We're just recovering from our first DLP, after staying at DCR for 4 nights last week! I'll do this in a few stages, as I'm quite enjoying looking back through the photos and thinking about the days :)
We drove down from near Glasgow with DD(3) and DS(5), and stayed overnight in Ashford on the Sunday. If anyone's thinking about doing the same I'd totally recommend the Ashford North Premier Inn - clean, friendly, quiet and only 30 minutes drive to Dover the next day.
Day 1 - Monday 30th
A quick scoot down the motorway and we were at DCR by about 4pm. The driving was pretty much plain sailing, although all the lorries battering up and down to and from the ferries means you need a wee bit more concentration in terms of overtaking, etc. Quick stop at a service station gave us a wee laugh when we couldn't find any vegetarian sandwiches in THREE fridges' worth. The young guy was very apologetic, but said with a shrug "we love the meat over here!" Haha!
I was really impressed with DCR when we arrived because it was sparkling clean. We were expecting a small room with bunk beds for the kids, so were pleasantly surprised when we were given one of the ones with three single beds and a double, and a deck, etc. Decided to have a quick drink before we headed to the park for our reservation at Plaza Gardens at 6.30pm, and while waiting for the kettle I put the car's headlights on and stuck on those beam deflector things...
We took photos, got the kids in Spiderman and Elsa costumes, I put on some Minnie ears and some lippy, we piled in the car... Yeah, so it turns out that if you leave your headlights on fullbeam for half an hour they can completely drain your battery! DH phoned reception, and the CM was lovely and double-checked, but maintenance weren't insured to jump-start us. We phoned the AA and they were amazing - got a guy out to us in half an hour, and security let him in. It was quite a spectacle, with a full-sized breakdown truck arriving at our cabin. The mechanic was lovely, had very little English, and was trying to not to show he was too disappointed to be missing the France game. I was nearly crying and had to phone to cancel dinner, but the kids didn't really know what was going on luckily. I had some "emergency" Dolmio microwavable pasta, so we ate quickly and ended up getting to the park before 8pm. Phew.
We headed straight to the castle, and after lots of oohing and ahhing we walked straight onto It's a Small World, the teacups, and Pirates of the Caribbean. The kids were full of beans, so we decided to just go for it and stay up for Disney Dreams. Oh wow! It really is amazing :) Bundled two sleepy kids into the car, and headed back to the ranch.
Day 2 to follow, with our visit to the Auberge.