“ Disneyland Resort Paris. „
I was lucky enough to visit Disneyland Paris with my teenage daughter in July 2010. The Resort consists of two theme parks and also Disney Village.
Disney Village is the fun entertainment, shopping and dining area that can be found in front of the theme parks. Originally called Festival Disney when the resort first opened this entertainment area is ideally situated between the parks are the hotels.
Entertainment can be found in the Disney Village in various forms. When the weather is favourable there are street entertainers to raise the spirits with circus and magic tricks, there even appeared to be a cicus school one afternoon as we walked through. If you prefer entertainment on the silver screen there is an IMAX cinema and a 15 screen Gaumont cinema as well. The majority of the films are shown in French but some nights there are alternative languages so it is worth enquiring, both of the cinemas are found at the Theme park end of the village. I was disappointed that there were no showings in English whilst we were there.
The Village also houses the Buffalo Bills Wild West Show; this evening dinner show has a selection of Disney characters along with characters from the American Wild West and a cast of cattle and horses in a fast moving spectacular. The seating has two categories with adult prices starting at about 58 euro. Holders of Disney's Half Board Meal Plan vouchers can exchange their vouchers for the show and pay the difference but seats need to be pre-booked. The meal that is provided is along the traditional lines of chilli con carne and ribs with a childrens menu also offered. An exciting time is had by all and you even get a free cowboy hat! We just couldn't fit this in during our stay but people we spoke to said they had a brilliant time.
For the night owls there is Hurricanes nightclub which is free to Disney hotel guests over the age of 18. It has a Caribbean theme but does not really get going until after 11 at night so isn't suitable for anyone hoping to make an early start at the parks in the morning!
Billy Bob's Country Western Saloon is very popular and had live acts most nights but you may struggle to find a table and you may even have to queue to get in just for a drink. The Sports Bar is also a popular place for adults in the evening and having been around on a world cup night it did get very frantic and is probably not the ideal family venue. The public toilets are tucked down besides the Sports Bar and are not terribly easy to find, they are also not as clean as I would have liked so using the ones in the restaurants is preferrable.
One of the most eye-catching features of the Village is the impressive Panoramagique tethered hot air balloon. For 12 euro per adult and 6 euro per child you can take-off to a height of up to 100m for an awe-inspiring ride that gives a brilliant view over the resort and on a clear day you can spot the Eiffel tower. Perhaps not the best idea if you don't have a head for heights but it is unforgettable for those that do.
There are also Segways and Quadricycle multi-seat bikes available to hire near the Panoramagique station.
The Disney Corporation is fantastic at extracting your last remnants of cash and the shopping opportunities in Disney Village are no exception. Anyone who has visited Downtown Disney in Florida will be disappointed with the selection of merchandise available here but if you have only ever visited a Disney store in a high street location you will not believe your eyes. The main Disney Store carries a large collection of gifts and memorabilia and then further along there are three interconnecting Disney shops that offer clothing, toys and film merchandise. Planet Hollywood and the Rainforest cafe also have their own stores attached to their restaurants.
When it comes to Dining there is quite a selection on offer in the Disney Village. When the theme parks are very busy in the day it may be easier to pop out and it in the Village as it is quite quiet at lunchtime.
Planet Hollywood is easily recognisable but queues build up in the late evening as reservations can't be made at the most popular dining times. Some of the dishes have been altered to accommodate European tastes so the menu is quite varied. Rainforest Cafe is another well-known theme restaurant that has a large presence in the Village and is always popular with children.
Annette's Diner is great for any fans of the 1950s and the Grease-type era with classic cars at its entrance and a very American line-up of food, Disney Meal plan vouchers are accepted here. If the place is busy you can get takeaways from the side window.
King Ludwig's castle is designed to lure the German visitor but will be appreciated by anyone who enjoys Bavarian food. The Steakhouse is another table service restaurant with a selection of steaks, ribs and fish. This looks awful from the outside but the inside is very impressive so don't be put off.
McDonalds is a name known the world over and this huge example in the Village offers plenty of seating, however it does get exceptionally busy and with a general system of non-queuing mayhem it is not for the faint-hearted, you have to be pretty determined to get food here!
Starbucks Cafe and New York Style sandwiches offer great places to stop for a breather. The sandwich shop has a great selection but doesn't look very interesting from the outside so it doesn't get terribly busy.
The Village is quiet during the day and it is a nice place to meander and grab a bite to eat and a souvenir. It gradually gets busier as the evening wears on and when the parks don't shut until nearly midnight it is a hive of activity late into night.
Disney Village may have a different atmosphere in the winter when the parks shut early and I imagine it would be much busier each evening as people look for something to pass the time. I thought the Village probably serves a need but it was nowhere near as interesting or varied as Downtown Disney in Florida so I was a little disapponted.
