More about Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch - Parks tickets included
Thumbs Up for Davy Crockett
Stayed at the Davy Crockett Ranch during October half term 2006 and found it generally good.
Cabin itself was okay - no toaster was a bit of a surprise as was the lack of a tin opener or cork screw. The kettle was also not working when we arrived - but was replaced within 10 minutes of making a phone call to reception.
The kids liked the bunk beds and the disney channel and we almost had to physically drag them out of the pool (open 7.30am - 10.00pm during our stay).
Breakfast was good - french stick, croissants, milk, orange juice etc.
The biggest advatage of the Davy Crockett Ranch over the other Disney hotels is the separate bedroom - my wife and I were able to get the kids (7 & 5) to bed by about 9.30 and were then able to enjoy a glass of wine and wind down after a busy day. As far as I am aware the other disney hotels are one room affairs and this would not suit us.
The drive to Disney Park takes only 10 minutes and is clearly signed.
We would certainly go back.
Watch your belongings
We have stayed at all Disneyland paris hotels apart from New York, ( some more than once), however please be aware that it is not wise to leave money or valuables at Davy Crockett Ranch. We left £200 British money in the log cabin throughout our stay. Unbeknown to us - in fact on the ferry back to UK - we realised that this money had been stolen along with husbands sunglasses, presumably by Disney cleaners as there hadn't been any forced entry. Disney without admitting liability sent our children many gifts by way of any apology. Although the occurence certainly tarnished that trip, it hasn't stopped us from returning twice since and are going again in November (Newport Bay Club), but now we are very cautious of what we leave around.
To get to the disney parks from the disney hotels and disney associated hotels (except davy crocket ranch) there is a bus service yellow for disney hotels and pink for the associated hotels or you can walk with the furest away hotel being a 20 min walk from the parks. The buses are very regular but are also very busy with everyone trying to get on at once. However these are free so this probably is the reason they are so popular and for a couple of minutes ride it is bareable.
Breakfast with the Disney characters
The breakfast with the disney characters is extra but is well worth the money if you have children with you or not if you want to meet the characters I mean who needs kids. This is only available to people staying in the disney and disney associated hotels and transport is provided free of charge to the disney village/park for this (except davy crocket ranch). Price varies depending on time of year, offers available who you are booking through and so on. Also those staying in associated hotels always end up paying more than those in Disney hotels.
We have four children,from 13 yrs to 10 months old,they all really enjoyed their stay at Davey Crockett ranch,our cabin was clean and spacious,the staff in all areas where helpful and friendly.We will certainly be going back.We cant recommend it enough.Try for yourselves.Its easy to find and about 10mins from Disneyland.
Great place to stay
Stayed for 7 days, back in 2003. Great place to spend with young children. The pool area is one of the best we have ever been to at a resort. We used the kitchenette for most of our meals. The drive to Disneyland Paris takes about ten minutes, but it is another ten minute walk to the parks. I found that if I took my 2 year old with me to the breakfast cabin we got more food.
For trips into Paris, we would park in the Disneyland parking lot and take the RER. Disney Village has a good selection of restaraunts, with Mcdonalds being the most reasonable. A large Auchon grocery store is located near the parks and is great for stocking up on supplies.
Davy Crockett's OK
Just spent 4 nights at Davy Crocketts with the family. On the whole although the accommodation was pretty basic we enjoyed the stay and would visit again.
The cabins (or sheds as my 4 year old calls them) were pretty basic. Although the bedding/towels (these were clean), cutlery were provided we took everything else.
Breakfast comprised of crossiants and french stick breads with a range of spreads although you could buy from the shop bacon, eggs and sausages etc.
The indoor pool was good, although a bit chilly. There was also an indoor tennis court.
The journey to the main parks was no more than 15 minutes by car.
Good accommodation, enjoyed our stay
The ranch is on the outskirts of the Disney theme parks - you need a car, as the Disney buses do not go here. It does however only take about 10 minutes to get to the parks, and parking when you get there is free. We hired a car from Hertz which we picked up at the train station at Marne La Vallee - the child seat was free because we were guests at the ranch.
