I have never been one for guidebooks. Being such a big fan of Disneyland Paris I thought what would I learn from reading one? It turns out they are quite useful.
Having always travelled to DLP via a coach, all the way from Cumbria, overnight (except once when I flew with my family). It dawned on me that there are other ways to “get to the magic”. There are other places to stay and other restaurants to eat at!
Of course I knew about all of these things, but reading A Brit Guide to Disneyland Paris put them all back on my radar. I was itching to book another trip so I could experience DLP in a different way.
The book is split into the following chapters:
- Getting There
- Staying There
- Welcome in the Parks
- The Disneyland Park
- Walt Disney Studios
- Beyond the Theme Parks
- The Attractions of Paris
- Your Holiday Planner
This means that everything that you need for your adventure is in this book. From the initial planning stage before you have even sorted a date to the holiday planner helping you plan your trip when you are in the magic.
If you are looking for a guidebook packed full of images then this is not for you. If you are after a guide book written by people who have been there, done that and bought the t-shirt then this is for you. The authors Simon and Susan Veness have “spent more time in Disney Parks than any other couple!” Or so they say in the foreword.
For me the most interesting feature in the guide is the “Brit Tip”. These little tips are spread throughout the guide and offer great little hints and tips related to the section they are in. These range from tips on busiest queue times to where to charge your video camera if your battery is running low.
Being a printed book it is hard to keep up-to-date. This does mean that there are a few elements of the book that are out of date but this will only be a small issue and only to those not familiar with the parks. This does not spoil the book for me as they are few and far between.
A Brit Guide to Disneyland Paris does enough to get the reader excited and wanting more from the parks. The descriptions of the attractions and restaurants are brief and give enough information without spoiling the magic. Readers are going by the opinions of the authors and they shouldn’t take everything this guide as gospel but I was happily surprised by the quality and accuracy of the book in most areas.