Hopefully this will come in useful for some!!!
This is the major Be aware!!
If you book via expedia, flying through Easyjet be aware that the flights are just that, flights. No luggage is included in this and when you get to the airport they will charge you £60 for the carriage of 2 bags there and back. This was not until very very recently made clear on the site, so if you have booked via expedia its worth checking you have paid for your bags.
If you chose the airport transfer option on Expedia and your hotel is in the reigon of DLP the money paid is not enough. Expect to pay an additional 50 Euro's each way!! It is in very small print on the terms and conditions that the transfer is to hotels in the Paris area. We argued the toss with the company and managed to pay 50 Euros in total rather than the 100 they originally wanted.
We stayed in Torcy in the Citea Torcy. This place was good value for money really and came equipped with a microwave, 2 ring electric hob, fridge and coffee perc. Rooms were clean and tidy with the bed made every day and fresh towels and loo roll etc provided. Think budget travelodge and you get the idea! Staff spoke some English and were always helpful and friendly.
I liked Torcy, and despite reading some comments that the train station was best avoided at night I didnt find that to be the case at all. There were gangs, but in fairness we encountered groups of teenagers all through Paris and the Torcy boys were just the same. Just kids hanging out really and not bothering anyone.
The area itself is nice. Around the corner from the hotel is a small Spar shop which is useful as well as a lovely bakery. Bay 1 is a 2 minute stroll from the Citea and is full of restaurants, most of which have English speakers. I highly recommend the Indian, its expensive but the food is lovely! The Greek Kebab house is also great value coming in at 11 Euros for 2 Doner's, chips and cokes.
Bay 2 is a massive shopping center and easily missed. Its across the road and not necessarily seen from the streets of Torcy. The shops are expensive in line with the rest of Paris, but worth a wander round! There is also a Carrefour supermarket there. That place is enormous, even the staff wear rollerskates. It sells everything you could ever need from electrical items and books to clothes, camping equipment and fresh Rabbit Stew! The Cafe over there is fairly reasonable and there is also a large Toys R Us and a few smaller food outlets.
Torcy is 2 stops from DLP and 2 adult one way tickets cost 5 Euros 60. We wanted to explore Paris itself as well so some days we opted to buy a Zone 1-5 Mobilis ticket. This gives you unlimited travel throughout the metro system and bus system, including the funacular at the Sacre Coure. This was around 16 Euros a day so offered great value if you wanted to explore. The Metro system is easy to understand and trains are regular. Paris itself is around 25 minutes from Torcy.
Be aware - Beggars work the trains, they carry cards with English writing informing you they are homeless. Simply ignore them or just say No!
Be aware - If you choose to sit near the doors keep hold of any bags when the trains pull in the stations. A common trick is to snatch bags at the door alarm sounds leaving you on the train and the thief long gone.
Be aware - Not all stations are manned all the time. If you are using the ticket machines there is an English option on them. Not all machines accept notes. Be careful you dont select the option for Bus tickets as that is also on there!
Expensive is the only word to sum it up! Choose your places to eat carefully, go for the smaller open fronted Panini places or even the McDonalds. Souveneirs tend to be mostly tat or very expensive. Be aware that all around the Eiffel tower are street sellers who jump out at you on every given opportunity trying to sell their tat.
Be aware - the guys who work along the seine brading bracelets, they will try and charge 20 Euros!
Be aware - the street sellers with dancing Mickeys and Donalds, especially around the Champs Eleysee. These are on wire and its a trick. They dont work and we watched a dozen tourists pay 5 Euros for a piece of paper!!
Food is expensive so sneak in your own wherever possible. Failing that there is a McDonalds in the village so head up there. The park is supposedly non smoking other than certain areas. Nobody seems to adhere to this though.
Personally, I was disappointed in the park. I spent a week in Anaheim last year and for me DLP was distinctly lacking. We had 4 day passes and only used 2 days in the park itself.
massive place, akin to the Trafford Centre but with a freeport type village thrown in. I could have spent 2 days here lol Well worth a visit for some retail therapy! The Sea Life Center entrance is also situated in the shopping Mall.
1. Dont be afraid of the Metro! Arm yourself with a Mobilis ticket and a decent map and explore. Its fun!
2. When waiting for a train dont stand in the middle of the platform, walk to the far end. The carriages at the ends are always much emptier and you can usually get a seat.
3. Buy a copy of Loney Planets 'fast talk French' before you go. Its a small pocket book that costs just £2.50 and is invaluable for translating menu's etc as well as common phrases you will need.