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Full Trip Report Mon 2nd June - Thurs 5th June 2014

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Full Trip Report Mon 2nd June - Thurs 5th June 2014

Thanks to all who followed my live TR from DLP and I enjoyed reading your comments. Sorry I only posted two days in the end but it is hard when Dreams ends at 11.20pm and I didn't get back to Hipark until midnight or later. This is the link for my live TR, and I will now post a full one for each day.

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So - one adult, staying at Hipark Serris, flying from Southampton to Orly, transfers with Ezyshuttle.

DH took me to Southampton airport at 5am, for 07.10 flight. We are only about 30 mins drive from Soton airport so this is very convenient for me. Even with Eurostar cheaper early tickets, by the time I have added return train fare to London and possible overnight stay in a Travelodge near St Pancras, flying is usually cheaper and definitely easier for me.

John from Ezyshuttle was waiting for me in Arrivals, and we were soon on our way to Hipark. I only had 10kg hand luggage on this trip, which I did find a bit difficult, and no space for souvenir shopping!! Well, that's one way of keeping costs down anyway, but of course I saw things I would have liked to buy. Very quick check in at Hipark, paid 3.30€ local tax, and was in my room by 11am. They don't seem to allocate your room before arrival, and you can't request a particular one in advance, so I just asked for the closest one to Reception. Studio room, the same as I have had previously, room 147. Nice view of the pool from the 1st floor.

Lovely sunny warm day. Caught the shuttle bus to DLP, and there was quite a lot of people heading to the parks from the bus station and car park. Mondays are quite often busy, even during term time. Many seemed to be Spanish so I wondered if a Region in Spain was on school holiday that I had not noticed. Bit of a queue at security checks. Took my usual photos of the Studios entrance and Disneyland Hotel / Park entrance. Stall selling merchandise by Fantasia Gardens. Helium balloons cost 7.50€. I saw Winnie, Mickey , Minnie ones, and transparent Princess ones. A CM told me that the Princess ones are best value for money because they last longer.

Through the park turnstiles, with big silly grin on my face, very happy to be back, and took photos of the Swing into Spring decorations on Main Street Station which look great. Emerged into Town Square ( still grinning, but didn't trip over the kerb this time!) and the 12pm Welcome To Spring show was just starting. Watched it from behind the Bandstand / Gazebo. Really enjoyed this, with the dancers singing and dancing on and around the gazebo, but the wrong side to see them dancing on Main Street. The next show was at 12.15, so very soon. This time I stood on Main Street, facing the gazebo and park entrance, and had a fab view of them dancing to Walking right down the middle of Main Street USA ' song. Excellent! They put circular mats on the ground across Main Street shortly before the parade begins, (instead of a rope), so just behind these is the best place to be. I asked a CM to show me where I could stand, so I would be at the front. His name was Louis, and we had a nice chat.

I then took photos of the topiary figures in Town Square, ( Mary Poppins and Bert), the gazebo flowers and Penguins, and noticed Rapunzel at her M&G location at Casey's Corner, by Liberty Arcade. The queue did not look long, but a CM told me that the line was closed, so that explained it. When I reached Central Plaza I suddenly spotted Donald, Chip & Dale on Castle Lawn, doing a photo shoot. Dashed over there and managed to get some myself before the left. I asked a CM there what it was for, but he didn't know.

The Spring festival flowers and topiary figures on Central Plaza are beautiful - Bambi, Flower, Thumper, Marie, Berliose, Toulouse (Aristocats), three Dalmation puppies, and Simba with Nala (Lion King - Simba means Lion in Swahili). Took photos of these and also Castle Stage decorations then called into the AP Office to get some renewal forms before going to Small World in Fantasyland.

Got chatting to a lady (Scoobydavid) and her DD in the queue line at 2pm, (10 mins) and then joined them on Mad Hatters Teacups ( 5 min) and Snow White ride (5 min). This was their first trip, and I warned her about Snow White being rather scary but her DD (who was a poppet!) was OK. They have now put a warning on the park map by this ride, and it says ' Venture into the dark and scary forest with Snow White). Victor told me that they had done this due to lots of complaints about children being frightened in the ride. Scoobydavid told me that the pony rides are currently open at the Cheyenne.

