Free stuff at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris is notoriously expensive, however there are some free things for, almost, all guests at the parks, that aren’t necessarily well-known or spoken off. I wish I’d known about a few of them when I went there last year, but I really should’ve done my research before I went.

Fastpasses

When you’re at Disneyland and is going for an attraction or a show, you’re very likely to stand in line for up to a couple of hours should you be unlucky, for a ride that’s over in a few minutes. This is why Disneyland has come up with a ticket system called Fastpasses. These are tickets printed from a Fastpass machine by the attraction, which gives you a ticket with a timeframe on it and the name of the attraction that it’s valid on. You then come back to the attraction within the timeframe, usually a couple of hours later, and enter through the Fastpass entrance. Fastpasses allows you to wait in a very short queue and then get on the ride really fast. Basically FastPasses are VIP or premium tickets for that ride. Like any VIP or premium tickets they’re limited for every ride, so go the rides you’re planning to ride early in the morning and scan your entrance ticket in the Fastpass machine in order to get your tickets while there still are any. Not every ride will have the Fastpass system in operation, so check that on the website, app or ask cast members if you’re unsure about a specific ride.

Water

Bottled water is a necessity when you’re at the parks, but purchasing them isn’t a necessity at all. You can easily spend a ton of money on bottles of water, should you purchase all your water at the parks. 10-20€ on water per family isn’t uncommon. So up to 100€ on water, which you can get for free! The trick is to get bring large refillable bottle with you, one per person, and then refill them at the parks. Most people don’t know that Disneyland Paris offers water fountains around the parks, where you can refill your bottles for free. This hack will save you some serious money, keep you hydrated and allow you to spend that money on souvenirs, a room upgrade at your hotel or food. Check the maps to find the refillable stations.

Extra magic hours

I love Extra Magic Hours and I used them when I was there. The parks open up an hour or two for those who’re staying at an official Disneyland Hotel. You’ll need your tickets to get in and have to show your keys at the entrance. Not all the attractions will be available, but Extra Magic Hours are the perfect way to skip the lines.

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11 ways to flavour your water

Drinking water is not only very healthy, it’s often the only drink a person with limited means can afford to drink at mealtime. But, at least how I see it, simply drinking tap water can become boring after a while. Adding some natural flavour, that are cheap and without added sugar, can really help you get enough fluid and make the water taste nice.

  1. Lemon and cucumber – a few thin slices each in a jug of water adds a really light and tasty flavour. Plus, lemon aids your digestive system!
  2. Cucumber – adding just some slices of cucumber makes the water taste fresh and makes you feel refreshed.
  3. Strawberries – if you’re looking for a sweet and hint of tart, then strawberries are the way to go. No sugar, just the natural sweetness of the berries. Tip! Freeze the berries before putting them in the jug – that cools the water and releases the flavour over a longer period of time.
  4. Watermelon – buy a whole melon when it’s on sale and add a few chunks of the melon in to the jug.
  5. Green apples – gives a sour and refreshing taste to water. Combine with lemon and it’s twice as nice!
  6. Watermelon and lemon – gives a sweet yet sour flavour to your table water.
  7. Ice tea – all you need is cold tea with a bit of sugar and some extra flavouring. Add a couple of slices of lemon and a teaspoon of sugar while you warm the water and boil for a few minutes before adding the tea. Let it soak until it’s strong and cool it. It’s a lot cheaper to make your own ice tea than buying it.
  8. Ginger and cucumber – if you’re in for something strong, feel a bit under the weather or just enjoy a strong taste to your water, then ginger is for you. Plus, ginger is full of antioxidants and aids metabolism.
  9. Red berries – strawberries, blueberries (technically a blue one, but eh) and raspberries. The easiest way to combine these are to buy them frozen in a premix – it’s also better for your wallet. Fresh fruits are expensive, I’m afraid, unless you’ve got a supply of your own.
  10. Oranges – Sweet and a bit sour, depending on what kind you’ve got and how ripe they are.
  11. Pears – can be anything from sweet to sour depending on what kind it is and how ripe they are. This one’s worth pairing up with something like green apples or watermelon.

 

Enjoy these tips and be sure to try out your own combinations to find your favvourites! Please, share your combinations for a chance to be added to the list.