Last post by Gonda01 - February 28, 2023, 05:59:57 PM
Travelling We travelled from Poland via Atob Transfer all the way to the place. We also had the Disney Express check-in service : useful for luggage, especially on the last day when we left it there and enjoyed the park until we had to go. When we arrived we realised we still had to go to the hotel because City Hall was rubbish, frankly, so we went to get our priority cards and activate the pass for the photos.
Food review at Disneyland Paris We had a half board meal plan booked in advance and upgraded 2 of these meals to a princess dinner at Auberge de Cendrillon and a character breakfast at Plaza Gardens . The food and atmosphere at Bistrot Chez Rémy's was by far our favourite meal. My teenage son had the vegetable stew with plant-based meatballs - he's a meat lover and really enjoyed this dish. I had fried cod and mashed potatoes and they were delicious! Captain Jack had his second day dinner and although the food was good and the restaurant looked good, it was very dark. Either I need new readers or they need to change the writing on the menu in small black scribbles because I could barely read! I had smoked chicken and veg salad and chicken and prawns with rice. I wasn't thrilled with their desserts and we had them all at the table, which nobody liked. Of course, I also indulged in a lovely cocktail. Auberge de Cendrillon was lovely: I had warm scallops and cauliflower, beef casserole in red wine sauce (with the best mashed cheese!), Again, our table was not hyped for desserts, but we also had birthday cake. The Plaza Gardens character breakfast started off beautifully: the food was the standard hotel buffet style breakfast (which we all enjoyed every time) and the characters rotated around parts of the crowded restaurant. Tiger was cute and kept poking his nose into my phone while I took selfies. Rabbit was also cute, as was Pinocchio , and Geppetto loved our Pinocchio tops. One of the downsides of this experience was that we felt Captain Hook was so rude. At first we thought he was cocky as a villain, but he almost wouldn't let us take photos, which meant most of our group missed out, and kept pushing me away, using his hands to hurry up (after 1 photo) and would just quickly move on. It was quite frustrating, so I told a member of staff, who turned out to be the restaurant manager, about it. She was horrified but quickly made peace with us ; she did offer to take us back for a free dinner, but it was our last day, so instead she sent us straight to Mickey's as we hadn't met him yet, and arranged for us to go without queuing. I'm a foodie - the 30th anniversary snacks are really nice if you like that sort of thing. The beignets are oh-so-delicious . I had a chocolate one and I really wish I had taken it on the last day before the train home because I could have eaten so many more! Using Priority Pass at Disneyland Paris As a group, we had 2 priority cards , and it was honestly a God-send. I don't know if we were just lucky, as some of the people we spoke to in the queues reported problems with return times etc. D., But we highlighted our cards on the main access line and almost immediately got all the rides we wanted. We ended up going through Hyperspace Mountain 4 times, at one point we rode twice within 15 minutes because it was my son's favourite thing to do. The only attraction we had time to go back for was to meet Stitch. Now Stitch is my son's favourite, so this was an absolute priority for us , and our time was an hour after we got in line. In the meantime we rode around in the meantime to keep him occupied. Stitch was very popular. My boy has autism and ADHD and it saved my life. We also used the priority areas for parades and illuminations , as well as for the breakfast queue at the hotel.
Parades, weather and illuminations The weather was gorgeous, and although the parks were always full, I didn't think they were too busy - until the night we stayed for the illuminations! It was a tough one! A little tip: If you want to watch it but don't want to deal with the crowds and young children going to bed so late, I'm pretty sure it's on Disney + - when it started I realised I'd seen it a few times. The 30th anniversary parade is amazing , I don't know the words as they are mostly in French (well, there are familiar Disney songs from movies in English, but the 30th anniversary bit is in French), but that didn't stop us dancing and trying to sing along! We had so much fun with them, especially with the baby in our group!
I've been tasked with organizing a family trip to Disneyland Paris in 2023. Disneyland Paris as a solo is easy, I've done it 3 times now, but this is a very different trip. Right now details are very open.
The group will be
Me - Expert Disney parks planner
My mum - just happy to be there, has been to Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World but just goes with the flow
My sister - has been to Walt Disney World when we were young, never to Disneyland Paris, is not a parks person, this trip is for her daughter, my niece.
Niece will be 8 years old at the time of the trip, wont know what hit her, will be living her best life and wont want to come home
Possible 2 of my sisters friends, who want to go to Disneyland Paris as it sounds fun and theres a Disney expert planning the trip
Some of the group will be travelling from Ireland, some will be travelling from England.
At this stage, logistics are not even being discussed, they just want a basic idea of budget and the accommodation options.
My first thought was either Cheyenne or Santa Fe which would be fine if was just us, but then with 1 or possible 2 of my sisters friends joining us we would need 2 rooms.
My second thought is that my sister could drive from England and Davy Crockett Ranch or Village Nature would then be an option.
The only thing about staying offsite is that we would be reliant on my sister for transportation. I do rope drop to park close but I doubt if everyone else would have that stamina. It would mean having to wait until everyone is ready in the morning to go to the park and then leaving as a group. It would mean we couldn't come and go to the parks as we wanted.
However I know the self catering aspect and having a lodge building just for our group would be something my sister would like.
I'm just brainstorming at the moment, putting ideas down and seeing what could be suitable for us.
Time would be October Half Term due to my niece and school. I know its not ideal for crowds and prices buts that's what we have to go with.
I'm trying to decide this too. I've been designated planner for a family trip in 2023. Most likely we will need 2 rooms, so price may be the deciding factor at the time of booking. I need to make a list of pros and cons for each, as I am just the gatherer of information, the booking decision will be made by someone else.
I have been to Disneyland California twice in 2022, January and June and I used Genie+ on both trips.
I love it. I love using the App and I found my days were so much more productive than with the old fastpass system.
There is huge push back against Genie+ from the local AP Disneyland California people, so as a result, those that do use it have a great experience.
In California Adventures in June at Toy Story Mania I waited 20 minutes in the Lightning Lane queue. The standby was listed at 120 minutes but I heard the cm say it was more like 140 minutes. I watched the cm at the merge point. He let 6 from the standby through then about 20 from the lightning lane.
For Disneyland California Genie+ works really well. I cant see the point of waiting 100 or more minutes in standby queues in the burning sun.
Also in Disneyland California Genie + includes photopass. In all the years I have been going to Disneyland California I never got Photopass as it was a paid extra. Now that its included on Genie+ I used it on both trips. I got so many really great photos of me in the parks, something I never had before. Ride photos are also included, for the first time I now have a great photo of me on Radiator Springs Racers.
Last post by Qscout - November 18, 2021, 11:28:42 AM
Can you still get to see this show without paying the surcharge? We are going to Paris midweek, and are hoping that the parks aren't that busy. Is it possible to walk in to the Lion King show without paying the surcharge for guaranteed seating?