Insider’s Guide to Sydney – Guest post ft Olivia W Jones

Today I have a special guest on my blog, Olivia Jones. She is here to tell us all about Sydney from an insider’s point of view. Olivia hails from Australia and is a regular contributor on the High Style Life blog.sydney olivia

As you probably already noticed, this BattleMum is all about being on the move so the whole family knows that whenever they get the chance, they’re out and about exploring and enjoying themselves. Since it’s winter time here in Australia, there aren’t that many things we get to do outside. However, that’s not going to stop us. Here are some activities you can do around Sydney this winter that’ll make you leave the house and have some fun.

Coastal Walk

When you think ‘Sydney’ you think ‘beaches’ and every chance I get, I like to take my kids and our dogs out to stretch our legs a bit. And what better way to do that than walk along some of the most beautiful beaches Australia has to offer. The spectacular coast between Bondi and Coogee really is amazing to see, and you shouldn’t only visit it during the summer for swimming and sunbathing. The coast has some amazing rocky cliffs and lovely parks, not to mention all the cafes and pubs where you can just sit, relax and enjoy the amazing view of the ocean.

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Whale Watching

My kids love animals so, of course, we can be found whale watching pretty much whenever we have some free time. Whales migrate from May to November along the coast of NSW so you have plenty of time to see some humpback whales going to the warm waters off Queensland. We love packing up our binoculars, some blankets and plenty of food and heading to Cape Solander in the Kurnell section of the Kamay Botany Bay National Park. There are also plenty of cruise companies that offer whale watching tours so you can have a great view from the water. Another great place to spot the whales from is North Head Lookout at Manly.

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Whale Watching

The Snowy Mountains

Both my hubby and I love to ski, so what better time than now to head off to the Snowy Mountains and glide down some slopes. Yes, Thredbo is six and a half hours away from Sydney but don’t let that discourage you. Instead, pack up the family with all that’s necessary and get some appropriate womens snow gear and head up for a fun and exciting weekend in the mountains. We usually love to rent a cabin at the base of the mountain and visit some of the great restaurants around the village. Thredbo offers some of the longest ski and snowboard runs, but if you’re not into skiing, you can always pop on some walking boots and explore the cute Thredbo Village where you can see some amazing flora and fauna as well as plenty of sculptures and paintings dotted throughout the resort.

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Thredbo in the Snowy Mountains

Royal National Park

Wherever we feel like being adventurous but can’t get anywhere far away, Royal National Park is our go-to place and I’m not sure who loves spending time there more. This place is amazing and it’s just an hour’s drive away from CBD but unfortunately, not many Sydneysiders go there. We simply love packing up some picnic stuff as well as our bikes, and just heading off over there for a fun and adventure-filled day out. The park is huge and there are so many things to do there. Things like jumping off the rock at Wattamolla if you’re an adrenaline junkie, swimming in the secluded Marley beach, or hiking and visiting some of the most beautiful falls. The park also has a visitor centre with spacious lawns as well as an old-fashioned dance hall. You can even rent a canoe or a rowing boat. No matter whether you like to spend your free time being super active or simply lazing on a blanket somewhere, Royal National Park is the place to go, especially if you have kids and want them entertained for the day.

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Royal National Park

There you go everyone and fellow Sydneysiders, just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you have to stay in and be bored out of your mind. There are plenty of things to do in and around Sydney so all you need to do is find what suits you most, just like this we have.sydney olivia

Olivia is psychologist, traveller and entrepreneur from Brisbane. Mother of two beautiful children and proud owner of two silly boxer dogs, Teo and Mia. She is passionate about writing and always inspiring her readers to be clever in their lives. Her motto is “Be the change you want to see in the world”. Olivia is a regular contributor to High Style Life.
You can also follow on both Twitter and Facebook.
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Wanderlust Kids #6

Well, July is gone. How did that happen? And with the start of a new month comes another #Wanderlustkids linky. Thank you to everyone who linked up their great posts to Wanderlust Kids last month. Last month was the best yet with a total of 14 great posts added to this linky. I never thought I’d get one person, let alone 13 (plus myself) linking up to Wanderlust Kids. There have been family holidays, days out, birthday celebration Here is a synopsis of everyone’s post that linked up, in case you missed them last month.

