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Walt Disney Studios Park

Morning all!  Today is going to be a bit more leisurely than the mania of a day in Disneyland Park

WDS opens later than its bigger sibling and affords a much more relaxed pace.  Lets grab some breakfast and meet at the park gates at 9am.

Spot the hidden Mickeys around the gates, three circles representing a mickey head.  You can find them in loads of places, there isn’t a definitive list and no prizes for finding them but it is fun to spot them.

This park opened 10 years after the first one (March 16th 2002) and is only just becoming a full day out. Its theme was a replica of a working film studio and quite frankly it didn’t really work.  There were few rides and only one bit of true production going on in thankfully long closed TV Tour.  Man, that was boring.  Disney Channel France is still broadcast from here but no making of TV shows happens.

Through the farting turnstiles and into the courtyard.  Huge shop on the left and Studio services on the right for lost property, dining reservations, general assistance and giving great feedback about how good the CM are.

You will also see at the far end of the building Pushchair and Wheelchair rental.

Behind the Mickey statue are the doors to Studio 1, welcome to Hollywood! The right side of this huge set is a single fast food restaurant called Restaurant En Coulisse whereas the left is a shop.  The frontages are lovely and there are lots of great photos to be had. Go and have an explore, lots of details such as the caricatures of Hollywood legends and the carpet from Aladdin.  Go and mooch.

Out we go and into the park.  Here in front of us is my favourite piece of Disney Art. Partners.  Partners is the statue of Walt holding Mickey’s hand and behind him is Hollywood BoulevardStudios (3)

Let’s head right into Animation Courtyard.  First up is The Art of Animation, a celebration of all things Disney cartoon and home to a meet and greet of the latest star. There are rumours that this attraction will be undergoing significant changes soon which is a shame as it is home to the only MultiPlane Camera on public display.

Moving round we next arrive at the simply incredible Mickey and the Magician MatM show. You must not miss this it is stunning.

We are now approaching Pixar in the form of Toon Studios. When WDS first opened there was quite simply just one ride for little kids.  Flying Carpets Over Agrabah was a swiftly dragged in sop to “something for the kiddies” and for years it felt out of place and pointless. Fast forward a few years and the Cars ride, Crush’s Coaster followed by Toy Story Playland and Ratatouille arrived so that meant that FCOA was doubly out of place. So much for cohesive theming and planning. A rare jarring moment.

Anyhoo, there are loads of fun rides Crush is a spinning coaster and can be intense for little fans of Nemo, Cars is another opportunity to be made giddy but the most beautiful ride here is Ratatouille, Remy’s Adventure: Unique to DLP (until EPCOT in Walt Disney World get their version) it draws VERY long queues.Studios (28)

Next to which is the best restaurant (only table service) in the park Bistro Chez Remy. BCR is great fun, shrunk to the size of a rat, you are served Remy’s speciality in one of the nicest themed restaurants.

Leaving this area through the tunnel you emerge out of a Barrel Of Monkeys, still tiny but no longer a rat, you are one of Andy’s Toys in his back garden.

There are 3 rides here all of which enable you to be either dropped, spun or swung.

I have a problem with 3 of the rides in WDS. I’m quite simply a fat bloke and I don’t fit in Cars ride, Crush’s Coaster doesn’t lend itself to large people and RC Racer I can only fit in the front row seats.  Salad for lunch I think.

Onwards, keep up.  Tram Tour is next. This has 2 brilliantly made special effect set pieces. Fire and water and maybe a little frightening for tiny ones.

I’m hungry.  As we head towards the next big attraction we can stop off at Cafe Des Cascadeurs. This is the oldest building in the resort. Have a look at our blog page.

Moteurs Action, I’m a petrol head.  Love this so much.  Genuine, highly skilled stunts and is superb.

Next up is the fastest roller coaster in DLP, Rock and Roller Coaster has the fastest launch (quicker than a Formula 1 car) and most inversions.

Do it. At least 3 times.

As we stagger giddily from RnRC we see the next attraction on our left. Armageddon: Special Effects.  Opposite that are the toilets. I’m going loo. You can do Armageddon. Then you will see why I didn’t.