This place is amazing!! I went with a wide range of people from my grandma to my baby cousin and all of them loved it! The village is full of places to eat shops and entertainment. There is always something to do and with such a wide choice people can find something they all individually like. I must admit I definately was not disappointed with it all, but in comparison to Disneyworld Florida it was definately lacking something. The place was still amazing but I would say if your waiting to take a big holiday I would wait a bit longer and go to America. I had a great time in DisneyLand and was impressed with it all, but I do think Disney world is on some different level. If Disney world is not an option definately go to Disney Land as every part of it is still entertaining, fun and just a generally happy place to be!
The Disney Village is an entertainment complex for people of all tastes. With a range of cuisine, a nightclub, a hot air balloon launch area and a cinema, there really is something for everyone. There are two huge main entrances to the village, beneath giant gate posts, across the top of which is a sign reading Disney Village in massive fun letters. The first and most obvious point of reference is Planet Hollywood, which is a giant globe, with stairs ascending in to the blue expanse lined with a red carpet for that film premiere treatment. The Cinema is also huge, with billboards on the side advertising the latest film releases.
As far as eating goes, it makes up the heart of Disney Village. It is expensive for the most part, but about the same price as eating in the park, with a larger range of food, and more quality.
We have eaten in Planet Hollywood, where the theme for the food is mostly American, and the dishes are named after films or actors. I enjoyed steak, while my girlfriend delved into a pasta dish, both were magnificently cooked, and tasted fresh and delicious. The star turn was definitely the cocktails, with the Terminator being particularly potent. The Scorpion King was also very strong, but tasted better then the Terminator, which I imagine to be true in real life. The setting was great, surrounded by images, videos playing on plasma screens, and memorabilia of some of the greatest and most iconic films of all time.
We also ate at the Rainforest Cafe. This is easily the best themed restaurant in the area. There is one in London you should check out if you have the opportunity, but be warned, the price is worse then the rainforest inhabitants themselves! Outside the Rainforest Cafe is a robotic crocodile, smiling and looking menacingly at passers by. Kids will be captivated! Inside is a gift shop selling a variety of stuff from King Louie soft toys to plastic spiders. The other side of the enchantingly beautiful fish tank, filled with tropical aquatic life, is the restaurant. It does get busy, like Planet Hollywood, so eat early to avoid disappointment, or alternatively book in advance. In terms of the food, I had a fish salad, which was a mountain of greenery and seafood, and tasted delicious, whilst my partner had a chicken burger. To our continuing surprise the chicken burger was a real chicken breast, rather then something Captain Birds Eye vomited into a bap. The decoration makes you feel like you are in a rainforest, with the walls and ceiling decorated with fake trees and plants, and protruding between the branches are the heads of animatronic animals. Elephants, zebras, lions and birds of paradise are all represented beautifully. There is also a sporadic flash of the lights as if lightning forks across the invisible sky, and the sound of thunder rolls around the room, reverberating from the walls. Between the sound of the "storm" animal cries fill the air in a harmonious cacophony of nature's music.
Ludwig's Castle is a Medieval themed restaurant with a castle shaped facade. The cuisine is mostly German, with lots of sausages and Sauerkraut on the menu. It is deliciously prepared, and we found it to be one of the quieter restaurants. We had a great mini dessert platter, which was filled with ice cream and cheesecakes. The staff are dressed in lederhosen and other traditional German costumes from the period, and the whole place is decorated very authentically.
The other place we ate in the Disney Village was Cafe Mickey. In terms of fun atmosphere and being child friendly this is the place to be. They offer the same menu at lunch as they do at dinner, when it is considerably easier to get a table. But dinner is when the atmosphere gets going, and we advise you to go along and book a table during the day. The characters come and play with the children, and adults, while you eat, and there are lots of autograph signings and photograph opportunities. There is nothing like being force fed by a manic chipmunk! The food is excellent, with tasty steaks named after Pluto, in fact every dish is named after a character. My partner had a caesar salad, the character who lends their name to this dish she has callously forgotten. She does assure me that it tasted divine though. There are a range of smoothies and non-alcoholic cocktails available, and they taste amazing! Everything from tropical fruit to the good old apple are represented in these heavenly beverages, they taste like angel tears! I think Cafe Mickey was probably our favourite place to eat, as it was the most fun, enjoyed the best views over Lake Disney to the Sequoia Lodge Hotel and Newport Bay Club Hotel, and had the best food.
Also available are a Tex-Mex buffet and Annette's Diner, serving burgers, fries and all day breakfasts. There is even a McDonalds, for those who hate good food.