I have decided that if more than 10 people link up I’m going to do things a little different. I am going to still share a synopsis of everyone’s posts but I will also have a featured post, which will be the post I most enjoyed reading. I enjoy reading everyone’s posts but feel this time around there is one that deserves a little more recognition. 

July’s featured Wanderlust Kids post

Melissa of The Family Voyage. In her post, which is very comprehensive, she shared her exciting new that they are taking a “family gap-year”. They are leaving their LA home to travel the world with their 2 children. They plan to take in places like Thailand, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and lots of European destinations. I am in awe of them and wish we could do the same. If we didn’t have our BattleDog I think we’d seriously consider it. Why not go check out her amazing post about Choosing Wings and all the things they have had to consider.

July’s Other Great Posts

Laura from Side Street Style share her post about going glamping in the Wye Valley. She stayed in the Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans and it looks like a great place for a getaway.

Jade from Mummies Waiting shared her exciting new free printable guide to what your child can ride at Disneyland Paris. Ideal for any of you who, like us, might be visiting there soon.

Lisa from Baby Loves Travel shared her 5 top tips for doing road trips with a toddler. We have used some of them in our recent drive from Santander to Portugal and will do so again on our forthcoming USA road trip.

Deb of My Boys Club shared part 3 of their family holiday to Loch Ness. In this post of their Scottish holiday series they did a Harry Potter road trip. They followed the train route taken by the Hogwarts Express and passed some stunning scenery!

Carol of Family Makes shared a post in which other family bloggers shared their hints and tips for doing road trips with kids. Again, this is another post I’ll be referring to in preparation for our USA road trip at the end of the month.

James of Scantily Dad shared his great post with 19 hacks for flying with a baby. I also learned something new in his post. Did you know that if you are flying with twins on a place with 3 seats to a row, you cannot sit together due to the limited number of oxygen masks per row? I didn’t but now I know.

Wandermust Mummy of Wandermust Family shared s post in which fellow bloggers gave us ideas for destinations for baby’s first summer holiday between June and August. There are some destinations in there I’d love to visit.

Rupreet of Rupeat shared her post about going to Majorca to celebrate her birthday. The resort they stayed at looks amazing , as does the food.

Jenny of TraveLynn Family shared her India Diaries post in which she shares with us their recent family move to India. They have moved for a year with her hubby’s work along with their 1 and 3 year old sons. Amazing. It almost felt like I was reading about our recent move too.

Laura of Musings of a Tired Mummy shared her post about their recent day out at Donnington Castle. The castle looks amazing and they also saw the White Horse at Uffington before enjoying a Mexican-themed BBQ. Yum.

Ami from Through Ami’s Eyes shared her hints and tips post about making flying with a toddler easier. Her hints and tips are ones we’ve used before and will use again in our forthcoming travels!

Niamh from Treasure Tales shared her top 10 travel essentials for toddlers. We always travel with a first aid kit, swim nappies and a hooded towel for BattleKid, all of which made her list.

I really enjoyed reading the different posts everyone linked up and cannot wait to see what will be linked up this month.

This month I am linking up a post which follows on from the one I linked up last month. Having booked our trip to Disneyland Paris for December, I turned to the blogging community to help me find out what rides are suitable for under 5’s at Disneyland Paris. 

My ‘Wanderlust Kids’ linky will open from the 1st of each month for you to link up a post, old or new, which involves travelling with kids. It can be a day out, a family holiday, somewhere new your children have discovered or a post with hints and tips about travelling with kids. As long as it features kids and is travel based it can be linked up. The following month I will write a synopsis of the posts linked up (and/or featuring a favourite one, depending on the numbers), linking back to the owner’s blog.

