Whenever we decide to travel anywhere we have to do our research. We have to make sure that the accommodation we choose will be able to cater for Ethan’s needs. This makes our stay as enjoyable as possible. As whenever we take Ethan away from home his autistic traits come into play even more. We need to make his time
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What is a Golden Forest Room?
The Sequoia Lodge is one of the official Disneyland Paris Hotels*. It is a three
1. The American Buffet Breakfast
In Disneyland Paris they don’t serve the milk we are used to for breakfast. It is UHT milk. During our visit in 2013, we discovered that this stopped Ethan from eating cereal. Refusing breakfast is not the way we want him to start his day. We needed to find pancakes or waffles, as this is an alternative food he will eat. We discovered that pancakes are served as part of the buffet breakfast when staying in a Golden Forest Room. I really should try to make Ethan some Mickey
2. Access to the Golden Forest lounge
Staying in a Golden Forest room gives you access to a private lounge, the Golden Forest lounge. This is situated on the same floor as the reception, just past the shop and a quiet area of the hotel. The lounge is where the breakfast is served from 7 am to 11 am. You can also have hot and cold drinks served from 7 am to 10.30 pm. If you want to take a hot drink to your room they can arrange this for you, hot chocolate was a must for us after our days in the parks. There is also afternoon tea, which offers sweet and savory snacks. This is served from 4 pm to 5.30 pm.
The main restaurants in the hotel can be very big and noisy. The queues for breakfast can also be very long. All of this can be very overwhelming for Ethan. Having access to the private lounge makes breakfast an easy experience for Ethan and us. For him, it is a quieter environment with fewer people. If you also haven’t got any Disneyland Paris Meal Plans* included in your stay the food offered in the lounge can help reduce your food and drink costs too.
3. Private Reception Desk for Checking In and Out
Guests staying in Golden Forest Rooms have a dedicated reception area for check-in. This area contains two desks with chairs and lots of Disney chocolate coins. This is fantastic after a long travel day. We have never had to wait to be served and have never had to queue. The normal reception can have long queues on check
4. Afternoon Tea
Afternoon Tea is offered in the Golden Forest lounge from 4 pm to 5.30 pm. There are sweet and savory snacks available. On our recent visit to Disneyland Paris, we only had afternoon tea on our arrival day. We were so busy in the parks on the other days and our breakfast kept us full right up until dinnertime. During our stay in February 2018, we indulged in afternoon tea more often. This was because of the colder weather and Little E being younger. We would go back to the hotel for a break and to warm up. Afternoon tea was very welcome. I do feel the food they had on offer during our recent trip had improved.
5. The Golden Forest Rooms Location
The Golden Forest Rooms are located in the main building on the top three floors. There is an extra cost for a Lake View room but we have never felt the need to pay for this extra. Staying in the main building means that you are closer to all of the hotel’s amenities. We also discovered that if you take the North Wing lift directly to the ground floor you can easily walk to the side exit of the hotel. This means that you miss the stairs going out of the entrance near the lake, or waiting for an extra lift if you need it. We found this perfect when we had the buggy and another way of missing any crowds of people.
6. Extra Room Amenities
The Golden Forest Rooms have extra amenities from the standard rooms. They have tea and coffee making facilities that also include a Nespresso Machine. The tea and coffee are topped up daily but the staff in the Golden Forest lounge were happy to give us extra items if we needed them topped up.
There are also mini-fridges in the room. We often find we use a fridge to keep snacks and drinks cool.
7. Disney Hotel Fastpass
Upon check-in, you are issued with a Disney Hotel Fastpass for each person in your party. There is one for every day of your stay. They give you entry to the Fastpass entrance on certain rides, reducing your wait time. There is often a time restriction on when they can be used so you must take this into consideration.
The following attractions in the Disneyland Park use Fastpasses
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
- Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
- Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Big Thunder Mountain
The following attractions in Walt Disney Studios Park use Fastpasses
- Les Tapis Volants – Flying Carpets Over Agrabah
- Ratatouille: The Adventure
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
These Fastpasses come in very handy but as Ethan gets issued with a Disneyland Paris Priority Card (green pass) we rarely use them.
You can discover all of the amenities this hotel has to offer by clicking on this Sequoia Lodge* link.
Extra Disneyland Paris Hotel Perks
Not only do the Golden Forest Rooms offer you all of the above but also there are extra perks when staying in a Disneyland Paris hotel.
Extra Magic Time
When you stay in a Disney hotel you can enter the parks one hour before it is open to the public. This is known as Extra Magic Time. If you want a photo at an empty Main Street USA this is the perfect time for that photo opportunity.
Disney Character Meet and Greets
A Disney character will visit the hotel lobby daily, normally in the morning. This is the perfect time for a photo or to collect an autograph. The characters do change so you may spot a few of your friends during your stay.
If you book your hotel and Eurostar directly with Disney you have the option of adding the Disney Express service to your booking. This means you will receive your hotel check-in documents and park tickets on the train. Your luggage is also transferred to your hotel on arrival and to the station on departure. This means you can head straight to the Disney Parks as soon as you arrive.
Please note that some of these services will not be available at the Disney Davy Crockett Ranch and Villages Nature Paris.
Our Personal Perks Of Staying At A Disneyland Paris Hotel
As we book our travel and hotel package separately ourselves, we have always found this the cheaper option, we can’t benefit from the Disney Express service. This doesn’t bother us on arrival, as we like to go to the hotel to freshen up. Disney actually offers the luggage service to all of his hotel guests on your checkout day. For €20 they transferred our entire luggage over to the station for us. I think this actually works out cheaper than booking the Disney Express service.
You are now able to collect a Disneyland Paris Priority Card (green pass) at the Disney hotels concierge desk. They still need to see all of the required documentation but this saves you a trip to Guest Relations as soon as you enter the park. Reducing our queuing times to pick up this card too.
We love sharing our Disneyland Paris adventures on our blog. Make sure you visit our Disneyland Paris Trips and Experiences post to read about all of our adventures there.
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