You have to check out the sports bar, with well priced pitchers of cocktails, like fun on the beach (because you can have fun on the beach without resorting to sex). There is also live sport on, and they have a giant screen which they get out for special occasions like big Premier League games or International matches. It is comfortable and welcoming, and attracts a young crowd, including many employees from the park.
There is another great reason to check out the village though, that has nothing to do with satisfying your stomach, and everything to do with irritating your bank manager. Shopping. It might not be Fifth Avenue, but Disney Village has a fantastic Disney store, selling exclusive wares. A lot of the merchandise is replicated in the stores in the park, but it's secret weapon is at Christmas. It segregates the nearside of the store, and turns it into a Christmas paradise, where everything has been sprinkled in Tinkerbell's fairy dust, and makes the heart soar. The baubles, the wreaths, the garlands, the cushions, the wrapping paper, the cards, the gift tags; the volume of Disney Christmas stuff is never ending, it is a store in itself! And by god it is a magical place to be as the yuletide season approaches, with appropriately jolly staff. The prices are high as you would expect, but this can not be found anywhere in the UK, or even Europe. You could hunt online at the Disneystore.co.uk, but you would find nothing.
There is also a hot air balloon, the largest tethered balloon in the world. Up to 16 people can ride in at a time, and you achieve heights of 300 metres. The panoramic views offered over the whole park and the surrounding countryside is unparalleled in it's beauty. However it is a fair weather ride, and the slightest wind will not see the balloon unleashed from it's mooring on the shores of the lake. It is a wondrous sight to behold, however, when it does fly, it's red and yellow bulbous form framed high against a clear blue sky over the pink palace that is the Disney Hotel.
The Disney Village is the heartbeat of the Disney empire, with retail, bars, restaurants, a lake, street performers and pleasures just waiting to be uncovered in inimitable Disney style.
An amazing place for kids and adults alike!
Disney Village is a shopping and eating heaven at the gates of DisneyLand Paris. It offers several shops which specialise in everything from souvenirs to clothes and sweets to toys! All of the shops are connected through doors inside so you dont even have to go outside to go into the next shop.
Disney Village has a wide selection of places to eat to suit all tastes, ages and budgets! I will list some below
Cafe Mickey - very expensive but with the opportunity to meet the characters..its well worth it. Be warned though queues can be out the door.
Rainforest Cafe - rainforest themed with a giftshop and wildlife menu.
Western - live band and a rodeo themed restaurant serving food on paper plates with plastic cuttlery
Planet Hollywood - traditional American diner
There was also a steak house, another american diner, and a Mcdonalds!
Access to Disney Village is free and shops are open til 11pm. There is also a disco/nightclub which is open into the early hours.
I loved it! We went in March 2009 and the parks closed early so we opted to go here at night time. We sampled Mcdonalds on the 1st night which was your typical Mcdonalds food and good service. The 2nd night myself and 2 friends went to the Western restaurant and had to eat off paper plates with plastic cuttlery which wasnt so good and we did not enjoy it. It was incredibly noisy as we were right above a live band! The shops in the village are amazing and it is Disney heaven! When my son is older we will be going there on holiday and i would recommend it for families with children over 5years old
Disney Village promises to offer shopping, dining and cinema experiences all in one place. It is the perfect place to have some lunch or dinner when you are visiting Euro-Disney, and it is literally just outside the main gates to the park, meaning you can nip out at lunch time, grab some lunch, and then head back to the park in the afternoon.
The village is expensive though, with lots of Disney shops, it's the perfect opportunity to grab a load more of your hard earned cash! We had come prepared, but some parents of little girls who wanted to get dressed up as Cinderella or Snow White were paying the equivalent of £45 for a dressing up outfit, when you can easily pick them up back at home for under £20.
There are many different types of restaurants to choose from here all covering a range of foods.
Annette's Diner offers American style food and is a homage to the America of the 50s with a Corvette parked right outside.
Billy Bob's Country and Western Saloon gives a Texan feel, and is a place to watch live music and order snacks.
Cafe Mickey offers more of a fine dining experience and certainly wasn't one for us with young children it seemed an odd choice of restaurant to put in the Disney village.
King Ludwigs Castle is the place to be to see what inspired Walt Disney to design the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
La Grange is an all you can eat Tex Mex Buffet and the food is gorgeous but the country music is slightly off putting!
McDonalds! Need I say more except you will pay nearly double the prices you would in the UK!!
Planet Hollywood is a great experience for the kids with famous memorabilia from films adorning the walls. Look out for the 'cine menu' where you can get a cinema ticket included in the price of a set menu.
Rainforest Cafe gives the feel of sitting in the Amazonian Rainforest, and lets you try exotic dishes.
All of the above restaurants are quite expensive, but you are in Disneyland so what would you expect?! Expect to pay on average £12 - £15 per head for an adult's main course.
