Disney’s Sequoia Lodge is a mid-budget hotel which is heavily inspired by the American woodlands and national parks. The theme is carried into the hotel set up which is a mix of a main building hotel complex and a number of lodges which are slightly removed from the main building but are interconnected by covered walkways. The hotel also featured many of the amenities that are expected from higher end hotels such as a swimming pool and gym as well as two restaurants.
The check-in process
Upon entering the hotel lobby (from the car park or bus stop side), the check-in is immediately on the left hand side. This is clearly sign posted and indicated with Disney Cast Members on hand to show you the way. The actual check-in procedure follows the usual Disneyland Paris process involving receiving your registration form whilst in the queue line which you will need to complete for each guest (although more basic information is requested for supplementary guests). Doing this whilst in the queue line will make the rest of the check-in process much smoother and quicker.
Once you are called up the process is quick, easy and painless. A Disney Cast Member will present you with your documents including park tickets, room key and provide you with information on the park, breakfast options and extra magic time.
If you arrive too early, a luggage service is available and is situated just outside the entrance, upon handing in your luggage you are given a ticket which you simply bring back later in the day to collect your luggage.
The hotel itself is beautiful, the guest areas in the Main Building give off a distinctly woodland feel and creates a cozy atmosphere that is so perfect throughout the winter months. Inside the bar area is a large open fireplace (which is often turned on) with seating located on either side. Outside here there is a large area of decking which both allows for a space to breath and also a place to sit and enjoy the views over Lake Disney. The shop is also of a good size and offers a wide range of Disneyland Paris merchandise.
Outside of the main building, lodges can sometimes be difficult to find, but covered walkways are available with sign posting available. The remote feeling of the lodges can offer a welcome break from the busy main building which is welcome after visiting the busy Disney parks.
The rooms in the Sequoia Lodge hotel have been given a Bambi-inspired makeover in recent years. The rooms are quite large for the price paid. Inside are two double beds with a good number of pillows on each bed, a table and chairs and a cabinet with television. The windows are extremely large which allows for a good view from any room (especially the lakeside view rooms). The bathroom is split in two sections; one section containing the bath and toilet, the other the sink and luggage racks and are separated by a door.
The bed was comfortable and allowed for a comfortable night sleep, however plug sockets were a real issue in the room with only a couple being provided and them being the opposite side to the room as the bed. A plug near the bedside table (as is provided in the Cheyenne) would be extremely welcomed here.
The little touches of Bambi extended to the section on the top of the wall being given some Bambi characters which are illuminated when the main room light is switched on; a Bambi mural on the wall and a Bambi figure on the lamps above the bed. All of which are very tastefully done and add to the delight of the room.
When it is time to leave the hotel, simply return your key to the hotel lobby. A little post box is placed next the check-in, simply post your keys in here and leave the hotel and enjoy your last day in the parks. Once again, the luggage room is available to guests on their departure day.
Disney’s Sequoia Lodge is a wonderful hotel for those staying as a family and want all the benefits of a top hotel without the high price tag. The hotel is both comfortable and convenient and can offer a welcome retreat after a day in the park. Whilst there are some small issues with the room (plug sockets being the major one), the stay is extremely comfortable and the hotel staff attentive to your every need. I cannot wait to return later in the year.