Planning a trip to Eurodisney

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  1. 400ixl

    400ixl Read Only Funster

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    Hi all,

    Planning a trip to Eurodisney in May. Now starting to do some research and have a few questions if I may.

    We will be leaving Norwich once our daughter finishes school. This is about 3-4 hours from Dover so realistically about 20:00 arrival time. So first question is, is it better to drive down to Dover and stay there overnight or to get across the channel and stay the French side?

    Second question is which would you recommend, ferry or tunnel?

    Once on the continent, I assume the toll road is the best option? what sort of cost should we be expecting here?

    Finally we will arrive at some point in the afternoon, can we stay that night on the car park at Euro Disney or do we need to stay somewhere local and then do the last leg first thing the next morning?

    Sorry for the multitude of queries, but best to get the experts advice before I start planning down the wrong route. :thumb:

    regards,

    Stu
     
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    Have fun Stu:thumb:
     
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    Hi :Smile:

    I'd suggest using the tunnel rather than the ferry, I think it's quicker and easier and, more importantly, it can be cheaper. However in order to get really cheap fares you have to take the later trains - we left the UK just past midnight.

    This does make for a tired driver (unless you share the driving) so you could just drive for an hour in France then stop at one of the many service areas for some sleep and food & drink. If you sleep till about 6.00 / 6.30 you'll arrive at Disney at a good time.

    I would use the toll road, it's faster and better. I seem to recall it was about €40 each way.

    When you arrive at Disney head straight for the car park and follow signs for motorhomes, pay just for 1 day. Now, depending on how long you intend staying at mouseworld, you could consider purchasing a season pass. This entitles you to entry to both parks (1 person per pass) and gives you free parking for 12 months, they even refund the money you've already paid.
     
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    Thanks for the advise all.

    Getting down isn't an issue time wise.

    We plan to head off on the Tuesday post schools finishing and arriving at Euro Disney for the Wednesday evening. Probably do the park for the Thursday, Friday and then drive back up Saturday and find somewhere to stay and get a Monday evening crossing back.

    There will only be myself driving and we will have our 6 year old daughter with us. So it will probably be a get across and find somewhere to stay as close as we can (as long as it is a safe location) to get some sleep. That way we don't need to be up too early and can take a leisurely drive down.

    I'll have a look at that site Jim, thanks.
     
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    Campingcar car park at Cite de Europe next to tunnel terminal
     
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    Hi we used to get an early morning ferry after spending the night near Dover, but it always seemed to be a rush to get there first thing. Now we go over on a late ferry and park usually at the Calais Plage Aire, however last year we tried the ferry departures car park, apart from the fact we are to big for it really it was good, eurovans will have no trouble parking and its free.

    Haven't stayed overnight in the Cite de Europe car park but it looks good, overlooked by tunnel security, so I would have thought safe enough.

    An advantage of the late ferries is you can book the 22.00 and if you miss it get the 23 or 24.00 and as you are only parking up over there it doesn't matter a hoot, but miss the ferry in the morning and you have lost traveling time the other side. We can't use the tunnel being LPG powered so don't have a choice.

    Olley
     
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    Hi ..

    if you get a late ferry you can park in the ferry terminal at Calais .. follow the signs for the carpark and booking office, we have used it several times.

    For reasons of security I wouldn't use an any auto route aire or the Calais aire..

    Jim
     
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    Thanks, security is the main concern as we will have our daughter with us.
     
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    Hi

    We have travelled extensively in France with our 8yr old daughter and use aires almost exclusively but not Auto Route ones, they have a bad reputation for break ins..

    There are literally thousands of quiet safe aires, many in villages or beside the coast.. however, the one in Calais is right by the prom, gets very busy and can be noisy, also heard reports of vans having stones thrown at them or being broken into.. but that is only hearsay.. it didn't appeal to me.

    Enjoy your trip, we were at Euro Disney last year, the motor home parking is excellent and as safe as you will find.