The Panora Magique is the worlds largest balloon carrying passengers 100 metres above ground, and lasts for roughly 5 minutes.
Also in the village is a games arcade, a cinema with 15 screens and an IMAX.
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show is a show with Mickey and his friends Minnie, Goofy and Chip'n Dale, where you can have a cowboy feast and watch a show with stunt riders, buffaloes and wagons. Tickets do sell out quickly but when we priced it up it was almost £50 a head. In our eyes this just wasn't worth the price we had already paid to experience Disneyland, so we gave it a miss, but for those of you not on a budget I'm sure this would be fabulous.
All in all, Disney Village is excellent. A great way to spend the evenings when the park has closed, but expect to pay a lot for food that is just about average.
The Disney Village in Paris is right outside the parks and is inbetween the parks and the disney hotels. So you walk thru it on the way to the park and back to your hotel if that is where you are staying. It is not as big as the Disney villages in america but there is still all that you need. There are quite a few resturants such as Planet Hollywood, The Rainforest Cafe and a great American Diner. Lots of these resturants get very busy for dinner so it is best to go a bit earlier or later than you would do usually. There is also a takeaway pizza place and McDonalds for the cheaper option. There is also a cinema showing the latest films and a number of shops to buy disney goodies. The Disney village is free to get into and you don't need to have gone to the parks or be staying in any of the hotels so you can just visit anytime. There was also a nightclub! There was a great buzz around the disney village with lots of people having a good time.
Disney Village is a shopping, dining and entertainment district in Disneyland Resort Paris, France. The area was originally named Festival Disney and opened in April 1992.
The area is based on Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney and it located adjacent to the two theme parks of Disneyland Resort Paris and its Lake Disney hotel area. The district has a canopy over the top and the buildings are design is very funky. The area is the best at night when the street and shops are lit up. During Christmas roasted chestnuts and hot chocolate is served down the street.
The area has a Gaumont Cinemas & IMAX, Hurricanes Discotheque, NEX Fun Bowling & Games and PanoraMagique Balloon. This is a ride opened in April 2005. PanoraMagique is the largest captive balloon in the World, and carries up to 30 passengers 100 metres into the sky.
Annette's Diner (Table Service Restaurant)
Ben & Jerry's Kiosque De Glaces (Ice Cream Kiosk)
Billy Bob's Country Western Saloon (Table Service Restaurant & Snack)
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (Show & Table Service Restaurant)
Café Mickey (Table Service Restaurant)
King Ludwig's Castle (Table Service Restaurant)
La Grange (Buffeteria)
McDonald's (Counter Service)
New York Style Sandwiches (Counter Service)
Planet Hollywood (Table Service Restaurant)
Rainforest Cafe (Table Service Restaurant)
I would recommend Cafe Disney, Planet Hollywood or the Rainforest Café. All of these you will need to pre book as they get busy. The area also has many shops selling Disney merchandise as well as other goods.
The area is good but it needs more to do. Once you have done an hour here you are finished, unless you com in Christmas where they have more to do. The best thing about this are is that it is free.
Disney Village is a shopping and entertainment district located in the centre of Disneyland Paris. It was based on the Downtown Disney area of Walt Disney World in Florida, just on a much smaller scale.
The Disney Village is an ideal place to go in an evening if you want to escape the parks for a while (or on the nights where the parks close early). It has a great variety of things to do aswell as several places to eat. The Village has a Cinema and an IMAX, a Bowling and Games centre and a Disco for the adults.
The main attraction however would be Buffalo Bill's Wild West show which offers shows twice nightly in the peak season. The show contains cowboys and Indians, cattle and horses. Various elements of the show include an Indian attack and a stagecoach robbery. The tickets for this show need to be purchased seperately but the price includes a themed menu, dinner show and a cowboy hat.
Disney Village also has a wide variety of places to eat. Ranging from sit down meals to snacks and drinks to go. My favourite place to eat was Café Mickey. This is a table service restaurant that does character meals with Mickey Mouse! To be honest it was pretty expensive for the food they serve but it was a great night! Other places to eat include the Rainforest café which is amazing - kids will love it, and planet hollywood. Both server simple food such as burgers, chicken and ribs etc but it was all really tasty! You will also find various sports bars and diners if you just want a quick bite to eat.
Disney Village would not be complete without shops! There is a wide variety of shops to suit everyone. You can buy all of your Disney souvenirs in one place as there is something for everyone here with a 'World of Toys', Disney Fashion and a Disney Store!
At the end of the Disney Village area you will come to a lake - around the lake are many of the Disney hotels which are also nice to have a look around - especially the New York Hotel as this has an Ice Rink at Christmas!