We then went to Main Street and got good places to watch Welcome to Spring as they had not seen it yet. After this, her DD needed a rest, so I explained that she could go into the DLH lobby or Cafe Fantasia lounge instead of going back to the Cheyenne is she wanted. They planned to watch DMOP later so I also explained about getting a spot on an outside curve kerb in good time for a good view. Said goodbye, and I went into Harringtons to see what pins I could find there. Was very happy to get a Small World 50th Anniversary, Spring one with Bambi, a special edition Ratatouille one, and a new Main Street USA one. I also found the Dreams pin with Olaf that a poster wanted, after much hunting in different shops (8.99€).

Feeling rather peckish by now, and I noticed a few people waiting outside Casey's Corner counter service resto. Saw a sign saying it opened at 4pm, in a few minutes, so decided to have my very first Casey's hot dog! (well, as far as I remember). Giant hot dog with cheese and crispy onions 7.69€, minus Fantasy AP discount, 6.92€. Well, it looked fine, filled me up nicely, but as some of you know I have lost my sense of smell and taste after being very poorly recently, and it hasn't returned yet. So I am afraid that words like Delicious and Yummy will not feature in my TR this time! I can't even smell the perfume in the DLH lobby, which is very sad! It was very pleasant sitting outside Casey's in the sunshine, under the red & white umbrellas. I was glad I was there at 4pm as it got busy very quickly.

I walked to Frontierland for Phantom Manor ( 5 min) and spotted something I didn't remember seeing before - a swinging cowboy boot! Ghostly heads in the mirrors over the Doom Buggies not working.

Pottered around taking photos before watching Magic On Parade from Town Square. I chatted to a family next to me whilst we were waiting, and also saw Scoobydavid and her DD again there. The parade began in Fantasyland at 5.30pm so didn't reach Town Square for about 25 mins. I had a great spot for video with the dancers and floats coming towards me. ( on the corner facing the Emporium, with City Hall to my left, in front of Main Street Station ).

Crowds of people were following the parade to the park entrance to exit for the Village and hotels for dinner at 6pm, so I went to check the queue times on the Information Board by Central Plaza.

Pirates OTC 10 min

Phantom manor 5 min

Small world 5 min

Peter Pans flight 30 min

Star tours 30 min

Space mountain 5 min

Buzz laser blast 30 min

I went to Blue Lagoon restaurant to ask them about booking for birthday cake & cocktails without a meal, and they said this was possible at less busy times, like 3pm - 5pm. I asked if the restaurant was full at the moment and they said yes. I was going to go on Pirates OTC (20 mins) but I could see the line was outside the cave tunnel, so suspected it would be longer. I don't like queueing in POTC very dark cave tunnel section when it is full of people - I find it rather claustrophobic, so gave that a miss.

I wasn't very hungry by 7pm but could do with something (no room for my usual snacks in hand luggage!) so tried Hakuna Matata (closed), Colonel Hathis (closed), Fuente Del Oro (closed), Last Chance Cafe (closed). I think Cowboy Cookout was also closed. Very poor when the park is open until 11pm and people are wanting to eat. I saw many going up to restaurant doors, finding them closed, and looking fed up. Lucky Nugget was open but this is a fixed price 3 choice menu with dessert and more than I needed. (you can't make ADR for Lucky Nugget). I ended up going back to Main Street and eating in Market House Deli, which was nice and quiet at 7.15pm, and I got a table by Main Street window so I could people watch at the same time. Had a bruchetta with cheese, spinach and tomato, which should be 6.99€ but my receipt says vegetable sandwich for 6.39€ (minus Fantasy discount) so I paid 5.75€. It used to be 6.89€ so prices have increased. See previous menu photo.

