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Old 10-12-2008, 05:43 AM   #1
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The Baloos weekend for the opening of Halloween

We had a fantastic weekend last weekend as I surprised the family with a trip to the Disneyland Hotel via Eurostar to see the DLP Halloween celebrations.

The pictures will be here shortly

We had a fab time, though very exhausting. Halloween is my favorite time to go, but DLP was certainly packed.

And here are the pictures:

http://s388.photobucket.com/albums/o...loween%202008/
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Aw I'd love to see your photos Dave, but I don't have a facebook log-in I'm afraid.

How did you like the DLH this time? I understand from CityBlue's trip report that the park was near capacity on the Saturday ?

Sounds like you had a rare old time though
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:16 AM   #3
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Brilliany davewasbaloo! I rally enjoyed reading that, did you prefer the DLH to your stay at the hotel new york?
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Aw I'd love to see your photos Dave, but I don't have a facebook log-in I'm afraid.

How did you like the DLH this time? I understand from CityBlue's trip report that the park was near capacity on the Saturday ?

Sounds like you had a rare old time though
Really, I thought I set it up so eveyone could see.

Here's a DLH review:

Hi folks,

We just got back from a surprise trip to DLP last weekend. As we were only going to have 30 hours in the resort, I really wanted to maximise on the potential. The DLH had a 30% discount for Dream AP holders, so we went for it. The price was still a little on the crazy side (£336 or $672) for one night for our family of 4 (2 adults, a 5 year old and a 3 year old), it would have been even more if we booked a package. But I can say that at least the DLH offers the service all of Disney used to.

When we got to the train station (we used the Eurostar), we opted to take our own luggage. They asked us to open it going through security, which was ok (not ideal). If we paid 15 euro, we could have had the luggage delivered to the hotel, but I was not too bothered given it was one small suitcase.

We then got to the hotel and dropped our bags off. Very efficient service. Straight into the park we went.

At 4:00 I checked in (most of the staff were tri, quad and quintlingual). Very fast, friendly and efficient. While I checked in there was a character parade down the stairs and character interaction to entertain the kids, it was a great start as my kids played ring around the rosy with Mickey, Goofy, a penguin from Mary Poppins, Tigger, and Eeyore. One little niggle, they used to have DLP labelled candy everywhere, but now it is more generic (the Hotel New York got rid of the candy all together in August - so this was still better). Also, we had 1 fastpass each for every day we were there (but what I did not realise is they can only be used between 2 and 6pm which is a shame, I thought they were good for the whole day).

The hotel was well decorated, and not worn anywhere (unlike the other DLP hotels). We went to the room and it was still very lovely and Disney orientated. And the toiletries were of a god quality and Disneyland Hotel Paris branded, including Tinker Bell carved in the soap. Also provided are robes and slippers.

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The Baloos weekend for the opening of Halloween

The luggage was already in the room when we arrived, now that is the Disney service I used to know and love. The kids loved that the TV could be heard in the bathroom (this used to happen in the Hotel New York too, but it did not in our August trip).

That evening when we returned, there was turn down service with chocolates, and the bins had been emptied! Result.

We went to bed, and the next morning had a phone call from Goofy to wake us (if you stay in a suite or Castle Club, Tigger was knocking on people's doors to awaken them).

We went to breakfast (starts at 7:30 but with Extra Magic Hours, I would have hoped they would start earlier - we could have had room service at 7, but I thought we could miss out on good fun if we did that).

We were at Inventions for 7:28 and went into breakfast. We had a window seat overlooking Main Street and the sun had not yet risen! Coffee and tea was brought to our table (they used to bring juice too, but we had to get that ourselves). The buffet was good with the usual continental offerings, eggs, bacon, veal sausage, mushrooms, potatoes (so the same as Hotel New York), but over and above that, the DLH offered Pancakes, Donuts, and a better selection of fruit. It was very good. A few years ago it was a character breakfast, but instead the characters are in the foyer now. I have mixed emotions about this. It means the kids eat better now, and people tend to be better behaved at the DLH, so it is easier to play with them outside of the restaurant. So I think opinions will vary.

As we came out, we played with Pluto, Eeyore and Baloo and saw Tigger on the balcony. Great experience.

We went to the room and packed up. When we called bell services, they said to simply leave our luggage in the room. Which we did.

We dropped our key cards off and went into the park for Extra Magic Hours without having to negotiate security checks!!!! Yay!

Then when it was time to leave for the train, we went in, gave our name and room number, and had our luggage very quickly. Great service by well turned out cast members (the maids even wear Victorian Maid hats). If we had opted for Magical Express, we could have picked up the luggage at the train terminal instead, but again with such a short walk, it was not big deal.

