Can you get on lots of rides in one day?
Definitely. On both days we got on a minimum of 7 rides so when you read the “we only got to go on 2 rides the whole day” comments they’re just not playing it right. The 7 rides also doesn’t include us going to shows, climbing the tree house, exploring the maze etc. Also we went at possibly one of the busiest times of the year. We never settle for waiting times over 60 minutes and that was definitely possible here.
Is it easy to see characters if you don’t want to wait in line for them?
Yes! There are characters in shows, the parade and sometimes walking through the park to get to a break area. Disneyland Paris makes it really possible to get photos of characters if you don’t mind not interacting with them. There is a small chance that you’ll get interaction at the parade but usually only if you’re at the front. As I have said, we didn’t really want to wait to greet characters but I got a high-five off Aladdin as he was walking back to his station, several blown kisses from fur characters on the parade and a couple of waves and smiles/eye contact from face characters on the parade as well.
Are French Cast Members as rude as everyone seems to think they are?
No! No no no no no nooooo. I was really confused at all the horrible comments the French cast members get from guests online. I thought “surely they wouldn’t be rude at a park” and I was right. The cast members were all delightful, organised and helpful. What everyone seems to misunderstand is French service in general. Disney is often confused with the American “can I be your best friend” type of service which you just won’t get in France. Frankly, I’m glad of it. I can’t stand American service but that’s another matter. French service is not “I just want to ignore you and do my job” it’s all about giving you space and respecting your bubble. But if you require more from them, they are always there to help and assist where possible. The main difference between the in-your-face American service and the quiet, respectful French service is that the French cast members were all very genuine. I go into this more in the food section.
Are the shows worth it?
Yessss absolutely!! I thought I wouldn’t want to see any shows at Disneyland but boy was I wrong! We went to see Mickey and the Magician, Mickey’s introduction of the 25th anniversary and The Forest of Enchantment. All were fantastic (especially Mickey and the magician) and a great way to see characters as well. It’s also a nice way to get some rest whilst doing/seeing something. The only thing is that if you want to see the shows, you should arrive about 20mins-30mins before but it’s so worth it!
How long does it take to get from land to land?
I was desperate to find this out and nobody had the answer so here it is: It takes a maximum of 10 minutes to get from land to land (within Disneyland). If you’re walking between two lands that are next to each other you’re talking 3-5 minutes. Please note that we didn’t have kids so weren’t burdened with slow walkers or pushchairs. It’s really easy and very advisable to jump from land to land to avoid being stuck with bad waiting times. To go from Disneyland to the studio Park takes a bit more time but if you’re doing it once or twice a day it’s no problem.
Here are some more obscure pieces of advice. This isn’t based on questions I had but more based on what we saw and learned whilst at the park:
At least try to speak or understand a little French or understand their culture.
It must be really hard to work in a place where you’re constantly talking in your secondary language. Therefore to give the cast members a bit of a break why not try at least saying hello, goodbye, and thank you in French? It’s easy to do and a nice gesture. You could even find out the number of your party going on rides to tell them in French how many you’ve got. Also, the shows and the rides have enough English in them for you to understand what’s going on so I think basic French like the things I’ve suggested is fine. It also must get tiring for them to get complaints about them doing things that they see as normal. For example, French waiters won’t be as cheesy or chatty as you might expect because that’s just not normal for them.
Have some snacks to munch on.
So you may have heard that you’re not allowed to picnic in the park which is true. However, you can take snacks into the parks. We went to a popular and amazing French supermarket called “Auchan” and bought these which I would really recommend:
La pailed’or- Strawberry jam wafer
Tuc cracks- sour cream and onion crackers
Twinuts- baked peanuts with different flavours
Vico Dixi riche en tomate- tomato flavoured crispy puffs
Madeleine- small cakes
At Auchan they always have cheaper “auchan” branded versions of these. It’s a really good opportunity to get different snacks you wouldn’t usually have at home.
Unless it’s rare and only available from DLP, don’t buy souvenirs.
So you’re thinking of going to Disneyland. Chances are then that you’d buy disney related things sometimes. Why would you buy them at Disneyland where everything is overpriced? The only item I got was a keychain in the shape of Mickey’s head with a “25” in the middle. I bought this as it’s an exclusive item only out for the 25th anniversary. All the other things in the shops you can buy on the online disney stores or at the disney stores near you. Remember, you may regret spur of the moment purchases that you wouldn’t do if you were anywhere else. If you stay in that mindset and always remind yourself “I could buy this somewhere else” then you’ll be fine.
Know that you are not the most important guest and Disneyland will treat every guest equally
This point may seem a bit ranty but I get so annoyed at people who seem to think they can just get away with anything. Keep this in your head throughout your stay: Disneyland doesn’t have any interest in making your day specifically the happiest day ever. Disneyland is interested in making everyone’s day the happiest day ever. Therefore, they must treat every guest the same. Lot’s of guests seem to think that they are the only ones who have paid a lot to be there and therefore deserve to do and see whatever they want whenever they want. Not. True. See, Disney is a HUGE corporation and if anything is fishy or out of line they could get extremely bad press. So you want in on a ride that is suffering technical difficulties? Not going to happen. You want to see your favourite princess even though it’s the end of her guest interaction time? No. Disney goes by strict rules and they are NOT going to cave in to customers who have the “I’m the center of the universe” syndrome.
Example of this kind of behaviour: 15 minutes before the parade we saw a man on the other side wanting to cross and he was stopped. Obviously for safety reasons, you are not allowed to cross a parade space. But he wasn’t having it and attempted to drive his pushchair onto the road right in front of the cast member and so the cast member put her foot in front of his wheel. He wasn’t happy at all about this and kept pointing at her and then at her foot and getting really in her face. Soon, a manager came and firmly stated to him that he wasn’t ever going to be allowed to cross so he’d better find another way around. (I don’t know what he actually said as I couldn’t hear any of it, he probably put it nicer than that). I was so so pleased!! So many times the underdog keeps the rules and calls the manager for support who then just caves in. Not this time! Her manager completely backed her up. I think this is a sign of a really good company who has no time for rule-breakers.
Don’t worry about not having loads of Disney knowledge, you’ll have a blast no matter how big of a fan you are.
So I was kind of worried about this as I’m not very familiar with some of the original princess movies like snow white or Sleeping beauty. And especially since I hadn’t really seen anything with Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald or Daisy in it. But it didn’t matter at all! In fact, even though I didn’t really know the character, Mickey mouse is one of my favourites now that we’ve been to Disneyland.
However, we did watch some movies to prepare for it so if you want my recommendations (along with the ones we didn’t watch) here they are:
First of all, watch your favourite movie!!
Swiss Family Robinson
Alice in wonderland
Pirates of the Caribbean
Buy special ears from etsy
I bought these gorgeous ears from etsy:
They got me so many compliments and made me feel so special when everyone else is wearing the same old ears!
I got the last pair of these but here’s the shop I bought them from: Sweet Creations
If there are any more questions you have, please don’t hesitate to ask down in the comments and have an amazing time at Disneyland!!