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No queue for Pirates OTC at 8pm - walked straight on. Two pirates are missing! The ones by the donkey singing Yo Ho. Donkey isn't hee-hawing either. Swinging Pirate not swinging. Humph. Still a very good ride though. Went on Peter Pan at 8.20 (10min) then Lancelot's Carousel ( 5 min but they took a while checking safety belts.) The little boy next to me on the outside horse could barely touch the foot rests, but he was allowed to ride without parent holding him or having to move to a smaller horse on the inside.

Forum poster JanieHowell text me, and we arranged to meet in front of the Castle for Dreams. I got a place on the kerb around 9.30pm, and she arrived with her DS about 30 mins later. The kerb was full by then, but they sat behind me, and then managed to move forward when some other people moved. So we chatted for an hour before Dreams about lots of things, and it turns out she grew up living near my home, and went to the same senior school as my DS2! Her parents still live here, so we may meet again when she comes to visit them. Small World indeed!

Loved watching Dreams again, lovely warm perfect evening, and everyone stayed sitting until a boy in front of us stood up and started jumping up and down during the show. He was in front of Janie and her DS, so I tapped the parents on the back and gestured for him to sit. ( not English). Luckily they told him to stay sitting so problem solved.

Said goodbye to Janie and DS after Dreams, got my bag with waterproofs from Guest Baggage desk, and walked to the bus station for the Peps 50 bus to Hipark, Adagio and Hotel Elysee. Got there at 11.45 and realised the last bus had gone! Silly me for not checking the timetable earlier. When I stayed there last summer when Dreams was at 11pm the last 50 bus went at 00.15 so I didn't think. Ah well, at least I didn't have tired children with me as some people did, and trying to find taxis. Luckily I had walked from Hipark to DLP on my last trip one morning, so I knew the way. Bit dark and lonely, but only 3 roads and I am told it is a safe area. It takes about 20 mins, so similar distance as to the Cheyenne and Santa Fe hotels. Got to hotel at 00.25.

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Day 2 to follow.

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1. Re: Full Trip Report Mon 2nd June - Thurs 5th June 2014

love this, very glad you started! Sounds like you had a great time!

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2. Re: Full Trip Report Mon 2nd June - Thurs 5th June 2014

Figgy 5 mins for the tea cups really !?!

This time of year sounds perfect :)

Btw thinking of adding a park tour you made it sound so good :)

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3. Re: Full Trip Report Mon 2nd June - Thurs 5th June 2014

Love all the detail Figgy :+)

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4. Re: Full Trip Report Mon 2nd June - Thurs 5th June 2014

You write your TR in so much detail Figgy, its a real joy to read :)

I read that you have bought a olaf dreams pin :-))))))) Figgy you are going to make my little girls day! To think you went to DLRP and took the time to find it for her is so kind of you and I appreciate it very much :)

I'll pm you with payment details x

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5. Re: Full Trip Report Mon 2nd June - Thurs 5th June 2014

I couldn't remember who wanted it rapunzel, so I'm glad you have told me! I got the last two that I could find, so it is a very popular pin. I was almost giving up, and found them hidden behind some other Dreams ones.

Teacups was not even 5 mins really, but that is the shortest time they can show! We only had to wait for the current ride to stop, and then got on.

Monday was fairly busy, but I expected that anyway, as some Galleries and Museums in Paris are closed, so tourists there can choose this day to visit Disneyland. Also many people go for a long weekend - Friday afternoon/ evening to Monday late afternoon.

Edited: 07 June 2014, 19:44
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6. Re: Full Trip Report Mon 2nd June - Thurs 5th June 2014

Ooooo loving this, makes me feel like I am still there!

The photo DH took of us is lovely, by the way.

Really must get round to finishing my TR and sorting my photos.

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Day 2. Tuesday.

Alarm went off at 7am. Put it under my pillow and fell asleep again. Woke up at 8am.

Rush for shower, coffee and chocolate brioches (rather squashed in my hand luggage!) and managed to catch the first bus at 8.50 to Chessy station. Weather warm, cloudy, quite muggy. Put my bag with waterproof jacket into Guest Baggage / Consigne (3€) and headed for Buzz's Laser Blast. Closed for technical reasons. Meh.

