recommended plan for the best 2 days at DLP

This is our day plan of Disneyland Paris edited to what we did in the parks and what we thought of each thing. Some of it is in a different order than what we actually did due to rides having technical issues or long queuing times. You should note that every time it says “meet character” here, we didn’t actually meet them, we just stared awkwardly and took pictures of them between seeing other guests. I go into these experiences more in my questions and answers post.

* = Worth seeing if you’ve got spare time

** = Very good, worth seeing

*** = Must see

Day 1:

9:00am Queue to get tickets- make sure you exchange anything you have for actual tickets which is what we had to do as we only had a pre-paid voucher. If you’re unsure, it’s always better to ask to avoid any disappointment when queuing to get in.

10:00am Enter Walt disney studios park- we were lucky in that the whole park and all the rides opened at 9:30. This also happened at Disneyland but anything that hadn’t been opened for early magic hours  was shut until 10. However, it is still worth it to wait at the short cut 1 entrance to Frontierland for half an hour to get to Big Thunder mountain (day 2).

 

Head over to Toon studio

                                                     Popular ride: Crush’s coaster *** Go straight there, don’t look back, don’t get distracted! Some people run… don’t do that. If you don’t go here first you’ll end up waiting for over an hour at all times of the day without fail.

Fast passes needed: Ratatouille the adventure *** (we did single rider, really worth it if you can’t get a fastpass)

Mickey and the Magician*** (lasts 20mins)

 

Head over to Backlot

Fast Pass needed: Rock ’N’ Roller coaster * (this is my husband’s rating as I hate rides that go upside down.)

Meet Spiderman*

 

Go to Production courtyard

Fast Passes: Twilight zone Hollywood tower of terror *** (to be honest, you don’t usually need a fastpass for this because the wait time doesn’t usually go above 30 mins)

Meet Captain Jack (or friends) ** (we didn’t actually go and see him at all but I know I would’ve enjoyed to at least see him from a distance)

Studio Tram Tour * (see rides reviews for a warning about this ride.)

3pm consider leaving Walt Disney studios park

 

Enter Disneyland!

Do anything that either has good waiting times or is something you really want to see. (Just in case you miss it on day 2.) We went on and saw: Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan’s ride, The Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, the Pirate area in adventureland, the castle and underneath and just had a general explore.

An hour before the parade head over to where you want to stand for it. The best position is on the corner just before the finish (near Fantasyland).

5:30pm Parade *** We LOVED the parade!!! Really worth going twice, the second day we got a front row view!

Explore round the park.

 

Suggestion- A night ride on the Carousel **– quite short but very magical! Only really worth it if 20 mins or under waiting time.

10pm Head down in front of the castle for the lights show

Suggestion- sit on a bench and when the show starts stand on the bench! We didn’t do this but apparently it’s allowed (stated by a guest online). We were lucky, on this day everyone stayed sat down so we all got a good view.

11pm (Park close, this happens at different times depending on when you go in the year) Light show *** DO THIS TWICE! It’s soooo beautiful and you may get better seats or a different view the second day.

If you leave with the crowds, you may get a chance to wave at Mickey who might be standing on the balcony of the Hotel. If you stay where you are until most of the guests leave you can get really good pictures of the castle at night but may miss Mickey. We did both!

 

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Day 2

9:00 am get tickets and queue at entrance

10:00 am enter Disneyland!

Head over to Frontierland and get to Big thunder mountain as fast as possible, get on or get fast passes. We did this and waited about 10 minutes! You WILL NOT get on if you go ANY later than the park opening… Unless you want to wait for over an hour!!! (See shortcut number 1 in shortcuts section)

 

Frontierland

Fast Passes needed: Big thunder mountain ***

Forest of enchantment musical adventure (20mins) ** (we did this in the afternoon- check the times)

Phantom Manor **

Thunder Mesa River Boat **

Meet Woody * on the way to the train station

If you can get the train from here to Fantasyland, it’s lovely and there’s a cool surprise at the end!

 

Fantasyland

Sleeping beauty’s castle *** and see maleficent *** (For good pictures of you and the castle with no one else in shot go to the left of the castle, there’s a photo op point that’s usually empty)

Alice’s curious labyrinth **

Le pays des contes de fées **

Carousel **  (at night is best)

Popular rides: Peter pan ride *

Mad hatters tea cups * (In the evening it might be five minutes wait. If so, then it’s worth it!)

Meet Queen of Hearts *

Discoveryland

Fastpass needed: Buzzlightyear **

Les Mysteres under sea tour *

Fast Passes Needed: Hyperspace mountain * (This is my husband’s rating as I hate rides that go upside down.)

 

Adventureland

Popular rides:  Pirates of the Caribbean ***

Swiss family treehouse (worth visiting again when it’s dark, sooo pretty!)***

Pirate beach and pirate galleon! **

Aladdin’s passage **

Meet Peter Pan (and/or friends) *

Meet Aladdin (or friends)*

 

An hour before the parade head over to where you want to stand for it. The best position is on the corner just before the finish. (near Fantasyland)

5:30pm Parade *** (your time may be different)

After the Parade, we headed back to the Studio park to do two of our favourite rides: Tower of Terror and Ratatouille. We entered back into Disneyland at around 7:30 and explored Main street.

