How exciting! I hope you have a great time! DLP is in some ways VERY different than the US parks so it will be a different experience. If you go with an open mind you should enjoy it greatly! :D
Originally Posted by nicoleloveswalt
I think you should be fine... I have never felt any security issues while there... walking from the Santa Fe to the parks you will be almost entirely in Disney controlled property. The one exception being right in front of the train station and while there are some sketchy people selling cheep Paris souvenirs I haven't seen anything that would make you feel unsafe.
Firstly, (and probably the one most important to my mom), I'm a nineteen-year-old girl, I've got airport transfers to and from the hotel, so I think I'll be okay, but would you say there are any things I have to worry about with safety? I'm not going to get pickpocketed, am I? That sort of thing doesn't happen inside the park, does it?
Not a UK resident; however, I am pretty sure your phone will work in France. The rates aren't insane either. Obviously they are higher than the UK; however, there is some agreement amongst EU countries that keep the roaming rates much lower than say they are for an American.
Secondly, this is probably only answerable by you UK residents. I've got a T-Mobile pay-as-you-go phone, will this work at all in France? I imagine I'll be charged exorbitantly if it does, but it'd be nice to know I can use it.
Honestly I use the ATM/Cash Machines to withdraw euros. I know the exchange rates/fees aren't as bad in the UK as they are in the US; however, still probably cheaper to get a small bit of cash and then use your card or use your card to get cash. As a note, you may need to call your bank beforehand to tell them you will be traveling to France so they don't lock it.
Thirdly, what's the cheapest way to get my hands on some euros? Is it better to get a small quantity in cash and use the Natwest debit card otherwise?
You should be ok... they have English maps/schedules and while the attractions may be mostly in French it is normally pretty easy to tell what is going on... most signs/announcements are made in both English and French (as well as other languages) and most shows either offer separate English/French versions or use a mixture of the two so you can normally tell what is going on. Most cast members speak some (but not a lot) of English and you can normally get by without too many issues (for example when ordering food you may need to just point at what you want... but normally not). If you want to get a phrasebook I would suggest the one by Lonely Planet. Speaking a little French seems to go a long way (Good Day, Thank you, etc, etc)
Fourthly, I don't speak any French at all. Will I be able to get along all right? I imagine I can get English maps/schedules, but for attractions, is there some sort of translation system? Also I was thinking of purchasing a short phrasebook, any recommendations?
Only Disneyland Parc opens for EMH and as was said before it is only parts of Fantasyland and Discoveryland; however, there are a good number of normally busy attractions you can go on with little to no wait (especially at the very beginning)... we normally use this time to go on Peter Pan's Flight, Space Mountain, and Buzz (as well as others) as their lines can get quite long later in the day and then you can use fast passes for things like BTMRR.
Fifthly, the days I'll be there, don't have appear to have very long operating hours, but it looks like they all have extra magic hours, am I correct in thinking that that means both parks open two hours early every day?
I would say that people do start to queue up early; however, it is nothing like WDW where sometimes people queue up an hour or more in advance. We have gotten very good parade spots 10-15 mins before the parade even on some very busy days. If there is a particular prime spot you want to watch from then you may have to get there early (30-45mins before); however, just to see the parade you normally don't need to get there way early.
Sixthly (just keep thinking of more things), I'm that person who likes to grab a spot for the parades/shows at the last minute. I don't think it'll be too crowded when I go, so will this tactic fly, or to people start to queue up early for these things.
I would dress warmly and dress in layers. I would highly recommend at least having with you thick socks, gloves, and a warm hat (if you like Stitch they have a Stitch Santa Claus hat that works great :P). You may not need them; however, better to have them with you if it does get cold. DLP was designed with the weather in mind so there are a large number of indoor/covered areas; however, it can get very cold. Not sure what the chance of snow is in late Nov but based on the current weather I would say there is at least a small chance.
One more, seventhly, weather. I know it'll be cold, but what to wear? And, on somewhat related note, is there any chance it'll snow?
Hope this helps and hope you have a great trip! :D