Saturday, June 11, 2016

Disneyland Paris Revisited - Tips and Tricks to make the most of your visit

Sofia didn't really do much this summer vacation, except go to Paris and Italy with me. I can't say I blame her, it was honestly too hot to do anything this summer, so we settled on 30 minutes of reading per day, then it was free for all.

Before summer ends, we just wanted to post some Tips and Tricks we learned from our second trip to Disneyland Paris.  This trip was so much better than the last one, but it may be due to the tourists staying away from Paris due to the terrorist attacks around the continent.

The cheapest way to get tickets is to buy them online. You can get the 2-park ticket for just a little bit more than a 1-park ticket if you go on a weekday, when it's not peak season. Since we have visited the park before, we weren't really in a rush, and we had no To Do List, but we visited Walt Disney Studios first because it was Sofia's first time.

If you're a fan of selfie sticks, which we're not, leave them in your hotel, because they are not allowed in Disneyland.
Ninong Tim, this photo is for you... 

Since we didn't have anything specific we wanted to do, we only entered shows that were about to start so we didn't spend much time in line.
Stitch LIVE! was quite funny.
And they have an English show too.
One of the few rides we did was the Slinky Dog from Toy Story

Sofia's favorite Disney Studios attraction was Ratatouille. The fast pass ticket machines were not working, and the wait was more than an hour, unless you go on the Single Rider Line, which cuts the wait time to 15-20 mins. The only catch is you don't sit beside each other on the ride.
My brave little girl sat with strangers so we could save time in the queue.

We were also to hungry to line up to meet Mickey Mouse and Woody...
So we got them as photo bombers instead.

My best lunch tip, is to get out of the park and eat somewhere else. It's less crowded, and I think you have more options too. Surprisingly, we had a good lunch at King Ludwig's Castle.
You don't have to fight the crowds. Hahaha. 
And the food was surprisingly good. I had Onion Soup, while Ady
had her Pretzel Burger with Sausage and Sof had her kiddie meal.

After lunch we headed to the main Disneyland Paris Park.
We needed to take a new photo...
Visiting at Easter means you get to see the character eggs.
For a moment we weren't sure if these were Tsums.
A photo for Ninong Jacob infront of his favorite
Paris Disney ride.
5 minutes queue time for Space Mountain?! Unbelievable!
Unfortunately, Sofia didn't make the height requirement.
We entered the Nautilus attractions beside it instead. BORING.

While the lines were quite manageable, there were a lot of attractions that were closed, like the Disneyland Railroad that ate up our full visit last time, the Phantom Manor and the Big Thunder Mountain.

We only did character meet and greets when the line was not long.
Too bad Jaffar was unprofessional. We were next in line
to meet him, but he left with no notice and made us wait
for Abu to come and replace him.
Warning, if you pull Abu's tail, he will pull your hair. Hahaha. Seriously.
Talk about mature. (yeah, I mean both of us).

There was a 15 minute wait time to meet Mickey Mouse in his dressing room, but this experience is truly worth it because we makes you feel like a star too... and he is very generous with his hugs for kids. They don't rush you when it's your turn so it makes the wait understandable.

We were a bit late for the parade so we weren't able to find a good position. But you can just stand anywhere and squeeze your way through the crowd till you find an opening which will allow you to see the passing floats.

I enjoyed Pirates of the Caribbean but Sofia found this ride to be on the spooky side.

We wrapped up our visit with the Fantasy land classics of Dumbo and Alice's Teacups, then we called it a day.

Last stop, snack bar to grab a Hot Chocolate in a Disneyland Paris Tumbler to go. The best souvenirs are the ones that come with your food and drink.
Cheers! Glad this Paris Disney visit was so much better
than the last one.
And look who needed to recharge on our way
back on the train...

I'm glad I decided to bring Sofia back to Singapore again because this was the main highlight of her summer vacation trip. She gave it a 12 thumbs up in her travel diary. just saying.

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