Firstly, let me start by saying that the 3 of us had a very good time, and most importantly, my 6 year old son had "the best holiday of his life". I was glad we went, and over all we enjoyed ourselves, howeer ot could, and in my opinion should have been so much better.
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Arrived by Eurostar direct to station next to Disneyland Paris. Signage could have been very much clearer, should have been a lot easeir to get out and find out hotel (Disneyland hotel). I thought some of the signage was poor and often pointing in the wrong direction. But then again, perhaps I was grumpy because it was raining, very hard,
Once we'd checked in (Disneyland Hotel, highly recommended, VIP Fast Pass as we had a club room, a definite must have), we made our way into the park.
I was very impressed, it looks ace. Main Street is brilliant, and very well themed.
The different 'lands' were all done very well, the rides were good, but I was a bit disappointed that there weren't better rollercoasters for 'grown ups' but then perhaps DLP is more aimed at younger families than those in USA.
I cannot recall all of the rides we went on, but here are the highlights and low lights, so to speak.
Big Thunder Mountain. Excellent, worth the queue, even with the Fast Pass. Try it at night, it makes it a lot scarier.
Hollywood Tower Hotel (in Studios Park). Awesome, hated / loved every second of it. Fast Pass available.
Crushes Coaster (in Studios Park). Brilliant, very fast and the fact that you can ride most of it backwards gave a new meaning to the word Scared. However no Fast Pass, the queues are MASSIVE. Go very early in the morning.
Flying Carpets of Agrabah (Studios) standard fairground ride, 6 year liked it. Fast Pass.
Slinky Dog (Studios) Bobbins, 6 year old thought it was 'OK'
Its a Small World - Average, irritating song will stay with me until I die.
Pirates of the Caribbean - Rubbish, was expecting a roller coaster, got a gondola ride with plastic figures. Fast Pass.
Phantom Manor - impressive when floor starts dropping away, everything else is rubbish. Long queues, no idea why.
Riverboat - Good, gently cruise round the lake.
Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse (not a ride, just a walk) good actually. Great views.
Alice Labyrinth - good, annoying and good.
Carousel - Standard but massive queues, partially down to the fact that they only fill is about 75% full. Why?
Peter Pan Flight - Good, best of the sit down and be transported through lands type ride. fast Pass
Pinnochio - Rubbish, probably the worst of the sit down and be transported through lands type ride.
We also enjoyed playing in the Pocohontas Playground (very good) and the Pirates Beach Playground, not as good.
The Pirate ship is a disappointment, was expecting to explore, but instead you can only go on the deck, but the cave system nearby is brilliant. Especially brilliant when you stumble across to teenagers 'necking' in one of the caves and your 6 year old son shouts "Get a Room!".
The daily parades are pretty good, however I was disappointed that all of the characters in the park were 'scheduled' and the queues were often massive. I thought they'd be wandering about more.
We beneifitted by staying in the Disneyland hotel, which was very good. and had Character breakfasts and some evening meals.
The best thing about the whole 4 days was the Disney Dreams show projected onto the castle. On our last night we secured a good spot at about 8pm and waited it out, to be treated with a very impressive show. Must not be missed.
So there are a few negaitives and a load of positives there, but my biggset gripes were:
1. State of the Toilets. Honestly some were like the bowels of hell. in 5 days, the 3 of us never saw a single cleaner / toilet attendant. We saw toilets blocked to overflowing, with no toilet paper (a lot), with no seat covers (almost all), with broken hand dryers (often) with no hand towels (almost all), the sinks were generally utterly soaking, so a child would get his sleeves drenched just by leaning on the work tops.
For the cost of entry, I'd have thought clean well served toilets were an absolute must.
2. Cost and quality of food. Honestly? It was utterly disgraceful. You'll pay €50 for 2 hotdogs, a brownie, a Sprite and 2 cups of Tea. Seriously. We ate at the Silver Spur Steakhouse, which cost us €150 for 3, it was abysmally bad. See my full review.
The best food was the Earl of Sandwich cafe in Disney Village, or the Buffet in our hotel. Both reviewed in full.
The standard of food is dreadful and they'll charge you easily 4x the odds for it. Captive Audience, but so disappointing considering it is in France (world captial of food) and is an American theme park (usually at least decent fries!).
Would I go again? No. Am I glad we went? Yes.
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