We made our reservation on-line and were impressed by the efficiency of the check-in. All documents and keys etc. were ready on arrival - it was swift and painless. Check-out was equally good.
The "cabins" are a bit like caravans, but despite some of the negative reviews we read on this site, we were very pleased with ours. The areas to the side and back are a bit overgrown and the barbecue was a bit dirty, but inside the cabin everything was clean and pleasant - all very nicely themed.
The accommodation is basic but comfortable. We had a very large kitchen/dining/sitting area. The seats were not overly comfortable, but we did not spend a lot of time there. There were 2 bedrooms - one with bunkbeds and one with a really huge double bed - both had pristine white bedlinen and beds were comfortable.
The kitchen was adequate - 2 ring cooker, fridge, microwave. We did not actually cook there - too much choice at the Disney Village.
The bathroom had a bath, overhead shower and toilet in a separate room. There were plenty of towels - you could ring housekeeping if you wanted fresh towels delivered. You can also ring and request housekeeping to come and clean/tidy the cabin free of charge.
There is no air-conditioning. During our visit it was very hot - temperatures in excess of 30 degrees. It did get fairly stuffy at night, but was not as bad as I thought it would be.
There is a village area in the heart of the complex - quite a walk from our cabin - which has a great swimming pool and slide, restaurant, bar and shop. The restaurant was excellent - self-service, but we had a delicious meal there.
Disney characters visit the village area daily between 5:15 - 5:45. We found it better to see them there - it was uncrowded and our 3 year old could get close without being pushed and jostled as happened at character appearances in the parks.
There is also a small farm, play area for children, walks and trails and an adventure course - we didn't really get to do any of this as we had no time.
Each morning you collect breakfast from a little hut at the end of your road - baguette, lots of croissants, coffee, tea, milk, juice, spreads, jams etc.. We thought it was excellent.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. The accommodation is a little basic, but very comfortable and beautifully themed. We thought it was good value for money and would undoubtedly go back.
Space for kids to play, eat and sleep
We stayed in a 2 bed lodge between Christmas and New Year. The ability to park a car right in front of each lodge made for easy loading and unloading of our 3 kids and luggage and having read previous reviews, we'd set our expectations on a lodge size similar to that of a static caravan. However we were suprised to find a considerably larger lodge of good cleanliness and facilities - a true holiday home complete with dishwasher, microwave, cooker hob, TV, fridge, shower etc.
Each lodge was set comfortably within attractive woodland and sufficiently spaced to ensure both privacy and quiet. The modest heating worked remarkably well throughout all rooms, despite temperatures reaching -9C whilst we were there. The kids bunkbed suited our 3 + 5yr olds whilst a travel cot arrived within 5 minutes of our evening telephone request.
The lodge complex shop is generally a 2 - 5 minute drive away from most of the lodges and stocks food, drinks, limited snacks and plenty of gifts - all at very reasonable prices. Entry to the site is via a coded barrier for which you're provided a PIN code at registration. 3pm room allocation is strictly enforced although we were allowed to register early so we just had to collect a key at 3pm once the queues built up. Breakfast collection is from the first lodge on each cul-de-sac between 7am - 10am every morning consisting of bread, coissants, jam, chocolate spread, coffee, butter & milk. TV channels are mostly German and French however there are 3 English channels including Disney, sufficient to occupy the kids whilst you prepare for the park and settle them down at night.
Our top tips:
1. Arrive at the Disneyland park before 9:30am to ensure parking near the front - it's a lonnnnnng walk to the back of the car park.
2. In Winter months, leave the heating on at night - the rooms get cold very quickly without it
3. Remember to collect your *free* dishwasher pack when you arrive
4. Register before 3pm even though you can't collect your key until 3pm.
5. Eat before you first arrive - food facilities on camp are poor unless you're prepared to cook something yourself. There are no snack / fast food provisions.
We'd definately stay there again for the flexibility to park outside the lodge; space for the kids to play and inclusive entrance to the disneyland park just 4 minutes drive away.