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Anniversary Trip to Marriott's Village d'ile-de-France

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Another thing they do there (that I have started here) is that when the highway slows quickly, everyone puts their hazards on. At first glance it seems like a good idea, but it is born out of the fact that EVERYONE tailgates, like feet behind each other.
Putting your hazards on when traffic is slowing ahead is standard procedure in most of Europe, you're alerting fellow drivers to a potential hazard ahead, French tailgating is a different topic altogether.
 

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I can't find the concierge email, but this one should work to get you info on hire cars. I can't remember exactly but think they can get them locally.
MVCI.Paris.Room@vacationclub.com

The concierge can also arrange tours if that suits you better.

Driving in that area of France is absolutely fine, just normal suburban driving, highways and then small towns depending on where you stop.

Here is the concierge email I received. Though I have been trouble getting a reply back from them. It’s been several days with no response.

MVCI.ActivitiesDLP@vacationclub.com
 

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There are several rental car places with easy access. Avis and Budget are at the DLP/Chessy train station (not open Sunday). I also see that there is a Sixt is at the other station, Marne le Vallee, on the same bus in the opposite direction--also linked to large shopping area. All within 5 mile radius on local suburban roads. Note--some car rental places technically require an international drivers license (AAA offices issue them), but I recall we have only been asked once many years ago. We usually get it, as it was easy to pop over to AAA, and we'd hate to count on a car and then be turned down.
 
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We just got back. I did not rent a car. We did the Navigo passes. There was a photo booth in Chessy but I ended up buying at app so that I could resize our passport photos and print those up. So that was $2.99. They just handed me the passes so I just assembled those back at the timeshare. And we used those passes HUGE!! I needed the Navigo anyway and we weren't venturing out into the countryside so I was just more economical to use a taxi and Uber for the airport trips.

There is a bus across from check-in. It cost 3.90 round trip. The city bus is 4.30 round trip if you don't have a Navigo. The city bus numbers are now 2234 and 2235. 2235 is a bit faster and less crowded. But 2234 has a stop right across from Casino supermarket. 2234 tended to be more crowded as it stopped at a university.

There is a TGV train but we arrived before it started running. I paid 95 euro for a taxi for the four of us. We had an early flight out of CDG so I ordered an Uber which picked us up right at the check-in building for 71 euro. It was about a 35 minute ride (weekend, early morning.)

As for Paris, I bought Go City passes. These passes run on consecutive days so if you plan to do something else during those days, you need to take that into consideration. I bought 6 day passes for 3 adults and one youth (880 euro.) We actually only used them in Paris for 4 days with one day in the middle for Disneyland. Google maps worked really well for the buses and trains but it didn't work all that well as pedestrians in the city itself. Any time that we needed to get to Paris, it would take around 90 minutes. But we got really good at the trains and metros.

The museum pass was pretty much of a waste for us. We only went into the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa and that was about it. We did a five hour tour (which was great especially on day one.) We did a St Germain tour which pretty much turned us off to any Experience First tours. However, we did Notre Dame crypt and Eiffel Tower climb so we think that the St Germain might have just been a one off. We did get about $500 more value with the passes than gate pricing.

I bought tickets to the Catacombs (which only sell 7 days in advance.) Unfortunately it scrubbed due to a workers' strike. But that is always hit or miss.

DLP was about $105 each and we only did it because we were there. In hindsight we could have skipped this. The roller coasters are rough on the body. I travel with young adults and they were even complaining about this. I sat out of most rides as I just couldn't take the roller coasters or the motion sickness on pretty much every ride. We would have done the balloon ride at DLP which was on the Go City pass but we only saw the balloon up in the air twice as it was rained every day and it was consistently windy.

They do sell SIM cards. I have T-Mobile so we get 5gb international. That wasn't enough for all of our navigation so I ended up turning on international day pass with ATT for $12/day. We did need it as on one of our train rides they shortened the schedule so we got dumped out several stations away from our goal. So we had to manuever with google maps to a metro. We now know what to do if the doors close on you (just ask my son.)

Our guide on day one had pointed out pickpockets. In the metro they pretty much wear face masks and carry large tote bags. We did use money belts and small fanny packs with our cell phones attached. Nobody really messed with us as we probably didn't look like the easiest marks since absolutely everybody seems to have a cell phone in their hands. And avoid the girls with clipboards asking if you could sign a petition as they are working pickpockets as well.

Other than that, we got a lot done in a short amount of time. We learned a lot with our guided tours. Yes, it was very expensive (but not as expensive as Iceland.)
 

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We stayed there a couple of years ago and I agree that your plans are very ambitious. 1. I caught the bus to town/Chessy and caught the train to the city (Paris). From the unit to the city is a couple of hours at best and so I wouldn't count on doing more than one or two things per day. 2. We drove to the city and traffic gets so bad it took about 3 hours to get into the city. And because traffic was so bad, we ended up parking the car at a shopping mall and took the metro. 3. For us, the big difference between DLP and DLF is Ratatouille. Make sure you make reservations for the Ratatouille restaurant and go on the ride when you're there. DLP is the only Disney park with Ratatouille. 4. We went through the Louvre with Tours by Locals and it was totally worth it. Pricey but worth it. 5. I agree with Pink Warrior, buy the Navigo passes. You will use them. 6. The little shop by the check in has fresh croissants every morning. SOO GOOD.
Have fun!
 
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