If you’ve seen my recent social media activity, you’ll know that I’ve just arrived home from a long weekend trip to the one and only, Disneyland Paris. Disneyland Paris is a dream destination in itself, but it is also a great alternative to other Disney destinations like Florida which require a lot more time and money.. but we won’t get into the debate about which one is best. I have been lucky enough to visit Disneyland Paris a couple of times now as a child and this was my first time back as an adult. I can assure you, it’s still just as magical.
This time we decided to opt for the Magic Circus hotel which is just outside of the Disneyland Park. It is part of the Vienna House chain who also have a hotel called Dream Castle which is basically next door. From looking on the internet and asking around, it seems that the only real difference is the theme of the hotels. The only reason we opted for the Magic Circus out of the two is because they were offering a free buffet breakfast for the same price as room only at Dream Castle.
‘All it takes is faith and trust, and a little bit of pixie dust – Peter Pan’
DECOR & FACILITIES
From the name you can already guess that the décor of the hotel is circus related which I absolutely loved. It’s a great attraction for children too, as it is interesting to look at. Our room is relatively spacious with views across a field and pond which all the local hotels backed on to. In the bathroom, L’Occitane products were provided which was lovely compared to most hotels I’ve visited. As we only took hand luggage, you wouldn’t really need to bring your own shower gel or shampoo as the ones provided were of good standard. We had a super comfortable queen size bed which was perfect for crashing into after a long day at the park. We found the only downside about the room to be the fact you couldn’t get any English TV channels but we hardly spent any time in the room, it just would have been a nice touch when you are relaxing before bed to pop something on to watch.The bar and restaurants have plenty of seating available and there is also a ball pit and games options near the bar for children to keep entertained. We didn’t have time to use the spa and pool facilities, but from what we saw, they looked to be in great condition and an added bonus to an already lovely hotel.
The biggest surprise about the hotel was that the buffet breakfast included in our stay included a cooked breakfast. I’m not a massive fan of a continental breakfast, although I love a bit of baguette, so it was a great bonus to get some freshly cooked sausages and eggs. I did discover that I absolutely love chocolate croissants. Also on offer at breakfast was unlimited juice, water and a hot drinks machine providing tea, all types of coffee and the yummiest instant hot chocolate I have ever had. Each morning we filled ourselves up at breakfast to avoid spending too much at the highly inflated eateries around the Disneyland Park.
The Magic Circus Hotel provides a free shuttle bus to and from the Disneyland Park’s which runs every day, around every 10 minutes. It starts around half an hour before the parks open and runs until midnight once all the festivities have died down and the village restaurants have closed. This service is perfect because it is so easy to use and doesn’t take long. You can use the bus as many times as you like and no tickets are required to get on board. The bus visits the Magic Circus hotel first every morning so you can always hop on before travelling to the Dream Castle. It stops at 2 other hotels on the way back, but we never experience any issues with this service. It does get busy at peak times such as when the park opens, after the parade, and once the park shuts, but you will never be left stranded.
We ate twice in the hotel in the evenings, once in the buffet restaurant and once in the bar. I enjoyed both of these meals. The buffet restaurant was expensive, but fits in line with other buffet restaurants available at Disneyland. It costs around 30 euros each without drinks, but they do provide jugs of tap water. A can of coke costs around 5 euros, a beer around 9 euros, and a glass of Gin and Tonic around 15 euros. The food was lovely and we were all starving which meant we probably each got our moneys worth. I imagine the food changes slightly however on offer was a large salad bar with meats, all the bread you could want, various meat and pasta dishes, rice, potatoes and then a range of small desserts, donuts and muffins. The bar offers various pizzas, fish and chips, pasta dishes, steaks and burgers. If you didn’t want to head out one evening, there are plenty of options available to you. In the bar, I opted for a margarita pizza and a side of chips which came to around 15 euros. The portion of chips was huge, enough for 2, maybe 3 if it’s just a side. The bar also offered pizza boxes to take it back to your room and room service is also available if you are feeling fancy.
Having previously stayed at lower end official Disneyland hotels, we found the Magic Circus to provide much better facilities and value. If you are on a budget but still want that magical experience, then I cannot recommend this hotel enough.