Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Disneyland Parc and head in for one of the “closest, safest shaves” on Main Street U.S.A.
April in Paris. I’m going to go ahead and say there’s nothing better. The sun is shining, the subtle scent of springtime blooms wafts slowly through the air, the lines for Peter Pan reach over an hour. Oh yeah, April in Paris is one of the absolute best things to happen this side of the Atlantic, hands down.
The Lucky Nugget Saloon is a hybrid quick service/table service restaurant located at the edge of Frontierland in Disneyland Park. Serving up a rotating menu of BBQ ribs, fish fillets, angus and chicken burgers, this location also offers many of the special menus that pop up seasonally around DLP.
On a recent visit to Walt Disney World we found ourselves in need of something refreshing following a thrilling time at the Hall of Presidents. As we promenaded through Adventureland we realized there was only one thing that could possibly follow animatronic Abe Lincoln – a non-dairy fruity frozen soft-serve snack.
But wait, there are two non-dairy fruity frozen soft-serve snacks to choose from. Which one should we choose. Dole Whip or Citrus Swirl? Should we try both? No, that’s ridiculous. Why? Because….
Both have their merits. Both have their faults. Well actually that second part isn’t true – both are wonderful. But the question is, who is more wonderfuler?
Obviously we had to take matters into our own hands. Using precise scientific methodology we’ve created the five key components most important in determining the validity of each of these soft swirled mounds of goodness to once and for all declare a winner.
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The food scene at Disneyland Paris feels sometimes, in a word, lacking. After all, we are located in the culinary capital of the world. With so many elegant pâtisseries, mouth watering bistros and smelly fromageries just a short RER ride away, it’s astounding that DLP isn’t changing the landscape of theme park foods and pushing the envelope with new (read: delicious) ideas.
Both its American counterparts, Disneyland and Walt Disney World, have cult following foods- dole whips, churros and Mickey ice cream bars to name a few. And yes, I am aware that Paris’ weather report throughout the year reads more cold and rainy than not, so logically speaking we don’t need all those ice cream carts that they have across the pond, but I ask you this- when is a Mickey ice cream ever a bad idea?
With all that said, there are a few notable Disneyland Paris specific goodies worth checking out on your visit abroad.
March Hare Refreshments is a small quick service location in Fantasyland serving up snacks, sweet treats and beverages throughout the day. The Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups provide the colorful backdrop for this tiny, thatched roof cottage that becomes quite the popular stop during the afternoon hours. Whimsical chairs across from and next to this humble abode provide somewhat limited seating for your dining needs.
On those few occasions when it is open in the morning, March Hare is a nice stop to pick up a treat or two, since it’s more than likely you’ll be trying your luck at the Fantasyland rides anyways. The crowds seem to overlook it in favor of restaurants on Main Street USA and you’ll seldom find long lines. If you’re in a hurry and just need a breakfast fix, this will definitely fit the bill.
From lunch to early evening it’s a different story though, as guests find themselves in need of a mid-day pick me up. Not to worry, lines move quickly in comparison to other DLP eateries (ahem, Pizzeria Bella Notte) and you’ll be sitting pretty in no time.
Just like its sister parks Stateside, the mailboxes that you find around Disneyland Paris actually work! And, they get a special Disney postmark. Mail is taken to the post and poof- letter delivery with a pinch of pixie dust.
Café des Cascadeurs is a table service restaurant located in Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. If you couldn’t guess from outside appearances, this little number serves up classic American fare like burgers, chicken and ice cream (but no milkshakes- whaaat??) to hungry guests for lunch and dinner.
Located just outside Lights Motor Action Stunt Show in the Backlot, it’s no wonder the name translates to ‘Stuntman’s Cafe.’ It has a friendly look about it- shiny, O’Mahoney stainless steel body, neon signage and a long line of windows with brightly colored checkered curtains peeking through. It’s 1950′s Americana at its best. And as fate would have it, that’s probably because it hails from a little town in central New Jersey. Our diner arrived in Paris just when WDS opened in 2002, but not before bringing its famous steak and eggs over to Germany. Curious? I was too.
Restaurant Hakuna Matata is a quick service lunch and dinner stop located in Adventureland that offers salads, spiced meats and the infamous Hakuna Fries. Spoiler Alert: they were amazing. It’s a nice change of pace from the standard burgers and fries that seem to be overtaking what should be the world’s most delicious theme park (ahem, Paris pastries anyone?).
The sleeper hit of Main Street USA: Victoria’s Home-Style Restaurant, a counter service eatery serving up sandwiches, snacks and tea time treats for both lunch and dinner. WDW veterans might recognize the façade as that of The Plaza Restaurant in Magic Kingdom, even down to it’s location. Here at DLP Victoria’s is sandwiched (see what I did there?) in between Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor and Discovery Arcade.Read More…