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Old 20 Aug 05, 01:06 PM  
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Let's compile some Disneyland Paris Info.

I just got back from 4 days in Disneyland Paris. We had a really great time, and I can't fault most of it but I was really really frustrated about the lack of information before I went. I know loads about Orlando and found the lack of info about DLP very very frustrating.

I thought since we have so many members here who visit DLP we could compile some great threads which would help people,
If I start some threads, would you all add what you know, and we can get some good reference material compiled.
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dlp.info is quite a good deailed site for DLP
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I have read dlp.info quite a lot, but to be honest I don't think there is much detailed information on the site, and a lot of what is there is out of date or in German
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I agree Bev, we are just back too and I also felt I needed to know more. Is it worth a separate thread for the studios? And perhaps a general tips one?
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Not really on the same subject but there was a program last night on one of the SKY channels (Travel I think) about how they made Disney Studio's Paris? It was really good and showed behind the scenes of the building and also some info on Florida and California. If its on again its well worth an hour of your time.
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Hi Bev,

I don't have information but just wanted to welcome you back! Glad you had a good time.

Did you visit both parks?
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Some Castle Club Information:

The Castle Club, as these 60 rooms are known, actually sit over the top of the ticket offices and turnstiles. The service you get is really fantastic.

When you arrive, you let the desk know you are a castle club visitor, and all your luggage is snatched off of you and your personal room manager takes you to the lounge to discuss your stay.

Forms are filled in, requirements ascertained and meals booked. You are given an electronic key card that opens up doors and elevators to private bars, lounges, pools and health clubs. It also acts as a charge card so you don’t have to worry about that money stuff. Probably a good thing, as I will come to.

The room is checked out by your personal manager prior to you being let in. They vouch for its cleanliness and tidiness.

The minibar is another example of money sucking hell. There is a glass window along the bottom of it, and it shows a row of chocolate bars carefully placed within the gaze of short visitors, and each of these choccy bars is 2 pounds 80 pence. A quarter bottle of champagne is 21 pounds. Etc.

In fact, everything is expensive. Much more so than Florida. The average cocktail is 8 pounds, a glass of coke 3 pounds, and even the non alcoholic cocktails are 6-7 pounds.

I am tapping this into my laptop at the Fantasia bar, themed after said movie. I`m gazing out over the Disney Village at the 2 dozen people that are milling about in it. Its really nice and quiet here today. I wonder what the weekend will bring. Probably because its damn cold. To those that know me well, to hear that Im wearing a shirt and a T Shirt inside and still only feeling comfortable will give you an idea of the ambient temperature.

Between taking pictures earlier, I had to put my hands in my pocket to warm them.
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And a rant I wrote after the trip in 2005:

For the third time in as many weeks I sit in the boring world of the departure lounge.

Its a time gamble between arriving and getting a decent seat, unlike our trip to cz last weekend where we sat 15 rows apart, and sitting bored silly outside Dixons Tax Free.

This flight to Paris, fortunately, only has 62 of 108 seats filled, and so mum and I get to fake a business class arrangement and occupy seats A and C and leave space for arms.

Interestingly, check-in guy said that of the 108 seats they can only fill 99 of them due to government regulations. Just in case a squad of special forces want to hich a ride? Probably not, but It is an interesting law.

Captain has announced we are off now, and I point out to mum there are several window seats if she wants one. She gave me a look that leaves me in no doubt that this will never happen. No wonder dad has so many sunset-from-the-air photographs.

Once we landed in France, the fun began. Some muppet left thier bags unattended and ground arrivals to a halt. Standing up at passport control I could see the bag, the empty baggage collection room, about 10 police guarding the area and ultimately a brave dude with a sharp knife who hacked the bag open at arms length.

I am sure the poor lady on realising she had left the bag would be upset to know we all got to see her underwear distributed by the bomb squad all over the floor for all to see.

What was amusing was that her case contained what was either a long string of sausages or something I dare not contemplate...

But out of the airport the real fun began.

People on the continent in general have no concept of a queue, and the bus to the resort was a fine example. Soon as the bus arrived, the people at the back of the queue jumped at the door of the coach. Seeing this, the driver shut the door quickly and counted up the number of people altogether. Enough to fit on, he realised, and started loading the luggage, and when done opened the door and started checking tickets or collecting fairs.

But oh no, nothing is as simple here. Some new people came along, loaded their luggage on and dived into the queue as close to the front as others would allow. By now I was using my tripod as a plow seeing as mum and I were in the first 10 in the queue from the now 80 odd people attempting to get on a 46 seater bus.

Chaos, and very cramped conditions. It was like a bus in India, and I am sure if allowed some of the people present would have climbed on the roof.

At the hotel it was time to exact our revenge. The lobby was quickly packed with people, and the fact Mickey and pals were visiting didn`t help. But being in the castle club has its perks. All the queue jumpers got to wait whilst we were personally escorted off to a secluded reception area.
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But despite all of that, the Disney Christmas magic just overcomes everything.

Some night time pictures of the christmas decorations:

diary.andyjpartridge/?P...=1&txYear=2005

My first trip, with reports of various shows and piccies:

diary.andyjpartridge/?P...=1&txYear=2004

Google Map (Very cool!)

maps.google/maps?ll=48.87...64&t =k&hl=en


I struggled like hell to get DLP info myself!

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