We have just booked our 2013 Disneyland Paris trip and it made me realise I didnt leave a review after our 2012 trip...here goes!! We travelled on 25 September last year, 2 adults, a 2 (nearly 3) year old and an 8 month old baby. We booked 4 nights accommodation at the Hotel Cheyenne and travelled via Eurostar (taking the train from Scotland).
We had flown in the past but decided to try the train for a change. Unfortunately we got caught up in floods throughout the UK, missed our connection, had to spend the night in London and effectively missed the first night of our trip. On the bright side we managed to get re-booked onto the direct Eurostar service to Disney at 10.00 (ish) the next day. I would also like to say how fab the Eurostar staff were at St Pancras, they could not have been nicer to us when we finally arrived in London!
I would recommend the Direct Eurostar service to Disneyland Paris....everyone travelling to the same place, an air of excitement among those on the train and did not feel busy. We could not check our luggage in to our hotel as we were a last minute booking...however I would urge people to use this service do this as we took about 2.5hours to get to our hotel, check in, get tickets, unpack a few items and head to the parks.
The hotel was great for us. Our 2 year old slept in the bottom bunk and we had a travel cot for baby. They both slept surprisingly well. I cant remember the block names but we asked for a quiet block and were allocated one in the opposite direction to the parks. We decided it would be better to be at the opposite end of the complex and it was no problem to move us. We generally took one of the regular buses into the park in the morning (be prepared to push and be pushed as it is a mad dash) and then walked back after eating in the evening. We slightly missed our allocated breakfast time a couple of mornings (hard to stick rigidly to times with the toddler and baby) and it was no problem as long as we had a ticket.
The weather was a bit mixed....quite chilly in the evenings with some sunshine and rain at different times during our stay. The previous year we travelled at the same time and it was roasting...just shows expect anything with the weather and pack accordingly.
We had a wonderful time. Our baby seemed to enjoy looking at everything and got on a couple of rides....its a small world, Carousel du lancelot (in a carriage) I can recall and a couple more. We took advantage of the parent switch at a few rides which saved quite a lot of time queuing. On a few rides we were unsure where to go but the staff were very helpful. My older daughter loved Animagique, Playhouse Disney Live and both the Parades. She was a bit scared of some of the rides but did enjoy Small World, Carousel du Lancelot, the two rides at the back of the park, Snow White ride and Buzz Lightyear ride. She refused to go on much else which was a shame but at her age it was really all about the characters. Oh, she also loved the play park near Cowboy Cookout BBQ...we were laughing that she preferred the park to the rides!
We saw the parade in Disneyland Park 3 times and the Stars and Cars once. We had several spots for the main parade and photos improved as the week went on. We ended up going to the area near the start (just down from Small World)..got some ice creams, sat for 20 mins or so and then got an amazing view. Also LOVED disney dreams...amazing!!
A lot of our holiday revolved around meeting the characters at the various restaurants....we ate at ( 1) Cafe Mickey (2) Auberge du Cendrillon (3) Inventions. Loved them all....it was brilliant having the characters come to your table and saved a LOT of time on queuing as we only queued to see Buzz Lightyear.
Cafe Mickey is fun, loud and a lot the main characters were there...we met Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Tigger & Pluto. We got photos with them all and they took time to sign autographs for our wee ones. We didnt order off the main menu, our daughters shared a spaghetti and meatballs meal (wee one just had pasta and tomato sauce) and it was really good fun. The food was nice but not as good as in the other restaurants and I felt that the characters in Inventions were just a bit nicer and fancier which ou would expect from the Disneyland Hotel.
The princess restaurant, Auberge du Cendrillon was lovely....we were in the back room with the fireplace and it was perfect...Aurora and Prince Philip danced next to our table, we also met Cinderella, Snow White and Suzy and Perla (mice). Everyone was lovely. The only thing I would say is that the child menu was quite expensive for a small child, around 30 Euros (maybe more). Our daughter opted for salmon and pasta...it was lovely but she was so overwhelmed with meeting the princesses that she hardly ate a thing! She liked the white chocolate shoe in her dessert though lol. It really was lovely, albeit expensive. We had a nice bottle of wine with lunch and were there for 2 hours. We had to take our daughter for a hotdog later though as she was still hungry. We went to a fast food place in disney village and it was nice!
Finally, we went to Inventions on our last night! It was brilliant too...the food was varied and delicious, characters plentiful and great fun and I would definitely recommend! We will definitely be back here. It was a brilliant buffet and if you had a seat in the main room you could see the Disney Dreams. We were not seated there but still had a fab time. We met mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Chip, Dale, Donald (my fave), Pinnochio, Geppetto. Brilliant end to our trip.
When not eating in these nice restaurants we just opted for counter service which I didnt find overly expensive - typical theme park prices.
Looking forward to this year now.....flying this time and booked our Ezyshuttle transfers after reading reviews on here! We travel in September again and will review (hopefully sooner) once we return home.