Disney Village may be smaller than Downtown Disney but it has a good range of shops, entertainment and eateries to keep all families entertained! It's a great place to spend an evening!
The Disneyland Village is a great extra to the Disney land park area. It is mainly a shopping, dinning and drinking area which is situated right next to the main park, and you do not have to have a ticket to get in.
As you pull up at the buss station or car park and make your way towards the Disney area Disneyland village is opposite the main park. It has a over head sign which greats you on your way in indicating you are in the village. Next to the village is a large IMAX cinema and then slightly further along there is a bowling alley.
For me the best part of the village was the Buffalo Bills wild west dinner and show. You have to pay to go to this, but if you pick up a voucher on the leaflets that are liberally spread around the park and village you get it for much cheaper. This involves a dinner (served in a frying pan) and free beer or coke and a wild west show whilst you eat. This was so much fun, you get a free logoed hat and it is evening long laughs and entertainment. The food is not of the highest quality but the show makes up for it.
Inside the village are a variety of other themed bars and restaurants. There is a sports bar, showing sports on many TVs, pool tables and of course drinks and snacks. There are tons of shops selling disney merchandise and even a nighclub.
The drinks and food are fairly expensive and of a fast food quality, but I think that is what you expect from theme parks. There was entertainment most nights in the bars, for free which was great fun.
Overall I really enjoyed my time in Disneyland village, the bars and venues were fun and friendly, if a little expensive. Please come prepared for basic food!
Millions of visitors go to Disneyland Paris every year and whilst it may not be in the same league as the bigger and better parks in Florida it does have a good range of amenities to suit travellers staying in the resort for a 2 or 3 night break. When I stayed here I stayed for 3 nights and wanted to take in as much as I could. Apart from the two parks the resort has the Disney Village which is just literally a minutes walk away from either of the two parks entrance gates.
What is it?
Well if you've ever been to Disney Florida think of it as a much smaller and condensed version of Downtown Disney......if you haven't it is basically an area that is free to go into and where a variety of restaurants, shops and bars are along with the Buffalo Bills show stadium and a couple of other bits and bobs depending on the season.
What restaurants are there?
A lot of the restaurants are located within the parks themselves or in the actual Disney hotels. The Disney Village restaurants means you don't have to go into the hotels to eat or even have an entrance ticket to the parks and there are about 4 places to get something to eat in the Disney Village area. The most popular tends to be the rainforest café and Planet Hollywood but, if you have a strict budget then Annette's Diner serve a selection of meals that are pretty reasonable and are your American style meals such as Chilli dogs, burgers and traditional shakes. There is also a McDonalds for some quick grub!
A couple of the bars are open quite late and there is even a small nightclub named Hurricanes in the Disney Village. Entrance is at a fee unless you are a Disney hotel guest. The bars serve a good range of drinks as you'd expect and prices are above average considering it is in a resort although you should be expecting to pay around 4.50 Euros for a pint. The bars are themed too and there is a western style bar which is actually next door to the exit from the Buffalo Bills show - of course most visitors to the show will go straight into here after seeing it! The bar do have some live music too so it is ideal for adult visitors to Disney who don't want to be in bed early.
The Disney village also has a 15 screen cinema located behind the Buffalo Bills show which is a great place to go if the weather turns bad! There is also an IMAX too theatre too. Also the latest addition to the Village is the tethered hot air balloon named Panoramagique . It sits on the edge of the lake and reaches a height of 100 metres. This is at a charge of course and tickets are purchased directly at the desk in front of the balloon loading area. I say it is the latest addition but, it has now been there since 2005. The prices the last time I was there were at around 15 Euros per adult but, this was a couple of years back.
A lot of guests who go to Disneyland Paris do a character meal of some sort where by the characters join you for breakfast or tea and It is of course quite a big thing for young children. A meal can be booked for various different locations but, if you do not have an entry ticket to the parks or simply want to have the character meal before entering the park then you can do one at Café Mickey which is located in the Disney Village overlooking the lake. You can choose from either breakfast, lunch or dinner at Café Mickey. Breakfast cost is around £12 per adult and £8 per child. For Lunch or Dinner it is approximately £21 per adult and £11 per child. Booking in advance of course is recommended as they do get pretty busy for all meal times.
In the Disney village there are a couple of shows with the main one being a big Disney store - most of the goodies you can find in the parks are in here so if you don't want to go into the parks themselves you can pick up plenty in here!
