Disneyland Paris has signed a deal with budget airline Flybe, allowing it to offer low-cost package deals from the UK alongside its existing Air France packages.
Previously, the park has worked exclusively with Air France for its flight plus hotel packages, as an alternative to the Eurostar rail service. However, it will now offer low-cost flights from Flybe alongside the Air France deals - potentially enabling Disney to tap into the low-cost air travel market which its customers are already exploiting.
When booking via the Disneyland Paris hotline or website, customers will now be offered the chance to book Flybe flights alongside their hotel accommodation and theme park tickets. The airline flies to Paris Charles de Gaulle from Belfast City, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Jersey, Manchester and Southampton airports.
The Flybe deals won't always be cheaper, as availability of the lowest fares varies. When checking the cost of a 3-night package for 2 adults including tickets, accommodation at Disney's Hotel New York and a flight from Birmingham to Paris, we were able to find an Air France package that was some £150 cheaper than a comparable Flybe package.
The move should mean increased choice for UK travellers, particularly those in the north of England and Scotland who face high train fares to reach the Eurostar service at London. However, it can often work out cheaper to book tickets, travel and accommodation separately - particularly if planning to stay one of Paris' many hotels rather than an on-site Disney hotel.
It is also often possible to save money using special offers and discounts from Disneyland Paris and other travel providers.