This is a great year to visit Disneyland Paris, as the all-singing, dancing and sparkling celebrations are in full swing for their 20th anniversary!
Disneyland Paris 20th Anniversary highlights
We dropped in at the end of the summer break and had a wonderful time enjoying the party atmosphere, catching the new main parades and great ‘mini’-parade that happens throughout the day, with Mickey, Pluto, Goofy and others making little ones’ holidays by waving and blowing kisses from their fun, 20th anniversary floats!
After dark, the Disneyland Park lights up prettily and the illuminated evening parade draws a huge crowd (people were taking their places ‘Main Street’-side up to two hours before it started when we visited!).
This is followed by the Disney Dreams show, where the famous Sleeping Beauty Castle takes centre stage with a pull-out-all-the-stops, special effects, Disney music and lights show. We missed this one as, being high summer, it started quite late and the younger members of our group were a bit overwhelmed by it all and ready for their beds by then. And the finalé of the night? A full-on firework display to remember (to get an idea of what to expect, check out the video clip here!).
Add in fabulous rides to appeal across the age ranges, photo opportunities with characters (the recently opened Princess Pavilion offers the opportunity to queue for a meet-and-greet with one of the Disney princesses) and the 20th anniversary experience makes for LOTS of fun and memories to treasure.
Travelling by Eurostar to Disneyland Paris
We travelled to Paris by Eurostar - highly recommended for families travelling with overexcited little ones, especially with the daily Direct Service to Disneyland Paris which runs from London, Ebbsfleet and Ashford, Kent (full timetable details and to book here).
If you’re staying at one of the Disney hotels, the Direct Eurostar Service to Disneyland Resort Paris is the quickest and easiest way of getting from A to B, as there are free shuttle buses to and from the station (fares are from £69 standard class adult return and £49 for a child (4- 11 years old, children under 4 travel free as they’re not allocated a seat).
If you’re not planning to do anything other than the Parks, if possible, finding a family package to suit your budget with a Disneyland Paris hotel is ideal. Alternatively, the many hotels and self-catering apartments serving the immediate surrounding area, in Val d’Europe, are just one stop – literally a few minutes – away by RER train (or by car, if you’re taking the ferry and driving).
Sightseeing in Paris
The same RER train from Marne-la-Vallée at Disneyland Paris or Val d’Europe also takes you into the centre of Paris if you want to do some sightseeing, but the journey time is about 45 minutes to an hour at busier times and can get quite hectic during rush hour. This is worth bearing in mind if you’ve got smaller children.
If you’ve got very little ones and aren’t restricted by school hols, it goes without saying (but I will, anyway!) that going outside of these times, when possible, is a good idea in that it won’t be so hectic queuing time will be reduced and things will be less busy in general.
Oh, and the Minnie Ears HAD to be done (when in Disneyland! …). And in sparkly, nonstopmama pink – irresistible!!
Disneyland Paris and Eurostar travel information
For more info on Disneyland Paris and to make bookings, visit disneylandparis.com.
For more info on Eurostar trains, hotels and train/hotel packages to Disneyland Paris (and there are some FAB deals to be found!), go to eurostar.com or tel: 08432 186 186.