The show is one of the main attractions of the resort and easily gets booked up on all dates it shows. You'll find it doesn't operate nightly so this is why if you are only going for a short stay you may find it is only available for 1 night of your stay and this is why you are best booking at the same time as booking your hotel in the resort. The show stadium is laid out in categories with tier 1 being more expensive as you are closer to the front. However if you want to see the show but, are put off by prices I would say to go for tier 2 - I saw the show before they started the new tier system and where I was sat would now be under the cheaper seats. However I had a fine view as each row is raised so you're not trying to look over the heads of the people in the row in front of you! The show is a mix of music, animal acts, audience participation and general noise and fun - it is worth the money and it's counter part in Florida which is Dixie's stampede is not as good so see the better one whilst you're in Disneyland! Buffalo Bills starts at £45 per adult and £35 per child. The show is approximately 1hr 30 minutes long and n the days is does operate it is on at 6.30pm and also 9.30pm and each show includes a drink and a meal.
I thought the Disney village was very well laid out - it is quite compact but, there is a lot of stuff crammed in meaning that rather than having to walk around a huge area everything is very accessible. Of course if you are staying in the resort there is no way you would not visit the Village at some point. I would recommend you stop by to pick up some souvenirs or for a meal at least!
The Disney Village in the Paris Disneyland Resort is a great place to go for a nice relaxing meal, check out the Disney shops that are full of great merchandise or even take a hot air ballon ride that will allow you to oversee the whole Disney resort.
Disneyland Village has 4 bars and 10 different themed restaurants, so there is almost something to fit everyones tastes, there is also a massive McDonalds, so if you cant afford the higher priced meals you can go there and get something quick to eat.
The restuarants in Disney Village include, The Rainforest Cafe, it is a brilliant restuarant where you sit in a rainforest, near monkeys and elephants (all mechanical) and watch the rainforest come to life, there is a great atmosphere in this restaurant though it can be very expensive, if you were watching your money you could probably get a meal and drink for around 20-30 euros, though I suggest you try the cocktails that come with flashing glasses, as the ice tea one is really nice.
Planet Hollywood is also situated in the Disney Village, I find this restaurant to be slightly cheaper than The Rainforest Cafe, costing around 20 euros per head, it is also a great themed resutaurant where you sit amoung star memorabilia, like the jokers suit from batman (jim carrey's) its got great varied yet american style food in it like pasta, burgers and salads, theres generally something for everyone.
I personally have not ate in the other restuarants though there are 8 others that vary for different tastes and budgets, they include Annettes Diner, Mc Donalds, Cafe Mickey, King Ludwigs Castle, New York Sandwiches, La Grange, Billy Bobs Western Style Saloon and the Steak House, between them all your bound to find something that you would like to eat, and they all seem to have great standards and service.
There a wild west themed dinner show, called Buffalo Bills Wild West show, in this show you get a dinner buffet style wild western dinner, with a vegetarian option too, then you watch and take part in a great show starring the Annie Oakley, The Rough Riders, Buffalo Bill ofcourse and Sitting Bull, the disney characters also be in the stadium and it is a great chance for children to meet and greet them. I personally didnt really enjoy the food in this show, however the show itself was very good, the smell of the animals kind of put me off my food, however I can be quite a fussy eater so this may just have been me.
There is also a cinema and an IMAX 3d cinema, though I am not sure if the cinemas only play french films, so I never have been to either.
The hurricane nightclub which is a great place to party, though staff seem to outnumber guests, also The Sports Bar to enjoy which has different sports coverage playing during opening hours on a big tv the choice to sit in or outside, nice decently (compared to everywhere else) priced drinks and a great atmosphere.
There is a great chance to go on a disney hot air ballon, (which is always attached to the ground so it doesnt float away too far) and if you dont mind heights you can get a view of the whole Disney Park from it, I am not exactly sure of price though I think it cost us around 10 euros each for
around 15 mins ride, it was well worth it though as the view was amazing.
There are also lots of shops selling loads of Disney tokens to bring home for yourself or as presents, the shops can be quite expensive though the merchandise is great quality, as is the whole Disney experience, if you cant be bothered treking into the park for the presents you want, youll most likely be able to find it in the Disney Village shops, which can save you a lot of time.
Overall Disney Village is a great place to visit on your holiday, admission is free so even if its not your cup of tea its worth a look. Its just a 5 minute walk from the park and if you are walking from your hotels to the park youll probably pass through it anyway.
Disney Village is situated in Disneyland Resort, Paris.
It it just outside the entrances of the other 2 parks - Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios. It is in walking distance to and from all 7 of the Disney hotels (although it's quicker and easier to just get the free shuttle service which picks you up from your hotel and takes you right outside Disney Village). The Eurostar train station and Lake Disney are also right next to it.
Unlike the other parks it is totally free to visit and there is no entry fee.
Rather than a park of rides it is actually a strip of shops, bars, restaraunts and general entertainment. Disney Village is not supposed to be an all day thing but rather just a place to spend an hour or two. It is a lot like Downtown Disney in Florida but a smaller version with slightly less to see and do.
