Talk to me about Euro Disney before we book

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sherzy Tue 19-Feb-13 08:29:06

We live in the North and would like to do a week in Euro Disney in the summer holidays. Sadly Florida is out of our budget but we want to give the dc the Disney experience at least once when they're little.

So, looking for hotel ideas, flying or train (ideally to get the most time at Disney), top tips and any good deals about.

I haven't been since it opened in 1992 so hope it's moved on a bit and worth the money smile

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Apr-13 13:00:38

Hullo all,

We're going to move this thread to the short haul topic, as there are so many great tips!

Ooh yes, autograph book and pen are a must. We let the dcs choose from the shop there but you could probably save by buying ahead. We got them to get autographs on every other page and when we got home I stuck a photo of the children with each character on the page opposite the signature. They love their special books.

sherzy Fri 22-Feb-13 19:34:13

trockodile thank you, there's some really useful tips there. Only problem is we have no pool at the Cheyenne sad

trockodile Fri 22-Feb-13 19:09:19

www.dlrpmagic.com/planning/dining/restaurant-menus/
Look here for menus-they do change but will give you an idea of what is available and costs.

trockodile Fri 22-Feb-13 19:05:15

We have been a few times and it is possible to not spend a fortune and have a great time.
Last time we went we stayed in the Newport Bay. Breakfast was nice (fruit, yoghurt, cereal, rolls, croissants, toast, cheese, ham etc). We got first sitting as soon as it opened (7 am)- it got very busy and chaotic later! We didn't bother taking any snacks for later, don't think they would be very nice especially in summer.
We got to the parks for early opening at 8 by doing this and made the most of the shorter queues. Lunch we generally ate at Earl of Sandwich which is by the lake opposite cafe Mickey. Hot Sandwiches are absolutely gorgeous and only 5.50. I think meal deal was about 10.00 and kids sandwich/drink/dessert was 6.50 (I think). There is also a MacDonalds (busy) but cheap. We just got a couple of Sandwiches/kids meal and ate them back at hotel so we could supplement with our own drinks/crisps.
Lunch spend-@20 euro. (2 adults,1 child)
We then had a swim/chill out at hotel and headed back into park for a couple of hours. Dinner never cost more than 100 euros (usually less) and we ate at Cafe Mickey/rainforest Cafe/blue lagoon/steakhouse.
(Meal costs include 10% discount)
Other than that we didn't need to buy much. We had some drinks with us ( you can also buy cheaply from railway station/petrol station by Santa Fe) and muesli bars. A few sweets come in handy for queues and in summer perhaps we spent 10 euros a day on an ice cream/lolly, in winter the same on hot chocolate.
DS spent his own money at shops -he had about 70 euros and bought an outfit for Duffy Bear, a filled pencil case and a skeleton hoody and an autograph book and pen (we got 20% reduction due to annual pass).
Hope that helps a little-we had a great time, ate well and certainly did not feel deprived. DS loved the shops and had a great time choosing what to buy. Definitely worth booking a table at the restaurants, I think you can do it up to 60 days before.

ChiefOwl Fri 22-Feb-13 19:01:38

Honestly the breakfast is v disappointing I think you would struggle to eat enough to keep you satisfied til lunch! There is a huge shopping centre one train stop away. My dh went over there one evening whilst I had the kids and got lots of bits. This time we are driving so I am going to take loads of food.

ISeeSmallPeople Fri 22-Feb-13 11:36:11

We had a rucksack full of snacks & soft drinks & no one batted an eyelid.

Sherzy, you don't think you'll need a lot for just daytime snacks & drinks, but it all adds up. We had hot dogs for lunch at the American place on the corner, baseball theme...casey something. 4 hot dogs, 3 chips, 5 soft drinks was 60E, queued for ages, & frankly was awful.

If you have breakfast & dinner included ( pre paid smile ), take snacks, drinks etc for your bags. Breakfast isn't really portable, unless you fancy eating mini pots of yoghurt & pain au chocolat. The rolls are small & hard, & won't keep til lunch.

sherzy Fri 22-Feb-13 11:29:24

We've booked breakfast with characters as it was the cheapest option, couldn't justify the princess meal plus the 3 yo just wouldn't sit for that length of time.

We were thinking we'd have a big breakfast, beffiet for tea using voucher and just pick at breakfast rolls and sweets/icecreams through the day. Not booking any shows as the dc won't eat anything and again smallest just won't be able to concentrate for that length of time. Will only just be 3 at that point.

As we only have snacks and drinks to buy, we don't drink and dc will have saved money and gift money from family to spend what else could we be spending it on?

milkymocha Fri 22-Feb-13 11:24:06

I think i have estimated the spending money well.. Breakfasts are included so just lunch and dinner for 2adults and 1infant to factor in. (Will take baby food for tiny one!)

Has anyone had snacks confisicated at gates? Iam worrying about this as my Ds1 has allergies so have to be careful about what he eats! I on the other hand can eat cheeseburges galore wink

I think you'll need £1000 spending money. It all costs a fortune.
The Wild West show is amazing but it might be too late for your dcs. Dd was 3 and slept on my lap through it (at a cost of £50!). The princess lunch was really rated by lots of people before we went. I thought it was a real waste of money. We paid £150 for me, my mum and dd. the food was far too grown up for dd, she only ate a chocolate Cinderella slipper. The princesses danced for one dance in the two hours we were there and only two princesses came to say hello to dd ( I think we would have only met one but I got stroppy and demanded to see another). Very disappointing.

