Welcome to the penultimate episode of this epic review for Disneyland Paris in 2017. So we are nearly at the end of the review, this week we are looking at the restaurants we visited and why we chose them, we'll also review some of the shows you can catch around the park with plenty of tips and tricks along the way too. If you are only just starting to plan or think about a trip to Disneyland or maybe you are trying to save up for a trip than I have something that may interest you. If your kids still have birthday's coming up before you go then have a look at the Birthday Party Boxes I have for sale. At less than £100 per box with FREE delivery they really offer amazing value for money and will be one of the most inexpensive parties you can do. A brilliant concept that I have put together, A complete party in a box, using all my experience in the party industry, just click on the kit pictured, the range available is growing every month. Before we kick off this weeks new review make sure you have read all the other blog posts first.
Booking the Restaurants
You need to book the restaurants you want to go too. I think this is just good practise no matter what time of the year you are going. You can book the restaurants from 60 days before your arrival, so make sure you have planned every restaurant you would like to eat in by then. Some of the more popular restaurants get booked up really fast, so as soon as it's 60 days before you arrive get on the phone and start booking. One little confusing hiccup we had was that the Disney employee we spoke to when booking our restaurants tried to claim that you could only book from 60 days prior to eating at a restaurant, the difference this makes is that lets say if you are going for a week long holiday, lets say arriving on a Saturday and you call up 60 days before you are due to arrive on the Saturday they said that we could only book the meal for the Saturday not for our other nights there as it was more than 60 days before we would be eating there?
Did that make sense? Im getting confused just typing it, we managed to explain that in their advertising it says to make reservations 60 days before your arrival not before eating at each restaurant and they did let us carry on with our bookings. Another thing you might come across is that with some of the character meet & greet restaurants Disney have to make sure that the restaurant will have enough people dinning with them to justify opening the restaurant, so with ADC if they only have 3 tables booked on a certain day they may try to move your booking however this can go the other way too, so if they get lots of people wanting to book a certain date that they weren't planning to open on then they may open the restaurant for an extra date, this happened with us at ADC on the Sunday that we stayed, we wanted an early evening meal to fit in after the parade and before the Princess Waltz but initially Disney were only offering Sunday lunch slot. We came back to them and due to so much demand they opened the restaurant later because they could fill it.
So what restaurants are in the park? quick answer is there are loads, so I have listed below a quick link list for some of the most popular places to eat. Go and check them out, below I have included the reviews for the places that we ate in. The video below shows way more than the few pictures I have included with every review.
Restaurants we ate in and reviewed below
Just some of the other restaurants
- Blue Lagoon Restaurant
- Cafe Mickey
- Hakuna Matata
- The Lucky Nugget Saloon
- Agrabah cafe
- Cafe Des Cascadeurs
For the shows you will need a programme which you can find here.
Bistrot Chez Remy
This was our first restaurant, it's located in the Studio's Park and it's based on the film Ratatouille. The theming/decorations in this place are incredible, we had seen a few youtube video's where characters from this film are walking around the restaurant and we wrongly assumed that they did this all the time. It was another reason for us booking this restaurant and we were disappointed on the day to see that there weren't any characters in the restaurant. Once we got back we looked into it and none of the Disney advertising mentions character meets at this restaurant so it was our mistake and assumption. We still loved the restaurant and the food was fantastic, we were actually served by a Brit which was very pleasant on our first meal of the weekend. Main courses we had were Steak, Sea Bass, Cod and the kids had Spaghetti with ratatouille. Obviously there is lots of Ratatouille on the menu, it comes with nearly every dish which was great for me, I loved it.
