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Gary Kinghorn
18-12-2012, 07:12 PM
Organised through my work, nice and cheap, just the way I like it.

We are off to Florida next year, but before we booked that we already had Paris on the cards. We really didn't know what to expect.

So anyway, on with the report.

Preparation....
I did nothing, not a thing :d: I knew the ref number for the ferry and that was it.
Saturday morning saw Emma, Charley, Alfie and I arrive at Dover 2 hours early for our Ferry. Although there were delays going on due to weather on Friday, we still managed to get away an hour early - a good start.

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Over the other side I had an idea of the general direction and headed towards Paris. We used the Toll road and found it a really good way to make progress. 3 hours after leaving the port we arrived at the resort, an easy drive indeed. The boy stayed asleep the whole way too which was a result.
We were staying at the Santa Fe and having read some awful reports on it we weren't expecting much. As long as the place was clean, anything else would be a bonus. Anyway, we arrived at 2pm and weren't supposed to check in till 3. The lady on reception was super nice and sorted us out with our room early. All good so far.


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The room was really clean and easily big enough for the 4 of us. Nothing but boxes ticked so far.


Now my work had organised park tickets for Sunday, but not Saturday. So there we were 2.30pm and nothing to do, hmmmmmm. 15 Mins later we were unpacked and on our way to the park. It's only money after all.

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It was all new to us and we enjoyed having a quick look in the village on the way to the park entrance.

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Getting to the park entrance the wow factor was very much in place. I think I was probably the biggest kid among us and couldn't wait to get in.

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200 euros later and we were in ......... (that stung a bit), well almost. We bought the tickets, but the entry machines wouldn't accept them. The lady said we had to wait a few mins before they would be activated and work - how daft.

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The wow factor started again once inside, as plenty know it really is a great place and Christmas makes it extra special indeed.

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Gary Kinghorn
18-12-2012, 07:13 PM
The weather wasn't supposed to be up to much on Sunday, so we were making the most of the sun on Saturday. It was cold, but clear.
We used to time to find our way around and get used to the way things worked. The first thing we found was how to be fleeced for food. I had read about it before, but it still came as a shock to the system. 40 for 2 adult and one childs meal in a cardboard box. Limp cheeseburger anyone? Rubbish.

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We had a good look around and still only had the time to see 2 sections of the park. That would mean we had loads still to see on Sunday.

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Come 7pm we were all starting to flag. We had been up since 4.30am after all. There was no way we were going to make it to 10pm for the show, so we decided to leave.
On the way through the village we nipped into the pub for a pint as happy hour was on. That reduced the beer price from 7 to 3.50.

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Back to the hotel we nipped to the bar for a 7 pint and a 5 thimble of wine (Emma's description not mine), before retiring for the night.
A good start and most enjoyable day.

Sunday to follow

Darren Langeveld
18-12-2012, 07:50 PM
Crikey, I've been a few times and don't remember it being that bad on price?

Are you sure you've got the exchange rate the right way?

It is pretty though, once you're in :-)

Rory
18-12-2012, 08:14 PM
No vomit-pics? Or are they yet to come?

Dan
18-12-2012, 08:20 PM
Looking forward to seeing the rest of this report. I'm really excited to go take my little man in the future.

Nige
18-12-2012, 08:36 PM
You look like you were lucky with the weather !

Thanks for the report so far :thumb:

Kev_G
18-12-2012, 09:19 PM
love the report so far. I knew it wasnt cheap but feck me :shock:

jon_r
19-12-2012, 07:36 AM
I still have nightmares about how much 3 nights in the Newport Bay hotel cost me. I think I was paying that back for years. :lol:

Chris D
19-12-2012, 08:00 AM
Looks like a cracking family weekend, Gary :thumb:.

Not sure I could justify the cost for my lot though. 3 kids and my youngest is Charlies age. I would need an Operational Bonus payout just for a weekend away.

Did you and Emma get to go on many white knuckle rides?

Tim
19-12-2012, 08:52 AM
Did you and Emma get to go on many white knuckle rides?

I think they were sharing a hotel room with the kids, Chris.

Chris D
19-12-2012, 10:06 AM
I think they were sharing a hotel room with the kids, Chris.


I see what you did there :lol:

Simon
19-12-2012, 10:44 AM
LOL @ Tim :rolf:

We have been a few times over the years & if you go twice in a year it works out cheaper to get a Disney YK :lol:

Some nice pictures Gary. Carry on as enjoying reading it so far :thumb:

Floyd
19-12-2012, 11:36 AM
It still looks busy for this time of year. I don't do queue's!

Good pictures :veryhappy:

Gary Kinghorn
19-12-2012, 06:04 PM
We had set the alarm to be up early on Sunday morning to ensure we took full advantage of the first hour in the park - when it's open for Disney hotel guests only.

Breakfast was a proper bun fight and not the best experience. Still we threw a couple of bread rolls down our necks and were ready for the walk to the park for the 8am opening time.

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The early hour works really well. The rides aren't open, but if you plan it right you get yourself to the far end of the park so that when the gates open proper and the general public come in you can have the first hour on the rides with no queues while everyone else gradually makes their way towards you.

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I had read on another forum that some of the park was starting to look tired, I didn't see any of this, it was pretty much perfect as far as I was concerned. The only thing we didn't like was that there was nowhere to sit and have a coffee before about 11am. It was blooming cold and the kids were tired, so this was a bit of a bind.

