Disneyland Paris: Onsite vs Offsite (Updated For 2022)

Disneyland Paris Travel Guide: Where Should You Stay - Onsite or Offsite?

Where To Stay At Disneyland Paris. Onsite vs Offsite Guide. Disneyland Paris Hotel.

UPDATED FOR 2022. If you're planning a trip to Disneyland Paris, you're probably wondering where should you stay - onsite or offsite? We have been to Disneyland Paris a number of times and each trip has been completely different. We've stayed onsite and we've stayed offsite. We've had trips where it's been just the 2 of us, trips with friends and trips with young children. We've done trips that have been just Disneyland and trips where we've spent time in Paris too. We have loved each trip for different reasons, and onsite and offsite accommodation has worked for us on our different trips. So let us break down the options for you and help you decide which is best for your trip.


 

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Option 1: Onsite At A Disney Hotel

There are 7 Disney Hotels: The Disneyland Hotel, Disney Hotel New York - The Art of Marvel, Disney Newport Bay Club, Disney Sequoia Lodge, Disney Hotel Cheyenne, Disney Santa Fe Hotel and Disney Davy Crockett Ranch.

Pros Of Staying In A Disney Hotel:


• (Updated for 2022) Disney hotels offer packages where park tickets are included in your booking. At the time of writing, guests with a non dated ticket (off site guests, annual pass holders etc) need to register their ticket and select the day they wish to visit. Guests who do not register their non dated tickets will not be allowed into the parks. Some dates are popular and fully book up. When booking a package at a Disney hotel, your tickets are dated, so there is no need to register your tickets and book your days. It's a small thing, but if this is your first trip to Disneyland Paris or you're planning a last minute trip, staying onsite will mean less stress and guaranteed entry to the parks.


• (Updated for 2022) At the time of writing, Disney Hotel guests are able to book their dining reservations up to 12 months from their trip. So if you would like the eat at one of Disneyland Paris' more popular restaurants such as Downtown Restaurant, Walt's or Bistrot Chez Remy, this is a huge perk. For those not staying in a Disney Hotel, dining reservations can be made 2 months in advance.


For more information and to see if you need to register your ticket, please visit the official Disneyland Paris page here

• Each of these hotels gets you as close to the magic as possible, as they're within walking distance (with the exception of Davy Crockett Ranch, which you'll need a vehicle to access the parks). Being able to walk to the parks is a huge benefit of staying onsite as parking per car, per day is €30. For the latest information on parking, visit the Disneyland Paris website here. ​ • If you don't fancy the walk, there are free shuttle buses to and from the parks (available at New Port Bay Club, Sequoia Lodge, Cheyenne and Santa Fe) or free parking if you want to take your own vehicle. ​ • Staying onsite also gets you into the parks an hour earlier than offsite guests with Extra Magic Time (EMT) Another fantastic perk, especially if visiting during busier times. ​ • The Disney Theming. Each hotel's theme is based around a different Disney film(s), keeping you in the magic once you've left the parks for the day. For example, Hotel Cheyenne is a cowboy theme based on Toy Story and Sequoia Lodge is a wooden lodge, themed around the film Bambi. And of course the newly opened Hotel New York - Art Of Marvel, themed around Marvel superheroes. ​ • Character meet and greets. Start your day by meeting one of the characters in your hotel lobby when you stay onsite, without the queues you'll experience in the parks. ​ • There is also a Disney shop in each hotel, selling merchandise also found in the park shops. ​ • When you stay at a Disney hotel, you'll have Disney Cast Members on hand to help and maybe give you a bit of pixie-dust (a phrase used to describe the little unexpected acts of kindness that add to your trip - maybe a room upgrade, free snacks, balloons in your room etc) ​ • Each booking also includes park tickets for the days of your booking (unless specifically requesting a room only booking). ​ • You can have your purchases from Disney Village sent back to your hotel. This saves you having to carry your shopping bags around the parks. ​ • Restaurant and bar in each onsite hotel.



