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keith
02-06-2010, 08:03 AM
Any Disneyland Paris experts out there????

It's a special birthday for someone in the family this year and it would be great to spend it at Disney. Florida is out as it'd need to be just a few days so I'm thinking that a few days at Disney Paris would be just perfect.

I've only been to DLP once by coach for a day so I know nothing about any of the hotels, how to get there from the airport or anything :unsure:

So, where to start? Any good discounts? what's the best hotel or hotels to aim for? I guess flying is easiest from the north west uk? then there's a bus service or something?

Hellllpppppppppp ?

daveann
02-06-2010, 08:12 AM
I'm watching this thread with keen interest never managed to find a bargain price

Skywatcher
02-06-2010, 08:17 AM
Well we have been about 10 times and we love it there.

First and foremost it is NOT WDW , I know you've been before, and I'm sure you kow this already but it has a very different feel to it.

In many ways we actually prefer it to WDW, you can't go to WDW for a weekend for a start :D the rides are very very good and the park is breathtakingly pretty with the best castle in any park ever IMHO.

Bt the best thing is the best Disney hotel ever in the Disneyland - it is achingly opulent and it forms the gates to the Disneyland park so you couldn't be closer to the park.

But it is expensive

If you want to go all out ( as we have once) there is castle club which has its own floor and elevator, own restaurant with free drinks and afternoon tea, rooms overlooking the castle, own elevator to the park ( oh yes) and best of all a unlimited golden fastpass.

If you have the funds and you want the ultimate I'd do a 3 day 2 night in castle club :yes:

The retaurant in the Disneyland is also amazing witnh one of the best buffets ever - but again very expensive TPFWYG

If you want castle club its best to book direct with DLP on the phone and we book direct with eurostar as we aren't that far from a station

Other times we used to book with Paris Travel as they were the cheapest by a long way and we have stayed at the Sequoia many times, Newport bay, Santa Fe and... :unsure: that may be it.

This has made me want to go back soooo much :lol:

keith
02-06-2010, 08:22 AM
OOOOOOO Excellent info straight out the gate thanks Skywatcher!

ok well it's an important birthday but it's only next month so Im guessing we may have availability issues at this late stage but I'll phone and ask about the castle club just in case.

What about those other hotels you mention? What are they like?

Claire
02-06-2010, 08:27 AM
We're planning to go back again in August and will probably book it as we have done the last three times, all separately.

Firstly we book Explorers Hotel via their own website as we all fit in a crew six room. We try to book for a Sunday arrival as that offers the best saving. We book the tunnel well in advance on the Channel Tunnel website as you can get it as cheap as 49 each way as long as you can book at least a couple of months out. To be honest, as far as park tickets go, you're never going to get much difference in prices. I troll the web for a good price and the differences are minimal. So we buy ours from the front desk at the Explorers.

I know our hotel isn't a Disney Hotel but it's a very short free bus ride away and the hotel theming is superb, they have a fab pool and excellent breakfast buffet. An added bonus is the shop inside is a Disney store!

So this is how we make it affordable for us. I have to agree with Skywatcher though. Back when we only had the two girls we did 3 nights/4 days in Castle club and would do it again in a flash. I loved the free tea, coffee, pasties and cakes available from the little lounge every afternoon and the private lift that brought you out by the ticket booths.

I'm off to buy a lottery ticket...

Skywatcher
02-06-2010, 08:42 AM
Sequioa lodge is a 'mid range' hotel which is very nice as is the Newport bay both with nice pools but they are very large hotels

For you I think , if avaliablility is not great - look at the hotel New York, thats a bit more classy and 'adult'

If castle club is not avaliable I would be amazed if normal rooms in the Disneyland aren't though andit really is a super hotel

josh.p.
05-06-2010, 12:40 AM
I've got nothing of value to add other than the Paris Disneyland has the BEST castle! :yes:

josh.p.
05-06-2010, 12:41 AM
Also.. just found this on the web for you;
Disneyland Paris (http://offers.disneylandparis.co.uk/special-offers/extra-day-and-night-free.xhtml)

Deafjeff
06-06-2010, 01:35 PM
I took DH last year and we travelled via Eurostar and it was so easy thing to do!

