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Old 02-14-2011, 07:26 AM   #1
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Ridin’ Solo – ‘Une Personne S’il Vous Plait’ **COMPLETED (Plus Lunch At Walt's)**

Hi everyone and welcome to my first ever trip report

Day One, Part One

DLH Photos

Day One, Part Two

Day One, Part Three

Day Two,Part One

Day Two, Part Two

Day Two, Part Three

Day Two, Part Four

'Cocktails Around The Lake'

Day Three, Part One

Day Three, Part Two Plus Lunch At Walts





I love reading every one else’s reports and use them a lot for researching trips so I thought it was time to return the favour and attempt one of my own

So why did I end up on a solo trip to DLP?

Just before Christmas the Disney Marketing Machine seemed to be following me everywhere I turned, tempting me with their pixie dust sprinkled advertising campaign together with a promise of ‘up to 40% off’

Well I just had to have a quick look at prices didn’t I?, it would have been like kicking Mickey Mouse in the shins and running away if I didn’t

I had visited DLP with DH three times in the past, the first time we stayed at the Hotel Santa Fe and the next two trips we stayed at the Sequoia Lodge but the last visit was in 2006 so it really felt like time to head back

We are heading off to WDW in May and I thought that getting some Disney Magic early in the year would make the waiting less painful

I was torn between heading back to the Sequoia Lodge or trying the Newport Bay for the first time. The prices for both looked pretty good to me. We checked out the prices for the Eurostar and it was certainly cheaper to book this separate to the hotel/ticket package

Anyway, just before it came time to book DH got offered a new job which he would be starting at the end of January and it just wasn’t practical for him to take time off in February.

At first I thought ‘no problem, we’ll just go another time’ but then I thought ‘well why don’t I go anyway?’ I had a load of holiday entitlement at work that I really needed to use up and really didn’t feel bothered about travelling on my own so I got back on the DLP website right away

I was still in two minds about which hotel to book and as I was now going to be travelling on my own I decided to take a look at the Disneyland Hotel as it was clearly going to be the most convenient for the parks and the train station

Sure enough the 40% off offer covered my dates so with the click of a button I was booked for two nights/three days arriving on Feb 9th and checking out of Feb 11th

Coming Up – Travel Day & A Trip To The Studios

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A fantastic idea- no need to cancel - can't wait to see photos of the DLH!
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Looking forward to reading more.It must be lovely only having yourself to please and to do what you want .....very relaxing.Can't wait to see piccies of DLH
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Looking forward to reading more.It must be lovely only having yourself to please and to do what you want .....very relaxing.Can't wait to see piccies of DLH
I wouldn't hesitate to travel solo again, it was great being so selfish

I've got lots of pics of the hotel so I will be sure to post them
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More Disneyland Hotel Photos

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Day One

So I was up bright and early and excited about my day ahead.

DH drove me the short distance to the train station and once I had bought my ticket the train to Paddington was just pulling into the Station

After a 20 minute journey I arrived in London and took a quick walk through to the Hammersmith & City line and arrived at St Pancras just a few minutes later.

The last time I had taken the Eurostar, the trains left from Waterloo and I have to say that St Pancras is a much nicer departure point.

There are plenty of good places to eat and some great shops to look around so I would suggest that if you arrive at the station early you would have more to do by staying in this area for as long as possible before checking in as there really aren’t many facilities once you are in departures

I still had loads of time before I needed to check in so I headed to ‘Le Pain Quotidien’ for some breakfast. I highly recommend this chain, there is a branch close to my office and I have always really enjoyed the food and service there.



I ordered a Latte as well as a Granola, Yoghurt and Fresh Berries Parfait which was absolutely delicious.

After a quick look around the shops it was time to check in which all went very smoothly. There was a huge school party ahead of me in the queue so I thought it would take ages but the teachers made sure that the kids were ready with passports etc and they moved through really quickly.

Once I was through Passport Control I headed to Caffé Nero for another shot of caffeine and had a quick read of my book.



Just as I took the last sip of coffee an announcement came over the loud speakers saying that the train was now ready to board

The train didn’t seem to be that busy and there were only a couple of other families in my carriage so I settled down with my book and enjoyed the journey

As I was staying at the Disneyland Hotel there didn’t really seem much point in booking the Magical Express Service as it literally only took five minutes to walk from the station wheeling my bag happily behind me

I had never been into the Disneyland Hotel during my previous visits and upon entering the lobby I was really impressed with the look of the place.



Nobody else was checking in ahead of me and the Cast Member behind the counter was really friendly and welcoming

I hadn’t called ahead with any room requests but I was hoping to be fairly close to reception as I was travelling on my own and my wish was granted when I was handed a key card for room 1114

As I headed to the lift Chip & Dale appeared in the lobby and Chip decided to escort me to my room!

He jumped in the lift with me and when we arrived on the first floor he kindly pointed me in the right direction and jumped back in the lift!



As soon as I entered the room I heard the familiar sound of a train pulling into Main Street Station and when I dashed to the window I could see the train with steam pouring out of the funnel, what a great room location, I couldn’t believe my luck



The room was lovely but I was so excited about getting into the parks so I popped my passport etc into the safe and headed to The Studios

Coming up next – Lights, Camera, Action!

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I love that you were escorted to your room by a Chipmunk!!! Disney magic at it's best! DLH looks fab, I really want to stay there!
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Quick update folks
I feel like I am rambling so I hope I am not turning what should be a brief three day trip report into war and peace
Anyway I am all over this tomorrow so your next installments will be with you shortly
I am also determined to complete my cocktail review for mamaboogie ahead of her trip next week
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I feel like I am rambling so I hope I am not turning what should be a brief three day trip report into war and peace
Thanks perfectly ok.The longer the better is grand with me and everyone else, I'm sure
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How amazing having the park all to yourself!!!

