Before I begin this post I want to put it out there that I may use the word ‘magical’ 1636474 times and I don’t even care.

There is a whole heap of things that I am bursting to talk about but it seems right to talk about cost before anything else. Disneyland can be extremely expensive so it is important to try and be as savvy as you can if you are planning a trip away. (unless finances are of no concern of course) You can save money on your trip by buying your tickets in advance from Attraction Tickets Direct. Saving not only money but also time, as you will be ready to enter the park and get started straight away with the added benefit of having the Fast Pass on the Day Hopper Tickets. I cant recommend having a fast pass ticket enough. It gives you the ability to pretty much jump to the straight of the queue on the most popular rides. This was a lifesaver with two little ones. During our visit some of the queue times could be up to an hour and my boys would have struggled to wait that long.

We travelled to Disneyland on the Eurostar and stayed in Newport Bay Hotel which is only about 10 minutes walk to the park and there is a frequent free shuttle bus that can take you to and from if you prefer. If you have chance I would recommend planning what attractions you want to see the most and heading for them first. It’s also a great idea to work out height restrictions before heading to the rides so you don’t have any disappointed faces if you are taking children. Wear comfortable shoes! We walked 20,000 steps each day we were there.

My Must Do List

  • Watching The Parade. The parade is on everyday at 5pm but it get’s really busy so I would recommend trying to secure a spot about 45 minutes before. An amazing tip that was sent to me while I was at DisneyLand, was to stand at the back of the castle and look left. There is a little ramp and some arches. This is where the characters come out for the parade. Standing here you will get to see them all as they come out. They often high five and wave at the children. Then, if you wish, you can scoot around and watch the parade.
  • Watch A Show. We watched Mickey And The Magician in the Walt Disney Studios park and it was incredible. The boys faces were glued to the characters.
  • Favourite Attractions. Big Thunder Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Lazer Blast, Le Taniere Du Dragon, Peter Pan’s Flight and Pirates Of The Caribbean. Most of these have Fast Pass access so if you love them as much as us you’ll fit in time for a few go’s! (Sonny is 102cm and tall enough for all of these.) I also really enjoyed meeting Pluto. He was much more cuddly than Darth Vader.
  • The Illuminations Show. This is on very late at 11pm but if you can find a way to keep the children up for it they won’t be disappointment. A mixture of fireworks and illuminations on the castle at night is so magical.

Cost Saving Tips

Book tickets before arriving with Attraction Tickets Direct

Pack snacks.

Eat in the Disney Village as it is cheaper than the main parks.

Buy snacks from the train station as it is cheaper.

Use the free shuttle bus to get to and from hotels.

Before we went to Disneyland I have to admit I wasn’t sure it was going to be as amazing as it was. I guess I thought it was ‘just for kids’ but it really wasn’t. I could have happily gone on an adult trip there, in fact there were lots of hen parties and couples enjoying the attractions. I am not a die hard Disney fan but I would be amazed if Disney hasn’t been part of most peoples childhood in some way. I found myself getting teary watching the Lion king part of the Mickey show just because of the memories! I haven’t told Si yet but I am planning to go again or maybe visit Florida next!

What are your tips for visiting  Disneyland?

*This post was sponsored by Attraction Tickets Direct who are one of the worlds largest attraction tickets brokers. All words and photography are my own.



  1. Caroline
    June 8, 2018 / 11:04 am

    Looks like you all had a great time Cara! Thank you for doing post. The passes sound ace as we have two autistic sons and the wait would be too long. So thank you for mentioning 😊

    • Rebecca
      June 8, 2018 / 9:45 pm

      I’m not sure if Paris does this but in WDW you can get special access to rides if waiting in the long queues cause you distress. You basically go up to the person manning the ride and they’ll give you a time to come back. Something to look in to.

      • Caroline
        June 12, 2018 / 11:12 am

        Thank you Rebecca 😊

  2. Ellie
    June 8, 2018 / 11:53 am

    This is brilliant – thanks Cara! We are going at the end of July and your tips are great. X

  3. Teresa Brown
    June 8, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    We went to Disney, Florida and had the best time! My husband wasn’t keen and would have swapped places with someone right up until went but he had the BEST time ever!!! His Favourite place was the Disney Castle! I Agree it’s not just a place for children it is magical xxxx

  4. Rebecca
    June 8, 2018 / 11:10 pm

    Have a look on thedibb.com for more information/tips, especially if you’re considering going to WDW Florida (you really should, its AMAZING!). The Dibb is a British forum full of Disney loving members who are super helpful.

  5. June 11, 2018 / 10:48 am

    I cant wait to go to Disneyland with my little ones, do you think the boys were a good ages, magical enough but also can go on the rides? x

    • Cara
      June 12, 2018 / 11:13 am

      I think my two were the perfect ages (4,7) still young enough that everything was a wow and tall enough for attractions x

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