Disneyland Paris - Tips & Tricks For a First Trip With 7 year-olds

We've just returned from a wonderful, yet exhausting, trip to Disneyland Paris with the twins and it seems we've inspired a few of you to go next year. I've had loads of questions in reply to my Instagram stories about our trip so I thought I'd write a blog post while it's all fresh in my mind to share our little nuggets of wisdom if you're planning to go.

Details of our trip

We booked a hotel & park tickets package for October half term via the Disneyland Paris website and stayed at Sequoia Lodge which is a 15 min walk from the park (realistically this took about 30 mins with kids, security checks and crowds).

We chose 4 nights with 5 days park tickets.

It was more expensive to arrive on the Saturday so we went Sunday-Thursday. We only booked 3 weeks in advance so availability was limited for hotels & extras. We added the Photopass + (highly recommended - see below) and breakfast with the characters (also highly recommended, more info below).

We left after school/work on Friday night to break up the journey, driving to Le Shuttle (about 60-90 mins from us depending on traffic), we stayed just 10 mins from Calais in a Holiday Inn. The next day we drove to park in Tourcy to get the train into Paris. We spent a few hours wandering and enjoying some French food before we headed back to our next hotel (Novotel near Disney) and had dinner there. In retrospect, Paris just made us tired before we even got to Disney so we'd probably skip that next time or just get on a tourist bus to see the sights without walking.

Our hotel

Sequoia lodge is American themed with Bambi themed décor in the rooms. We had a family room with two double beds. I shared with Priya and Nik shared with Kalyan to give us each more space as well as keeping them apart to avoid bedtime giggles!

We had read some tips online in advance so knew to take an extension lead. There is only one plug socket in the room which is under the TV so if you need to charge phones, tablets, camera batteries, take a 4 socket extension (with a European adapter). Ours was long enough that we could have it between the beds to use our phones as alarms without having to get out of bed.