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joolz1910
01-15-2009, 05:28 PM
Day 1 Sunday - Minor disappointment and a little surprise.

Despite an uneventful journey to CDG, I couldn't relax until we were on the VEA. The driver put on a promotional DVD and I heard the familiar song, 'Just Like We Dreamed It'. I must confess to staring very hard at the window and concentrating on not blubbing like an over-emotional lunatic. I'd told the girls to look out for a pink hotel and the anticipation really built as we were the last guests to be dropped off!

As the VEA pulled up outside the hotel, I felt like we were on a film set - the doormen in their uniforms buzzing about made it seem slightly surreal. We stepped into the lobby and I immediately felt at 'home'. I had feared it would be stuffy and that I would feel out of place - I need not have worried. Our luggage was whisked away and in no time at all, I had collected our park tickets and we were ready for the adventure to really begin.

The girls were adamant that they wanted to go to the Studios first. I resisted the urge to overrule them and with a bit of a twinge, we set off for the Studios. Our first stop was Crush's Coaster. Jessica was desperate to go on but the queue was 90 minutes and I distracted her with the Flying Carpet ride. Olivia had wanted to go on RNR first, so we headed over there and Olivia and Kev used the DLH Fastpasses to get on. She was jumping all over the place when she got off as she thought it was excellent. I am not a fan of this sort of ride, preferring old school coasters, so I was quite happy to get an umbrella photo opportunity. I told Jess that if she pressed the handle, the umbrella would rain on her. She was there for ages.

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The girls were a little hungry by now, so we went to the food place opposite RNR. We bought Olivia and Jessica a Mickey pizza each. They were so tiny - I'm sure they were bigger before! Each one would have fitted onto a tea plate. I had a hot chocolate and Kev had a coffee - both basically vending machine drinks and the bill for this feast? Just over 14 euros.:scared1: I will try not to go on about how much stuff costs, but really:rotfl:

Looming over our heads was TOT. Olivia was hopping from one foot to another, so we went on. I loved the whole concept of this ride and it became a firm favourite. I really liked the lobby with the abandoned luggage and umbrella, plus the way the lights dimmed with the power surges as you approached the service elevator. The CM's were particularly good on this ride, adding to the weird atmosphere with their austere looks. On the way up I was holding Olivia's hand really tightly as we were sitting right at the front. When the lift doors opened I nearly wet myself. The drop made me lift up out of my seat and we both screamed ourselves hoarse. As soon as we got off, Olivia took her Dad's hand and dragged him on too.

It was getting close to 3pm and I knew our room would be ready. We headed back to the hotel and got our room. We were in the East Wing, room 1206, overlooking the entrance. I was sooooo happy with the room. The steam train went past every now and then and I felt that we had a nice view over the entrance. I examined all of the little details, marvelling at the wallpaper and phone in the loo. I was pleased to see my robe and slippers waiting for me!

We freshened up and headed for the Park. Jessica had been hanging around in the Studios, so we promised we would 'do' Fantasyland. As we passed City Hall, I remembered to pop in and request our reservation slip for Walt's. I had booked Walt's for 5, hoping to get a window table and watch the parade from there. I was really looking forward to this and absolutely starving. The CM's checked and double checked and then informed me that Walt's was closed. I said that there must be a mistake as I had made a booking. The CM phoned Walt's and confirmed that the restaurant was closed. I was gutted. We were all hungry so I headed to Walt's to see what could be done. They had a couple of us who had been booked incorrectly. I decided to make a booking for the following day at 2pm. The CM booked us a table at The Steakhouse for 6pm that night. I was unhappy because we would be away from the Park when it was open until 8.

We had an hour to kill, so headed to the Castle. Jessica thought it was amazing. She hadn't realised it was real.:goodvibes We explored the Castle and visited the dragon. We did Peter Pan - I love that ride - Scary Snow White ride and Pinocchio. We went on IASW and Emilia squealed with delight as soon as she saw the ice skating dolls. She loved this ride so much. We left the Park and went to The Steakhouse.

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I would love one of these boats in my house. This is my favourite aspect of the ride.