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I couldn't resist trying at least one of the big coaster, which meant Emma and the kids had to wait outside :shame: But luckily the queue was only 15 mins long. I really enjoyed it, as always

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At last the coffee shops were open.

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As we wondered out, I said 'bloody hell it's snowing' ..... But how could it be, it was about 10 degrees :fish:. But snowing it was on Disney high street. The parade was passing at exactly that moment and the clever people at Disney were making snow and somehow dropping it on us. It looked real, very very real.

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More to follow

Gary Kinghorn
19-12-2012, 06:18 PM
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The boy as always was most interested in the ducks.

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Charley had plans for me .......

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Into the next part of the Park, frontier land. Again it was great, well set out and properly cool

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By now it was lunchtime and we found a Mexican to have some more food in a cardboard box. This time it was really rather nice I must admit.

The boy was knackered by now and we decided that the best plan was to go back to the hotel for a couple of hours, knock some zeds out in the hope that we would be able to stay out late in the evening.

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In the hotel I had a look at our tickets while killing time and realised that our tickets entitled us to access to BOTH parks, not just the one. Excellent, loads more to do in the afternoon.

So off we went to the Studio side

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For us this wasn't the best park, but all the same it was easy to get lost for a few hours and that's what we did.

Our final cardboard box meal followed prior to going back into Disney land

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The idea was that we would stay around until 10pm when the show happened and fireworks. However this was the point when the weather turned and it rained - cats and dogs. We were all tired and decided to leg it back to the hotel for a beer and bed.

Emma decided a bottle was much better value for money. She doesn't need much convincing in this area.

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About 10pm we decided to call it a night and headed off to bed.



Monday.

We decided to miss our hotel breaky and go to the Earl of Sandwich. That was a mistake, crap food and another 30 spent - on 3 sarnies and a drink each :sad:

Back in the car we were on our way home. A quick hop to Calais, an early crossing and home for 5.30pm. Knackered one and all, but we all really, really enjoyed it.

If they do the trip again next year, we are going again

Darren Langeveld
19-12-2012, 07:04 PM
I'd look at a hotel nearby, or maybe self catering.

There's a massive hypermarket nearby, great for sandwiches/baguettes etc.

As far as I recall, we took a packed lunch in with us when we went.

if you ignore the main car parks and park in the cinema you'll even be able to easily pop out for lunch.

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19-12-2012, 07:21 PM
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I hadn't realised Karl had got a new job :fish:

Breamy
21-12-2012, 11:25 PM
We went last december, was around 600 for 2 at sequoia lodge including park tickets for 4 nights/5 days so not to bad.
But as you say food and drink was mega expensive! We spent a fortune on it as we were there so long.
Lovely place to go around xmas though

RichW
22-12-2012, 08:07 PM
Looks good - if alittle pricey, thanks for sharing :veryhappy:

Chris Ratcliff
23-12-2012, 07:08 PM
Awwww, now I really want to go again!

When I went for three nights, it was to the Hotel Kyriad. Pretty much all you need in a hotel and nothing more, but was a semi-Disney hotel so shuttle bus outside, and made dinner reservations at the other disney hotels...

For cheap food, check out the grocery store at the train station between Disney Village and the park entrances.

Also, there's *lots* of hidden details and tricks if you do a bit of reading before hand.

There's also a couple of DLP fan sites that do reviews of food outlets and the like. I must say, the burger I had in the Studios, and the Cowboy Cookout (I think) in Thunder Mesa were both very good and not unreasonably expensive for the location!

No rides Gary?

Gary Kinghorn
23-12-2012, 07:48 PM
Didn't get to go on much to be honest. It was for the kids and making them wait while I queued for 30 mins or so, wouldn't have been cricket.

I did get on Space Mountain 2 though :thumb:

Chris Ratcliff
23-12-2012, 08:52 PM
I did get on Space Mountain 2 though :thumb:

Space Mountain 2 is ace, as is the Aerosmith Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (or, as it is in French, Le Rock 'n' Rollercoaster Avec Aerosmith). I'd also recommend the Lights, Camera, Action stunt show! As you're queuing you get to nosey the spaceframe cars they use while they're being fettled! :thumb:

Gary Kinghorn
24-12-2012, 06:36 AM
I wanted to do the stunt show, but time was against us. We just didn't have enough time to do everything. Still it means we can go back :thumb:

Andy M
11-01-2013, 06:41 AM
Stunt show rules, We have family about an hour away from Paris so use that as a hop over

Dan
17-09-2013, 11:54 AM
Just had a quick read of this again, as we have booked for 3 nights in March next year. Really can't wait for this to roll around :thumb:

Karl
17-09-2013, 12:15 PM
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Gary Kinghorn
17-09-2013, 07:19 PM
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:lol::lol:


You will love it Dan. Take plenty of spending money though, you do get a little fleeced on food and drink.

Dan
17-09-2013, 07:33 PM
:lol::lol:


You will love it Dan. Take plenty of spending money though, you do get a little fleeced on food and drink.

We are staying in the Crockett ranch so will be eating in or the nights we are there. Expect to pay a bit in the park tho.

Floyd
17-09-2013, 08:31 PM
Brilliant fun, enjoy Dan :thumb:

Simon
18-09-2013, 02:05 PM
We are staying in the Crockett ranch so will be eating in or the nights we are there. Expect to pay a bit in the park tho.

We have stayed there a couple of times. Not bad at all & the drive in allows you to pop to the local shopping centre for provisions from the big supermarket :thumb: