The Scarlett Guide To Disneyland Paris…

As a die-hard Disneyworld fan(I bet some of you didn’t see that one coming) I was reluctant to visit her younger sister in Paris…

When I say reluctant, what I really mean is that I’d spent the last three years since my first trip to Disneyworld Florida 0telling my boyfriend that I wouldn’t set foot in Disneyland Paris on the basis it “would be a total anticlimax” and that it was “nothing compared to the real thing.”

Of course, when I found out that my boyfriend had booked flights to Paris for my birthday, I couldn’t help but question myself. I needed my Disney-fix and the opportunity to get it was suddenly staring me straight in the face.

Not to mention we were headed across on the park’s 20th anniversary…

Obviously I caved. But I’m so glad I did! 

Now, I’m not saying that Disneyland Paris is as good as it’s Floridian counterpart because, quite frankly, it’s not. How could it possibly be as good at only a mere fraction of the size, with just two parks and having European weather rather than the Sunshine State’s trademark rays? The clue is in the name people; to compare the two would be like saying the UK is as good as the whole world.

But that’s not to say it’s not pretty spectacular in it’s own right.

So, for all of you looking to get your European Disney fix this summer, welcome to

The Scarlett (Twenty-something) Tips For… Disneyland Paris. 

Splash out at the Blue Lagoon…

The Pirates of the Caribbean cruise is one of Disney’s most iconic rides (and one of my all-time favourites) but I was shocked to see how real the pirates were as we entered the ride… until I realised they were actually real people! Yes, at Disneyland’s Blue Lagoon restaurant you can actually have lunch in Tortuga itself, amidst the buccaneers and a a chorus of “Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Speaking of rum (god I love starting sentences like that); unlike The Magic Kingdom in Orlando which is the only park not to allow alcohol, this one does, (welcome to Europe, hotties) so get some of the good stuff down you. This is by far the coolest Disney restaurant I’ve ever been into, and whilst the meals are pretty expensive, it’s worth popping in for a couple of side orders and a wine at lunch just to give it a try!

Go to Hollywood Studios in the morning… 

If you’re looking for the Disney magic, The Magic Kingdom is the place to be – so it goes without saying that the families and kids flock to Main Street USA as soon as the gates open in the morning. Take advantage of the lack of crowds by heading over to Hollywood Studios first thing, and save yourself hours of queuing for The Tower of Terror and The (fucking awesome by the way) Aerosmith ride! Plus; by the time you head over to The Magic Kingdom around lunchtime, the families with children will be contemplating food and a much needed rest – giving you the perfect opportunity to hit the main attractions!

Similarly, take full advantage of the Fast Pass machines which allow you to return to your chosen ride an hour or so later to jump the queue!

Hit the Buffet…

If you decide to swerve the Pirate extravaganza at the Blue Lagoon Restaurant, but still fancy a sit-down meal, there are plenty of other choices available. If you’re looking for value for money, it’s worth hitting the La Grange text-mex buffet at Billy Bob’s Saloon in Disney Village. It’s 27 Euros per adult, but the food is amazing and I swear to god I ate enough to last me a week!

(Plus, they sell beer.)

Don’t stay in the hotel…

Anyone who I’ve ever spoken about Disneyworld to, will know that I’m the number 1 advocate for staying in Disney hotels… in Paris however, it’s so easy to get in and out via the metro line there’s really no need to fork out a fortune to stay on-site.

Yes it can be a bit scatty travelling an hour+ home on a busy metro, especially after a long day of walking – but travelling in and out from the city allows you a bit more freedom and gives you the best of both worlds; a Parisian break and a Disney fix!

(That said, if you have the money to spare, the hotel does look amazing – and keep in mind I don’t have kids that I’ve got to pack onto a train when they’re tired.)

Most importantly, enjoy yourself… I don’t care how old or sceptical you are, the magic of Disney is something that draws everyone in – and Disneyland Paris gives us non-Americans a cheaper and more accessible way to experience it first hand.

Check out more of pictures of my Disneyland adventure in the Gallery.

