So my sister wanted to go away with me in February, you never would have guessed where she picked? Of course…Disneyland. In an ideal world, she would love to return to Disneyland Anaheim but living near London and not being blessed with countless amounts of money, a local trip was what we got! This time we were lucky enough to enjoy a ‘full on’ Disney experience, for quite a low cost. By booking a trip with a cancellation policy, we knew we would be going, but by checking for deals on a weekly basis leading up to the trip, we got the tickets, accommodation, and full board plan for an extremely low price! I’ve mentioned this on my tip posts before: It is really important to get the best deal possible, why be lazy and not compare prices when you can and possibly save hundreds! Anyway back to our trip…that we paid very little for…


I’ve seen many reviews where people have criticised the hotel, saying the decor firmly places the hotel as still stuck in the 90s…and to an extent, they are correct, after all the hotel has not been refurbished since it was built. However, I LOVED the whole feel and atmosphere of the hotel. In a way, it was nostalgic to feel like a little kid again. Not to mention that the service was impeccable, the room was lovely and spacious and we adored eating dinner and breakfast at the Parkside Diner every day. I’d also like to thank the New York hotel for upgrading us to a Lake View room, it really made our stay just that little bit better waking up to see the lake every morning. As much as I love a budget stay and often stay outside of the Disney resorts throughout the world, I would really recommend staying in the resort. Essentially book to stay in the resort during the off-season, then you will be able to enjoy everything it has to offer without the hefty price tag…and less people, which goes onto my next point.


Visiting the park during the off-season, means cheaper prices and less people. With less people, the whole experience is much better. Less pushing and scrambling for queue spots and being able to walk around with lots of space around, it takes the hectic stress out of Disney that you often find in the busy summer months. Not to mention that by staying in a Disney hotel you get extra magic hours. We’d experienced the ‘Magic Morning’ in Anaheim before, but here it was even quieter and you got two hours as opposed to one. We thoroughly enjoyed being able to go on the Fantasyland attractions without any lines whatsoever, plus being able to just generally enjoy the park with few people in it. My sister and I are actually just quite content walking around the park and just taking in the atmosphere, visiting 4 of the resorts across the world 15 times, we’ve pretty much seen everything so being grateful and mindful of the park is enough sometimes. I really recommend doing so.


With it being the off-season, you often find that you have so much more choice in regards to what to do. My sister and I decided to take advantage and tried as many new things as possible. We enjoyed a lovely voyage on the steamboat on Lake Thunder Mesa, surprisingly the sun was out and it was really warm on this February day! We also had the pleasure of being able to enjoy a meal at Plaza Gardens for the first time, and the food was marvellous! Again many thanks to the New York hotel for upgrading our meal plan so we could have such a good time. We tried to see as many shows as possible too, the Frozen show, Cinemagique and the new Star Wars Seasons of the Force. Being a huge Star Wars fan, I was so so happy to see the prequel trilogy also be included, Lucasfilm and Disney seem to always want to eradicate it, but personally I love it (sorry not sorry).


Yes, yes and yes! With no crowds and lower costs I really recommend you do so. Yes it can be colder than the peak summer months, but when wrapped up, you’re still going to thoroughly enjoy yourself. Plus, you never know, the weather in Europe can be weird and we went from a very cold morning to a warm afternoon.


My sister has started a Disney YouTube channel for anyone interested right here:

Would you visit in the off-season, and/or keep your eyes out for last minute deals?


  1. abbeylouisarose
    April 3, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Sophie I'm soooo jealous that you got to go to Disney! I have always wanted to go and this post has increased that desire even more! The off-season looks like the perfect time to go for those on a budget! Your steamboat trip and seeing all the shows sounds magical, I'm off to watch your vlog after the #TeacupClub meeting is over!Abbey 💋

  2. Food and Baker
    April 3, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Oh my goodness this all looks so good – your photos are amazing! Totally agree with your money saving tips, we're always looking for the best deals or even better, enquiring with companies about collaborations. Will defo be watching your vlog later tonight when I get home!Thanks for sharing!Jessica & James | Food & Baker

  3. Maria Nichol
    April 3, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    Ah I loved this! I've been to Disneyland Paris so many times but never actually stayed at the New York as I didn't think it was that themed.. sounds fab tho! Also I always go off peak, it's so much more enjoyable 💕 Maria

  4. Kim K Photography
    April 3, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    This was a really nice post to read! And the tips are really helpful to people who have never been before 💖 Looks like you had an amazing trip 💖

  5. Amber Louise
    April 3, 2017 / 4:12 pm

    Your trip looks amazing! I agree that off season is so much bettter as there's less people

  6. Claire Gordon
    April 3, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    This looks amazing! The hotel looks so pretty and I would love to go to Disneyland! Looks like you had the best time.Claire

  7. Tara
    April 3, 2017 / 4:26 pm

    I haven't been to Disneyland Paris since I was a small child and would absolutely love to go again! Definitely going to look into visiting in the off season, it being quieter is definitely a huge bonus for me!

  8. Ain SB
    April 3, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    First thing I noticed was the Mickey Mouse bed cover thing. So cute! As much as I do trust people's opinions, I sometimes like to prove them out to myself so I'm most likely to be like you too – just stay at the hotel despite the critics. Ah, this is making me want to book a trip to Disneyland right now. If only I can. Aha. Great post! x

  9. Amy Cate
    April 3, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    Love love love this post! I love trips to Disney & agree that by shopping around you can go for a decent price! I'm glad you had a lovely time & I'll definitely be watching the vlog 🙂 💜✨

  10. Chloe
    April 3, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Hi, I stayed in this hotel several years ago and liked it. Maybe the dated decor is all part of the experience. I would love to return do will give it try off peak next time, Chloe #TeacupClub

  11. Abbie
    April 3, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    I am so jealous! I desperately want to go to Disneyland Paris!! This makes me want to go even more and I'll definitely have to consider going off season when I can afford to! I'll definitely check out your vlog too.Abbie |

  12. Rachael Shortt
    April 3, 2017 / 4:40 pm

    This sounds like a great trip! I love the idea of visiting off season and not having as many people about! My sister's working at Disney during the summer so I'll be visiting then but I'd definitely love to visit at an off peak time tooPaleGirlRambling xo

  13. Jenny
    April 3, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    I've been on your blog for 2 minutes and it's literally already one of my absolute favourites! It's sooo pretty and your photos are amazing. I've been to Disneyland Paris a few times and always stayed in Santa Fe hotel but this one looks great, too! I've never really felt the need to want to stay in the really, really expensive hotels as you're barely in the room anyway! I've been during the off season and I would NEVER go back during peak time. 3 hours to ride Thunder Mountain? NO THANK YOU! I remember literally walking straight on to Space Mountain and all the other rides where you usually end up queuing for hours. I bet you had a lovely time with your sister! I can't wait to go back (whenever that will be!) xx

  14. Kate
    May 3, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    I just came across you thanks to Abbey's blog and I am LOVING your blog! This post is perfect timing as one of my girlfriends has recently suggested a Winter break to Disneyland! I'll definitely be sharing your blog with her too, so that we can start planning. Great trip on the cancellation policy, too! Kate

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