If you ask most Disney holiday fans, they'd tell you that they go to Disneyland Paris for a few days at a time. I, however, can only ever get Lee to go for one day at a time, so I'm sort of becoming a little bit of a pro at managing to do (most of) the things I want to do in one day. With that in mind, I thought I'd share with you all a couple of tips I've picked up on this subject. So here we go:
1. Get there early (but not at bang on park opening time) leave late
This first tip is a bit of a no brainer, but getting there early and leaving late really is the only way to do a Disney park. I've added in but not at park opening time for one simple fact: the queue is shorter. I find that getting there at quarter past ten reduces your queue time to get in the park.
Pick which rides you want to go on the most, and make it a priority to go on those ones over the others, you'll never get on everything in one day, so this is key.
3. Get in the Big Thunder Mountain queue at about 4pm.
This is a very specific tip, but it definitely works. Big Thunder is one of the (if not the) most popular ride at Disneyland Paris, so it always has the longest queues. I have found that the time that has the shortest queue is around 4ish, as people needlessly reserve their spots for Magic on Parade this early. Last October (in the school holidays) we got in the queue at 4:15, we were off the ride and on Main Street within an hour.
4. Eat at quick service places.
This is a simple one, to save time, eat at quick service places in the day, then go to a restaurant after Dreams.
5. Pick whether you want to do more rides or character meets.
You won't be able to do loads of both, so you need to prioritise again. You can, however, compromise a bit and fit in bits of both.
6. Go on some rides at around 7/8pm.
I find that 7ish is the best time to go on rides, as most people are going for food before Dreams, so the queues are shorter.
7. You don't need to save your place for the shows/parades that far ahead.
I've touched on this a little in one of my last tips, but you really don't need to save your place for that long, because people will just push in front of you anyway. I usually save a place about 15 minutes before, and that's always been fine for me.
8. Do your shopping after Dreams
Like with eating, I would always save Disney Village shopping until after Dreams. Most of the shops and restaurants stay open until late anyway so you have plenty of chance.
9. Use Fastpasses.
I've never actually done this so I'm not sure how much of a time saver it is, but most people swear by them so I'd try and get at least one. I'd probably try this in the studios park because I don't spend as much time in there anyway.
10. Don't get overwhelmed and just enjoy yourself.
This is my most important tip: just enjoy yourself. You can always go back again to enjoy the parks more, Paris is so easy to get to from the UK and you can get Disney tickets relatively cheap for a day.So just enjoy your day, and when you're done, start figuring out when you can go back again.