So, if you’d like to join in, just grab the badge below, add it to your post and link up your post via the link up button below. Please make sure you visit a few other posts that have linked up and leave a comment.

Don’t forget that throughout the month you can use the #WanderlustKids on your Instagram photos which involve travelling with kids. These photos can be abroad, home or days out, so long as they feature your children and have a travel theme attached to it. Each fortnight I will pick my favourites to showcase. I cannot believe how well this little community is growing and appreciate everyone who has adopted the #wanderlustkids on Instagram.

I look forward to reading your posts, maybe gaining some inspiration.

Please note that Wanderlust Kids will be late next month and will be live from 11th September as we will be travelling in America with patchy WiFi, the disadvantages of visiting Yellowstone and the National Forests.

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Rides for Under 5s at Disneyland Paris

So now that we’ve done the planning and booked our trip to Disneyland Paris for December, the next thing that sprung to mind was the fact that I have no idea what rides are suitable for BattleKid or not. As mentioned in my previous post, BattleDad and I have been to Disneyland Paris together twice before on the 15th and 20th anniversaries. But both times we went on rides I’d consider geared more for adults or older children. I have no idea which rides are rides for under 5s at Disneyland Paris.rides for under 5s at disneyland paris

This year is both Disneyland and BattleDad’s 25th anniversaries so it’s a big celebration trip for us. Coupled with BattleDad celebrating 25 years since he was part of the opening crew, BattleKid will be approaching 4, me 40 (eek), so we want to enjoy it as much as possible as a family. That means seeking out rides suitable for all of us. But having been a carefree, childless couple on our last trips, we never investigated rides for under 5s at Disneyland Paris. So where do you turn to for advice so you know ahead of time which ones to make a beeline for? The blogging community of course, and here are the ones that they have recommended as being ideal for us and most importantly, BattleKid!

Rides for Under 5s at Disneyland Paris

Peter Pan’s Flight

This ride in Fantasyland got an overwhelming vote from the bloggers. Emma from Our Fairy Tale Adventure recommended it and said to get our Fast Pass for this ride as soon as we get to the park. The Peter Pan ride was also recommended by Beth of Twinderelmo, Nicole from The Mum Reviews and Lauren from Mummy is a Gadget Geek. So, I think this is definitely going on our to-do list. You start at the Darling children’s nursery before flying over London by night to get to Neverland. After seeing the sights of Neverland you return to London by the power of pixie dust and happy thoughts. I think we’ll be going on this one without a doubt!

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blaster

This ride in Discoveryland was mentioned by many of the bloggers as another one not to be missed. It sounds fun too and has been recommended by Beth of Twinderelmo and Nicole from The Mum Reviews, while Laura of Mama, Eden and Me also enjoyed it. Nat from Awaybies said her son loved it so much they went on this ride no less than 6 times! It is an interactive ride in which you shoot at targets to get a final score at the end of your ride. Helping Buzz to defeat the Evil Emporer Zurg you gain a ranking in Star Command by the end. I can see this getting competitive between BattleDad and I nevermind BattleKid! And we can use our Fast Passes for this. Bonus.

It’s A Small World

…. After all. It’s stuck in your head, right? Sorry. But this ride, also in Fantasyland, got big thumbs up from Kerry of Blissful Domestication, who said it is not to be missed if visiting Disneyland Paris with younger kids. She went with her then 3 and 4-year-olds and while they loved rides catering for younger children such as cars, spaceships and boat rides, they especially loved It’s A Small World. Laura of Mama, Eden and Me also recommended this ride, as did Lauren of Mummy is a Gadget Geek. During your “It’s A Small World” tour, as you set sail the Seven Seaways, you will experience diverse cultures from around the world while accompanied by the iconic and sometimes annoying classic song. The song is already stuck in my head so I might as well go see what it’s all about.

