|Great for folks arriving by car||Furthest away from theme parks, compared to other official hotel’s|
|Great for larger families (up to 6 per cabin)||No shuttle service to theme parks|
|Hands down the best pool at Disneyland Paris|
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Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch’s name and theme were inspired by the popular five-part serial series which aired on ABC from 1954–1955. Before Disneyland Paris opened in 1992, the complex was utilised to house various Disneyland Paris Employees (such as imagineers) and was known as Camp Davy Crockett. As former Imagineer Robert Holland recalled on twitter:
“I Lived there for about six months before the park opened. When I first arrived to work on DLP I was living in a hotel in Paris. While the commute was not a lot of fun, living in the city was. I had concerns about moving to the Camp and “the middle of nowhere” to be honest. None of the amenities at the Camp were open to us. Just the trailers and it was very isolated in those days. That said, most people had a full trailer with a kitchen to themselves and the commute to the DLP site was only a few minutes. Eventually we were all so busy that not having much else to do was actually a good thing. I was older than many and had a family (at home) so I did not attend a lot of the “social events” (mostly drinking and card playing). It felt a bit as though some people had returned to their college days behaviour. Small groups often shared having dinner on weekends which was nice, if you could find time to shop for food. Carrefour was the only option as local stores closed early. As I recall, DLP provided laundry service which was nice. Also dinner, on occasion, in one of the small local towns was good (but very limited options in those days). I do remember the floors of the trailers got very cold in the winter!”.
The camp ground opened to the public along with the park on April 12, 1992. It was renamed Davy Crockett Ranch in May of 1993. Unlike other Disneyland Paris hotels, the ranch is quite unique. As there are no rooms in the traditional sense. Guests staying at Davy’s, sleep in so called bungalows (which are really more like cabin themed trailer homes) that offer a kitchen and a reserved parking space right by the cabin. It’s also not possible to walk to the parks, or take a Disney Shuttle as it is with the other on property hotels. So the ranch is really only an option if you arrive by car. The ranch fully embraces the wilderness lifestyle and transports you to the deep forests of North America.
Arriving at the ranch feels more like arriving at a nature park than a hotel. With massive greenery and frontier theming all around you. The ranch closes for the winter season, so be sure to visit before November or after April if you are planning on visiting. The check in process is similar to other Disneyland Paris Hotels. Like the Hotel New York The Art of Marvel. Seven days before arrival you can do an online check-in through the official site or app. If the booking is not linked to your account, you can use your Disney booking number and last name to add it manually. (May not work if booked over a third party site) The online check-in asks a few questions like:
What time will you be arriving?
What time will you be departing?
Your phone number for updates
If you don’t know your arrival time you can leave the field blank. You can also fill out the hotel form at home, print it (sigh), and bring it with you. During Niels’s last stay he printed the pdf’s, (one per person) and completed them at home.
The usual wait for check-in is about ten minutes. You just hand over the forms and get your key, park map and magic passes. Niels booked over the official hotline and the booking agent left a note for the check-in staff. Explaining that he is a frequent visitor so the cast member skipped the whole explanation about the theme parks and rooms. The cast member gave Niels’s daughter a Halloween season badge and sent them on their way. Since the cabins still use an old lock and key system you are handed a real metal key. The magic passes you are handed after check in are just to access the swimming pool, extra magic hours and theme park reservation proof.
The Davy Crockett Ranch offers three different types of Cabins:
_Trapper Tribe Cabin
_Pioneer Tribe Cabin
_Premium Tribe Cabin
The Cabins offer similar amenities and all house up to 6 people and one infant. So staying at the ranch could be a money saver compared multiple hotel rooms. The biggest difference between the Trapper and Pioneer cabins are location. Trapper Tribe cabins tend to be even quieter, and therefore located further away from amenities like the pool and reception. Premium Tribe cabins are located close to the action and offer extras like:
_Cleaning kit, including dishwasher detergent, cleaning product, sponge and dish cloth
_Tea & coffee welcome kit
_ Bathrobe & slippers
_One bottle of mineral water
The cabins feature a small private porch.There’s a simple BBQ-grill, table and chairs. Ideal for a long summer evening. Guests can park one car in front of their respective cabin. Any other vehicles have to be parked on the central parking lot close to the main facilities.
Inside the cabin theres a living room with open kitchen, table with chairs for 6, couch for 2-3 people with a small side table, small piece of wall furniture with a TV, and a kitchen. The kitchen is small, but has everything that you need. A big fridge with freezer, microwave, kettle, traditional coffee maker, toaster, cooker and dish washer.
On the right side of the cabin there is a small guest restroom, an additional bathroom with shower and sink, and bedroom with 3 single beds. One of them has a 4th bed underneath, to make it a 4 person bedroom. The bedrooms also feature cupboards to store your clothes. There are not enough power sockets and no USB sockets to charge everyone’s devices. So if you have a lot of devices we recommend bringing your own multi socket power strip.
On the left side of the cabin there is another smaller bedroom with a double bed and cupboards. Whats nice is that this bedroom is accompanied by it’s own bathroom. It also has a shower, toilet and sink, however, the sink is slightly larger and has an extendable shower like tap. Probably so it can be used as a baby bath. Which is really smart and convenient for young parents.
