6 Tips to the Trip of a Lifetime: Disneyland Paris

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For grandparents, a trip to Disneyland Paris with the grandchildren can be a magical, memory-filled adventure. As the site proudly boasts, it is the happiest place on Earth! With iconic rides, beloved characters, spectacular shows, and family-friendly hotels, a visit there allows grandparents to bond with the young ones and experience plenty of fun together.  

A little advance planning helps make such a special trip easy and enjoyable for visitors of all ages. Here are six tips to help you enjoy the trip. 

Plan Ahead 

Ensure the visit goes smoothly: book rooms at one of the Disneyland Paris hotels. They offer great proximity to the parks and extras like early park access for hotel guests. There are also budget options for cheap vacations. The new Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel looks particularly exciting for young superhero fans! Review height restrictions to see if little ones meet ride requirements. Make restaurant reservations to take the hassle out of mealtimes and download the app to check wait times and show schedules with ease.  

Disneyland Paris Hotel
Disneyland Hotel, Paris

Pack Smart for Disneyland Paris

As for what to wear, the key is layers. Mornings and evenings in Paris can be chilly even in summer, so bring a light jacket or hoodie. Backpacks carry snacks, water, medication, small toys, and spare clothes through the parks with ease. Charging packs keep phones and cameras powered up. And don’t forget autograph books, Disney gear, and comfy, supportive shoes!

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Create Special Moments 

Part of the magic of Disney parks lies in unique experiences that become treasured memories. Book character dining with their beloved Disney friends or reserve the unforgettable Sequoia Lodge Golden Forest Club. Let the grandkids pick fun Disney gifts in boutiques, hunt for hidden Mickeys around the parks, and strike silly poses with statues and scenery. Capture plenty of priceless smiling shots together.  

Take Breaks 

The parks cover huge areas with endless entertainment options. Trying to do it all gets tiring, especially for little ones. Schedule ample breaks to recharge at hotels, restaurants or designated relaxation areas. Stake out a bench and enjoy a snack while people watching, or let kids burn off energy at play areas. Returning to the parks after rest makes the next few hours of fun feel fresh again.  

Use Disney FASTPASS 

Use Disney’s FASTPASS service to avoid long lines and minimize wait times for popular attractions, as demand is high for top rides! Check for FASTPASS kiosks near ride entrances.  

Stay Until Closing 

With younger grandchildren, the lure of late nights probably fades earlier, but older kids will get a thrill from staying until the spectacular closing show, Disney Illuminations. The dazzling nightly extravaganza lights up the sky in celebration of Disney movies through an emotional mix of fireworks, stirring music, lights, lasers, and water effects. Ride lines also tend to be shorter in the last couple of hours as many guests leave.