With just 2 days in Disneyland Paris, we were keen to make the most of our time. Staying on site at Newport Bay Club, meant we were entitled to Early morning magic hours between 8.30am and 10am when the parks officially open. This post covers our 2 day Disneyland Paris itinerary.
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We decided to visit Disneyland Park on our first day. With a quick breakfast at McDonalds because it was the first restaurant we spotted on our way into Disney Village, we arrived into the park around 8.40am.
I had made sure that we had the Disneyland Paris park app downloaded onto my phone, as even though we hadn’t made a plan, I was using it to check the wait times of the rides.
Our initial thoughts were to make our way to Big Thunder Mountain, however it was having technical difficulties. Our next choice was Hyperspace Mountain, however this was also having technical difficulties.
Our third choice was Peter Pan’s flight as for some reason this ride attracts very long queues throughout the day. We entered the 20 minute queue and whilst waiting, I realised that Hyperspace Mountain was back up and running.
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We made our way into Discoveryland and Hubby queued for the Fastpass machines which were due to open at 10am. It was 9.30am at this point, so Abby and I went to ride the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups which is a favourite of ours as we try to see how fast we can spin.
Walking back past Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, we spotted a 20 minute standby line (which had dropped from 60 minutes not very long ago), so we joined the queue at 9.50am. By the time we found Hubby again he had secured Fastpass tickets for Hyperspace Mountain for 10.30am.
It decided to rain at this point, so after a quick visit to the nearest shop it was time for Hyperspace Mountain, with the plan to visit Frontierland afterwards to collect a Fastpass ticket for Big Thunder Mountain.
We ended up walking back and forth across Disneyland Park a little, but meant we secured a Fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain for 1.20pm. The time now was around 11am, so we decided to make the most of the morning and do all the attractions in Fantasyland, which we managed by just after 12pm.
Getting hungry, we went to Pizzeria Bella Notie for some lunch. We knew the park prices were expensive but we shared a pizza, garlic bread and drink for €15.99. This filled a nice gap and the food was delicious. The restaurant was super busy though and it took ages to get our meal, so we were almost too late for our Fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain. Glad we made it though!
In the area we took advantage of experiencing Phantom Manor as the wait time was short, and then decided we needed a rest and a drink.
Being so close to the hotels, we walked back through Disney village to our hotel for an hours rest.
Refreshed, we made our way back into Disney Village for our reservation at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. This was 90 minutes of great fun and good food as you watch Buffalo Bill tell his story.
Another good choice if you don’t have tickets to Buffalo Bill’s would be Annette’s Diner, a 1950’s style diner restaurant. As we arrived late in the evening, we ate at Annette’s on our first evening.
Back into Disneyland Park for Illuminations at 10pm which was when the park closed when we were there. Illuminations is always at park closing time, so this will depend on when you visit during the year.
A trip to Disneyland Paris is very different from a trip to Disney World with how days are planned, however we were amazed at just how much we got done on our first full day.
On day 2 we were up early again ready to visit Disney Studios at 8.30am. Breakfast this morning was at Starbucks in Disney Village, which we actually preferred. We spotted a great deal as well in Starbucks and the bottles of water / soda are one Euro cheaper than if you buy them from the food stall or in the parks.
Disney Studios is having a lot of work done to it, and we knew it wouldn’t be a full day park, but we started early to make the most of the big rides with the big queues. Even at 8.45am in the morning Crush’s Coaster had a 90 minute wait, so we decided we wouldn;t queue for it. There is no Fastpass available for Crush’s Coaster, but for us as a family, it wasn’t worth it.
Instead we enjoyed a 10 minute wait for Tower of Terror and a 20 minute wait for Ratatouille. We enjoyed these rides far more than spending our morning queueing.
Being October, it’s been cold, and by the time we had ridden the Studio Tram Tour: Behind The Magic, and watched the amazing Moteurs…Action! Stunt Show, we were in desperate need of warming up.
To avoid the queues we decided to eat outside Disney Village at Five Guys, and whilst we beat the queues, I wasn’t overly impressed with the food in terms of value for money.
We decided to go back into Disneyland Park as we enjoyed this so much more, and revisited some of our favourites with low wait times from yesterday. We also made sure we rode Pirates of The Caribbean and watched Mickey’s Phillhar Magic 4D show
Being Halloween time, we experience the Halloween parade during the afternoon which was great.
We were in desperate need of some warming up, so we made our way back to the hotel for a little while before venturing back out to Disney Village for dinner.
As we hadn’t booked anything, we decided to eat in Planet Hollywood which operates on a first come first served basis. We arrived just before 7pm and we timed it perfectly as the restaurant filled up quickly around us.
The meal was tasty, yet expensive, but we were prepared for it. With all of us shattered, it was time to return to the hotel to pack for our early start in the morning to make our way back home.
I have learned a few things from our 2 day trip to Disneyland Paris that I hope will help anyone thinking of going in the future (and us for when we return).
- If you are staying in a Disney hotel, consider the Compass Club / Forest rooms as you may actually get some good use out of the perks. I didn;t think we would, but in hindsight I think we would have.
- Take your swimming costume for the pools. This is a great way to rest up, and whilst you may think you’ll be in the parks all day, tiredness will set in.
- Don’t pick a restaurant to visit straight after a parade as they appear to get very busy around these times.
What would your Disneyland Paris itinerary look like?