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Getting To Disneyland Paris & Review Of Davy Crockett Ranch

For more tips on how to plan a trip to Disneyland Paris, check out our previous post!

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Our journey from London to Disneyland Paris was pretty simple, thanks to Google Maps and the ease of the Eurotunnel.  

We had paid a little extra for a flexible (‘FlexiPlus’) booking on the Eurotunnel, although I think that even with Standard bookings there is often some flexibility if you are early/late, as long as they are not too busy.  

Passport and Customs checks are done while you are still in the car, and then there is an opportunity to stretch your legs and grab a bite to eat at the Folkestone terminal (note that there is no petrol station once you are inside the Eurotunnel terminal).  We had a nice lunch at Leon, with the added bonus of a small play area for the kids.  Once on the train there’s nothing to do (apart from a quick toilet trip) but you’re out on the other side before long.  

Then it’s a simple drive down the motorway.  Don’t forget that you’ll need to pay tolls on the motorway, and that this will be done by the person sitting in the passenger seat, if you’re driving a UK car.  You should also have a European driving kit with you (including items such as a breathalyser) and be aware that children under 10 are not allowed to sit in the front if there is space available in the back of the car.   We hit some rush-hour Paris traffic towards the end of our journey, but nothing too awful.  

Hotel review:  Davy Crockett Ranch

Davy Crockett Ranch is a collection of cabins (think Center Parcs/Sandy Balls in setup) arranged around a central hub that includes a restaurant, bar, shop and play area.  Although it is an official Disney hotel, the major downside to Davy Crockett is that it is a good 15 minute drive from the Disneyland Park.  You must have your own car (there is no shuttle bus) and it’s so big that you can end up driving from your cabin to the restaurant and pool.  This also means that you are unlikely to ‘pop’ backwards and forwards to Disneyland Park.  

However, we really wanted the extra space, and we were able to book a two bedroom lodge for a reasonable price.  

Facilities

  • Shop – sells most essential items, including food and drink.  When you check in to the hotel you are given a voucher to collect a very basic pack of cleaning products.   
  • Davy Crockett’s Tavern’ Restaurant – open for buffet dinner each evening from 6pm.  We enjoyed our meals there, although I wouldn’t have made a special trip there if we weren’t staying at the hotel.  Reservations are recommended if you want to eat at a specific time.  
  • Swimming pool – There’s a big pool with a slide and a small ‘lazy river’.  It was pretty empty during the day and our kids did enjoy it, but we found it a little cold.  
  • Playground – Our kids loved playing on the playground after dinner, this was a real bonus.  
  • Minigolf – we didn’t try it out, but you can hire clubs to a play a round on the small minigolf course.  

Our lodge

We had been upgraded to a ‘Premium’ lodge although I am not sure of the exact difference.  We had two bedrooms, each with their own bathroom (showers in both, there was no bath), and a kitchen/diner. 

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The kitchen included a hob, microwave, kettle, fridge, freezer and dishwasher, but no oven.  The cupboards were well equipped with crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment.  We also had a small decked area with a picnic table.  It was all pretty basic, but it was clean and homely.  There was an air con unit in the main living area.  

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Although it would be nice to stay in the main Disneyland Park (we have our eyes on the Disneyland Hotel for a future trip) it was nice to come back to the very peaceful woodland setting of Davy Crockett.  It was great to be able to park directly outside our lodge.  This came in particularly handy when our toddler was still asleep and we could just take it in turns to sit in the car with him for a while!  

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1 comment

  1. Joanne Mallon

    So interesting to see this place. I have stayed in the Newport Bay Club and Hotel Cheyenne at DLP and enjoyed them both. The driving does sound a pain, I’m surprised there’s no shuttle bus.

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