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26/05/2013 at 22:25
We're thinking about going this time next year, and there are deals for the Disney hotels paying for 2 nights+tickets, and getting another 2nights+tickets for free. Do you really need 4 days in the park, or is that overkill? Will we just be repeating stuff by then?
Also food prices - I know its v. expensive in the park, so if we did this deal would we then be spending hundreds on food and drink? From what I can make out on the disney site, the cheaper food is all fast food, and that doesn't sound great for 4/5days.
It's so hard working out all the different options and pricing things up, I'm going round in circles, so any tips on how to book, and recommendations all welcome.
Also, school holiday time prices, grrrrr. Might even be persuaded to skive them off school for 2 days before the half term to save £600, and that is so not what I would normally do!
27/05/2013 at 07:13
Would be interested to see replies. I was looking at prices the other day - eek! Yet I know people do it for a good price.
27/05/2013 at 07:25
I have a feeling that the good prices are easier to find if you're not tied to school holidays.
I have another question now as well - Eurostar, the shuttle or ferry? Priced Eurostar up and it looked like another £700! Not paying that. How can you get it cheaper or is that not possible if it's school holiday time?
27/05/2013 at 07:35
I was wondering that too :( I think for us flying might not be a bad option. We are close to east midlands airport and have got cheap flights to paris before. But then you'd have to pay for transfers...
27/05/2013 at 08:00
We had 4 days in the park in December and it was just the right amount of time, anymore would have got boring. It gave N time to repeat his favourite rides and I think we saw most of what there was. Some rides were shut which was disappointing when you have limited decent rides to go on with young children anyway. Food is very expensive and not very good, it's all burgers and chips mostly. There is a planet Hollywood and a sandwich place and some sort of Mexican as well but we didn't try there. Just don't expect much food wise and then you won't be let down Breakfast is typical of French hotels - croissants, viennoiseries, breads, cheeses, hams etc.
27/05/2013 at 08:02
We managed to get really cheap flights with easyjet when they had a sale on so you could wait until they do that again maybe. I don't know anything about the Eurostar.
27/05/2013 at 09:50
We're just back. We only did 1 night, 2 days in the park and although it was enough for my 2 (age 4 and almost 2) we were rushing about a lot so were shattered by the end of each day and our feet were killing us! They were also not bothered about a lot of the rides, esp stuff in the studios as they aren't into Toy Story or Cars etc so we didn't have to waste time queuing for rides like that. We spent most of our time in Fantasyland. We also didn't manage the closing parade as at 10.30pm it was just too late whereas if we had an extra day or 2 I wouldn't have minded staying up late one night then having a chill out morning in the hotel the next day.
Food is expensive - we were about 100 euros the 1st day and that was just burgers, chicken nuggets etc. We took our own juice and snacks in though. The next day we made up rolls at breakfast to take in for lunch which you aren't supposed to do but no one stopped us
We got the ferry but we were tying in a weeks holiday in France too. I booked through a website someone on here recommended as they didn't charge a debit/credit fee which the official site does and is about £15 which I grudged paying lol. Think it was Worldtravellers.co.uk. We stayed at the Santa Fe which is one of the cheap ones and it was great. 2 double beds in the room, nice bathroom, just refurbed and the bus comes every 10 minutes or so and only takes a few minutes to get to the park. The characters are at the hotel too so we seen Mickey and Minnie at check in and at breakfast the next day Donald and Daisy were there
27/05/2013 at 10:10
We did Easyjet too when we went. A group of us went for two nights with a gaggle of children (I borrowed my 18month old goddaughter!). We could have easily stayed for at least another night, and felt that everything was a bit rushed.
27/05/2013 at 10:59
Thanks that is all really helpful info. Looks like 4 nights is a good option then. I hadn't thought about flying, but live near Luton, so easy jet would be an easy option. It's a minefield to work out all the options though isn't it?! I think I'm going to have to get a notebook and start working it all out to get the best deal.
And cannot believe how much the food cost is going to be! I take it that's it not possible to leave the area and eat elsewhere in the evenings for cheaper?
27/05/2013 at 11:08
You do have the Disney village which is just outside the park but its still dear. We went for the cheap option of the sports bar and had a chicken burger each and the kids shared pasta and with drinks we were 45 euros so not too bad but it wasn't great food for that price. There's a shopping place 1 train stop away which has a hypermarket. If I was staying 4 nights I'd def be heading there one day and getting nice baguettes and ham etc for tea and eating in our room. Also, prob restaurants over that way too
27/05/2013 at 11:58
That's great Ally thank you, I will keep that in mind. I could eat nice baguettes, ham, smelly cheese and tomatoes all day every day!
