I am two weeks away from my trip to Paris and I’m having all kinds of second thoughts. So I’d appreciate commentary and suggestions.
The current plan is this:
Train to London, go to see play at the National Theatre that got cancelled five minutes after it started the last time I went.
My flight to Paris leaves Heathrow at 5.35pm, which means I have a decent chunk of time to do something in London, ideally near to King’s Cross or Paddington. But what? No ideas yet. On arrival in Paris, I’m staying overnight at the airport.
Train (TGV) to DLP in time for character breakfast. Have also booked Chez Remy. Am assuming all day in the two parks.
Have booked PYM Kitchen at 11.30am and Downtown Restaurant at the Marvel Hotel at 7.30pm. Have wondered about doing a short trip to Paris to go to the Louvre. It is closed on Tuesdays.
Check out of hotel. I have lunch at Walt’s at 11.30am. My flight leaves CDG at 7pm. I have park tickets, but have also wondered about going in to Paris to see the Musee d’Orsay on my way to the airport. Staying overnight at Heathrow.
Warner Bros Studio Tour (Harry Potter thing) and then train back home.
My questions to you:
Any ideas as to what I can do on Saturday in London until about 2.30pm. One thing on my mind is my luggage and what I do with it while I’m doing whatever I’m doing in London. This may depend on what luggage I end up taking. Options are: my new big cabin-sized backpack, or a standard cabin-sized hard-shell wheelie suitcase and my gay backpack (followers of my other thread will know what I’m talking about).
I thought I’d been clever in making the ADRs that I have made. But now I’m having second thoughts. For example, I just watched a YouTube video about Walt’s and it seems pretty underwhelming. Now that I have had a successful intervention with myself about money, I’m not sure I want to spend €55 on what they’re offering. Anyone been recently? And what about my other choices (Plaza character breakfast, Remy, PYM, Downtown)? I feel more solid about these because they’re about more than just food: there’s some element of experience involved.
How much DLP time do I allocate, and how much actual Paris time? Doing a day-trip from DLP to Paris and back is possible (I’ve done it) but it’s a bit of a faff. If I ditch Walt’s on Tuesday, I could maybe take advantage of EMH and then just leave and maximise Paris time on my way to the airport. Or, even, ditch DLP altogether and head straight to Paris as soon as I check out. (I’m thinking about luggage again — if I go to a park then what do I do with my luggage. I know there’s the Express Service, but will my bags make it to the station as early as I might want them to be there?)
What’s my Premier Access strategy? One idea I had was to buy the PA Ultimate for my first day so that I’d be sure of hitting everything. Then subsequent days would be less pressured and it would be easier to ditch the parks and head into Paris. But then I’m supposed to be being smart with money and it’s €140. Or, I could by PA One tickets for my highest priority rides, which would end up being cheaper, but offers much less flexibility. I will have EMH on Monday and Tuesday (if I use it).
Points to note: I went to DLP in August 2020. I had a great time and got a lot done: the parks weren’t very busy. But also, Avengers Campus wasn’t a thing back then, and they weren’t doing fireworks or parades.
My current thinking, having just written all this is:
The simplest solution seems to be having two full park days — Sunday and Monday — and getting as much done as possible, but relaxing and taking my time with it all. I won’t be in a hurry to return to DLP any time soon, so I should make the most of it. Rushing to spend an afternoon in the Louvre seems like it’s going to be frustrating and stressful: I’m just going to have to come back to Paris for that one. Damn the French and their days off.
Leaving DLP directly for Paris on the Tuesday (and ditching Walt’s) also seems the simplest and least stressful. I’ll get some decent time in Paris for the d’Orsay and maybe some other thing. If I’m gasping to do something in the parks first, I guess I could.
As for Priority Access, I guess I could see how the first day goes. My current instinct is to use PA One as necessary. I just really hate waiting in line. It really drags when you’re on your own.