We’ve just returned from a week’s holiday ay Disneyland Paris (booo!) and so here is the first of our reviews!
We arrived at the gates of Disneyland Paris on Thursday 15th June to find them closed and around 100 people waiting. They opened moments later at 8am and we were in! We had 15 minutes to make our way to Plaza Gardens, ready for our character breakfast (and the first of two sittings at Plaza Gardens). We were among the first to arrive and were shown to a table just inside the main doors, close to the buffet. Tables are jammed in a little tightly together, but there was just about enough room.
Drinks was first on the agenda! Coffee for me and apple & orange juice for the boys. Glasses for juice are small so you have to keep going back up and coffee portions half fill the cups, so get 2 for a full cup!
Next up was the food. The selection is decent and includes hot food (something sorely lacking at breakfast at the value hotels!). Choose from bacon, sausage, eggs, breakfast potatoes, toast etc. There is hot porridge as well as cereal. There’s also plenty of fresh fruit, yoghurts, pastries, meats etc. to choose from. The plates are almost tea plate sized, but since you can go back as much as you like, I guess it doesn’t matter. I think Disney hope you’ll get to the point where you just can’t be bothered to get up anymore. Not us, we got plenty to eat and made sure we got our money’s worth! Make sure you do too, as a breakfast here can set you up for the day so you won’t need anything until later in the day.
And then of course, there was the characters. They come out in 2 groups. We watched Tigger, Piglet & Eeyore disappear to the right, but we didn’t care because we got Mickey Mouse, Daisy Duck and Scrooge McDuck. Our little guy was in heaven (although he tends to freeze when the characters actually get to him and he is so in awe that he looks terrified sometimes!). Anyway, autograph book signed, photo taken, quick kiss/hug/high 5 and the characters are onto the next table. A fleeting interaction, but so enjoyable. Sam enjoyed every second and sitting there in the air conditioning having your breakfast and having the characters come to your table has to beat queuing in the blistering heat every time (the temp that day reached 90°F / 33°C). Plus, after a while you get the other characters on your side of the restaurant too.
Value? Well, this is where it gets a bit sketchy. €105 for the 3 of us (yes, we paid the same for our 4 year old as we did for ourselves…). It’s expensive, very expensive. I get that you pay not to stand in a queue for an hour, plus you get food and drink, but wow! €35.00 and my son ate 3 sausages and had one tiny glass of juice! A reduced rate for little ones under 12 maybe? That would sit better with me!
Would we do it again? All niggles aside, yes we would. Of course we would! We love Disney so much and the character experience is always worth it. We just don’t always like how expensive it gets!
Service: N/A – self serve
Overall: We enjoyed the breakfast, we would return and we would recommend it. Plaza Gardens didn’t feel as magical as expected though and the price for kids is too high.