EURODISNEY During half term HELP!

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  1. serpico77

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    I am looking to book a last minute break for my girls birthday which is next month.
    I was just wondering what's the best way in doing it? best site to book with etc etc

    Thanks
     
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    When I went last year we booked directly with Disney. We looked at all the deals on the website, but then phoned them directly and actually managed to get a better deal over the phone than we would have got online. We booked quite early though so I don't know what you'll be able to get at this short notice.
     
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    I booked direct on their website with cashback on TopCashback as there was quite a good deal on at the time.

    I looked at other places to book through (couldn't find cheaper) as well as doing all the bit separately (cheap hotel a bit further away, tickets, flights, bus transfer etc.) but the hassle wasn't worth the tiny saving.
     
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    Both times we've booked was through Expedia, via Topcashback.
    We've never stayed in one of Disney's own hotels.
    We've stayed in hotels on the 'Magny-Le-Hongre' strip of hotels.
    Usually cheaper (or more for your money) than Disney hotels, and loads of free buses to and from the park (5 minute trip)
    Last time was the 'Kyriad' hotel.
    Time before that was the Holiday Inn, which I think is now called Dreamcastle.
     
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    Thanks for all your comments
    Is 3 days long enough? Which is easier flying or eurostar?
    Also if I book with another Hotel do they sell passes for Eurodisney?
     
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    I would say three days is long enough for both parks, yes.
    By both parks I mean the Disney park and Studio park.
    If your kids are young, you may not even bother with the studio park.
    Yes, hotels sell tickets.
    We've always bought ours online before going though (cheaper).
    You just print a voucher and go to a ticket booth at the park entrance to get your actual tickets.
    One tip I have is to pick a ride you want to go on, then go to the 'fastpass' machine as soon as you go into the park.
    I usually ran to it and left the wife/kids wandering around.
    Then you can plan the rest of your time around that.
    Unfortunately, you cannot get a load of 'fastpass' tickets at once.
    The machines will not issue a 'fastpass' for one ride until you've used your pass on the other one.
     
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    I know my kids will love it but I found waiting at legoland bad enough and they didn't really want to go on that many rides.
    Maybe 2 days will be enough.
    Is there much todo outside of the parks?
     
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    Not really, no.
    There's the restaurants in the disney village, where the kids can 'meet' characters.
    There's stuff going on there (bands/jugglers/magicians etc.)
    Then there's the inevitable shops.
    One tube stop away from Marne-le-Vallee is Val D'Europe shopping centre, which has an aquarium in it.
    But it's not up to much.
    We (our 8YO daughter and me) took the train into Paris one evening and went up the Eiffel Tower, that was brilliant.
    But it took a fair time to get there (around an hour each way).
    Your hotel may have a pool, ours didn't.
    You'll probably be knackered anyway!:D
     
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    No, they've pretty much got you captive there, and prices reflect that. Take plenty of money with you :)
     
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    We did that, and believe me after 2 days in the park it was great to get out.
     
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    Phew, you're not wrong.:(
    Between £70 and £100 per night for meals.
    No starters, just main courses + drinks + occasional pudding.
    And none of them what you'd call quality dining (burgers/pizza etc.)
    Planet Hollywood - possibly worst restaurant I've been too, and I include roadside vans.
    Cafe Mickey - good fun if you time it when the characters are on the go
    Rainforest cafe - good fun for the kids faces when the thunder/rain starts.
     
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    We found 3 days was good (read: the most we could have beared). First day was the main park, second day Studio park and 3rd day back to main park.
    We didn't do all the rides as our son was 3 and I don't like rollercoaster anyway but we did a fair number of them.

    Fastpass is a must when you can get them otherwise be prepared to wait up to an hour for a popular ride :eek:
    If your daughters are young, bring stuff to keep them happy while queuing. We went for icecream/snacks with our son as it kept him busy while waiting.

    Enjoy yourself :)
     
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    My worst experience was being "thrown out" of the Cowboy Cookout restaurant because my son saw Woody and Jessie walk in so he was going crazy to go see. We walked in and the characters had gone to say happy birthday to a kid having a party meal in there.
    We were looking at them from the entrance for 5 seconds when my husband called me to say we'd been ordered to go because we hadn't booked a table or a "meet" with the characters.

    It just felt wrong to me. Not that we had spent an extortinate amount of money there already, you couldn't even look at some characters from a distance without paying more. Bearing in mind of the 3 days in the park, the only character we ever saw outside the parade was Stitch.
     
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    Yeah, Legoland is nothing compared to this place in terms of queuing.
    I personally wouldn't go back to Eurodisney because I thought the whole thing was far too expensive, and the resort hotel was crap. But my Daughter loved the place, so it was all worthwhile.
     
