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Family Fun at Disneyland Paris

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An April 2004 trip to Paris by nickyjj

Quote: Europe's answer to Florida's Disney is a mix of mayhem, fantasy and fun that leaves everyone wanting more, saying, "Bonjour, Mickey Mouse!"

Family Fun at Disneyland Paris

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Overview

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Disneyland Paris is the European alternative to the world-famous Disney Parks of the USA. When it first opened in 1992 with the Magic Kingdom resort, five hotels, a campsite, and the Disney Village, the park was met with a lukewarm reception. However, the last decade has seen Disneyland Resort Paris become a firm favourite with European and international travellers. In 1992, the second theme park, Disney Studios, opened its doors, and new off-site Disney hotels and a large shopping centre add to the appeal of the resort. The Magic Kingdom park offers lots of traditional Disney favourites, such as Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, It’s a Small World, Peter Pan, and Main Street USA, but o...Read More

Hotel New York

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Hotel

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I have stayed at quite a few of the Disney hotels, and the Hotel New York is definitely my favourite. It is the second most expensive of the hotels to stay in (after the Disneyland Hotel) but has many advantages! This is also the smallest hotel on Disney property and has the advantage of having smaller and more intimate restaurants and virtually no queues for breakfast! Rooms: The rooms are bright and airy, and decorated with Big Apple touches everywhere (see if you can find them!) If you can, ask for a room on a high floor with a water view, as the view over Lake Disney at sunset/sunrise is amazing! All rooms feature air-conditioning, satellite TV, in-room safe, hair dryer, and two doubl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2005

Hotel New York
Disneyland Paris
Paris, France 77777
+33 (1) 60 45 73 00

Newport Bay Club

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Hotel

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Disney's Newport Bay Club is themed around a luxurious American Long Island-style beach club reminiscent of summers in the Hamptons. It is based loosely around the yacht and beach clubs you find at Walt Disney World in Florida, although on a slightly smaller scale. As you walk into the hotel lobby, you are immediately greeted by low ceiling, wooden floors, and the smell of wood polish, which all add to the ambience of luxury and being on a ship. The hotel is very cleverly themed, with nautical carpets, grand staircases, and port holes throughout. Rooms: The rooms are light, airy, and decorated in a blue-and-white nautical theme. The rooms offer either two double beds or one doub...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 14, 2005

Newport Bay Club
Disneyland Paris
Paris, France
33160455500

Sequoia Lodge

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Hotel

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The Sequoia Lodge Hotel is a large hotel that has rooms in a main lodge (attached to the hotel reception) and rooms located in outside lodges. The hotel is based on America's natural parks and is the most natural and outdoorsy type of hotel you will find at Disney! In the Disneyland Paris hotel pecking order, it is classed as a mid-range hotel alongside the Newport Bay Club The rooms are quite large for European hotel rooms, although not huge. The style of the rooms is reminiscent of a mountain retreat, and most of the furniture is dark brown, with bedspreads that are decorated in autumnal colours. You get all the usual facilities in the rooms, including a television with in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2005

Sequoia Lodge
Disneyland Resort Paris
Paris, France

Sequoia Lodge

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Hotel

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The Sequoia Lodge Hotel is a large hotel that has rooms in a main lodge (attached to the hotel reception), as well as rooms located in outside lodges. The hotel is based on America's natural parks and is the most natural and outdoorsy-type hotel you will find at Disney! In the Disneyland Paris hotel pecking order, it is classed as a mid-range hotel alongside the Newport Bay Club. The rooms are quite large for European hotel rooms, although not huge. The style of the rooms is reminiscent of a mountain retreat, and most of the furniture is dark brown with bedspreads that are decorated in autumnal colours. You get all the usual facilities in the rooms, including a television wit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 14, 2005

Sequoia Lodge
Disneyland Resort Paris
Paris, France

Disneyland Paris Hotel

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Hotel

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I must admit that the (VERY!!!!) pink Disneyland Paris Hotel was not my first choice when visiting Disneyland Paris recently, as it did look a bit girly for me! I have been to here a few times before and stayed at the Hotel New York, which I have always thought was a great hotel. However, in the spirit of compromise I agreed to stay at the Disneyland Paris Hotel! The rooms are very elegantly decorated in pale pastel colours and our room featured a massive double bed, but I know that rooms for four people are available with two more normal-sized double beds in them. The bedroom also has the usual modern conveniences you would expect form a five-star hotel, including a television with a few (but ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 14, 2005

Disneyland Paris Hotel
Disneyland Paris
Paris, France

Disneyland Paris

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Attraction | "Magic Kingdom"

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The Magic Kingdom Park is the jewel at the heart of Disneyland Paris and has been open since the resort premiered in 1992. Similar to the parks at Walt Disney World and Disneyland in California, the MK Park at Disneyland Paris offers the ultimate in escapism for both young and old! You enter on Main Street USA, with the first attraction on offer being the Walt Disney World railroad that takes you around the park; this is a great way to see the main attractions of the park. Main Street then offers a wide mix of turn-of-the-century American splendour, including cafés and restaurants, as well as shops with all of the typical Mickey Mouse-style souvenirs! The Main Street Bakery is a favourite of mine,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2005

Disneyland Paris
Disney Village, 77700 Magny-le-Hongre
Marne-la-vallee

Disneyland Paris

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Attraction | "Disney Village"

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Disney Village is the place to head if you are staying overnight at the Disneyland Resort. In between the theme parks and hotels (closest to the Hotel New York and The Disneyland Hotel), it features a mix of shops, bar-restaurants, and the nightclub Hurricanes. Entry is free to everything except Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and Hurricanes (entry is free to Hurricanes if you are a resort guest over the age of 18 with a valid hotel ID). The shops feature all of the Disney souvenirs that you may have missed in the parks, including clothes, books, DVDs etc., etc. There is a nice art shop that offers original cells from Disney films that is worth a look. There are also lots of snack places to eat, fro...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2005

Disneyland Paris
Disney Village, 77700 Magny-le-Hongre
Marne-la-vallee

Disneyland Paris

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Attraction | "Walt Disney Studios, Disneyland Resort Paris"

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The Walt Disney Studios was the latest additional to the Disneyland Resort Paris and opened its doors in May 2002. Loosely fashioned on the MGM/Disney Studios at Walt Disney World in Florida, this park not only explores the history of Hollywood but also goes behind the scenes of European film and theatre. The park is located directly opposite the RER train station and close to Disney Village. For most people staying at Disneyland Paris or other neighbouring sites, your theme park ticket will now allow you entry to this park as well as the Magic Kingdom Park. If not, you will be able to purchase a single-entry, single-park ticket. A single day ticket costs around 30 Euros per adult and 20 Euros per ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 13, 2005

Disneyland Paris
Disney Village, 77700 Magny-le-Hongre
Marne-la-vallee

Top tips for Disneyland Paris

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Disneyland Paris opened in 1992 and was the first Disney Park in Europe. I was lucky enough to visit the park in 1992 and have returned several times since. Since you could write a whole book about Disneyland Paris I have just picked out some of my favourite bits and top tips from over the years that I have been there. The Disneyland resort hotel is divided into two theme parks (the Disneyland Park/Magic Kingdom and the New Disney Studios, which opened last year). The resort features six hotels: The Disneyland Paris Hotel, Hotel New York, Newport Bay Club, Sequoia Lodge, Hotel Cheyenne, and Hotel Santa Fe and the Camp Davey Crockett Campsite. The hotels cater to a range of budgets, fr...Read More