Whilst my better half seemed to regard Disneyland Paris as more of a shopping centre than a theme park, Its difficult to avoid the corporation of the mouse trying to flog you yet more unwanted stuff.
I am now the proud owner of a tee-shirt with a dwarf on it which pronouces that I am '100% Grumpy'. I object to that - I'm always 110% !
Most prices are dearer than you would buy exactly the same merchandise in shops elsewhere, but sometimes you can turn up a good deal. For example, we bought a 'Buzz Lightyear' toy for our five-year-old that was 25 euro. He was thrilled with it. The same model was 39 POUNDS STERLING (i.e in proper money) back in the U.K.
P.S If you want to dress up as Tinkerbell then there are plenty of outfits for sale, but they do seem to lack much of a range in the XXL sizes for men - and they seem to get upset if you want to try it on in the shop - they really should provide changing rooms.
Arriving at the Airport we realised we hadn't bought a thank you gift for our Son who was left at home looking after the dog. Problem solved = we had some time before our flight, enough to browse the airport's shops. We eventually choose a boxed set of French Beers. The shops had a wide selection of all kinds of everything but we knew Fraser would appreciate the beers.
What to pay: It depends on what you want really or where your flying to i.e. anywhere in the European Union is tax paid out side the Union = Duty Free. The boxed beers cost 20 euro
Skies were cloudy and the weather was decidedly chilly when we arrived at the Park on the first day. A visit to the Disney Store was called for mainly to buy some sweaters to beat the chill. It turned out to be a fun visit when Grant and the kids fooled around trying on silly hats.
What to buy: Grant bought a Grumpy Jacket and the silly hat, Shannan chose the Princess hat - Well what little girl wouldn't? Kyle chose a big blue hat and I stuck to being practical and bought a Mickey Sweater complete with hood = job done!
What to pay: I don't know what Grant paid but my sweater was 29 euros
This is a great shop filled with original Christmas ornaments and gifts.
Warning: Ladies, be aware of the limited space between the goods stands. When walking and turning around to make your choise, your bag might touch and drop brittle Christmas tree decoration on the floor. Especially when the place is overcrowded.
What to buy: Disney style Christmas decoration, cards, little pictures and paintings...
What to pay: Depending
turn every corner at Disneyland and there is a new shopping experience, even the wheelchair and stroller rental booth has a range of Disney goods to buy
I hope your children are not the sort who want want want all the time, we are lucky that our grandchildren dont pester to buy things
should you fail to get enough retail therapy while in the parks there is a Disney Store in the Disney village, and every hotel has a Disney boutique, you cant get away from shopping
What to buy: toys, clothing, glasses, crockery.....you name it and you`ll probably find it here....at a price
What to pay: how much have you got ? none of it is cheap
There many shops in the five lands of Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios. Many with there own particular theme and others with a repetition which runs throughout Disney.
It would be so easy to spend a fortune on presents and souvenirs apart from the products themselves the shops are so welcoming and enticing. Some of the decor in these shops are just wonderful, as in the photo taken in Discoveryland.
What to buy: We were very restrained and walked away only with a cuddley Mickey Mouse & a t-shirt for Freya, Minnie Mouse for my sister and some pens for presents. Oh yes and a Tinkerbelle wizzing torch................ Oh yes and a ...............................
What to pay: You pay more than the norm, but it is Disneyland!!!
You simply cannot go home without at least 1 reminder of the park. There are a lot of stores throughout the park. In Main Street for instance you can get all kinds of stuffed animals. And in Fantasy Land you’ll get all kinds of sweets. Whatever you do, do buy a souvenir. Even if it’s just a pen.
At the Disneyparc there is a shop where you can buy dresses/suits for the little ones. So, if your kid wants to look like Snow white, Cinderellam or Peter Pan, go to this shop and buy an outfit.
If you want your daughter to feel like a princess for a day, there are plenty of shops selling dresses for young princesses
What to buy: Princess dress
What to pay: Nothing compared to the dream come true