When it comes to planning your trip to Disneyland Paris, how you book your hotel stay and tickets can have a big impact on how much you pay. In this post, we cover different ways to book your hotel stay and tickets at Disneyland Paris.
Three Options for Booking Your Disneyland Paris Vacation
At the outset, you have three main options for booking your Disneyland Paris hotel and park tickets. We'll give a quick overview of these before diving more deeply into them.
Option 1: Book a Vacation Package Through The Disneyland Paris Website
This is the most direct option that most Americans probably use. It's intuitive to just visit DisneylandParis.com and follow through their steps for booking a vacation package that will include your hotel, park tickets, and some add-ons if you prefer.
Option 2: Book Hotel & Park Tickets Separately
This is probably the second most popular options. Sites like Booking.com, Expedia, and Hotels.com often have the Disneyland Paris hotels. You might save money booking your hotel through them and then buying your tickets separately.
Option 3: Book A Vacation Package Through Britain's Walt Disney Travel Company
Walt Disney Travel Company is a Disney site designed to be a single stop for folks in the United Kingdom looking to visit Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, or Disney Cruise Line. While we've never done it, we understand that Americans can book stays through Walt Disney Travel Company (just as those in the U.K. can use DisneylandParis.com).
Because Walt Disney Travel Company offers different packages at different prices, it might make sense to book through them and save money.
Now, let's go deeper into these options.
Booking a Vacation Package through DisneylandParis.com
For the rest of this post, we're going to use a sample stay of September 3, 2018 to September 5, 2018 with three-day tickets for two adults and two children. We'll include screenshots and sample prices for a few different hotels.
If you've booked a stay at Disneyland or Walt Disney World before, you might find the basics of the Disneyland Paris website to be familiar. When it comes to bookings, though, the experiences are quite different.
To book a Disneyland Paris hotel stay through DisneylandParis.com, you have to purchase a package that includes tickets. (If you want to book the hotel only directly through Disney, you can call +33 1 60 30 60 53.) For the most part, this simplifies the process, but because Disneyland Paris offers a variety of packages and add-ons, things aren't as easy as could be.
Since Disneyland Paris doesn't publish room rates, you're best off knowing your dates for your stay in advance. They also provide a calendar of peak seasons for one of their offer options, though we don't know how much this corresponds to prices overall (or to crowd levels).
You can conduct as many searches as you want, but we had a lot of trouble with availability popping up and disappearing and with Disneyland Paris not playing well with our browser after a while
We've had this happen with other Disney sites too when price-hunting, and typically the easiest solution is to use "incognito mode" or "private mode" on your browser when you're just deal hunting.
What complicates this more is that, like most Disney destinations, there are a variety of packages available for a given hotel and given dates. We'll start with booking a Standard package before we discuss non-standard packages.
Searching for Disneyland Paris Standard Packages
When you arrive at DisneylandParis.com, you'll see the standard "Price Your Vacation" search bar near the top of the page. Note that Disneyland Paris uses dd/mm/yyyy for dates.
You type in the dates you're interested in and choose a specific hotel or just leave "All Hotels" selected for more options, and hit search. The results screen will generally show the Standard Package rate, but if you've entered a search that is eligible for a special package, it will show that rate.
Here's what our dates spit out for prices:
- Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch - $1236
- Disney's Hotel Cheyenne - $1334
- Disney's Sequoia Lodge - $1442
- Disney's Hotel Santa Fe - $1240
- Disneyland Hotel - $2380
- Disney's Newport Bay Club - $1520
- Disney's Hotel New York - $1520
What's Included in the Disneyland Paris Standard Package
The Disneyland Paris standard package includes:
- your hotel stay
- tickets for both parks for each night of your stay and your departure day
- shuttle bus to the parks (though it is usually easier to walk)
If you selected "All Hotels," you'll get a list with the price of the Standard Package at each hotel, along with a series of icons indicating amenities at the hotel (Room Service, fitness room, pool, etc.).
Disneyland Paris also gives "key" ratings, instead of stars, to indicate the quality of the hotel. Disneyland Hotel is the only 5-key hotel. Hotel New York and Newport Bay Club are 4-key. Disney's Sequoia Lodge, which we enjoyed, is 3-key. Cheyenne and Santa Fe are 2-key. We think this range is a bit generous from our limited experience inside the hotels. Generally, the prices for Disneyland Paris hotels are going to go (from highest to lowest) according to the key ratings.
Alternative Package Suggestions
Once you select a hotel, Disneyland Paris will try and entice you with alternative packages, particularly alternative dates. You can usually just ignore this screen, but if you have flexible dates it is a good idea to check the offers, as prices can vary by hundreds of dollars (or maybe you can add a night for a very small amount).
Picking the Details of Your Package
Next, you'll choose your room. The price you have been given until now has been the standard room offering, but if your interested in a larger room, club level, or suites, you'll make that selection here. (We've chosen Disney's Sequoia Lodge to continue our example.)
Notice in the above screenshot that certain room types offer perks like "Hotel FASTPASS." We cover the value of this specific perk in our guide to Fastpass at Disneyland Paris.
Once you've chosen your room, you'll move on to the add-ons offered at Disneyland Paris. The major one of these is the meal plan. We don't know of a comprehensive review of the Disneyland Paris meal plan, but most reviewers frown on Disneyland Paris food and opt to eat in Disney Village instead. We survived as vegetarians at Disneyland Paris with minimal complaints.
