Eating at Disneyland Paris pt. 2

Welcome to the second part of eating at Disneyland, if you haven’t read the first part – be sure to check it out. I’m talking about meal plans in that part and how they’re a great way of saving money. This part will be dedicated to saving on snacks and my tips on them, to save you a few euros. Let’s face it, eating at Disneyland Paris is expensive and most of us are on a budget. Half plans are easy to get for free when you purchase a holiday package directly through the Disneyland Paris website, but you’re going to need drinks, snacks and a third meal too.

Snacks & drinks

Snacking at Disneyland is expensive and generic. The fun things are the doughnuts and the Ben & Jerry’s, other than that you’re only going to find generic, overpriced stuff that you can do well without. Get a meal plan instead and have a dessert after your meal. My tip is to bring your own snacks into the park and save the trouble of spending 2.50€ on a small bag of crisps. If you’re eating a breakfast buffet at your hotel – sneak a few pieces of fruit down your bag, some apples, bananas, oranges or whatever whole fruits are available to you. Purchase a few bags of crisps, biscuits and salty crackers before you’ve even arrived at Disneyland and bring those into the park with you and snack on them. Disneyland Paris clearly states that you’re allowed to bring snacks with you, so you’re not doing anything wrong by doing so. I’ve even asked a cast member specifically if this is allowed and she/he told me that it was. Eating fruits during the day will help keep your blood sugar at an even level and salty snacks will help you retain water. Salty snacks are important to eat during the summer to prevent you from losing fluids by sweating and peeing, they’ll keep you a bit hydrated and forces you to drink more water – which is very good.

I can’t stress enough the importance of drinking lots and lots of water throughout the day, especially during the summer season when it’s usually quite hot. You’re bound to spend a lot of time outside, exposed to the weather, walking around and your body therefore requires more liquids than it normally does. Disneyland Paris allows their guests to bring bottles of water and soft drinks into the park, as long as they’re in plastic bottles and are nonalcoholic. Glass bottles are forbidden according to the rules, most likely since they might break and can cause injuries to you, other guests and cast members. Bring a few bottles of water, at least one per person, and a soda or two to the park and be sure that they’re filled to the top. There are several water stations throughout the parks, which allows you to refill your water bottles whenever you need to and this is a perfect way to save lots and lots of money on drinks. Drink whatever drinks that comes with your meals too.

During the wintertime, however, it’s equally important to stay warm too, as well as hydrated. A fantastic way of keeping warm is to bring a Thermos of tea, hot chocolate or coffee with you and sip on it as you go by. A lot of hotel rooms these days features a kettle, with tea bags and instant coffee for your use. This provides you with a thermos of free coffee or tea each and every day of your stay. Small bags of hot chocolate are sometimes included too, but should there be none, they’re easy enough to buy in advance. Coffee and tea is expensive inside the park, just like everything else, so a bit of planning will take you a long way and save you quite a bit of money, while still complying with the rules and regulations of the parks. ­­

At the publication of this blog post, quite a few snack selling places at Disneyland are closed for refurbishment so be sure to check the official website of Disneyland Paris to see what’s open and what’s not (


Disneyland Paris has slightly less restrictive rules about alcohol inside the park, but it’s still not easy to find inside the parks. At selected counter service restaurants inside the parks you’ll be able to exchange your soft drink for a beer – for a fee – and you must purchase a meal to be allowed to drink alcohol. You can purchase wine or beer at, for example, Restaurant Agrabah. Outside, in the Disney village, there are a lot more options for getting a bottle of wine or a beer, simply get yourself to a table service restaurant like Café Mickey. All the hotels have bars too, but in my opinion a holiday at Disneyland Paris shouldn’t be about drinking alcohol – it’s supposed to be a good time in two parks. Plus, should you become drunk, then you’re not getting into the parks and risk becoming banned from the parks altogether if you do something that’s against the rules whilst under the influence. Skip the alcohol or remember to drink very responsible since there are lots and lots of children around you.

This marks the end of Eating at Disneyland Paris pt. 2. I’ll be making at least one more part with tips and tricks for saving at Disneyland, so stay tuned.


Mud cake in a cup


¼ cup of flour

¼ cup of sugar

2tbps cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

2tbsps olive oil

3tbsps water



  1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a coffee cup or a tea mug
  2. Add the oil and the water and mix until it’s a smooth batter
  3. Put in the microwave and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes
  4. Enjoy with ice cream on top!

