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Old 2 Nov 19, 02:13 PM  
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Relaxing at the Grand Floridian
Join Date: Apr 16
Just the 4 of us - an Efteling adventure

Hi all, welcome to my pre-trippie. As usual there's a bit of a rambling backstory..

The plan is to go to Efteling for 3 nights over February half term. I'm a teacher, and I really struggle with sleeping, particularly during periods of stress. This October half-term I've not had a decent night, Xmas is never terribly relaxing and school is going to be relentless until Feb. Part of my role is overseeing all the arrangements and assessment of students getting access arrangements in their GCSE exams and the deadline for the summer exams is February half term. After that I think a proper break will be needed.

A couple of years ago we had a rubbish few months and so I booked a few holidays - we got a great last minute deal on DLP, it was our first trip there, it exceeded expectations and I slept *so* well - for the first time in months - felt amazing.

So planning this trip I looked at DLP - but it is expensive - I hate booking a trip when I don't feel I'm getting a good deal - and the hotels there don't work too well for us - we stayed at Davey Crockett before, but the breakfast wasn't great there and we didn't like having to get in the car every day. The other options are largely 2 double beds - I don't really understand why they do this - I've a 12 year old girl and a 9 year old boy - they are not sharing a bed - at OKW last year we ended up with a girls bed and a boys bed - which was fine but not ideal.

I'd looked at Efteling before, and the accommodation there looks lovely, we looked at few reviews and the consensus was that it was up to Disney standards. Checked out some YouTube vlogs and the absolutely adorable Maddie Moate (you must check her out) convinced me we'd have a good time.

So the 4 of us, me, my lovely husband, and our fabulous (on a good day) kids are off to Holland.

We've booked 3 nights in a deluxe secluded family room in the Bosrijk area. Looks lovely.

It's in a woodland area

There's an indoor pool and a restaurant on site.

It's got a kitchette so we can do some food in the room

and it's got bunks for the kids in a separate room so mum and dad can get some time alone too.

The accommodation is 10 minutes walk from the park entrance.

So now we need to work out how to get there, and whether we are going to add anything on either end - we've booked from Sunday night, so we could tack an extra night on the way down to Holland. We'll go across the channel but undecided on ferry vs. Le Shuttle. We live about 2 hours from Dover and Efteling is 3.5 hours from Calais, so it's a long old journey but doable in a day.. Research needed.

Edited at 02:18 PM. Reason: typo
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