6 December 2016

Are Groupon Holidays Worth It? A Trip To Disneyland Paris.

At the start of November, I had a short getaway to visit Disneyland Paris with one of my besties. We booked the trip through Groupon, something I'd never done before... But was it worth it?

The Groupon deal included a two night hotel stay, flights from the airport of your choice and a 1 day 2 park ticket. The deal cost £169 per person and we each paid a £40 supplement to change our flight times as they were originally at 5am!

The deal didn't include transfers but the Magical Shuttle runs from the airports to the resort. Unfortunately for us, our flight arrived in Paris too late to take advantage of this so we booked our own private transfer with T2 Transfer which cost 130 including the return journey.

We stayed at Kyraid Disneyland Paris which is one of the Disney sponsored hotels with shuttle buses running to and from the park every ten minutes. The room was pretty basic but we hardly spent any time in the room apart from the evening. With a lot of the Groupon deals, you won't get a choice in which hotel you stay in so before booking a deal, I'd suggest checking tripadvisor reviews for an honest look at the hotels included in a holiday deal.

Another supplement option in the deal was for breakfast at the hotel but we said no to this. Disney Village has plenty of places to eat and we had breakfast at Starbucks and Annette's Diner. The diner breakfast was incredible value and something I'd recommend. There's plenty of places to eat inside the parks too. We ate at Hakuna Matata Restaurant which is fast food but with massive portions! We visted Planet Hollywood in Disney Village after Park closing for a sit down meal.

The downside to having just one day to do both parks meant we didn't get to see everything, including the live shows and character meet and greets. We did manage to see Disney Magic On Parade and Disney Dreams though. The queues for the rides were very short as we visited between Halloween ending and Christmas starting, though some rides were closed for maintenance. Christmas preparations were well underway with decorations already appearing over the park.

The main thing with a Groupon holiday is flexibility. You will need to be flexible with your travel dates. When booking, you will need to pick a date band and check the terms and conditions for dates that aren't available in that date band. You then have to fill in a form with your Groupon voucher after booking and the agent will ring you to confirm at a time of your choosing. It took us a while to work out which dates we could do and when the agent rang us, the dates we wanted weren't doable. Another phonecall later, we'd decided on another date and our holiday was booked!

There was a lot of back and forth with booking but in my opinion, it was definitely worth it. It was my first time on a plane, Disneyland was magical and I had an amazing time with one of my favourite people.

Have you been on any Groupon Holidays? What did you think?
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