Is Paris Disney a worthwhile destination in August
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jul 19, 2013 11:05 PM Last Post By: Kate_R
Jun 22, 2013 12:21 AM
Is Paris Disney a worthwhile destination in AugustWe are two families going on a 17 day vacation in France - Pyrenees, Dordogne and Paris.
We will have 3.5 days in Paris and are trying to decide if we should go to Paris Disney. The kids are aged 5, 7, 8, and 10. I'm sure they would love it, but am wondering:
1. Are the lines horrendous in August?
2. Is it worth the effort with so many other amazing things to do in Paris?
Would appreciate input from anyone who has been to Euro-Disney in late August or has ideas of fun things to do with kids in Paris.
Jun 24, 2013 6:17 AM
Sorry, was I not clear?
Seriously, I live in France and am from California. So far, we've only had to wrangle one trip to Disneyland and it was a case that we had a free day in the Paris area and wanted to do something for Halloween.
Yes, my kids loved it. My husband and I loathed it.
The crowds were unreal. It was cold and the people rude. The French aren't good line-waiters and it gets tedious.
There are so many cool things to do and see in Paris. We go often, as the husband has relatives there and it's not that far, now that we have the high speed TGV service. My children always have a good time, without Disneyland. And since they're French, it's even less novel than it would be for your childrens' fresh eyes. Spend the day instead at the Cite de l'Industrie (too lazy to give you a link...)
Definitely a skip. Experience speaking.
P.S. There are other amusement parks worth visiting in Europe. We've been able to avoid Disneyland thanks to being close to Europark in Germany but that's not on your circuit. The Paris Disneyland is just a poor reproduction of the Disneyland in California. There are also a number of other Disneylands around the world, if there isn't one in your country. I'm sure you'll get the chance to visit one, when it's less expensive and worth your while.
Jun 26, 2013 1:01 PM
2First off I have to start by saying as a family we love Disneyland Paris, but if you only have 3.5 days in Paris don't waste it in Disneyland as you would need the full time to appreciate all there is in the parks.
Paris is an amazing city to visit with children, there is so much to do & see.
I agree with the previous post, this is the link to the website they mentioned http://www.cite-sciences.fr/fr/cite-des-sciences/
My children had a brilliant time there.
You may also want to book a guided tour of the Eiffel Tower, this is also really interesting for children as they take you underground and show you how all the motors for the lifts etc work before you get to go up the tower, it also means you bypass all the queues to get up the tower! This is the website http://www.eiffel-tower.com/en/preparing-your-visit/booking-a-guided-tour.html#visite-coulisses
A walk up the arc de triomphe is also good fun and a way to tire out the children walking them up all the stairs http://www.arcdetriompheparis.com/
Another suggestion is Paris Plague http://goparis.about.com/od/events/p/Paris_Plage.htm always plenty going on to occupy the children and adults in the group.
Getting around Paris is really easy using the metro.
Have a lovely time, its a beautiful city to visit.
Jun 30, 2013 12:59 PM
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Jul 12, 2013 8:45 PM
6When we went to Paris Disney some 8 years ago, I was very disappointed nothing like the previous one I had been to. In saying that, my son had a wonderful time and enjoyed every second we were there.
I can't recall any bad experiences with rudeness from others while there. The only problem we had was the cold, mid December wasn't the best time.
Paris is a wonderful place full of great history and things to do BUT if you are a child what is better Mickey Mouse or seeing the innards of the Eiffel Tower?
It is great to travel with your kids and great to show them a lot of history but you also need to consider there needs a little.
Jul 19, 2013 11:05 PM
7We sucked it up and went to Disneyland in Paris last June. It was wet, it was crowded, just the theme music playing from the walk from the train station put me in a bad mood, but my son (4 at the time) adored it.
He also loved one of the exhibitions we took him to, a boat trip on the Seine and walking along the Canal St Martin, plus finding some local parks to play in.
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