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Unread 14 Jun 19, 07:33 PM  
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We are thinking of organising a trip to DLP with our Girlguide unit. I've been to WDW three times but never to DLP. We will most likely book with a company like PGL but I'm hoping that there might be some other girlguiding dibbers out there who can give me some hints and tips. Even if you're not involved in guiding, you might have some valuable advice? Off the top of my head, I have the following questions...

- How much money to give them daily for lunch?

- Best time of year to visit (must be school hols)

- Will a day in each park be enough? (Will probs do a day in paris also)

- Should we stay for fireworks?

- Do you stay in one big group or split off into smaller?

- Is it safe for older Guides (13/14) to explore on their own, once inside the park?

- Is it worth booking a character meal?

- How much spending money would you recommend they take?

There are probably loads of other things to consider and I'm happy for them to be brought to my attention.

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Ive literally just walked in from 4 nights in Paris with Year 7.

If you stay at PGL its about 30 -45 minutes to Disney and 1+ hours into Paris .

Pgl provide all the meals including a packed lunch so on Disney day we take a packed lunch and say if they want to buy food its out of their spending money. The food is nothing to write home about but its edible.

We did 1 long day at Disney. From 10am till 9:30pm. We started in the studios for 3 hours then moved to the main park. To be honest the studios is all under construction and 3 hours was enough.

We let them go in groups of 3 and they had to check in with us every few hours.

We didnt stay for fireworks as they arent on until 11pm but if Id gone at a different time of year I would have done. You can book a meal at planet Hollywood for groups and then go back in for the fireworks.

We dont book a character meal.

Id recommend PGL. They will arrange your trip into Paris and tickets for Disney plus they face suitable accommodation and provide all the meals. Its very easy.


In Paris we have done montmatre / sacre coure. Cinema Rex. Musee dorsay. Boat trip on the Seine and we went up Montparnasse. You can also go up the Eiffel Tower but we dont as it takes a long time.

Id suggest 2 days in Paris and one day at Disney to be honest. Its a very different experience doing Disney with a large group. They dont really eat I. The restaurants or watch many shows. They hit the rides and we gather them
And watch the parade as a group. Wed struggle to spend another day there. Yet as a family I have spent 4 days. Its just quite different.

Our kids mostly had 20/day and more for the day they were in Disney. Maybe 50.

We recommend 100 for the week but Id say most brought more.
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Cant help with the organisation, but a friend went during Whitsun week at end of May and said it was really quiet because the French schools dont have a school holiday then
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Thank you for your replies, this is the kind of info I have been looking for 😁
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Id agree with going in May half term. It was still busy when we went then, but slightly quieter than in August or at Christmas.

Id say February would be too cold for that kind of trip, Easter too busy, and October a bit of both, but could still be worth considering (weather could be quite mild, but I dont know how busy it gets even if you avoid Halloween itself.)
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Interested in this too as my county is looking at a Brownies trip next year!
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Im taking Guides as part of a Division trip this October half term. Were staying in a partner hotel so that were close to Disney.

We dismissed PGL as although its slightly cheaper, you spend a lot of time in a coach. Also (from another group who stayed at PGL) the girls become disappointed that theyre not doing the PGL activities/using the pool etc.

Weve booked with Venture Abroad.

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Originally Posted by Erial View Post
Im taking Guides as part of a Division trip this October half term. Were staying in a partner hotel so that were close to Disney.

We dismissed PGL as although its slightly cheaper, you spend a lot of time in a coach. Also (from another group who stayed at PGL) the girls become disappointed that theyre not doing the PGL activities/using the pool etc.

Weve booked with Venture Abroad.

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I enquired about going with venture abroad but they told me they are stopping the company this year so weren't taking any bookings for next year. Shame really as they looked decent.
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