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Disney Paris Trip Advice

Sat Sep 25, 2010 4:51 pm

Yo Mofos! I've finally done it... Nearly.

I've found a deal on Disney Paris that I really can't turn down. 3 Nights and 4 Days on park for our family of 4 comes in at £333 staying in the Santa Fe, this is for Late March 2011. :D

I'm just after advice on a few things as I've not been before.

Dining - We've been offered Half board for an extra £186, is this really worth it? I'd prefer to do my own thing are there many reasonable priced places to eat? If not 4 days could really dent the wallet. #Martin :P

Opening - Cant find any details of opening hours. Can we expect a late opening on the weekends at all at this time of year? Also what are the evening shows? (if any) Are they likely to be running during this period?

Hotel Choice - I've heard some mixed reviews of Santa Fe, what's it really like compared to Alton Towers for example? I've been offered the Cheyenne Hotel for £35 more but I don't really like the look of it on the pics, what do you think would be the best for our first visit. Do these hotels have pools or will i have any access to a pool?

Cheers for any help.
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:07 pm

I have heard poor reviews of Santa Fe but better ones for Cheyenne.

Opening on Saturday's is usually until 9 or 10pm. Weekdays off peak both parks may close at around 7pm. Looking back at the 2010 opening in the weeks before Easter, Disneyland Park was 7pm and Studios 6pm whilst at the weekend it was 10pm Disneyland Park and 7pm Studios but Sunday was 9pm Disneyland Park and 7pm Studios.

Typically bargain basement prices from DLP though during quieter periods!

RE: Food - Disney Village food is expensive. £186 for 4 days seems good value to me.

4 days on the parks though is pushing it unless you are absolute Disney fans. You may wish to spend a day in Paris too.

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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Sat Sep 25, 2010 5:23 pm

I stayed at Santa Fe just a couple of months ago, and it was absolutely perfect for it's use. Not exactly flash or luxurious accommodation but does the job perfectly. :) Especially when you consider how much time you'll actually be spending in the hotel room.

The hotel doesn't have a pool, and if I compared the rooms to Alton, I'd say it's very similar to a Splash Landings room, but actually less themed.
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Crofty

Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Sat Sep 25, 2010 7:29 pm

Cheers guys.
I imagined it would be a little like Splash landings sort of Setup. We won't spend 4 days on the park, it just comes with 4 days tickets, we'll probably spend an afternoon and evening exploring Paris while losing part of the first day and last due to travelling.
Will look into travel options now, I'd like to take the Plane and train but I remember the ticket from the airport to the park being a rip off will do some research.
 
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:09 pm

Train is the best way to get there. The station is right in the hart of the park. I'll admit, it's easier for a Londoner like me than it is for you.
 
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:32 pm

Well, Santa Fe's being slowly rethemed into a "Cars" hotel, so standards should improve, if not damage the hotels repuation in the process.

If you stay at a Disney Hotel, you have the rights to go into any other Disney Hotel and use their facailities I believe, so you can have meals at Hotel Disneyland, swim in Newport bay Club etc. (or atleast you could).
 
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Sat Sep 25, 2010 11:58 pm

Food wise, personally I'd leave the half board option. You can get Mickey-Pizza's in both parks (Pizzeria Bella Notte, Restaurant en Coulisse) and they are more than enough to share. Both parks have counter service restaurants, along with the more expensive table service. There's also McDonalds in the Village, which is really easy to get to from the hotels and the parks. If you want something extra special for the kids, you could probably treat them to a special meal at Auberge du Cendrillon or Walts.

If you do decide to do the half-board option, here's all the info on that: [url=http://www.dlrpmagic.com/planning/booking/half-board-meal-plans/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.dlrpmagic.com/planning/booki ... eal-plans/[/url]

If I remember correctly, when Craig, Joel, Dan and myself went in April a few years back, we had a late opening, and I'm pretty sure that was midweek so you might be lucky. You can usually find the opening hours on the website/fansites a month or two before your holiday. Keep checking: [url=http://www.dlrpmagic.com/calendar/monthly-park-hours/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.dlrpmagic.com/calendar/monthly-park-hours/[/url] for park hours and [url=http://www.dlrpmagic.com/calendar/daily-park-schedules/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.dlrpmagic.com/calendar/daily-park-schedules/[/url] for the park schedules.

[url=http://www.dlrpmagic.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.dlrpmagic.com[/url] this is a great site and I've used it (along with its forum) to plan both my trips. Check out the guidebook and planning sections. :)

Travel wise here are the options:

Ferry/Driving: [url=http://www.dlrpmagic.com/planning/travel/driving-directions/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.dlrpmagic.com/planning/trave ... irections/[/url]

RER from Paris: [url=http://www.dlrpmagic.com/guidebook/practical/gettingtothemagic/rerfromparis/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.dlrpmagic.com/guidebook/prac ... fromparis/[/url]

Eurostar: [url=http://www.dlrpmagic.com/guidebook/practical/gettingtothemagic/eurostar/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.dlrpmagic.com/guidebook/prac ... /eurostar/[/url]

Airport Transfers: [url=http://www.dlrpmagic.com/guidebook/practical/gettingtothemagic/airports/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.dlrpmagic.com/guidebook/prac ... /airports/[/url]

Personally, I'd go for Eurostar. It is SO easy and relaxing. Check-in is so simple and the train goes straight to the magic. In two-ish hours you'll be at disney with no transfers or getting lost. If your staying in the hotels you can even get your luggage taken straight to your hotel so you can go and explore the parks as soon as you arrive.

