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Are Disneyland Paris Package Deals Actually Worth it?

ByTim Potter

Oct 31, 2019

With the release of the 2020 package deals we ask the question, are Disney packages actually worth it?

Let’s assume we are two adults wanting to go Disneyland Paris for a short 4 day / 3 night break in the early Summer. Arriving on Monday 8th June, departing Thursday 11th June 2020.

We headed over to the Disneyland Paris website to get a quote. They currently have a deal with up to 20% off hotel and ticket packages plus free dining and a free €100 gift card.

For this experiment we have chosen the Newport Bay Club Hotel. The package for three nights accommodation in a standard room and a four day park pass for two guest at a cost of £1131.97. This include free half board dining which includes hotel breakfast and one meal at a selected table service or buffet restaurants plus the €100 gift card.

So our target is £1131.97. Can I find a better price by booking this myself.

Firstly I head over to Hotels.com to see if any room only rates are available on there. I find they have the same standard room for £716.00 (room only). They did have a rate including park tickets at a cost of £1339, but £623 for two four day park tickets seems very expensive.

So having got the room sorted I now want to check out park tickets. So I tried going to Disneyland Paris’ website to buy tickets but this was actually down, so I looked elsewhere. My next port of call was the Visit Hub Disneyland Paris Ticket Finder.

Piqniq offer discounted tickets so I could get a four day ticket for £208.50pp (discounted from £219 on the DLP website) but I also found I could use the Discovery Annual Pass on these days. The Discovery Annual Pass is €179 or about £155. So the tickets are going to cost £310 for the two of us.

So with the hotel at a cost of £716 and the hotel and tickets at £310 we have now spent £1026. To purchase a hotel breakfast and a table service or buffet in the parks is going to cost around £360 for two guests at full price. So booking the same deal separately actually costs £1386. So in this instance you would save around £250 by purchasing the package with Disney direct, plus you would get that extra €100 spending money.

We did do the same experiment with the Santa Fe hotel, which is a value hotel. With this deal you do get a free hotel breakfast rather than the half board and this package cost £859.39 on the DLP website.

We did actually beat the Disneyland Paris price for this three night break with the total cost coming out at £842 but when you factor the free €100 gift card it is probably worth splashing out on the extra £17.39 by booking with Disneyland direct.

I actually think that the Disneyland Paris dining package can be really good value for money. When they offer it as part of a hotel and tickets package it going to make the deal hard to beat. If you are booking a value hotel which only come with free breakfast you do have the option to upgrade this half board which I would recommend as it will save you money if you are planning to go to a buffet or table service restaurant.

So are these packages worth it?

I think the answer is yes. Disney owned resort hotels are more expensive, you are paying a premium to stay on site. In this example the ‘value’ Santa Fe hotel works out at £144 per night and the Newport Bay Club hotel is £239 per night (room only). I would always compare options just outside the resort where you can pay around £100 a night room only. In fact we found the Ibis Budget at Val d’Europe for just under £80 per night.

All things considered this is a fairly good deal when you get free dining, but it’s always worth shopping around to check!

Tim Potter

I have been a huge Disney Parks fan since my first Walt Disney World trip at the age of 11. I now follow activities and news on all the parks across the world. I actually didn't visit Disneyland Paris until 2017, thinking it was the poor relation to the other Parks, how wrong could I be! Disneyland Paris a beautiful park and is somewhere everyone should experience.

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