Wednesday, 14 October 2015

10 Things You Have To Experience At Disneyland Paris!

Anyone sick of seeing Disneyland Paris posts yet? Are you still there? I know I'm not as much of a pro (aka lucky sod!) as some people who get to go all the time, but I think I have a pretty good knowledge, understanding and love for DLP to be able to keep writing and writing and writing about it haha! I hope you enjoy these posts, my last wasn't as well received as others but I know that meeting characters isn't for everyone, so let me know what you think of this one! Without further adieu, here are 10 things I personally think you need to experience at the best Disney park!

Watch Disney Dreams from Central Plaza
Of course you can see the fireworks from pretty much anywhere, but to get the full effect of the pyrotechnics, projections and fountains I really recommenced sitting in the middle of Central Plaza.
To get a good space you're gonna need to get there early as the benches and fence space gets taken up super quickly. For the two times during our holiday that we stayed for the show, we took up 'camp' at least 2 hours pre-show time and had a great view.
Top Tips
- Talk to other people! We met a lovely couple from else where in Europe and having someone to chat to made the time go faster.
- Splurge on snacks and get comfy!


Eat a Character Breakfast at Cafe Mickey
This isn't just for kids! Book into Cafe Mickey for your breakfast and get to have an extra special interaction with a range of characters to kick off your morning.  You get to meet and greet without waiting in any lines and they spend a good amount of time giving you attention.
Top Tips
- Don't take children who are scared of the characters! Not only is it a waste of your money but a screaming child kind of ruins the experience for other people...
- Have your camera ready and get out of your seat. Don't try to take a photo over your table as you will get a rubbish shot :P


Take a Ride on the Disneyland Railway around the whole park
Not only is it a great way to get from land to land without walking, but taking the Railroad gives you some sweet views that you wouldn't see otherwise. I suggest taking the time out to do the 'Grand Circle Tour' - get on the train at a particular station and don't get off until you are back where you started. Use it as a chill out time in the middle of the day or for people with kids an opportunity for them to have a nap while you enjoy the view!
Top Tips 
- Ask the driver if you can sound the horn, it's not a guarantee but I've seen others do it before!
- For a great view and opportunity to photograph the train itself, head to the Castle in Alice's Labyrinth!


Skip Down Main Street before the Park Opens to the Public
Just because you can. Extra magical hours (only available to those staying in a Disney hotel) are my favorite as you are able to take those stereotypical photos in front of the castle etc without being photobombed by hundreds of others, so it's always fun to enter the park in style by skipping down Main Street!
Top Tips
- Mind the tracks.
- Forget anyone else is there (though obviously not so you run into them ahah)


Sit at the back for Animagique
Due to the black light effects in the Animagique show, watching from the back and centre I find gives you the best view. A lot of people seem to want to sit up close but I've found that it can slightly ruin the magic with certain things being a little more visible...! Overall it's an underrated show too and if I am correct in thinking, you can only experience this at the Paris park.
Top Tips
- Sing along no matter what other people around you think. Usually they join in too!


Have a great Meet and Greet with your favorite Character!
Who do you love the most from Disney shows and movies? Use the programmes/park schedules which you can grab on your way into the park or access online to find out who is going to be hanging out where and when, but also be aware that random characters can also be out and about without scheduled appearances so look out for them.
Be prepared and don't be shy - interact with them and you'll have an experience that you'll remember for a lifetime.
Top Tips


Relax on the back of the Mark Twain River Boat 
Underrated and forgotten by many, this isn't the most riveting or exciting 'ride' meaning many kids may get bored or act up as I've seen many do. However those that do take their children on the River Boat tend to be dragged to the top decks (it must be a similar attraction to that of a double decker bus haha) or to the front - so avoid those areas.
Each time I have done this we have been completely alone, giving you a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the scenery, snap some photos of things like the Phantom Manor and Big Thunder Mountain and even do a spot of bird watching if you're like me! Last visit we spotted not only the popular Mallards but Grey Herons, Starlings and Crows too!
Top Tips
- Head to the back of the bottom deck for a chilled out area free of kids!
- Use a time machine and travel back to a time when the geysers still worked. (Check out my home video of our trip in 1996 to see what they are if you don't know). Who knows, perhaps they'll be fixed by the time we return next year seeing as they are doing so much renovation. 


Wait in line for the newest ride
This is a little vague and I apologize for that but I say 'the newest ride' as it is usually one of which will have the longest lines. Now why would you want to purposely stand in a giant queue for hours? Because it's all part of it! You meet new people, you get to have a good natter with who you're with and most importantly you build up the anticipation for the ride. On our last visit the Ratatouille ride had only been open a couple of months so the queue (without cheating and taking the fast pass route - you guys should know my views on fast pass by now lol) was over two hours but it went a lot quicker and the queue area itself was pretty awesome to look at and photograph.
Top Tips
- Use this time wisely by grabbing a take out lunch or some snacks to refuel.
- Wear comfy shoes and make sure to have a hoodie or something that you could use to sit on (if you have weak knees like me). If you have children with you a little colouring book or soft toy to pass the time may be a good idea too. 


