Disneyland Guide for the Ordinary Traveler

Wanderlust Wonderland brings you: a travel guide for ordinary travelers, with must-sees, tips and tricks and the most delicious food, for ordinary travelers, like you and me.

Two weeks ago I shared a travel guide to Paris, but what is Paris without a visit to Disneyland? You could easily take a trainride from the city to the amusement park to spend a day there, or rather stay a couple of days in the happiest place on earth. I asked my sister-in-law, Suzanne, who is the biggest Disneyland fan I know, about the best places to eat, to stay, and tips and tricks.

When to go

Disneyland Paris, like Paris itself, is always crowded. And expensive. If possible, avoid weekends and vacations, and the days closest to the holidays. Disneyland celebrates a number of holidays and every time you visit it will be different from the last. It’s amazing to get to know all of these holidays in the parks, but it will be more crowded the closer you get to said holidays.

Where to eat

  • My absolute favourite place to eat was Chez Remy at Walt Disney Studio’s. It’s a fun restaurant just like Remy’s in Ratatouille, with huge plates, paper parasols and menu’s, and the food was really good. It wasn’t Suzanne’s favourite, however, since the vegetarian option(s) weren’t all that good.
  • If you want to eat a-la-carte, Captain Jack is the best!
  • The best pizza’s you’ll find at Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost
  • If you want to have a buffet, you should have dinner at Plaza Gardens or Agrabah café
  • Furthermore, there are different snacks in different periods of the year, depending on what holiday or theme is currently in Disneyland. These are also really good!

Where to stay

The cheapest option is the Davy Crocket Lodge, which is fine but the breakfast is just ridiculously meager, and you’ll have to drive your own car to the park (which is a few minutes away). The most expensive option is The Disneyland Hotel which is in the park, has a breakfast buffet and a meet-up with all your favourite Disneyland characters. But it’s so expensive probably only Bill Gates will stay here.

My tip is to choose a hotel that’s in between those two, like:

  • Sequoia lodge if you like nature and staying in cabins
  • Cheyenne and Santa Fé if you like a good walk in nature

Where to shop

EVERYWHERE! There are different stores that sell different items in each area of the park, just have fun and explore them all!

Tips & Tricks

  • A photopass is fun, because it means you’ll have all the pictures taken inside the rides and it’s a fun way to look back on your day
  • You can save up a lot of money in hotels if you take an annual pass
  • If you visit the park for a couple of days, make sure you’ll get extra magic time, which means you’ll be able to enter the park earlier than day-guests, so it will be less crowded and you can enjoy your rides without having to stand in line for an hour.
  • Download the app so you’ll know when and where the parades will start and you can easily see the waiting times for the rides!
  • If you’ll visit more than one day, you’ll be able to visit both Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios. Studio’s is a lot of fun, though a lot smaller and the tickets cost the same. My advice would be two visit for three days: two for Disneyland park and one for Studios.

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