Disneyland Paris Holiday Diaries – Day 1

We left our house at 10am, and headed for Faro to pick up our car which had been in for a service. Trying to fit all our bags and BattleKid’s buggy into a Land Rover Evoque was fun. You don’t realise how used to your own boot you become until you don’t have it. We were soon on our way to the airport which is no more than 5 minutes from the garage, destination – our first family holiday to Disneyland Paris.Disneyland Paris Holiday Diaries blog day 1

We checked in, got rid of our bags, headed through security and grabbed a bite to eat before boarding our plane for our departure to Paris Orly at 13.55. Our flight was on time and we left the warm blue skies of Portugal, me more excited than the two boys put together. I had done a lot of planning and was hoping this trip was going to run smoothly and be enjoyed by us all.disneyland paris day 1 - bye bye Portugal

We landed early but had a trek to get to our bags. However, this was where we came up across our first hurdle of the holiday. I had booked the Magic Shuttle bus when I organised our trip back in June. I thought it would be a regular service, but oh no. Due to the delay in getting off the plane, we’d missed the 17.50 bus and the next one wasn’t until 19.00, a 50-minute wait.

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Paris was cold compared to Portugal and I really didn’t fancy waiting around for 50 minutes so we decided to hop into a taxi. This in itself was easy enough but there was a horrendous amount of traffic on the road between Orly and Disneyland and it took us an hour and twenty minutes to travel the 31 miles. It was stop-start traffic almost the entire way to the turnoff for Disneyland. BattleKid ended up falling asleep for the journey and I had a job to wake him at 7pm so that he didn’t sleep too long.

We finally arrived at the stunning Disneyland Hotel just before 8pm. It was amazing to see it all lit up and decorated for Christmas. Our bags were taken from us, to be delivered to our room for us. We checked in and couldn’t have had a more helpful gentleman, who not only gave BattleKid a badge and some balloons, but explained all our vouchers in detail. He even changed our Fast Pass for that day to the next day as the parks were closed and we’d missed out on using the Fast Pass that day. I was not expecting that, and it was so kind of him.

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The stunning Disneyland Hotel

We went up to our room, put our passports and valuables in the safe, and headed out to get some dinner. The Disney Village was open, and we tried to get a table in a few of the restaurants where we could use our meal vouchers, but they were all full. It had been a long shot but there was no harm in trying. It felt strange walking through the Disney Village as the last time we’d been there we were still just a couple. This time we were there as a family of three.

In the end we managed to get a table in Planet Hollywood before 9pm and opted to just have mains before heading back to get some sleep. Now, Planet Hollywood was chaotic. We were seated within 10 minutes of our arrival and our waiter took our order quickly, but it was very loud and when our meal finally arrived it was lukewarm at best. It was as if it had been sitting ready to be brought to us for quite a while. The food tasted fine, albeit presented a little strangely but none of our dishes were hot.

My lasagne was brought out and I initially thought I’d been given the wrong meal as it certainly didn’t look like lasagne. It tasted lovely but just looked strange. BattleDad had a burger, and again, while it tasted fine it was a little too cool for his liking. After paying up we headed back to our hotel and got one or two pictures of it all lit up before heading to our room for pj’s and bed.

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A wrapped up BattleKid

Surprisingly BattleKid went to sleep shortly after 10pm, as did we parents. We were planning to be up early to make the most of our first day in Disneyland Paris as a family.

Join me tomorrow when I fill you in on our first full day in Disneyland Paris as a threesome!

Cath x

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Living Arrows 50/52

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

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Last week we were in Disneyland Paris for an exhausting but amazing few days. We did many rides, a few meet and greets and had a ball, especially the little man. Here are just one or two pictures from our first family trip to Disneyland Paris.

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Meeting the main man, Mickey Mouse
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A surprise meet and greet after breakfast in our hotel with Minnie Mouse
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By far our favourite meet and greet picture – giving Darth Vader a cautious look!

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50/52 My Sunday Photo: 10/12/2017

As many of you will know we were in Disneyland Paris this week and we had a blast. More to come on the blog about our visit. But for this week’s My Sunday Photo I thought’d I’d share one of the photos we got during the few Meet and Greets we did during the week, mainly as I haven’t had a chance to sort through my own pictures yet. 
Meeting Darth Vader was a must for BattleDad and we had actually bought this outfit for BattleKid during our time in Portland. After we left our character breakfast, we dressed him in his Kylo Ren outfit and I must say, Lord Vader was quite impressed when he greeted us in the holding area. I’m not sure BattleKid was too enamoured by him in this picture as he’s giving him a side-eye look. Comical. 
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49/52 My Sunday Photo: 03/12/2017

 Tomorrow is a big day for us. We’re finally off to Disneyland Paris after a lot of planning and a lot of waiting. It is our first family trip to Disney and the first time BattleDad and I have returned in five years.
We went five years ago for the 20th anniversary celebrations and we’re going back for the 25th. We visit every five years as the Disney anniversary is also that of my husband’s, as he was part of the opening crew in 1992. And I cannot wait to share it with BattleKid this year.
So, in honour of this year’s trip, I thought I’d share a picture or two from our last visit. I had to dig deep in my external hard drive to find them, but find them I did. I’m hoping I’ll be able to share some magical ones with you on our return.
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Best Places for Food at Disneyland Paris

With our first family visit to Disneyland Paris booked, and a good indication of which rides are suitable for under 5’s, I’ve turned my attention to the food situation. I’ve been wondering what are the best places for food at Disneyland Paris. We are going with friends, and although we are not staying in the same hotels, we will be eating at least lunch and possibly dinner together. We have booked a character breakfast for one morning but apart from breakfast, we haven’t thought about meals later in the day.