Eating at Disneyland pt. 1

Like most other things at Disneyland Paris, eating is expensive in relation to what you get for your money. I was surprised at how costly it actually was to purchase food at the restaurants when I went there and others I’ve spoken to has expressed the same opinion. Food at the food places at the parks are over the top and the guests are forced to pay up, since you’ve got to eat. As an example, I had to pay at least 10€ for a meal consisting of a hot dog, chips (French fries for you who are unfamiliar with British terms) and a soft drink, which is ridiculous. Food will, inevitably, be a costly story, especially if you’re part of a family. There are, as always, ways to save and be smart with your money without skimping on quality and your overall experience. After all, you’re at Disneyland Paris for the experience and to have a magical time – food should not be the reason you feel disappointed when leaving. In this post I’ll discuss the advantages of getting a meal plan for your stay at Disneyland Paris, a choice that is well worth the money if you can’t get it for free as part of a holiday package.

A meal plan is simply put a plan where you prepay for a set amount of meal, either half board (breakfast and either lunch or dinner) or full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with a different number of restaurants available, depending on what plan you choose (standard, plus or premium).

Meal plans

At the moment Disneyland Paris offers 3 types of meal plans:

  1. Standard meal plan
  • Either as half board or full board
  1. Plus meal plan
  • Half or full board
  1. Premium
  • Half or full board

The basic difference between the three are the amount of restaurants that you’ve got to choose from when you eat your lunch and/or dinner. If you book the half board of either plan you will get breakfast and either lunch or dinner for each of the days you’ve purchased, and full board includes three square meals per day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Meal plans are a fantastic way of saving money on food, I highly recommend having one when you visit the parks. The costs add up really quickly and when you’re on a plan, you know what you’ll be spending on the meals that are included in your plan. When I went to Disneyland I had a free half board plan included in the price that included breakfast and either dinner or lunch and it was fantastic. I had breakfast before entering the park in the morning, ate lunch in the park and used my other voucher for dinner after a full day at the park, before taking the bus back to the hotel. It worked like a charm and was well worth it. During your check-in at the Disneyland hotel you’ll be given all of the vouchers in an envelope along with a letter telling you how they work and where you can redeem your vouchers. The receptionist will also explain them to you very clearly and answer any questions you may have about how the plan works.

It’s worth noting that breakfast isn’t included in the price of a standard room as a standard, which has spawn a fourth option in regards to dining plans – the breakfast meal plan. Like its name suggests it only contains breakfast at your hotel’s breakfast room and is not a character meet and greet breakfast, those have to be booked in advance and cost extra. When I stayed at Disneyland I only had the option of going to counter services for my breakfast and didn’t even have hotel breakfast. Counter service equals restaurants that have over the counter services, like fast food place (e.g. McDonald’s and the likes of it). I found it limiting, but it worked out – breakfast isn’t my thing anyway. Breakfast is included in the price when you book a suite or a premium room at any of the official Disneyland Paris hotels. Disneyland doesn’t offer any plans for snacks and none of their meal plans have any included, so you’ll need to bring your own, or purchase them in the different snack shops inside the parks. Most of the snack shacks and ice cream parlours are closed at the moment for refurbishment, so if you’re heading over there in the near future – check the Disneyland website ( for what’s open and what’s not.

The Standard meal plan is the cheapest option that’s on offer and is available in either half or full board. This is also where your alternatives for dining are the most limited – only a small list of buffets. No matter if you choose the half or the full board, you’re only going to be able to alternate between a series of buffets. So, if you don’t mind eating buffets for every meal then this is definitely for you. Each meal (lunch and dinner) includes a soft drink too. There’s no reason to feel bored when eating buffets at Disneyland, they have a few different kitchens represented at the parks and hotels – for example, at the Agrabah Café you’ll find a middle-eastern buffet. The cost, per person and night booked is 27£ for adults (half board), 19£ for children (half board), 42£ for adults (full board) and 28£ for children (full board).

For those who’re looking for a few more options, and don’t want to limit themselves to buffets during their stay, there’s the Plus meal plan. The list of available restaurants goes up to over 15 here and includes table service restaurants. Cast members working at the restaurant will tell you what dishes are yours to choose from, since the meal plan operates on a set menu premise. À la carte is not included in the price. I had the half board Plus Meal Plan when I visited and I enjoyed it, it was a perfect mix of restaurants and I even managed to reserve a place at Mickey’s Café, where Mickey and his friends does meet and greets during dinner service. In my opinion, this meal plan is perfect, especially the half board, for the reason I explained earlier in this blog post. It was very enjoyable to have plans for the morning and evening meal and then just go where I fancied for lunch, without being bound to a particular restaurant reservation. As with the standard meal plan one soft drink is included in the price (one per person and meal plan), any additional drinks must be paid for directly to your server (cast member). Prices are a bit higher for this plan: 38£ for adults (half board), 25£ for children (half board), 53£ for adults (full board) and 34£ for children on full board.