Disneyland Paris Onsite vs Offsite by The Organised Explorers. Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris 2022

Cons Of Staying In A Disney Hotel

The cost (maybe). As we've just seen, there are a lot of reasons why we love staying in a Disney hotel, but it comes at a price and depending on the type of trip we have planned, staying onsite is sometimes out of our budget. Having said that, it's always worth weighing the different options up, as when you consider how many people are going and price up things such as tickets, transport and parking, it may work out at a similar price to staying offsite. ​ • The noise. Disneyland is a place for families as well as adults, so it'll come as no surprise that there are young children and unaccompanied teens in the hotels. So be prepared for the possible noise during the night. It's not always noisy, but we recommend bringing high quality earplugs and requesting a room on the top floor of your hotel for a better nights sleep, just in case. ​ • There will be no cooking facilities in your room. You can request a kettle for your room and club level rooms have a fridge, but that's as much as you can expect catering-wise. If you're on a budget and planning on making your lunch or dinner, this won't be possible in an onsite room.



Where To Stay At Disneyland Paris 2022. Hotel New York - The Art Of Marvel Hotel At Disneyland Paris


Option 2: A Disney Partner Hotel


There are 8 Disney Partner Hotels: Radisson Blu Hotel, Algonquin's Explorers Hotel, Vienna House Magic Circus Hotel, Vienna House Dream Castle Hotel, Hôtel l’Elysée Val d’Europe, Adagio Marne la Vallée Val d’Europe, Campanile Val De France and B&B Hotel. ​ Our personal recommendation is the Adagio. This is the only partner hotel that offers self catering rooms, meaning you can prepare lunch for each day and your evening meal if you're wanting to save some money. Don't expect a full kitchen, but we managed to make a hot breakfast and prepared sandwiches each day. We would highly recommend!


Pros Of Staying In A Disney Partner Hotel


• (Updated for 2022) Partner hotels offer packages where your park tickets are included in your booking. At the time of writing, guests with a non dated ticket (off site guests, annual pass holders etc) need to register their ticket and select the day they wish to visit. Guests who do not register their non dated tickets will not be allowed into the parks. Some dates are popular and fully book up. When booking a package at a partner hotel, your tickets are dated, so there is no need to register your tickets and book your days. It's a small thing, but if this is your first trip to Disneyland Paris or you're planning a last minute trip, staying onsite or in a partner hotel will mean less stress and guaranteed entry to the parks.


For more information and to see if you need to register your ticket, please visit the official Disneyland Paris page here


• Staying offsite doesn't mean you're too far away from the magic. There are free shuttle buses that will get you to the parks in 10 minutes, or the walk will take you between 30 and 40 minutes, depending on which hotel you stay at. ​ • A breakfast buffet is included in the price at some Disney partner hotels. Being able to fill up on breakfast before your fun-filled day is a huge plus. ​ • There is also a Disney shop in each partner hotel. ​ • Being located in Val d'Europe is another plus to staying offsite. Having a wider choice of bars and restaurants to spend your evening in and cheaper shops than what you'll find onsite, means you can save money and stock up on essentials. ​ • If you're driving to Disneyland Paris, parking is free at your hotel. ​


Cons Of Staying In A Disney Partner Hotel


• A big benefit of staying onsite for us, is that we can get back to our hotel without the hassle of buses. This is a bit trickier with a partner hotel. The 30 - 40 minute walk might be too much for some, especially for those with young children or limited mobility. So be prepared to queue for the shuttle buses back to your hotel or be ready to pay the €30 per day charge to park your car. • Unless you're staying at the Adagio, there will be no cooking facilities in your room. This can greatly increase the price of your trip as you'll have to eat out each day. • Another downside to staying offsite is that you won't be able to experience Extra Magic Time (EMT), so no early entry into the parks. This might not be an issue for some, but we love getting into the parks early to experience the much shorter queues.