I will write a review of The Steakhouse at a later date. The waitress who greeted us was miserable, rude and unhelpful, and I immediately thought this would be a bad choice. As it turned out, the food was very nice and our waiter was pleasant and courteous. We all had a drink included with our meal with the hb vouchers, which I hadn't expected. I did see the rude waitress tell an English family that premium vouchers were not accepted there. I wanted to say something but didn't want to interfere. I was so sure they could use them at face value, but she just dismissed this family. Anyway, it was 7.20 by the time we had finished eating. I left Kev to sort Emilia out and I ran back to the Park with Jess and Olivia to catch at least a couple of rides.

Thank you Disers! I suddenly remembered the advice to ride BTM in the dark. We did it three times in a row!!! It was so exhilarating, zooming through the cold night air in complete darkness. Jessica had officially fallen in love with this ride and I think she would have stayed on it all night. We walked back through the Park, stopping to admire the Castle lit up like a shimmering jewel. We could not believe how pretty it was. We got back to the hotel and the children got ready for bed.

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I'm sorry but I take terrible night-time photos.:rotfl:

We had an enormous travel cot, which Jess slept in because Emilia wouldn't, but it meant we had an extra 'bed' in a sense. I had really enjoyed having the hotel on the doorstep of the Park and felt happy and relaxed after our first day, having queued for between 5-15 minutes for most rides. Once the children were asleep, I decided to take a quick peek out of the window, and I got a lovely little surprise. There, in the distance, through a gap in the trees, I could see something twinkling. Yes, I had got a partial view of Sleeping Beauty's Castle.:cloud9:

Bolanette87
01-15-2009, 06:52 PM
Such a shame about Walts and the rude waitress in the Steakhouse! Hope it didn't put too much of a downer on things!

Other than that, sounds like a great start!

Bob xoxoxox

marcus.ka
01-16-2009, 02:42 AM
What a great start of you trip.

When we stayed at the DLH in June 2008 we had room 1306 so right above yours.
But we could not see the Castle. But nevertheless we had a great view. You can see my TR from June here with pictures of our view in part 2.

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1887351

http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1889600

mommy2ash
01-16-2009, 03:34 AM
great start. i would love to stay at the dlh. i agree its such a shame about walts and the waitress but at least you didnt let it ruin anything for you. i will have to show ash that umbrella

thelittlemermaid83
01-16-2009, 04:58 AM
What a lovely and detailed report hun, cant wait to read day 2 and oooh how lucky with the small partial castle view :)

cap'njack.
01-16-2009, 05:25 AM
What a good start and so lucky with the partial Castle View!!

karenmoloney
01-16-2009, 11:34 AM
Hi Juliette, sounds like a great start to your holiday. We were in room 1306, so we were right above you & had the same lovely view out of our window. Did you not go to see the characters that day - I thought that was the day you might have seen us - maybe it was someone else & it's just as well you didn't go up & say hello! Looking forward to reading more - you are putting me to shame, I haven't started mine yet!

marcus.ka
01-16-2009, 01:40 PM
Hi Karen,
did you read what I wrote in post # 3. We had also room 1306 but we could not see the castle like joolz1910. Could you see see the castle from room 1306?

hildasmuriel
01-16-2009, 02:07 PM
Great start - can't believe your trip is over. Seems like it was miles away in the future when you first started posting about it.

Dianetigger
01-16-2009, 02:17 PM
Fabulous start to your trip report, so sorry to hear about Walts being closed and the rude waitress but it still sounds like you had a magnificent day.

joolz1910
01-16-2009, 02:23 PM
Hi Karen,
did you read what I wrote in post # 3. We had also room 1306 but we could not see the castle like joolz1910. Could you see see the castle from room 1306?

I had to look to the right out of the window - the entrance to the Park was slightly left. It was in the far distance and was tiny. Do you think I was looking at something else? I tried to take a photo (see below). You couldn't see anything during the day - only when it was lit up at night.

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karenmoloney
01-16-2009, 04:47 PM
Hi Karen,
did you read what I wrote in post # 3. We had also room 1306 but we could not see the castle like joolz1910. Could you see see the castle from room 1306?

