Disneyland Paris, now we’ve established that we’re massive fans here, but when it comes to booking and planning, some things are a bit mind-boggling. The website has so many options, so many meal plans, so many restaurants – but how can you book them, and where are they? Let’s see if we can help demystify some of the booking process for you!
Firstly (and this section is an add-in thanks to a reminder from a lovely reader) download the Disneyland Paris app. It has a brilliant interactive map, which gives you live queuing times for the rides and can highlight facilities (came in handy when we were rushing about Fantasy Land desperately trying to find the loos). It’s a must for planning and also when you’re there.
Disneyland Paris Meal Plans
Basically, you have two options when booking your Disneyland Paris Meal Plan; Full Board or Half Board options.
Full Board allows you to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Half Board gives you breakfast, with the option of lunch OR dinner. (Nb: It’s worth checking with your booking, as some hotels include breakfast in the package).
All packages give you buffet breakfast in your hotel (which is a brilliant selection, and will help you to fill up the family before your day in the park). From cooked options, to continental selections, to fruit, pancakes and pastries. You name it, it was on offer in our hotel.
We also opted for a Princess Breakfast which was fantastic (see pic below). The food, the service and the experience itself. Any princess fans amongst you, it will save you having to queue for an hour to meet a princess – during our breakfast we met three princesses. You also get entry to the park at 8am, which means you can bag a picture of you and the family in front of the Castle with no visitors around you! (Plus being at the front of the queue for the popular rides). We’d definitely do this again, well worth the money.
Now, there are three types of meal plan:
Standard will give you a buffet meal in your hotel restaurant. The website says you can eat at a buffet in the Disney Village, but be aware they have odd opening hours, so we struggled to get booked in to these. The include:
King Ludwig’s Castle
Restaurant Agrabah Cafe
Annette’s Diner (this is a turn up and wait Diner, so you can’t book in advance, but your voucher value can be deducted from the cost of the meal.)
Plus (this is the option we chose for Half Board) gives you the choice of the restaurants above as well as table service restaurants in the hotels too.
Premium if you’re looking for the full Disneyland Paris experience, then this is the one for you. This option includes all Character Dining experiences:
Auberge de Cendrillon (Princess experience)
Bistro Remy (Ratatouille)
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show & Dinner (ONLY Friday to Tuesday)
Something to note before you book, is that the restaurants get booked up SUPER EARLY, so you might want to check availability before you decide on your meal package to avoid disappointment.
How to Book
You can book via phone, but without any hint of availability this can be quite a painful process. I did however, find this handy website called Salon Mickey which has booking links direct to the restaurants. Although I was a bit cynical, they actually worked and our tables were there when we turned up for our bookings (they also send you an email reminder on the day of your booking which is handy!).
THESE LINKS ONLY WORK IF YOU CUT AND PASTE THEM IN TO YOUR BROWSER! IF YOU CLICK ON THE LINK THEY TAKE YOU TO A GENERIC HOLDING PAGE. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
We hope this helps make the whole process a little easier for first time Disneyland Paris visitors, but need to be clear this blog is in no way endorsed by Disneyland Paris and that opening times and packages will vary depending on the season. We’d love you to share your experiences with us too, so please post any tips and hints in the comments.