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    Take your own food and refreshments into the park, the on site vendors charge silly money ..

    jim
     
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    Now what does a scotsman class as "silly money" :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    olley
     
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    It's 'Silly money' ... if it isn't traditional Scottish grub... :Laughing::Laughing:

    I'll let Bin Laden explain :Wink:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZbicLD_-XY&feature=related]YouTube - Bin Laden Is Hiding in GLASGOW, Scotland[/ame]
     
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    Hi
    we got a later ferry last October than we wanted, as the one we were booked on was cancelled. We arrived in Calais after midnight. While on board I asked the two French stewards in the on -board information centre what they thought about our driving to the Cite Europe aire at that time of day and staying the night in their motor home aire.
    The ladies advised us they didn't think it was safe. They suggested we headed out of the exit then double back to the left to the overnight car park and ticket booking car park. We were glad we did. It is floodlit and felt very safe.
    On the way home we went up to the aire at cite Europe for some late night shopping but the aire was not in the parking next to the building, but over a service road to a parking block beyond. I would have been uneasy staying there overnight.
    We would have no hesitation in staying at Calais ticket car park again.
     
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    I've been to Euro Disney a couple times with our daughter, first time by plane, she was taken ill within an hour of landing and we spent the entire trip in the hotel room till we got an early flight home :(

    Second time i was working and having spent 18 hours driving there from Devon and two 20 hour days whilst there i wasnt in the best of state to enjoy myself. Last time was new year 07/08 and there was a really nice atmosphere though.

    I've always seen loads of campers in the car park there and only yesterday said to the misses i wonder if we can park their overnight as it seemd so many also did. Nice big garage just off site where you can get fuel and food, plus if you leave in the same day as you arrived they wont charge you again if your crafty.

    I had exactly the same idea, drive up after work get across and stop, the one issue i have is finding some of the places mentioned or described, it would be great if people with sat nav's could also give postcodes or Lang / long of the lay bys or parking areas being described, I'd certainly be willing to help out with it.
     
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    I have stayed at both the aire & the terminal car park and much prefered the latter (though there is some lorry noise if you are a light sleeper) and it's a lot easier to find! Toilets are available in the main building.

    To access the car park from the ferry you need to head off on the motorway to the first roundabout and then come back. I guess there must be a cut-through for staff etc but I have never yet been able to find it.

    If you get bored with Disneyworld you can catch the RER train into Paris from the station near the entrance. In fact for someone just wanting to visit Paris I guess that 13 euros per 24 hours in Disney's carpark is as good as a rate as anywhere, as there is no obligation to visit the parc.
     
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    Hi Tink,
    would this help?
    Port access
    GPS coordinates
    50°57'59.03"N
    1°51'43.26"E
    or enter Calais, Terminal Station Est (and soon you will be able to enter Ferry Terminal).
    Hope this is what you need,
    Lucille
     
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    Hi

    Click the Google map link, the blue line shows the road to the ferry terminal car park.

    Jim

    Google Maps
     
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    Hi GPS for Calais Plage Aire is 50.9663 1.8443 I have stayed there on numerous occasions without any trouble, but I agree it does get crowded.

    Cite Europe Aire GPS: 50.9329 1.8114 never stayed overnight, but looks safe enough to me when we have parked there while the wife gets her shopping fix.

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  18. 400ixl

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    The plan is now starting to take shape.


    Does this sound reasonable for a week away with a 6 year old? Next stage is to get the best price for the ferry and for the disney tickets.

    Anyone with any experience of the sites or general advice is very much appreciated.
     
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    When shipping out of Dover we always use Norfolk Line to Dunkerque. It's about a two hour crossing but they do some good rates for motorhomes. Best to book online.
    We also find Dunkerque less busy than Dover with no problem for an over-night stop if needed. We've also stopped in aires within an hours drive from the port, although not ideal (noisy and busy) good if you need to get a few hours sleep.:thumb:
     
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    We went to Eurodisney last month for 2 nights. We had planned to get tickets and camp on the car park as suggested but we got such a good deal for a stay at the Davey Crocket ranch we stayed there instead.
    The cost of the 2 nights with 3 days tickets for 2 adults and 2 childen and parking was cheaper than it would have been just for tickets! I worked out tickets and parking would have cost over 400 euros and we stayed for 250 euros. As such its worth checking the papers and travel agents for any deals. My motor home fitted OK on a parking space (<7m) outside the cabin.
    The parking leaflet you get also has disclaimers about the fact you can park but not use gas for cooking etc but I was told that the camping over night was 'tolerated'. There were plenty of motorhomes there and the facilities block looked clean.
     
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