Getaway with the girls? Make memories with a little dose of Disney magic

Recently a friend told me she was considering Disneyland® Paris for her hen party and it got me thinking about taking a girls' weekend to the park.

With an array of attractions, entertainment, spas, fine dining spots and shops - which includes a designer shopping outlet - Disneyland® Paris pretty much has everything to keep everyone in a group situation satisfied. Plus, you’re never too old to act out your childhood dreams of feeling like a pampered princess, with costumes and accessories to help your early ambitions come true!

With an array of attractions, entertainment, spas, fine dining spots and shops  Disneyland® Paris pretty much has everything

With an array of attractions, entertainment, spas, fine dining spots and shops Disneyland® Paris pretty much has everything

So, if you’re considering a girls-only trip to Disneyland® Paris, here’s some tips to help you get the most out of your stay… 

Suite dreams 

There are seven Disney Hotels within close proximity to the Parks, with the Disneyland® Hotel being the closest to the magic.

If you’re looking to push things out a little and indulge your inner-princess, check into one of the themed suites, with rooms dedicated to Tinker Bell, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. 

The classic standard rooms can also sleep up to four people, making them ideal for large groups. 

If you’re yearning for a taste of the seaside, your group can immerse themselves even further into a luxurious coastal experience at Disney’s Newport Bay.

If you’re yearning for a taste of the seaside, your group can immerse themselves even further into a luxurious coastal experience at Disney’s Newport Bay.

If you’re after something a little more hip, Disney’s Hotel New York provides some Manhattan-inspired flair, with art deco designs and rooms named after former presidents.

Or if you’re yearning for a taste of the seaside, your group can immerse themselves even further into a luxurious coastal experience at Disney’s Newport Bay. 

By staying at any Disney Hotel you will automatically be granted Extra Magic Time, which means you can gain access to the parks before official opening times and be first in line for attractions.

Take a trip down memory lane

There are more than 50 attractions at Disneyland® Paris spread across the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. 

In the morning, hit some of the most popular rides including Big Thunder Mountain, where you race through mountainous terrain in a speeding mine cart. 

An equally exhilarating option is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, where you’re forced to hold on to your hat as a runaway wagon takes you in and out of the dark and mysterious jungle ruins. 

Over at Walt Disney Studios Park, Ratatouille: The Adventure will shrink you down to the size of Remy for a dazzling chase across a gigantic kitchen. Big Thrill rides such as Crush’s Coaster® and RC Racer are also guaranteed to get the heart pounding. 

The Disney Stars on Parade show, which also takes place on Main Street U.S.A, is not to be missed.

The Disney Stars on Parade show, which also takes place on Main Street U.S.A, is not to be missed.

In the afternoon take a trip down memory lane, encountering some of your childhood heroes as you go. (Keep an eye out for Prince Charming!) 

For the ultimate group photo, strike a pose in front of the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Afterwards take a wander through Liberty Arcade on Main Street U.S.A to discover the story behind the Statue of Liberty plus venture into eateries to sample an array of tasty delights or shop for the perfect souvenir. 

The Disney Stars on Parade show, which also takes place on Main Street U.S.A, is not to be missed. A fire-breathing dragon kicks things off with a host of Disney characters following suit, including an all-singing, all-dancing Lion King and Jungle Book collaboration and a blizzard of Frozen fun.

Taking things up a gear, from 31st March til 31st May 2018, a Festival of Pirates and Princesses is set to take place at Disneyland® Paris.

The event will give park-goers the chance to live out their dream fairy tale or set sail on a buccaneering pirate voyage, with character interactions and makeovers on offer. 

Shop til you drop

La Vallée Village Chic shopping outlet is just a ten-minute journey from all Disney Hotels via shuttle and open seven days a week until 7pm. 

Inside the easy-to-navigate complex you’re guaranteed to find designer brands and fashionable basics at great prices, with labels including Diesel, Missoni plus much more.

La Vallée Village Chic shopping outlet is just a ten-minute journey from all Disney Hotels via shuttle and open seven days a week

La Vallée Village Chic shopping outlet is just a ten-minute journey from all Disney Hotels via shuttle and open seven days a week

For Disney Light Ears or your favourite character in plush toy form, there are more than 60 stores within Disneyland® Paris. 

