Financial savings tricks: how to get your family to Disneyland for £500 significantly less

The Burgin family reduced the price of a journey to Disneyland this summer by arranging the deal through the park’s French booking workplace, rather than employing the a single in Britain


Getting a holiday? Attempt reserving as if you lived in an additional country, and you could conserve hundreds of pounds.

The Burgin family members managed to magically lessen the expense of a journey to Disneyland this summer, simply by arranging the deal through the park’s French booking office, rather than utilizing the a single in Britain.

Other organizations that offer you different prices for diverse nations have faced criticism. Airlines have been recognized to price tag in a different way depending on whether or not you are reserving in France or the Uk.

The Burgin household moved from Britain to Catalonia, Spain, 10 many years in the past. Chloe Burgin stated: “We observed that the ‘special deals’ promoted in Spain were a lot more expensive than comparable offers promoted in the Uk. So we did a bit of study. It transpires that the least expensive bargains are on the French website – but it’s not possible to book on-line with a United kingdom tackle and postcode.”

She stated they initially known as the United kingdom reserving workplace, asking to guide the deal promoted on the French site. They had been told they couldn’t do this. So she then known as the French reserving office, and asked to be put through to someone who spoke English.

“They couldn’t be more beneficial,” she stated. “Not only have been we ready to book the package, they gave us a better hotel for the exact same price.”

So how much can you conserve? The Burgins diminished the expense of their summer break by virtually £200. But more substantial financial savings are obtainable for these who are staying for longer, or who want accommodation in 1 of Disney’s plusher hotels.

At the moment if you click on the “special offers” on the Disney website, a 4-evening remain in the Disneyland Hotel at the start off of August – for a family of four – will value £3,243, if booked in Britain. This involves half-board at the hotel, three-day tickets to the theme parks and a “fastpass”, which enables you to skip the queues on certain rides.

But log on rather to the French website ( ) and you can get a virtually identical package – same quantity of individuals, exact same hotel and same dates – for €3,391. In sterling this is just less than £2,800 – a conserving of nearly £500.

There is a single slight variation: the French deal is breakfast-only. But most households are not going to invest £500 on three evening meals.

There are comparable cost savings to be produced on other slightly less expensive packages. A 3-evening keep in Disney’s Newport Bay hotel (a 3-star rather than 5-star hotel) costs £1,372 on Disney’s United kingdom internet site, once again for a household of 4 in August. But book by way of the French web site and you’ll be charged just €1,435 (£1,163), saving about £200.

Disneyland Paris

How to get the greatest Disney deal

• First see and click on the “special deals” to see the best price tag bundle accessible in the Uk. You will need to specify when you want to travel, select a hotel and give the age of your young children. The internet site will find the best discounts offered, and will usually give you an substitute, staying in a somewhat less expensive hotel or for a longer time period of time.

• Then you require to search at how these offers compare with equivalent packages on the French site. Visit the house webpage of the French web site. You may need to delete the cookies on your browser to do this. Charges will be quoted in euros, so you will need to convert into sterling. Do not fail to remember to check out the terms of the deal: petit déjeuner signifies breakfast only, although demi-pension is half-board.

• If you spot a greater deal, ring Disney Travel ( 0844 800 8898 or 020 822 100 ) and ask to guide more than the phone. If they refuse, request to be put by way of to an individual who speaks English in the French reserving division. Have your credit score card, children’s dates of birth and names to hand.

• Prices can differ depending on regional college holidays. This often doesn’t favour British families, who tend to have shorter summer season holidays than their European counterparts. But you might be able to consider benefit of a distinction in half-phrase or Easter breaks by reserving on an overseas internet site. For information about European college terms, see .

• Those opting for bed-and-breakfast packages can save funds by eating outdoors the Disneyland park in the evening. The park is on the Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy end on the Metro. Travel one particular end to Val d’Europe and you will be away from the hordes, have a choice of brasseries and get a prix fixe menu for around €12 (£10) a head.

A spokesman for Disneyland Paris said: “While delivers may possibly vary from market place to market, for the ideal Disneyland Paris offers wherever you are in Europe contact our central reservation office on 0844 800 3243 .”

Other cost savings by getting overseas

•  Deals on Voyages SNCF (United kingdom) for most trains, which includes substantial-pace TGVs, have a tendency to be the very same as French offers – but book up to 3 months in advance to get highest savings.

The business has launched a new lower-price service, , which appears excellent for those travelling to the south of France or booking ski breaks.

However, most United kingdom residents cannot get the inexpensive deals offered to French citizens, as SNCF’s internet sites accept payment only from a card registered to a French handle, despite stating that they accept Visa and Eurostar credit cards.

• Avoid going by way of the Rail Europe internet site in the US, as prices can be double or a lot more for the very same journey. North American or Latin American visitors should see Capitaine Train at .

• It isn’t just holidaymakers who can save by getting overseas. But you will need to have to make allowances for enhanced postage charges. These with Prime Amazon membership (which consists of totally free delivery of some items) need to examine French, Spanish and German versions of the site ( , and ) as there can be savings, particularly on electronic equipment.

• Don’t purchase electrical items from North American websites. Electricals are on a 120V method. Plug them into your socket here and they could burn up out.

•  If you have pals or family residing overseas you can typically sidestep expensive postal charges, if they are prepared to act as couriers. Products delivered to their deal with will incur only regional costs. Then examine to locate the least expensive postage selection. Mr Burgin stated: “We’ve bought an iPad, a vacuum cleaner and a Freeview box in the Uk employing this and then had pals publish them to Spain. The cost savings are important – you just wait a bit longer for your acquire.”