Travel | How to Save Money at Disneyland Paris

"Is Paris going to shut up about Disneyland Paris anytime soon?" My friends, the answer is "probably not, no". But today, I'm not talking melodramatic semi-clickbaiting disasters: I'm talking money. Here are my tips to try and keep your holiday price as low as possible both during booking and during the trip itself.

Look at the price grids
A little bit hidden away on Disneyland Paris' website, the price grids provide a valuable insight not only in the cheapest time to go, but also the least popular time. If you have flexible holiday time, it's certainly worth picking an off-peak time period. It's cheaper and less busy! Another thing to note is that your whole stay will be priced at whatever price bracket your arrival date is. For example, our stay consisted of a 'Value' day, two 'Moderate' days and a 'High' day, but as we arrived on a 'Value' day, our whole stay was priced as such. Saturdays tend to always be 'High' so it's a better bet to try and arrive mid-week.

Don't dismiss the Partner Hotels
We stayed in a Partner Hotel and (other than the luggage disaster which I'm putting down to one rogue employee rather than the entire hotel) had a very nice stay. Not only was it cheaper than the Disneyland Hotels, we also had our own kitchenette and, being in the Parisian suburbs, we were close to a shopping centre and a supermarket. Going to the shopping centre's Brioche DorĂ©e each morning for a breakfast croissant and a coffee was a darn sight cheaper than the equivalent magical muffins at Disneyland Paris.
Alternatively, there are unpartnered hotels and AirBnBs in the area - although these come without the Disney Express service or the free shuttle bus to and from the park. 

Research your transport
If you're travelling from London by plane or train, it's also important to think about how you're going to get to London. Luckily, my dad drove us to London so it wasn't such a concern for us. But, if you're going to be taking the train to London, factor in train ticket prices to your booking.

Shop around
Don't assume the package deals are the best option. Although less convenient, if you're looking to save as much money as possible, it's best to calculate the value of various packages and booking everything separately. Spreadsheets are your friend💚.

Research your food
I personally wasn't too chuffed at the price of food at Disneyland Paris. I'd much rather spend my money on plushes than on a fancy meal I'll have no lasting remnant of. The Disneyland Paris website handily displays the price brackets of their restaurants, and we remained firmly in the '€' bracket. Whilst for some people it might be worth getting a meal plan, it certainly wasn't for us. But I'd definitely recommend doing some hypothetical calculations to aid your decision.

You're allowed to take food and drink into the parks
There is a myth around snacks and drinks but when you enter the park, your bag just goes through a metal detector rather than being checked for food. Having a fridge in our hotel room meant we could refill our water bottles and chill them overnight, whilst being near the shopping centre and supermarket meant reasonably priced snacks were very much available.

Go to McDonald's
The McDonald's in the Disney Village became something of a financial saviour during our trip. Although massively unhealthy, desperately expensive times call for desperately cheap measures. Understandably if you're at Disneyland Paris for a particularly long time you probably won't want a McDonald's every night, but it's really helpful to have available. Additionally, it has a McCafé concession for all your bakery-related needs. Be warned though, it's very crowded most of the time so it's probably best not to go at the popular dinner-time of 7pm. We learnt that the hard way...

I'm sorry I didn't buy you, blue alien friend.
Don't buy things straight-away (unless absolutely necessary*)
Of course, there's the obvious thing of avoiding impulse purchases being a money-saver in itself - but also, different shops have different offers on. For example, buying a few mugs from one shop might just get you a few mugs, whilst elsewhere might have an offer of "Spend x€ and get this for a reduced price". If that something happens to be something you want then wahey, you've saved a few Euros!
* Some things you've just gotta buy for fear of never seeing it again, I understand.

Thanks for reading! What are your top tips for saving money on holiday? Let me know in the comments :)

Paris out đŸ’ƒ xxx