Sunday, December 13, 2015

Disneyland Paris - A Christmas Delight

Well, here we are at Disneyland Paris,
and we had the great fortune to stay at the Disneyland Paris
Hotel again, which is a marvelous confection of
Victorian pink!

This time we took the TGV train for Charles De Gaulle
Airport rather than ride the bus to Disneyland Paris.
It cost us 19 Euros, and Euros are 1 to 1.09 US dollars
right now, so travel to Paris is quite reasonable.  The TGV
train takes only 10 minutes to travel to Disneyland.  The bus,
which we took last time, took about 40 minutes and was
about the same price, so we loved that.  The TGV and RER
trains stop right on the property, but you do have to haul
your own bags through the security line and to the hotel.

Don't take the RER, it takes you all the way back into Paris
and then back out to Disneyland.  That would take away a little
of the magic.

We arrived at the magnificent Disneyland Hotel to 
be greeted in the lobby by a gigantic tree across from the
magnificent fireplace.  Next to the tree is an almost lifesize
gingerbread house that puffs smoke out of it's smokestack.

I felt like I had walked into one of the Historic Landmark
Homes that I posted about.  Everything is so beautiful and the
people are all so helpful and have that Disney smile.  If you
are worried about being in France and having the people
be friendly and helpful, hang out at Disneyland, Paris!
They are all wonderful and so friendly.

My favorite memory from our last trip here was the 
Hot Chocolate up in the second floor lounge, so we
had to have that again.  It is a block of chocolate
that you melt into your creamy milk, served with a
cookie spoon.  I want to make this for Christmas Eve,
although I will probably just use my chocolate spoons.

I had so many people ask me to let them know what
it was like to travel here at this time of year.  Of course,
we are used to Disney being in warm climates, and we
could have had snow, but the weather was about a high of
50 and down into the 40's by the time we left the park.  It is
definitely a more humid climate here, so we bundled up
and often had to take our gloves and hats off as we
entered buildings or rides.

I would describe it like being in a Christmas wonderland!
It is like being in New York for Christmas only much less
walking and stunning Christmas music being played over
the loudspeakers all day.  You couldn't have a more magical
Christmas experience.

The window displays are amazing, as only Disney can do them.
They remind you of the window displays in New York, just 
featuring Disney characters.

Unbeknownst to me, our reservation included what
is called Half Board.  I assumed that included a beautiful
buffet breakfast in their dining rooms overlooking the park,
as we had the last time.

But no, half board included dining once a day at the 
restaurants in the park or at the hotel.  What you may not
know is that in Disneyland Paris, it is more of a weekend park,
so some of the restaurants, and even rides may not be open
until the weekend.  We couldn't get into dinner for Walt's which 
is on Main Street for either night, and we ended up eating
at the California Grill in the Disneyland Hotel. 

We almost opted for the Buffet, which looked incredible, but
a waiter pulled my husband aside and said that the California
Grill was excellent.  

As all of Disney, the prices are very expensive, but this meal
was completely covered, three courses and a drink, at more than
70 Euros per person.  

We were lucky enough to be seated at the only table that had
a full view of the kitchen and we adored that experience.

Shown above is my Roasted Beet Appetizer, which was
wrapped around goat cheese - amazing!!  Hubby's dessert
was a chocolate ganache bar with creamy ganache on top.
Heavenly!  It was an amazing and elegant meal,
and it was all included.

Our other major surprise was that our three
day ticket to Disneyland was included in our hotel
price.  I had read online that some of the lower
end Disneyland Hotels offered that during the
summer season, but was delighted to find that
it was included in ours.

Our other meal that we opted for was the following day
for lunch at
Bistro Chez Remy.

Of course, the French are enchanted with the little rat,
Remy, from the movie Rataouille.

He has his own little area of the park in Walt Disney Studios,
(which was closed down last time we came), and he has
opened his own restaurant.

Again, the food was amazing and very high priced, 
but we again were given a three course meal, including a drink.

This had to be the most charming themed restaurant I
have been in.  You can see plate racks that make up the booths,
with forks stacked in between for coat racks.  Little corks for
stools, bottle cap backed chairs, wine label tabletops - charm

Of course, they had to serve ratatouille with each plate.  
It was beautiful and delicious.  Fois Gras was the appetizer,
and it was like eating butter.  The beef tenderloin was so
tender and flavorful, and the sea bass was served with a
delightful Beaurre Blanc sauce.  I think hubby could
have drunk that!

They even wrote Pehr Chef Kirk on
hubby's plate for his dessert of a hazelnut chocolate eclair.

My favorite was the use of drink umbrellas
as table umbrellas.

Remy has outdone himself.

What a delightful way to celebrate the Christmas season,
with sparkling lights, fabulous music, incredible parades,
and firework shows and of course, amazing food.

I highly recommend this as a Christmas destination.
(By the way, we purchased our flights and looked at
hotels before any of the attacks in Paris, and this is
a very inexpensive time to travel to Paris.  The hotel
we are off to was over $1200 in May a year and a half
ago - we did not choose it that time - and is now under

Off to Paris proper!!


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. What a wonderful vacation! Looks like Disney does it right again :) The hotel looks absolutely beautiful! Curious as to how the lines are there compared to DisneyWorld :)

  2. Ooh lala.. quelle voyage..Moi?
    J'adore Rémy;)

  3. What a fabulous post, It sounds like so much fun! Incredible food in an incredible location. Joni

  4. During the week there are practically no lines. Even in the weekend the crowds are so small compared to USDisney. We went last Christmas and you could barely walk in California Disney. Here I could take pictures ahead of me on walkways with no people. It is how you wish Disney could be.


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