Option 3: An Airbnb Or Offsite Hotel


Airbnb has become a popular choice for travellers over the last few years. We've used them when on breaks in the UK, when visiting Iceland and on our Paris trip and we've always managed to find a place perfect for each trip. And even though we haven't used Airbnb yet for a Disneyland Paris trip, it's definitely something we'd consider.


(Edit: We have booked an Airbnb for our upcoming trip to Disneyland Paris in June 2022 and will be sure to report back on our experience. Read our Trip Report here) ​ Our top pick for an offsite hotel is Hipark by Adagio Serris, an offsite, self-catering hotel. The price is good, the hotel apartments/rooms are modern, with fully equipped kitchenettes and is only a 10 minute walk away from the parks. If you choose to stay in an offsite hotel, like with Airbnb, do your research, read reviews and find a place suitable for your needs.


Pros Of Staying In An Airbnb Or Offsite Hotel.


• The biggest plus of using Airbnb or an offsite hotel for your Disneyland Paris trip, is that you can choose a place perfect for your group - you can choose the right number of bedrooms, the perfect location, whether you need a kitchen, or a place to park your car for free etc. You can filter your search to find your perfect accommodation. • The price. If you book far enough in advance, you can find some good deals.


Cons Of Staying In An Airbnb Or Offsite Hotel.


Your tickets are not included in your booking. This may work out better if you're not planning on spending every day in the parks (e.g if you wanted to catch the train into Paris a couple of days) This may also be a plus for those with annual passes, as you're not being charged for something you won't use. For those without annual passes, there can be good deals on tickets through different third-party companies, but if you're looking for hassle-free, booking a Disney or Disney partner hotel might be the easier option.


• (Updated for 2022) At the time of writing, guests with a non dated ticket (off site guests, annual pass holders etc) need to register their ticket and select the day they wish to visit. Guests who do not register their non dated tickets will not be allowed into the parks. Some dates are popular and fully book up. It's a small thing, but if this is your first trip to Disneyland Paris or you're planning a last minute trip, staying offsite will mean a bit more planning beforehand.


For more information and to see if you need to register your ticket, please visit the official Disneyland Paris page here


• (Updated for 2022) Onsite guests can make dining reservations 12 months before their trip, whereas offsite guests will only be able to make dining reservations 2 months before their trip. If you're hoping to eat at some of Disneyland Paris' more popular table service restaurants, staying onsite will give you a much better chance of being able to make those reservations.


• We would always recommend staying with a "Superhost" when using Airbnb, or at least read the reviews and accommodation description very carefully. There can be issues with check in and cleanliness in some Airbnbs, but if you read the reviews carefully, issues can be avoided. • The limited choice. Disneyland Paris is a very popular place, so it's no surprise that accommodation options may be limited. So give yourself the best chance, by seeking out accommodation as early as possible. • No Extra Magic Time (EMT). As an offsite guest, you won't be able to gain early access to the parks (unless you have certain annual passes). This is a big factor to consider, especially if you're only at Disneyland for a short amount of time. EMT help guests make the most of their time with shorter queues and quieter parks.


So Which Option Is Best?


Option 1: We find that a Disney Hotel is best for when we want to feel in the magic for the whole trip. A Disney Hotel is also our first choice when we only have a short trip, as having early access to the parks with EMT helps us to see and do more each day. Being able to walk back to the room either during the day or after the fireworks at night, without the hassle of buses, is also something we love about staying onsite. Option 2: A Disney Partner Hotel is a better option for us when we're on a stricter budget but still want to be close to the parks. We recommend the Adagio, as this is the only partner hotel where there's a kitchen in the room, meaning we can save money by preparing our own breakfast and lunches throughout the trip. Read some more of our money saving tips here Option 3: An Airbnb or Offsite Hotel is our preferred choice when doing a mixed trip - combining Disneyland with a trip to the center of Paris, or if we were travelling with a large group to save some money.




 

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