This was our second trip to DLP, our first was last March, and for both trips I've got so much useful info from this forum and really enjoyed reading trip reports, so I thought I'd post my own.
I booked this trip last August on the 2 nights free offer and got (I think) a brilliant deal for the Disneyland hotel. We stayed at the New York last year but after a lovely meal in Inventions I really wanted to stay in the Disneyland hotel. Booked the hotel with avios and used a combination of avios and cash to pay. Booked flights separately with airfrance.
Travellers: me (A), huge DLP fan after last trip.
Other half (W), also surprised DLP fan after last trip.
Daughter age 7 (P), so over dressing up and princesses, but mini-thrill seeker and secretly still loves all the characters.
Daughter age 4 (M), full-on princess/all things disney fan.
My mum (J), took me to DW florida when I was a teenager and wanted to live in the
castle! (my lovely mum also helped us to pay for this trip).
Mum's husband (P) completely new to all things disney.
My mum and P joined us on our second day and this was a surprise for our girls.
It felt like the longest wait for this holiday and I was so so excited when my alarm went off at 5.20am that I didn't even feel a teensy bit tired. Showered, girls up and dressed, car loaded and we were in the car, only 15 mins behind the schedule I'd set for us. (We are always, always last minute not matter how hard I try!)
Got to Manchester airport with plenty of time (feeling very pleased with ourselves) for our 9.40 flight and although the flight left a little late we got to CDG just about on time. I'd booked ezyshuttle after all the recommendations on this forum and can wholeheartedly recommend them. Our driver (a french lady) was waiting for us and we were soon on our way. I think, no I know, that out of all of us I was the most excited to pull up to the entrance to the hotel.
Our cases were whisked away by a very friendly doorman and then we entered the lobby which was gorgeous and had our first whiff of that unmistakeable smell. P loves this smell, I'm not so keen. There wasn't a huge queue at reception but we waited at least 15 mins to get our room card and tickets because the receptionists were spending ages with the people at the desk. I'd sent a very polite email the week before (another tip I gleaned from this forum) and asked for a quiet room close to the facilities. I also asked about park view rooms but was told standard rooms don't have park view. I was really pleased I'd emailed as our room (1206) was on the 2nd floor, really close to the stairs and lift and just down the hall from the bar/restaurants. It was at the end of the corridor so it was really quiet and we had a view of the turnstiles and entrance to the park nearest the main hotel entrance. We all loved the subtle disney theming. Quickly unpacked and headed into the park.
P had been saying that our first meal had to be "one of the giant hotdogs" so we strolled up main street to Casey's Corner. The weather (I had been stressing about this a lot before our trip because of all the snow the week before) was cold and grey but we sat outside so we could admire the beautiful castle, which I think looks gorgeous in all weathers! I'm not that keen on the hotdogs from Casey's but was happy to oblige my daughter's request - it was something quick and then we could get on with some rides.
After our pitstop we headed into Fantasyland via the dragon, both girls wanted to say hello. After some bickering between the girls about what we should go on (there is a lot of this in our house at the moment!) we all went on the carousel. We then realised we'd left the hotel fastpasses in the room so W headed back and I took the girls on Small World. There was no queue really for either of these. When we came out the parade had just started so we watched this from ramp of Small World. W came and met us, we finished watching the parade and then we took him onto Small World (this is one of M's favourite rides). By now it had started to drizzle, we split up as P was very keen to go on her favourite ride Big Thunder Mountain and M was very keen to go on Dumbo. I took P and we queued for BTM (maybe 15-20 mins) , we were saving our hotel FP for later. By now it was raining quite heavily and so every time we came out of a tunnel on the ride we got drenched. Neither of us cared though as we love this ride A LOT! Meanwhile M and W went on Dumbo, Pinnochio and Teacups. We met up and walked over to Discoveryland for Buzz - a firm favourite with all of us. The plan had been for us to stay out to watch Dreams but we were all cold, wet and tired and didn't fancy standing in the rain so we walked back to the hotel. There are lots of things I loved about staying at the DLH but one of the main things was the really short walk back at the end of the day.
Got the girls into a warm bath and rang room service to order a meal for them. We got a meal between them: it was 3 courses, a soup (which neither of them liked but we thought was delicious), a main (we got them chicken, mickey potato, and vegetables) - again they picked but we thought it was decent quality, and then pudding - they chose yogurts. Think the meal cost 35 E and an extra 3 E for extra yogurt. Oh and a drink and lovely basket of bread was included as well. The girls have never had room service before and were very pleased with the white table cloth that the room service man laid out for them, but weren't that bothered about the food! W walked to the village and we had a very yummy Earl of Sandwich and a small bottle of wine when the girls had gone to bed.
Then to bed for us.
Sorry if this is long winded but I'm really loving re-living our trip! Day 2 to follow...