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"Lots of walking but a great family holiday…"
We were travelling with a 3 and a half year old and a 6 month old. The aim of the trip was to try to have a fun time but without too much stress. We tried to plan things so they were as stress free as possible.
We travelled from London to Disneyland Resort (Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy) on Eurostar. We found this the best option as it’s so easy and convenient. It brings you straight to the Disneyland gates so there is no messing about with coaches, taxis, etc.
We also chose to stay on site which is the more expensive option but again we wanted to be able to get where we wanted on foot rather than buses. We managed to book during a 40% off promotion which made it a lot more affordable.
Sequoia Lodge was the hotel we decided to stay and it’s definitely a resort I’d go back to. It’s a little further than some of the more expensive resort hotels but it met all our needs.
With such young children the rides weren’t the main reason for visiting. Our 3 and a half year old loved the meet & greet with the characters. Each hotel would usually have a character after breakfast and you can also visit the Town Square each morning for information on when & where the characters would be.
All the staff we came in contact with were very helpful & nice. Now my eldest is at school my main criticism would be the price during school holidays.Read moreLess
"not at all as expected. crowded and overpriced…"
Must have caught busiest day in autumn on a saturday in november, regarding previous reviews.. FPB awaiting his big birthday present, horrible crowds everywhere, medium rides none under 45-60 min waiting, so finally managed to get on four rides for £55fee.. ( but judging of other queuing toddlers screaming and fighting, others didnt even get that far).
12womens toilets at main attraction site, queue all the way into the yard, and what makes things worse, no one seemed to care about two of these loos being blocked, overrunning and disgusting. Two nappy changing tables on the same site, although only one accessible at the time, about 4-5 toddlers waiting screaming.
45 minute wait for something really expensive and barely edible, people jumping queues all the time(even when fenced off)...
summary:do not long to get there, its nothing like the advert. Have seen much better parks in UK.
sorry any disneyland freaks, you should have shared that particular day.Read moreLess
"Horribly busy, lacking princesses!…"
We had good weather at the end of August which, along with all the offers DLP do for Parisians, especially students, probably explains why the parks were so busy and queues for rides were all at least 30-40 minutes (except Its A Small World - but 3 times a day is enough for any parent!). Even at the toilets we often waited over 10 minutes which is not fun with a 3yo who needs to go NOW! My 5yo son is sensitive and easily scared so we knew we would not do any of the bigger rides but I was disappointed at how few "gentle" rides there were, even Peter Pan, Pinocchio and Buzz are in the dark and he couldn't cope with them (though my 3yo dd liked them). Fastpass is not available for most of the smaller rides, was often not working and when we tried it the return times were about 2-3 hours later so you couldn't do many in a day even if you were going on the bigger rides. The horse-drawn tram on Main Street does not run every day. The railroad is good, avoid Main St station and Frontierland if the theatre has just finished.
My 3yo dd is princess mad - I wanted her to experience seeing the castle and meeting the characters whilst she still believed in them. Whilst the parades were amazing (we all loved them though not the timings as apart from the studio one at 5pm they were a bit late for little ones, also the students tend to push right in front of you at the last minute and obscure your view) there was virtually no opportunity to meet princesses unless you paid for an expensive meal. My daughter and I did queue for over an hour to meet Belle in the pavilion but you get no choice about who you meet so could queue again only to spend 30 seconds with the same princess. We did see a few other characters (Goofy, Captain Hook, Pinocchio) whizzing along the walkways (no photo opportunities there!). But on our last day we came across the Ugly Sisters - they were fantastic, really good with the children and with a "minder" to organise the queue; just what I had thought Disney would be like, such a shame there were not more like this.
Playhouse and Stitch shows were great and the waiting areas with screens to amuse kids very good - just check which shows are in English.
Tarzan show was breathtaking and very enjoyable. Cinemagique was very clever (though no good for ds).
Low washbasins in the toilets great (wish all children's attractions had them).
Staff friendly and helpful but sometimes hard to find without queuing for a ride.
The Pirate and Pocohontas play areas were a relaxing respite for us - a few more play areas/slides/toddler or smaller children rides would be a great improvement
Overall, although my daughter is desparate to come back to meet Cinderella, we will wait until the children are much older and I have forgotten about the bad bits!Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"Great destination for some special memories…"
We had been warned that the hotels weren't great and the food was extortionate but were happy to prove everyone wrong! We stayed in the Newport Bay Hotel which was HUGE but clean, the staff were helpful and polite and the pool was amazing (you can swim outside too). Staying in the resort means you can access the park from 8am-10am before it opens to the public which is great - the queues are minimal, the shops deserted and there are often characters around to say hello to without queueing. The food is varied and reasonably priced but do be sure to book your evening meal as soon as you can as the restaurants do get booked up with people on the 'full board' options. Look out for water fountains to refill drinks bottles and the misting stations near the toilets which are great to cool off in when the weather is hot. All round a great trip.Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"Lots of fun.…"
Great time had by all.
So much to keep Smalls happy and as long as they were happy so were DH and I. Would go back in a heartbeat!Read moreLess
1 person found this review helpful.
"Our third trip to Disneyland Paris in three years. Overall,…"
Our third trip to Disneyland Paris in three years.
Overall, if you have kids aged 4-9 who like theme parks, they will love this. It is horribly exhausting the first time if you go without acquainting yourself, so it is worth reading up on everything.
Things to just accept, because you really can't change them:
1) The food is very expensive for what it is. If you go into any of the larger restaurants in the park, budget forRead moreLess
5 people found this review helpful.
"Amazing. Absolutely made our holiday. DD broke her wrist on…"
Amazing. Absolutely made our holiday.
DD broke her wrist on the first day of our French holiday and it rained, a lot, but coming to Disneyland really made up for it.
It was all we expected and more, very busy as it was the summer holidays but still running fairly quickly, the longest we waited was 45 minutes.
DD was a little disappointed as she couldn't go on all of the rides because of her wrist but we cued up to meet Cinderella who signed her cast and made her holiday.
The food is very expensive but we read several reviews beforehand and took plenty of snacks to keep us going and tried our best not to wince at spendingRead moreLess
"Very unsure about what this was going to be like,…"
Very unsure about what this was going to be like, but quite enjoyed it the first time we went (Oct half term about 5 years ago) It was totally halloween though so not so much fun for little kids. Went again this Feb half term and LOVED it this time - both parks are fun, queues not too long, they now organise queuing for characters's autographs too so avoiding that horrible disappointing bundle that the europeans seemed to so enjoy!
Also learnt some tricks this time round ie. doing the naughty 12 ham roll secretion into my handbag at breakfast to cover lunch, and getting food and wine at the railway shops (reasonable wine at ok prices, about 1/3rd of the disney price). We'll be going again next Feb, with lots of jumpers and pot noodles for tea - I'm a convert! Good value for money in so much as the park and facilities are concerned, but if you're on a budget do sort out your own food and drink. We found it best driving there (using the Chunnel) so we could get out to the nearby garage for beer, water etc, but stayed in the main hotel complex so we could get the hotel bus in and out whenever we wanted to.Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.