Disney Village is hard to miss as it is full of big buildings, weird and wonderful arcitecture and lights. Disney Village looks especially nice at night time when it's all lit up with neon lights. There is also a big arch way with 'Disney Village' written above at the entrance.
Disney Village is home to a giant hot air balloon (one of the worlds largest infact) called PanoraMagique Balloon. The balloon floats up to 100 metres in the air and stays still rather than making a trip. It can carry up to 30 people at a time and makes 6 trips per hour - it's a very popular attraction. The balloon only stays afloat for 6 minutes but in that time you have enough time to have a good look over Disneyland and Paris, and get a few photographs. There is a charge to ride the balloon but the prices aren't too bad (12 euros for adults and 6 euros for children).
Places to eat include King Ludwig's Castle (a fairtytale castle themed sit down restaurant), Annette's Diner (a 50s style American diner with waitresses on roller skates), Billy Bob's Country Western Saloon (a western themed bar with live entertainment which includes dancing and country music), Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Kiosk (the best ice cream ever!), La Grange (Tex-Mex buffet service which is actually situated on an upper floor inside Bily Bob's Country Western Saloon), Sports Bar (specialising in snacks and show live sporting events), McDonald's (a bigger than usual counter service restaurant), New York Style Sandwiches (counter service restaurant - the name says it all really), Starbucks, Rainforest Cafe (a fantastic sit down restaurant which is rainforest themed with simulated rainstorms, an aquarium, shop and robotic animals) and The Steakhouse (Chicago warehouse themed sit down restaurant).
Planet Hollywood is a big blue dome shaped restaurant near the entrance of Disney Village - you can't miss it. It has a escalator with neon light arch which leads you inside the restaurant. It is a movie themed restaurant which is full of movie memorabilia including hand prints and signed photographs of famous filmstars and genuine props and costumes from major films. Movie fans will love it but anybody not into movies probably won't be that impressed. It is a relaxed atmosphere and there is quite a selection of food to choose from. I seem to remember the portions being quite big but not very memorable. Make sure you take plenty of money along because it's very expensive indeed.
I really enjoyed our meal at Cafe Mickey. I wasn't expecting much but as we ordered our food all the Disney characters came out and continued to do so throughout our meal. There were all the favourites - Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Tigger and Chip and Dale. Kids (and big kids) will totally love this. They also made me the best Pina Colada I have ever tasted - slush puppy style!
Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show is a new wild west show (cowboys and indians parading around on horses and such) which you can watch whilst eating. I can't really comment on it as I've never been inside, although I did once go to a similar event and really enjoyed it. You have to pay per person and sadly it is quite expensive.
Shops include The Disney Store (sells everything from toys and homewares to clothes and stationary - all Disney of course), The Disney Gallery (sells lovely Disney pictures, ornaments and other decorative treasures), Disney Fashion (sells Disney clothes and accessories for everybody), Hollywood Pictures, Buffalo Trading Company (full of wild west merchandise) and World of Toys.
There is also a big cinema and I-Max which screen the latest films. I didn't watch anything there as I don't much fancy spending my holidays inside a movie theatre but each to their own.. I suppose it might be nice to do one evening for a couple of hours. Below the I-Max is Nex games arcade which has loads of games and a bowling alley inside.
Hurricanes nightclub is free to those staying in the Disney resort. It is a club with a big dance floor to boogie along to songs from the past and present. Most nights have a different theme (ladies night, so 90's party etc). It runs from 11pm until dawn.
Street entertainment is not unusual either (dancing, shows, characters etc).
I personally found that Disney Village was a good place to visit in the evenings as I was getting an included breakfast at my hotel and was busy at the parks during the day. The restaurants provided a good meal at dinner time with entertainment and some night life. The shops were also open later than regular shops which meant there was an opportunity for a little late night shopping! I enjoyed the shops although I noticed that most of them sold the same things as in the shops inside the Disney parks. Everything was 'slightly' overpriced but you do have to expect that these days. As nice as they were I didn't really like the fact that there were so many non-disney franchises (McDonalds, Planet Hollywood etc) and felt there should have been less of those and more Disney themed restaurants (it is meant to be Disneyland afterall).
This is the place where the magic starts, basically just a collection of shopping outlets and bars and restaurants-but at the same time so much more.
The resturants on offer range from well known names such as Planet Hollywood and Mcdonalds, to places like the Rainforest Café and Annettes Diner. Everyone will be able to find somewhere they like to eat as pretty much every taste is catered for. But be warned food and drink is not cheap here.
Café Mickey often has character meals and the odd character hanging around, so its worth booking here if your into autograph hunting.
