There are seven hotels within Disneyland Paris itself as well as a handful of Partner hotels a bit further out. Back in 2012, when I visited Disneyland Paris for my birthday I stayed in Santa Fe as it was one of the cheaper ones. Davy Crockett is the furthest out, possibly cheapest depending on time of year, etc but you have to drive to the park itself as there is no shuttle bus and you definitely cannot walk it. Santa Fe and Hotel Cheyenne, recently renovated to be Cars and Toy Story themed respectively, are at the lower end price range and walk-able from the Parks whilst also providing a shuttle bus for guests. Disney’s Sequoia Lodge is one of the mid range hotels (rated 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.
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Sequoia Lodge is Bambi themed, think wooden lodges, mountain retreats and lots of trees partially hiding the hotel. As with all Disneyland hotels from Sequoia Lodge upwards, there is the standard room and the upgraded room, which come with certain perks. If you hold a annual pass (depending which one it is) you may also 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.
This was my first stay at Sequoia Lodge and I opted to stay on site as I only had a weekend and didn’t want to waste time by staying too far out. Sequoia Lodge is situated around Lake Disney, in between Disney’s Hotel New York and Disney’s Newport Bay Hotel and opposite Disney Village, which is a wonderful if you get a Lake View room (you might even be able to see Tower of Terror in the distance!)
All rooms at Sequoia Lodge have two double beds except the Golden Forest Suite, which has one large double bed and one sofa bed, and sleep up to four people. The walls are a lovely calming, cream colour with a decorative border of Bambi, Thumper and Flower surrounding the room. As it’s Disney, it’s the little details you notice that make a difference, like the fact that the comfortable white bedding has a Mickey pattern over the material or there are deer shapes on the lights above the bed. The double beds are big and though we had one each, I’m pretty sure even with two people in them they are spacious. They are so comfortable and cozy too making getting up for Extra Magic Hours in the morning a tad difficult! The rooms themselves are a good size, even as someone who never unpacks properly in a hotel room and likes to spread all my stuff out, it didn’t feel cramped or small. As well as the two beds, there is a table and chairs, nightstands and a television in a display unit with drawers. The bathroom has a shower/bath and the toilet, with the sink located outside. There is a hairdryer too, so no need to pack your own and you can request a kettle if you need. The standard rooms are located a short walk away from the main building but you can request to stay in a Montana room, which is located in the main building itself; Golden Forest rooms are also located in the main building. All rooms have air conditioning, which is a godsend in the Summer months. Sequoia Lodge also offers free wifi for guests.
If you are driving to Disneyland Paris, Sequoia Lodge has free parking and looks like there is plenty of space to park it there for the duration of your stay – you shouldn’t need to drive from there to Disneyland Parks as they are so close but if you really do need to use your car for whatever reason, parking in the Disneyland Parks is free with your hotel stay (I think you just need to get an Easy Pass from reception). Sequoia Lodge has a gorgeous indoor and outdoor pool complete with sauna and steam bath if you need a relaxing break from the Parks as well as a Fitness Centre and a Kids Play Area on the first floor. There is also a small shop for all your Disney needs, in case you wanted to spend even more money on Disney merchandise (because, let’s be real, why wouldn’t you?)
Also, you can meet a Disney character in your hotel before you even step foot in the Parks. There is a sign up by the Meet and Greet platform on the first floor telling you which character will be appearing and what time so you can plan your morning around it if you so desire. When we went it was Mickey Mouse himself!
On a separate note, Val D’Europe is a ten minute drive or one stop on the train away if you need to pick up any essentials from the supermarket.
For your safety and security, there is a airport style scanner at the front entrance, though not at the entrance you come in when walking from the Parks/Disney Village as you would have already gone through security.
GOLDEN FOREST UPGRADE
- If you choose to upgrade your room to a Golden Forest room or suite you also get the following perks:
Hotel Fastpasses – one per day per person you stay in the hotel. If you don’t check in until late, they will roll that Fastpass over so you can use it the next day. If you are unsure what a Fastpass is, you can read all about it as well as other tips and tricks in my Ultimate Guide to doing Disneyland Paris in a Weekend.