Have fun boyo, and make sure you go underneath the castle. :D
 
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:37 pm

"Kelly" wrote:
Have fun boyo, and make sure you go underneath the castle. :D


Damn you! I had to google that, I had no idea there was something there. Should be a surprise for the kids. Thanks for all the links too! I keep stumbling over old or contradicting info. :lol:
I'd love to train it but it will cost around £300 for us and would add an extra two days on as we'd have to get to London/Ashford first. The car will cost us around £150 including the ferry.

We've booked the Cheyenne Hotel in the end as I really didn't like the faded looking Santa Fe. It looks like the back area of a hotel would look like, the bits you never see. I will check it out though while we are over there.
We didn't bother with the meal pass as I figured we would probably miss one day due to being in Paris and it wasn't valid for Four days, it was Three.

I've been meaning to go to Disneyland for years so this is really excited me. I just hope that the evening light parade will be on during our visit. :D
 
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:54 pm

Make sure you go to Buffalo Bill's for dinner one night. There's nothing quite like tucking into authentic cowboy beef chilli, whilst a herd of wilderbeast roam past you. (oh yes... they STINK. But don't let that put you off :lol: )
 
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Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:06 pm

"Crofty""][quote=""Kelly" wrote:
Have fun boyo, and make sure you go underneath the castle. :D


I've been meaning to go to Disneyland for years so this is really excited me. I just hope that the evening light parade will be on during our visit. :D[/quote]

La Taniere du dragon, its well worth a visit, looks better then Murphy in Fantasmic IMO.

And I think its Disney's Fantillusion for the evening parade, which is a far cry from MSEP, however, i'm sure you'll have a great trip, and kudos for upgrading to the Cheyenne :)
 
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Sun Sep 26, 2010 8:15 pm

We have stayed at both Santa fe and Cheyenne. Santa fe is very basic, and the themings not great tbh, nothing wrong with the rooms though. Cheyenne is awesome, love the cowboy theme, its a great hotel.
 
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:56 am

We're off to DLRP in March too, and got a similarly good deal.

To add to the above (although everyone's circumstances are different), I'd leave the half board, as I like to be able to do what I want, day to day. Not just dine in the restaurants that my little book of vouchers dictates.

And as mentioned above, La Taniere du Dragon is awesome. DEFINATELY take your kids. It intimidated us (two 19 year olds) enough :P
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:16 pm

You made a good hotel choice - Cheyenne is brilliant! I've not stayed at the Sante Fe though so can't really comment on it, but I do love the Cheyenne, the themeing there really is superb. Plus you get bunk-beds which works out much better for us.

When you check in you will be asked what time you want breakfast every morning. GET THE EARLIEST ONE! This is important for 2 reasons:

1 - Breakfast is a total bunfight and later seatings turn into "standings" because the place can get packed. If you get the 7am one it's empty.
2 - You can then get to the park for Extra Magic Hours and ride several of the biggies before the gates open to the public. This is so worth it.

Whilst you are at breakfast make a few cheese/ham rolls for lunch. Congratulations, you just saved about EUR50...

Eating is very expensive there (although the exchange rate has improved somewhat since I went). In the Village, Planet Hollywood was rubbish (in my opinion). Overpriced, not great service and not great food. Annette's next door is much more fun, much cheaper and the food is better. Can't comment on the other places to eat really apart from Cafe Mickey. We did a character breakfast here (cheaper than a character dinner... me, tight? Never...) and is fantastic. My kids absolutely loved it. Food was okay, too.
 
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:09 am

LOL Cheers, you sound like you think along the same lines as myself. :lol: :P

My main worry about the hotel was the breakfast. Every Disney hotel, even the Florida ones seem to have issues with the whole canteen hall type of breakfast areas. Something I wasn't looking forward to.
 
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:03 am

Just bumping this topic up. We are now off to Disneyland next week. We plumped for 4 Days at Hotel Cheyenne, hope to do a trip to Paris in that so won't be on the park all the time.

Just wondering what rides or indeed park we should do first. Mainly any fast track tips so I don't loose any valuable time. What rides get busiest first thing?

Taa :)
 
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:16 am

Crush! Do it on opening!

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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:40 am

I'm not sure what the crowds will be like next week. Quiet hopefully.

But in my previous experience, as well as going to Crush first (tip - head into the Studios park about 09:30/09:40, even though they claim to only open at 10:00 - this is a lie), the Studios has an abundance of low capacity kid friendly rides. If your kids want to, hit Cars and the Toy Story rides early too. I imagine queues are terrible for those.

Also, Big Thunder Mountain is a fast track must. I find the main queue horrible. Claustrophobic, winding, seemingly random and with hellish annoying music playing very loud.

And take full advantage of extra magic hours on Peter Pan's Flight and Buzz Lightyear's Laser Thingumyjig. Queues can get pretty bad.

Queues aren't too bad for the best adult rides, like TOT, SM:M2 and R'n'R.

And I can't overplay just how sad it is that you'll miss Pirates of the Carribean. Amazing, fun ride, and the kids would probably love it.
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Fri Mar 11, 2011 8:57 am

I was amazed at how little the queues were for RnRC and ToT when I went (which was mid-week, leaving on Good Friday a couple of years ago). They were literally walk-ons most the time.

Crush was really busy (as everyone else has said). We did that at opening. I'm not sure what affect the new Toy Story area has made on this though.

Don't miss the shows (Animagique and Cinamagique?) - they are really good.

Dumbo gets silly queues - another one to do during EMH if you've got young kids. Ditto Peter Pan. EMH is absolutely vital. You can ride the above, plus Buzz, Space Mountain and a few others all as walk-ons. You can get half the park done, multiple times, in that first hour!
 
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Re: Disney Paris Trip Advice

Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:00 pm

Go on Space Mountain, but if you are a thrill seeker, only do it once or twice, because it is fun, but not that good...

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