Mad Hatters Tea Cups

This Fantasyland ride was recommended by both Emma of Our Fairy Tale Adventure and Lauren of Mummy is a Gadget Geek. Just from the pictures alone, it looks bright and colourful and fun. Each oversized tea cup spins and you control the speed and direction depending on the level of fun and stomach churning you might want. If the queue isn’t too bad for this I think I might try this one out. Not sure we want to do it too soon after lunch though.

Le Carrousel de Lancelot

Based in Fantasyland, this is Disney’s take on the classical carrousel where young knights ride upon hand-sculpted steeds and get ready for an enchanting ride. I’m hoping this ride as recommended by Emma of Our Fairy Tale Adventure will bring me back to Sunday afternoons watching Mary Poppins as a child.

Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains (Snow White)

Nicole from The Mum Reviews recommended doing this ride as part of our Magic Hours if we can. This ride in Fantasyland allows you to experience the world of Snow White like never before, while you visit places like the haunted forest and the dwarves’ cottage.

Les Voyages de Pinocchio

Another Fantasyland ride on which you get to join Pinocchio and his friends such as Jiminy Cricket. This ride was also recommended by Nicole, especially during Magic Hours, which are extra hours you get in the park if you stay in a Disney Hotel. Point noted! Breakfast early then!

Orbitron

An awesome looking rocket ride in Discoveryland, this ride inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing of the solar system was also recommended by Nicole as one to try and do during Magic Hours. Nicole did say that there aren’t many rides in the main Disney Park that are not suitable for little ones as opposed to those in the Walt Disney Studios Park.

Ratatouille: The Adventure

Ratatouille is a 4D experience based in the Walt Disney Studios Park which was introduced in 2014 and comes recommended by Lauren of Mummy is a Gadget Geek. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s famous Parisian restaurant and you might leave hungry. Maybe one for just before lunch perhaps?

Cars Quartre Roues Rallye

A Disney Cars ride in Walt Disney Studios, I can us queuing up for this over and over again by a certain 3-year-old. Recommended by Emma of Our Fairy Tale Adventure, you get to zoom along Radiator Springs with Lightening McQueen. That’s one day’s activities sorted for our Cars fanatic!

Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin

A Walt Disney Studios ride also recommended by Emma, you are invited to shrink down to the size of Buzz and Woody and jump onto the back of Slinky as he tries to catch his tail. All Toy Story Fans will love this ride.

Any worry I had about rides for under 5s at Disneyland Paris have vanished thanks to the recommendations of all these wonderful bloggers. There are plenty to choose from and one or two even allow you to use Fast Pass which is great. There are some rides I can see us queuing hours for but as long as BattleKid comes away with a smile on his face I’ll be happy. My only concern is that the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is currently closed. This is the one BattleDad and I made sure we went on during our previous visits and I do hope it reopens before December.

I must mention an absolutely brilliant post written by Vicki of Family Travel with Ellie entitled ‘Disneyland Paris with young children’. In it she details the best rides for under 5s at Disneyland Paris including:

  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blaster,
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant,
  • Orbitron,
  • Ratatouille: The Adventure,
  • Autopia,
  • It’s A Small World,
  • Peter Pan’s Flight and
  • Le Carrousel de Lancelot.

It is a brilliant post for anyone planning to visit or going to Disneyland Paris with under 5s and I’ve added it to my Disney Pinterest Board for reference! I’ve also added a fabulous post by Suzy of Our Bucket List Lives in which she gives a comprehensive breakdown off all the rides and which were suitable for her 3 year old son. It is going to be my guide for our trip!

A big thank you to all the bloggers who answered my call for help in what rides for under 5s at Disneyland Paris they would recommend we do. I haven’t been on any of these rides before so am looking forward to experiencing a different kind of Disney than before our son came along. While I enjoyed it I think this visit is going to be much more magical.

Would you recommend any other rides for under 5s at Disneyland Paris that might have been missed?

Cath x

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Also linked up to the Fearless Family Travel linky with Wandermust Family.

