I’ve never done a Disney trip report before but I enjoy reading them on other people’s blogs so I thought I would give it a go! This post is a long one so grab a brew!
We flew with Easy Jet from Manchester Airport to Charles De Gaulle. Our flight was about 5.30pm on a Tuesday in late February and we flew hand luggage only to avoid paying extra for checked luggage. The flight was only an hour and the only fault I found with the airline was loading the plane could have been a lot more organised.
There were stairs from the tarmac to the plane at both the front and the back which would have been perfect if they had actually let people go where they were supposed to straight away. If you’re near the back you should have been allowed to go to the stairs at the back. But no. Our seats were in the last row and we were made to go up the front stairs. We were somewhere in the middle of the queue and by the time we got near to the back of the plane we watched them open the back door and start letting people in. People that were sitting far in front of us. Ridiculous. If you’re going to open the door, do it from the beginning.
After fighting to get to our row, all the overhead lockers were full of luggage. So we placed ours about 10 rows ahead. This would have been fine if they hadn’t opened the back door straight away when we arrived in Paris. So we had to fight to get to our luggage. And we weren’t the only ones.
All of this could have been easily avoided if they had just opened both sets of doors at the same time in Manchester and people could have gone to the right end of the plane. Much quicker too.
Anyway, as I said the flight was short and before we knew it we were in Charles de Gaulle.
After doing a bit of research previously, I discovered that booking a shuttle was the cheapest and quick option to get to Disney. You can either get the train, the magical express (if you’re staying onsite), get in a taxi, hire a car or book a shuttle. We booked with RS Transport and it was 76 euros for a round trip for the two of us. Perfect for those on a budget as that would normally cost you at least 76 euros one way if you took a taxi.
The driver wasn’t there when we arrived but he kept in touch by text and we only waited about 20 minutes. He came in with our name on a sign and took our bags. The trip was stress free so I’d definitely recommend it.
We stayed at the Cheyenne which had a wild west theme. The theming was perfect and the only fault we had with the room was the hard bed. Luckily the pull out sofa turns into two single beds which are super comfy so we just slept in those.
Loving the cowboy boot lamp!
It really felt like you were in a little town in the wild west. Each building was a two floor block of rooms.
We were in Calamity Jane which made me happy as I love that film. The rest of the hotel has everything you need – a restaurant, Starbucks and a gift shop. A shuttle comes every ten minutes or so to take you to the Disney Village & parks and if you feel like it, it’s only a 15 minute walk.
We got into the hotel just after 9.30pm so we just popped to the Disney Village to grab some dinner then we headed back to the hotel to sleep.
We hit the ground running today. As we were staying onsite, we got extra magic hours which now include both parks. We started our day in Disneyland park after grabbing breakfast in the village. Something to take note of is that opening and closing times are not exact here and sometimes that really works in your favour. We found out that we could use our breakfast vouchers (as we were on the standard meal plan) in New York Style Sandwiches which opened at 8. Or so they said. They were actually open at about 7.50 so we were in and out and in line for the parks to open for resort guests at 8.30. Perfect.
How gorgeous is the Disneyland hotel?
So we arrived into the park and headed straight for Fantasyland. Since the rules changed, it’s only Fantasyland that’s open at 8.30 now so we got in line for Peter Pan. We rode that, Dumbo and the carousel before having a wander and getting in line for Discoveryland to open at 9.30. We headed straight for Space Mountain and discovered that it doesn’t open until 10 (normal park opening time) while Buzz Lightyear and Star Tours open at 9.30. We were about 4th in line but decided to leave to go ride those two first despite the women in front of us protesting that we’d never get to ride it otherwise.
So we rode both Buzz and Star Tours before coming back at about 10.10am. The line for Space Mountain was open, we joined the back of the queue and we waited about 15/20 minutes. Actually less time then we would have waiting half an hour for it to open. So yay for taking risks. Afterwards we headed over to the other side of the park and rode Pirates of the Caribbean followed by Snow White’s scary adventures. It was then time for our lunch reservation.
We had reserved a table at Cafe Agrabah at 1.30 and this buffet was definitely my favourite. We wandered around Alice’s labyrinth before doing the shops on Main Street.
Love the view!
It was about 3ish when Topher started feeling unwell. It turned out he had the flu and the freezing weather wasn’t helping. We decided to head back to the hotel and have a nap to see how he felt. He felt worse when we woke up so I suggested giving the parks a miss for the evening. We took another hour before heading into the Village to look at the shops. Topher wasn’t hungry at all so I had a big back of chestnuts from one of the carts. Nom
We only met one character this trip and it was Smee! So happy considering Topher dressed up like him.
We had planned to hit magic hours again but in Studios but unfortunately Topher woke up feeling even worse than the previous day. I suggested we have a little lie in then go out when the parks normally open. He felt ok enough to go so we had breakfast before getting into Disney Studios just after 10.
I was absolutely freezing today. My layers didn’t seem enough (despite having four of them) and I didn’t have a hat or gloves due to not being able to find them just before we left for Paris. I assumed I’d packed them. I hadn’t. So after we rode the Backlot tour we headed to Disneyland. I bought a pair of what I can only assume were children’s gloves and Topher bought a new hat, giving me his old one. We then rode Indiana Jones, Pinocchio and Small World.
Lunch was at the Plaza restaurant on main street and it was really nice. I especially loved the desserts.
My awesome children’s gloves:
The Mexican restaurant in Frontierland had been kitted out in Coco stuff and it was awesome!
We then headed back to the Studios and rode Tower of Terror. Love this ride so much. We also went to the animation studio as is our tradition at Disney parks and we drew Olaf. We were both really lagging at this point and it was about 5 when we had to give in. I wanted to last until the fireworks but it was not happening. We headed back to the hotel, grabbing a hot chocolate and a macaron on the way and I came up with a plan for our final day.
We hit the ground running, grabbing breakfast and going straight to the Studios at 8.30. We rode Crush’s Coaster first which may not have been the best idea with Topher being ill (there was spinning!) but we both enjoyed it and though we felt dizzy, we headed to Ratatouille. This ride was so impressive. I won’t spoil anything but the ride vehicles were amazing. Definitely a must do. I’m so happy they’re making it in WDW.
I knew we weren’t going to be able to dine in the Ratatouille restaurant but I was so pleased to have a full view of it as we exited the ride. How cool is this?
Rock n Rollercoaster was next followed by Tower of Terror again. And we were done. We headed back to Disneyland to see if we could ride Thunder Mountain as it had either been down or busy the whole trip. It was down, but the fast pass was turned on as they said it would be open later. We got tickets. I’d pushed our lunch reservation to 12pm with the plan of taking a mid day to early evening break so we would definitely be able to do the fireworks and it worked perfectly.
We ate at Restaurant de Stars in the Studios and then headed back to the hotel. We slept and woke up refreshed at about 4.
We put on an extra layer of clothes (bringing up my layers to 5 with two layers on my legs). Our priorities in Disneyland were Thunder Mountain, Dinner, Fireworks. Our fast pass was a little out, we’d missed it by about 45 minutes but they let us on (I guess because it had been down so much) and it was awesome. Dinner was then at the Mexican restaurant and then we grabbed our perfect firework spot with a hot chocolate each and it was magical.
We hung back a bit afterwards to take more photos before collapsing back at the hotel.
We checked out and the same shuttle driver picked us up in the morning to take us to the airport. Flight back was fine, though a little delayed – our seats were in the middle of the plane so things went a lot smoother.
And that was it. Despite the cold and illness, we both had a great time.
Bring on the next Disney trip!