us a lot of money on meals. If you are reading this when published (April 2015) they have this offer on now.
5. Use the concierge service
Another advantage of staying in an onsite hotel, is access to the concierge service. Some people may be surprised to learn that the parks have a selection of decent table service restaurants (i.e. not just the fast food counters and buffets). You can book any of these through the concierge service rather than traipsing around the parks and booking them individually. Popular favourites are the Blue Lagoon and Walt’s. So you can have ‘date night’ even when visiting Disneyland Paris!
Do you have any tips for couples travelling to Disneyland Paris? Share them below!