Disneyland Paris on a budget

by ThingsISee

How to save money on a trip to Disneyland Paris. With a bit of research, you can find great deals on travel, hotels and tickets.

Disneyland Paris is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, so there are lots of offers and deals to be snapped up. It has got to be one of the most enchanting, magical places a child could go on holiday - an experience they’ll remember forever. But so soon after the expense of Christmas and in the middle of some seriously tough economic times, it’s understandable that the cost of it all can be a concern.

However, there are lots of ways to stick within a budget without ruining anyone’s fun, so perhaps it’s time to finally give in to the pleas from the kids after all?

Getting there

There are several options when travelling to Disnelyland Paris. One option is to fly to one of the three Parisean airports then take onwards travel via a bus or hire car. Another option is to take the Eurostar. The advantages the train has over flights are that is usually the cheapest, you don't have to check in an hour before your train or wait around to collect your luggage, plus the train takes you straight to the park. Travel time from London is 2hrs 40mins door to door on the train, compared with a flight of just over an hour, then a transfer and onward travel of up to 90 minutes to complete your journey.

However you prefer to travel, look out for special accommodation deals when booking your holiday as it usually works out cheaper. Plus, extras such as breakfast, tickets into the park and Extra Magic Hours which lets you in early if the kids are over-eager to start their fun might be available as well.


Ticket deals

Because it is Disneyland Paris’ 20th birthday this year, there are lots of great ticket offers which give you extra nights free, let kids play free in the park or give you a percentage off the usual ticket price.

You’ll also be rewarded with cheaper prices for booking early. So if you’re thinking of going later in the year, think about booking it now.

Hotel choices

The official Disneyland hotels are very close to the park and come in various fun themes that the kids will love. But, if you’re looking to keep costs down, you could just as easily stay in one of the non-Disney hotels nearby.

To keep things fun, you could bring along Disney-themed toys to play with in the rooms so the kids won’t feel like they’re missing out. They’ll probably be so eager to get to the park that they won’t have time to notice the hotel anyway!

Eating out

One of the biggest drains on a holiday budget is the cost of food, so plan what you’ll do at mealtimes. If your group is prone to ordering everything and anything from the menu, you might want to have your meals included in your package so you don’t go over your budget. A half board package will get you a food voucher which you can use for lunch or dinner, while a full board deal gives you a voucher for both lunch and dinner.

Bottled water inside the park can be a big expensive, but there are plenty fountains dotted around to drink for free, so bring an empty bottle and just fill it up at a fountain. And as a general rule, counter service is much cheaper than table service.

Have a great holiday!

Updated: 01/30/2013, ThingsISee
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ThingsISee on 02/05/2013

Thank you Katiem, I am glad you found it useful :)

katiem2 on 02/05/2013

Talk about a magical getaway, the Paris Disneyland trip is indeed the stuff dreams are made of. Thanks for the helpful money saving guide to traveling to Disney in Paris. :)K

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