Nearly done, in front of us is the TV building which once contained Cyberspace Mountain and TV Production Tour, both thankfully long since gone and replaced by Disney Junior, a must see puppet show if you have preschoolers with you. I’m excused seeing it now as my kids are far too old for it.  Next to Disney Junior is the brilliantly clever Stitch Live.  Both of these shows are available in French or English, times for each language are displayed at the entrance to each attraction.

Ok, we have the biggest and best saved for last.  Turn round, look up. There it is.

Tower Of Terror.  Oh, I love this ride. Stunning theme, beautifully designed and serious fun.

Go on, go for it!  What’s the worst that can happen?

I shall leave you plummeting forever into the fourth dimension and head off for a beer.  See you in the Billy Bobs later.

Disneyland Park

🎶Hey there, Hi there, Ho there. It’s a Disney kind of day!🎶
WAKE UP, WAKE UP! You’re in Disney. Time to get out and off to the parks. Seriously, this is what the place is about. Friends to meet, rides to do and so much to see. We are going on a whistle-stop tour of parks and villages.
The best thing about this kind of tour is it’s the ultimate Fast Pass. No queuing for us today.

I’ll admit it. I’m a Disney Parks Geek. I love the design and the history of the place so I can’t take you round without pointing out a few special details but don’t panic. I’m not going to be some dreary, dry guide waving his umbrella at the head of a parade of glazed-eyed tourists.

Got your tickets? Got your map? Got your soon to be ‘death by shopping’ emptied wallet? Excellent. I’ll meet you outside The World Of Disney Store at the top of the village. You will need to have gone through security to get to this point so make your life easy. Phones, keys and coins in your bag to go through the airport style scanner. All bags, including the ones on your pushchair will need to go through so be ready.  If you’re staying at an on site Disney Hotel security is before you get into the village. If arriving by train or bus then security entrance is right in front of World of Disney. (WoD)

One more thing. If you didn’t already know DLP fans love to abbreviate. If you don’t know your WDS from your BTM you will by the end of this blog. (Walt Disney Studios and Big Thunder Mountain BTW).

Everyone here? Let’s go. This area outside the store is called The Resort Hub. From here you can get to either park, the village or the train station. If you look down you will see a compass with points showing the direction to every Disney resort except Shanghai (the newest) and the distance. Walking towards the gates you have a decision to make. Left to the Studios or right to Disneyland Park.

I’m the guide, I’m making the decisions today. We’re going to Disneyland Park.

Passed the Legends Statue. This lovely statue is often overlooked. The plaque is dedicated to European Imagineers who worked on the place. Photos later, time’s a wasting.
Fantasia Gardens. Wonderful place, run around down the steps to the Mickey Flower Display. Pushchair and Wheelchair users take the slopping path if you prefer. If you can stand on the back of the chariot it is much more fun. There is a baggage store to the right hand side of the hotel where Disney will look after your bags for a fee!


Obligatory group photo in front of the sign under the Mickey Clock. This is a legal requirement before going in. (It isn’t really).
Under the clock, past the ticket booths to the turnstiles. The CM (cast member, a Disney Employee) will scan your ticket, the turnstile will make a noise that could either be “Welcome” or “Enter” or a fart. I’m never sure which and you’re in!

Cameras ready, there is a lot to photograph. First time I came here in 1997 I used over 9 rolls of film (digital cameras didn’t exist then). After the entrance is your first opportunity to shop. Sale items often found here but no time for that kind of thing now. Look in front. Up a bit. That’s it. The train station has four lovely stained glass windows, each one dedicated to a different land. Depending on the resort theme there is often an appropriate display. 2017 is the 25th anniversary and we have our first ever-changing display.


Through the arches. Take a look at the plaque. “Here you leave today and enter worlds of history, discovery and ageless fantasy”
As we trip lightly through the second arches you have an opportunity to pick up a map and timetable in various languages.
On the other side we are in Town Square. Horse Drawn Trolley stop in front of you and lots of choices for getting down Main Street. On our left is City Hall. Your destination for all things useful such as lost property, dining reservations, information, disabled access passes if you don’t have an Annual Pass (AP). On our right is the transportation company. There is a shop here which hires out push chairs and wheel chairs if you need them.
Loos are either side of Town Square.


