Near Disneyland Paris there are several possibilities to stay overnight. The Disney Hotels, for example, are all within walking distance of the amusement parks. Or the Partner Hotels – which are a bit further away but are a good and affordable alternative. One of these hotels is the Explorers Hotel.
Where is the Explorers Hotel?
The Explorers Hotel is located just outside Disneyland Paris, opposite Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe. If you come by car you follow the same route as for the Disney Hotels, if you come by train you get off at the same station. So it’s really close to the Disney Parks.
In your navigation you put the following address:
Avenue de la Fosse des Pressoirs 50,
Magny Le Hongre
Driving on the A4 highway, take exit 14 in the direction of Disneyland Paris and then follow the signs for “Hôtels du Val de France”. You will first pass the Disney Hotels and then arrive at the 5 Partner Hotels (in order): B&B Hotel, Explorers Hotel, Vienna House Dream Castle, Vienna House Magic Circus and the Campanile Hotel.
Parking is free of charge. There are plenty of places available, regardless of your arrival time.
If you come by public transport you take the Thalys, TGV or Eurostar to Disneyland Paris. If you are staying in Paris you take RER-A. The train station is located directly next to the Disney Parks. From the train station you can walk to the bus stops. One of these buses goes to the Explorers Hotel. Look for the exact bus stop on the board so you have the most up-to-date information. This bus will take you to the reception of the hotel and you are ready to check-in.
How to get to the Disney Parks?
To get to the Disney Parks from the Explorers Hotel you can take the free shuttle bus or go by car. The shuttle bus drives very regularly and brings you to the amusement parks and back. It is possible that you make stops – depending on the crowds – at other hotels.
If you go by car then park it at the Disneyland Paris parking lot. This is an immense parking lot where thousands of cars can be parked. Parking here is not free. You pay €30 per day. If you leave the parking lot you have to pay another parking fee if you return later in the day. For most Annual Passes parking is free. My tip: only go by car if you have a Annual Pass with free parking. In other cases I would always take the shuttle bus.
Can you walk to the hotel?
Yes you can, but I wouldn’t recommend it. It is about a 45 minute walk. The quickest route is to walk to the gas station at Hotel Santa Fe, then towards the reception of this hotel and then follow the route to the Disney Parks. In itself, it is not that bad, but don’t forget that you are going to walk enough km’s in the parks. Then those added 45 minutes can be tough, especially knowing that there is a free shuttle bus.
Another thing you could do is take the shuttle bus to Hotel Santa Fe and walk the last 20 minutes towards your hotel. Again, not something I recommend but it is a possibility.
What is there to do at the Explorers Hotel?
The main reason to go to the Explorers Hotel is of course its location in relation to Disneyland Paris. But when the Parks are closed, is there anything else to do at the hotel?
This is really a children’s hotel aimed at families. It has a pirate theme, which is reflected in the rooms and in the activities.
For example, the swimming pool has a huge pirate ship where children can play that are not yet good swimmers. There is also an indoor and outdoor playground. You can go to the 6D cinema for €5 per person and there is an arcade with all kinds of games.
Eating and Drinking
Breakfast is included in all bookings. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case at Disney Hotels for a while now. Breakfast is served at the Explorers Hotel in the morning in the buffet restaurant. Here you can also have dinner in the evening. There is also a restaurant with table service if you want to eat more quietly. This restaurant looks a bit more chic but on the menu are common items such as a steak, cheeseburger and grilled chicken. There is also a gluten-free menu available.
Besides the 2 restaurants there are also a few booths where you can pick up food. You can eat this in the restaurant or in your room. There is a pizza restaurant, a sandwich stall and a stall where you can get sweet snacks. Lastly, there is also a bar and a candy store.
Standard Room Explorers Hotel
Each room at the Explorers Hotel has its own theme. The standard rooms are in pirate style. They are not very large but are fully equipped. They consist of a (narrow) double bed and a bunk bed. There are also 6-person rooms available, these have an extra bunk bed. In the room you have free wifi, a safe, TV with international channels, bathroom with separate toilet and hairdryer. Cribs are available on request.
For couples who want to go to Disneyland Paris there are “Double Rooms”. Instead of the bunk bed you have a couch with table.
Do you have something to celebrate? Then you can book a “Knights and Princesses” suite, or the Candy, Tarzan or Planet Hollywood Suite. These suites can accommodate up to 6 people and have a separate master bedroom with private bathroom.
For whom is this hotel suitable?
The Explorers Hotel is truly a family hotel. Everything is focused around children, including the rooms and activities. For families who want to go to Disneyland Paris but don’t want to spend a lot of money on a Disney Hotel this is a great alternative. The bus service is good and the free breakfast is an extra bonus.
For couples this might not be the best choice. But if you can find a good price for it this might still be an option.
What does it cost?
The cheapest rooms are the double rooms starting at €98 per night. Family rooms start at €129 per night. The suites start at €256 per night. Please note that these prices do not include admission to Disneyland Paris. But you pay per room, per night and not per person.
Photo’s: Explorers Hotel