I’m sorry that I have been quiet. I’ve had a FUN virus. But I’m now on antibiotics and feeling more human again. Whoop.
When booking Disneyland Paris we carefully chose Hotel Cheyenne as it was a budget-friendly choice. Yes, it might have been cheaper if we had booked a non-Disney hotel, but booking a Disney hotel meant that we were given lots of extras and so comparably it worked out slightly better to book a budget hotel with Disney, rather than a non-Disney hotel which was a bit more luxurious.
The extras you get from booking a Disney Hotel
- Booking direct through the Disneyland Paris hotel meant that we saved ourselves 25% off the room.
- Our tickets to the park were also included in the overall cost
- Half-board was included.
- You get Magic Hour, where you can enter the park before it opens to the rest of the general public.
- A signature package was also included which contained a Mickey Mouse toy, autograph book, Mickey Mouse pen, Mickey Mouse ears, Disneyland Lanyard, Afternoon tea with the Disney Characters, photo pass, and a VIP Fast Pass. The signature pass is well worth the money and we loved the VIP Fast Pass (just available to use for one day) and we took full advantage of the Photo Pass. It means you get photos from some of the rides and when your children meet the characters.
Our First Impressions Of Disneyland’s Hotel Cheyenne
Finding the hotel was extremely easy and we were greeted by a friendly security officer who asked us to pop our boot open so that he could check that we didn’t have anything untoward inside. Am I the only person who finds those sort of situations slightly stressful? It’s the same when I go through security at airports and they ask the question about who packed your suitcase. I suddenly look very guilty and my face becomes fixed with a far too wide grin.
A bead of sweat settled on my top lip as I nervously waited for the officer to wave us through. Finally, he waved us on and wished us a good trip. Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne is laid out like a Wild West Frontier town and walking into it is a surreal but fun experience. The town contains buildings that house the hotel rooms, hotel reception, launderette, snack machines, Starbucks, a gift shop, restaurant and bar.
Walking through Disneyland’s Hotel Cheyenne did suddenly bring out my inner cowgirl and I had to restrain myself from saddling up a horse and galloping off into the distance. The children were equally blown away when they saw where we would be staying.
We found check in to be efficient. Arriving at just after 4pm meant that it was quiet and we were served straight away. You are given your cards which unlocks your hotel door, contains your entrance tickets to the parks and meals. You can also choose to use it as a payment card, meaning that you don’t need to take any money into the parks with you.
We were blown away by our hotel room. Youngest is the biggest Toy Story fan so she was squealing with delight when she saw that the room was themed around Toy Story. The attention to detail was brilliant. From the horseshoe mirror to the horseshoes on the curtains and shower curtains, from the cowboy boot as a lamp through to the Toy Story border that went around the whole of the room and there was the picture of Jessie and Woody on the wall. It actually blew Youngest’s mind who seemed to quickly morph into a cowgirl and went into full-on yee-ha mode. For the rest of the weekend she fully embraced the theme, she was now a cowgirl. Mornings started with her addressing us as “howdy partner” and by the time we left to come home she had nailed her cowgirl strut.
One of the reasons we chose Hotel Cheyenne was that it has recently been refurbished and it shows. Everywhere looks immaculate and feels brand new. The room was also very clean. The bathroom showed no sign of wear and tear. It was a nice room to go back to after a long day at Disneyland.
What you get in your Hotel Cheyenne Room
In the room you get a television with all of the Disney Channels, obvs. There is a safe, but ours wasn’t working. The room also has air conditioning and you get 2 small body washes in special Mickey Mouse bottles. They are very small though and one squeeze and you have pretty much emptied it.
There weren’t enough towels for us all but we had brought our own after reading reviews. These very small niggles were a small price to pay for what was a fantastic room. As this is a budget hotel you won’t find a kettle or coffee making facilities but there is a Starbucks on site. There also isn’t a fridge in your room but we didn’t feel this was a hindrance.
In the bathroom there is a hairdryer that works adequately. One major irritant was the mattress. It was rock hard. It probably would have felt more comfortable to sleep on a concrete path rather than this mattress. I did come back with a sore back but everyone else seemed able to sleep on it perfectly well, so perhaps it’s just me and let’s be honest, we didn’t visit Disneyland Paris to sleep!
There is a restaurant on site but as we were on a half-board meal plan we had to get our breakfast in the Walt Disney Studios. I’m not sure why that is. However, on the last day we did find out that you can pay a small supplement and eat breakfast in the hotel restaurant. The hotel breakfast was a continental buffet with cereal, eggs, bacon, toast, pastries, cheese, meat, jams etc. You could also help yourself to coffee, tea and juice. There was more choice in the hotel restaurant compared to when you eat in the park.
When you have breakfast in the park you are given two choices, sweet or savoury. Predictably sweet is what the girls always went for and this was a roll with jam and a pain au chocolat with juice and hot chocolate. We tended to go for the savoury which was some sort of omelette in a brioche with cheese and mayo (I think) and a pain au chocolat. Plus, coffee and juice. One day we found the queues for breakfast insane and I think we were waiting for nearly 2 hours. However, that was the worst day. The rest of the time it was about a 20-minute wait. The food wasn’t the healthiest but it was tasty and it did keep us full up until dinner.
When you go half-board you are only eligible to eat in particular restaurants in the park or hotels. This slight restriction is worth it though because this is what makes it more affordable. You will need to check the Disneyland Paris website for where you can eat and you will probably need to book your meals in advance. It’s basically an all you can eat buffet with choice of soft drink. The buffet tends to be much the same wherever you eat. However, some are more themed than others. Restaurant Agrabah Cafe was a Moroccan themed buffet and I loved it but the children weren’t so keen. The children did love the buffet in Billy Bob’s restaurant as this was Mexican themed. They also liked Restaurant des Stars which was serving more French and British fare. However, I think it was the ice-cream machine that won them over! I had to keep a close eye on them as I was worried that they might skip the bowl and just place their head under the ice-cream dispenser instead.
The Bar at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne
We spent a few nights sat outside the bar playing Top Trumps. At night a fire is lit outside and you can go and sit around it. The staff were really friendly and they are very good with the children, bringing out crayons and pictures to colour in.
Be warned some of the beers are strong, so check the percentage before you order! Also, their cocktails are lethal but it will knock you out adequately so that you can sleep on the rock hard mattress.
Would we stay again?
We loved the feel of this hotel, yes I might have been less than enamoured by the feel of the mattress but overall this is a good budget option for a Disneyland hotel. During the day you can ride horses at the hotel and Disney characters come to the hotel in the morning so you can get your photo taken with them, a big bonus because the queues for a Disney character in the parks can be horrendous but in the hotel they are small.
The hotel is only a 15-minute walk to the parks and it is a very pleasant walk. However, there is also a free shuttle bus if you would rather not walk. We enjoyed the walk as it gave us time to unwind before and after the parks.
We would definitely stay at this hotel again. I might just bring a mattress topper next time 😉
*Please note that we stayed at this hotel during August 2018*