There are several ways of getting down Main Street USA.

Vehicle: Paddy Wagon, Omnibus, Fire Engine, Horse Drawn Tram. Ok, so the picture is of the tram coming up Main Street. I just like it.

Under Cover walk: to our left is Liberty Arcade, to the right is Discovery Arcade

Promenade: quite simply you cannot walk down Main Street. You can run, dance, skip, link arms but never walk.
Exploring Main Street.

We shall skip. Around town square past City Hall on our left to The Story Book Store selling all things Duffy. This isn’t about the shops so you can look elsewhere in the blog for shopping info. Outside here is a Guest House frontage which forms the back drop to a character meet and greet. Often Minnie but check the programme. Next to the guest house is the entry to Liberty Arcade. Skip onwards past the gazebo. Often a character here too and over to the opposite side. You will often see Goofy loitering here in the mornings outside the Hair and Bow boutique. Look up and see the Town dentist. Dr Bitz. 9 out of 10 patients go to Bitz.
Near the shop is a set of gates. This is where the parade ends. Next to them is the entrance to Discovery Arcade.
Time to dance down Main Street, left for the biggest shop, The Emporium, right is Flora’s Boutique (named after Walt’s mum)

The Emporium takes up the top left half of Main Street.  TBH it doesn’t stock anything you can’t get more calmly elsewhere and I have no intention of lingering.  The right top side is much more interesting with the Boardwalk Candy Palace (FUDGE, CHOCOLATE! Mmmmmmmm. Carry on, I’ll catch up with you)

Main Street USA is full to flags of little details, from period appropriate flags (there are 45 stars on the USA Flag rather than 50 as this is America of 1901) to the stories going on the phones in various shops on the right hand side. Wander round, look at the names on the windows.  Say thanks because these are the people who made Disneyland. The train station announcements are a nice detail (voiced by lead designer Eddie Sotto) and you can hear a music teacher getting terribly angry with her useless student near the deli not to mention screams of the dentist patient.

The arcades are practically a museum. Liberty Arcade has more details about the construction and inauguration of The Statue of Liberty than can be absorbed as well as sightly odd tableau of the event itself. Discovery Arcade is home to a series of really lovely models of inventions taken from the Patent Office.

I’m not going to list all the shops and restaurants, we will be here all day and this blog is full of restaurants.  Walts is my current favourite place.  Each room is themed to a land and has some amazing artwork. Right, you guys have a dance around.  I will meet you at the centre of the hub (the area in front of the castle).

Decision time!

Welcome to the hub.  In front of us is the most beautiful Disney Castle of all, inspired by Mont St Michel and every fairytale castle you can think of.  I love Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.  Quick photo please.

We are surrounded by 5 lands. Clockwise from our left: Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland and Main Street USA behind us.

No arguments, we are moseying on down to the old west. Left to Frontierland, recently tarted up to its former glory. Past the Native American Indian encampment and through Fort Comstock (named after the head gardener, Paul Comstock), sometimes closed in the wet, this is a great walk through with representations of character of the time of the western expansion of the USA. One of the best photos in the resort can be taken on the bridge of Big Thunder Mountain.  Up to the left is Phantom Manor.  These two are MUST DO attractions although they can be intimidating for young children. Check height restrictions on the map and at the entrance.

BTM, PM and Fort Comstock are all linked to the back story of this land which tells the tale of gold rush riches to society wedding failure and murder.  Who said Disney was all about happy endings?

If you fancy a gentle ride then board the Molly Brown, a paddle steamer voyage around the rivers of the old west then grab some lunch at Fuente Del Oro or Cowboy Cookout which is further round past the entrance to BTM. This back area of Frontierland is a grand place to sit, have a beer and watch the world go by.  You can only buy beer with meals in the parks. Two more things to show you here. Chapperal Theatre and Pocahontas Play Park.

BIGGEST TIP:  if you have kids under 12 you will be very wise to throw the rugrats in Pocahontas Play area.  We have spent many a happy hour watching the kids blow off steam after standing in queues and getting frazzled by big attractions.  I have so often heard parents tell their kids about how much they have spent to get to DLP and didn’t spend that so the kids can clamber and slide in a play area.