I think I would have been tempted to have lunch with Jack - husband or no husband!!

Fab TR, love the food photos too...
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Day Two, Part Four

After lunch and another ride around Pirates, I spent some time exploring the tree house and adventure isle (wonderful theming)

Next it was off the Big Thunder Mountain where I got front row which I always love





Everything was walk on, I hadn’t needed to use FP for anything but I still had my hotel FP to use so I decided I would save it for BTM later in the day

I then headed off to Phantom Manor, it’s a very close call between this and Pirates for favourite attraction at DLP and I think I ended up riding this four times over the course of my stay



I love that you walk through the front door of the mansion in DLP and I could spend hours just looking at the exterior of the building and wandering around boot hill



I strolled back through Frontierland and saw that a performance of Mickey’s Winter Wonderland was about to start so I grabbed a cappuccino and headed into the theatre



I really enjoyed the show and the little boy that they pulled out of the audience to shout into the cave really got into his part



After the show I had another ride on BTM before heading back to Discoveryland to see Captain EO (got to love those hair-styles!) and check out anything else I had missed

It was getting close to the 5pm Parade so I popped into the Gibson Girl’s Ice Cream Parlour on Main Street and got this beauty to keep me company on the curb



I thought the Parade was fantastic. I wasn’t really bothered about seeing it but as I had done all of the rides I through I might as well check it out but let me tell you, this is a great Parade

The characters and dancers were so enthusiastic and that really transferred through to the crowd



Once the parade ended I caught the little show on the castle stage which again was a really great show. The live entertainment in general really surprised me on this trip. It really was first class



The park was due to close at 6pm so I just had time for a final trip on BTM and wanted to end my day at Phantom Manor in the dark

Coming up next ………… Don’t judge, it’s all in the name of research
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All In The Name Of Research!

Right so what’s a girl to do on a solo evening at Disneyland Paris

That’s right; hang around in bars

I had decided that I wanted to check out the Hotel New York and Newport Bay as I had never visited them on my previous trips (we had stayed at the Sequoia Lodge before) so in order to make the tour a little more interesting I stuck upon the idea of ‘Cocktails Around The Lake’

Yep, that’s right I was going to thinly disguise my desire for a fancy adult beverage with a ‘research tour of hotels’

Let’s get this show on the road

First Up …………. My home ground ……………………. Café Fantasia



The Ponchielli

A mix of Bacardi Superior Rum, Chambord Liqueur, Peach Nectar, Pineapple Juice and Monin Grenadine Syrup

Presentation 5 out of 5
Taste 4 out of 5
Snacks Served 4 out of 5 (Nuts and Tortilla Chips)
Atmosphere 5 out of 5

Next Up ……………. New York City Bar ……………………Hotel New York



The New York, New York

A mix of Bacardi Superior Rum, Melon Liqueur, Pineapple Juice, Fresh Lemon Juice and Monin Peach Syrup

Presentation 4 out of 5
Taste 5 out of 5
Snacks served 5 out of 5 (Olives and Nuts)
Atmosphere 3 out of 5 (I was the only person in there, but the staff were lovely)

Right time to head to …………The Redwood Bar …………………Sequoia Lodge

Yes, I know I had stayed here before so I couldn’t pretend that this was research but it seemed wrong to just walk past on my way to Newport Bay



The Sierra Nevada

A mix of Grey Goose Citrus Vodka, Green Apple Liqueur, Fresh Lemon Juice and Blue Curacao

Presentation 3 out of 5
Taste 3 out of 5
Snacks served 0 out of 5 (there weren’t any )
Atmosphere 4 out of 5 (I had a lovely table next to the fire)

We are in the home straight

Next Up ……………. Fisherman’s Wharf ………….Newport Bay Hotel



The Tropical Storm

A mix of Tequila, Apricot Liqueur, Blue Curacao and Passion Fruit Nectar

Presentation 4 out of 5
Taste 4 out of 5
Snacks served 3 out of 5 (nuts and crisps)
Atmosphere 2 out of 5 (felt like I was sitting is a waiting room and the other bar was closed)

So there ends my little posh pub crawl, what was my favourite I hear you cry?

Without doubt the cocktail of the night was the New York, New York at the New York City Bar. This was absolutely delicious.

Some of the other drinks were a little too sweet but the fresh lemon juice in this one gave it a sharper flavour that I really enjoyed.

The bar staff were excellent in the Hotel New York and I am a big fan of Olives so the snacks went down well.

The only downside to this venue was that I was the only person in there and with no music of any sort playing it felt a little low on atmosphere.

I love the décor of this bar and I can imagine if it’s buzzing in there it’s a great place to spend some time

In terms of the venue I most enjoyed though it has to be Café Fantasia, just the right combination of atmosphere and sophistication and I thought that my drink there looked the prettiest

You may have noticed that my food consumption for the evening consisted of mainly peanuts so in what I like to think of as the Disneyland version of getting a kebab on the way home from the pub, I popped into ‘New York Sandwiches’ on my way back through Disney Village for a much needed Tuna Melt Panini which was yummy



After a quick look around the shops, where I resisted the temptation to buy anything (never shop after four cocktails people) I headed back to the hotel

I used the kettle that I had borrowed from reception the day before to make myself a nice cup of hot chocolate and fell into bed to read my book

Coming Up Next …………….. Another early start and back to the Studios

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