What a fab place. I was always against driving to DLP as it isn’t unheard of for me to enjoy a wee drinkie in a restaurant however DCR is a great place to stay.
You can find the room amenties list on the Hotel Amenities page so I won’t bother going through that lot here. Suffice it to say that the facilities are pretty much as the other hotels except for the fact you are on a glorified caravan site.
Each of the cabins are a 6 berth static caravan. Caravans are located in trails with cheaper cabins further away from the restaurant, bar and pool etc. The furthest caravan is about a 20min walk from the pool. The trails naturally have an American Western theme and are named Mocassin (cabins 101-197), Wagon Wheel (201-284), Timber (1001-1062) all of which are the Trapper Cabins. Bobcat (1101-1176), Big Bear (1201-1282), Cherokee (1301-1360) are Pioneer Cabins and finally Tomahawk (1401-1479) and Coyote (1501-1555) are Premium Cabins.
As you will see from the amenities page the main differences are location, internet access and Robes in the premium cabins. Not to mention £££!
The Ranch itself is quite large but the facilities are grouped together at the top end. Reception, Restaurant, Pool, Bar, Childrens Playground, Shop, Tennis Courts are all close to each other with free wifi in the bar and reception.
There is be a separate restaurant review which will factor in prices and supplements. This article will be concentrating on everything else!
Yes, you have to drive. No, there isn’t a shuttle bus. You will need a car.
DCR is reached from the A4 exit 13. Driving from Paris/A1/A104 this is the exit before Disney (exit 14). Once you leave the motorway it is a bit of a long, winding path as it shares its road network with the new Village Nature project. Drive up to reception and check in.
The check in process is as with all other Disney Hotels. You will be given park tickets, meal vouchers, resort identity pass (keep this safe, you WILL need it), maps and room key. You can also get a fee cleaning pack from the shop on presentation of your pass. Toddle off to find your cabin and I will meet you there!
In my opinion this is one of the nicest places to stay, quiet-ish and spacious. You will find a double bedroom with a large double and a second bedroom with 3 singles and a fourth trundle bed hidden under one of the other, 2 bathrooms and a kitchen/dining area. I would say that 4 beds in the second room would make it a bit snug and for larger families I recommend the excellent Explorers Hotel.
Depending on the grade of cabin you may have internet included. If not it is 12€ a day. It is not wifi and you will need a laptop or router.
There is a large fridge/freezer, a hob and a dishwasher. No oven or grill but there is a microwave. Towels are provided but i would recommend you bring your own when staying at any Disney Hotel as “napkin” is a better description.
If you have breakfast included you would have been given vouchers at check in. Your breakfast is collected from huts at the entrance to each trail. Edit: the breakfast basket consists of
A litre of UHT milk, Apple and/or orange juice, croissants and/or cornflakes, cereal bars, Nutella spread, jam, tea, coffee, hot chocolate in any combination.
Go and play in Disney and after go and stock up on provisions. A 10 min drive away is the huge Auchan Supermarket at Val D’Europ. The onsite shop is very well stocked with food and drinks but you will find EVERYTHING you might need in Val D’Europ.
Back On The Ranch
The big attraction here is the Blue Springs Pool. Towels are provided.
The bar is fairly small but with a large outside seating area. It has a pool table and a couple of games machines. Drinks are pricey, buy some from the shop and take it back to the cabin.
The shop is excellent, of course there is the usual Disney stuff, but it is well stocked with frozen and fresh goods.
Childrens playground: I didn’t take any photos as there were children other than mine using it but my 12 and 10 year olds had fun.
The only downside to staying at DCR is driving to and from the parks. it isn’t far, it is very easy, but it is a stroll from Car Park to gate and in the evening it can be hectic.
I stayed there last year and I’m back for more this year!
I will leave you with a couple more photos. Please note, all photos in this article are my own. Please do not share them without permission!