Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch
76 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
An absolutely fantastic holiday, the acc...
"An absolutely fantastic holiday, the accommodation is beautiful and cabin has everything you could possibly need. We had a 2 bed cabin for 4 Adults and 2 Children and it was comfortable. The ranch is beautiful and had a lot to offer entertainment wise with a pool, park and much more. The characters visit in the day. Disney is a 5 minute drive, which is 1 stop on the motorway. I would recommend this to any one who wants Disney without all the hassle of a hotel, which to me all looked too big. I would avoid going again at a weekend as the Queues were about a 90 minute wait where as in the week they were about 30 minutes, and if you go to Disney Studios at the right time to see Actions Moteur... Donât see it as you can get on the rides with no waiting times!! as everyone is seeing the show. The food and drink is expensive in the park but it was to be expected. Will be going again next year and will return the Davy Crockett."
- Travel date: Tue 31st of May 2005
First class Disneyland self-drive/catering resort
"Read horrid things about the French, the lack of Disneyland magic in Paris, the crowds and the weather. Was also worried about the resort being a junction up the motorway from Disneyland itself. Just got back from Davy Crocketts Ranch, Disneyland Paris and I have to say it was a fantastic trip. - Go in January the whole resort is empty!! Certain rides may be closed due to winter weather - but we didn't queue for any rides and stayed on some over and over again. Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan, Big Thunder Moutnain, Honey I shrunk the Kids, Animagique, the Cinema and stunt shows are MUSTS in your visit.
We were 2 Adults and 2 children, ages 7 yrs and 4 yrs, staying in a one bed cabin. The bunk beds are high, yes, the mobile home (sorry, log cabin!) was slightly tatty but very CLEAN. Take tea towels, milk, tea and coffee. You have to venture out in the rain to collect your breakfast each morning - 2 croissants each, a bread stick, tea or coffee, chocolate drink for the kids and a handful of jams and butter - the milk is dried. There is a shop on site if you need more. We took mini cereal boxes. We didn't use the small basic kitchen facility in the cabin - we ate out - but if you are on a budget - this is a more practical way of staying at Disneyland.
You park your car infront of your cabin which has a bbq/picnic area beside your front door. Heater systems worked fine. The place was silent at night. Checking in and out was no problem. There is a barrier entry exit system which gives added security.
Loads of things to do for the kids and it has the best swimming pool ever. Resturant is expensive and self service, but was ok for our needs. There is an outdoor adventure for adults - 3 hours of swinging and climbing through trees - didn't try but will definitely book if we ever go in summer months.
Getting to and from the park was no problem at all - just bear right onto the motorway at junction 13 staying in the right hand land which filters you straight onto the Junction 14 exit. It took only 10 minutes and you do the same coming back J14 to J13. You get free parking in the Disneyland car park and you can still exit late when the park and car park is closed. Davy Crockett Ranch is part of the Disneyland resort magic so you can still buy your goodies at the park and they deliver it back to the DC Ranch shop for collection later in the evening when you return. You can also use your Davy Crockett voucher to buy and charge everything to your cabin even in some of the restaurants - like Cafe Mickey, which is extremely expensive, but so worth the visit for the kids!! The Wild West show, again expensive, but we all loved the evening - good food and full of laughs.
There are disney characters on site and they really do make a fuss of the kids.
We stayed in January - wrap up warm, take waterproofs, but the bonus of this time of year is that EVERYWHERE is empty - no queues, no waiting and all the staff have time to chat. Everyone speaks English and everyone wished us a pleasant day. As it was my boy's 7th Birthday everyone who saw his birthday badge gave him extra attention - especially Donald Duck!!
Davy Crockett Ranch may not be ON SITE, but you don't feel alienated at all from the magic - in fact, you feel special because at the end of the day you can get away from the noise and don't have to share with millions of screaming kids running up and down corridors at night and pushing queues at breakfast, the staff were so nice and helpful and as for Goofy - he played hide and seek with my children in the rain.
If you love privacy, self-catering, camping or caravaning or a quiet sleep in woodland surroundings - this is the place for you."