Once again, checkout the restaurant posts but don’t miss Silver Spur, a lovely saloon themed restaurant.  To my mind Frontierland is the most immersive celebration of a world that has long since gone (if it ever truly existed) and has a coherent story to tell.

Enough hanging around enjoying yourself. Get up, get your bum in gear we are off back to the hub.  You don’t have to return to the hub to move between Frontier and Adventureland but that is what we are going to do.

Adventureland is surprisingly big with the fewest number of attractions, it is a mixture of Arabian fantasy stories, adventure films and pirates.  Walking through the archway (look under the torches to see the letters WDI, Walt Disney Imagineering, on the plaque.  A little egocentric detail!) On your right is Agrabah Cafe and tucked away on the left is Le Passage Enchante d’Aladdin.  If you wish to explore Aladdin’s Enchanted Passage (stop sniggering at the back) then please do. it is a nice retelling of the story in model form.

Moving swiftly onwards, past the Curious Giraffe shop and bear left. Two good counter service restaurants along here. Hakuna Matata and Colonel Hathis are well worth stopping for a second lunch.  We are heading towards our next roller coaster.  The short but sweet Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril.  This is a good step up for coaster newbies after BTM. It features a single loop and is a tad faster than BTM but MUCH shorter.

I know, I’ve made you eat pizza, drink beer and now tipped you upside down on a rollercoaster. I never said this was going to be easy.

We backtrack. As we walk pass Colonel Hathis (more pizza anyone?) you can see a path leading to Frontierland.  There is another path next to Hakuna Matata.

On your left you will see a bridge leading to Adventure Isle.  AI is an interesting place.  It is a series of mazes, bridges, caves, and a tree house telling the tale of The Swiss Family Robinson.  Watch the film if you haven’t. Yes it was made by Disney in 1960 but is fun.  My kids love dragging me around AI, up and down the steps in search of the treasure in Davy Jones’ Locker, exploring the bouncy bridges and Skull Rock.  There is another play area here called Pirates Beach.  As with Pocahontas it is worth a visit.

Exit this area via Skull Rock and you will discover the recently re built Pirates Of The Caribbean.  PotC inspired the film and ironically the film has now become part of the ride.  It is another must do.

I’m in a quandary now. I had planned to enter each land via the hub but frankly that is too far to walk and I’m old. So, exit PotC, turn left and head towards Fantasyland.  So many rides, so many shops in which to spend your money, some very special details.

Here’s the map. Wander, but don’t miss Peter Pan’s Flight (it’s right next us on your left) or It’s A Small World.  IASW is yet another must do. Trust me, you will love the song…

Before we go on IASW you will pass the time-sucking experience that is the Princess Pavillion.  Queue to meet a Disney Princess.  I have waited 2 hours before and longer times are not unheard of.

There are no words adequate to describe the joy of IASW, it is a true Disney experience and one created by Walt himself for the 1964 worlds fair in New York.  If you have watched the film Tomorrowland I’m afraid that it won’t happen. Even if you are wearing the badge.  Try it. If you have no idea what I’m going on about then watch the film.

Ok, still singing it?  Good. At the back of Fantasyland are 2 rides which are often overlooked.  Casey Junior is a very child friendly and gentle coaster and Le Pays des Contes de Fees is a storybook boat ride.  Both are lovely.  Incidently you can often see characters lurking near these rides.

Back to the castle.  On your left is Auberge du Cendrillion here you can meet Princesses whilst you dine at an exorbitant price. Worth it if you can’t be asked to queue.

There is a dragon under the castle, it is a beautiful animatronic creature and is there for no reason other than it is a lovely idea. The castle itself is a true work of art, have a wander around the gallery. The story of Sleeping Beauty is told in Tapestry, Stained Glass and Tableau.

Out we go back to the hub. Would you believe we have only one more land.

Discoveryland is in a state of flux.  Originally designed as a the future as created by visionary writers such as Jules Verne it has morphed into a celebration of creative vision from sources such as Verne, George Lucas and the Pixar staff.  It has lost some of its coherence for me but it is improving.

