Let it go, let it gooooooo!
Jus’ Kidding! Welcome to part two of my Disneyland Paris Hacks, if you haven’t seen Part 1, just click here! So, we have covered the best place to buy tickets on a deal; the best hotels to stay in and what perks you get with each one; what you need to bring that they don’t tell you in the parks!
So now we’re going to cover how to get to the parks and so much more. Let’s get inside the kingdom of dreams!
Disneyland Paris opens at 10am and my biggest piece of advice would be to get there as early as possible. While I visited the park at the end of May, which isn’t technically peak time, it was definitely busy enough! If we hadn’t have got there early (we were there and queuing by 9am) we would have been stuck behind reams and reams of people waiting to enter the park – that’s not even counting the lucky people who stay in the exclusive Disney Hotels because they get special early entry into the park.
Be ready as early as possible for your shuttle bus or train etc. with your full bag of water and snacks and a full belly of breakfast – Disneyland is a long day so being full of food and full of beans is needed!
We were out queuing at the front of the gates ready for them to open at 10am. We didn’t know, however, that the gates open at 9:30 for you to go ahead and explore the park. You CANNOT however go on or enter any of the areas for the rides unless you are staying in the integral Disney parks.
I took this golden half an hour as a chance to have my very own photo shoot – no lie! With minimal people in the park and not being able to go anywhere except Main Street and just below the amazing Aurora’s Castle!
First hack, get your camera ready and snap those shots while there’s few people in the background to spoil it!
ALSO, selfie sticks are unofficially banned from Disneyland – I didn’t know this and brought mine with me. At all the attractions, the parade and during the fireworks it was made clear. I used mine when I felt it appropriate and when it wasn’t needed I packed it away in my bag (I hid it!). So my advice to you would be to bring it if you have to but get a compact one that you can pack away neatly into your bag to spare the embarrassment!
As you can see I am clearly buzzing in this photo but it is one I am very lucky to have got! Yes, there are people walking around in it but not a lot and the castle is the main focus as well as my goofy smile!
Once you’ve got that shot you will need to start making your way to the area or “land” you want to visit first. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, see the map below!
We wanted to get the bigger rides ticked off of our list first so made sure to go Discoveryland and queue behind the rope while the fast pass people got in first. We only queued for about 10 minutes but in that time the line grew and grew and we were buzzing to be as close to the front as possible so that when the line finally opened, we were able to get to the Hyperspace Mountain ride first.
I would 100% recommend doing this for adults. There are plenty of areas that are perfect for very small children and obviously I was there with my lovely 30 year old boyfriend so other than It’s A Small World, we prety much swerved Fantasyland and the smaller rides!
Before going to Disneyland, it is 100% your rite of passage to get some Minnie Mouse ears, just like the ones fashioned by me, above!
I got mine as a present from my lovely boss from a little independent store in London, and although they are totally unique, they light up and flash and I was asked at least 26 times in the park where mine were from, I have never been able to trace where they’re from. But, here is a list of the best places online to buy some ears!
Come back for Part Three where you can expect to find Parade and Fireworks Hacks!