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Old 03-04-2012, 10:33 AM   #1
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Complete at last! Back again - we just can't stay away from DLP - PTR & TR

Hi everyone,

As it's now officially next month that we go back to DLP - and it's such a horrible rainy day outside, I thought I'd start a pre trip report!

The plan
  • From Sat 28th April to Tues 1 May.
  • Travelling by Eurostar via Lille from St Pancras International (10 minutes from home, fortunately for us!)
  • Staying at Hotel Elysee Val D'Europe

Who are we?

Two adults who should know better - me 20something and my boyfriend 30something. I'd been a few times before but visited together for the first time last June (boiling hot - read abut it here), bought APs and are officially hooked! Went back in October (for Halloween - read about it here) and just had to get in another trip before our APs expire!

Now I know it's going to be pretty busy because it's a French bank hol and some schools are still off - but I hope that with the extended hours, and 4 days instead of 3 this time, we'll be able to do everything we want.

As we have APs it's so much cheaper to stay off site, but we're looking forward to the upgrade from the Ibis (fine, but pretty basic!) to the L'Elysee which looks more like a proper hotel! Also we get breakfast, bonus!

So far we have Buffalo Bills booked for the Saturday night through the recent offer. I also know we want to eat at Agrabah Cafe, Walts, possibly Blue Lagoon again and of course the Earl of Sandwich (yum!). I think we'll do Agrabah Cafe maybe for a late lunch on the Sunday.

Can't wait to get there and see all the 20th celebrations - once we know what time the Dreams show/parade is on I'll plan more!
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:24 AM   #2
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You've got a great trip planned

Love that it's 'officially next month'

We're going 6 May and I'm holding off until my 'next month' before doing a PTR
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Old 03-07-2012, 12:14 PM   #3
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Yay! Looking forward to reading about your trip!
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:57 PM   #4
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You've got a great trip planned

Love that it's 'officially next month'

We're going 6 May and I'm holding off until my 'next month' before doing a PTR

Only one pay day away now (also a bit worrying!). Am trying to wait until April before entering super planning mode....
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Old 04-02-2012, 03:31 PM   #5
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Less than a month to go - planning time!

Trying to decide whether to go for the Dreams package for one of our three nights- then maybe Annette's for the other. For lunch I'm thinking agrabah cafe as weve never made it there and love middle eastern type food one day and earl of sandwich the others. Plus the obligatory hotdog 'snacks' for my other half!

I am resolutely NOT looking at Dreams videos and spoilers to keep it a surprise! But looking at our old pics last night had me very excited! Can't wait!
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:15 PM   #6
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You're doing well not looking at anything Dreams related I've looked a million times and it's adding to my excitement

I've been thinking about the Dreams package too - might wait to hear some reviews of where to stand etc before deciding.

Happy planning
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You're doing well not looking at anything Dreams related I've looked a million times and it's adding to my excitement
Ah it's very difficult - it's soo tempting!
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well done for not watching dreams. I was trying not to but then the temptation just got too much, I think it will be truly amazing to see in person. We are thinking of trying Agrabah for the first time on this trip too.
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well done for not watching dreams. I was trying not to but then the temptation just got too much, I think it will be truly amazing to see in person. We are thinking of trying Agrabah for the first time on this trip too.
I saw a little bit on the channel 5 show then switched off! Enough to be VERY excited but not enough to spoil it! Can't wait! Nearly in single digits!
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As the ticker says--- one week to go!

Carrie_Cats exciting news that we can now get. EMH with our fantasy APS means some more planning... I think we'll try do and do EMH on Tuesday (last day) and maybe Monday.

I'm expecting the parks to be busy so I think having a main meal at lunch while it's packed is the way to go. I was thinking of agrabah cafe on Sunday, then perhaps walts and Annette's the other day. We loved blue lagoon last time but not beng big fish eaters the menu is not ideal for us- though having said that it's worth it for the atmosphere so we can make do with the chicken! We'll see!

I am also thinking about doing the Disneyland park tour one day- but I think this will depend on crowds and weather.

Off to Westfield Stratford later to get some new glasses and holiday bits and bobs. Has anyone else been to the new Disney store there- it's great- the new stores have this lovely area for 'kids' to sit and watch disney movies and are really well themed. Well have to stop by for a Disney fix and see if there's any dlrp stuff!
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1 week - exciting

EMH as a must - get so much done, but I love it just for the beautiful view of Main St when it's almost empty Looking forward to it even more now that the stage is gone

I feel the same about Blue Lagoon, but Pirates if one of favourite rides, so I think I'll be hunting out some reviews before we go - I really want to eat there.

I was in our local Disney store last weekend and didn't notice anything for the DLP 20th. Maybe it's just all online

Enjoy your last week planning
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:47 AM   #12
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I don't know where I read there would be dlp stuff in uk stores... Maybe imagined it!

Did get one of uniqlo's new Disney t shirts though - http://shop.uniqlo.com/uk/goods/071398002

And have my eye on this one too - http://shop.uniqlo.com/uk/goods/071152#colorSelect

Some great tops for men and women with (fairly) subtle Disney designs at the moment!
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Old 04-24-2012, 04:26 PM   #13
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Me again - 3 days to go!!

I'm keeping a close eye on the weather forecast, seems dlp is under the same rain cloud we are but forecast seems to have improved since I checked last night, still chance of showers but a little warmer.

As you ladies will know, uncertain weather wreaks havoc with the packing process! Boots or trainers? Mac or winter coat?

I have ordered a Snazzy parka for the ocassion! To replace my geography field trip style one! http://www.matalan.co.uk/fcp/product...ist=Dept,brand

Also purchased the all important euros today- nearly ready!
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Have a great trip. the Euro rate is really good today so you did well there
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Not long now!!!

I can't believe you've not looked at Dreams yet - you are good!! Hope you love it

Re: wet weather - make sure you have spare shoes (of any description) so that you always have one dry pair! Layers plus a waterproof may be best, but it depends on how much you feel the cold? You can always invest in a lovely DLP poncho while you're there!!

I have been emailed about DLP 20 stuff from Disney Store but I haven't been in person to the store, may have to visit soon though...

Have a great trip & don't forget to tell us all about Dreams when you get back!
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