Before we go any further, I love Star Wars but it is encroaching a little too much for me.  Space Mountain is the biggest and fastest coaster in this park and it is still awesome although I am not a fan of Star Wars being added in. Star Tours 2 is a superb ride and Meet Darth Vader is great fun.  In fact, all of the rides in Discoveryland are quiet simply brilliant it is just that the land needs time to get its story going again after a year of being rebuilt.

This brings us back to the hub again.  Seriously, I have only scratched the surface.   We haven’t talked about characters so let us have a coffee and a sit down.  We can do some meet and greets.

There are 2 ways you can meet the gang.  Formal, controlled queue lines such as Princess Pavillion, Darth Vader, Mickey, and the guys around Town Square and the hub.  Dead easy this one, find the character you want to see.  Join the queue.

Then there is the dreaded scrum.  Sometimes a character will appear, usually by IASW (still singing the song?) or Casey Junior and a circle of guests will form all desperate to get the photo.  Sometimes it gets a bit fraught.  Go with the flow, stand your ground politely and be charming. The cast members will control the crowd but you are not guaranteed to get that photo. Characters will be discussed in more detail elsewhere in the blog.

Shows and Parades.

Don’t miss them! The shows change seasonally so check before you go. Make sure you arrive 40 minutes before the start time to get a good seat.  Please don’t sit in the middle of the row.  Move to the end.  Squeeze up, there is a lot of us to get in.

The current parade is called Stars On Parade.  It is spectacular.  I have seen a lot of Disney Parade but this one is truly amazing

Personally, I love to watch from outside IASW (still singing it?), it gets busy.

Finally, it’s the end of the day.  Everyone still with me. Two more things to see. The night-time projection and firework show Illuminations is a most do once. It is at the park closing so can be very late.  For me the bars are calling so I rarely watch it but as a special treat I shall join you for this viewing.  Get there 45 mins before to secure your spot.  People will shove, people will stand in front of you. I know, it is what it is.  As with the character scrums just be patient.

Heading out after the show, walking up Main Street USA look up at the station. Mickey will be there to say good-bye.  Give the main mouse a wave. He deserves it.

Altogether now: 🎶It’s A Small World After All, It’s A Small World After All🎶

 

Restaurant Hakuna Matata – Review

Probably my favourite Counter Service in DLP is Hakuna Matata.

Located in Adventureland it serves amazing fast food with a slight African twist.  (Click Here for menu)

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I’d love to say we’ve tried it all, but when I’m in there it’s for two things:
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1 – The chicken strips (slightly spicy, very yummy) with Hakuna Fries (also slighty spicy and REALLY yummy.

The spice really is very mild (my daughter has eaten them happily since she was a baby and she’s not that into spicy food.) but give it all a nice flavour and makes a good change from regular fast food.

Now if you look towards the top of that photo you’ll see the second (and if I’m honest, more important) reason a trip to Hakuna is always on the cards for me when I’m in DLP…

Pineapple and Coconut tart!

Hakuna1My favourite sweet treat in all of Disneyland Paris.

They’re baked fresh onsite and are so delicious.

Soft coconut sponge with chunks of real pineapple.

They’d be great accompanied by a Pineapple Whip……

This I just made a plan for my next visit!

Cowboy Cookout

See the current menu here.

Sadly, I’ve neglected this wonderful restaurant for far too long, but upon rediscovering it last year I can honestly say it’s one of my favourites! The food here is delicious, and I love that it’s a little bit tucked away around the back of Frontierland. The interior is lovely, a big barn with huge wooden beams, hanging lamps and often a live band, which I think is great.

Food

4 menus are on offer, and as far as I’m aware there isn’t an A La Carte menu. The menus range from 12,99€ to 15,99€, with only the 12,99€ menu not including a dessert. I absolutely love the 13,99€ Menu 2, which is half a roast chicken with barbecue sauce, salad or potato wedges, a dessert and a drink. The chicken is well seasoned, has never been dry when I’ve had it, and they neither overload or scrimp on the barbecue sauce.  Menu 4 is 15,99€ and consists of barbecue ribs with salad or potato wedges, a dessert and a drink. The meat really falls off of the bone and is so succulent and delicious! On top of this, the portions are big and I never leave feeling anything less than full to the brim!

