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Visiting Disneyland Paris as an adult was so interesting. I last visited this place when it opened in 1992 with my family. I believe that you are never too old for the magic of Disneyland Paris. These are my thoughts and tips !
Stay in a Disneyland Hotel. If you can find one in your price range. We stayed at Sequoia Lodge which is a rustic retreat beside Lake Disney. I thought it was adequate but could do with a lick of paint. I would have liked a kettle and a fridge, that would have been an additional charge. As I said it was adequate. The beauty of staying in a Disney Hotel, is the distance from the parks, and you also get extra Magic Hours. We visited in the winter and we did enter the parks early. This was because we had one day with no rain. So that day, we went early and tried to get the photos done.
Food was what I struggled with. I looked into the Disneyland Paris Meal Plan, where all your meals are taken care of in advance so you can relax. But you are also restricted to set menus. And we were staying five days and I just found it to be so expensive. So I booked restaurants that I wanted to visit which was Bistrot Chez Rémy and Plaza Gardens. And Plaza Gardens is a bargain, it is an all you can eat buffet with a soft drink. This is also where I had these amazing desserts. I would recommend this place as we ate so well there ! And we also ate at Macdonalds and Five Guys on the other days. This worked out cheaper for us and we also took snacks with us. There is a convenient store called Relay at the train station. This is where we brought coca cola bottles at EUR 2.50 per bottle rather than the more expensive cost at the hotel.
Do not carry a bag. There is a lot of security at the parks and even at the hotels. We were checked every time we entered the reception and the Disney Village. I only took my phone, card wallet and ticket in my pockets. I also had a crutch as I still can not walk without one. And wear comfort shoes and clothes. I had thermals on, as it was December and it was so cold and wet.
My favourite ride was Ratatouille, it is such a clever ride. And one that I was so looking forward to trying. I also loved Phantom Manor. I was limited to what I could actually do. And I could only spend a few hours each day I was there. And to be honest, it is no fun when it is pouring with rain.
I just enjoyed visiting Disneyland Paris again after all this time. I enjoyed Fantasyland the most. I have wanted to see the Sleeping Beauty story upstairs in the castle for so long and I loved it.
Fantasyland closes early to prepare for the nightly show. When I say early I mean things start to close at 6 pm and by 7 pm, most restaurants and rides are closed. So get this land done early, maybe even first. Walk through and go up and see the Sleeping Beauty story and then down to see the dragon under the castle. And I found the shops in the castle and close by to be the best for princess items.
To leave the park go straight down either side of Main St under the arcade, again another way to avoid the crowds and the bad weather. After Dreams do not worry about shopping on Main Street. You will find the exact same things in Disney Village and your Disney hotel with less people rushing around. And there is much amazing things that are exclusive to Disneyland Paris. I am thinking about a day trip next year when I return to Paris !
I enjoyed this so much despite my limitations. I am looking into returning to the Disney parks in the USA.