1. cherrymarzipan

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    Really excited that we are going to be staying there next month for our Christmas season Disney trip. Has anybody stayed there? Any tips?
     
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    That's brilliant!
    I'm intrigued....is it very expensive?
    Be sure to tell us what it was like when you get back!
     
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  4. Ware Bears

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    Looking forward to hearing all about it, cherry!
     
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    No! Amazingly we are paying £330 for four nights in a two-bedroomed townhouse!! It even includes a washing machine which I am oddly excited about. :rotfl2:

    I was just browsing as you do and found it on Booking.com so had to grab it at that price. I had assumed it would be a lot more but maybe we will find an unfinished building site or something.:laughing: I'm willing to take the risk and am longing to see what is on offer there. At worst we'll still have fun in the parks.

    I'll have to take notes and lots of pictures to tell everyone all about it if no-one gets there before me.

    Bouncing with excitement! :jumping1:
     
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    Hey, that brilliant!
    Same price as our 4 night DCR stay.
    Does that include a park ticket as well, or do you all have APs?
     
  7. cherrymarzipan

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    No park tickets, this isn't a problem as we have APs but is something to consider when pricing up. We've been staying off-site a lot lately as we've been unable to get good Disney hotel deals when we've wanted to go and the loss of breakfast pushes the price up effectively when not going Club Class so we're favouring self-catering facilities now. Parking is free at VN which is not always the case when staying in Val de l'Europe (HiPark charges 15€ per night). Apparently we get wristbands to access accommodation and facilities and it is these that I am most interested in exploring. Fingers crossed for good weather.
     
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    Okay, have a great holiday pixiedust: , and make sure you tell us all about it when you return!
     
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    Hi Cherry....how was it? Would you recommend?
     
  10. cherrymarzipan

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    Hi Mark...the short answer is, yes!

    The long answer is a bit more complicated and the reason I hadn't got round to revisiting this thread. Unfortunately during our first night at VN I received a text to say that my mother in the UK had had a heart attack and was in hospital. The rest of the holiday passed in a worrying blur and we didn't really take full advantage of what was there. My initial response was to try and get a flight back quickly but when it became obvious that I wouldn't get one the following day we thought we would stay put for the remaining time. This was over a month ago now and my mother was in hospital up until three days ago, with Oliver and I staying nearby visiting daily. Fortunately she is now home in time for Christmas and slowly recovering with help.

    So, it seems ages ago now! But yes, we were very impressed with the VN park generally. We had a two-bedroom "cottage" which was light and spacious and very well equipped. There was a dishwasher but no washing machine - I must have got that bit wrong in the description! We had a bathroom with wash basin and a separate shower room with loo and hand basin. I loved the natural, eco-friendly building and decor. We had an outdoor decking area with large table, chairs and sun-loungers (not that we made any use of those in November). The park itself was a little difficult to navigate, especially at night as quite dark and vast with many paths not brilliantly signed but there was lots to see and do although mainly for more able-bodied children than Oliver. It really warrants a holiday in itself but of course Oliver still wanted plenty of Disney so what with that and spending an awful lot of time on my phone to my sister and brother re my mother we never even got into the fabulous looking pool. Oliver liked the farm as he loves animals and there is a little show there which was not at all what we were expecting but he thought it was great. It was a sort of live mime with actors and puppets - really only for very small children.

    The whole park was very quiet at the time we were there and even so there were times when it was quite a queue getting in and out of the complex in the car as wristbands have to be shown every time. Parking is in lots but it may be quite a walk to an individual accommodation unit. I suppose that if you are choosing an environmentally friendly, nature themed holiday this is not so much of an issue. We liked the shopping/restaurant area. The supermarket is good with a great range of organic food and we didn't need to go into Auchan for anything. There is a Nature et Decouverte which is a shop I really like. There used to be one in VdE but it went a while back. The general landscaping is typically beautifully Disney imagined and will only improve as it matures. We saw enough we liked to book it again in June when the warmer weather and a hopefully less stressful time will allow us to make the most of it.

    Any questions do ask and I'll try and answer. Also I do have some pictures which I'll put up when I've more time.
     
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    Hi Cherry,
    Thank you for replying, and I'm so pleased to hear that your mother is recovering. Bless her, she must be relieved to be out of hospital after all that time.
    Would love to see some pictures when Christmas is out of the way....have a good one pixiedust:
     
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    Will do and thank you...have a great Christmas yourselves :santa:
     
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    Oh what a worrying time for you Cherry, glad to hear your mum is home and hope she continues to make a good recovery. It sounds a lovely place - hope your next visit will be less stressful :hug:
     
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    Some pictures!
     

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    I'm not very good at this! Most of my pictures, despite being just those taken on my phone, seem to be too big to download. :(
     
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    It looks like the Forest themed playroom at my DD's school :)
     
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    It looks lovely!
    So how did you get it for that price?!
    As far as I can tell, when you book you have to book for all people, as opposed to being able to book for 1 person + guests at the DCR.....is that right?
     
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    Looks lovely, thanks for sharing. Hope you mum is continuing her road to recovery :hug:
     
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    Thank you Elaine and Nikki, I'm afraid my mum is back in hospital so hoping for better news soon.

    Managed to get a few more pictures on here I think. Sorry I didn't get to take a better range.


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  21. cherrymarzipan

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    We booked through booking.com. You would definitely need to book for all people as you have to show wristbands for each person entering and leaving the park as well as swimming. Our price was for four people: Oliver, DH ,DD1 and me. Was unusual nowadays as usually just Oliver and me. We have since booked again for June for 5 of us including DS2. I expect it to be far busier then, it was very quiet mid-November. I don't know how it works but there is a different gate for day visitors which might be a way of checking it out whilst visiting DLP?
     
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