Disneyland Paris is Europe’s number one attraction. That makes it pretty busy, pretty much all of the time.
When I say busy, I mean it, a staggering 14.2 million visitors in 2014. It’s certainly big enough to accommodate all those people but some days are busier than others and I don’t know about you but I’d hate to turn up and not be able to get in because it’s packed! So, how do you make sure that this doesn’t happen, and save money at the same time?
Attractiontix are one of several companies who sell tickets online for Disneyland Paris – except they’re cheaper than going direct! They are already really well known for money saving ticket services for Disneyland theme parks in the US and now they’re able to help with the Paris Disney Park.
I visited Disneyland Paris recently but instead of just rocking up and queuing for tickets as I have in the past, I got tickets online because I knew with the “Frozen” show, and it being summer, the park was going to be really packed. I was right!
It’s very easy to buy your tickets online, you simply print off the email confirm and take it with you (take your passports or ID cards too – you’ll need to show them at the entrance). At the ticket booths at Disney, hand over the paper and your passport and go straight through! While I was there I checked the price of the tickets on the gate against the price of my Attractiontix tickets. I’d saved more than 30%, about £20.00 per ticket which paid for our food!
The tickets come with FASTPASS® included as standard. This lets you avoid the queues on some of the most popular rides by picking a return time for your chosen ride. The FASTPASS® machines are specific to a ride and you can only book for one ride at a time. You can then go off and have fun elsewhere in the park, and return to the ride at your specified time slot. For instance, one ride had a 2 hour wait while I was there, but the FASTPASS® option meant I could pick my time slot and go and other rides until my time came up. When you have kids with you this is not just good, it’s great!
Speaking from experience, it definitely is worth doing a bit of planning in advance. Work out what rides you really want to go on and where they are. It’s a big park and it’s easy to just drift which means you’ll almost certainly miss a few of the shows and rides, some of which close early. There are guide leaflets at the entrance and you’ll find that the resort is made up of Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios, Disney Village and the hotels. Disneyland Park is fashioned after the original Disneyland in California and as you’d expect has many of the same rides: Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan’s Flight, Thunder Mountain, etc. There are rides for all ages from little ones to older and taller and those who love a big dose of adrenalin! If you can, stay for the fireworks and light show at the end of the night, the time is changeable, earlier in the winter and later in the summer but it’s totally worth it!
Check out more Disneyland Paris reports:
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Earl Of Sandwich for a great and not at all expensive food break at Disneyland Paris
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