We were lucky enough to be invited to a press trip at Disneyland Paris earlier this year. We had a great time and picked up some tips along the way like navigating the park anti-clockwise or from back to front. This means that you’re usually heading away from the crowds. If you fancy a trip to Disneyland Paris read to the bottom of this post to find out how you can win a trip to Disneyland Paris with P&O ferries!
If you win, this is what you’ll need to take!
1. A variety of clothes
It’s France, the weather is changeable so pack accordingly. We were there in spring so jeans, linen trousers and cardigans were the order of the day.
2. Comfortable trainers
Don’t make the same mistake I did and take brand new trainers for yourselves and the kids. Well worn trainers that you know are comfortable is best, there’s a lot of walking to be done!
See point 2! If you really want to wear new trainers or sandals take plasters. Even if you don’t take new footwear take plasters just in case. Did I mention you do a lot of walking?
4. Plenty of euros
France is expensive anyway, so when you add on the fact you’re inside a Disney theme park things can get very expensive. Expect to pay 5 euros for popcorn and 10-12 euros for a cheeseburger meal. Back at the bar I have no idea how much beer was but cocktails were 10 euros. Pack plenty of euros and if you’re on a budget plan in advance what you will and won’t spend money on. Disneyland Paris is more expensive than Disneyworld Florida but obviously it costs more to get to Florida so it’s swings and roundabouts.
5. An extra bag
If you usually buy stuff when you’re on holiday then you’ll definitely buy stuff in Disneyland Paris. As you can imagine it’s Disney merchandise heaven, so if the kids have pocket money to burn then you’ll want to take a spare bag inside your main bag so that you don’t have to fork out for additional luggage on top.
6. A camera
I used a combination of my iPhone and a flip digital video camera to capture everything I wanted. I find the smaller the device the better but I guess you need to be prepared to compromise on the quality of the shot. Plenty of people take professional cameras in but I couldn’t be bothered with lugging the equipment around, but that’s just me.
7. A swimsuit
We stayed in one the Disneyland Paris hotels and there was a fab outdoor swimming pool. We spent a lovely relaxing afternoon there and I was really glad to have packed our swimsuits.
8. Acitivity book & pens
A parent’s staple when travelling, although iPhones, iPads, Leapsters and Nintendo DS’s also come in handy. Not just for use in the airport/train station I find they’re useful to have for winding down in the hotel room too.
9. Snack bars
The food at the airport was really bad, in fact at times I had to double check the signs to make sure we were definitely in France. I struggled to find food that Erin would eat and I paid nearly 20 euros for a sandwich crisps and coffee. Pack snack bars or anything that you can carry easily that keeps.
P&O Ferries is running a competition to win a family break to Disneyland Paris and giving away free tickets with ferry bookings too. For more info, see the P&O Ferries facebook page
We travelled to Paris by plane but you can find ferries to France here.