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Left – Menu 4 main course; barbecue ribs with potato wedges. Right – Menu 2 main course; half chicken with barbecue sauce and potato wedges

Allergies

Much like in other restaurants I’ve eaten in, the CM’s were very happy to swap my dessert from the brownie and fruit cup which I’m allergic to, to the Greek yoghurt. Furthermore, I visited Cowboy Cookout once with a friend who doesn’t eat cheese, and they were happy to take the cheese out of her burger – we just had to wait a few minutes extra for them to cook a new burger for her as all they ready to go ones had cheese in, but it was great. Originally, they thought she was lactose intolerant, so proceeded to tell us what she could have that’s was good for those who are lactose intolerant, so that’s good to know for anyone who can’t have lactose. (Apologies as I can’t remember what they actually said was safe for those who are lactose intolerant as we were only interested in the cheese)

Weekly Park Schedule

If you want to know what’s going on at either Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios, here is the link to the current weekly park programme.

The programme lists opening hours, show and parade times and the time and locations for all official meet and greets, along with any other special events. (Please note that meet and greets in Extra Magic Hours are not listed, and that additional impromptu character meets can happen at any time, at any location around the park with no warning).

Each new programme starts on a Saturday, but is released on the link below at some time on the previous day on the Friday.

http://download.disneylandparis.com/Disneyland-Paris_Shows-and-Parades.pdf

(The link takes you to a pdf file on the Disneyland Paris website. On a laptop/PC etc it should open in another tab on your browser; on mobile devices it might open automatically, or just download to your device.)

If you are staying in a Disney hotel you will usually be given a paper copy of the current park programme, along with a copy of the park map. Park programmes and maps are also readily available to all guests; just check the dispensers on the wall as you walk through from the park gates, under Main Street Station, towards Town Square.

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Park programmes are usually very similar within a season (Christmas, Halloween, Frozen Summer Fun, Season of the Force, Swing Into Spring etc.). So if your holiday is a little way off, but you would like to do some planning, you can usually get a good idea at least of what might be happening from the current park programme, as long as it is within the same ‘season’.

 

 

 

Lucky Nugget Saloon

See the current menu here.

I ate in the Lucky Nugget Saloon last year, and really was pleasantly surprised. I’d not researched it whatsoever, and was expecting the usual counter service style place; queue up and pay, collect your food and then find a seat, but the Lucky Nugget is actually more of a counter service and table service hybrid! It is located on the left as you pass through the entrance to Frontierland that is near Casey’s Corner, and offers a Tex-Mex style cuisine.

Setting

Upon entry, you are handed a menu from which you order right at the door. Once you’ve ordered and paid, you are shown to a seat – the inside of this place really is stunning! It’s like a theatre, and throughout the day they have puppets on the stage, and a Toy Story show at certain times. The puppets tell the story behind the Lucky Nugget Saloon; I won’t spoil it but it focusses on Diamond Lil, who stumbled on a lucky golden nugget and decided to spend it on building the saloon. It’s really good entertainment – not too loud or intrusive but nice as a background to a nice lunch.

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Inside the saloon, seating consists of tables in the centre and also a long bar all around the edge which is slightly raised higher than the centre area with tables

 

Food and service

Once ordered, this is where Lucky Nugget varies from other places. Food is served in little baskets, and your drinks and mains are brought to your table, as opposed to you collecting them. Once done your baskets of food are cleared for you, and desserts then brought over. The food was exquisite – I had the ribs and the meat really does fall off of the bone, which for me is absolutely perfect. The ribs come with onion rings and chips, as well as a drink and dessert, for 21,99€. Yes, it is expensive, and subsequently, I wouldn’t eat there every day, but it is reflected in the sort-of table service you receive, the show you watch, and the portions you receive. I would definitely recommend it, and if you’re looking for something between a sit-down table service meal, and a quick counter service meal, and you’re happy to pay the price which also sits between table and counter service, I’d definitely pay the Lucky Nugget Saloon a visit.

Pizzeria Bella Notte

For the current menu, see here.

