[QUOTE=jimbo;1043013]hi welcome to mousebuzz. Wow another buzzer from the UK.
Yes I stayed at the lodge in December 2008 god it was cold in the parks, but the hotel was very nice with big open fire you can get hot chocolate from the bar (as well as beer). the rooms were small compared to the ones in Orlando,
There is character’s in the hotel every day for photo opportunities, i don’t recall a kettle being in the room we took our own. the shop in the hotel is expensive for snacks and milk, you can buy things like this from the shop in the railway station you walk past this on your way back from the park. both parks are around a 5-10 min nice walk from the hotel through the Disney village. or you can take the bus that takes around 20 min.
some of the hotel staff were not interested in you or Disney. you get a card (Key) for your room , one for the park and one for food if you have this option. no key to the world like Orlando.
there is also no Disney dinning plan at DLP but we did get a deal that gave us discount of meals. the hotel is good for evening meal, the new port bay hotel was very nice, we also had a character meal at the Disneyland hotel, the meal was nice very expensive and the characters hardly interacted with any of the guests.
there is a shuttle bus from the air port to the hotel, it is a Disney bus but you have to pay for it ( no magical express like Orlando)
I have stayed at Hotel Santa Fe, Hotel Cheyenne and Davy Crockett Ranch. Davy Crockett was the best but there is now no Disney transport to the park. Seqouia lodge is a very nice hotel.
you could also look on tripadvisor for more info, or just buzz me if i can help anymore [/QUOTE]
WOW thank you very much for this!!! Its gave me a better insight on it, thank you fellow UK-er I know im not looking forward to it being cold mind, as im guessing it will be still in January, but the hot choc infront of the fire sounds lush. Actually very happy with what youve just told me, least i know what to expect with the room, travel and expenses etc Yeah i found that in my last hotel I stayed at the staff werent too interested aswel, we had bother with our key and door when we first got there last time and they kept shrugging it off even though we couldnt get into our room! But again i’ll know what to expect now thanks.
Thats quite disappointing with the sit down meal with the characters how they didnt interact as much as you wanted, im yet to plan anything like that but were paying for the holiday soon so i think we’ll just try get any meal deals when we go to pay for it as its really expensive over there.
Thanks so much for your great help!! i’ll be sure to give you a bell if im lost again heh x