We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy a few trips to Castle Club in the Disneyland Hotel and our latest stay was at the end of November 2016, just in time to take in all the sparkly magic of Christmas season.
This trip was to celebrate our young daughter’s birthday and our anniversary. At the time of booking we weighed up whether to go for four nights in a park view room or five nights in a non park view – the cost was roughly the same. We eventually decided to go for five nights – the lure of an extra day with Mickey and friends was too much for us!
The night before checking into Castle Club we stayed off site at the Relais Spa to ensure that we could check in early and enjoy a full day in the park. On arrival at the hotel, our luggage was taken and we were escorted up to Castle Club reception.
Castle Club occupies the top two floors in the central part of the hotel and is accessed by a private lift. This lift also delivers Castle Club guests to the park turnstiles, just one of the many lovely benefits of staying there.
A warm welcome met us at reception and we were provided with our park tickets, VIP fastpasses, and a Castle Club lanyard.
Our room was ready and didn’t disappoint – it was spacious, clean and in good condition with a balcony over-looking Fantasia Gardens. We’d been in touch with Castle Club a couple of months before arrival to arrange some festive extras and with the large Christmas tree, garlands and Christmas bed runners in place the room looked really beautiful. Much-appreciated extra touches were the champagne, chocolates, Rapunzel doll and autograph book awaiting us; we felt very spoilt.
Our stay was pretty much perfect from beginning to end and nothing is too much trouble for the fabulous Castle Club Cast Members. We started each day with breakfast in the Castle Club lounge; it’s a sumptuous affair with continental and hot food on offer, views over the Castle and the company of the characters. The characters appear in pairs and rotate every 20/30 minutes. It really is the best interaction we’ve had at DLP. The lounge is calm and intimate so the characters can really take their time with you; our daughter was in her element and loved every second.
Each afternoon we headed back to the lounge for afternoon tea, a delicious selection of sandwiches, cakes and pastries. After using our VIP fastpasses to enjoy endless rides on Buzz it was good to kick back and enjoy some cake. And then some more cake!
One of the beauties of Castle Club is being able to relax in the lounge at the end of the day and watch Illuminations (or Dreams as it still was during our stay) whilst they dim the lights and pipe in the music. We did this every night of our stay; we had intended to watch Dreams at least once in the park but the temptation to watch from the comfort of the lounge with a hot chocolate was too great.
There’s no getting away from the fact that Castle Club is an expensive option, but I really think you get bang for your buck – VIP fastpasses, access to the ‘Magic Lift’, breakfast with the characters, afternoon tea and complimentary soft and hot drinks served all day in the lounge. The Cast Members ensure you feel like royalty and if you’re looking for a special treat then I can’t recommend it enough.