I absolutely love Bella Notte, for a whole multitude of reasons; the portions are great, the food is delicious, the location is brilliant, and the prices are wonderful!

Bella Notte is a counter service restaurant, with three set menus plus a kid’s menu. As far as I’m aware, there is not an A La Carte menu at present. Menu 1 (12,99€) is pasta, a side and a drink, Menu 2 (13,99€) is lasagne, a side, a dessert and a drink, and Menu 3 (14,99€) is a pizza, a side, a dessert and a drink.

The pasta is delicious; either Neapolitan or Bolognese. I had the Neapolitan and it was yummy – it didn’t taste artificial or like it had been sitting around for ages and was piping hot. My only gripe was that my sauce was on top of the pasta and mixing it through in the little box was a pain.

The pizzas are my go-to; big enough to share, or great if you’ve got a late dinner reservation and need to keep yourself going all afternoon. Both the Royale and 3-cheese are delicious, loaded with cheese, and the ham on the Royale is so nice – thick and yummy, not watery or artificial. They’re filling and well worth the money, even more so if sharing! My only wish is that they were Mickey-shaped, like the kid’s ones are!

The sides are salad, or a large slice of garlic baguette, which I always go for! My knowledge of the desserts is limited due to my allergies, but I can definitely recommend the Greek yoghurt!

I had the Hotel Meal Plan in February, and vouchers can be used at Bella Notte. To ensure we had food for both the first and last day, the group of 4 I went with used 2 vouchers on the day we arrived, and shared pizzas, garlic bread, a dessert and drink, and saved the other 2 vouchers for our final day. I can assure you despite only having half a pizza each, we definitely did not go hungry either!

Setting

I personally think the location of Bella Notte is brilliant; it’s at the entrance to Fantasyland, so not on the edges of the Disneyland Park and can hence be reached quickly from wherever you are really. Also, it’s a brilliant place to nip into before or after the parade as it’s right at the end/start of the route (depending on which way it’s going). It is a little dark inside, the place would definitely benefit from more lighting, but the servers are efficient and I go back time and time again, so would definitely recommend it!

Allergies

Being allergic to both nuts and some fruits can make the set menu counter services a little difficult, as I can’t have the brownie, the ice cream or the fruit cup which is often the dessert on offer. At Bella Notte, I normally get Menu 3 and cannot have either dessert. On multiple occasions, I’ve explained this to the CM serving us, and they have offered any of the other desserts. The only thing I sometimes find when getting a dessert switched is that they don’t always put it through the till, and so I’ll sometimes be given the wrong dessert when I collect the food, but a quick explanation and it’s all sorted and I’ve never had an issue.

Walts – An American Restaurant

See the current menu here.

Setting

I have only been lucky enough to eat in here once, and it was honestly the best meal I’ve eaten at Disneyland. Most of the restaurant is on the floor above shops such as Lilly’s Boutique etc., but the entrance is on Flower Street. The entrance features a grand lobby full of artwork and images detailing the start of Walt Disney’s work; from creating Mickey Mouse to Snow White. The dining area is split into rooms, each of which is themed as follows; Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Discoveryland, Disneyland Hotel and Grand Canyon. We ate in the Fantasyland room, which has a gothic edge to it, whilst concept art from the early animations adorn the walls.

The whole restaurant is beautiful, and I liked that it’s split into rooms, as it feels more cosy and intimate despite being a pretty big restaurant. I would recommend booking in advance, we were incredibly lucky to get the reservation we did on the day (it was a spontaneous decision to eat there) as it was the only slot left.

Service

The service we received was absolutely impeccable, we had a 16:00 reservation on our last day. The parade at 17:30 goes past Walt’s and it is recommended to get a window seat if you want to watch the parade from your seat. We did not have a window seat and planned to have finished our food before the parade. However, due to no fault of Walt’s, we had not had our dessert by 17:30, so the staff were more than happy to hold off on our desserts and keep our table reserved so we could go and watch the parade and then return to have dessert. Service was efficient, but not rushed, and I plan to return as soon as I possibly can.

