During our recent visit to Disneyland Paris we stayed at one of their partner hotels, Explorers. We knew we wouldn’t get some of the Disney hotel benefits such as extra magic hours, characters in the hotels and being within walking distance. However we were only 10/15 minutes on the bus and we had a free shuttle service to and from the parks.
We were travelling as a small group consisting of four adults, a three year old and an 8 month old. This meant that we could stay in one of their larger rooms which consisted of a double bed, two singles (pushed together to make a double) and a small room attached with bunk beds (and a travel cot put in as well). We then had wardrobes and drawers, a separate toilet and a bath/shower and sink. As well as this we also had a TV, which did have English channels on if you searched through the guide, a kettle and some tea and coffee making stuff. The next few images I have taken off the hotels website but they are exactly how our room looked, it was clean, tidy and very new!
Downstairs there was a lovely pool and soft play which were both open till 11pm! We didn’t use the pool but our friends did take their little one down to the soft play which they said was good but lots of very hyperactive kids so not great for little ones without an adult. There is also a 6D cinema which we didn’t use, restaurant, buffet area (we ate breakfast here), bar and Marcos Pizza. We ate pizza on both evenings which was served again till 11pm and for the price you could not complain! Two pizzas, 3 portions of chips and 2 large fruit pots cost us around 40 euros which isn’t bad so close to Disney. There is also a shop selling official Disney merchandise as it is a partner hotel and I have been told you can get items sent back to the hotel before a certain time but I’m not 100% sure.
Breakfast was your average continental breakfast but I found it extremely filling and kept us going through the majority of day. There was fruit, cereal, toast, pastries, fruit, meats and cheeses. There was then hot drinks, water and a selection of juices. You could also fill water bottles up for your day (not juice but this didn’t seem to stop other people) and taking food out was frowned upon and not allowed.
I would recommend making sure you had any drinks you wanted in the day time as the first evening we were at the hotel the lads went on the hunt for a drink. A CAN of coke cost just short of 4 euros, for a CAN!! I happily drank water with my juice added and saved myself a small fortune.
The shuttle bus from outside the hotels reception came around every 20 minutes and visited the five Disney partner hotels and could get extremely busy. On our first evening we decided to stand back from the ridiculous rush and just wait for the next bus which came literally 20 seconds later! For a free service you can’t really complain and anyone not wanting to do this could easily get a taxi.
If like us you are also planning to go back to the parks after checking out there was a very handy room which contained large lockers which you locked with a code. You were able to leave luggage in here for the day and we felt confident that they were safe in here.
We are hoping to return to Disney in the future and if we cannot afford an official Disney hotel I think this will definitely be on the top of our list for the return trip! If you have any questions feel free to ask away and I’ll do my best to answer or if you’ve stayed here before why not share your own experiences.