All rooms are equipped with electric heaters and the bathrooms have an electric radiator that you can hang your towels on. When guests arrive at the cabin fresh towels are provided and the beds are made up. There is no housekeeping on a daily basis so guests staying there for an extended period of time, will have to request fresh towels at the reception.
The living room also has an Air Conditioning unit. Overall the cabins consistently continue the theme of the frontier and nature. The cabins feature artwork of wooden forts and nature.
Niels thought the beds were good, but not perfect. His wife thought it they were a bit hard and used one of the spare blankets, to soften the mattress.
Disneyland Paris’s Best Pool
Not only does Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch have the largest pool (of the Disney operated hotels at Disneyland Paris), it’s also one of the prettiest. The official name is Blue Springs pool and consists of a heated indoor pool with a small river stream and a slide. The slide may look pretty short, but it’s quite fun and faster than expected. Thanks in part to the high water pressure being pumped down the slide. It may not be up to the Center Parcs or Villages Nature Paris waterpark standard but it’s far better than what you get in most Disneyland Paris hotel pools.
Niels thought it was definitely a fun slide. He did it about 10 times in a row on a lovely Friday evening. The water isn’t extremely deep as Niels could stand everywhere with his 1 meter 85 (6 feet). But for kids it’s deep.
There is also a small kiddie area that isn’t deep. As well as a cozy cave like area featuring extra warm whirlpools. The whole pool is nicely themed with a wooden tower in the center, which guests can reach through a bridge.
The pool is located in one of the largest log buildings in Europe, the ceiling and walls are held up by huge beams made of real pine.
Niels visited the pool twice during his stay. Once on a Friday evening around 9 pm and on Saturday afternoon around 4 pm. It did get busy around Friday evening but was still doable. Saturday afternoon was way quieter as most folks are in the parks. The pool is open daily from 9 am until 10 pm.
To access the pool during these times (COVID-19) you need to show your vaccination certificate (digital). You also need be a guest of Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch and show your magic pass as well as your cabin number. Visitors have to take their shoes in the entrance area before entering the changing rooms. Everyone can use a locker for free, they work with a personal pin code.
The changing rooms offer direct access to the pool area. There is a limited amount of seats and sun loungers around the pool. During the warmer months there is also a small outdoor area with more sun loungers. If you don’t want to swim, you can still get in and find a nice seat or lounger. Towels are not available, so remember to bring them with you. It was possible to rent them for a time, however, that doesn’t seem to be guaranteed. Also keep in mind there is no pool bar or vending machine.
Overall the pool is a great place to relax after a day in the parks. There are several lifeguards keeping an eye on everyone, which is nice. It all felt very safe. Halloween decor (if you visit during the Halloween season that is) were also present in the form of some nice red lanterns and other small decorative elements.
But Wait Theres More…
There’s an on-site buffet restaurant, Crocketts Tavern you can find out all about it on our Patreon exclusive episode here.
A saloon, let’s call it the hotel bar. As well as a shop with merchandise, that is surprisingly large. The shop also sells some basic groceries and toiletries.
A small arcade is also available on site as well as a (very) small mini golf course with 9 holes (priced 2,50 per person), archery (paid experience) and a kids playground.
Theres also a farm with animals, but during Niels’s visit no animals were to be seen. The amphitheater was also closed for the season.
Everything mentioned so far is located near the main facilities. Theres also an indoor tennis court as well as the hotel reception. One can also find a faux Native American campground with teepees, a sports ground and small animal park.
In another area of the park there is a forest trail and the Davy Crockett treetop adventure park. The latter of which seems to be available for Villages Nature Paris guests as well. Prices start at 6 EUR per child and 26 EUR per adult. Several parkour like courses are available.
Last but not least the ranch offers a breakfast bag, that can be purchased along various hand out cottages at every trail. The ranch features 8 trail loops housing various cabins. Each trail is a circular path so it’s difficult to get lost. Finding ones way back ones cabin is simple as one always loops back to the main road.
An Unexpected Surprise
Niels opened his cabin doors to discover an unexpected. As we previously mentioned, the booking agent made a note that Niels and his family are frequent visitors. So the team at the Davy Crockett Ranch made some extra magic. On the window of their cabin the team wrote a welcoming “Howdy” message. On the table they created a huge Mickey silhouette out of Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy chocolate coins. There were even more chocolate coins on the couch as well as a large Mickey plush.
In total there were about 60 chocolate coins and the plush. The kitchen also included a coffee package with several of coffee cups, sugar and milk. As well as a fruit basket on the table. The basket included things like grapes, pears, apples and mandarins. There was even more! Niels found slippers and bathrobes in the master bedroom.
We suspect Niels was upgraded to a Premium Tribe Cabin due to its close proximity to the main facilities as well as the bathrobe and extras. However, the surprise (chocolate coins & plush) is not usually included in the premium cabin. All in all a really nice surprise!
Thank you to my amazing co-host Niels for all the great photos!