Oh my gosh, where to start! I haven't posted a Disneyland Paris post at all since this time back in January and there hasn't been a Disneyland tip/help post since October...oops!! However, with only 267 days (or 8 months 22 days) until I head back to the homeland, I guess I should ease back into the spirit.
I will be re-starting my 'Countdown to Disney' series that I wrote back in 2014 with more personal posts regarding my trip but for now here is a post that would be helpful for others as well as myself.
Since my last visit to Disney I have finally cut all meat* from my diet and Kerri (who will be coming along on this trip), along with her husband Kris, are vegans. Food specified to certain diets isn't always the easiest to come by when on holiday and it's no exception at Disney...especially in France!
So here's what I've found out about eating animal-friendly while at Disneyland Paris!
[* by all meat I mean chicken, the only meat I actually ate]
Points to note:
- According to the Disneyland website they state that 'all Disney Resturants serve vegetarian options'.
- The French don't tend to class fish as meat, so watch out for that in vegetarian labelled dishes.
- If you require milk alternatives at breakfast, ask! They usually have soya milk availible.
- Half board meal options mentioned in this post will be colored coded as so: Standard, Plus and Premium or all three.
In the Hotel
On my last visit, in particular, we spent a vast percentage of evening meal times in our hotel buffet restaurant (Chuck Wagon Cafe at Hotel Cheyenne) because it was more practical for our schedule, provided good value for our half board package and was the easiest option for a fussy eater like me!
This would be the same for any of the buffet style restaurants as this is the best way to keep to any dietary requirements you have, and I would say the easiest way for vegans to find plenty of options. Everything is individually dished and labeled and there is a big range of things to choose from. The only thing I wish there was more of was veggies...but for such a short time away from home does it really matter?
With each of the hotels being themed their restaurants correspond with that, therefore, the Chuck Wagon Cafe was a mix of Tex-Mex and international foods. Despite my above point, there are veggies though and things like rice, plain pasta, chips and lots more.
In the Disney Village
Personally, I have only experienced Buffalo Bills and Annettes Diner in the village which with being a Tex-Mex set menu and American cuisine, are heavily meat based. However, as with most places, there are the odd vegetarian options.
While researching online for this post, I found the most mentioned place in the village for vegan eating was New York Style Sandwiches but looking at the menu there really isn't much choice.
Overall I'd say the village is okay for those who don't eat meat, but vegans may struggle.
In the Park
Disneyland Park -
Agrabah Cafe (Adventureland) is by far the best option and most popular with vegans and vegetarians alike. It is 100% on our to-visit list this year, if it is open when we are there. Again, it is an all you can eat buffet - it is also available with the half board meal plans, yay! With Morrocan and Middle Eastern inspired dishes as well as lots of meat dishes you have a huge range of things from pasta, rice, potatoes, salads, chick peas, vegetable curry and more!
Other places to check out are Fuente del Oro in Frontierland, Plaza Gardens on Mainstreet and Pizzeria Bella Notte in Fantasyland.
Walt Disney Studios Park -
How bad is it that I have never eaten in the WDS park?! We've used our 'Pause Gourmande' (Teatime Treat) at Resturant En Coulisse but it doesn't have many veggie options apart from a couple of salads on the 'A la Carte' menu.
What sounds like the best option in this park is another buffet - Resturant Des Stars which is also on the possiblity list for our visit - again serving things such as pizza, pasta, salad, rice and more.
Snacks are easy to come by and you can find everything from crisps and popcorn to a huge variety of sweets and crepes, though obviously they may not all be suitable for vegitarians and crepes not vegan. Personally, I tend to have a good breakfast in my hotel, grab an apple to snack on at midday and then have a big dinner later in the evening, just like I do at home. Though I am aware a lot of people like to eat mutiple big/hot/proper meals a day as well as snacking inbetween. Just beware as this is where you will end up spending lots of money.
And there we have it! After only a few months (this post has sat in my drafts since November! :O) of looking things up, researching and coming back to this post time and time again, it's finally done! haha. I 100% suggest anyone going to DLP to check out the Disneyland Paris Restaurant Menus on DLPGuide.com as it gives you a great idea of exactly what meals you can get and how much to expect to pay if you are making the most of the dining plans...which you should ;)
Of course I'll review this again at the begining of 2017 after our trip and personal experinces again.
Hope this was helpful.