If you are staying in a Disney Hotel you get to add on a Disneyland Paris meal plan meaning you can pay for your meals as a package before you go saving you money and helping you to budget. You might get offered it free with your package, these are offered at certain times of the year so it depends on when you book. If not you can add it on to when you book 0or before you leave by giving them a call. There are major pros to having a meal plan, the restaurants can be expensive, especially the table service restaurants. The meal plan vouchers give you three courses and a drink for each meal (lunch/dinner) so if you choose to use your voucher at a more expensive restaurant you really can save a fortune. Of course you also won't need to take much money daily to the parks either as you'll only really need to buy water and souvenirs.
Let me explain the Disneyland Paris meal plan
There are four tiers of meal plan, these are
You can then choose how many meals you would like each day
The Half board plan includes breakfast at your hotel and one other meal per day which you can use at lunch or dinner.
The Full board plan gives you breakfast in your hotel plus both lunch and dinner vouchers.
Disneyland Paris meal plans
The Hotel Plan
The Hotel plan gives you your breakfast and evening meal in the buffet restaurant in your hotel. If you choose full board you will also get a lunch voucher to use a counter service restaurant in the parks.
The Standard Plan
The Standard Plan includes breakfast in your hotel and the option to dine at four buffet restaurants in the park and three hotel buffet restaurants
The Plus Plan
The Plus Plan includes breakfast in your hotel and the option to dine at a choice of buffet and table service restaurants. You can dine in any of the restaurants above plus
The Premier Plan
The Premier plan gives you the biggest choice as it includes every restaurant in the park, the hotel restaurants and also includes the Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and character dining. If you want to splash out, if you like fine dining or if you have kids and plan to do a lot of character dining then this is the option for you. This plan includes all the restaurants above plus
You must book your Disneyland Paris dining plan in advance, either with your package when you book your holiday or before you go via the official Disneyland Paris website or over the phone.
When you arrive at your hotel you will receive your vouchers while checking in. Be sure to take that days vouchers with you when you leave for the park. You can reserve restaurants 60 days in advance via the Disneyland Paris app or by calling the official number. We would always recommend booking in advance especially if you are visiting during school holidays or during other busy times. It's also busier during summer and at the weekends. If you want to experience the character dining it's recommend you book too as they fill up fast and there is nothing worse than disappointed children while on your holidays. Before you make the phone call have a rough plan of where you want to eat and where, try to call as soon as your 60 days are up to make sure you get the bookings you want. When you are planning don't forget to take into account the times of the shows, parades and fireworks. If you want to see them then book for earlier or later. If you don't mind missing them on certain days this can be a good time to book as the restaurants will be quieter. This also means the rides will be quieter too.
When you arrive at your restaurant remember to give your server your Disneyland Paris meal plan vouchers so they can show you which menu you can chose from. Most of the meals will include a soft drink. Any other drinks will be billed at the end of the meal. If you want to dine at a restaurant not included on your plan you can cash in your voucher and use the money for payment. Each meal will include a starter, main course and dessert and children's menus are also available. There are also buffet restaurants where the food is unlimited. If you decide not to have a meal plan you can pay in each restaurant, prices vary massively. If you are on a budget there are lots of food carts and quick service restaurants in the park which offer the most value for money.
There are a few independent restaurants in the Disney Village that aren't included on any dining plan such as The Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood and McDonalds. Vapianos and Five Guys are just outside the village.
A little bit about Disneyland Paris Restaurants
Let's begin with character dining
There are four restaurants where you can meet the characters while you eating we would definitely recommend you book these in advance. The characters will walk around and spend time at each table, chatting (or miming) and posing for photos. If you and your family have a favourite character you really want to meet this is a great opportunity and saves queuing in the parks for a meet and greet or hoping you just happen to bang into them. Plaza Gardens is on Main Street USA and is the only restaurant where you can have breakfast with the characters. It's a buffet breakfast with international cuisine so will suit most tastes. Think Mickey shaped waffles, crepes, pancakes and lots of hot (sausage, bacon) and cold (cereals, fruit) food. The characters change regularly but it will be a few of the classic characters such as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Tigger, Eeyore etc. Chef Mickey is located in Disney Village, beside the lake. Having stopped character dining for a while they have now resumed (hooray) so this colourful Italian restaurant not only offer beautiful views but the chance to chat to some of your favourites like Mickey, Goofy and Pluto. It's only available on the Premium meal plan with a hefty €65 price tag, probably as it's the only character dining option available without a park ticket. This is a table service restaurant and drinks are not included. Inventions is inside the Disneyland Hotel, overlooking Main Street USA. Although it serves a pretty delicious buffet breakfast character are only present at lunch and dinner. Keeping up the standard of Disney Paris's only 5 key hotel this restaurant is elegant and beautifully decorated. The international buffet is one of the best we have tasted. Auberge de Candrillon is at the foot of the castle and the grand banquet hall is decorated with stained glass windows, flags and archways. This is the restaurant where you can meet the princesses and is the perfect excuse to dress the kids up in their fancy dress. It's a table service restaurant serving French cuisine. The princesses change regularly to it's best to suggest to the kids they will meet some princesses and not any particular one.