 

Suggestion- climb the castle in the evening light. -We didn’t do this but apparently you get a lovely view of the park. We thought the Swiss family Robinson tree house was better for a pretty sight in the dark.

10pm Head in front of the castle for light show

Suggestion- sit on a bench and when the show starts stand on the bench! -We didn’t do this but apparently it’s allowed. (stated by a guest online)

11pm- Light show ***

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10 wedding ideas that everyone will love

1. Instead of spending days compiling the perfect seating plan, have your guests decide where to go with your own unique way point sign!

sign post

This went down really well with our guests and they loved choosing their own tables and who they wanted to sit with! (Just remember to reserve a table or two for you and your wedding party)

2. Have themed tables! We had Harry Potter:

harry potter table

Lord of the Rings:

lord of the rings table

General Disney:

Disney table

Tangled

tangled table

Matilda the musical:

matilda table

Music theme

music table

and Switzerland theme

swiss train

Not only is it fun for you to come up with decorations, it’s easy too. Especially if you’re a nerd and you already have a bunch of stuff you could display! For example, we put books on every table and I already had everything for the Harry potter table so no need to buy expensive decs.

3. Snacks for your guests. There’s no telling what will happen on your wedding day so it’s always good to be prepared- especially with ample food. It’s a long day and you want your guests to be happy! This doesn’t have to be expensive though- we just went to the local supermarket and bought some sweets that went with the theme of each table!

chocolate violins

chocolate coins

4. Have things for your guests to do! Sometimes waiting around can get boring and your guests might have to wait for you, so if you can, get them something to do! As there are a lot of trains in Switzerland we bought a toy train set for them to play with on their table.

swiss train

Also on the music table we had a music box that guests could play. Awesome decorations they can look at will keep them occupied too!

5. Lighting… With a wedding, it’s easy to miss something like lighting for your hall. Don’t dispair though, this can be really simple and inexpensive! We just got cheap jars in bulk and electric candles to put in them for cute lanterns. I went and painted silhouettes on them to go with our tables themes, here are a few:

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6. Make everything!! Honestly, this is what saved us. We had big ideas but we didn’t want to spend a lot as we have the Monica and Chandler approach of “we don’t have to have a big wedding, all we want is a successful marriage”. However, as I’m an artist, I was able to do a lot of the details and decorations by hand. I made this snuggly duckling sign for our tangled table with the help of my Dad:

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I did the lanterns, drew the Disney castle for the Disney table, me and my husband made and decorated boxes for the Matilda table, I drew the invites and we used snapfish to print them out and we even made our own confetti out of cheap amazon books:

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There are lots of things you can do- on your own or with help- to make your day special and personal!

7. Ask people to help. I mainly asked the people who helped us because I knew they were talented and we wanted our wedding to be very personal. However, if you are running out of money this can help in that area as well. We found the generosity of our friends astounding and working with people you already know is a lot easier. My old boss made our cake, (I’m sorry about the photo, this was the only one I have to hand)

cake!!

one of my Mum’s friends did the flower arranging and made us this super cute ring pillow:

ring pillow

my bridesmaid and husbands Dad did musical items for our ceremony, a good long time friend did our catering, my Dad made the amazing sign which I started this post with (which I painted) and last but not least, without us even asking her to, my Mum’s friend made my wedding dress.

8. Have an interesting guest book. Who wants a plain old guest book? We didn’t!! One of the first things me and my husband did together was play giant jenga, so we had our guests play jenga. If they got a block out successfully, they wrote on one of them, if it fell down it was up to them to set it back up and try again. If you do have a “guest book” like this then remember to write instructions next to it as there won’t always be someone  around to instruct guests on what to do.

jenga guest book

9. This can be for the bride or the groom: add a personal touch to your wedding outfits. Our wedding colours were purple and green to represent our two favourite things at the time: Lord of the rings and Tangled. So, my Husband wore a purple tie and I had green on the stem of my bouquet. I also had flowers in my hair and a Harry Potter necklace that read “mischief managed”. But I think the coolest thing we did was decide that me and my made of honour were to have a home made bouquet. (I did have two mades of honour but sadly there were only enough flowers for one extra bouquet) These were  done out of books and sheet music as we both play an instrument and like to read.

 

bouquets

10. Last but not least, enjoy yourselves!! This one actually gets missed a lot. Yes, you do need to make sure your guests have a great time but is it their wedding? No! It’s yours! So make it the way YOU both want it as well as pleasing your guests. Fight for little touches you know no-one will notice but will make you happy when you see them. Fight for a day plan that makes you satisfied, even if it’s a little strange. Make sure it’s your day! For example, my husband doesn’t dance and although I like to dance, dancing with everyone’s eyes on me makes me really anxious. So guess what? We didn’t have a first dance! Surprise surprise, you don’t have to follow social norms- do what makes you happy. I did end up dancing, but I found that better than having an announced dance that has to last a whole song.

So, there you go. Some simple things for you to have the best day ever! This was a long time coming, we’ve been married about 7 months now but I’ve always wanted to do this as I really enjoyed my wedding and I want as many people out there as possibleto enjoy theirs too 🙂