ISeeSmallPeople Fri 22-Feb-13 10:41:07

Ok, you are flying. Maybe not quite so much. We drove & hadn't booked half board. But spent over £1000 on food for 4 days and extortionate mickey wellies as our shoes got wet

It was minimum 12 euros for any kids meal. Minimum 18E for adult set meal, without any drinks. Buffets from 15E and 25E.

Cheapest bottle of wine was 20E. Beer 7E for 1/2 litre. Crisps 3.5E. Hot chocolate, whic we drank gallons due tothe cold was 3E each.

twinkle1010 Fri 22-Feb-13 10:31:34

Milkymocha Im thinking £1000 for me and DD. Already paid for two evening meals (with the shows) so that should help. If I bring some back I will be thrilled!!! I will also have my bank card incase I need any more. smile

sherzy Fri 22-Feb-13 10:23:16

It's cost us £2500 to fly from Newcastle for 5 days, surely we don't need another £2500 spending money or have I read that wrong????

milkymocha Fri 22-Feb-13 10:07:10

Marking my place. We are going next month - staying in the cheyenne!
5 adults and 3 infants.

How much spending money would people recommend for 4days, 3 nights?

smile

twinkle1010 Fri 22-Feb-13 09:56:56

We're going in May (Half term) for four nights/five days. I booked in january when they had a deal on for two extra days. Its costing about £1200 for me and my DD. We've booked the wild west show and dinner with Mickey as well. Might book the princess one when we get there.

Were flying in on excellent timed flights and staying in the Cheyenne. (We dont mind a basic one as we will hardly be in there and the others were very expensive.) We booked the hotel through disney and flights seperately.

Were going with a group of friends, cant wait smile

MunchMunch Fri 22-Feb-13 09:37:39

We are going in November by coach and ferry <sobs> I'm in the North East so it takes us about 14 hours! Its costing us just under £1000 for 3 nights 4 days at the Santa Fe for 3 adults and 2 children (13 yr old ds1 is classed as an adult and the 2 kids go free). My Brother is also coming with us and its costing him £329.

I would prefer to fly and did price it up but for 6 of us it came to £2500 and I can't justify the price, we could get a weeks holiday in the sun for that.

My other brother has just booked to go a few days before us, flying, 3n/4d staying at the Santa Fe, 2 adults 1 child, also from the north east and I think it's cost him £1200.

pofacedplot Fri 22-Feb-13 09:19:30

We will never got to Eurodisney again. We went about this time last year, the week after half term, and happened to be a French National Holiday. Minimum hour long queue for any ride [rides which lasted 60 seconds in Toy Story bit] Food unbelievably expensive and staff all seemed to hate their job.

Sorry, hope you have a better time, but just wanted to balance out the reviews here! We hated it! We have found some lovely other theme parks in europe which are much nicer and less cynically commercial though.

ISeeSmallPeople Fri 22-Feb-13 08:58:09

Take your hotel/package budget again. Atleast.
I know you have half board, but still everything is expensive.

Take the buggy. Even just for carting your picnic & drinks & camera around in.

Buy Disney branded stuff now. Supermarkets, primark, sports direct, £ shop for colouring books etc.
That way you can magic out from the suitcase a new outfit or toy every day, & hopefully resist being dragged into the many gift shops.

sherzy Fri 22-Feb-13 08:49:23

Thanks again, even the girl in the travel agents recommended taking extra breakfast rolls!

How much spending money would you recommend for 5 days?

GeetTallBird Thu 21-Feb-13 22:35:12

I stayed in a fantastic keycamp village ( http://www.keycamp.co.uk/sites/france-paris/pa012-la-croix-du-vieux-pont.html ) about an hour away from EuroDisney last year, they ran bus trips to EuroDisney (i bought Disney tickets beforehand) and was very worth it. Only problem was the bus returned to the campsite before the parade finished which was a real shame.
The parade was great though, and you need to be there an hour early to stake your claim on the pavement!
Food was expensive, I took packed lunches & we only bought drinks. Loads of places to eat. Queues for rides were quite horrific as it was school hols but the experience of EuroDisney was magical!
Perhaps worth investing in a queue jump style ticket?

Thewhingingdefective Thu 21-Feb-13 22:26:01

Parc Asterix is also nearby. I staffed a school trip there about ten years ago and thought it was pretty good for a day trip.

Thewhingingdefective Thu 21-Feb-13 22:21:05

Sherzy we booked direct.

We're pop north and we've been to eurodisney a couple of times. Always fly to Paris and take Disney shuttle from cdg. We've stayed in sequoia lodge and the new York in the Disney village. Both okay. Took full advantage of the early opening and if you have tea around 5 in the mickey cafe the characters all come on then so you don't need to pay extra for the character breakfast. The princess dining is very expensive but amazing.

ChiefOwl Thu 21-Feb-13 21:17:35

They are well aware of people trying to nick breakfast the croissants/rolls they served were the teeeniest I have ever seen! But plenty of people were trying to make a sandwich with them.

sherzy Thu 21-Feb-13 13:49:24

Booked, 4 nights, flying, Disney package incl meal with characters and half board. Looking forward to stocking up on breakfast rolls and packing tea bags. Thanks for all the tips smile

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