Dylantherabbit text that she & her family were heading for Lancelots carousel and we could meet there. I waited at the entrance and saw her waving to me from the ride, as they were going round ( well, I assumed it was her!) Had Hello Hug then we went on Teacups, Peter Pan's Flight, and then straight on Pirates OTC at rope drop to Adventureland at 10am. It was their last day, and they needed to make the most of it as a family, so we had a photo taken together by Peter Pan before saying goodbye. I always ask posters I meet if they are happy to have their photo in my Flickr sets to share on Forum, and Dylan said that was fine.

I was heading for Salon Mickey (shareholders lounge) by Guest Relations for Elevensies when Cherry Pie text me and they were in Town Square near Main Street Transportation building, which is currently covered with scaffolding and plastic for refurb. So I was able to meet her and her family which was lovely and we had a chat for about 15 mins before going our separate ways. Had a coffee and a chocolate doughnut in Salon Mickey from 11.00 - 11.20, which was very quiet, and I saw they now have minute maid bottles of juice in the fridge instead of cartons. They let you choose two pastries but I only wanted one. I took a bottle of water and juice with me to have later. When I left Salon Mickey it was still warm and sunny but with some cloud gathering.

When I got into the WD Studios front courtyard I went into Studio Services and asked about the parks tours. They don't have set days or times so it depends on the language you need and when a Guest Relations Tour Guide is available. I booked for 2pm the following day. 20€ adult, kids free, 15€ for shareholders. The DL park tour is 2 hours, and the studios 1.5 hrs, but it can depend on the guide on the day. Some are happy to make it a bit longer.

JanieHowell text me that she was in the queue for Backlot Tram Tour, and should be getting on in about 5 mins, so I waited there to meet them. They hadn't appeared by 11.55 so I text that I was going to see the Characters in Place des Stars. Janie told me that the ride had broken down near the end - that was bad luck! So we arranged to meet later and watch Stars n Cars Parade together.

I got to Place DES Stars stage outside Cinemagique in time for the Characters coming out at 12pm. They stop by the small stage and each have a CM who then escorts them to different spots there for M&G. I really wanted to meet Mushu so made a beeline for him and was first in line. A fifty something woman running after a red dragon does sound rather silly but I didn't care! Also met Remy and Minnie before the characters left at 12.30pm. Some of the Characters stood together, so you could meet both at the same time (Woody & Jessie, Lilo & Stitch, Remy & Emile). Going by my photos the Characters were Mushu (no Mulan), Remy & Emile, Minnie in white dress, Goofy, Donald, Jessie, Woody, Daisy, Lilo, Sitch (wearing Elvis costume), Ariel, Jasmine, Aladdin, Captain Hook, Jafar. They are all in Stars n Cars Parade later in the afternoon, currently 2.15pm. Usually Mulan is in the car with Mushu but he was on his own when we watched the parade later.

I sat on the stage steps and waited for them to come out again at 1pm and a lady asked me if I was Figgygirl! She said she was a Forum lurker, and had seen my Flickr photos, and she noticed the TA luggage label I have on my shoulder bag! So we had quick chat before the characters appeared again. This time I met Lilo & Stitch and Donald. Donald's queue was very long. I was glad to see the CMs making people queue properly and also warning that the characters will leave after 30 mins.

Just as the Characters were leaving it started to rain (good timing!) and Janie text they were in the village and going to sequoia lodge to get their waterproofs. Mine were still in guest baggage at the DL park! The Studios baggage desk is often only open at weekends and zone C holidays. I had my small brolly in my shoulder bag so was OK. It didn't rain for long and then I met Janie in studio 1 and we got places to watch Stars n Cars at my favourite spot. We had a great view, as in this photo.

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Janie's DH and two sons then went to see Moteurs Action show at 14.45 and we went on a Tower of Terror. Janie had not been on this before. Fastpass machines were not open on Tuesday as the park was not considered busy, but TOT queue was still 30 min. This is the time to the pre- ride section with short Twilight Zone TV clip in the Hotel L ibrary, then there is usually more queueing before you get to the ride lifts. So bear in mind that the entry to exit time could be 15-20 mins longer than the ride queue time displayed. Janie enjoyed the ride, and then we went to check the queue time for Crush's Coaster (30 mins). She said she would meet her family, and then they would go to En Coulisse in Studio 1 to use their Pause Gourmande vouchers, so I said I would get a table.

