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  • [Question] Advice for a 1st timer at DLP

    Hi Folks,

    I am planning a quick trip to DLP as part of a longer trip to London and Paris and would like some input/advice from those of you who have been before. Here's my planned itinerary:

    Thursday, 4/10-Arrive from Paris on the train late afternoon, check into Hipark Serris Val-d'europe and then walk the 15-20 minutes to DTD for the evening.

    Friday, 4/11-Be at the park for opening and take in the parade, castle show, attractions that are unique to DLP or significantly different to those in the states (I've been to both coasts) and just try to soak in the atmosphere.

    Saturday, 4/12-Check out 1 or 2 of the hotels and pick up last minute souvenirs before heading back to Paris.

    So which attractions MUST I visit, where should I eat, what not to miss etc. I have a list already but I'd like your opinions.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Advice for a 1st timer at DLP

    In Disneyland: Pirates, Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain

    In Walt Disney Studios: Crush Coaster and... perhaps Tower Of Terror

    Since the rides breaks down all the time it's hard to tell in advance what you'll be doing in the parks.
    Go for the big rides I'd say.

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    • #3
      Re: Advice for a 1st timer at DLP

      Originally posted by TimmyTimmyTimmy View Post
      In Disneyland: Pirates, Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain

      In Walt Disney Studios: Crush Coaster and... perhaps Tower Of Terror

      Since the rides breaks down all the time it's hard to tell in advance what you'll be doing in the parks.
      Go for the big rides I'd say.
      Originally posted by fizzog
      Soundtracker you cheeky chipmunk

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      • #4
        Re: Advice for a 1st timer at DLP

        Big Thunder Mountain is awesome... but I forgot to write that.

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        • #5
          Re: Advice for a 1st timer at DLP

          Thanks for the input. I'm only planning on going to DL not the Studios. Do you think I should with my one day?

          Any suggestions about places to eat? I'll probably go QS for lunch and dinner.

          Does anyone know anything about the Hipark Serris Val-d'europe hotel? I got it on hotels.com because it's easy walking distance to the park and a reasonable price.

          Thanks!

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          • #6
            Re: Advice for a 1st timer at DLP

            Walt Disney Studios sucks as a park. It takes 2-3 hours to do. It has a few good things but most of them you can find in better shape in other Disneyparks.

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            • #7
              Last edited by mtlchuck; 02-22-2014, 10:18 PM.
              "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever". - Walt Disney :ap:

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              • #8
                Re: Advice for a 1st timer at DLP

                Also, as you have visited both US resorts, be prepared for thr occasionally ruder cast members (not to mention guests... even though both times I visited 96% of the staff were super nice), litter where by no means there should be at a Disney Park (example: 6 months old food wrappings with fading colours in bodies of water) and lots of smokers.

                I really hope Disney Dreams will play as it is magnificent (I watched the holiday version).

                Writing this I remembered an anecdote: I visiited the parks last december. At night I was already at the train station and confused about the departures and I politely asked a woman at one of the food kiosks (in French) where the trains headed to Paris were and she replied really rudely that it was not her job to inform me of that. I just looked at her and said out loud "I forgot this isnt Disneyland anymore..." and stormed off. Some people just have no courtesy.
                "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever". - Walt Disney :ap:

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                • #9
                  Re: Advice for a 1st timer at DLP

                  Thanks for the input. I'll have to decide if it's worth the extra money and time away from DL to squeeze in a quick visit to the Studios.

                  Sadly, it's been a long time since I was a student so no discounts for me. I plan on buying my ticket for Friday when I arrive Thursday evening to save time in the morning.

                  Disney Dreams is on the schedule and I'm looking forward to it. Thanks for the tip about Fantasyland closing early, I didn't know that. Peter Pan however will be closed while I'm there (Indy too.) I can live with that though since I have been on it many times in WDW and DL.

                  I'm also bracing myself for all the smokers

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                  • #10
                    Re: Advice for a 1st timer at DLP

                    Originally posted by TimmyTimmyTimmy View Post
                    In Disneyland: Pirates, Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain

                    In Walt Disney Studios: Crush Coaster and... perhaps Tower Of Terror

                    Since the rides breaks down all the time it's hard to tell in advance what you'll be doing in the parks.
                    Go for the big rides I'd say.
                    Phantom Manor. The Haunted Mansion doesn't exist at Disneyland Paris, both attractions have two completely different stories.
                    Remember to always let your dreams carry you away.



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