Sit front and center for Buffalo Bills Wild West Show
Buffalo Bills is the super awesome dinner show in the Disney Village that I can only compare to the likes of Medieval Times in the US and the Pirates Shows in Spain etc. Its a Wild West themed show featuring Buffalo, Horses, (rest assured they are well looked after as I have looked into it before attending :P) some super talented humans and of course Mickey and Friends while you eat a scrummy meal!! It's a fabulous end to a day in the parks. 
Top Tips
- Get the best seats in the house for a perfect view and interaction from the entertainers! 
- Join the party properly by dressing accordingly! I took a particular outfit to wear, though if you decide to go last minute you can always grab a bandanna/neckerchief or shirt or whatever in the Thunder Mesa Mercantile Building in Frontierland! ;)

Go shopping in Disney Village in the Evening
If you caught my How To: Do A Disney Trip on A Budget post, you'll have read that I suggest not to go shopping right away and to take limited amounts of cash each day. The one time I'll let you break this rule is near the end of your holiday and after you've had an awesome day. Not that I'm telling you what to do... :) The Disney Village comes alive at night and with such an array of stores there is something for everyone. Enjoy a good old fashioned shopping session, treating yourself and then enjoy the walk back past the lake to your hotel to collapse in a pile of your purchases!
Top Tips
- Do this on a night you aren't staying for the fireworks and before the park closes to avoid major crowds heading back to their hotels.
- Head 'home' (to your hotel) to freshen up in the afternoon before heading back to the village for your shopping time.




If you got through all of that without just skipping to the end have 10 UtW points! What do you think? If you've never been or have but haven't done any of the above what sounds most appealing to you? If you have been what would you add to the list of 'must do experiences' that I missed from the list (not including particular rides). Feel free to share this post or any of the others in the series with people you know why are heading to Disneyland Paris soon. Thanks for reading :)



13 comments:

  1. Yesss 10 points for me! I agree with all of these- I've never done Buffalo Bill's before though as I've always been with my mum who suffers with asthma and the dust the horses kick up would be too much for her :(
    Am I right in thinking they're closing Animagique though? Or they're thinking about it or something? That would be sad because I remember really enjoying that last time I went.
    My best friend went to DLP last year and went to Cafe Mickey for dinner and said that it had gone really downhill, the characters weren't interested and took really quick photos and that's it, and the menu had changed but not for the better. She said she hoped it was just a one off and I know that I've ALWAYS loved going there especially for breakfast, so I hope it is!
    There are some wonderful things to do at Disneyland Paris, especially if you know the insider tips like these!

    Sian xx Cakey Dreamer

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    1. lol thank you!
      Oh no that's a shame!! I have asthma and bad allergies etc but thankfully it didn't effect me for some reason!
      I think they are just switching Animagique up a bit, like re-doing the show. From what I heard they were going to add Finding Nemo to it but goodness knows!

      Oh no!! I've never been there for dinner but breakfast was brilliant. The characters have a time limit as to how long their allowed out so obviously they have to make it around the whole room but it definitely didn't seem rushed when I was there :/ Fingers crossed it was just a one off.

      xo

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  2. Ahhhh I LOVE your Disney posts, especially DLP. I didn't do even half of these on my quick trip last year - I really need to book and go again, I miss it SO much!
    Gillian  xx  EyelinerFlicks

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    1. Thank you so much! :D
      Ah yes, you need to get back there ;)
      I can't wait to be back next year. It'll be my first visit at Christmas time!

      xo

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  3. And it's 10 points to me :D This has come just at the right time! We are going to DLP for Christmas, and unlike WDW, I no nothing about DLP... well, a little, we went there for the day in 2010, but were complete Disney virgins back then!

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    1. Yay! Thank you for reading!
      Oh how exciting!! I'm going for my first time at Christmas next year! Unfortunately this year there are a lot of closures as they are doing lots of renovating but it's a great thing overall.

      xo

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  4. I think a trip to Disneyland is well overdue now, especially with this amazing list! I want to do all of them and then some. Love it! - Tasha

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    1. You should save to come for a day or two when I go next year! It's not until the last week of November/start of December so plenty time to get saving! Oh and Kerri is gonna meet me there too!

      xo

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  5. Ahh, what a fun list! I've not done most of these so definitely keeping them in mind for my next Disneyland Paris trip. I love riding the Mark Twain river boat though - really relaxing and something a bit unusual to do in the park.

    x

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    1. Thank you!!! I'm glad to hear someone else likes the Mark Twain. Sad that it's closed until December 2016 but I'm SO excited that the geysers are getting fixed!

      xo

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  6. I'm liking the sound of the train ride and maybe the boat ride (I'm not a big fan of boats)... but I do enjoy scenery. I'm all for a big long train ride, I love me some trains :)

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    1. The boat is likely to still be closed when we go :( but yes to the train it's awesome!

      xo

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  7. I've recently come back from Disneyland & I have your posts to thank for finding my way round the park & having a few ideas of how to do things a little easier.
    Sadly, many of the attractions like the river boat & the train had just closed when we went so I missed out on those. My boyfriend wasn't up for the meet & greets so I only had the chance to do one! But I watched Disney Dreams (just not in the central plaza), knew to hit the village at certain times of day and luckily all ride times were usually less than 15 minutes at the most so we managed to ride almost every ride more than once, it was great fun :))

    This is a great post & I want to do the majority of these things on my next trip...whenever that may be!!

    Sarah xo || See The Stars

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