Should you want the full food experience while you’re in the parks, go for the Premium meal plan! Here you can pick and choose from the full range of restaurants and even the ones with Disney character interactions and the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West dinner show. Just like the others you can pick either half board or full board and one soft drink is included in every meal plan, for each meal (lunch and dinner). Prices are 62£ per adult (half board), 42£ per child (half board), 88£ per adult (full board) and 56£ per child on full board.

The best way to enjoy the food on offer at the parks on a meal plan is planning, planning, planning and then plan some more. Breakfast and dinner are the best meals to plan in advance and book any restaurants you most wish to visit during your stay. During lunchtime you’re generally in the park in the middle of having fun and might not want to be tied up to a place which might be at the other side of where you’re at. Whether or not you’re on a full board or half board plan – get yourself to a restaurant that’s close by, and that you’d like to eat at and is part of any meal plan (for those of you who’re on the full plan) and have a meal. Or plan ahead to make sure you’re close to the lunch restaurant you’d like to eat lunch at when you’re hungry. Like I’ve stated before, the popular restaurant who accept advance bookings will fill up quickly – book them if you’re sure that you’d like to eat there!

Tips & recommendations

  • Be on the look for free meal plans on Disneyland Paris website, it’s a very common offer to receive free half board for your stay. It can be worth a good amount of money, I saved close to 200€ on food by opting for a free half board. Be sure to read any terms and conditions to see if you qualify – it’s a great offer, should you be eligible!
  • Always, always, always reserve a table at popular restaurants well in advance, or at the places you really don’t want to miss. Tables at places like Mickey’s Café are extremely attractive, due to the character interactions going on there and forgetting to reserve can lead to a full restaurant and tears from your young ones (or yourself). Reserve as early as you can to, hopefully, guarantee your spot at your first hand options.
  • You can call the dining reservations up to 60 days before your arrival to book a table. Call +33 1 60 30 40 50 to make a reservations, or go straight to your receptionist or concierge at your arrival to book a table.
  • Disneyland Paris official website is and they always list what restaurants, snack bars and bars that are undergoing refurbishment at the moment – check it regularly before your trip to avoid disappointment onsite.
  • One soft drink (nonalcoholic beverage such as soda, still or sparkling water and fruit juice) is included at lunch and/or dinner, per meal plan. Any more drinks you wish to drink must be purchased and paid for to your server or cashier. Choose the largest size allowed if you’re thirsty!
  • Always use the plans to the max and eat all your meals. Otherwise you’re going to lose money since you’re paying twice for a meal.

Guide to Disneyland Paris

I’ve genuinely fallen in love with Disneyland Paris after visiting it last year, but I was a beginner and afterwards I wished I had known more than I do now about the parks and how they work. If I had then I would’ve got more out of my holiday than I did. Therefore, I decided to write a few posts with tips, tricks and advice to how you can make your stay as magical as possible for you and your whole family, or group of friends.

In this series I’ll be posting about; how to travel there, hotels, eating, the parade and so much more, so stay tuned. The website can be quite confusing, especially if you’re new to it and don’t know how to work it to your favour. I will only touch on topics, so if you’ve got further questions – contact Disneyland via their website or on Twitter, they’re usually very responsive to future guests’ questions.

Disneyland Paris is truly a magical place and definitely worth a visit, no matter if you’re going there alone, with friends or with your family. In my opinion you never become too old to love Disney and even adults can have loads of fun at the parks.

So, please stay tuned – next week there’ll be a new post!


IAMS Naturally review

It was rather fun to try the new IAMS Naturally dry food. Well, to be perfectly honest it wasn’t me who tasted the food – it was my three cats: Ninja, Ce’Nedra and Belgarath and they seem to have enjoyed themselves. At least I hope that they have.

In the package I received there were a few bags of the dry food with lamb and rice in it and 10 coupons for 2£ off their dog food and 10 coupons for 2£ off their cat food, both valid for dry and wet food. I instantly gave away the dog food vouchers to people with dogs, since I don’t own one myself, and have so far used 4 of the coupons for cat food myself to purchase wet food for my cats. This is what they’ve got to say about the new food:


Ninja is a rather fussy eater and has been the hardest participant to please in this experiment. She didn’t really enjoy the dry food, lamb and rice, most likely due to the flavour. She really prefers salmon dry food, so perhaps if I had had some of that she’d enjoyed it. However, she liked the wet food very much and she even liked all of them! Out of the box of wet food, which contains different types of fish and meats, she preferred the salmon (no surprise there) and the tuna one best.

I’ve definitely noticed a difference in her poo when I changed over completely to IAMS Naturally. For one, it’s become more regular, larger and smellier plus softer. When she only had IAMS Naturally the difference was huge! Ninja has a tendency to get constipated quite easily, due to her weight I suspect – she’s fat – but with the new food I’d say that the opposite was almost true. She was on the verge of having diarrhea. This might be explained with that she’s an older cat and that the food is adapted for adult cats – not seniors.


Ce’Nedra was the opposite of Ninja with the food, she loves the dry food and doesn’t really want to eat the wet food at all. She likes meat and I think that might explain why she rather enjoyed the lamb, unlike Ninja and Belgarath. Ce’Nedra is a young cat too, so I suspect that her stomach is more adapted to the food over all. When it comes to wet food, she likes Purinas pâtés more. Since she flatly refuses to use a litter box and does her business outside instead, it’s been impossible for me to monitor her poos – but I guess that they’re regular since she isn’t complaining.


He’s the least fussy one of the lot and will eat anything that you put in front of him, so it’s very hard to tell whether or not he actually even enjoyed it at all. Nothing is better than the last meal in his mind. Though, he hasn’t been too keen on the dry food, but then again no dry food is good to him anyway. In fact – he’s refused to eat this at all. I don’t know why, but he simply refuses to touch it. He does compensate for that with the wet food and, without fail, eats two pouches at the time of that. Woe betide if you mix two different flavours with him! The other ones have one each at lunch and dinner. Belgarath spends 90% of his time outside, so it’s impossible, again, to say anything about his poo.

On the whole, they seem to have enjoyed the food, at least the wet food. I hope that there’re other kinds (chicken, salmon, beef) out there too of IAMS Naturally, otherwise I don’t think I’ll continue purchasing the dry stuff. The wet food I’ll continue purchasing since they really thought well of eat, at least enough to empty their plates. The food is, however, rather expensive and I wouldn’t have bought it unless I had coupons. The original price was 5.75£, I believe, for a 12 pack of wet food at Jollyes, but when I was there it was on offer for 4£ and after a coupon it came down to 2£ for a pack – which allowed me to make multiple transactions in order to stock up. I got 4 packs for 8£, and they should’ve been 23£.

So, to finish it off – I would buy it again if the prices were a bit lower and there were more options to choose from. The product doesn’t appear to have been promoted heavily to shops and I’ve had a difficult time finding it, even in well-sorted pet shops.


Santa’s favourite porridge


1 litre whole milk

1 cup (2.5dcl) pudding rice

2tbsp sugar

2tsp salt

3tbsp butter



  1. Add the rice, sugar, salt and half the milk to a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil on high heat and then reduce to the lowest setting. It should be simmering slowly though.
  3. Let the porridge simmer on low until it thickens and stir every minute to avoid it from sticking to the pan.
  4. Add a bit more liquid (1-1½dcl) as the porridge thickens and keep doing this until you’re out of milk. Cook until the rice is very tender and soft.
  5. Stir in the butter at the very last moment before serving.
  6. Serve with cinnamon and sugar on top.


  • It usually takes about 30 minutes to cook this porridge, depending on how thick you want the porridge.
  • To make the porridge even cheaper – substitute half the amount of milk for water. This is why it’s important to use whole milk! I’ve used 1 pint of whole milk and 1 pint of water and it’s still turned out very creamy and rich.
  • Instead of white sugar, try using the same amount of brown sugar instead – the porridge will get a slightly different flavour and a turn it golden instead of white.
  • To make this porridge vegan, simply change out the butter and milk for vegan options!

Simple Chocolate sauce

This is one of the easiest and quickest sauces I know and it’s perfect on so many desserts, like ice cream, banana split and on brownies. It contains only three ingredients and you can modify the amounts to suit your needs for the situation at hand. Just remember this – mix equal amounts of each ingredients and you’re halfway there. The milk can be substituted for water, but it tastes much better with milk, especially whole milk. For a vegan recipe – change the milk to a vegan option.



1dcl milk

1dcl sugar

1dcl cocoa powder (the darker the better)



  1. Mix all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil while you stir it, to prevent it from burning.
  2. Lower the heat to low and let the sauce simmer for a few minutes, or until it’s smooth, silky and a bit thicker. Stir all the time to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom and burn.
  3. Serve on ice cream, banana split or any other dessert that requires chocolate sauce.