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I have heard many stories complaining about the cost and quality of food in Disneyland Paris and was starting to wonder what we might do. But, instead I turned to the blogging community for their recommendations on the best places for food at Disneyland Paris, and also outside, and here’s what they had to say.

Best Places for Food at Disneyland Paris

Kerry from Kerry Louise Norris’ favourite place to eat is Chez Remy. Her girls love it too as it is quite a themed restaurant.

Vikki from Family Travel with Ellie has written to blog posts about their dining experience at Auberge de Centrillon and what a Half-Board Dining Meal Plan will get you. The meal at the Auberge de Centrillon is the best place to meet the Disney Princesses, while half-board dining could be a good way to eat in a few places for either lunch or dinner. Some places that stick out from reading her post are Plaza Gardens, Chuck Wagon and the Cowboy Cookout BBQ.

Jennifer from My Mummy’s Pennies also gives Chez Remy a thumbs up. She said it

Was amazing, by far our favourite place to eat.

Her family also enjoyed their meals at the Plaza Gardens and Buffalo Bills. But they unfortunately had bad experiences at Café Mickey and Auberge de Centrillon. Although they only ate at Disney eateries as they had a full-board meal plan, they have heard Vapiano, just outside the Disney Village, is a good place to eat.

Nicola from All Things Spliced always trys to eat at either the Rainforest Café (with the animals) or at Annette’s Diner (think waitresses on roller skates). Although she did warn that the service can be very slow in both places, despite the staff being very helpful. Perhaps not ones to visit with hungry and impatient under 5s?

Beth from Twinderelmo loved Hakuna Matata, whose chips are divine. Her family also loved the Rainforest Café. They visited there at 4pm one afternoon and it was quite empty and the service and atmosphere was amazing. So, perhaps that’s the best time to visit there with little ones.

Nat from Awaybies has also heard good things about Vapiano, outside the Disney Village. She also wrote a brilliant post, 9 of the Best Restaurants for Family Dining at Disneyland Paris. Some of the ones that stuck out for me were Chez Remy, Inventions, Restaurant Des Stars and Steakhouse.

Other tips for eating in Disneyland

And last but not least, Emma from Wanderlust and Wet Wipes went to Disney in LA. While not Paris, she does recommend taking your own snacks and planning your day, so you know where and what you want to eat in advance. It may seem a bit crazy but as not all the places serve the same things. So, if you fancy something healthy but the kids want chicken nuggets, you’ll save time and your sanity by planning meals in advance. She also recommends eating at off peak times to try and avoid the lunchtime rush.

Although we have a breakfast meal booked with our hotel, and a character breakfast, I am considering changing to a half-board option to give us some options inside the park for lunch or dinner. I can remember, during one of our previous visits, BattleDad and I ended up in Toad Hall for fish and chips and it was one of the worst meals we ever had, anywhere. So maybe some forward planning might be prudent. And I definitely want a meal at Chez Remy as it seems to be the one that many people have loved.

Best Places for Food at Disneyland Paris as recommended by the blogging community

Bistro Chez Rémy

Located in Walt Disney Studios, this Ratatouille-themed restaurant is a table service restaurant serving traditional French cuisine. With giant corks for chairs and jam jars for tables, you’ll get a rat’s eye view of this larger-than-life eatery.

Auberge de Centrillon

Located in Fantasyland is Disney Park, this is a character dining experience restaurant where guests get to meet Disney Princesses, as well as some of Cinderella’s mice friends, while dining on fine French cuisine.

Plaza Gardens Restaurant

Located in the Disney Park, this restaurant hosts character breakfast as well as buffet meals. Dine amongst Victorian splendour and enjoy an international menu.

Rainforest Café

This table service restaurant is in the Disney Village and serves an exotic menu. Set deep in the Amazon rainforest, you can dine in the company of animated animals and to the sounds of singing birds, trumpeting elephants and thunder claps.

Annette’s Diner

Another table service restaurant in the Disney Village, an American-diner style menu is on offer here. Enjoy your meal from servers on skates while great tunes come from the jukebox.

Buffalo Bills

A dining show experience, located in the Disney Village, you’ll enjoy a Wild West show from Mickey and friends while chomping down on Tex-Mex food.

Cowboy Cookout BBQ

Located in Frontierland, this counter service eatery offers Tex-Mex food a little less costly than some of the other eateries.

Restaurant Hakuna Matata

Another counter service restaurant, Hakuna Matata is located in Adventureland in the Disney Park, where an international menu is on offer.

Inventions

This restaurant is located in the Disney Hotel and is where some character dining happens. A balanced breakfast buffet is on offer, along with contemporary specialities for lunch and dinner.

Restaurant Des Stars

A buffet-style restaurant serving an international menu, Restaurant Des Stars is situated in Walt Disney Studios. Famous faces from films adorn the wall in this classy French buffet restaurant.

Steakhouse

A table service restaurant serving grilled specialities, this eatery is located in the Disney Village and is styled as a downtown Chicago jazz restaurant.

Vapiano

Located in the Disney Village, as the name suggests, this is a pasta and pizza bar offering Italian and Mediterranean dishes suitable for all the family.

I must say a big thank you to everyone who gave us some recommendations as to the best places for food at Disneyland Paris. We’ve a lot to choose from and I think we’ll have to consult our friends as soon as we’re back from our next holiday to ensure we can make a reservation in time for our trip to Disneyland Paris in December.

Is there anywhere you would recommend that hasn’t been included? Likewise, anywhere you would recommend we avoid? I’d love to hear them.

Cath x

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