Unofficial Guide to Disneyland Paris Paperback – Jun 21 2010
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From the Back Cover
From the authors of The Unofficial Guide® to Walt Disney World ®
Five Great Features and Benefits offered ONLY by The Unofficial Guide ®:
- Exclusively patented, field-tested touring plans that save as much as 4 hours of standing in queue in a single day
- Practical information for your trip and tips from real families about how best to enjoy the perfect Disneyland Paris® holiday
- A thorough review of accommodation, ranked and rated for quality and value, including the best hotels for families
- Attractions rated and ranked for each age group; extensive, objective reviews with tips on what to miss and what not to miss
- Includes detailed Unofficial coverage of Toy Story Playland (inspired by Disney-Pixar's Toy Story)
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The Paris version of the guidebook was very useful in selecting a hotel, but it was lacking some basic information. For example,
1) Fast food restaurants -- After the hotel, this is the most important information for me. The full service restaurants are listed and reviewed, but the fast food restaurants are hardly mentioned. The book does include a list of five fast food restaurants that are overlooked by the crowds and serve decent food, but little else. The books about the US parks list all the fast food restaurants, describe what they serve, and give a quality and value rating for each.
Also, we expected that the fast food restaurants wouldn't open before 11 am, but were surprised that many of them closed at 7 pm even though the park was open until 9 pm. The guidebook makes no mention of this.
2) Full service restaurants - The guidebook notes that service is a little too fast. We found it to be slow (so slow that we gave up and left the Blue Lagoon).
3) Transportation from CDG to Disneyland - We found that the shuttle from the airport was quite expensive for a family of four (18 Euros for adults, 13 Euros for children), and we waited two hours before we finally got to the front of the line. It would have been helpful if they had given an estimated cost of taking a taxi (which we believe would have been comparably priced)
Another problem with the book is that much of the rest of the text was copied directly from the Unofficial Guidebooks for the US parks. It's understandable that the explanations about the characters, the rides, and the philosophy of the books would be the same, as would the descriptions of some of the rides. However, it would have helped to have some of the differences explicitly pointed out. The Disneyland California book has a page that compares the attractions that are shared with the other US parks.
If you are familiar with other Unofficial Guides, such as the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, you'll similarly appreciate this one and its honest assessments of park rides, restaurants, hotels, etc. In addition, there is a great deal of helpful logistical information re. the resort, its proximity to Paris itself, trains, and so on. If you have a question or concern regarding Disneyland Paris (how to get there, when to go, where to stay, what to expect, etc.), it's almost certainly answered in this book.
All in all, the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland Paris is terrific and makes the idea of a trip to Disneyland Paris far less intimidating, particularly for those traveling from a considerable distance. Kudos to Len Testa, Bob Sehlinger, and the Touring Plans crew for this excellent, much-needed book.
I feel like I had no idea about Serris and the Val d'Europe area. It's not enough to offer a handful of local restaurants to EXPLORE the nearby towns. PLUS the hotel reviews are once again crappy. I know many people swear by the Unofficial guides to Disney parks but I am really not one of them. The text on the cheap paper is always hard to read and with this thinner Paris version, they are begging for competition.
Also, I feel that they are cheating when a huge hunk of the book is about how smart they are in deciding which rides to go on first which is pulled directly from the other Unofficial WDW guide. If you carried this book with you, there would be no reason NOT to rip out that beginning THIRD out of ALL the Unofficial guides.
For example -- Space Mountain DLP is nothing like the WDW version. The book goes on to explain the differences and helps you decide if it's an attraction you want to ride.
After we'd experience an attraction -- we'd check our perception against the book's and they were always spot on. I'd recommend reading the book before your trip to map out how you're going to spend your day and then carry along with you for on the scene referencing.
Well worth the investment!