Janie went to meet her family at Moteurs Action, and I got a cheeseburger ( 7.69€) and tea (2.69€) minus 10% Fantasy AP discount, and table for 5 in En Coulisse. I was getting worried because the queues at the tills were getting long with people using their PG vouchers but Janie then text that her boys wanted to do Crush and Rock n Roller coaster, and not hungry or thirsty yet.

After my burger and tea I checked ride queue times at the Information Board at 4.15pm :

Tower of Terror 15 min

Tram Tours 20 min

Armageddon 5 min

R&RCoaster 15 min

Art of Disney Animation 10 min (two theatres)

Crush's Coaster 50 min

Cars Rallye 5 min

Slinky Dog 15 min

Parachute Drop - paused / broken down.

Cafe des Cascadeurs open 12.00 - 17.00

En Coulisse open 9.30 - 18.30

Blockbuster cafe open 10.30 - 17.00

Restaurant des Stars buffet last seating at 16.15.

We met for Cinemagique at 5pm, ( her DS was very upset by the exorcist clip which should definitely be removed IMO, what were they thinking of ) then they dashed over to the Disneyland Park to see Magic on Parade and I went on Crush at 5.35pm with a 45 min queue. Got off the ride at 6.05pm. Adults are not allowed to wear costume in the parks but I have noticed a few wearing character Onesies! A lady in Crush queue was wearing a Sully Onesie, and I also saw a couple wearing them!

En Coulisse still open until 18.30, so I bought a coffee before going over to the DL park. Quite a few people were using their PG vouchers.

Spent some time pottering in shops and looked around Victorias which was almost empty at 7pm. Then did Buzz Laser Blast three times with 5 min queue. Then Star Tours 5 min queue. You can ask to see the Star Tours simulator working, but this is only possible if the one you watch is in use, and if there is a CM available to take you. The best time to ask is between 12pm and 4pm, when they have more staff and usually all simulators working. I asked the CM at the ride entrance at 8pm, who phoned for me, but they weren't using the simulator that you can watch from a viewing room through windows.

Bought a hot chocolate in cafe Hyperion ( 2.69€) and Cherry Pie text me that her BBWWS surprise for her family had gone well! It was now getting darker at 9.30pm with the park lights coming on, and Discoveryland was very quiet. I got a place on Town Square gazebo / bandstand with a view of Main Street and Castle, to watch Dreams in case it rained and for quick getaway afterwards for the bus. A lady arrived with her family, with the same idea, and we got chatting. It was forum poster LynsW! How amazing! Lol! Was very glad to be able to meet her.

Watched Dreams to the end Finale, then walked very briskly to the bus station in 10 mins. The peps 50 bus was packed and didn't actually leave until 23.40 so I must have just missed it on Monday night. People were leaving the park before Dreams finished, but I would hate to do that and miss the Finale fireworks. At hotel before midnight, made a coffee (instant Nescafe sachets) and set alarm for 7am.

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Day 3 to follow.

Edited: 07 June 2014, 21:21
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8. Re: Full Trip Report Mon 2nd June - Thurs 5th June 2014

Really figgy buzz 3 times in a row with a five min queue !!!!

Reading your live tr and this one we will be using free bus to disney

my lot will never be up emh anyway

then we will train back to hotel I will get the carnet like you have said to keep cost down.

You did so much :)

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9. Re: Full Trip Report Mon 2nd June - Thurs 5th June 2014

Yes - you can buy a carnet of 10 tickets to save money for the RER A train. I think the last one at night goes around midnight. The Peps buses should change soon to peak summer timetable so there will be later buses.

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10. Re: Full Trip Report Mon 2nd June - Thurs 5th June 2014

We are oct so times will be dif then again.

We won't do the last train until the 31st but the bus back on a night sound a mare so mix of bus and train is my plan.

Thanks figgy x

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