first time to france and eurodisney

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  1. robinmclaren

    robinmclaren Read Only Funster

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    we left in bessacarr for dover no problem on p&o ferry , and in club class lounge very good journey off at calais and onto motorway for about 100km found a nice quiet aires to stay in, 5 minutes later blue lights and police advising not to stay in the quiet sites as will be gassed and locks drilled ( they even give you a letter to explain this issue , so off to a busy garage aires for the night with the lorries, carried on next day to disney ( toll from calais to paris 30 euro ), excellent toilet/showers at disney and very well kept by the staff ( shame about some of the animals who use these and make such a mess , maybe they treat there own homes the same ) disney very good as expected and 13 euro/24 hours to park , 2 french registered vans pulled up next to us early hours one morning and very noisy until about 7am when they left and the mess they left behind was minging ( some people really are scum ) , 4 days at park and starting to get busy by last day , set off back avoiding toll motorways and had a very pleasnt jounrney back through small villages with stops as we felt like it and loved the local culture and friendly people , at dover advised to park in the port car park as safe for overnight parking , back on p&o and good journey back , really is worth the extra for club lounge if you have not tried it as waiter service free papers , free drinks , luxury chairs private toilets and shower to use if required

    solar panels and new leisure batteries preformed superb and had no shortage of electric while away and could not take all the power being produced , altough inverter problem limited us to about 800w of mains power instead of the normal 1.5kw ( now replaced and back to normal and spare invertor just in case ) , while on ferry we left invertor running fridge and freezer on 240v so all stayed nice and cold without gas on , it surprises me how many motorhomes have no power without running engines or generators as we had lots of people look surprised and ask how when we were using mains appliances with no hook up
    will be getting disney annual passes at £199 as these include free parking and discounts on food and goods

    will be going back to france soon to see more of it , shame everywhere is spoilt by the few
     
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    When you are in europe the aires you hear/read everyone going on about are the aires de camping cars they are located in/on the edge of towns and villages. It is not advised that you stop at the roadside aires that are every 30 or so kms apart along most major routes unless it is a daytime break.If you plan to go again and you do not have the book of these aires it might be an idea to get one, it gives location, facilities and wether they are free of charge or wether a charge is made for taking on water and dumping grey and black waste.
    I am glad you enjoyed your first journey into europe and hope you enjoy many more european travels,
    the link below is to a shop that sells all the motorhome aires books as well as the acsi camping book and card (which is a discount price scheme for pitch +2persons,1dog and elec hookup either side of the high season)

    Vicarious Books Motorhome, Caravan & camping book specialist, aires guides and campsite guides from Europe.
     
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    Hi,We are seriously thinking along the lines of an annual pass,but cant find any info on it.Does it allow unlimited entrance for a year?.
     
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    When in France we always avoided the aires on main roads, the village/town ones are fine. Wish I wus rich enuff to use club lounge :Wink:
     
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    We have done a 4 week trip through France a couple of times, and we always, always o"night near the trucks or the fuel station. That way you can be pretty safe, however the trucks do tend to come and go throughout the night, also I park across two spaces as I don"t want the slidout taken off by one of the "big boys"!!:Doh: The Disney trip is to be recommended but I"m not sure if I could take it every year!A super site we have used (20 mins. to Disney) is Jablines, super clean,friendly, beutiful lakes with man made beaches and plenty to do if you need a break from Disney Well done to anyone doing France for the first time, it really is worth it. Take care out there and happy traveling, PaulH:Smile:
     
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    they do 3 types of passes the dearest being 189 euros per person , which allows a full year of free parking , a full year of entry to both parks, free drinks in restaurants if eating and up to 20% discount on purchases , entry to park up to 2 hours before opening time
    some of the other passes exclude xmas, new year and main holidays so careful
    i think if used twice in a year this must be cheaper , also good parking for a trip to paris
     
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    Hi Robin
    I read your post with interest, glad you enjoyed your experience and will be going back. We have had our Dethleff MH for 6 months and we are just setting off for a trip into France and planned to take my sons (8 and 9) to Disney. We may go several times as we plan to be away for several months and so I am keen to get the best deal on the tickets.
    Can you confirm that you stayed in the car park at the Disney resort. Was it designated for Campers and so you were allowed to stay overnight? You seemed to think that if you get a (Dream or Fantasy passport) annual ticket you also get free parking, do you think this will be the overnight stops for free?
    Also thinking of getting a solar panel but just weighing up the cost.
    Cheers for now
    Nick
     
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    i can see disneyland being used as a postal address for fulltimers . seems like cheap parking. may object to the boat though. cheers alan.
     
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    When you park at Disney it is in the designated motorhome parking and yes if you buy the 189 euro pass it does include overnight parking despite the fact that the leaflet you are given tells you it is not a campsite. The annual passes can only be bought at Disney and are not available on line.We bought one last year and have just renewed ours giving us 15 months for the price of 12
     
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