What's Dood To Do
Go All French
Reviewed by Debbie Talbot
On the Friday afternoon of October half term week we set off for Disneyland Paris. We arrived in plenty of time at the P&O ferry terminal and their helpful staff got us quickly checked in. We then waited in our lane to board the ferry. The terminal building had a good range of shops and food outlets as well as excellent amenities. After boarding the ferry we headed to the bar area until the restaurant opened. We enjoyed a tasty meal which was great value and very generous in portion size. After our meal we ventured out on to deck for some fresh air. The crossing itself was calm. All of the facilities onboard were excellent and kept clean. The shop is huge and could have set me back quite a few pennies, had I let my 6 year old daughter get her way. We found the staff to be extremely helpful onboard. There are even leaflets available with ideas of things to do on both sides of the channel. After docking in Calais we quickly left the port and set off on a 3 hour drive to Paris.
We decided to opt for the toll road route to Paris due to driving through the night. Toll charges were a very reasonable 20 Euros 40 cents each way and there were plenty of rest areas along the various motorways we took. After getting a little bit lost we finally arrived at the Adagio City Aparthotelin Val d’Europe. After parking in their large underground car park we headed to reception to check in. A member of staff quickly organised our room key and we headed off to our apartment.
The accommodation itself was clean and modern and I was delighted to find a gift wrapped box of chocolates in the apartment. There was a double bedroom, bathroom toilet and living area. The kitchen was well equipped and the LCD TV had international channels. We quickly headed off to bed as by now it was 4am. After a lovely nights sleep in their very comfortable beds we walked down the road from the aparthotel to catch the free shuttle bus to the Disneyland parks. I felt secure in the knowledge that my laptop was locked away in the apartment’s electronic safe. After a short journey we were dropped off outside the Marne-la-Vallée Train station, from which it is a short walk to the park.
After having our bags checked we entered the Disneyland park and headed straight for the Buzz Lightyear ride. After comparing scores we headed over to Peter Pan which my little girl thoroughly enjoyed as the ride takes you soaring over the streets of London. Having had a look at the various food outlets scattered around the park, we decided to have lunch in the Buzz Lightyear Pizza and Pasta restaurant which was great value as it was an unlimited Pizza, Pasta and salad buffet followed by a huge selection of yummy desserts. Refillable drinks were also included. My little girl thoroughly enjoyed running around in the restaurant play area while the adults finished their meals.
We then headed for Star Wars which my little girl wasn’t too sure about going on, however she came off grinning with excitement. The other adult in our party headed over to Space Mountain while the less brave in our party sat and rested our feet. It was lovely to see the happy expression on the faces of people in the Disney parks, whether a small child or a grown up. All of the park staff we came across could not be more helpful and were fantastic with children. The park is well thought out as there are plenty of benches and seats for having a rest and plenty of clean toilet facilities. Other favourites that day were It’s a small world which is fascinating, the Casey Junior train and storybook ride.
Late afternoon we decided to head over to Walt Disney Studios Park where my little girl went on the Flying carpets and Cars, both of which she wanted to go straight back on again. Whilst we did not watch the parades there were plenty available as well as some fantastic live shows. Buzz Lightyear was the firm favourite of the day and my little girl is already asking when we are going back so that she can try out Thunder Mountain which is the favourite ride of other members of my family when they have visited the Disneyland Paris Resort previously.
After leaving the park we had a look at the shops in Disney Village. The village itself boasts a cinema, nightclub and some lovely restaurants such as Annette’s diner, Planet Hollywood and McDonalds. We then headed back to the shuttle bus which took us back to the hotel. Instead of eating out we opted for some deli food from the local supermarket and a McDonalds from the shopping complex food court. The shopping centre is situated right next to the hotel and there is a massive choice of eateries. After another great night’s sleep we packed up our belongings and made the 3 hour drive back to Calais. We stopped off for an hour in a huge Shopping Centre complex a few miles from the dock and had a wonderful Brasserie lunch.
Because we arrived back at the port early we asked if we could possibly be put on to an earlier ferry. This was no problem for P&O’s helpful staff and we had a lovely ferry crossing back to Dover. Because we were still full up from our fabulous lunch we chose not to have a meal on our return crossing and instead opted to sit on one of the comfy sofas and look out the window. After another pleasant and smooth crossing we docked in Dover and headed back to Luton.
We had a magical weekend and can not wait to get back out to Disneyland Paris in 2012. I recommend making full use of the fastpass system at Disney as it reduced queuing times for the more popular rides. Queuing times were really good, just 5 minutes on some rides. Our timetable only allowed for 1 day in the park, however I do recommend a stay of 3-4 days. Whilst we arranged our ferry crossing, hotel and park access separately on this occasion packages are available from £244 at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne including ferry and park tickets for 2 nights/3 days for arrivals during Jan 2012 plus kids under 12 stay and play for free. P&O ferries often run some fantastic offers so do keep checking their website www.poferries.com. The Adagio Aparthotel was great value, comfy and well equipped and even provided free WIFI Access. We did not opt to have the aparthotel’sbreakfast but it was available. P&O, Adagio and Disneyland Paris all worked hard to make our trip very special and truly memorable.