Wanderlust Kids #5

It’s that time of the month again for #Wanderlustkids and June has gone faster than I can keep up. Thank you to everyone who linked up their great posts to Wanderlust Kids last month. There have been babymoons, family holidays and hints and tips posts. Here is a synopsis of everyone’s post that linked up, in case you missed them last month.

Charlene of High Heels and Fairy Tales shared her post about their family holiday to Solana Beach in Mauritius. It sounds and looks amazing with very thoughtful kids club workers. It’s definitely on my to-do list.

Kiri from Kizzy, Izzy and Baby shared her post full of hints and tips to make the most of your visit to Legoland, Windsor. She had a great tip about getting wristbands for your kids to write your name and number on in case they get lost. I think I’ll be using that tip in future!

Lisa from Baby Loves Travel shared her post about a toddler’s visit to Shepreth Wildlife Park, which she found was a good place as a destination for a multi-generational family visit. Her only disappointment was the food outlets on site.

Denise of This Irish Family shared with us the 5 products you NEED if you travel with kids, such as ear plugs (we haven’t had to consider these with BattleKid as so far he’s been ok with his ears on airplanes) and Cozyphones with I’m seriously considering for BattleKid for when we travel to the USA in August.

Tooting Mama visited Roland GArros for a charity tennis event where world-class stars play championship-level one set matches. Her kids loved it and weren’t bored since the matches were short. Great way to introduce kids to the world of tennis.

Sinead of Shinners and the Brood shared her 20 things to do in Galway with kids and just in time for the summer holidays too. I never knew there was that much to do in and around Galway. I’ve been to Salthill and Leisureland but none of the others. This post has been added to Pinterest for future reference!

Rupreet of Rupeat shared her post about their recent babymoon to Dubai. They stayed just outside of Dubai and it looks like a lovely place to holiday with great food, apart from one night.

Laura of Musings of a Tired Mummy shared her post about spending time in Dymchurch, Kent, and told us of discovering that the beach was sandy and not pebbles as she had first thought. And I love her choice of nail varnish colour!

Deb of My Boys Club shared part 1 of their family holiday to Loch Ness. Oh my, what stunning scenery. And their accommodation looked perfect, right on the banks of the Loch. I’d love to do the cruise they did combined with the castle visit for some dragon hunting. Scotland is certainly on our family bucket list!

And last but by no meas least, Alana of Baby Holiday showed us how much fun glamping in a yurt can be. They had a great time celebrating their boys’ birthdays and she captured some stunning pictures too. I’d love to do a family glamping holiday.

I really enjoyed reading the different posts everyone linked up and cannot wait to see what will be linked up this month.

This month I am linking up a post I did recently where I got the blogging community involved. As I’ve mentioned before in our Holiday Diaries 2017 post, we are going to be visiting Disneyland Paris for the first time as a family this year and are in planning mode. I found all the hints and tips from my fellow bloggers so helpful.

My ‘Wanderlust Kids’ linky will open from the 1st of each month for you to link up a post, old or new, which involves travelling with kids. It can be a day out, a family holiday, somewhere new your children have discovered or a post with hints and tips about travelling with kids. As long as it features kids and is travel based it can be linked up. The following month I will write a synopsis of the posts linked up (or favourite ones depending on the numbers), linking back to the owner’s blog.

So, if you’d like to join in, just grab the badge below, add it to your post and link up your post via the link up button below. Please make sure you visit a few other posts that have linked up and leave a comment.

Don’t forget that throughout the month you can use the #WanderlustKids on your Instagram photos which involve travelling with kids. These photos can be abroad, home or days out, so long as they feature your children and have a travel theme attached to it. Each fortnight I will pick my favourites to showcase. I cannot believe how well this little community is growing and appreciate everyone who has adopted the #wanderlustkids on Instagram.

My ‘Wanderlust Kids’ linky will open on the 1st of each month for you to link up a post, old or new, which involves travelling with kids. It can be about a day out, a family holiday, somewhere new your children discovered or a post with tips about travelling with kids. As long as it features kids and is travel based it can be linked up. The following month I will feature some of my favourites, linking back to the owner’s blog.

