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This is Part 2 of a series of posts explaining how to enjoy a magical family holiday to Disneyland Paris without it costing the earth. You can check out Part 1: ‘Getting There’ here.
There are myriad ways to get access to Disneyland Paris (no, don’t try and jump the fence….), so I’m just going to run through a few of the main options quickly before looking at what I personally do in a bit more depth.
I should also say from the start that going to Disneyland is never going to be really cheap, but with a few tricks it can certainly be made more affordable.
Day tickets vary in price depending on the season and whether you want to visit Walt Disney Studios as well as Disneyland Paris.
Current daily prices start from £30.00 for kids and £36.00 for adults on the official Disneyland Paris website. You should also take a quick look at Super Trips as they sometimes have some very good deals.
Disney Hotel Package
You can book Disney hotel packages that include Disneyland Paris tickets for the duration of your stay. This can be very expensive in the Easter and Summer school holidays, but is worth considering out of season.
You would think that an Annual Pass would do precisely what it says on the tin (well, paper), but there actually three varieties, which vary in price depending on your flexibility regarding dates.
The Classic/Francilien Pass is currently €135.00 and limited to 280 days use in the year, with blackout days on a lot of key school holiday dates.
The Fantasy Pass is currently €179.00 and limited to 320 days use in the year, also with a number of key blackout dates.
Both these passes give you special discounts at shops and restaurants in Disneyland Paris amongst other things. 25% off hotel accommodation can be useful too but that is taken from the original Disney hotel prices, so be careful because you might be able to find much better deals by shopping around.
The Dream Pass is currently €223.00 and valid for 365 days a year. I bought this pass for me and my son and saved on our first visit compared to the other options, let alone the multiple trips since, making it amazing value for money. It gives you an array of discounts including between 35% and 60% discount on Disney hotels, 10% off in restaurants and free drinks as well as 20% of in the shops.
I know it’s expensive, but if you are thinking of a trip to Disneyland Paris for four or more days then do consider an annual pass as they really can work out as amazing value.
To buy Annual Passes, I’d recommend checking out the offers on SuperTrips and Discount Ticket Store. For example, Super Trip are currently offering a combined Dream Pass for one adult and one child (age 3-11) for £355.00 in total, which is a pretty decent discount.
One significant bonus of an Annual Pass is that they let you access ‘Extra Magic Hours’, which means you get up to 2 additional hours in Disneyland before normal ticketed guests are allowed in. This, for me, is one of the main reasons for having a Pass. Me and my son did so many rides in this time that it really was a perfect start to each day. If you’re not keen on crowds and queuing, then I highly recommend getting up early and taking advantage of this quieter period in the park.
Another huge benefit of these passes is the extremely generous rewards system. Upon purchasing any annual pass you can act as a ‘sponsor’ after the first month. This means that the people you sponsor receive a 10% discount, and you get a special stamp in return. Once you have three stamps (sponsor just three people!) you will receive a free annual pass when you renew. I did exactly this on our last visit this summer, so I haven’t paid a penny (on tickets) for the next year of visiting Disneyland Paris!
There are some pretty serious hoops you need to jump through to take advantage of this (including navigating this form in French!), but the value is unbeatable and with a bit of planning it’s really not too bad.
The basic requirements are that you need to have had your own Pass for at least a month, and that you need to be there in person when the people you are sponsoring buy their Passes.
They don’t need to be there when you trade your stamps in for a new pass though (you can even post it), so you don’t need to sponsor all three people on one visit. That said, it does all need to be done in the same ‘ticketing season’ (which normally runs from April to November and then from November to April), so in practice it’s probably better to sort it all out in one go really.
I’ll set a group up on the forum soon for anyone interested in either sponsoring others or being sponsored themselves.
Choose the right ticket for you and you’ll have a brilliant holiday. If you have any questions please feel free to ask below.
Part 3 will follow soon.