Disneyland Paris also treats certain meals—like character breakfasts and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show—as "add-ons". If you don't purchase them now, you can call Disneyland Paris later and add them to your reservation.
The second add-on page offers PhotoPass+, Disney Express and Airport Transfer. The Disney Express and Airport Transfer services definitely can be worth it. The train tickets between Paris CDG airport and Disneyland Paris can get up to about €35, making Disney's pricing reasonable.
Finally, Disney also offers a variety of Paris-related excursions. We would not suggest using Disneyland Paris as a base for exploring Paris because of the cost of the hotels and the distance from the city center.
Deposit and Payment for Your Disneyland Paris Package
After making your final add-on selections, you'll be asked to enter your final details and to pay for your package. You'll see a small amount of taxes and fees added to your booking (usually less than 10%).
Taxes for our sample $1442 booking were $7.56 (5.25%) with a handling fee of $33, for a total package cost of $1482.56.
If you book via DisneylandParis.com, you'll pay for the entire package at once. If you call to book more than 30 days in advance, you'll be able to put down a deposit and pay for the package at a later date.
Special Packages at Disneyland Paris
If you visit the Disneyland Paris offers page, you'll typically see at least three deals available: an Early Booker package, a Super Early Booker package, and a non-exchangeable, non-refundable deal. The Early Booker and Super Early Booker offer deals for people who book packages up from about 6 months to 2 years in advance. Typically these deals are in the form of a free day/night (or two).
The non-exchangeable, non-refundable deal is a 5% discount for packages booked during specified windows where you forfeit the right to change your reservation. Truth be told, we're not sure what the exact restrictions on modifying a reservation generally are. You usually can make some modifications, though Disneyland Paris is not transparent about exactly which changes you can make.
Booking Disneyland Paris Hotel and Park Tickets Separately
An alternative to booking through Disneyland Paris directly is to book your hotel through a third-party site and to buy your tickets from Disneyland Paris.
Buying Disneyland Paris Tickets
The best place to buy Disneyland Paris tickets is right from Disneyland Paris. As of March 5, 2018, adult tickets cost $214 and child tickets cost $192, so our four tickets cost $812.
Booking Disneyland Paris Hotels Through Third Parties
Any time you book a hotel through a third party, you have to make sure to call the hotel to be sure your reservation went through properly. There's no reason to doubt major sites like Booking.com or Expedia, but you still need to take the time to ensure everything goes smoothly. This is a good idea when you're using a travel agent, too.
We used Kayak.com to search for prices across a few sites. Expedia consistently had the best rates for the dates we were targeting. We only searched four hotels. Here's what stays would cost with tickets compared to the package booked directly through Disney:
- Disney's Hotel Cheyenne - $1318.16 vs. $1437.04 when booked through Disney
- Disney's Sequoia Lodge - $1268.50 vs. $1550.71 when booked through Disney
- Disney's Hotel New York - $1381.50 vs. $1632.80 when booked through Disney
- Disneyland Hotel - $2700.64 vs. $2537.95 when booked through Disney
So at three out of four hotels, booked separately was better.
Booking Separately Is Sometimes Much Worse
We actually recently booked a stay at Disneyland Paris for September. We booked four nights in September at Hotel Cheyenne with five days of park tickets for two adults for $969.12.
We can't even buy five-day tickets online, but four-day tickets would have cost of $522 total. Booking through Expedia, the hotel would have cost $1290.88. That's a total package cost of $1802.88. By booking the package through Disney, we saved $833 or 46%!
There's no trick to this. The reason is simply that Disneyland Paris offers some of the best discounts of any Disney resort for longer stays. In our case, we got two free nights and two free days added to our original three-day plans!
This is to emphasize that it's really important to shop around when booking a Disneyland Paris trip.
Booking a Vacation Package Through Walt Disney Travel Company
Booking a Disneyland Paris vacation through Walt Disney Travel Company is a lot like booking through DisneylandParis.com, so we're going to make this section a bit shorter. For the most part, the process is the same with a slightly different web design.
When you click the radio button to search "Hotel Only," you actually wind up with hotel + ticket packages.
During the time we searched, there was a 25% discount + "half board" meal plan deal going on. Because Walt Disney Travel Company is a separate booking system, they offer details you won't find in other places!
The room selection and add-on screens look a lot like those we saw earlier.
But now for the interesting part, the prices! Here's what we saw for our example dates (converted to USD):
- Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch - $1,086.64 vs. $1,236 through DisneylandParis.com
- Disney's Hotel Cheyenne - $1,250.53 vs. $1334
- Disney's Sequoia Lodge - $1,156.85 vs. $1442
- Disney's Hotel Santa Fe - $1,321.32 vs. $1240
- Disneyland Hotel - $1,910.11 vs. $2380
- Disney's Newport Bay Club - $1,220.91 vs. $1520
- Disney's Hotel New York - $1,220.91 vs. $1520
As with booking separately, booking through Walt Disney Travel Company can result in savings. But remember, we were booking for a period when there was a deal available on Walt Disney Travel Company, but not on the U.S. Disneyland Paris website.
Booking a Disneyland Paris Package - Closing Thoughts
When it comes to booking a stay at Disneyland Paris, the name of the game is to diversify. Check these three options and see which is the cheapest for you. Remember, though, that deals come and go, so the best option today might not be the best option tomorrow!