It is that time of the year where we are in limbo between Christmas and New Year and my thoughts have turned to booking a holiday for 2017.
The kids are all desperate to go to Disney as our last visit was 4 years ago. Unfortunately, Florida is out of our reach but I have been busy researching the best deals for visiting Disneyland Paris.
Finding a bargain can be a challenge, but I have I do have some hints and tips for you:
1. Book Direct
Booking directly through Disneyland Paris is the cheapest way I have found to book the holiday and contrary to popular belief, you can pay a 15 % deposit to secure your booking depending on arrival dates. You can only do this by calling Disneyland Paris direct and be aware that calls cost 5p per minute.
2. Be flexible!
Play around with the dates you want to travel, even moving a day either way can save ££’s. We are looking to go in June when the kids have inset days and it is actually cheaper to stay 5 nights than stay 4! Sunday to Thursday or Wednesday to Sunday breaks seem to be cheapest for us.
3. Price Grids
Look up their price grids for the cheapest time to travel. If you have pre-school children then travel in term time for the cheapest deals. Dark blue is cheapest, light blue is value and orange is peak.
4. Book Early
Some of the best deals are done by booking early. Their January sale finishes on 6th February and currently offers children under 7 staying and playing free but there other offers about throughout the year.
5. Check all Hotel Prices
There are seven Disney hotels to choose from – the closest, and most expensive, is the Disneyland Hotel, but I have found the others vary in price wildly depending on when you are visiting. If you have a large family like us, Newport Bay has rooms that can sleep up to 5 and Santa Fe has some that sleep up to 6, but you are more likely to have to book interconnecting rooms if there are lots of you.
6. Meal Plans
Offers on the website are purely room and park entrance. Meal plans are booked separately and cost from £11 per child per night and £19 per adult per night which does add a significant sum to your booking, but some rooms do offer breakfast as part of the package.
7. Consider other modes of transport
You can travel to Disneyland Paris direct by Eurostar which is brilliant as they deliver you directly to the door so you can head straight into the park whilst they take your luggage to the hotel, however, it is significantly cheaper to drive, either crossing the channel by Eurostar from Folkestone to Calais or aboard a ferry. Driving in France is surprisingly easy, but don’t forget the toll charge of €21.70 each way. There is free car parking at all Disney hotels and a paying car park at the actual park.
8. Stay Off-Site
Staying off-site can be cheaper and Disneyland Paris does run a shuttle bus from eight partner hotels. If you’re visiting in the summer you could consider camping – Canvas Holidays operate at La Croix Du Vieux Pont which an hour’s drive to the resort or Eurocamp has a site close by, Val d’Europe, which is a great choice if you want to combine a trip to Disneyland with a day or two in Paris.
If you opt to do a self-drive holiday, make sure you book tickets for the park in advance as they are much cheaper than on the gate. Like many theme parks in the UK, they also offer annual passes which offer a great saving if you are planning on visiting more than once.
10. Check Prices on the French / German Website
It didn’t work for the dates I wanted, but check prices on the French and German websites as prices to vary as they often have different offers and holiday dates to us Brits: www.disneylandparis.fr and www.disneylandparis.de. Please be aware you will need to phone and book to get these deals.
An invaluable source of information with everything related to Disneyland Paris is the Disneyland Paris for Brits facebook page.
Have you been to Disneyland Paris – are there any other booking tips you would recommend?