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show
This was something really different and personally my favourite meal of our time there. Not because the quality of the food was amazing (although the food was perfectly exceptable). This is a much more informal meal. This meal is all about the show which not only features cowboy's and brilliant horses but you will also see native Americans and buffalo's too. The seating is not allocated, it's first come first served so get there about an hour before the show starts, the entrance area is also a bar with a live band. We all bought drinks but you do get drinks included with your meal too. Once you have some drinks go and stand near one of the large staircases. Do not stand near the stage for the live band. Once the barrier opens get up there as quick as you can, there are plenty of seats for everybody so theres no need to push or anything but the first up get the best seats. The show gets off to a slow start but the action picks up with loads of stunts and games played. You get real audience interaction with some great entertainers actually coming right up to you and a free Cowboy hat that you get to keep. The stadium is split into four different sections I believe, each section has a different colour which is indicated by a band around your cowboy hat, we were on the yellow team and had to cheer on the yellow cowboy's. Food wise, you start with chilli and cornbread, followed by a barbecue meat selection and potatoes, desert was apple crumble with ice cream. I couldn't even manage a desert there was so much food. Drinks are served throughout the show, I had three beers and a coke, you can also get water too. For kids they don't get the chilli but they do get a small barbecue meat selection and potatoes followed by an ice lolly which my daughter was very happy with. Like I said this meal isn't about having award winning food but the whole experience with just how much food and drink was on offer combined with a brilliant live show with amazingly talented people and animals was amazing.
Mickey and the Magician
This show seems to go a little under the radar and you don't pay anything extra for it, you just need to queue up and go in. I think because it's not charged extra for then people think it can't be any good? Trust me when I say that this show should not be missed! Again get to the theatre at least an hour before the show starts, check your programme for the timings. You just have to wait I'm afraid so maybe try packing a busy pack to keep the kids amused whilst you wait. I wrote about them years ago, you could take a modern version and maybe even Disney Theme it.
This is a full on West End style production, in fact it felt a little like an advert for all of the Disney west end shows, you get a little snip-it from each of there most popular shows, such as Aladdin and Lion King with plenty of other characters making appearances too. The story is that Mickey Mouse is a cleaner for a magician that seems to live in a French studio loft apartment. Obviously Mickey is a bit of a dreamer and starts to meddle with things that maybe he shouldn't. Im not going to spoil the show and I have included some pictures that are promo pictures from Disney, no photography is allowed in the theatre. Trust me you won't be disapointed, just plan the time to go and see it.
Located near the castle, this wouldn't normally be the kind of restaurant that we would pick to eat at but for us this was all about meeting some princess's. We didn't want to waste time in the park queuing up for hours at the Princess Pavillion to meet one or two princess's so this was a kill two birds with one stone option. We had to eat and we met princess's whilst we did it. We were pleasantly surprised at this restaurant. The food was not big quantities but it was a three course meal so we were all filled by the end, the quality of the food will blow you away though. Everything was cooked and served to perfection. They even had a special 25th Anniversary menu that you could pick from in addition to the standard menu. This 25th Anniversary menu had steak and a special desert on it however I can not remember what the starters were. I had prawns, followed by veal encroute and then I think some sort of cheesecake. All of it was amazing and to top everything off we got to meet loads of characters. I have no idea if you normally meet so many characters in one visit but we met, Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White, Aurora, Suzy and Perla all of whom signed my daughters autograph book.
This is like a mini show, it only lasts about 15 minutes, in fact watch the video above and you'll hear my daughter at the end of the show say "Is that it?" at the end. This was not my cup of tea but again there is no additional fee for this just check your programme for start times. We planned it perfectly so that we only had a few minutes after our meal at ADC before this show started. This show is on the Castle Stage which is only around the corner from the ADC restaurant kind of opposite the entrance to Discoveryland. All of the princess's are in the show and they dance and sing, my daughter enjoyed it as did all of the other kids. I don't think there were any really well known songs featured which would bring this show up a level, make it more interactive and get the kids to sing a long would make this show better.
This was our last meal at DLP, we chose it because it mentions in Disney's advertising that the staff are on skates and we thought that would be cool to go and see however again once we got there they said that they weren't on skates today. Located in the Disney Village It's a nice place to go and have some food though, we were having a late lunch and found the portions to be very generous. I have heard of many people just sharing food rather than ordering for every person. Themed like a 50/60's diner with appropriate music too.
Thats it for this walk ladies and gentleman but make sure you come back next week for my final review where I explore the Studio's Park, this was easily my favourite park at Disney and I'll tell you why next week.