Food

The food was incredible, the closest to fine dining I’ve had at Disneyland Paris. @boothillcheshie and I both had the smoked tomato velouté, which had a little tower of tomatoes, basil, and slightly cooked onions, and the velouté was poured over it at the table from a glass teapot, which was a nice touch. My main course was a beautifully tender lamb shoulder, with macaroni cheese, vegetables and one of the most delicious red wine sauces I’ve ever eaten. For main, @boothillcheshie had the Charolais beefburger with chips and homemade chilli, which was delicious also. For dessert, we both had the pineapple upside-down cake with basil sorbet, a vanilla cream and passion fruit coulis. My only fault was that it wasn’t an upside-down cake like I expected, it was more of a cake with a piece of cooked pineapple placed on top. The pineapple hadn’t been cooked into the cake, and didn’t have that syrupy sauce that tends to come with an upside-down cake. Despite this, it was phenomenal – the basil sorbet was sublime and had that lovely sort of “weird but wonderful” taste you get with unusual foods.

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Smoked tomato velouté (no longer available on current menu)
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Lamb shoulder (no longer available on current menu)
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Charolais beefburger with chilli
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Pineapple upside-down cake

Allergies

In terms of allergies, we were catered for fantastically. We had an great CM as our waiter, I could not fault him he was absolutely brilliant. I said I was allergic to nuts, to which he replied, “I better leave then” making us really laugh! He brought over the allergy tick sheet, and luckily everything I wanted was all fine, with one exception. I really wanted the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, which had nuts in.

On the tick sheet, peanut is classed as one allergen, and all other nuts as another allergen. I’m not allergic to almonds, and so asked which nuts were in the cake. He then showed me another page in the book, which has all items on the menu and every single ingredient in every dish on offer, which is a brilliant resource. The specific nut in the pineapple upside down cake is almond, so I was all good to have it which was great, and it was so delicious.

I genuinely could not fault my meal there, there is not a single aspect I thought could have been improved on and cannot wait to return to sample more of what looked like a delicious menu which seemed like it would cater to a lot of people.

Disneyland Paris Restaurant Overview

Whatever your taste or budget, with over 60 restaurants, there’s something to suit almost everyone at Disneyland Paris.

Browse the restaurants below by their location within the Disneyland Paris Resort.

Disneyland Park ~ Walt Disney Studios ~

Disney Village ~ Disney Hotels

 

Click here for Restaurant Opening Hours

Click on each Restaurant name to see its menu, price, meal plan information, supplements, reviews and more.

Key:

QS – Quick Service, CS – Counter Service, B – Buffet, TS – Table-Service,

CD – Character Dining, DS – Dinner Show


Disneyland Park

Main Street USA

Frontierland

Adventureland

Fantasyland

Discoveryland

  • Café Hyperion (CS)

 


Walt Disney Studios

Front Lot

  • Restaurant En Coulisse (CS)

Production Courtyard

  • Restaurant des Stars (B)

Back Lot

Toon Studio

  • Bistro Chez Remy (TS)

 


Disney Village

  • Annette’s Diner (TS)
  • Billy Bob’s (Bar)
  • Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show (DS)
  • Café Mickey (TS)
  • Earl of Sandwich (CS)*
  • Five Guys (CS)*
  • King Ludwig’s Castle (TS)*
  • La Grange at Billy Bob’s (B)
  • Mc Donald’s (CS)*
  • New York Style Sandwiches (CS)
  • Planet Hollywood (TS)*
  • Rainforest Café (TS)*
  • Sports Bar (Bar)
  • Starbuck’s (CS)*
  • The Steakhouse (TS)
  • Vapiano (CS)*

*not owned by Disney

 


Disney Hotels

Disneyland Hotel

Hotel New York

Newport Bay Club

Sequoia Lodge

Hotel Cheyenne

Hotel Santa Fe

  • La Cantina (B)

Davy Crockett Ranch

Gold Disneyland

  • Club-House Grill (TS)

 

Got a free meal plan or thinking about adding one on?  Click here for ‘Meal Plans Made Easy’

Click here to find out more about Character Dining at Disneyland Paris.

Click here for information about how Disneyland Paris cater for Food Allergies.

You may make Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) up to 60 days in advance by phoning +33 (0) 1 60 30 40 50 (Please note, not all restaurants accept reservations.  See each individual restaurant page for more details).