OK. So last Thursday we received confirmation that there is a date set for the somewhat mysterious Disneyland Half Marathon runDisney has been hinting about for the past year. That magical date is sometime in September of 2015.
Now what? Time to start planning.
I’ve never been to Paris, let alone Disneyland Paris, so I had some investigating to do. I fully intend for this to be my first international race, as well as an extended trip to see all that Paris has to offer. With airline tickets running around $1,200, I need to see and do as much as I can.
Disneyland Paris is located 20 miles east of the center of Paris. It’s likely that the race course will be set up very similar to the Disneyland Resort in California. The first 4-5 miles will be run through the two theme parks (Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios) as well as Disney Village (similar to our Downtown Disney) before heading out through the Parisian countryside surrounding the Disneyland Paris parks. Sounds charming!
Where to Stay
Disneyland Paris has Seven Official Resorts.
Disneyland Hotel (Prestige Deluxe Resort)
Right at the gates of and overlooking Disneyland Park, only 3 minutes walk to Walt Disney Studios Park and Disney Village and it has a California Grill.
Disney’s Hotel New York (Deluxe Resort)
A ten minute walk to the parks. As an American, not as appealing as the Disneyland Hotel.
Disney’s Newport Bay Club (Moderate Resort)
Reminiscent of Walt Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort, this property is about a 15 minute walk to the parks. It’s a shame that the pool, wellness center, sauna and steam room will be closed for refurb during the race weekend.
Disney’s Sequoia Lodge (Moderate Resort)
Similar in design to Disney’s Grand Californian Resort in California. Another short walk to the parks (around 10 minutes) and this one faces Lake Disney.
Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne (Value Resort)
OK, so here at Walt Disney World I steer clear of Value Resorts, but this one has my name written all over it. It’s about a 20 minute walk to the parks and I can belly up to the bar at the “Red Garter Saloon” for a refreshing drink to the tune of country music.
Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe (Value Resort)
This rooms in this resort are decorated very similar to the rooms at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Walt Disney World, but there’s also something about it that reminds me of Cars Land in Disney’s California Adventure. This hotel is about a 20 minute walk to the parks
Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch (Home Away From Home)
Not an option as this property is a ten minute drive to the parks and I will not be renting a car. This is Disneyland Paris’s version of the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground in Walt Disney World offering guests both campsites and cabins. This one has a stunning indoor pool with waterfall and Crockett’s Tavern.
Another thing to consider will be tickets. Since there are two parks to explore, It will be necessary to get a two-day ticket at the very least.
1-Day Park Hopper Ticket – £57 (about $96 US)
2-Day Park Hopper Ticket – £107 (about $179 US)
4-Day for the Price of a 3-Day Park Hopper Ticket – £130 (about $218 US)
5-Day for the Price of a 4-Day Park Hopper Ticket – £150 (about $251 US)