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January 28, 2009

Disneyland Hotel & Disneyland Paris Park Entrance

You reach the Disneyland Hotel and Disneyland Park through gates near the train station. The picture below was taken of my friend Kelly (hands raised) in 1997, before security checks were in place. Today, everyone must undergo "bag check" which is located within these gates.


Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris


Once past security, you enter the Fantasia Gardens. This is a great place to sit, relax, and people watch.


Fantasia Gardens at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris Fantasia Gardens


The Disneyland Hotel is a deluxe resort. It was co-designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and the architectural firm of Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo. Most would agree, it's reminiscent of the Grand Floridian at Disney World, however its pink exterior gives it a more fanciful look.


Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris


Since the hotel sits at the entrance of Disneyland Park, its design needed to be appropriate when viewed from Main Street. The following picture was taken from The Hub looking back toward the Train Station. As you can see, the hotel is clearly visible from inside the park.


Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris


The ground floor of the Disneyland Hotel contains lockers, ticket booths, walkways, and turnstiles. Guests pass beneath the hotel to get to Disneyland Park.


Ground Floor Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris - Public Areas

Ground Floor Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris - Public Areas

Ground Floor Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris - Public Areas

Disneyland Paris Entrance Gate


Once you've passed under the hotel, you're in a large courtyard. Ahead you'll find the Train Station and Main Street. Behind you is another beautiful view of the hotel.


Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Hotel


The interior of the Disneyland Hotel isn't quite as opulent as the Grand Floridian, but it still packs a gracious punch. The three-story lobby is similar, yet different to the Disneyland Hotel in Hong Kong.

The first picture is of Hong Kong, the next two are of Paris.


Disneyland Hotel at Hong Kong Disneyland

Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris


Take a look at the wallpaper found in the lobby. Cool!


Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris


One of the restaurants at the Disneyland Hotel is the California Grill - and it looks nothing like its cousin at the Contemporary Resort at Disney World. Instead of a post-modern design, this restaurant is full of Victorian charm and elegant grace.


California Grill in the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

California Grill in the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris


As the name suggests, the menu is "California" inspired - with concessions made for the French palate. Since it's been three years since I ate here, I really don't remember what I ordered, but I do remember that I was very pleased. This picture of my dessert will give you an idea of the caliber of food that is served here.


California Grill in the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris


This next picture is the view from my table.


California Grill in the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris


The California Grill also has a show kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare your meal. Plan on spending around an hour and a half enjoying several courses and a nice bottle of California wine.

It's interesting to note, the California Grill is a "character" restaurant. At Disney World, the "fine" dining establishments are free from our animated friends, but here Tweedle Dum & Dee and the White Rabbit make periodic visits to your table.

Another wonderful spot at the Disneyland Hotel is the Café Fantasia. The name "Café" is a misnomer. This is a cocktail lounge themed after the "Dance of the Hours" segment from the Fantasia movie. The interior of this watering hole is pleasant, but the private balcony table on the front of the hotel is absolutely fabulous -- and so is the view.
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Cafe Fantasia Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Cafe Fantasia Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Cafe Fantasia Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris


The Disneyland Hotel is a deluxe resort with prices to match. Rooms look out at either Fantasia Gardens or toward Disneyland. On the Disneyland side of the hotel, the higher the floor, the better the view of Main Street. Rooms sleep 2-4 in either a king sized bed or two doubles.

If you have the money, I would recommend this hotel over all the rest. Its proximity to Disneyland Park, The Walt Disney Studios Park, and Disney Village gives this resort a definite edge.

January 16, 2009

Newport Bay Club (Disneyland Paris Resort)

Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris


Disney's Newport Bay Club was designed by Robert A.M. Stern, the same gentleman who designed the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts at Walt Disney World - and the similarities are abundant.

The resort harkens back to the end of the 19th century and the nautical atmosphere of New England. The exterior of the resort is made up of pale yellow clapboard, white trim, and a green roof. Balconies, columns, and dormer rooms accent these outer walls.


Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris


In September 2005, I stayed at Disney's Newport Bay Club. This was my first choice in 1993, but the hotel was closed at that time in order to save money when EuroDisney was hemorrhaging cash.

When you enter the hotel lobby, you come face to face with a large globe of the old world - just like you do at Disney's Yacht Club in Florida. But at the Newport Bay Club they've added a nice detail. On this map you can find a castle at each of the Disney properties around the world.


Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris


The nautical motif is extremely strong in the hotel's interior. Paneled white walls, lattice work, and hardwood floors make up most of the solid surfaces. Shades of blue are used as accents on the window coverings, rugs, and furntiture upholstery. Maritime paraphernalia is used as decorative art.


Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris


The Newport Bay Club is the largest of the Disneyland Paris resorts with 1,098 guest rooms. The accommodations continue the lobby's color scheme and nautical motif. Like several of the other resorts, most rooms sleep two to four guests on either one king or two double beds.


Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris


On both of my visits to Disneyland Paris, I have been disappointed with the central air conditioning in the hotel guest rooms. At the Sequoia Lodge, I complained because water continually dripped from an overhead vent which created a puddle on the carpet. When I was moved to another room, I found the coolest temperature available was far from adequate. At the Newport Bay Club, I finally gave up on the air conditioning and opened the window because the warm summer nights were cooler than the air coming out of the vents.

The Newport Bay Club has two restaurants. The Yacht Club restaurant serves an al a carte breakfast. For dinner, New England style seafood is the bill of fare. The Cape Cod restaurant serves a continental breakfast and Mediterranean dishes for supper. Since I'm not a big breakfast eater and I had a "free" option for this meal, I started every morning at the Cape Cod restaurant with fruit and a croissant. Indoor and outdoor seating is available so I usually chose to dine al fresco and enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Disney.


Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris

Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris


Disney buses are available for free transportation from the hotel to the theme parks. If you decide to hoof it, it's about a 15 minute walk. A portion of this journey is along a lovely path that passes by Lake Disney. I always chose to walk as it was more convenient than waiting for the bus and the sites along the way were far more interesting.


Newport Bay Club Hotel Walkway at Disneyland Paris


One evening while returning to my room, I came across a cute little train that was circling Lake Disney. It made stops at the Disney Village, Hotel New York, Sequoia Lodge, and the Newport Bay Club. At first I thought it was free, but upon closer inspection, I found that it cost 2€. My feet were tired so I sprang for the ride.


Train at Newport Bay Club Hotel at Disneyland Paris


I've now discussed five of the six Disney hotels. However, I'm going to put off the Disneyland Hotel until later as it is closely associated with the entrance to Disneyland Paris and they need to be discussed together.

My next blog will be about PanoraMagique.

January 10, 2009

Hotels Cheyenne and Santa Fe (Disneyland Paris Resort)

There are six Disney owned and operated hotels at Disneyland Paris. Here are their names and price categories:

Hotel Cheyenne - Budget
Hotel Santa Fe - Budget
Sequoia Lodge - Moderate
Hotel New York - Moderate
Newport Bay Club - Moderate
Disneyland Hotel - Deluxe

The French have long had a love affair with the American West. Cowboys and cattle drives and six-shooters and stage coaches have caught their interest. To capitalize on this appeal, Disney built two hotels with a western theme. The first one we'll discuss is the Hotel Cheyenne.


Hotel Cheyenne


The Hotel Cheyenne was designed by architect Robert A.M. Stern and is a budget resort. Each of its 1,000 rooms has a set of bunk beds, intended for children only, and a double bed for adults. The décor is decidedly western with a cowboy boot lamp, patchwork quilt spreads, and a lasso framed mirror.

The exterior of the resort is arranged to look like an old west town. Two streets are lined with 14 two-story buildings. Some of the structures you'll encounter along these streets are a general store, a jail, boarding houses, a saloon, and a bank. Many of the rooms face out onto these old-west streets while others have a view of the "Rio Grande River" or gardens.

For vittles, there's the Chuck Wagon buffet. As you might expect, this restaurant offers western chow and barbeque. Next door you can whet your whistle at the Red Garter Saloon complete with live country music.


Hotel Cheyenne

Hotel Cheyenne

Hotel Cheyenne

Hotel Cheyenne


Hotel Santa Fe

The Hotel Santa Fe is also a budget resort and is designed to look like pueblos that might be found in the American Southwest. Unlike the Hotel Cheyenne, whose timeframe is the mid to late 19th century, the Hotel Santa Fe is set in the 1950's.

In this desert like atmosphere, cacti are numerous and a keen eye might even spot a flying saucer that has crashed landed in the sand.


Hotel Santa Fe


The check-in lobby is easy to spot. This area is designed to look like an old drive-in movie theater with Clint Eastwood looking down from the screen.


Hotel Santa Fe


The rooms are decorated with a Navajo motif and each features two double beds. The bedspreads look like Native-American woven blankets and simple pine furniture completes the mood.


Hotel Santa Fe

Hotel Santa Fe


At mealtime, check out the La Cantina buffet. Tex-Mex is on the menu and a salad bar is ingeniously built into the back of an old truck parked at a gas station. Cocktails are served nearby at the Rio Grande bar.

Air conditioning is not as common in Europe as it is in the U.S. and neither of these hotels features this wonderful invention. But all is not lost, they do have ceiling fans. For most of the year, the fans are adequate, but be forewarned, summers can get a little warm and humid.

You can walk to the theme parks from either of these resorts, but they are a "fur piece" away. The hike will take you approximately 20 minutes. A better option is to board one of the Disney transport buses for a ride to a central drop-off area. Please note, it's still another 5-7 minute walk from here to the theme park gates.


Davy Crockett Ranch


Davy Crockett Ranch, a campground, is located about 15 minutes away from the theme parks by car. Since no "Disney" transportation is provided to this location, I've never been there and can offer you little information or pictures. I do know that besides the campsites, "cabins" similar to those found at Fort Wilderness in Disney World, are available.

In my next blog I will discuss the Sequoia Lodge and the Hotel New York.

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