24 comments… read them below or add one

Toni July 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I’ve always wondered the same about Disneyland Paris about whether or not it would be worth it once you’ve been to Florida but it does sound pretty fun. The Tower of Terror and Aerosmith were some of my favourite rides. Awww man now I want to go back – dammit hun lol xx

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Scarlett July 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm

It’s definitely worth going – but it’s never going to be as amazing to me as Florida! I want to too, have a word with the Orlando tourist board and tell them they’ve got a pair of top-class writers ready to big them up 😉 Xxx

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Liz July 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I agree, Blue Lagoon is my favourite restaurant too! It’s one of the best themed places to eat, it’s totally immersive and that’s why I love it. I do love a good theme :)
Crush should be people’s first stop at studios in the morning, I’ve never seen a queue for that shorter than 2 hrs in all my visits there, except first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening. (We queue outside the studios for opening and run straight there, I’ve never queued for it for more than 20 minutes, depends on how much we ate at breakfast which informs how fast we can leg it! On my last visit we were the 3rd group that day on the ride…..not to brag)

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Scarlett July 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm

You directed me to Blue Lagoon honey so thank you! Great advice too!! xx

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Leigh-Ann July 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Great tips! The Blue Lagoon restaurant looks amazing! I bet everyone riding past was so jealous! xx

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Scarlett July 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Thanks lovely! I’m sure they were! xx

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Mummy | Stealing Mummy's Mascara July 13, 2012 at 8:16 pm

How cool that you went for the 20th anniversary! I had some of the buffets when I headed to Disneyworld Orlando and they are so good! x

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Scarlett July 13, 2012 at 8:17 pm

The fireworks for the anniversary were incredible – I was going to get a video but I got too caught up in it all. The food’s great isn’t it :) x

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Keith G July 13, 2012 at 8:32 pm

You chose a good time to go, the 20th year anniversary illuminations were fantastic! And sky gave away free tickets. Great post as always. Keith.

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Scarlett July 13, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Yeah, we got the Sky tickets – it was so lucky! Thanks Keith x

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snow bird July 14, 2012 at 10:21 am

I loved Disneyland Paris, it does has it’s own cutesy vibe going on. Wonderful post.x

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Scarlett July 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Thanks lovely x

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Gill July 14, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Hi Scarlet, I’m looking at going to Disneyland in October with the boyf, do you think it’s possible to do it properly in a day or should I maybe book a two-day ticket? (p.s I’m loving the blog!) x

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Scarlett July 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

Thanks Gill! We only went for the day, and we managed to get a lot done. It really depends how long you’re in Paris for; we were only there for four days, so one day in Disney was perfect. But if I’d have been going for longer, I would have got a 2 day pass, just to get double the Disney fix and save having to rush! Feel free to e-mail/tweet me if you need any advice before you go, I’d be happy to help xx

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Dommiebatsch July 15, 2012 at 2:22 am

I felt exactly the same way about Tokyo disneyland. Until I realized that I could do 6 days at TDL for $1500. It’s not the same as WDW bu pretty damn awesome as a close to home Disney fix! Glad you have Paris a try and had an awesome trip (and ong most amazing BF ever. A trip to Paris for your birthday!)

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Scarlett July 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

6 days for 1500 is amazing!! They’ll never quite measure up to Florida in our eyes but they do the job when we need our fix! xx

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Monica July 15, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Ooo, I’m a massive Disney fan too but I’d kind of forgotten about Disneyland Paris. I hadn’t heard of anyone going there for such a long time . You’re so right, it’s best not to compare Disney in Florida and Paris, waay too different!

And you’re boyf sounds like an absolute legend!

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Scarlett July 16, 2012 at 8:17 am

Haha he’ll be made up you said that Mon xx

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Corinne July 16, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I’ve been to Disneyland Paris twice and Disney California so can’t really comment on the Florida one (which is probably better than both, let’s be honest)

But I just wanted to concur with the Disney obsession. God. I wish I was there right now. Indiana Jones ride, the Haunted House ride and Pirates ride are chart-toppers for me.

Me and my sister often discuss if it would be weird for us to go as two women of ages 20 and 23… it’s not weird is it? It’s not weird.
xx

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Scarlett July 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

It’s totally not weird!! Pirates and Haunted house are my all-time favourite rides along with the Aerosmith rollercoaster!! I don’t care how old I get I’ll never be too old for Disney xx

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Waegook Tom July 17, 2012 at 3:11 am

I LOVE Disneyland Paris! I went with my mum, her then (jackass) husband, my then-step-brother, and my little brother when I was 18. We stayed in Sequoia Lodge and had a great time! Well, I did at least.

The food was awful there – I never had a good meal – but the rides were so much fun. You’re definitely right about hitting up the Studio section in the morning. We went there early and there were no queues at all, apart from the AMAZING AEROSMITH RIDE which I went on three times in quick succession.

Disneyworld is calling my name now…

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Scarlett July 17, 2012 at 8:33 am

It’s SO amazing isn’t it? I think I went on three times in rapid succession too – every picture I looked like someone was blowing a fan in my mouth! Sexy! xxxx

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Kris July 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I went once and these photos remind me how unbelievably pink everything is. It’s orally quieter than Orlando too which is a plus! Though I didn’t think about the alcohol. All I want now is a drunken Disney adventure.

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Scarlett July 17, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Drunken Disney adventures are the way forward – we need to get involved! xx

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