Yes, Marcus, I did read that. But, no I didn't see the castle out of the window, but then again I didn't try looking too hard as I didn't think it would be possible. Did you like the room? It was much smaller than the one we got when we stayed there Sep '04 (our only other time there) which had a massive sofa & was easily twice the size so I thought it was a bit small, but that didn't matter.

joolz1910
01-16-2009, 05:00 PM
Yes, Marcus, I did read that. But, no I didn't see the castle out of the window, but then again I didn't try looking too hard as I didn't think it would be possible. Did you like the room? It was much smaller than the one we got when we stayed there Sep '04 (our only other time there) which had a massive sofa & was easily twice the size so I thought it was a bit small, but that didn't matter.

Were you upgraded to a family room in 04? I wondered if the family rooms were a lot bigger. It would have been an extra £350 for us to upgrade to a family room.

karenmoloney
01-16-2009, 05:36 PM
Were you upgraded to a family room in 04? I wondered if the family rooms were a lot bigger. It would have been an extra £350 for us to upgrade to a family room.

The room had 2 double beds in it, so, no I don't think it was an upgrade. That time we had a beautiful white wooden cot, but this time it was a travelcot (but Natasha has moved into a bed since we booked so she didn't sleep in it, but it was great up against the side of the bed to stop her falling out! I suppose it just depends on the luck of the draw as to which room you get. It even had a small balcony!

marcus.ka
01-18-2009, 02:19 AM
@ Juliette: mhh this could be the Castle but I am not sure.
As we styed there in June we had daylight until almost 10pm so we even only had a view awake hours every evening when the park was lit up. And as it was not Christmas Season the Castle was also not clittering.

@ Karen Yes we liked the room. We stayed in the DLH 3 times before this visit and all our rooms have been similar except for one room we had in June 2006 (West Wing with view to Fantasia Garden). I always request a room with 2 beds. But in June 2006 there were no other rooms than this one with only one bed. And so we had a “Corner Room” with a small balcony and a sofa. But in all the other rooms we did not have a sofa and the size was the same as in this room 1306.

karenmoloney
01-18-2009, 05:58 AM
[QUOTE=marcus.ka;29741186@ Karen Yes we liked the room. We stayed in the DLH 3 times before this visit and all our rooms have been similar except for one room we had in June 2006 (West Wing with view to Fantasia Garden). I always request a room with 2 beds. But in June 2006 there were no other rooms than this one with only one bed. And so we had a “Corner Room” with a small balcony and a sofa. But in all the other rooms we did not have a sofa and the size was the same as in this room 1306.[/QUOTE]

I must just have been lucky that time then!

tennisfan
01-18-2009, 01:05 PM
Great start, I look forward to reading the rest:thumbsup2

joolz1910
01-18-2009, 01:40 PM
[QUOTE=marcus.ka;29741186]@ Juliette: mhh this could be the Castle but I am not sure.
As we styed there in June we had daylight until almost 10pm so we even only had a view awake hours every evening when the park was lit up. And as it was not Christmas Season the Castle was also not clittering.


I'd started to think my eyes had deceived me, so I emailed the DLH and got this reply:

I hope you have betted with your friend, cause you are pretty right even if you shouldn't.
Officially, the rooms with a view on the park are located only in Castle Club, which is a reserved area with suites
et rooms with a view, but it is true that few rooms ( and the 1206 is a part of them) have a perceived of the park,
it depends on the floor. It is not a clear view but as you said you could glimpse the Castle.

Bests regards,

FRONT OFFICE TEAM

So anyone in this room should look out of their window and to the right - but only when it's dark and there are no leaves on the trees!:lmao:

J Marley
01-19-2009, 04:21 PM
Great first day :thumbsup2

Its a shame about Walts we had wanted to eat here too its my DH favourite restaurant.

I think we must have had the same waitress in The Steakhouse :sad2:

joolz1910
01-19-2009, 04:27 PM
Great first day :thumbsup2

Its a shame about Walts we had wanted to eat here too its my DH favourite restaurant.

I think we must have had the same waitress in The Steakhouse :sad2:



I'm sure she was being rude on purpose. A french customer came in and she was much more relaxed and smiley with her. In fact she was ignoring me (quite pointedly) in order to speak to her.:confused3

cookie334
01-19-2009, 04:57 PM
Aw wow, can't believe you got a view of the castle (well partial view lol), how lucky are you? Awww glad the hotel was perfect and that you all enjoyed the first day. Can't wait to read the rest.

Ware Bears
02-03-2009, 06:22 PM
Shame about Walt's and the rude waitress but glad you still had a lovely day. :goodvibes