We walked to our hotel which was New York which was huge and lovely but very adult environment and minimal 'Disney' feelings.

It was lovely to be able to walk to the parks (Disneyland opens early for people who staying at Disney resort and managed to ride on the Space Mountain three or four times first thing in the morning!)

The food is quite expensive so we took out 'dining plan' and we saved tons of money!

It was lovely couple of days break and everything felt so close and I had real fun there!

Crusher ride is one of the best ride in DLP, space mountain is better at the DLP but Aerosmith is better at WDW.

keith
06-06-2010, 02:12 PM
Is there enough there for 4 nights or so?? Will we be able to have enough nice restaurants "on site" without going outside etc?

keith
06-06-2010, 02:16 PM
just got a quote for disneyland hotel (non-castle club or anything special) -4 nights (including one night free offer) - 2404?!?!?!? are they kidding?

Skywatcher
06-06-2010, 02:26 PM
Nope that's the problem with 1 Paris and 2 the euro, the the new York bur sigh yep it ain't cheap at all.

That said we tried last year to go to Alton towers for the weekend and it was seriously expensive there!

keith
06-06-2010, 02:28 PM
argh sajdalkjdjkalsd :lol:

It's like this every time I try and book. I could book two weeks at Florida for less :/ sadly DW doesnt have the holidays to do that but it feels crazy to pay so much for DLP

Deafjeff
06-06-2010, 02:45 PM
Is there enough there for 4 nights or so?? Will we be able to have enough nice restaurants "on site" without going outside etc?

We were there for four days and it was just enough and we ate on site every night.

keith
06-06-2010, 02:50 PM
We were there for four days and it was just enough and we ate on site every night.

perfect thanks Jeff :yes: any recommendations for nice restaurants?

ukwdwnut
06-06-2010, 03:16 PM
argh sajdalkjdjkalsd :lol:

It's like this every time I try and book. I could book two weeks at Florida for less :/ sadly DW doesnt have the holidays to do that but it feels crazy to pay so much for DLP

thats why id never go to dlp id rather go to orlando instead, no contest

Deafjeff
06-06-2010, 03:19 PM
We went to BBQ style restaurant (Billy Bob's Saloon - La Grange) and Agrabah Cafe which was lovely and amazing range of food but was told that Walt's - An American Restaurant is worth going.

Studio Catering Company is amazing for lunch! It like America diner and chips are to die for!

More info

Food Style - Disneyland Resort Parijs - The Ultimate Food Guide (http://www.dlpfoodguide.com/style.html)

Skywatcher
06-06-2010, 06:29 PM
thats why id never go to dlp id rather go to orlando instead, no contest

Problem is Mick it's not always possible to do a long haul flight or take 2 weeks off work

Living where we do we have actually day tripped it, most times we have only stayed one night the proce mounts up if you stay longer as the rates are designed for very short stays

Skywatcher
06-06-2010, 06:30 PM
Nice puddings in cafe mickey

Claire
06-06-2010, 06:35 PM
thats why id never go to dlp id rather go to orlando instead, no contest

With DH being self employed he doesn't get paid holidays so if we want our Disney fix and not lose a fortnights pay then DLRP it has to be.

tb2830
06-06-2010, 06:38 PM
thats why id never go to dlp id rather go to orlando instead, no contest


dont knock it till you try it

dlp has the most beautiful castle and the disneyland hotel is gorgeous

dlp was also my first taste of disney and i absolutely loved it

and when we went in november it was fantastic all the christmas decorations matched the freezing cold weather but it was just magical

Deafjeff
06-06-2010, 06:45 PM
If I'm honest, I enjoyed my break at DLP.

Enough for quick Disney fix.

If you look out for deals, last time I had 45% discount with free upgrade first class on eurostar and half price Disney dining plan.

We used this company and had cheaper deal from them.

