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Disneyland Paris Planning Guide

Earlier this year I took my first trip to Disneyland Paris. While searching for a disneyland paris planning guide, or tips and tricks for disneyland paris I noticed there wasn’t that much available so thought I would put together everything I found, and everytning I learnt. From booking to meal plans, fastpasses to character meets, here’s everything you need to know before booking your disneyland paris holiday.

While I had visited Disneyworld Florida numerous times, this was my first time going to Disneyland paris.

Booking

There are many ways to book a trip to disneyland paris, but the two most popular options I have found are to book direct with disney or to book with magic breaks. Earleir this year I booked with Disney directly and got flights, hotel and a meal plan thrown in. I do plan to go back in a few months and for this I’ve used magic breaks, and booked the eurostar separately. (both travelling from london)

Transfers

If you book a flight, you will more than likely need transfers and here are some options

Magical Shuttle:

The magical shuttle is around £20 for an adult and £10 for a child. The shuttle picks you up from the airport bus station and drops you off at your chosen Disney hotel.

Uber:

Uber is another alternative which costs around £50 (I haven’t used uber but I see this price quoted a lot on DLP forums)

Prestige:

Prestige Transfers is another taxi service. Again, I haven’t used these but I see lots of people raving about them on different groups online.

Mealplan

There are three tiers to the meal plan, standard, plus and premium. For ease I have listed all of the places you can eat with each meal plan. 

The meal plan or disney dining allows you to add half board or full board meals to your trip. Usually at a cost, but sometimes you can get a free dining plan, which I got earlier this year. The meal plan allows you to eat at a selection of restaurants in your meal plan tier, both in the park and at hotels. 

Your meal plan tier will determine the cash value of each meal, but if you wish, you can also use the value of your meal plan against ore expensive restaurants. I had a standard meal plan and booked a meal at California Grill, The meal was €90 pp and we had €30 pp taken off from our standard meal plan.

Something that I should mention, which I found a lot of other guides miss out is that you can actually use your meal plan tickets at quick service restaurants too.

Most people will look at you strangely if you do this, but I had a free standard meal plan, and didn’t want to waste an hour of my day sitting down for a buffet meal, especially at lunch. You can also use your meal plan at Anette’s diner in the village which I did, I had to pay £5-10 extra with the standard meal plan but I much preferred the food to standard buffet restaurants. My meal plan was free so I didn’t mind that my meal wasn’t the whole value of my meal ticket.

Your meal plan tickets are pre-loaded onto your hotel key / park ticket meaning there’s no need for a lanyard anymore to have all of your paper bits.

On a standard meal plan you can eat at your hotel buffet as well as:

Plaza Gardens (Disneyland Park)
Restautant Agrabah Cafe (Disneyland Park)
Restaurant des Stars (Studios park)
Hotel Santa Fe Buffet
Hotel Cheyenne Buffet
Davy Crockett Ranch Buffet

On the Plus meal plan you can eat at the above as well as:

Annetes Diner (village)
Bistrot Chez Remy
Cape Cod
Captain Jack’s
La Grange at Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon
Silver Spur Steakhouse
The Steakhouse
Newport Bay Club
Parkside Diner

On the plus meal plan you can eat at all of the above as well as:

Walt’s An American Restaurant
Auberge de Cendrillon
Cafe Mickey
California Grill
Inventions
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show

Booking restaurants at Disneyland Paris 

Previously you had to call to book all restaurants, and can book 180 days in advance. For someone like me who hates phoning anywhere, this was a nightmare. I managed to find some links to book the restaurants online curtesy of salon mickey which are:

Agrabah Cafe
Auberge de Cendrillon
Bistrot Chez Remy
Cafe Mickey
California Grill
Cape Cod
Captain Jacks
Chuck Wagon Cafe
Hunters Grill
Inventions
La Cantina
La Grange
Parkside Diner
Plaza Gardens
Restaurant des Stars
Silver Spur Steakhouse
Steakhouse
Walts
Yacht Club

Fast Passes

The Fast pass process at Disneyland Paris is quite different to the online booking system Disneyworld Florida has. At first, it seems a bit odd, but once you know how it works, it isn’t as daunting as it sounds. As someone who loves planning, I was really worried about how much time I would waste trying to get fast passes but the process was pretty easy.

It is also worth mentioning that Disneyland Paris has recently introduced a super and ultimate fast pass. These passes range from 3 attractions to unlimited attractions and are priced accordingly. A list of the passes can be found here. I think these passes are great if you don’t want to queue for long but they can also increase the price of your trip drastically.

Ok, back to the free past passes. There are a number of attractions in each park where you can get a fast pass. There are little kiosks at the side of these attractions, you go and scan your ticket and get given a little printed ticket with a time on. It also has a time when you can get another fast pass.

Attractions with Fast Pass kiosks are:

Disneyland Park 
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, Adventureland 
Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain, Discoveryland
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast*, Discoveryland
Big Thunder Mountain, Frontierland 
Peter Pan’s Flight, Fantasyland 
Star Tours, Discoveryland

Walt Disney Studio Park 
Rock’n’Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Backlot 
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror**, Production Courtyard
Ratatouille: The Adventure, Toon Studio

Is that everything?

So I really hope I have covered everything that needs covering, but if not, please do leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer it 🙂

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