Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel may well be my favourite hotel at Disneyland Paris – granted I have only stayed at three Disneyland Paris hotels so far but I absolutely loved my stay here. There are seven hotels on Disneyland Paris property as well as a handful of partner hotels within Val D’Europe. I stayed in Santa Fe back in 2012 as it was one of the cheaper ones. Davy Crockett is the furthest out and you have to drive to the park itself as there is no shuttle bus and you definitely cannot walk it (it does say this when booking so be aware). Santa Fe and Hotel Cheyenne, recently renovated to be Cars and Toy Story themed respectively, are the lower price range and walk-able from the Parks (in around 30 minutes depending on your walking speed) whilst also providing a shuttle bus for guests. Disney’s Sequoia Lodge is one of the mid range hotels (three stars), along with Hotel New York and Newport Bay Club (which are four stars), and closer to the Parks. Disneyland Hotel is the most expensive hotel and located right at the entrance to the Disneyland Park itself – it’s that gorgeous pink building you see when entering and I so want to stay there one day.
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I booked Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel for three nights over Halloween as we were attending the Halloween party so needed a place to stay. As an annual passholder I can usually get discounts on Disney property hotels, however in this case I left it too late and the ‘cheapest’ hotel I could get with discount was Newport Bay. I wasn’t complaining as it was on my list of places I wanted to stay at some point! If you hold a annual pass (depending which one it is) you may be eligible for a discount on Disneyland Paris accommodation (but not Partner hotels). To get this discount, you must call Disneyland Paris directly and book it over the phone, have your dates ready and which hotels you want quotes on and whether you want the upgrade (available at Sequoia Lodge, Newport Bay, Hotel New York and Disneyland Hotel) before you call.
Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel was completely renovated in Spring 2016 and is located on the banks of Lake Disney. It is meant to be based on a 1920s New England mansion and has gorgeous nautical theme-ing throughout. I love everything beach and sea themed and I did Camp America back in 2005 in Rhode Island and visited Newport Bay with friends so this hotel was always going to be special to me.
It’s a 15 minute walk to the parks around the lake and through Disney Village, meaning you deal with security to get into Disney Village rather than the main security at the entrance near Marne Le Valee train station which often has longer queues – plus you can pick up your morning Starbucks on the way to the parks if that’s your thing (no Starbucks inside the parks as of yet). You can also get the shuttle to the parks if you need.
GETTING TO DISNEY’S NEWPORT BAY CLUB HOTEL:
Disney’s Sequoia Lodge, Avenue Robert Schuman, 77700 Chessy.
It is roughly a half hour drive from Charles De Gaulle Airport or fifteen to twenty minute walk from Gare de Marne la Vallée Chessy if you get the Eurostar.
ROOMS IN NEWPORT BAY
Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel has standard rooms and compass club rooms which are an additional cost and similar to Golden Forest rooms in Sequoia Lodge Hotel. Standard rooms have one large double or two double beds and sleep up to four people. There is the option of a lake side view also so you can wake up to the wonderful sight of Lake Disney in the morning. Their family room – also available with a lake side view – has two double beds and one sofa bed and sleeps up to five people. There are also four different suites which sleep more people – Executive, Resort, Compass Club and Presidential.
The walls of the rooms are a cream colour with a decorative border of Disney characters at sea surrounding the room. I do love the borders in the Disney rooms, they just add a lovely touch to the theming. Obviously with Disney, there are little details throughout the room to add to the nautical motif and my favourite at Newport Bay is the Mickey shaped wheel headboard on the beds and the anchors on the bedside lights. Needless to say the beds are crazy comfortable. We had a room with two beds so used the second one as place to chuck our clothes – oops.
On this trip, Blaze came with me and had a terrible cold so spent a while having naps to try and get better so I was very glad we had cozy beds. As well as the two beds in the room, there is a table and chairs, nightstands and a television in a display unit with drawers, pretty similar to rooms at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge. The bathroom has a shower/bath and the toilet, with the sink outside and Mickey shaped toiletries. There is a hairdryer too and you can request a kettle from reception. All rooms have air conditioning and free WiFi.
Check in is from 3pm and check out is 11am. If your transport is later that day I’m sure if you ask they will keep your luggage for you or you could always take it into the Parks and leave it at the Luggage Service at the entrance to Disneyland Park. If you are travelling by Eurostar you can do the Disney Express service either at Marne la Vallée station or at the Concierge in Newport Bay Hotel itself. If you arrive earlier than 3pm, you can still check in but won’t have access to your room so can store your luggage at the hotel and be free to go off and explore the Parks.
COMPASS CLUB UPGRADE
Booking a Compass Club room as opposed to a Standard room is more expensive but you get a host of benefits with it.
