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    Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    Friday the 29th of Febuary 2008

    Day One

    Arrived at Paris Beauvais Airport, which is Paris third and smallest Airport and boarded coach to Paris "Porte Maillot. From here it was a short trip on the Metro Line 1 over to Charles de Gaulle Etoile station. From here I followed the signs that say RER A, and boarded another train in direction of Marne Valley Chessy. Journey time takes aprox 2-3 hrs. I would never usually travel this way but unfortunately only one airline offers direct flights to Paris through my local airport, and that’s Paris Beauvais Airport.

    Crowds on the trains were heavy but do start to thin out a bit once you start approaching the Resort. Arriving at the station Marne Valley Chessy I had two options either take the free shuttle to Sequoia Lodge or take the 5 minute walk into the Disney Village and around the lake. I choose the second option.



    Check in was easy and I was handed my pack and the Cast Member explained all about the Extra Magic Hours and the St David’s Day Welsh Festival. Also for some unknown reason I was upgraded to a Suite. While also at reception I made reservations for the meal in the evening, which was buffet at Beaver Creek Tavern. By the way both restaurants at Sequoia Lodge are now full buffets.

    My room/suite was located on the 6th floor over looking the lake and Village. You could also spot park icons like Sleeping Beauty Castle and Tower of Terror.












    After grabbing my camera I headed back to the park. The New York Hotel had its ice skating rink out. This is a really nice feature that the Resort offers for the cold winter months. The Newport Bay Club looked fantastic the other side of the lake, except for the mould growing on the hotels roof. And it was a shame too as everything else up to that looked clean and well maintained.




    Walking through the Village I noticed a lot of work being done on what I believe is new tree’s or something. Also I noticed a Welsh shopping village in the centre that is being used as part of the Resorts Welsh Festival to mark the Welsh holiday St David’s Day.



    Part 2 coming soon.....
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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    yay


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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    Wow ... that was a nice room upgrade for you. Thanks for the report!


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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    great report - lots of details! and great shots, too


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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    Friday the 29th of February 2008

    Part 2



    Leaving the Village I came upon one of the best and most stunning entrances to a Disney theme park, the Disneyland Hotel.



    Entering the park I notice some big crowds about, which is always a good sign that the current new attractions as well as the kids under 12 go free offers are working for this Resort. Did I mention the Sequoia Lodge, Montana Rooms were the cheapest rooms I was able to book two weeks before my arrival.





    After a full day travelling I was feeling hungry and turned towards Discoveryland for a bite to eat. Paid a visit to Cafť Hyperion. I noticed crowds gathering in this restaurant, and looking over towards the Lion King stage next show was 10 minutes. I joined the line for food and ordered a Cheese Burger with fries. What I like about eating here is that you choose the toppings for your burger from a salad bar, which if your like me and hate gherkins, you donít have to pick them out of your food here. Found a sit on one of the top floors and enjoyed a French version of the Lion King show. Still an incredible show and one of the most underrated attractions at DLRP.





    Leaving after the show I headed back over to Main Street where I noticed the Castle Bridge was under refurbishment. Heading into Frontierland next I noticed the Molly Brown turning around the next bend to offload and pick up the next round of guest. As this is always one of my favourite attractions due to it being an relaxing experience I couldnít resist getting into line. The sky by this time was starting to turn dark, so it was perfect time to take a cruise. One thing I did notice and not sure how long this has been the case but the erupting geysers were not err erupting.





    Returning to dry land I made my way over to Phantom Manor. Line was a walk on. During my last trip I wasnít impressed by the overall condition of this attraction. Very unhappy to report than that condition are worst. While some improvements have been made including the return of the dog, many things have gotten worst including during the stretching room where its now making a horrible noise and various props not working, the Crow is missing during the piano scene, the Phantom isnít moving at all during the ball room scene. Through the final Phantom is very animated indeed. Also the bride needs the lights on her candle replacing, this is a problem I noticed in Sept and its now worst. This attraction really needs a decent refurbishment soon.