So the DLH does offer a good Disney experience (I still prefer the Grand Californian at Disneyland in California), but it offered much better experience than the Animal Kingdom Lodge in WDW.

So between the location, service, characters, the live pianist in the bar, the great restaurants, valet parking, and facilities (though it has one of the weaker pools).

But the prices are crazy, and considering if they are not fully booked, I can get a 2 bedroom villa with a better pool at Marriott Village Ile De France on the golf course for 1/3rd the price of the DLH or a mini suite at the Ritz for the same price, it is not a cheap option. But for a short break, a special occassion, or if you have the money, the DLH is a great Disney hotel. The sad thing is the Hotel New York and even the Sequoia Lodge used to offer a similar level of service, but no longer.

But I do recommend the DLH for something special.
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:20 AM   #5
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Brilliany davewasbaloo! I rally enjoyed reading that, did you prefer the DLH to your stay at the hotel new york?
Yes we did, even if it was 3 times as much as I paid for the HNY, the HNY used to offer a very similar experience, but the cutbacks at the HNY are evident to DLP vetrans.
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Old 10-12-2008, 07:04 AM   #6
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Lovely photos Dave thanks for sharing, i'm slowly coming round to considering a stay at the DLH, the cost has always put me off & due to the fact I stay in the parks for most of the day, however I might give it a try
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Lovely photos Dave thanks for sharing, i'm slowly coming round to considering a stay at the DLH, the cost has always put me off & due to the fact I stay in the parks for most of the day, however I might give it a try
Ya, it is a hard call. At one level I find the hotel overpriced (compared to Intercontinentals, Ritx Carlton, Marriott, 4 Seasons etc. around the globe). But sady it seems to be the only one that still offers Disney quality service (whereas the Hotel New York in August felt less than a Holiday Inn).

But it was fab, and it is very cool to take the train from Fantasyland, get off, and walk maybe 50-100 steps into the hotel!

I think it is worth trying once in a while, but overall I am still more likely to stay with Marriott in future. It is very nice though to not have to content with security. People talk about the 10-20 minute walks, but when you add in the gates and security et al, well it is longer. Also, with little ones, we went ahead and stayed in the park with the 10pm close because the hotel was so close. I doubt I would do that at the others. So that's a bonus.
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Old 10-12-2008, 07:45 AM   #8
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Fab report, quick question if you don't mind. You mentioned that breakfast started at 7:30am, were they letting people in any earlier? That is cutting it awfully close to get to EMH for 8am (even though you are just above the gates!!) When we stayed at the hotel New York in April breakfast started at 7am. I guess we just take our coats and bags with us, eat breakfast then go straight to the gates.

Also there isn't a link next to where you say click here to see the hotel photos. I'd love to see them as we will be there in 2 weeks!
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Fab report, quick question if you don't mind. You mentioned that breakfast started at 7:30am, were they letting people in any earlier? That is cutting it awfully close to get to EMH for 8am (even though you are just above the gates!!) When we stayed at the hotel New York in April breakfast started at 7am. I guess we just take our coats and bags with us, eat breakfast then go straight to the gates.
I am afraid not, in fact, we didn't get in until 7:35. I think you have 3 choices:

1. Have room service breakfast from 7am
2. Go in for 7:30 with the risk you will miss some of EMH (we were in the park for 8:30 after playing with the characters and checking out).
3. Go in for EMH and have breakfast afterwards (breakfast ceases at 11:00)

But ya, I would prefer it if they did breakfast for 7 too. Big difference though is when at the HNY, you have to go through the Village (or catch the bus), go through security, through Fantasia Gardens, then through the EMH checkpoint, then the turnstyles into the park. At the DLH you come out of the building and go through the turn styles (hence the difference I suppose).
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I edited as you were replying to me so I don't think you saw this bit!

Also there isn't a link next to where you say click here to see the hotel photos. I'd love to see them as we will be there in 2 weeks!
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They are in my main photoset as well. Check those out and you will see shots of the foyer, the room, Inventions et al.
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Great photos, Dave. Your pictures of DLH have made me even more excited about my trip. My DH was most impressed by the little details like the tiles and wallpaper. I love that sort of thing.
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Great photos, Dave. Your pictures of DLH have made me even more excited about my trip. My DH was most impressed by the little details like the tiles and wallpaper. I love that sort of thing.
Happy to share! I hope you have a great time (sadly my pics of the snow white mirrors have not come out right)
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I am working on uploading them somewhere where non facebook users can see them...though my wife is getting impatient because she wants me to do other things (and wants the PC back)
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