When you think of an overnight stay in Disneyland Paris, you probably think of a Disney Hotel. These are located near the theme parks, and each has a magical theme. But did you know that there is also a CenterParcs vacation park near Disneyland Paris? Less than 10 minutes away, in a wooded area and with all the facilities you expect from such a vacation park? This park is called Villages Nature Paris.
Staying in a vacation park near Disneyland Paris has a lot of advantages. You have more space than in a hotel. This is handy when you go with a large group or when you want to open the doors in the morning to get some fresh air.
Another advantage is that you are not tied to Disneyland Paris. It is very easy to make trips from Villages Nature Paris to the surrounding area, including the city of Paris. But you can also choose to spend a day at the park. There is enough to do to keep you entertained.
Finally, you are not bound to eat at the Disney resort either. The houses and apartments each have their own kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. There is a small supermarket at the resort, but I recommend you go to Val d’Europe. This is a huge shopping center with a gigantic supermarket consisting of two floors.
Are you now thinking, Villages Nature Paris could be something for us? Then here are 6 things you need to know about this vacation park.
Villages Nature Paris is located next to Disneyland Paris
The first thing you need to know is the location of Villages Nature Paris. It is located next to Disneyland Paris, but you are unable to walk to the parks. To get to the theme parks, you need a car or use the local bus transportation.
If you go by car, know that you have to pay to park it at Disneyland Paris. This costs about €30 per day. When you leave the parking lot to come back later, you have to pay again. So it is wise to leave your car there all day.
A cheaper option is the bus that goes to Disneyland Paris several times an hour. A ride on this bus costs a few euros per person for a return ticket. So that is often cheaper than driving to Disneyland Paris. The shuttle bus stops at the bus stop near the parking garage. You’ll find it in Disney Village, on the Walt Disney Studios Park side, past Vapiano and Five Guys.
Finally, you might also consider getting an annual pass for Disneyland Paris. This not only gets you admission to the Disney Parks, but you also get discounts on souvenirs and food/drinks. Plus, you can park for free. (Not with all annual passes)
You can go to Villages Nature Paris by train
As you may know, Disneyland Paris can be reached very easily by train. The resort has its own train station located next to Disney Village. Here many national and international trains arrive on an hourly basis.
You can reach Villages Nature Paris by train. For this, you take the train to the station of Disneyland Paris. Leave the station and go to the bus stop at Five Guys (to the right of the World of Disney store).
Here you wait for the shuttle bus to Villages Nature Paris. You will have to buy a ticket per person for a few euros. This bus will take you to the vacation park in 25 minutes.
The park has a huge water park
The best thing about CenterParcs vacation parks is the tropical swimming pools. Usually consisting of a few pools and some slides.
At Villages Nature Paris, they take it up a notch. The tropical water park at this vacation park is huge! Especially the outdoor pools feel luxurious and soothing. Just what you need after a day at the amusement park.
Inside there is a large wave pool, and there are 6 slides in total. There are also opportunities for fitness in the water or swimming lessons for a fee.
The water park, Aqualagon, is so popular that even people outside the vacation park want to go there. For this, they have to buy a day ticket that costs €50 per person. This also gives you access to the other facilities in the park.
This amount may seem high, but it is a good thing as it keeps the water park accessible for guests of Villages Nature Paris.
There are plenty of other activities in the park
The Aqualagon water park is just one of the possibilities for burning off some energy. Villages Nature Paris offers many other activities.
The vacation park has a large lake where you can do all kinds of water sports, from pedal boats to sailing and swimming to paddling. This is the ideal place to enjoy the sun in summer.
There is also a petting zoo where children can learn more about caring for the animals. And in the gardens, they can discover where their vegetables come from.
Other sporting activities are also available. For example, you can do archery, have fun on the sports field or go for a nice run in the green surroundings.
Would you prefer a fun indoor activity? Then you can go bowling, climbing or do a ninja course. With so many activities in the park, you would almost forget that it is near a huge amusement park.
Villages Nature Paris has accommodations for 2 to 12 people
The vacation park consists of a section of apartments and a section of cottages.
The apartments can accommodate 2 to 4 people and are located near the facilities. Each cottage has a spacious layout with at least 1 bedroom with fixed beds (no hassle with a sofa bed), a kitchen, bathroom with shower, toilet, and an outdoor seating area.
The cottages are spread across the vacation park. You can book them in 3 price categories: comfort, premium or VIP. The difference is in the finish of the cottages, the location, and the facilities, such as a hot tub. So you can make it as expensive, or cheap, as you want.
These cottages are suitable for 4 to 12 people whereby it is assumed that 2 people share a bedroom. So the cottage for 12 people has 6 bedrooms. The only pity is that there is only 1 bathroom. For 12 people that’s pretty challenging.
Furthermore, it is good to know that all accommodations of Villages Nature Paris have free wifi and that pets are allowed.
When booking, you can immediately choose the location of your cottage and reserve extras including a treatment in the spa or a meal.
It is also convenient to book an e-car if your cottage is located further away in the park or if you do not want to walk. This is an electric golf cart that you can drive around the park.
Disney has an alternative to Villages Nature Paris
Staying in Villages Nature Paris certainly has its advantages. You are out of the Disney bubble and there is a lot to do at the park.
If you come especially for the Disney magic, then the adjacent Davy Crockett Ranch is a good alternative. This vacation park belongs to Disney itself. This means that you are eligible for the regularly available promotions. At this vacation park you stay in log cabins that are spread over a wooded area.
Disadvantage of the Davy Crockett Ranch is that there is no shuttle bus to the Disney parks. So you will need a car, which you can park for free at the Disney parks. But with the train, you are not able to come here. Furthermore, this Disney vacation park has a lot less activities compared to Villages Natures Paris.
Davy Crockett Ranch is therefore only interesting if you want to stay in a spacious log cabin instead of a hotel room when you go to Disneyland Paris. If you want more of a vacation park feel, with the activities that go with it, then Villages Nature Paris is the best option!
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