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Unread 20 Apr 19, 11:14 AM  
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I like the no smoking, no queue jumping... of WDW
No queue jumping? You've never fell foul of groups of Brazillian tourists then?
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I'm with your hubby on this one. I have been to ever park and DLP is the only one I wouldn't go back to. Why not go Hong Kong or Tokyo for something different?
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You can't "convince" anyone. No point trying. It's boils down to opinion rather than any one fact.

It's a shame that DLP has a reputation with some.

In my opinion it's a beautiful park, and A LOT cheaper than going to equivalent holidays to the other international parks. It's my easy Disney fix.

Anyone who wants to know if DLP is better or worse than WDW, I suggest they go with an open mind and find out for themselves.

Ultimately, if people go to DLP wanting and expecting WDW, then they should go to WDW.

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Ive done both WDW DLP 4x each and I love DLP - I see it as my home park.

For me its the best magic kingdom shall we call it. Castle is amazing with a dragon in the basement, whats not to love? Also on a personal level the rides are a better class. Space mountains imagineering is god level, great versions of big Thunder, Pirates, Mansion and Small world. The castle show I enjoyed more then my last trip to WDW last year also.

Hollywood is still a bit bare but has Toy story and crush and the parks are next door to each other. Id love a toy story mania but apart from that and slinky at the moment the parks for me arent that far from each other in terms of things to do.

Id pick WDW every day of the week for the spectacle, food, choice, weather, extra parks and the flight of passage but Paris is for me a little hidden gem.
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Im sure you could go for less than that!

I believe you can get rooms for 5 at Santa Fe but you have to phone.

Alternatively the Magic Plus annual passes have EMH (now EMT) included.

Try going out of season and arriving on a weekday. Many people like May half term (although this year that includes Ascension Day which is a public holiday).

We used Avios for flights last year so they were 35 each.
Update - the Magic Plus annual passes don't have EMT included any more, sadly.
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OP, we just got back from a 4 night trip to DLP after 3 trips to WDW. For us, we will be saving up to go back to WDW.

Disneyland park was absolutely gorgeous and full of great details. We loved the castle and the dragon and the arcades and the general explorability. But extra magic hours didnt really work (they didnt bother opening some rides or switched them), only a few rides have FastPass and the others are slow loaders and hard to get on so we queued way more in this one trip than we have done in 3 longer WDW trips. Also we love trying all the WDW restaurants and DLP was a big let down in terms of food. Also a real lack of interesting merchandise (hardly any womens cut t shirts?!).

Also we really missed the magic that Orlando cast members add.

I think it is really such an individual choice! Worth trying though!
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Extra Magic Time is pretty much always the same rides - yes, not many but if you get there first thing you can do Peter Pan, Carousel, Teacups, Dumbo all as walk ons, then go through to Discoveryland and do Buzz, Orbitron and Space Mountain with virtually no queue either. Then go to Frontierland for your BTMR Fastpass and you've done half the park before 11am.

We would never want to go during the Easter holidays (busiest time as the whole of Europe is off at the same time) but we have been many times at quieter times of year and in 11 trips we have never waited more than 40 minutes for anything. All comes down to strategy.

Agree the merch is somewhat lacking and the fast food not great (though the more expensive restaurants can be superb - save your money for the likes of Remy or Walt's).

Interestingly the tactics seem to be the same for Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Anaheim - both 'locals' parks so the wisdom is avoid all weekends and public holidays.

As with so many things, WDW is the exception, not the rule.
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Update - the Magic Plus annual passes don't have EMT included any more, sadly.
According to the website the Magic Plus does still include access to EMT. I think it was just guest storage that was taken off from 1 April.

Also, Big Thunder Mountain was added to the list of EMT rides from 1 April.
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