Magic is Everywhere you Turn
Boy, oh boy, have I missed writing about Disneyland Paris! After every trip to the most magical place on earth, I have always shared my trip report (2016 and 2017) and last year I finally managed to churn out my Ultimate Guide to the parks but definitely feel as if I haven’t shared enough Disney magic on here.
Disneyland Paris is truly one of my favourite places ever and I’ve been lucky enough to visit three times over the last few years. I adore it and the Paris offering is getting better and better as the months go by and can truly offer you such a wonderful trip. I am well aware of how stressful planning a trip to Disney can feel like with meal plans, dining, fast passes, character meets and greets, transport, hotels, etc etc, which is why I wanted to share my top five things to do at the parks if you have got a moment or two spare. Yes, sometimes you have to sprint around to fit everything in your holiday but there is something truly calming and magical about taking a few minutes out to appreciate some of the smaller things in the parks that can be easily missed dashing about.
So plan your holiday to your heart’s content, work out all your fast passes, where you are going to eat, all that jazz but if you want to live a little slower even just for a minute whilst you’re there, here are my favourite ways to do so to make the trip a little bit more magical. If that is even possible. Here are my top 5 things to do in Disneyland Paris.
Eat Outside at Caseys
Whilst Casey’s food does not massively excite me (their hotdogs are nowhere near as tasty and delicious as they were a few years back!) which is a shame but the location and aesthetics truly make up for it! Head straight down Main Street to Caseys, admire the interiors and decorations as you cue, order yourself a hot dog or some fries (or both!) and hope that there is a table outside for you to sit at.
Casey’s provides the perfect sitting point for people watching in the park as you have the greatest surroundings no matter where you turn. You have the most beautiful view of the castle, of the end of Mainstreet or even the Donald/Thumper meet and greet.
Not only that, it is truly the most lovely location for catching a few sun rays and just soaking up that magical Main Street atmosphere; the music, the views, the excitement, just everything! I always love visiting Casey as one of the first things I do at Disneyland Paris, I grab some grub, admire the views and the feeling and plan how to spend the day! Truly perfect!
You will definitely notice a theme going on in this post; I adore people watching. Leave me somewhere populated and I will be just fine! Disneyland is one of my favourite places ever to people watch and it serves as such a great excuse to take a little bit of time out and rest your legs before you head off on your adventures!
There is nothing better than watching people excitably roaming the parks, pointing at the beauty of it, taking a million photo’s, giddily laughing with friends and family, watching as a sea of Minnie Ears head towards an attraction. It’s truly amazing and something that people don’t do enough in the parks! If you want to/enjoy people watching too, here are my favourite spots to do so. Caseys (see above), anywhere in Fantasyland which provides a view of the Carousel is perfect, Hyperion Café is wonderful too as you sit upstairs and can watch the magic of Discoveryland below you. Outside of the exit of Tower of Terror is the studios are also the perfect place to sit and catch your breath too!
Visit During the Seasonal Events
Let’s be honest, Disney is perfect all year round but visiting when a seasonal event is on is truly magical! I have been lucky enough to visit when the Frozen Summer of Fun season was all in full swing and also all the fun of the 25th Anniversary. Going during a seasonal event guarantees you extra shows, themed areas and other little things to truly take your trip out of this world! Not forgetting all the classics of course, like Halloween, Christmas (the dream) and Swing into Spring!
Disney has got tons planned for over the next year or so including the last of the 25th Anniversary celebrations, Festival of Pirates and Princesses, Season of the Force and the Marvel Summer of Super-Heroes! What one would you go for?!
Do A Character Meal
Yes it is a little cheesy and I completely understand why some adults especially don’t want to do it but if you cannot act like a kid in Disneyland where on earth can you?! Having a character meal is a really lovely experience no matter how old you are. You don’t have to talk to the characters if you don’t want to (they totally love it if you do though) and just snap a picture but I have honestly loved all my experiences at character meals over the years.
Not only is the food typically a little bit nicer, the atmosphere is always so lovely and joyful and the character interactions are definitely worth 5 stars. Such a lovely, lovely way to either start or finish your day and I gauntree it will be full of laughs, memories and not to mention some amazing photos!
There is plenty of choice of character dining at Disneyland Paris including dining with the Princesses’s at Auberge de Cendrillon, a choice of breakfast, dinner and a range of different characters at Inventions and breakfast at Plaza Gardens!
Wander Around The Themed Areas Slowly
If there is one thing that Disney truly excel at, it is theming and the Paris parks are truly no exception to this! This point definitely goes along with my whole mantra of ‘you can do Disney slowly too!’ and honestly, wandering around some of Disneyland Paris’s best-themed areas is one of my favourite things to do simply for the magic of admiring the impeccable detail. Take Toy Story Land in the Studios, for example, such a brilliant example of theming that can truly transport you back to being a kid excitably rewinding your old Toy Story VHS ready to watch it for the millionth time. I love walking from Adventureland to Frontierland purely to gaze at the little camp and tipi’s in the middle, I love the decorative building at the very entrance to Adventureland, the photographs of Walt and his family in one of the shops down Mainstreet USA, the entirety of the Plaza Gardens Resturant. It is truly beautiful what you can see when you just stop and take a second and Disneyland Paris is truly full of the most wonderful designs. Don’t miss them.
Other Notable Mentions
Ride Rock N Roll Roller Coaster before it’s last spin (no closing date as of yet!). Stay in the park after closing to get the famous empty Main Street Castle picture (just don’t overstay your welcome doing this). Purchase a hot chocolate or a pineapple whip. Catch the ol’ sunrays by the fountain in the Ratatouille area in the Studios. Cool down in Summer by visiting the dragon under the castle. Comment ‘god I hate It’s a Small World’ whilst you ride It’s A Small World for the fifth time. Take advantage of Extra Magic Hours to just wander the park at it’s quietest. Watch the old Disney videos whilst you’re waiting to meet Mickey. Take the drawing class in the Studios.
If you have visited Disneyland Paris, what are your top things to do there?
Thank you for reading!