Disneyland Paris

Susan Hegarty 10 February 2009
I had been to Disney previously but only as a day trip on a visit to Paris so I was looking forward to experiencing a stay where I would have more time to explore what Disney has to offer.

We flew with Air France and after a comfortable flight and a short transfer we checked into The Magic Circus Hotel. It was very nice with a family theme and a nice bar and restaurant. While not onsite at Disney it has a free shuttle that will have you at the park within minutes and runs throughout the day.

While we were there we were lucky enough to see all of the Disney hotels and a few other properties like The Dream Castle and The Explorers Hotel.

My favourite was Disney's Newport Bay with a relaxed New England atmosphere and an indoor pool it was ideal for all types of guests.

The Explorers Hotel was also lovely. It was warm and inviting with a gorgeous bar, nice restaurant and large bedrooms perfect for bigger families. The pool is a child's dream with a pirate ship in the middle of it and an adventure and activity area close by as well as a video games arcade.

Other hotels include The Sequoia Lodge which has a cosy outdoors feel, The Cheyenne and Santa Fee where the Wild West is recreated, The New York Hotel with a theme as the name suggests and the very plush Disneyland Hotel. Located right at the entrance to the parks this would be perfect for a special holiday.

While we were there we took full advantage of all the wonderful shows and attractions. Some of my favourites included Space Mountain, The Haunted House, Pirates of the Caribbean and of course the magical parades complete with fireworks.

There were lots of options for dining in the parks during the day and at night the Downtown Disney area comes alive with bars, restaurants and entertainment to suit all the family.

We spent one of our evenings at Buffalo Bills Wild West Show. The ticket price includes your food and drinks can be bought at the bar. This was a lot of fun and I would recommend it for an entertaining evening.

There are also plenty of other things to do including a day or evening trip to Paris, an aquarium close by and an outlet store selling a huge range of goods at competitive prices.

There's never a bad time of year to visit Disneyland Paris, throughout the year there are special celebrations for occasions such as St Patrick's Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas.

I have many special promotions where kids travel free, free half board offers and 4 nights for the price of 2. Call me for full details.

This truly is a magical holiday!