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Old 09-24-2012, 12:13 PM   #1
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Highs & Lows 19th -23rd Sept 2012

Just back after 5 wonderful days!
I went with my eldest daughter and her two daughters, 4 and 8, and we had a magical time. I will try to do a proper trip report soon!

HIGHS

RS Transports. On time, loaded the luggage for us, polite, pleasant and good driving, on both journeys.

The Hotel Cheyenne. Brilliant theming, the rooms were cleaned every day, beds made, children's mess tidied..very good!

The Park, is beautiful, the theming is lovely and at 8am on a sunny morning it truly does look magical. Minnie Mouse waving from outside her house and then skipping up the road with Amber, 8, was a lovely touch!
Spotlessly clean and the cleaners had a cheery smile and a Bonjour when we wished them a good morning too.

The CMs on the attractions were all cheerful, helpful and pleasant and many really get into character and made the girls laugh, like the lady on The Teacups, dancing all the while.

Smoking. Or rather, the lack of!! I saw ONE person smoking in a queue, the line for Tram Tours..and he waited until he was at a turn, with only people behind him so he wasn't really bothering anyone. It was a loonngg wait too, so I guess he just couldn't hang on any longer..lol. Saw a few people light up, but they stood well away from everyone and that was about it. Only noticed one cigarette butt on the ground too!

The orderly queuing, mostly!! We saw one queue jumper but that was all and in the queues, people were very spaced out and respecting one another's personal space. The only slight pushing occurred as we were herded into our "holding pen" at Tram Tours (a pointless excercise, as everyone in the pen gets on that tram..some people are strange.)

The toilets. We visited most of the toilets around the park at some point in the week and they were clean and well stocked with soap and toilet rolls. Obviously there was the odd exception but Disney can't be blamed for some peoples' disgusting habits!

Adventure Isle. My favourite land, I just love it there! It's always quieter and more relaxed than the rest of the Park and is just beautiful.

DREAMS!!!! What can I say. I knew it was going to be amazing but it totally blew me away!! I cried, daughter cried and the little ones were totally in awe of it. We found a bench, with flower beds in between us and the castle, and sat with our snacks for 45 minutes, Then when it started we simply stood up and turned around and the girls stood on the bench. We were smack in the middle, really close and had the most incredible, uninterrupted view. A couple of adults were behind us but we weren't pushed in the back or anything, it was great!!

Amber's Birthday at cafe Mickey. The only really decent food we had all week (on a budget) and some really nice character interaction. I cried!

The Princess Pavilion. Absolutely beautiful. I really wasn't expecting it to be quite that gorgeous. I cried! !The girls loved it and totally think the princesses are "real". They got to meet two, Snow White AND Cinderella, on the same morning, a long story which i will tell in my trip report..lol. It certainly was full of highs and lows on this occasion.

And Finally, my 2 granddaughters' behaviour. They were obviously over excited but were well behaved, polite and very patient in queues (although the only long ones were Tram Tours, because it was shut for the 1st 2 days we were there, I think, and Crush, which I went on with Amber, 8. )

LOWS

The food! The price of the food. The lack of choice. The amount of places closed. The quality of the food. The coldness of the food.
The fast food outlet in the studios was awful! 4 kiddies meals (so the equivalent of 4 Happy meals) cost €30!! We spent more on the buffet at the hotel one evening than the Birthday meal at cafe Mickey and the food was dreadful, really bad. I practically pounced on my vegetable rack when i got home! he only fruit we saw for sale were a few apples and bananas and they were €1 each! Many of the restaurants were closed, with no notices giving opening times or information, leaving one to wander around looking for somewhere to eat with hungry children in tow.

Security Staff. Every morning we greeted them cheerily and no one responded, they didn't even make eye contact, in fact they just chatted amongst them selves or stared vacantly into space. Surly, miserable bunch! We just plonked our bags on the conveyer belt , picked it up and off we went.

The Disney Village. It's just..tacky..old and tired looking and feels quite sleazy, really. I really don't like it. I know Disney haven't got complete control of the area by the station so I can't really blame them for the hawkers and "artists" peddling their wares but it would be nice if they weren't there.

The Scrum for the buses. OMG!! What is wrong with people. is it really worth killing a 4 yr old, just to get a seat on a bus for a 3 minute journey??? Dreadful behaviour by a lot of people. I won't mention nationalities but it's always the Brits left shell shocked and without a seat or waiting for the next bus! I think we need to man up. LOL!
The general rudeness of a lot of people.It must be a very british thing to respond to an "Excuse Me" to use "Excuse me" and to apologise when one bumps into someone etc. I even say sorry when someone tramples me..lol.(Not Disney's fault, obviously)

LINDA BLAIR!!! I don't know if I missed any warning signs there may have been, but I didn't see any notices when we waited to go into Cinemagique. We took in a 4 yr old and an 8 yr old and were NOT expecting to see Regan from The Excorcist on screen! Luckily my daughter had covered Ella's eyes when Gollum appeared but 8 yr old Amber saw Regan and was terrified by it. I had to share a double bed with her as well as Ella that night! The Exorcist is an 18 certificate, totally inappropiate for Disney IMO! Maybe there ARE warning signs, but we queued quite a while and didn't notice any, so if they DO warn people then the signs need to be more prominent!

