After finding a great last minute deal, we decided to take Ruby to Disneyland, Paris to celebrate her second birthday. I had recently found out I was pregnant with our second child so it seemed like a great time to go before the new baby arrived.
We booked the accommodation through Disney directly as they had a great promotion on at the time; two nights and three days in the park with meals for £179 per adult, staying at The Sequoia Lodge, which was a 10 minute walk to the park. Flight and train prices were very expensive so we drove to Paris using the Eurotunnel and this meant we could drive and park right outside the Disneyland hotel, much less stressful than airports and transfers with a toddler.
Being mid-December, we were slightly worried about the weather and although it was cold, the rain stayed away. It was such a magically time to go, the whole park was in Christmas mode and the decorations were truly beautiful.
I was also concerned about how much there would be for Ruby to do but I shouldn’t have worried, she absolutely loved it and nearly a year later is asking when she can go again! There were a huge number of rides she could go on, the shows were good fun, she also loved the parades and we even fitted in a swim at the hotel. Disneyland have a helpful guide for young children on their website.
There was certainly more we could have done, we didn’t end up booking breakfast with the characters or a meet and great with the princesses. We felt she was still a bit young to appreciate either, especially as she was quite wary of the characters, we would like to do both though when she is a little older.
One thing I am glad we took advantage of was the full board package, the food prices at the park were really expensive and it would have cost us at least two or three times what we paid for full board. The buffet restaurants were best for us, it meant we would pick different things for Ruby to try, she was going through a real fussy stage when we were there. I would recommend The Hunters Grill at The Sequoia Lodge for buffet and Captains Jack’s restaurant was very cool in the park for a set menu. I would like to have tried the Ratatouille restaurant but unfortunately they are full. Definitely book the restaurants before you go as they get booked up pretty far in advance.
Overall the hotel was a good base and apart from sleeping and getting changed for dinner, we didn’t tend to come back much. The best thing about the hotel was the location and also the restaurant, the buffet breakfast and dinner they serve was fab. The rooms were basic and a little tired but as we were not in ours much this didn’t really bother us.
A few tips…
- Take your own pushchair if you can, theirs were pretty terrible and mega expensive to hire.
- If you can book a hotel in walking distance to the park then do, it’s worth that bit extra.
- Try to plan your days, there is so much to see and they go quick! It’s worth getting to timed events slightly earlier as the queues do get pretty long.
- Finally, as mentioned above, book up your meals before you go if you have board included in your package.
For those worried about taking a toddler, don’t be, there was so much for Ruby to do and we now cannot wait to go again as a family of four!