Other table service restaurants
Annette's Diner is a 50's style diner in Disney Village with roller skating waitresses and huge American portions. Also, if you fancy a change from your continental hotel breakfast they do a mean big American breakfast, as well as amazing milkshakes and desserts. Bistrot Chez Remi is a French restaurant in the Paris quarter of Walt Disney studios. It's the restaurant next to the Ratatouille ride and in keeping with the theme it appears you are sunk to the size of a rat as everything is huge. The tables are bottle tops, the plates are backdrops and the seats are champagne corks. If you have any fans of pirates in your group then Captain Jack's is perfect. The pirates the Caribbean ride runs right through it! Serving "exotic cuisine" (a whole lot of fish, albeit done beautifully) it's not one for picky eaters but the whole atmosphere and theming of the restaurant is outstanding and is worth a visit just for that. California Grill is the Disneyland Hotel's other restaurant and it is possible even better. Classy Victorian decor and a fine dining California-inspired menu, this restaurant is pure indulgence and a must visit for anyone passionate about good food. Another must visit the the ultimate must do at least one is Walt's. Dedicated to the life and work of Mr Walt Disney himself some of his finest work lines the walls. You can choose from 6 rooms, all themed as a different Disney world, such as Fantasyland and Frontierland. The food is top notch American cuisine. The restaurant is located on Main Street. Silver Spur Steakhouse is in Frontierland and is a classy Western style gentleman's club. The steak is cooked right in front of you and the Tex Mex and American menu has lots of popular dishes. The Yacht Club is another fine dining restaurant, this time in Newport Bay Club Hotel, serving New England inspired dishes such as Seafood Linguine and Clam Chowder.
Other table service restaurants are
Each of the hotels have a buffet restaurant. Hotel Cheyenne has the Chuck Wagon Café serving an evening buffet with international dishes, Santa Fe has La Cantina which will help you refuel, also with international dishes and Newport Bay Club has CapeCod, serving New England style dishes with lots of seafood and salads. Sequoia Lodge has Hunter's Grill and Beaver Creek Tavern, in a wooden lodge style setting. Hotel New York has Parkside Diner which is a 1930's downtown New York Diner. This restaurant is often one of the top choices when people are asked for their favourite, it's a popular choice. The Disneyland Hotel has Inventions which we have talked about above (character dining). Davy Crockett Ranch has Crockett's Tavern which is closed at the moment for refurbishment but will be open again in summer 2018.
La Grange at Billy Bob's Country Western Saloon is situated in Disney Village, in the upstairs section of Billy Bob's (which has excellent entertainment on in the evenings). There is amazing choice of dishes focusing on Tex Mex with delicious desserts. The colourful Restaurant Agrabah Cafe is in Adventure land and serves Moroccan and Middle Eastern dishes. Restaurant Des Stars is in Walt Disney Studios and is another very popular choice serving French dishes as famous film stars line the walls.
There are lots of counter service stops if you want to grab something quick. There are several in the parks such as Casey's Corner (Main Street - American) which does pretty fantastic hot dogs which we enjoyed while we were watching the fireworks. Cafe Hyperion (Discoveryland - American) is a large cafe beside the Toy Story Ride and is nice and cool if the weather is too hot. You'll find Earl of Sandwich in the Disney Village serving American and British sandwiches and snacks and Restaurant Hakuna Matata serves middle-eastern cuisine in Adventureland. Toad Hall Restaurant in Fantasyland is a the manor house of Toad and his friends from Wind and the Willows or you can have Tex-Mex in a giant barn at the Cowboy Cookout Barbecue (Frontierland - Tex-Mex).
Other Counter Service Restaurants are
There are also lots of quick service stops where you can grab something while you are walking around the parks. Stalls selling ice cream and doughnuts, drinks, crepes, cookies, hot drinks, and any other type of snack you can think of. As you can see there are plenty of options no matter which type of food you fancy. And look out special Mickey treats and souvenir drink cups.