So, if you’d like to join in, just grab the badge below, add it to your post and link up your post via the link up button below. Please make sure you visit a few of the other posts that have linked up and leave a comment.

Don’t forget that throughout the month you can use #WanderlustKids on your Instagram photos which involve travelling with kids. These photos can be abroad, home or days out, so long as they feature your children and have a travel theme attached with it. Each fortnight I will pick my favourites to showcase.

I look forward to reading your posts, maybe gaining some inspiration.

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Planning Our First Family Visit to Disneyland Paris

BattleDad and I have been to Disneyland Paris (or EuroDisney as we still refer to it) two times. Each time it was a special anniversary for both Disney and my husband. You see my husband worked at Disneyland Paris for a year as part of the opening crew in 1992. Our two visits coincided with the 15th and 20th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland Paris. Well, this year is the 25th anniversary and so we are due another trip but this time things are a little different. You see it will be our first family visit to Disneyland Paris, as I mentioned in our holiday plans for 2017. Not only is it our first family visit and hubby’s 25th anniversary, but BattleKid will be almost four and my 40th birthday is looming this year too. So how do we even begin planning our first family visit to Disneyland Paris?planning our first family visit to disneyland paris

Firstly, we are going with friends so needed to choose a mutually agreed time to go. Personally, we wanted to leave it as late in the year as possible so it would be close to both my birthday (December) and BattleKid’s in January. Late November or December seemed like a good prospect when we started planning our first family visit to Disneyland Paris. Plus, my hubby reliably informed us that Disneyland will be decorated for Christmas so there would be just a little extra magic going around. So, we decided on the first week in December.

Next, we are going mid-week rather than at the weekend. Our friends had a quick look on the Disneyland Paris website and saw an “Extra Nights Free” promotion, so both couples were soon checking this out. But planning our first family visit to Disneyland Paris is a minefield, so I turned to the blogging community to get their hints and tips to help with our own planning.

Tips for planning our first family visit to Disneyland Paris

Where to stay

I never realised there were so many hotels associated with Disneyland Paris. I thought there was the main one, and maybe one or two others, but there are no less than seven Disney hotels, and a host of other partner hotels to choose from. Jennifer from My Mummys Pennies advises to stay somewhere fitting to your budget and you will get out of it what you need. She stayed at both the Santa Fe and Newport Bay Hotels, while Anna from Squats Sass and Saggy Skin has stayed at the Sequoi Lodge. Both Carol from Family Makes and Corrina (my sister-in-law), travel guru at Cherry Sue Doin the Do, have stayed at the Davy Crockett Ranch. Carol says the Davy Crockett Ranch is cheaper than the other hotels, the characters still visit this hotel, and her children are still taking about this accommodation (with its great leisure facilities) to this day!

What to pack

I know for a fact that Paris can be chilly in December. Our first visit as a couple was for my birthday at the end of December and I got very cold waiting in the queue to go up the Eiffel Tower on my 30th birthday, so I know we’re going to need jumpers and coats. I’ll need to fish these out of storage as they’re hardly going to be worn in Portugal. Beth from Twinderelmo has advised taking lip balm too as she found her lips got quite sore when she visited during winter. Lisa from That British Betty says to bring lots of snacks as those in the park are mega bucks. Jennifer from My Mummys Pennies has advised taking layers that are easy to take on and off as you go in and out of places. Janet from Falcondale Life says to pack a cool bag so you can pack it full of snacks and sandwiches form the breakfast buffet as again, lunch and snacks in the park are expensive. Kellie from My Little Babog advises to buy your character costumes, autograph book and pen at home and bring them with you to save spending a fortune in the park. And she also says bring your own raincoat as the ponchos are expensive and aren’t as good as raincoats. To sum up, as we are going in December, we’ll need layers and warm coats, raincoats, character costumes, autograph book and pen, and a cool bag with lots of snacks. Better book two hold bags so!

