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Old 12-28-2009, 06:52 AM   #1
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The secret of christmas - Spending Christmas at DLP with crowds, weather and Walt's

When: 23rd of Dec to the 27th of Dec 2009

Where: Hotel New York (My favourite DLP hotel)



Who: Me, Stephanie and my mom



The 23rd of Dec

We arrived at CDG airport and decided to try something new this time: taking the train.
I read that it only takes 15 min, so why sit in a bus for an hour when you can get there in 15 min???
Well, because you have to wait in line for 30 min just to get the tickets, then you have to find out where the train departs from, it doesn't say so on the ticket, then you have to wait 35 min for the train. It took us almost 2 hours to get from the airport to DLP, and it cost 24 euroes for an adult (17 on the bus) - Not a good idea!

But we finally got there and had a very quick check in at New York. We had some problems with out room, but the staff was very helpful and we quickly got moved to another room without any problems.
I love this hotel. It's close to the parks and to Village, the staff is friendly, the smell is lovely (Yes, there is a nice smell there) and the christmas deco is beautifull.












Then it was time for lunch at Annette's. We both had The Euro Chick burger(8), I had a lemon coke(7) and my mom had a lemonade(6)



The numbers are a part of our rating system. We have been to DLP so many times so we wanted to do something different this time, so we have rated all our food experiences on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 is best)
As you can see, we really liked the food here. It was delicious, warm and fresh. The service was great as well (9), our waiter was really friendly and we got our food and drink very fast. I can highly recommend this place.

After lunch we went to the main park. The crowds were very low, so we went on POTC (waiting time 10 min) and It's a Small World (waiting time 10 min) IASW had this new christmas theme added to it which made it a lot better then normally. I don't like this ride at all, but the new theme made it really good. Just the fact that you don't hear "It's a small world after all" through the whole ride made it better.

We got "first row seats" for Fantillusion on Town Square like 10 min before the parade started so I can't say that the park was busy.
Here's a few pics from around the park.







Tomorrow I'm going to reveal the big christmas dinner secret.
What is actually going on at the expensive christmas dinner parties? What's on the manu?
Who is going to be there?
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Old 12-28-2009, 09:13 AM   #2
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Hi Stephanie,
cant wait to read more!
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:49 PM   #3
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Really looking forward to more details tomorrow and the walts menu
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:09 PM   #4
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Great start - love the photos. Delighted to hear you booked the NYH as we are staying there in just 2 weeks time - cant wait. I love your rating system by the way. cant wait to read some more!
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Old 12-29-2009, 03:08 AM   #5
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great first day i a cant wait for more
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Old 12-29-2009, 04:33 AM   #6
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Thanks for reading everyone. I'll get started on day 2 in a bit....


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Great start - love the photos. Delighted to hear you booked the NYH as we are staying there in just 2 weeks time - cant wait. I love your rating system by the way. cant wait to read some more!
You won't regret staying at Hotel New York, it's wonderful. Thanks for reading.
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Old 12-29-2009, 07:15 AM   #7
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24th of Dec

Now it's time for the big day, the 24th of Dec.
Now the British people are thinking: "Big day??? On the 24th????"
Yes, in Denmark we celebrate christmas on the 24th in the evening. We eat dinner (pork and duck), then we dance around the christmas tree, while we sing (Do you do that in England?) then we open the presents and then it's off to bed, and that's a Danish christmas! Ok, enough of the history lessons, back to DLP.

We had breakfast in the hotel around 9.30. We ate in the restaurant furthest back. It's a beautiful restaurant and the breakfast was delicious. Plenty to choose between. Different bread, hot food, fresh fruit, cereal, you name it... It wasn't busy around this time so we had time to enjoy the breakfast. In this hotel you don't have to choose a breakfast time when you check in, you can have breakfast at any time from 7-11.

We decided to do some christmas shopping, since all the shops are open on the 24th in France. We went out to La Valle Village, also known as the outlet place... We had never been there before so we didn't know what to expect.
The hotel has got a great shuttle service, which is so easy to use. You ask the concierge to call the shuttle, 10-15 min after they pick you up outside the hotel and 10 min after you are there. It cost 5 euroes for a return trip. When you want to go home, you ask the Welcome center to call the shuttle, they pick you up and take you home.
The first part of the place is the outlet village. They have all the big brands and you can save a lot of money. It is worth going there if you are into this stuff. Next to the outlet place is a mall with normal shops. Some of them you can find all over Europe (H&M, Levi's ect.) but there were also a lot of French shops, which made the place quite interesting.



After a couple of hours of shopping we went back to the hotel to get ready for the big christmas dinner at Walt's. We were really exited about this dinner cause we didn't know anything about it. It is a well kept secret cause no one knows anything about what you get when you pay around 200 euroes for a meal.
We were told to be at Walt's at 6, the dinner started at 6.30. When we went in there a lot of other people were waiting but no CM's were around to guide us. We waited and waited, more people came in and waited. 20 minutes after (10 min before the start) someone finally came down to greet us.

The deco at Walt's



When our name was called we went up stairs and were welcomed by a waiter with a glas of champagne and shown to our table. We sat in a nice and quiet corner with a wiew over main street.

Look how beautiful the table setting was




The menu was in English and French.



We qiuckly got the appetizer (8,5) It just said appetizer in the menu, but the waiter said something about crab. Our waiter was really easy to understand so I spoke French to him most of the time. My French is not that good, but he spoke very clear.



Ohh look who came by to welcome us... Mickey and Minnie all dressed up. This was a big surprice, we didn't expect characters at all.





Then we got the "Holiday starters" - Grilled scallops with Champagne emulsion. Millefeuille of foie gras with spice bread and Morello cherries. Smoked salmon with caviar.(7)



It "only" get 7 because we don't really like foie gras and scallops, but I'm sure it was very well prepared. The Salmon was fantastic and the Champagne emulsion went great with bread.

Then someone else stopped by to say hallo, Father Christmas. A real American Santa Claus.(He was American)



Next up the main course - Poached and roasted farmhouse capon, fresh coriander jus. Mashed potatoes with black truffles. Winter vegetables, cranberry preserve (9)



It was delicious!!!!!! Warm, really well prepared and freshly made.

Just a side note: We didn't have to wait until the other tables were done with their meals, we got our plate quickly after finishing the other one, but not too fast! The waiter wasn't pushy in any way.
Together with the meal was 1/2 bottle of wine per person (we had a nice white wine) and a bottle of water.

Then we had the typical French "Selection of cheeses with walnut bread (7)



We are not big cheese eaters but it was nice. My mom knows a bit about cheese and she said that it was very good.

The last part of the entertainment was a magician who did a few tricks at each table. I'm not into magic at all but this guy was really good and so funny as well. He made one joke after another, it's was so funny. Sorry, but I didn't take any pictures of him.

Then we got to my favourite part - Yule Log (10) (my mom rate it 9)



I have never heard of this before but I loved it. Do you know it? I think it's a commen French christmas dessert " Bche de Nol". Do you have it in England? I have to find out how to make it, cause it was outstading!!!

The last thing on the menu was Coffee and petits fours (10)





The worst thing about this was the fact that we were so full up that we couldn't eat the nice filled chocolate. We had to leave some :-(

At the same time we could see the Fantillusion parade on Main Street.

Then it was time to leave. We left some tip, but most of the tables around us didn't.
The over all rate for this dinner is 9. It was expensive both definitely worth it!

When we came out it was raining and the park was almost empty. We walked around and took some pics and then we went back to the hotel.













Tomorrow: The 25th of dec, how busy is busy????
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Thanks for posting your TR - I am now feeling very Christmassy!!
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