Disneyland Paris Travel Guide: What To Pack For Your Spring or Summer Trip
So you've booked yourself a trip to Disneyland Paris. If you've clicked on this post, you're probably wondering what you need to take with you. After all, nobody likes taking too much with them or realising when they arrive that they forgot something important.
In today's post, we're taking you through our list of things we always bring with us on a trip to Disneyland Paris in spring or summer.
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Let's Start With Clothing
• Cute Swimwear. Probably not the first thing you'd think of when packing for a theme park holiday, but having a dip in the hotel pool is a great way to start or end the day, So if your hotel has a pool, don't forget to pack some swimwear. We recommend packing 2 swimsuits / shorts / bikinis so you can wear one as you let the other dry.
• T-Shirts, Tank Tops & Disney Tees. If you're looking for a simple outfit to wear in the parks, why not wear a simple tee or tank top tucked into a pair of jeans or shorts. Dig out your collection of Disney tees to wear too. We often pack one top for each day of the trip.
• Comfy Jeans & Leggings. Comfort is key when it comes to a Disney holiday. If you are like us and like full on days running from ride to ride, you'll want to be as comfy as possible. So pack a few pairs of comfy jeans or leggings.
• A Light Jacket, Jumper or Blazer. I like to pack a light jacket or blazer to dress up my outfits if we have a nice dinner booked or we're planning on going out for drinks. A light jacket or jumper is also good for keeping the chill off when waiting for the fireworks in the evening.
• Shorts, Dresses & Lightweight Trousers. Disneyland Paris can get very hot in the height of summer. We have been when it's hit temperatures of 30°C. When it's this hot, jeans are too thick and heavy to wear in the parks. So pack a couple of casual dresses, lightweight trousers and/or pretty shorts in your suitcase.
• A Light Scarf. A light scarf can come in handy on those cooler, breezy evenings whilst waiting for the fireworks. It can also double up as protection from the sun, so remember to put one in your suitcase.
• Lightweight Pyjamas. A good night's sleep is essential for a Disney Park holiday. For the warmer months, bring pyjamas that are lightweight so you're not too hot in the night. Pack just 1 or 2 pairs depending on the length of your trip.
• A Rain Jacket or Poncho. Even in the spring and summer, we have been caught out by the rain. Make sure to put a rain jacket or poncho in your suitcase and avoid the hefty prices of buying these items in the parks.
What Footwear Will You Need?
• Trainers / Sneakers. If you have been to Disneyland Paris before, you'll know it involves a lot of walking. Comfy footwear is essential, so bring shoes that you can walk in all day. Remember to break in your shoes before your trip to avoid rubbing and blisters. If you're visiting for a few days, pack two pairs as even the comfiest pair of trainers can rub and cause blisters after a few days. When visiting in the warmer months, you'll also want to wear trainers that are breathable, because nobody wants hot feet.
• Sandals. I like to pack a pair of sandals to either dress up my outfits if we have a nice dinner planned or if it's too hot for trainers.. When it comes to choosing which sandals to bring, I would recommend skipping the heels and opting for a flat pair instead. And remember, comfort is essential for any theme park trip, so bring a comfy pair.
• Flip Flops. Flip flops are always handy for walking to and from the pool.
Bags & Accessories
• A Backpack. We have done a whole post on what type of bag to take with you into the parks and what essential items you should put in it. Read our post here
• Handbag/Purse. It's always nice to take a small, cute bag to dress up your evening outfits and carry your phone, camera and some money when heading out for a meal or drinks in the evening.
• Hair Ties. For those of you with longer hair, hair ties are an essential item to pack. In the warmer months, I like to stay cool and keep hair off my neck and shoulders, so I make sure to bring some hair ties. Hair ties also help tame my hair after a few rides on Hyperspace Mountain! I personally prefer to use snag-free ties or a pretty scrunchie to jazz up my ponytail or bun. They're something I always need, but seem to forget to pack.
• Minnie Ears. If you have Minnie ears, remember to bring them with you. You can buy Minnie ears (and a number of other character ears) in the parks, so don't worry if you forget them, as it's a great excuse to buy another pair.
• Statement Earrings. I'm not much of a jewellery person. Aside from my engagement and wedding ring, I don't generally wear any jewellery. But in the evening I like a colourful pair of large earrings (usually tassel) to dress up a simple outfit.
• A Hat. Protect your skin from the sun and bring a hat. Bonus points if your hat has Mickey on it!
• Sunglasses. Bring your sunglasses and enjoy the parade without squinting. I like to bring a backup pair, just in case.
