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