Most every American heading to France has two things on their minds: food and wine. It is impossible to extract the city of Paris from its gastronomical lore, and visitors to Disneyland Paris certainly expect the same. Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort have themselves become culinary Wonderlands, so our anticipation may be acute. Once again, managed expectations will yield the happiest results. I will share my favorites, along with some tips for what you may find in Disneyland Paris restaurants. (Unlike the websites for the American Disney Parks, you will not find menu details at Disneyland Paris Dining.)
If you are headed to the Inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend, these are the spots you can find me!!!
Walt’s- an American restaurant (Main Street, U.S.A.)
By far my favorite dining experience in all of Disneyland Paris, this exquisitely-themed restaurant perched atop Main Street, U.S.A. serves food that most closely matches what we expect from the French! More importantly, it closely reminds me of Disneyland Resort’s Club 33 or Dream Suite; in a clear homage to the great man himself, each room is appointed to reflect each of the six lands in Disneyland Park. My personal colorful favorite was Adventureland, as pictured above. Walt’s is now a “Premium Gastronomique” restaurant, so the price point is now commensurate. (The chili cheeseburger, or “Cheeseburger de Charolais grillé, laitue, oignon, cheddar au lait cru, accompagné de pommes Pont-Neuf et du Chili con carne préféré de Walt Disney” is now 49,99 Euro!!)
Blue Lagoon Restaurant (Adventureland)
Patterned after the Blue Bayou in Disneyland Resort, this cousin has a Caribbean theme to match the attraction it overlooks. Yes, alcohol is served throughout these parks, and my then 20-year-old buccaneer took full advantage. We found the rum!!
Walt Disney Studios Park:
Bistro Chez Remy (Toon Studio)
May I just say- let me at it!!!
King Ludwig’s Castle
Strike up the oom-pa-pah at this Bavarian banquet hall is a fun place with pretty good food. And a really great beer list!
California Grill** (with reservations!) (Disneyland Hotel Paris)
This is NOT the Walt Disney World Resort version. Ambience, food quality, and price point are all quite different from its namesake atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort; when we stayed at Disneyland Hotel Paris, THIS WAS THE BREAKFAST ROOM. I’m sorry, it just does not rise to the “premium” level for me. Nuf said.
Characters do not abound at the Disneyland Paris restaurants, so if you want the coveted and almost expected character photo and signature, head to one of these three destinations:
Auberge de Cendrillon (Fantasyland)
This one’s especially magical, with all of the flourishes your prince or princess is looking forward to. Characters make their entrance with a grand dance in the ballroom, followed by a “holding court” session with royal Guests. Though also “Premium Gastronomique” we felt the food (Table Service) and extras here warranted that title. (And grand pricing: 69 Euro Adults, 39 Euro Child)
Not the buffet-style of Chef Mickey’s, this Table Service Italian restaurant offers pizza, pasta, veal, and other dishes. Mickey Mouse and his pals will come to visit your table, without the white napkin fanfare! (Starter, Main Course, and Dessert Adults 45,99 Euro Child 23 Euro)
Inventions (Disneyland Hotel Paris)
Also located in Disneyland Hotel Paris, this buffet does showcase a character lunch, dinner (Adult 59 Euro, Child 33 Euro each) and character Sunday brunch (67 Euro, Child 33 Euro). The food is good, diverse, and is served in pleasant surroundings.
Restaurant Agrabah Cafe (Adventureland)
Step inside this Arabian bazaar in Adventureland for a buffet of unique Mediterranean flavors. The atmosphere is vivid and full of life, and the food beats the burgers served in so much of this park!
(Adult 30,99 Euro, Child 16,99 Euro)
Walt Disney Studios Park:
Sadly, I just can’t endorse the only buffet service spot here- Restaurant des Stars.
Disney Hotels: (Disneyland Hotel Paris)
Fuente del Oro Restaurante (Frontierland)
Billed as “A Taste of Southwest Sunshine” this is a Tex-Mex hideaway that will remind Southwest Americans of home. Order Mini Taquitos Aux Legumes and a Draught Beer, and watch Big Thunder Mountain. (When it reopens, that is.)
Walt Disney Studios Park:
Restaurant en Coulisse (Front Lot)
Fairly standard fare, but with fun “Atmosphere! Atmosphere!” Get your burger. pizza, or salad with a side of Hollywood. We even got to overlook some terrific jazz entertainment while we ate!
Earl of Sandwich
Always tasty and you know it well.
** If you are not receiving free breakfast at your hotel (or if you are staying at a Disneyland Paris Resort hotel and want a hot breakfast) stop in daily from 8:30 am- 11:00 am!
Cafe Fantasia (Disneyland Hotel Paris)
Set in a musically-inspired piano bar, the notes from Fantasia surround you. A full cocktail menu, as well as pastries and sweets are served. If you want to visit this beautiful hotel, and can’t afford a dinner at either California Grill or Inventions, this is the hot spot for you! Be warned, though, there is limited seating in this lounge.
New York City Bar (Disney’s Hotel New York)
Larger in size, this is another happening late night spot to be. I can’t say that it reminded me of my Big Apple, but that’s not why you travel to France anyway!
Where will I be dining with you? Send me your comments and questions below. Enchanté. And chEARS!!