- Private reception desk to check in. Sometimes the queues at main reception can be rather long depending when you arrive so it’s great to bypass this and go straight to your own check in desk.
- Disney Hotel Fastpass for each person, one for every day of your stay. This is perfect as you don’t need to go back at a specific time so can use it on any FastPass attractions at any time. If you stay in a Suite you get VIP FastPass, which means unlimited access to all FastPass rides.
- Tea and espresso coffee available
- Access to the private lounge from 7 am to 10 pm, serving hot and soft drinks. Sweet and savoury snacks from 4 pm to 5.30 pm
- American buffet breakfast from 7 am to 11 am. You get served breakfast in a separate compass club so it can potentially be less busy. You also get a full buffet breakfast that includes both hot and cold food so you can fill up before a full day in the Parks.
- Sweet and savoury snacks from 4pm to 5.30pm so you can come back to the hotel for a breather and grab some snacks and drinks. You can also grab a couple of extra drinks for later that evening to save you buying drinks in the Parks.
I couldn’t afford to upgrade us to Compass Club on our stay but I do think upgrades are worth it as you save money in the long run especially if you come back to the hotel and make use of the afternoon snacks and drinks. The FastPass saves you time and you can use it on the rides that have long queues like Big Thunder Mountain. If you want a hot breakfast at Newport Bay then the Compass Club upgrade is your only option so bear that in mind when booking.
It’s a Disney hotel, which means you get the opportunity to queue and meet a character without leaving your hotel. As Newport Bay is nautical themed, the character you can meet is aptly Donald Duck. The meet and greet area is round the corner from the main reception so you won’t have anyone running up and ruining your experience. We didn’t queue to meet him but he did happen to walk past and say hi to us once as he was going on break. A lot of the time the character meets in hotel as late morning so if you want to get into the Parks early for extra magic hours, you miss it but are likely to meet way more characters in the Parks anyway.
Staying in a Disney property also means you get extra magic time in the Parks. Extra magic time is currently 8:30 to 9:30am but may change in future so just ask at check in to be sure. if you are a Magic Plus or Infinity Annual Passholder you get extra magic time too whether you stay in a Disney hotel or not.
If you are driving there free parking. Newport Bay is close enough to the Parks that you should be ok walking or getting the free shuttle but I understand some may need to drive so don’t worry, parking is free in the Parks too – just keep the Hotel Easy Pass they give you at check in.
Newport Bay has heated indoor and outdoor pool as well as sauna and steam bath for that relaxing break from walking around Disneyland Paris all day. There is also a Fitness Centre if all that walking isn’t enough exercise for you. We didn’t get a chance to check out the pools as it was so cold in October and we just didn’t have time – one day I will try the pool in a Disney hotel.
As with all Disney hotels, there is also a small shop (opposite reception) for your Disney fix and Hotel pins. The Newport Bay Hotel pin has Donald Duck on it so I had to get it!
FOOD AND DRINK
Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel has two restaurants and one bar. If you enter the hotel from the Lake Disney entrance, both restaurants are in front of you. If you enter from the front of the hotel, head straight to the back and down the stairs to access them.
The Yacht Club Restaurant serves mostly New England inspired seafood in an elegant boat club setting, think dark wooden panels and chairs. The ceiling even looks like a ship’s wheel. You can check out the menu on the Disneyland Paris website and booking in advance is advised and can be booked 2 month prior to your stay.
Cape Cod restaurant is a buffet style restaurant and where you can eat breakfast if you haven’t upgraded to the Compass Club room. They offer a cold breakfast buffet of pastries, yoghurts, fresh fruit, etc to set you up for your day in the Parks but be aware this isn’t included so if you want breakfast, you should book it when you book your stay. The all you can eat buffet of fresh fish, salad and desserts will set you back €34.99 for adults not including drinks and €24.99 for kids, including a small drink. Again, you should probably book this if you want to eat here during your stay.
If you’re looking for somewhere to have the famous glowtini or just want a drink after a long day in the Park, the bar at Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel is the Captain’s Quarters. So order your favourite tipple, relax in the stately brown leather chairs and reflect on your favourite moments of the day.
I absolutely loved Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel and if I had the money I would absolutely stay there every time I visited Disneyland Paris. The theming is gorgeous throughout, the room was spacious and bright and the beds were super comfortable. It is a short walk to Disney Village and then the Parks around the lovely Lake Disney. The service we got was perfect too. If you can afford it and you love all things sea themed, I would recommend staying here on your next trip to Disneyland Paris.
Disclaimer: I booked Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel for mine and Blaze’s Halloween at Disneyland Paris. We paid for it using our own money and I received a discount through my Infinity Annual Pass (which again, I bought with my own money because, in case you haven’t guessed, I love Disney).
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