Be sure to visit the World of Disney at Disney Village, the biggest gift store at Disneyland® Paris, for a selection of exclusive merchandise and souvenirs that are difficult to find anywhere else.

For an extra magical selection of homewares, head to Harrington's Fine China & Porcelain, located on Main Street U.S.A., where you will find a spread of decorative gifts including enchanting artworks and snow globes. 

Ladies who lunch

Disneyland® Paris has over 60 restaurants catering to all tastes. If you’re looking to celebrate an occasion as a group, there are a few fine dining spots to choose from. 

At the Yacht Club, there’s a mix of seafood dishes inspired by New England and the Mediterranean, while at Walt’s you can feast on some of Walt Disney’s favourite dishes, from poached lobster to pineapple upside-down cake. 

Disneyland® Paris has over 60 restaurants catering to all tastes. At the Yacht Club, there’s a mix of seafood dishes inspired by New England and the Mediterranean.

Disneyland® Paris has over 60 restaurants catering to all tastes. At the Yacht Club, there’s a mix of seafood dishes inspired by New England and the Mediterranean.

Auberge de Cendrillon boasts surroundings ‘fit for princesses’ but if you’re looking for something even fancier head over to California Grill where there is a ‘Tinker Bell’ set menu with delicacies including poached langoustines, pan-fried turbot and candied chestnut delight. 

To get up close to your Disney heroes check out character dining at Inventions located within the Disneyland® Hotel. As you tuck into a delicious assortment of buffet treats, characters will stop by your table to say hello and pose for photos. In addition to the character lunch and evening experience, brunch is also served with Disney characters every Sunday, from 1pm to 3pm.

Let your hair down, Disney-style 

At Disneyland® Paris, there's no such thing as an ordinary night out.

If you want, you can party like a cowgirl, be serenaded Fantasia-style or catch a concert at Billy Bob’s with live pop, blues and jazz. 

The Disney Illuminations show, which takes place every evening at Disneyland Park during park close, is much-recommended with Mickey Mouse leading you through a dazzling display of classic Disney stories plus colourful projections from Frozen and the new Beauty and the Beast movie. 

At Disneyland® Paris, there's no such thing as an ordinary night out.

At Disneyland® Paris, there's no such thing as an ordinary night out.

To get the good times rolling, indulge in a cocktail or two at one of the Disney Hotel bars. 

Raise a glass while tapping your feet to some country tunes at the Red Garter Saloon bar or feel like an uptown girl at the New York City Bar.

Other popular drinking establishments include the Sports Bar and Café Fantasia. 

Pampering and fitness fun 

After a day of full-on thrills and spills, there’s nothing better than a spot of rest and recuperation. 

Treat yourself to a pampering session at Celestia Spa at The Disneyland® Hotel, which offers the perfect wellness experience with massages, body scrubs and detoxifying treatments on the menu.

If you’ve got some fitness enthusiasts in your group, never fear as Disneyland® Paris serves up a spread of different options. 

You could take to the tennis courts at Disney’s New York Hotel for a game of doubles or rejuvenate yourself at one of the fitness centres. In fact, the fitness centre at Disney’s Hotel Newport Bay Club® is open 24 hours a day so fitting in a work out couldn't be more convenient. 

There’s truly something for everyone, whatever your friends enjoy! 

Combine with a city shopping or sightseeing trip 

With Disneyland® Paris less than a three-hour direct journey via Eurostar from London St Pancras International, you could combine your break with a night in the British capital beforehand. 

Alternatively, the centre of Paris is just a short train ride away from Disneyland® Paris, with a range of amazing attractions to choose from, including the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre-Dame Cathedral and famous Galeries Lafayette department store.

There are various excursion packages available from the Park, with return transportation available to Paris from select Disney hotels. 

Plan your stay in advance to ensure the best possible time on your girly getaway and why not consider booking outside of the school holidays? Disneyland® Paris will be quieter generally, so you can really make the most of your trip.

The magic awaits at Disneyland® Paris 


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