Protect Yourself From The Sun With These Items
• Sun Cream / Sunscreen. It's important to protect your skin from sun damage, so don't forget to pack some sun cream. I use Nivea UV Face Sun Cream for my face. It looks nice under makeup (if you're wearing any) and has a nice, gentle scent to it. I would highly recommend if you're looking for a good facial sun cream. We also like to use the NIVEA Sun Protect & Dry Touch Invisible range as it's a clear spray and doesn't leave you feeling sticky.
• Lip-Balm With SPF. Alongside the general toiletries and make up, I always make sure to pack a lip-balm with SPF. My lips dry out in the sun and using a lip balm with SPF also prevents them from getting burnt.
• Heat Defence Spray. If you have longer hair, you likely use a heat defence spray to protect it when using hot styling tools. But the sun can also cause damage to your hair, so I always pack my TRESemme Heat Defence Hair Spray when travelling in summer. Bring a full-sized bottle if you already have one, or pick up a travel-sized bottle before your trip.
• A Good Moisturiser. After being out in the heat all day, make sure to look after your skin and hydrate it.
• Aftersun Lotion / Aloe Vera Gel. Along with a good moisturiser, pack some aftersun lotion or aloe vera gel. Take care of your skin and apply some after sun, especially if you feel as though you've been burnt.
Items For The Room
• European Adapter. Chances are you're bringing electrical items with you such as a hair dryer, hair straighteners and phone chargers etc. Make sure to pack your UK to European adapter with you so you can use them.
• Teabags, Coffee & Hot Chocolate. If you're staying in a Disney hotel (and haven't splashed out on a fancy club room) you won't have tea and coffee making facilities in your room, but you can request a kettle. You can also buy a tea box from reception which typically comes with a disposable cup, a couple of tea bags, UHT milk, sugar etc and a little box of biscuits. If you buy a box, be sure to pack a few extra tea bags, or a little jar of coffee or hot chocolate so you can make more hot drinks whilst in the room.
• Laptop or Tablet. After a busy day in the park, we're not always up for heading out for drinks or spending an evening in Disney Village. We like to bring our laptop or tablet and have a few films or tv shows downloaded from Netflix or Disney+.
• Drinks & Snacks. You can buy drinks and snacks on Disney property, but they can be pricey. We like to pack a few snacks and drinks for the room and save ourselves some money. Standard Disney hotel rooms don't have a fridge, so just bear this in mind when deciding what to pack.
• Extensions leads. If you have a number of devices that you would like to charge overnight, consider bringing an extension lead. Some Disney hotel rooms have a plug socket shortage (we're looking at you Sequoia Lodge) so we're planning on taking an extension lead with multiple sockets on our next trip.
• Ear Plugs & Eye Masks. Disneyland Paris 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 have been kept awake before by noisy neighbours. We recommend bringing good quality earplugs just in case. If you're a light sleeper, we would also recommend packing an eye mask as the rooms we've stayed in don't have blackout curtains.
What Other Things Might You Forget?
• Umbrella. Unfortunately it's often rainy in Disneyland Paris, even in spring and summer. Avoid getting caught out and pack a small umbrella in your case.
• Handheld, Rechargeable Fan. A rechargeable fan is handy to have in the summer heat. We bring our rechargeable fans for those times when waiting in a long queue and the heat is just too much.
• A Water Bottle. A bottle of water (500ml) in the parks will cost you around €3.30, so don't forget to pack a reusable water bottle. There are water fountains dotted around both parks where you can fill up your bottle with cold water that's safe to drink.
• A Coin Purse. We like to bring a small coin purse to carry bank cards, euros, our magic cards and train tickets.
• Autograph Book & Pen. If you or your children like collecting autographs, make sure to pack your book and pen close to hand for when you meet the characters. TIP: Bring a selection of different coloured Sharpies to make your autographs stand out (orange for Tigger, blue for Genie etc) Your book will stand out and the characters love the extra detail too.
• Powerbank. Along with your phone, you'll want to pack a portable phone charger. You can rent a charger onsite, but save yourself the hassle and the cost and pack your own. Don't forget the charging cable too.
• Pram/Stroller. If you have young children, you'll likely want to use a stroller. Again, you can rent strollers in the park, but if you have one that's easy to travel with, save yourself some money and bring your own.
• A Mini First Aid Kit. I usually pack some plasters (band aids), antiseptic wipes, mini scissors, tweezers, pain killers and allergy medications. But make sure to pack whatever you and your family might need personally.
• Hand Sanitiser, Wipes & Face Mask. As a result of covid-19, these items have now become essential on all our packing lists.
Hopefully this post has helped you when making your Disneyland Paris packing list. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comment section below.
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