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 (www.disneylandparis.co.uk).
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.