The man in the photoshop, but that's a whole other story and I will elaborate if I ever get a trip report done.

Overall, we all had a fantastic time and would go back in a heartbeat. The highs outweigh the lows every time!!
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:38 PM   #2
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Phew thats an impressive list of highs and lows - I'm now really looking forward to your trip report !
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:45 PM   #3
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Phew thats an impressive list of highs and lows - I'm now really looking forward to your trip report !
Hahaha, Yeah, yeah, I know, I talk too much!
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:52 PM   #4
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Hahaha, Yeah, yeah, I know, I talk too much!
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:07 PM   #5
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Good to see your highs Look forward to the TR

Re - Cinémagique - no it's not mentionned anywhere and I hoped that when they changed some of clips last year and made it more modern that they would have got rid of it as I know enough people who complained.

It spoils the whole thing for me, I don't need to be seeing gratuitous horror at Disney a place where I go to escape the real world
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:30 PM   #6
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Glad that on the whole it was a positive trip, thanks for the heads up about Cinemagique, it was on our to do list next week, but if there are horror scenes, then I will strike it off now, Lottie is terrified of Mother in Rapunzel, so The Exorcist is well out of her comfort range.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:44 PM   #7
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Sounds like a great trip overall
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:01 PM   #8
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Glad to hear positive reviews of RS transport, we have booked with them for our October trip. Was going to go with Ezyshuttle after reading recent bad reviews, but they were fully booked! It sounds as though it depends on the individual driver - hope we get a good one! Were they waiting for you when you arrived or did you have to phone them? Sounds like a great trip
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:20 PM   #9
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Welcome back, sounds like you had a great trip overal
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:41 PM   #10
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What a lovely list of highs ! Fab!

Glad you had such a lovely time with your grandchildren. My Mum just loves coming with us as it's priceless spending/making those memories with your grandchildren. In fact, she is coming with us on our November trip, (she didn't in June and I missed her), and I don't know who is more excited her or me!

It's funny but I've read quite a few people complain about the man in the photo shop - it might not be the same man, but I have heard some say the service hasn't been good in there! I've always been served by women in there but they haven't been the fastest!

Have to agree about the Village - it looks more shabby by the day.... Perhaps now the finances look a bit better they might get to work on sorting it out properly .

I am intrigued about the Princess Pavilion so you must do a TR . Did you wait long? Can't decide whether to brave it when we go.
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:24 PM   #11
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Re:RS Transports. They were there with a little board with my name on, 5 minutes earlier than it stated on our confirmation letter, 10 minutes after our flight landed. Same at the hotel, 5 minutes early with my name on a board and I watched other drivers too, and they go looking for their customers, rather than making them wander around. Really happy with them. It's the 2nd time we have used them, the last time was 4 yrs ago and just as good back then.
We shared the wait at the Pavilion. Daughter did 9-9.30 and I did 9.30 -10.10, (with the girls going off with the non-queuer)when they opened the doors. We were 4th in line.

I am definitely going to do a Trip Report as I know people here will WANT to hear all the details and won't just smile politely while sidling away, as certain members of my family did today *gives sister stern look*.
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Re:RS Transports. They were there with a little board with my name on, 5 minutes earlier than it stated on our confirmation letter, 10 minutes after our flight landed. Same at the hotel, 5 minutes early with my name on a board and I watched other drivers too, and they go looking for their customers, rather than making them wander around. Really happy with them. It's the 2nd time we have used them, the last time was 4 yrs ago and just as good back then.
We shared the wait at the Pavilion. Daughter did 9-9.30 and I did 9.30 -10.10, (with the girls going off with the non-queuer)when they opened the doors. We were 4th in line.

I am definitely going to do a Trip Report as I know people here will WANT to hear all the details and won't just smile politely while sidling away, as certain members of my family did today *gives sister stern look*.
Oh I think we've all been there !
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Some great highs there

I always avoid using the buses - unless it's the middle of the day when they are fairly empty.

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I even say sorry when someone tramples me..lol.(Not Disney's fault, obviously)
Another apologetic doormat here too!
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Welcome back, glad you had such a great time
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Oh yes thank goodness for these boards where we all understand!

Looking forward to the trippie.
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