Strasbourg is too far south for us, but we might look into Reims, as we will probably go right past there.
We don't expect to go into Paris at this time, but hope to come back for a proper Paris visit at a later time; in a couple of years perhaps, when our youngest is a bit older and can appreciate the experience more fully.
I realise that August is a very busy holiday time, but it was the only time my husband could take that corresponded with school holidays. So we will pack plenty of water and sunscreen and make the best of our experience.
If you are staying on site, that is really practical. I strongly suggest going for the FastPass at the very popular stations in each section so that you cut down your queue times, definitely no fun for the kids and for the parents! So go straight for FastPass in each section, unless you happen to be there at opening time, in which case, your first section will go by smoothly. What you do: go to FastPass, get a ticket that tells you what time to come for the attraction. You go do something else, then return and integrate the FastPass queue which is much much shorter than the regular queue.
You will need breaks, and lots of it. The park closes with fireworks at around 11pm in August I think, so it makes for a very long day. Also, you may want to have lunch either around 11am or after 1:30pm so that you don't have to spend hours again queuing up for food! Alternatively, you can reserve a table at any of the restaurants that are themed, which makes your lunch break so much more comfortable.
Reims is wonderful to visit, the Cathedrale is a must. If you happen to have some time, then the Faux de Verzy is worth the slight detour from Reims...a nice walk in a forest that has "petrified" trees. Of course, champagne...
If you are into shopping, there is Val D'Europe, a big outlet mall near Disneyland Paris (1metro stop away).
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Nellie: Adam - will watch the video as soon as I can (living circumstances not permitting right now - we are still in temp accommodation and I can't turn on volume) - looking forward to it!
Sept 22, 2017 5:56:44 GMT 9
Mayken: Skyping with grandma last night had to be cancelled due to technological problems - I needed to talk my mom through a Skype update and her phone battery died. :-(
Sept 25, 2017 20:45:42 GMT 9
Joanna: sorry Mayken...this is sad but funny as I'm sure many skype Grandparents have the same woes !(mine..) For us this weekend: potty training has led to great quality time reading and chatting, and some pretty hilarious ml questions
Sept 26, 2017 6:20:44 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken and Joanna, I can relate! My mother (Grandma) can't seem to get the sound on her computer working so when we Skype, we also have to use the telephone!
Sept 26, 2017 6:36:03 GMT 9
Mayken: Adam, and Joanna, it's good to know we're not alone in this!
Sept 27, 2017 2:46:28 GMT 9
Joanna: Planning a long Christmas minority language visit, so exciting!
Sept 30, 2017 14:46:01 GMT 9
Mayken: Yay! Skype is working again on my mom's tablet, meaning we can skype with ml grandma again!
Oct 2, 2017 23:12:24 GMT 9
Mayken: The other day my mom (monolingual ml) called while my daughter and I were out, so Daddy (monolingual ML) answered. My mom was amazed to find out he isn't monolingual ML any more after all, and praised his active ml ability.
Oct 3, 2017 23:28:39 GMT 9
Joanna: For each day my daughter is exposed to other people speaking English (here in France) I put a little star on the calendar...trying to fill it up!
Oct 8, 2017 3:52:17 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Nice motivating idea, Joanna! And Mayken, thanks for sharing your good news on two fronts!
Oct 9, 2017 7:11:50 GMT 9
Marisa: My daughter won't say number one in Spanish or English, but in German! She loves recognizing the number and saying it out loud... it sounds more like the word 'ice' in English, though, but it's 'eins.' Number 9, however, is 'nueve'. So funny!
Oct 11, 2017 10:33:45 GMT 9
Mayken: My dad's giving Adam's book to his Lithuanian friend's daughter, whose husband is sceptical about their little girl learning German.
Oct 14, 2017 21:10:20 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Mayken, thank you for sharing my book! I hope it can be helpful to them!
Oct 16, 2017 15:57:32 GMT 9
Marisa: Adam, another bilingual monkey is about to be born near me (one of my colleagues is giving birth tomorrow), so I also got her and her husband a copy of your book... this world needs more bilingual kids!
Oct 18, 2017 0:06:43 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Many thanks, Marisa! In my humble opinion, more bilingual kids = more empathy in the world = a more peaceful planet.
Oct 18, 2017 7:33:04 GMT 9