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    I felt cheated by the lack of Disney characters walking around the park. My Daughter loves the Disney princesses and we looked all over but couldn't find them. Turned out they had a very limited appearance at one allotted time slot, and it was too busy, so she didn't get to meet them. Disappointing, and there were tears!
     
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    I complained about a lack of characters (and other cost cutting measures) in another thread just a few months ago.
    When we first went in 2006, the big parade was twice a day and the kids could meet loads of characters on the large outdoor stage to the right of the castle.
    In 2011, the parade was only in the evening, which was awkward for young kids, and characters were very scarce indeed.
    There were worrying signs that the rides were suffering from a lack of money too.
    'Runaway Train' barely worked for two days, and 'Indiana Jones' didn't work at all.
    Bear in mind we went from 8th to 12th July too, not off-peak.

    BTW, it was Opodo we booked it through this time.
     
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    :( that's sad


    we stayed in the Disney Hotel and they were there everyday

    (for anybody else, You don't need to be a guest to get into the hotel ;) )
     
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    we saw stacks around the park , i'll post some pics if i get time tonight .
     
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    When we went last year end of May, Indiana Jones was closed to be fixed and a quarter of the Fantasy land was fenced for refurbishment.

    The biggest "laugh" was at the Peter Pan Ride. You queued for 45 minutes and then the ride must have been running on turbo speed because it was done in 45 seconds (if you looked at a little scene on the right you'd miss 2 on the left as you had no time to look at both). They obviously were trying to get the crowd through faster.

    Oh dear, I fear I could put the OP off the idea altogether if I continue. Just do it for the kids!
     
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    I agree with the lack of characters around the park.

    Also one thing to consider (though it may be that I'm just soft) is that Paris has a similar climate to southern england. So at half term, you could be facing cold and\or wet weather.

    Another thing to check if you are doing a disney park outside the peak holiday period is whether they shut early so you don't get the firework or laser shows.

    We got caught out by this in Florida when we went one October. Basically, instead of doing the evening show everyday they only did it ceratin days of the week (weekends I recall). We didn't realise this so I felt quite cheated when my daughter never got to see fireworks over cinderellas castle (one of the advertising icons for the park) and we were kicked out early yet there was no reduction in price.

    Cheers,

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    The three pieces of advise i would give are ..

    Stay at the Disney Hotel (you get in two hours early)

    Make sure it's not a French holiday also .

    take a lot of money for drinks
     
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    I know, I'm not trying to put anyone off either.
    I don't regret going at all, I just see a difference in the place and I'm glad we've got it out of the way for both of ours.
     
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    Yes for all its problems, to see the joy it brings to your kids makes it all worthwhile. As we stepped through the gates and saw the castle for the first time the look of amazement on my Daughter's face was great to see.
     
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    Disney Paris is nothing like Disney USA , but then Disney USA isn't run by the French, god knows what they were thinking when they built it near Paris

    When we went about 6 years ago we took a late flight and booked a local hotel, got in a taxi at the airport, he drove us round for 20 minutes because he couldn't find it then charged €20

    I was ready for the row but my wife said just pay it as it wasn't worth it.
     
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    Disney USA is also a 9 hour flight away, compared with 1.5 hours to Paris.:smashin:
    We've always considered going to Florida, but I doubt we'll bother now.
    We've been to DLP twice, I don't feel the Florida version offers enough over and above that to warrant the expense.
     
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    Let me see now ......

    Four major attractions, two water parks, upteen resort hotels...... 40+ square miles. Three championship golf courses. Complimentary internal transportation network of boats, buses and monorail trains. And that's just Disney.

    There is also Universal (x2), Sea World (x3) and (with a bit bit of travelling) Busch Gardens.

    There is also the climate which, in particular earlier and later in the year, is typically glorious. And English language (of sorts) on all road signs, bus schedules, restaurant menus, car hire contracts ...... (etc).

    As for costs - pick the right time of year and you can do flight and two weeks hotel with a rudimentary breakfast for two people, for around GBP1500. It compares very favourably with accomodations costs (only) anywhere of significance in Europe.
     
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    This is the sort of pointless comparison you hear from Florida lovers and DLP knockers.
    I'm sure Florida is bigger and better.
    But, IMO, they're looking at if from the wrong perspective, that of an adult.
    None of the things you've listed would have made our kids any happier than DLP did.
    They loved it, we loved the fact they loved it.
    Any bitching we do is just selfish adult rubbish, really.
     
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    Of course you're correct, Disney is Disney wherever it is for an 8 year old.
     
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    We're probably going to head to DLP in the spring time as our 3 year old twins love all things Disney and when the current add comes on the TV they ask if they can go see the Castle and the Princesses etc

    I'd much prefer to go to the Florida Disney Land and my wife is being sent to Orlando Resort: Marriott World Center, an Orlando Golf & Spa Resort in Orlando Florida in March for a 3 day work convention so I'm trying to talk her into us all going for a week and take the kids to Disney Land there but she's not keen.
     

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