How to Get to Disneyland Paris On a Budget ☄️
Go to the most magical place on earth while avoiding those royally high prices.
Let's face it, we all want to go to Disneyland. It is, after all, the most magical place on earth. Sometimes those wonderful adverts pop up on TV, and we have a quick peek on the website to see how much it would be... and suddenly that little happy impulse comes to a very quick stop.
Well, news flash! It doesn't have to cost you thousands of pounds. There are a few tips that could save you a lot of money, and stress.
Just for the record, I'm writing this as an English person flying over and visiting the park, so flight prices and best websites may differ from country to country. Just ensure to shop around and compare prices to find the best deal.
Stop before you book that flight, and definitely do not reserve your hotel room. Check you have got the cheapest deal for the time of year you want to go. If you opt for a "quiet" date, you spend less money and it means much smaller queues in the park! To do this, check the school holidays for both British and French children, and if possible for you and your travel companions, visit the park outside these holiday dates. January and February are very quiet as it's cold and the kids are in school, as well as September! And remember to avoid weekends, a Monday to Friday holiday is ideal.
I find the most success with Skyscanner for my flights, and simply try out all my local airports in the search until I find the best price and times for me.
For the Paris airport I suggest Charles De Gaulle, and to book seats on the "Magic Shuttle" directly through the magic shuttle website. This will take you from Charles De Gaulle airport to your hotel, and back, for a fairly decent price, and it's a very safe and reliable service provided by Disney.
You have many choices when it comes to hotels, but if you're looking to save money and still have a wonderful experience, you can't go wrong with Hotel Kyriad. This is a clean and affordable hotel, with all you can eat breakfast included, a Disney Shop in the lobby, and even a petting zoo in the grounds! It's a Disney partner hotel, which means it's not actually in the Disney park, but it's a just a 10 minute bus ride away. The busses come at regular 10 minute intervals to the front of the hotel, and are completely free. I always find I get the cheapest deals for my hotel on Booking.com.
Also, don't forget to check your prices in advance! Last minute trips can sometimes prove pricey.
Consider an Annual Pass
You may be thinking "What's the point in an annual pass? I can only afford to go on the one trip!" But hear me out. A 4 day ticket for an adult is £174, whereas the Magic Flex annual pass is £168... Yep, it's cheaper. And not only that, you get 10% off in the Disney park shops, so it's totally worth it. And it also means if you consider going back, you won't have to buy your park tickets again. My annual pass runs out in April, and I'm visiting Disneyland again in February for less than £300.
To get your annual pass, just call Disney's booking line on +33 1 60 30 60 53. Keep in mind there are a few black out dates with your annual pass, which are peak dates that your pass won't work on, such as Christmas day. These are available to view on the annual pass page on the Disneyland Paris website.
Eat For Cheap
Ensure you pack a few snacks in your backpack to bring into the park, and yes it's 100% allowed. Cereal bars, dried fruit and chocolate biscuits are my favourites. And don't forget a plastic bottle of water! It will save you a lot of money, as buying food and drinks in the park is expensive.
When you do need some hot food, opt for the cheaper quick service restaurants, such as Hakuna Matata or Casey's Corner. You can get a really tasty meal deal for around €14. Yes, it's still pricey, but it's the cheapest you'll find on site. There's always cheaper kid meals for the little ones too!
Bring The Necessities
Ensure you bring everything you need with you into the park, so you don't have to buy anything in Disneyland that's not a pretty snow globe or Mickey shaped chocolate apple. I suggest packing the following in a comfy backpack:
- Plastic water bottle and snacks (as mentioned previously)
- Small first aid kit (plasters for blisters, pain killers and lip balm)
- Thin waterproof jacket, and warm jumper during colder weather
- Portable charger with cables, and plenty of memory cards if you take pictures and videos
- For the girls: pads or tampons... Just in case!
And you're ready to go!
Have a blast on your magical getaway! And a little friendly reminder to get your euros in advance, and pack your travel adaptors. Take a look at my other stories for tips to use in the Disneyland park, such as where to stand for the parades, how to meet your favourite characters, and park secrets you wouldn't want to miss!
Here's a little look at what I got up to on my previous trip.