Disneyland Paris welcomes everyone but it is actually tailor-made for 5 to 8-year olds. Kids of this age group enjoy the park’s classic rides and are also old enough to experience thrill rides as well. As there are way too many rides and attractions in the park’s multiple themed lands all competing for you and your child’s attention, it will greatly help if you create a plan with general daily itinerary.
By learning the basics and taking time for some research, you can avoid some Disney mistakes many parents experience.
Buy tickets ahead of time.
You can avoid the lines at the ticket window simply by purchasing in advance at the Disneyland’s website. If you’re looking to stay for around three days, you should order a multi-day and Park Hopper tickets ahead of time. You can also find discounts and deals on the Disney site that isn’t available to purchase at the ticket window.
Reserve your own character dinner.
You can make reservations online to dine at Inventions in the Disneyland Hotel. And you don’t have to be a hotel’s guest to enjoy the company of Disney characters strolling from table to table meeting children. The food too is great as well. Reserving a character meal is also fun, though it might feel a little bit rushed.
Get there early.
Check out the official opening house for the day/s you’re planning to visit. It’s wise to show up about an hour in advance so you can queue early. Sometimes the park opens up early to let visitors explore the Main street and shop in the many stores littering it until the rest of the park opens. As a plus, you’ll have more time finding the parking and getting to the gate as well.
Maximise Fast Passes.
The fast pass system lets you save a place in line for some rides – and it’s free! Fast pass assigns you a one-hour arrival window later within the day. Read up on how it works or ask a park staff so you can take full advantage of it all day instead of wasting your precious time at the park figuring it out.
Give yourself some fun as well!
Rider Switch passes allow parents (plus older brothers and sisters) enjoy rides that aren’t intended for small children instead of just standing in line all over again. Take note that only certain rides have the Rider Switch option, but the Disney site will have this information for everyone.
Note all the closed attractions.
If your kids are looking forward a specific ride, you can avoid disappointment by taking note of closed attractions during your visit. This information is oftentimes available in Disney website. This information is available on the Disney website.
Precaution against lost children.
Disneyland, regardless of city your visiting it in, is a vast wonderland. Lost children must be instructed to go to the nearest Cast Member if they get separated from you. A Cast Member will take the child to Lost Children, which is sited in the Baby Care Centres at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park. Children should know your phone number and if they don’t, you can place a number on a piece of tape inside the child’s jacket or shirt collar. The Cast Members in Lost Children will ask the child if they know their parent’s number in order to reunite the family and child as fast as possible.
Keeping everyone extra safe
Since you’ll most likely be a tourist, don’t forget to get yourself an overseas travel insurance for every adult in your group so you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re protected from most travel hiccups. Since most insurance plan includes your children in the package, you must secure it weeks leading to your travel to maximise its use. Have fun and keep safe!