Ashley Bessant - My Disneyland Paris Educational!
Ashley from our Basingstoke branch had the amazing opportunity of going to Disneyland Paris on an educational recently. Here’s how it went…
We stayed in Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne which is in a great location, just 15 minutes’ walk around the river to get to Disney village. The rooms are modern and spacious and were recently refurbished back in 2016. The theme in this hotel is 'Cowboys' and this is reflected inside and outside the hotel. All the rooms Toy Story themed. In each room are two double beds. The bathrooms have a bath with overhead shower so perfect for families who have younger children.
The rooms are located in different blocks around the hotel resort, all within a 5 minute walk to the main hotel reception where there is a bar, restaurant, Starbucks & gift shop. This is also where breakfast & the evening meal are served. For breakfast there is a hot option or continental buffet style. There is a regular shuttle bus to Disney that picks you up outside the hotels main reception. This is a free shuttle and drops you at the main bus station in Disney. If you stay in any Disney hotel, you also receive two extra magic hours in the park (8am-10am). The park then opens to the public from 10am onwards.
We went to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show which is located in the heart of Disney Village and is a fantastic evening for families. The show kicked off from 6:30pm with cowboy hats given on arrival for interaction during the show. Dinner is served to you throughout the show, children are served first. Adults were then served dinner which is a mixture of BBQ type food, chilli & rice, chicken, ribs, potatoes, along with a pudding and the end. We had free drinks throughout, soft drinks, beer & wine. The show is very interactive with the crowd and I highly recommend for families. There are showmen doing tricks on horses, while Mickey, Minnie and other Disney characters appear throughout the show too.
The firework display in the Disneyland Park BLEW me away. It is on at 10:45pm in the summer and is focused around Sleeping Beauty's castle. The light display and fireworks are out of this world and along with the music is truly magical for all the family. Each season there is a different theme. I’d highly recommend as it's fantastic. The meal plans are definitely worth doing and you will 100% save money by adding these on prior to travelling. It is expensive in the Disney parks to eat and drink so you are able to take snacks/drinks in the parks with you. With the dining plans, you are able to pre-book restaurants 60 days prior to travel too! To find the list of the different places to you can eat on the different plans, just refer to the Disneyland Paris website.
If you download the Disneyland Paris App, you are able to view the queue times for the rides. For the bigger and most popular ride, take advantage of your Disney magic hours and do these first. The App will also help you navigate around the parks. There are lots of different rides & shows that will suit all the family, you have your big roller coasters like Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin & the boat ride around It's A Small World.
Meet & greets with the characters are all around the parks and you simply join the queue in order to get your photo taken and autograph. These happen several times a day so if you do miss your favourite character, there will always be another opportunity to meet them. The Disney parade starts at around 5pm in the Disney Park, where you will see all your fav Disney characters on the floats. Great for all the family and defo a must do whilst your there!
My biggest advice would be to add the PhotoPass on prior to travel! Download your app straight to your phone and scan your photo on once you've exited the ride. This WILL save you lots of money and ensures you do not miss out them fab pics & memories! The photos can then be downloaded onto your phone.
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