We have just enjoyed 2 days visiting Disney Land Paris as a family of 5. Having previously been to Disney World we were looking forward to what food and drinks are available.
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Before we dive in with our experience of eating at Disney Land Paris I wanted to share with you what I have read online and why it has taken me until the year 2018 to visit Disney Land Paris.
Well it must start with the reviews! I have read so many terrible reviews about Disney Land Paris over the years.
- The terrible food (often referred to as microwave meals)
- The tired looking park that needs a facelift
- That it is a low performer compared to Disney World
- That it is overpriced
So, when you read all this together then there is no way you would visit right?
Each time I have listed the above as my excuses for not going. But in the summer of 2018, we knew we were travelling in the area and with having small children it seemed like the perfect time to go and visit.
We paid for a 2-day ticket so that we could visit both of the parks and we were really excited about some Disney magic.
As you can see Dominic was super excited:
But for me Disney is about the magic and the food. I am not one for the big rides and I am happiest with the little ones on the merry go round. I don’t care for rollercoasters and love Disney themed food.
Disney Land Paris Food Reviews
I have read many of the reviews about the food at Disney Land Paris and I am sure this is one of my main reasons that I have not been there until now. The biggest complaint is that in the food capital of the world, that food should be of a certain standard. This meant that after reading all of these negative reviews, that I went into Disney Land Paris with an open mind.
Disney Land Paris Eats & Drinks
So, let’s get down to business and discuss EXACTLY what we ate and drank:
Earl Of Sandwich – I have never been to an Earl Of Sandwich until now. I loved the sandwiches and went back for a second one during our stay. It is easy to find and has little queues and is situated in the Disney Village.
Five Guys – The hubby doesn’t have a peanut allergy unlike the rest of us. This means that while we were having our second helping from Earl Of Sandwich he was having a Five Guys Burger & Fries! You can find Five Guys right on the edge of the Disney Village.
McDonalds – A quick stop for a drink and some French Fries. Whenever you are stuck for food you can always find a big M. McDonalds is also in the Disney Village.
Random Cupcake Stop – I have no idea exactly where this place was, other than it was at serving the nicest cookies and brownies that I have ever tried. I had them for breakfast on day 2 with Sofia & Jorge. Then after explaining to Dominic and Kyle how nice they were, I couldn’t find the place. Turns out it was hidden away inside of Disney Movies Park.
Random Hot Dog Stall – It was a nightmare getting food and being served in a timely manner. But this Hot Dog stall that Dominic discovered was hidden out of the way and most people hadn’t spotted it, meaning that there was ZERO QUEUE. They did a meal deal of a hot dog with crisps and a drink and during our 2 days stay we each enjoyed one. I can’t find it on the index of Disney eateries but is hidden under a tree inside Adventureland at Disney Park.
Starbucks Coffee – To keep us awake during our 2 crazy days of Disney fun we needed our caffeine. Starbucks was there with their legendary coffee. You can find Starbucks in the main strip in the Disney Village.
Victoria’s Homestyle Restaurant – We went into Victoria’s homestyle restaurant for thick American milkshakes and they tasted amazing. Thick and cold they were perfect for a break from the busy Disney Park. The kids had strawberry flavour, I had banana and Dominic had chocolate. There was a huge wait for them though but the waitress was very good.
The Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlour – This cute little corner ice cream shop is on the end of Main Street before you get to all the action. It serves scoops of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (my favourite if you have not guessed) and was amazing. Though you better brace yourself for the HUGE queue. A must stop in Disney Park.
Disney Land Paris Highs & Lows
We had so many adventures in 2 days at Disney Land Paris and I thought I better cover the biggest highs and lows. And maybe it will help you when planning your own trip to Disney Land Paris.
We got lost. Not just a little bit lost but a LOT lost. We accidentally left by the wrong entrance at Five Guys in the Disney Village when in fact we should have walked back towards Planet Hollywood and got home that way. In the end we walked about 2 miles in the wrong direction at midnight with two under 4s. We were there carrying our bags and 2 kids in our arms and super tired too.
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Eventually I found a French policeman and he pointed out we had walked the wrong way. Another 2 miles walk later, then back to our car from where we should have been. On the plus side I registered more than 20,000 steps that day on my FitBit. But do note, that Disney Land Paris has terrible signs and its very easy to get lost!
For the ultimate high it must be the excellent waitress in Victoria’s Homestyle Restaurant. My daughter let go of her balloon and the waitress came out, used her instrument and it was down again!
ANOTHER BIG LOW must be the lack of Disney Magic. It showed through a lot of the eating out experiences and in the park overall. It doesn’t have that AMAZING vibe that Disney World has. Instead of friendly staff that always have a smile on their faces, you have miserable staff.
The person dressed up as Donald Duck went on a break after every 3rd to 5th kid. This meant that we waited more than 2 hours for our small children to meet their character. They don’t understand what happens and all the kids in the queue that were under 4 would cry when Donald went on yet another break.
I went to order pizza at a counter service place in the Disney Park. I timed it and it was very inefficient and we had queued for an hour with 2 small children. We finally made it to the front of the queue to someone looking bored with pretty dreadlocks. I ordered my food and asked for a receipt.
To which she refused. After complaining to her supervisor (because she refused me a receipt as I went to pay). I received threatening behaviour and abuse from a guy that was much bigger than me and rather scary. He threatened to have me removed from Disney for complaining about his inefficient member of staff. To which I left.
I found that members of staff changed their attitude and were more welcoming if I spoke in Portuguese rather than in English. I think maybe the French have issues with English people not making an effort with the French language and it shows in their attitude.
At the end of the day, if I am paying Disney prices I expect Disney Magic and if I hadn’t paid for the second day, I wouldn’t have returned and paid for a second day and regret paying for 2 days in advance. Overall, I find it to be 25% more expensive than going to Disney World and at Disney World you get a lot more action for your money.
What To Eat At Disney Land Paris?
I would recommend avoiding buffets and table service restaurants at Disney Land Paris. They have more people than quality places to eat and lunch (or dinner) could end up taking 3 hours and 3 hours that you are wasting when you can be having fun.
What I do suggest is that you focus your time on good counter service.
Disney Village is not that busy away from night time therefore have your lunch and early dinner there.
Have brunch at Earls Of Sandwich, have afternoon snacks at Cookies Kitchen, have dinner at a hot dog stall and finish the night at Victoria’s Homestyle Restaurant. There are some good choices to be made, but it’s a case of finding the needle in the haystack.
I always thought that reviews that I had read were negative because it was from people that didn’t get European food and culture, or are furious because France has a no refill law on fizzy drinks, or expects huge portion sizes, but I am going to agree with them and say that there is much more to it than that.
It saddens me that this review of Disney Land Paris has been more negative than positive. If you want Disney magic and good value for money I would recommend a trip to Disney World instead. Disney Land Paris doesn’t look as scruffy as people make out, but the rest of it is true. I honestly thought that people expected too much, but I am starting to think it was spot on.
I don’t know why it is so low quality at Disney Land Paris and is a real let down. I have also been to lots of theme parks in Europe and have found them to be much better and cheaper than Euro Disney.