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11/12/2012 at 22:42
I'm thinking about going to Disneyland Paris next year. We have never been before. I think we would drive rather than fly. When is the best time of year to go? Where would you recommend to stay? Any other tips/info would be great
11/12/2012 at 23:19
Why drive? The train is easy as, especially if you are close to London or Ebsfleet.
We went end September last year and it was amazing. Really hot, not very busy. We have booked to go mid Feb next year. Both times staying in the DisneyLand Hotel.
12/12/2012 at 07:29
We went the first weekend in September this year. There was a heat wave so it was very hot but that was good because we were outside a lot so I'd rather that than it be freezing cold. There are lots of shady areas and places to sit down. We took the Eurostar from Ebbsfleet (it's about 15 mins from us) and it takes you right to outside the park. We stayed offsite which I preferred for us, we were in a purpose built village two stops from the parks, it took 7 mins to get there by train (very frequent). The village was called Bussy St Georges. Really liked it and we got a brilliant deal on the hotel where it cost us £105 for the four of us for two nights. Did it through last minute.com. I booked all the bits myself to get the best deals so booked Eurostar direct and park tickets through Expedia.
12/12/2012 at 10:19
I've only ever been at either Christmas or Halloween and it's been cold. I've stayed at the Sequoia Lodge, The Santa Fe, and the Explorers hotel which isn't one of the disney ones but you get free shuttles to the parks just the same. All hotels were fine, and although the Sequoia lodge was perhaps more luxurious, we didn't really spend a lot of time there to make the most of it. I'm hoping to go next year for my 30th but it all depends on money, but if we do go i shall go back to the Explorers hotel, as they had a great pool for the children.
Inside DLP food was quite expensive, and we took quite a few snacks with us to keep us going throughout the day so all we were buying were meals.
I've never been with the children, so not sure how that would be, i've only been as a couple with my H.
12/12/2012 at 12:19
Ive been in Oct which had Halloween and November for Bonfire, pretty amazing fireworks which then ran into the Christmas themed Park as it starts early.
I've stayed at the Holiday Inn (it may be called something else), which was really good and you can get a shuttle bus from there. Also Newport Bay , which was literally in the disney village.
I personally thought that the Holiday Inn was better, the rooms were so much nicer in my opinion, but then you do have to get a shuttle bus, but it was worth it to save the money.
I have also heard that Val D'Europe has some good and reasonable priced hotels if you want to stay out of Disney, thats a very short bus journey away and is set on a shopping centre.
Food in the actual park is expensive, you are probably looking at £10 for a hotdog, chips and a drink. There are 'all you can eat' buffets which may be good value but i didnt look into them. Meals in the evening in the village are also quite pricey. But you can get set meals which may save you a bit.
Would definitely think about taking plenty of snackage with you to save you money.
If you can, get the train. The station you'l go into is literally outside Disneylands door, and it also stops right outside the bus station which will take you to your shuttle if you need one, and also lots of other buses if you decide to stay a little out of the area.
12/12/2012 at 12:44
Oh and i've been there on an organised coach, and i've also flown. We don't live near London so the train isn't really an option.
12/12/2012 at 12:55
We ate in Agrabah the day we were in the park. It's a buffet style pace with loads of med type food. Was really yummy. I think it was about €26 per adult but they didn't charge us fr the toddlers even though they ate plates full! I found drinks were expensive in the park but there are lockers just as you enter so if you take some you can leave them rather than carry around all day. We just bought them. Think it was about €4 a bottle of drink and when we went it was really hot so we had a far bit.
The parades are brilliant, my two loved them. There are also fast track tickets on some rides which we did to save us waiting around for ages. You just get a ticket at the ride entrance with a time to come back later. It cuts the queuing time a fair bit. I think I waited about 5 minutes for the Peter Pan ride with J in the middle f the day when the park was busy.
The souvenirs weren't really worth it IMO. A lot more than the stuff here although there were some bits that the don't sell over here , for example we got E some tinkerbell shoes that they don't stock in small enough sizes over here. She was very happy!
12/12/2012 at 15:28
Thank you so much everyone for all this info!
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