- A fridge – only Golden Forest rooms have fridges, so if you need one for whatever reason, then it is probably worth upgrading.
- Hot breakfast – if you book a standard room, breakfast is not included. With a Golden Forest upgrade you get to eat in the Golden Forest Lounge and are treated to a buffet of both hot and cold items (standard breakfast is continental options only). This was one of the main reasons I upgraded, as the French aren’t very good at veganism so I figured I’d more likely find filling things to eat with a hot buffet (beans on toast, anyone?)
- Separate check in – sometimes those lines at reception can get super long, depending on what time you arrive to check in, with a Golden Forest Upgrade, there is a little room to the left of reception (clearly labeled) where you can check in to save you queuing. Be aware that if you don’t check in until late (we checked in after the fireworks a bit before midnight), it might be closed and you may have to use the main check in desk.
- Tea and coffee – Kettle and espresso machine with teabags and coffee pods are provided in the room itself.
- Drinks and snacks – from 7am to 10:30pm the Golden Forest Lounge has hot and soft drinks with snacks available from 4-5:30pm. All this is included in your room upgrade price.
FOOD AND DRINK IN SEQUOIA LODGE
Sequoia Lodge has the Redwood Bar and Lounge, a lovely cosy place with wooden panels and stone walls, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d somehow stepped into a rustic hut in the middle of an American National Park. I am sad that we didn’t have time to relax here or try the Disneyland Paris famed glowtinis. Next time I will definitely be checking out this bar – the sofas look comfortable enough to rest your weary feet after a long day in the Parks.
Hunter’s Grill is located on the right as you walk into Sequoia Lodge from the Parks. If you book a standard room, breakfast is not included but you can add a meal plan onto your stay, which means you will have access to the continental buffet breakfast. Breakfast is served in the Hunter’s Grill and it is advised to sort out your meal plan and/or make your reservations for breakfast well before you arrive. As we stayed in the Golden Forest room, we had our breakfast in the Golden Forest Lounge which was lovely and not too busy. I suspect breakfast at the Hunters Grill can get quite full during the busy times in the Parks.
If you want to eat at the dinner buffet, it will set you back €34.99 for adults (not including drinks) and €24.99 for kids. If you have specific dietary needs, I would double check you can eat here as sometimes they say they can accommodate you but don’t realise they can’t (for example, if you are vegan a lot of the vegetables at Disneyland Paris restaurants are cooked in butter but they might not tell you that or realise they need to).
GETTING TO SEQUOIA LODGE:
Disney’s Sequoia Lodge, Avenue Robert Schuman, Coupyray, 77700
It is roughly a half hour drive from Charles De Gaulle Airport or a ten to fifteen minute walk from Marne la Vallée station if you get the Eurostar.
I really loved our stay at Sequoia Lodge. The staff were friendly and helpful at all times, even when it was midnight and I’m not sure how much sense I was making on limited sleep. When there was a small issue with breakfast, it was resolved pretty quickly. I booked us a Golden Forest upgrade for the fridge and hot breakfast mainly and was very impressed with all the extras. Sequoia Lodge feels very warm and cosy with the hunting lodge theme throughout; hidden behind the trees, it feels like you are in a secluded setting deep in the forest. I loved that it was around a fifteen minute walk to the Parks which included walking around the gorgeous lake and through Disney Village.
I would have liked more plug sockets in the room – especially by the bed but that’s just me. There are around four plug sockets (if you unplug some things) but for two people who have phones, cameras, external chargers etc to charge, it’s not many at all. For a family, I suspect it might not be enough. I would love it if in future they had USB plugs like they have in the newly refurbished rooms at Hotel Cheyenne.
I genuinely loved staying at Sequoia Lodge, am staying there again in September – in a standard room next time – and would recommend it if you are looking to stay on site at Disneyland Paris.
Disclaimer: I booked Sequoia Lodge for mine and Anna‘s weekend at Disneyland Paris. We paid for it using our own money and I received a 50% 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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