Where to eat

Quite a few of the bloggers, including Corrina, Kellie, Lisa and Janet have said to raid the breakfast buffet as lunch/snacks are expensive in the park and to bring snacks with you. Up until last year breakfast was included in a Disneyland hotel stay but it is now extra as part of the meal plan. I think we are planning to go with at least breakfast, so I’ll be following their advice and filling a cool bag to bring in with us. I might also pack snacks into our suitcases to bring with us. Kaz from Ickle Pickles Life reiterated this tip about bringing in your own snacks, but also says to bring in your own water bottles and refill them from the water fountains in the parks, saving you loads on drinks inside!

That said I do want to do at least one or two special meals as we have a few celebrations during our stay so we may book breakfast with the characters. Both Jennifer and Kellie have recommended Café Mickey for a meal so I think I’ll be considering that. Kerry from Kerry Louise Norris, who is one of the biggest Disney fans I know, says to ensure you book your table service restaurants well in advance. This will guarantee a reservation plus ensure there is no queuing up and being disappointed when you can’t get in where you want. Point noted Kerry, thank you!

What to see and do

Beth says Christmas is a magical time to visit Disney so to make sure we don’t miss the extra Christmas parade. Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too told us that her favourite ride is the Peter Pan Ride

So magical and you feel as though you are soaring through the skies of Neverland.

Evany Carr, who’s mum Michelle blogs at All Things Baby and Me, has actually been part of a Disney parade. How cool is that! If you’d like to know how that was possible, watch her YouTube video. Lisa also says the parades and fireworks are not to be missed.

Michelle from Playdays and Runways and her family always go to Disneyland in December as she feels it’s the best time of year to go. She has said we must definitely watch the tree lighting ceremony which happens nightly at 6pm in the town square and is simply magical. Mickey and friends gather round to tell a festive story and sing Christmas songs. Then the lights go out in main street before coming back on one-by-one until every light on the Christmas tree has been lit. She said

even after years of watching it I still get goosebumps.

Beth has also said that you can visit Santa when at Disney around Christmas to get you in the mood so that might well be on our to-do list!

Other hints and tips

Nicola from All Things Spliced said that when you go into the park early in the morning you should head left. Most visitors head right and work their way around anti-clockwise. So, by going left and clockwise you should beat most of the crowds. Kellie from My Little Babog went one further and said when queuing for rides, queue on the left. Unusual but great hints to remember. The other big tip from many people was to bring your character costumes from home and dress your little ones in them. Those dressed up get more attention from the characters so it’s worth doing it. Corrina’s daughter got special preferential treatment when she was dressed as Elsa from Frozen, and she also saw a little boy dressed as Darth Vader get special treatment too on the Star Wars ride. Shopping list: must buy character costumes!

I have to thank everyone who has helped us in planning our first family visit to Disneyland Paris so far. I’m armed with hints and tips (and a growing shopping list). We are in the final stages of deciding where to stay and whether we stick to a budget or blow it completely as it’s a special occasion.

Corrina wrote a great post, Just Say Yes – The Art of Bagging a Good Travel Deal, which I’m mulling over and I’ve got Kellie’s 30 Awesome Dinseyland Paris Tips and Tricks – EuroDisney post bookmarked! Kerry’s Disneyland Paris Accommodation post is also being read with a fine tooth-comb to help us make a final accommodation decision. And if you’d like to know more hints and tips about doing Disneyland Paris with young children, you must read Kate of Five Little Star’s first post in a new series on her blog dedicated to Disneyland Paris, and also Suzy of Our Bucket List Lives post about doing Disneyland Paris with young kids. I’m eagerly awaiting the next ones!planning our first family visit to disneyland paris

All that’s left to do in planning our first family visit to Disneyland Paris is to make a final decision on accommodation, book our flights and start getting excited for an awesome few days!

Is there anything else you could add to the great advice we’ve been given so far?

Cath x

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