Probably the week I was most excited about was when we went to Disneyland Paris! I honestly think I was more excited about it than my kids! As a child I visited Disneyland Orlando and to this day the memories are vivid; I couldn’t wait for my kids to experience the same feelings.
To add more experiences to the trip, we travelled by train to Paris. We got on a lot of trains on the underground but taking in the scenery would be a lot different. I was concerned about luggage and the stroller, so we packed all the kids clothes in one small bag and my clothes and my husbands in one bag. We gave my eldest son the responsibility of pulling one of the bags (which he enjoyed doing as that made him an “adult”). The train ride was beautiful, I got the iPad’s just in case but ended up not needing them.
I arranged with the resort we are staying in to have a car pick us up from the train station, as the resort is about 30 minutes out of London. We stayed at the Marriott Village d’lle-de-France which is a 10 minute shuttle drive to Disneyland Paris. We had a lot of options and the Disneyland hotel was one of them, but honestly I didn’t like the idea of being cooped up in a hotel room and loved what we heard about the Marriott (and thank God we didn’t stay at the hotel).
The resort was spectacular, it was so good I wished we stayed a few more days just to enjoy the nature and relaxed environment. Here are some pictures of the resort:
I bought a 5-day pass to both parks online and we wanted to visit an outlet mall that we’ve been told we cannot miss, so our plan was to visit the park as soon as we got to Paris (we took the 12pm train to get to Paris early and have time to go to the park). We planned our days based on the weather, we knew there would be 1 day where it was going to be very windy and heavy showers, so we made that day the outlet visit.
The Marriott was a breath of fresh air after London, anxiety was high in London because it was a city and the kids couldn’t roam around freely, but the resort was closed, there were playgrounds everywhere, kids could rent bikes and scooters, there was an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and a kids play area that had many activities. Furthermore, there were restaurant’s and a mini grocery store, so technically you had no need to leave the resort for anything. The villa was equipped with everything, a kitchen that had all the pots and pans as well as basic groceries they provided when we first got there, a washer and dryer with detergents to use, and a dishwasher. Most importantly, the place was CLEAN! The furniture wasn’t worn out, the bathrooms were spotless, it absolutely exceeded my expectations. Don’t forget, this was mid-August, peak season for such resorts, but their services were impeccable.
As soon as you open the villa door there is a playground, and I could sit back and relax knowing the kids wont get lost, there were staff everywhere that would help kids, and I got Meshal (5 years old) a bicycle and he would go around the resort and back easily with no problems. Hamad (3 years old) of course opted to sit next to the lake and feed the ducks 🙂
If you are planning to go to Disneyland Paris, I highly recommend the Marriott. I haven’t tried any other place, but honestly, I would go to the Marriott even if I wasn’t planning to visit Disneyland, and no, this is not a paid review!
More on our trip in the next posts…