Sequoia Lodge, Disneyland Paris Hotel Review

Sequoia Lodge, Disneyland Paris Hotel Review

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.

Sequoia Lodge, Disneyland Paris front entrance

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!)

ROOMS

Sequoia Lodge, Disneyland Paris Hotel bed linen

Mickey shapes on the duvet!

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.

Sequoia Lodge Disneyland Paris room

AMENITIES

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!

Mickey at Sequoia Lodge, Disneyland Paris Hotel

Meet and Greet with Mickey

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.
Sequoia Lodge Disneyland Paris bathroom sink

Mickey shaped toiletries!

 

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).

Sequoia Lodge Disneyland Paris breakfast

Breakfast (with my own butter as they don’t have vegan butter)

 

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.

CONCLUSION:

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.



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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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24 Comments

  1. August 2, 2017 / 2:09 pm

    Aw I love Disney too! This looks like such a lovely hotel to stay at. Great review!

    P.S. You should totally visit during Christmas time too – it’s so magical!

    • August 2, 2017 / 3:40 pm

      Yay hello fellow Disney fan! Aww I bet it’s amazing at Christmas. Now that I have my annual pass I am planning so many trips, oops! One in September for Dapper Day, October for Halloween and I am planning to go when Christmas decorations are up but I’ve not booked it yet…

  2. August 2, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Staying so close to the park is such a benefit! And how cute are those mickey details… Very informative post and a great read for any-one thinking of staying at DisneyLand 🙂

    • August 2, 2017 / 3:41 pm

      Thanks, glad you found it informative. It’s so helpful staying so close, saves so much time!

  3. August 2, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I have never been to Disney!! I really want to go though! My aim was for Paris or Japan… Maybe next time! And maybe I’ll be lucky and I can stay here as well! It looks beautiful!! Thanks for sharing.

    • August 2, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      It is gorgeous, the bed was so comfy! Tokyo Disney looks amazing but hopefully you can make it to Paris soon 🙂

  4. August 2, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    One of my bucket list items is to go to every disneyland in the world and stay in a designated disneyland resort. I’ll be adding Sequoia to my Paris itinerary.

    • August 2, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Great bucketlist item! I would love to visit all the Disney parks too. I’ve done the American ones and Paris but Tokyo Disney looks stunning!

  5. August 2, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    I love Disneyland, look forward to taking my kids there one day! Great post, out of curiousity, which Disney park do you prefer?

    • August 3, 2017 / 11:19 am

      Oooh that’s a tough question!! I went to Walt Disney World when I was little so don’t remember too much (would love to go back again one day). I loved Disneyland Resort in Cali and I met so many characters over our three days there plus the world of colour show was epic. I love Disneyland Paris too. Arghh so hard! I think I love them all and don’t prefer any one over another but appreciate they are all different in size and offerings. I would love to go to Tokyo Disney one day, it looks absolutely incredible!

  6. August 2, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    Never been to any Disneyland…or Disneyworld or whatever they’re all called… though I do love Disney movies. Was never lucky enough to go as a kid but I’ll have to make an adult trip to one of them one day! I hear the rides and stuff are still great. Anyway! Good detailed review 🙂 super helpful if I’m looking to book for Disneyland Paris

    • August 3, 2017 / 11:07 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you found it detailed enough 🙂 I think Disney parks are actually more fun to visit as an adult 😉 and the rides are amazing!

  7. August 2, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    We went to Disney Paris last year and loved it but I would love to go back and stay longer. This is too cute and I love the Mickey print on everything. Especially the shampoo bottle!

    • August 3, 2017 / 11:06 am

      The little details are really the best! I went for around three days in 2012 and a weekend in June. I feel like you need longer to get everything done and at your own pace – I am so excited that I have an annual pass so can keep going back and experiencing things I’ve missed 🙂

  8. August 3, 2017 / 1:09 am

    This is where I stayed when I visited last fall! I loved it there. That meet and greet location is funny because we didn’t know what it was for. I have a picture of myself peeking out from behind those mushrooms because we just thought it was silly. I wonder if they don’t do the characters there during the really slow times of the year. I also loved the Golden Forest breakfast! I’m not usually much of a breakfast fan, but when I’m gearing up for theme parks, I like to get a good meal in the morning.

    • August 3, 2017 / 11:03 am

      Aww yay, I’m glad you love it too – it’s such a lovely hotel, isn’t it? Haha I bet that photo is hilarious, I can imagine if the sign isn’t there it could just seem like a fun photo op. I’m not sure if they do characters all year round or even there really are slow times at Disney lol but totally agree, a good brekkie is essential for a long day in the parks.

  9. Jewels
    August 3, 2017 / 1:48 am

    I didn’t realize there was a Disneyland in Paris! I want to visit them all! The Mickey toiletries are the cutest.

    • August 3, 2017 / 10:36 am

      Yep, it used to be called EuroDisney and is 25 years old this year! The Mickey toiletries were so adorable <3

  10. August 3, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    I’ve only been to Disney World in Florida and that was back in 2000 for the Millennium celebrations! This is a good review though and useful for anyone going to Disney Land in Paris. Safe travels, and hope you get to Tokyo!

    • August 4, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Haley! I bet Disney World was amazing for Millennium celebrations – Disney definitely know how to do celebrations properly.

  11. August 30, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Wow, what a great and thorough review!! I can’t believe u can meet the characters right at the hotel! That’s great!! Thanks so much for jouning #mousefanmondays

    • August 31, 2017 / 9:55 am

      No worries, thanks for hosting the link up! Yeah there’s a little platform and everything, it’s a bit late if you want to do extra magic hours but still pretty cool.

  12. August 31, 2017 / 12:05 am

    I love the Bambi theme! Great tip on upgrading to get the included breakfast as well. Thanks so much for sharing on #MouseFanMondays!

    • August 31, 2017 / 9:56 am

      Anytime, #mousefanmondays is a great idea! Yeah the breakfast was worth the upgrade alone! 😉

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