    Leaving the attraction I noticed the great lighting on Big Thunder Mountain and made my way over to the line. Sadly the attraction went down while in the line and I decided rather than wait I would leave. This is the second time Iíve had the attraction go down as the park is closing, hmm maybe some are wishing to go home early.

    It was 7.00 pm and park was closing so I made my way over to Main Street to find the Candlebration show going ahead. This is the first time Iíve seen this show in the dark and you can truly appreciate just how amazing the lights look on the Castle. Shame most guest will never experience this.











    The park was closing so decided to hit the shops instead of joining the lines now leaving the park. Looked around for a bit before hearing Mickeyís voice. I followed it to find him above the train station waving good bye to all the guest for the day. Iíve also seen this happen during closing at the Magic Kingdom and I think itís a nice way to end your day at the park.





    Leaving I headed back over to Sequoia Lodge for my reservation at Beaver Tavern. A Cast Member explained that I was allowed to go up as many times I wished and help myself to everything. The selection was huge and catered to all tastes. I wished I had skipped the starters through as it was a selection of pateís and coleslaws, which I wasnít to keen on. The main courses were fantastic with pizzaís, fries and chicken nuggets to gammon ham, lasagne and many more choices. Deserts were a huge selection of pies and cheesecakes, and cheese and biscuits. Well worth the money but I do feel this restaurant would be better as table service than another buffet, aimed at half board meals.

    After the meal I left giving the Cast Member a tip, to which he ran after me to personally shake my hand and thank me. Nice to see in some countries its still appreciated unlike in America where its expected all the time.

    I decided to pop back to the Village for a bit of shopping and came across a cute Mickey plush wearing his parade costume and a collection of Disney Characters dressed as Star Wars characters. Overjoyed with my purchases I made my way back to my suite, where I was able to view the Castle and Tower of Terror all lit up. This was a wonderful way to end what had been a long day.

    Day 2 and part 3 coming soonÖ

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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    thanks for the report, i'm planning a first time visit in may. i'm a bit disappointed to read about phantom manor's condition though. shame.

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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    Is it me, or does Phantom Manor look a lot like the Psycho house?


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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    Quote Originally Posted by TikiRoomLiz View Post
    Is it me, or does Phantom Manor look a lot like the Psycho house?
    That's what it was modeled after.

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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    Quote Originally Posted by TikiRoomLiz View Post
    Is it me, or does Phantom Manor look a lot like the Psycho house?
    Yes.
    Psycho House :


    Phantom Manor :



    BTW, great TR and photos Malin
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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    That's creepy about phantom manor and the pyscho house.

    Great shots! Thanks for sharing them! I'd love to visit Disneyland Paris sometime and until I do it's always great to read the trip reports!!

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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    Love the introduction of Mickey's farewell to DLP - I seem to think that Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy do it at DL. Was he speaking English, French or Franglish?
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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    Great report! Loving the pictures!


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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    Quote Originally Posted by malice View Post
    thanks for the report, i'm planning a first time visit in may. i'm a bit disappointed to read about phantom manor's condition though. shame.
    Hi malice I certainly hope my critical coments about Phantom Manor don't put you off in anyway. Its still a fun attraction and in my opinion the best version of the Haunted Mansion Disney has ever made. It could just do with a bit more TLC. By May the situation may of improved, as the rest of the Resort looked very clean and well maintened, which is a huge improvement on what it was last Sept. Hope you have a great time by the way in May.

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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    Quote Originally Posted by nathan detroit View Post
    Love the introduction of Mickey's farewell to DLP - I seem to think that Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy do it at DL. Was he speaking English, French or Franglish?
    I wasn't aware about DL having a version too, anyone got a video or pic, as it sounds cool. For the Paris farewell, Mickey was speaking English with the voice provided by Wayne Allwine. Althrough he did speak the odd French reference like au revoir. By the way in order to catch Mickey don't leave the park at closing but wait around about 10 minutes and than he'll come out.

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    Re: Malin's DLRP Trip Report

    I believe they do the same at the MK as well, but not sure.

    Nice report so far Malin. Thanks.

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