- Travel date: Tue 1st of February 2005
We visited Disneyland Paris last august...
"We visited Disneyland Paris last august with our 2 daughters aged 6 & 3 and stayed at the Davy Crocket Ranch.
As this was a mid summer holiday we thought we would all appreciate a bit more of the outdoor life that the ranch would offer. Although the log cabins are really only mobile homes with wood cladding, we found ours to be spacious for the 4 of us, much more space than you would get in a hotel room. Also it was clean and well equipped considering this is the cheapest Disneyland option.
The on site pool complex was super and never too busy to enjoy. The on-site restaurant was self-service with a good choice of meals. Breakfast is collected from a hut at the end of the road and eaten in your cabin, loads of French bread & croissants.
The main thing to bear in mind about the ranch is that is detached from Disneyland by about 5 miles and there is no shuttle bus service so is only suitable if you are visiting Disneyland by car."
- Travel date: Sat 31st of July 2004
My partner and I took our 2 daughters, a...
"My partner and I took our 2 daughters, aged 6 and 2, to Disney resort Paris for 5 nights in December 2003. We arrived on Friday evening and departed on Tuesday evening.
The accommodation was nothing like we expected.
It was in great need of updating - broken chairs, missing trim, rusty kitchen utensils. Not at all what was expected of a Disney resort. There were no instructions on how to use the grill/microwave/oven.
We feel brochure was misleading. The accommodation is described as a 'log cabin'. Itâs a caravan with wood stuck on the outside, not a log cabin. The pictures shown in the brochure are very misleading as they make it look far more appealing than it actually is. We did not have the TV channels as advised in the brochure. The layout is not really suitable for families with toddlers. Our 2 year old hit her head several times on the table/counter. There are heaters in the hallway section, which is quite narrow, plus it was right by the coat hooks.
Staff in parks not very helpful. Queues too long - 90+ mins to go on 'Dumbo' ride (ride lasted just 60 seconds). No pushchairs in queues, so hard work holding a 2 year old for more than an hour and half. If put down, children can easily slip under barriers, not so easy for adults.
'Pass plus' tickets were not being offered on very busy rides, despite the queues. This option is not available on most normal rides.
The resort is not very organised. We had pre-booked a character breakfast but vouchers were not ready when we arrived. We were not told that you couldnât get into Disney Park for breakfast so missed half of it trying to find a way in. The staff we asked to help us were basically useless.
At the end of the first day, our 6 yr old daughter shrugged her shoulders when asked if sheâd had fun. Well, sheâd only been able to get on 2 rides plus a walk round the maze in over 8 hours.
The food is outrageously overpriced for poor quality food that you need to queue for almost an hour to get (Caseyâs hotdogs). The staff are miserable (I didnât see one smile from a member of staff in Caseyâs in more than 45 mins). And this was after 2.30 which is when they recommend you get your food.
One of the sandwich places, after queuing for over 30 mins, said they had run out when i reached the counter. How can they run out when thatâs all they sell?!! Should there not have been a notice by the door/in the window?
Unless you get by the roadside at least an hour before parades start, you have no chance of seeing much. But then you have to watch out for the rude people that just come along as it starts and stand right in front of you (not Disneyâs fault, admittedly, but very annoying none the less).
By the Sunday evening we wanted to come home. We were all so unhappy that we just couldnât face staying any longer.
However we did stay. The weather improved and the park was far less busy on the Monday. This made it a far more enjoyable experience.
When you take away the bad stuff, the good stuff is really good.
The parades are fantastic, especially the nighttime ones. The fireworks displays are great. The rides are quite enjoyable (when you donât have to queue). The characters are good, thrilling for the children. There is so much we didnât have time to do/see. The snow along main street is a lovely touch - our 2 year old loved it as she had never seen snow before.
Recommendations - never go at a weekend. Be prepared for the weather. Try to take your own food with you. Be organised for parades. Try to arrive at park early and go straight to pass plus ticket machines. Have an idea of what you plan to do, donât just wander aimlessly. Donât stay at Davy Crockett ranch."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of December 2003