Eurostar Short Breaks | Travel by Eurostar to our popular City Breaks (http://www.short-breaks.com/)

:yes:

ukwdwnut
06-06-2010, 11:42 PM
dont knock it till you try it

dlp has the most beautiful castle and the disneyland hotel is gorgeous

dlp was also my first taste of disney and i absolutely loved it

and when we went in november it was fantastic all the christmas decorations matched the freezing cold weather but it was just magical

sorry trace i just couldnt pay that sort of money for just a few days. id much rather go to florida than france any day of the week

oh i know the castle is gorgeous i saw a model in walts dream at HS

ukwdwnut
06-06-2010, 11:52 PM
Problem is Mick it's not always possible to do a long haul flight or take 2 weeks off work

Living where we do we have actually day tripped it, most times we have only stayed one night the proce mounts up if you stay longer as the rates are designed for very short stays

chris i was only talking about me personally as i can only speak for myself. i can only go to florida in school hols so im tied and cant get the cheapest air fairs

i understand people do like it, im not knocking that in anyway.

for a day trip that may be different. wouldnt take me long at all to pickup the eurostar i havent a clue how much a day trip would cost but the price keith posted not a chance in this world could i pay that for a few days

daveann
07-06-2010, 06:49 AM
Well I just priced mid October not at the weekend either or school holidays 3 nights 1700 are they kidding me :(

Skywatcher
07-06-2010, 07:01 AM
I think most packages are 2 nights 3 days so you may be paying apremium as you are spilling over into another night - just a thought

keith
07-06-2010, 07:42 AM
I think most packages are 2 nights 3 days so you may be paying apremium as you are spilling over into another night - just a thought

ooo ok will try

Tink
07-06-2010, 08:39 AM
Ohhh, a special birthday? What? Your Mrs. Keith is 21 this year? ;) :D

keith
07-06-2010, 08:54 AM
Ohhh, a special birthday? What? Your Mrs. Keith is 21 this year? ;) :D

yes let's go with that since anything else I say will get me a hard slap

Slowhand
07-06-2010, 09:29 AM
just got a quote for disneyland hotel (non-castle club or anything special) -4 nights (including one night free offer) - 2404?!?!?!? are they kidding?
:jawdrop: That`s even more than the GF by far.
There`s no way I would fork out that sort of cash for a 4 night stay.

Skywatcher
07-06-2010, 09:30 AM
You are a cradle robber sir ;)

DLP is not chep and frankly the Disneyland hotel costs twice what the otehrs cost - is it worth it?

Well I am not particulalrly well travelled but I am led to believe that it is amongst the premiere hotels in europe and I think if you compared prices to those it would be equitable.

WDW is my home away from home , my heart and soul and has saved my life on several occasions when life was at its blackest but DLP will always be very very special to be - it is achingly beautiful and was the first Disney experience I had and my kids had, I have seen it grow up and as such I havea sense of ownership there.

Plus if I get up early enough - door to door is less that 3 hours away

keith
07-06-2010, 09:33 AM
How much better is it than the other disneyland hotels Chris?

I mean I guess you can walk from it into the main park, what about the studios and downtown disney (whatever thats called)

Anything else to justify its price?

Coolape
28-06-2010, 12:06 AM
Not sure of prices but whilst I was searching for ways to get to dlp from the airport cdg you can catch the airport coach to the vue coach which then stops at every single hotel partnered with dlp. Other ways are by train there's the rer which is the cheapest option I think as it's a normal service or catch the tgv which takes 10 minutes ..

Sorry but am unable to give any prices as it's been awhile since I went to dlp.

Hope this helps

Deafjeff
28-06-2010, 08:14 AM
When I went to DLP with my dh we decided to stay at the Disney hotel mainly because everything is walking distant more or less...

Everything is expensive at DLP, even the holiday itself. We wanted to maximise our Disney experience and the only way we could do that is to book Disney hotel.

We arrive back at the hotel witch still Disney theme so even though we have kept the park behind but we still within the Disney resort in some sense....

For us, this is 'value for money' as we able to get the real sense of Disney for the full trip.