27/05/2013 at 21:07
We've been twice now. Once when M was 2.5 and then just after her 4th birthday.
We've managed to go out of school holidays so I am sure that was a big influence on the prices etc.
First time we got the Disney Express train from St Pancras. Travelling into London was a complete PITA especially as it was commuter time in the morning and we had a suitcase and M in a pushchair - yep, we were popular!
The second time, by complete error on Mr R's part, he booked us on the Disney Express departing from Ashford. Queue lots of panic the night before when it was snowing and we hadn't booked a car parking space but once we had and we got there, it was the best decision. No queues at check in and going through immigration on the way home took all of 5 minutes, where as at St Pancras it can take forever. It was actually quicker in the end to get off at Ashford and drive back to Berkshire.
Both times we have arrived on a Monday afternoon, had all day there on the Tuesday and gone home Wednesday early evening. This was enough for us, the first time because M was so young and the second time as I was 24 weeks pregnant. Mon - Wed is generally more quiet as people turn up on Thursdays and Fridays for long weekends.
We stayed the the DisneyHotel both times and did the premium food package. Spendy BUT I think it worked out better value in the end. We had a huge breakfast and though it's not advocated, everyone makes themselves a picnic from the buffet to take into the park (we took a tupperware box the second time and filled with rolls/croissants etc). Then in the evening we ate in one of the two restaurants in the hotel. Food in both is fabulous. The characters are wondering around during meal times and come up to your table. We got 20 or so autographs for M during this time, meaning we didn't have to scrabble to "queue" for photos whilst in the park. (Please note, don't be polite when you do this, no other bugger is and if you stand and wait your turn, you will NEVER get you chance).
Matilda got much much more out of the Disney Studios than Magic Kingdom. It's all Toy Story, Cars, Lilo and Stitch etc in there, which she loves. MK was lovely though.
Yep, you might find yourself repeating ride but hey, why not?
We used the pool in the hotel this time (I needed a rest) and were able to chill for a bit before heading back out for the evening fireworks etc.
Oh and Buffalo Bills was a HUGE hit with M. If you get the chance, then do go.
27/05/2013 at 21:17
Sounds amazing!! Now for a school holiday mon-wed bargain!!
27/05/2013 at 23:37
Thank you for that Rusty, more food for thought. I'd love to do the DisneyHotel, but it's hugely expensive and way over budget for me for the may half term week. Considering New York, Santa Fe or Cheyenne at the mo, depending on how cheap I can price travel and work out how to keep meal spends down! I always feel really cheeky doing the breakfast buffet raiding for lunch thing, but if everyone does it, sounds like the way to go.
How much is the car parking at Ashford?
28/05/2013 at 00:11
We paid £30 to park there for the three days.
28/05/2013 at 08:36
Those who have flown, how do you get from airport to Disney and how much was the transfer?
28/05/2013 at 09:27
We've just booked the Eurostar to go back again in September, we don't stay in the park hotels though, we stay outside. With Eurostar, hotel and park tickets for be day it's costing us £400 for the four of us for two nights. I priced the same package through the cheapest Disney hotel and it came in at £947. We might do another park day which will be another £100 or so. Still loads cheaper! Unless you're going to pay big bucks for the best hotel I just don't think the price is justified for the extra magic hours and what has been reviewed as a basic hotel. The food in the park was expensive when we went last year but I guess you're paying for the experience. There are places in the village as said, even a McDonald's.
28/05/2013 at 10:03
I think it just depends what offers Disney have as I priced it up to book separately when we went and it was cheaper to stay at a Disney hotel as they were doing Kids stay and play free
28/05/2013 at 11:04
Pip that's a great price, which hotel do you stay at? Is it cheaper because your two are younger? At the mo, I can get one of the disney hotels for the 4 of us for 4 nights 4 days of tickets for £731 at a Disney hotel, but the price of the park tickets separately is making that cheaper than staying outside the park. Cheapest out of park accommodation I could find was Eurocamp at £137 for 2 nights, but park tickets were )£118 per adult per day and kids not a lot cheaper, so would have
Ended up more expensive than the Disney hotel
And then travel would be on top
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