Disneyland Paris on a Budget
Last August, I was lucky enough to take my family on a magical trip to Disneyland Paris, but it was on a very tight budget and was one of the best holidays we’ve had as a family. Many people, as soon as they hear the word Disneyland, think expensive and over their budget, but I can definitely say that you can enjoy Disneyland on the tightest of budgets.
There are many ways you can get to Disneyland Paris, from driving to flying to the Eurostar. The most cost effective mode of transportation for us as a family with 3 boys was to drive to Dover and catch the ferry to Calais; from Calais to Paris the journey was a breeze! They do charge a road toll on the way to Paris, so make sure you take this into account when setting a budget for your holiday.
There are flights from many regional airports to Paris, and you can then include a Disney Express transfer to your Disney Hotel to get the magic started as soon as you land. Alternatively, you can take the Eurostar from London St Pancras, which can take you directly to the station at Disneyland Paris.
There are 7 Disney Hotels, including the self catering Davy Crockett’s Ranch, which is ideal for larger families as they offer 2 bedroom lodges. This accommodation is only really suitable for a self drive holiday as there are no longer any shuttles between the Ranch and the parks. Davy Crockett is not on the resort site, so you do get the feeling of being out in the wilderness, and has the added benefit of the main services and facilities located in a really fun cowboy village at the heart of the ranch. Free parking is included at Davy Crockett’s Ranch.
The budget hotels on the Disneyland site are the Hotel Cheyenne and Hotel Santa Fe, and each of these offer basic but clean accommodation and are only about 15-20 minute walk to the parks along the river. There are shuttle services from each of these hotels, and they run very regularly to and from the parks. We stayed at the Cheyenne, and found the rooms to be clean and comfortable, with toiletries included and a TV with English channels. A tip for those who love a morning cuppa – they don’t provide kettles in the room but you can ask for one at reception, just be sure to take your own tea bags!
On certain dates, normally during off peak times, there are offers that include a free half board meal plan, which can actually come in quite handy while you’re there. If you have big eaters in the family, it may be worth upgrading to full board so that all your meals are included (you also get a free soft drink with your meal). Snacks are available throughout the park but they can be quite expensive so go for the combo deals that they offer and share them instead of buying individual snacks and drinks. For example a drink and popcorn combo was around 6 or 7 Euros for us, which was a lot cheaper than buying them individually. If you are travelling with young children, it is worth making up little snack packs for them whilst you’re in the parks, with a juice carton, fruit, crisps etc to keep them going throughout the day without it hitting your wallet too hard!
I hope some of these money saving tips have helped you decide which kind of Disneyland package is for you, but if you need any further advice or a quote for your ideal Disneyland trip please do get in touch.
Disneyland Paris on a Budget