There is a HUGE Disney store, selling everything, and also some more specialist stores selling things such as Disney artwork, Planet Hollywood has its own gift store, as does the rainforest café.
Buffalo Bills wild west show, is also in the Village next to Planet Hollywood (I have a separate review of this.) and definitely worth a visit if you have the time and money.
The train station (and Eurostar) is right next to Disney Village, as is the stopping points for all the hotels shuttle bus services. My best tip is to look for the small shop at one end of the station, as it is much cheaper to buy snacks and drinks from here (including alcohol) then anywhere in the parks or village. Definitely worth a stop before returing to the hotels at night.
At the other end of the village is Panamaquie-a tethered hot air balloon, which you can ride for a birds eye view over Paris. Two things to bear in mind however-it costs extra and it only "flies" when the weather conditions are perfect, so you cannot guarantee a trip.
In conclusion the village is a great place to relax after a day in the parks and have a drink or meal. The only downsides are the costs and the fact that as it is open to the public and near a train station, it may not be as safe as Disney itself as anyone is free to come and go, that said there does seem to be a lot of security and I personally have never had a problem here.
The Disney Village is a entertainment complex just outside the two Disney theme parks. It is still in the Disney resort. There are loads of restaurants an the first one you will see is planet Hollywood - well you couldn't miss it!!! As you enter the village there is a giant planet in front of you with an escalator disappearing inside it. Typical Planet Hollywood film memorabilia and overpriced food but is still a great experience. The Rainforest cafe is an experience not to be missed the kids will love eating dinner in the middle of a jungle filled with weird and wonderful animals, unfortunately to get into the restaurant you have to go through the shop which means more money as the kids will get a case of the 'I wants' and as per usual this being Disney nothing is cheap. Buffalo Bill's wild west show is great fun and everybody gets to join in, again it is not cheap but included in the price is a meal, all you can drink and a rip roaring hour and a half show, with live animals and allsorts! There is Cafe Mickey where you can go for a character breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are loads of other eating establishments but the ones above you should really book for especially in the high season. There is also a Imax cinema (if you have a 'cine meal' in Planet Hollywood you get a free ticket), Ben and Jerry's ice cream parlour and a plethora of gift shops. This is the perfect place to end your evening after a busy day in the theme parks.
The Disneyland Paris resort consists of Walt Disney Studios, Disneyland Park and the 8 resort hotels so it appears that a great way to boost their profits would be to introduce a small village filled with shops and restaurants to bring in more revenue and Disney Village was created.
Disney Village is located to the left of Lake Disney and links the Disney Hotels to the Disney Parks. It can be seen from your hotel with bright neon lights at the opposite end of Lake Disney and the music that can be heard as you approach the village its clear to see this is somewhere to be later on in the evening when the parks have closed down.
Disney Village offers a relaxing activities such as watching a film at the Cinema, PanoraMagique takes you gliding upwards, 100 metres into the air, to see the magic like never before subject to weather conditions, just like a hot air balloon ride at an additional cost:
Adults: Euro12 Children: Euro6
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the flagship Fun Bowling alley, is a condensed form of ten-pin bowling that can be played on the spot, no special shoes required!
Lake Disney offers more fun attractions and challenging activities. From pedal boats and swan boats to a classic carousel and coin-operated games, this is the best place to enjoy a laid-back afternoon of relaxation.
The 20 minute walk around Lake Disney itself gives you a stunning view of three vastly different slices of North America. Begin your USA tour in the buzzing plazas of New York, before journeying to the wild Sequoia national parks with the beautiful vegetation and stunning wildlife.
Complete your journey with a walk through old New England, past the lighthouse and across the boardwalk.
If you'd prefer to give your feet a rest from walking, hop onboard the Minnie Train for a circular tour around the lakeside.
From old-fashioned carnival games to Hotel New York's seasonal Rockefeller Ice Rink, there's fun and magic at every corner.
15 Screens offering film previews in English on certain nights
Offering the latest action-packed blockbuster or romantic movie comedy in one of Gaumont's 3922 seats.
Shows films in French only.
Offers free entry for guests staying at Disney Hotels which is a Caribbean-themed nightclub.
Personally I was far too tired to even consider visiting the nightclub during our visit as it opens from 11pm up until dawn it is suitable for all night owls!
If you are looking for somewhere to eat other than at your hotel then Disney Village has plenty of options available to you.
Cafe Mickey is open from 7.30am and offers table service for international cuisine and pizzas which is ideal for meeting the Disney characters.
La Grange is open from 6pm and offers a Tex-Mex style buffet ideal for those with a large appetite.
The Steakhouse is a table service restaurant open from 12pm and offers some great early bird specials so if steak is your thing take a look here and book a table as they get booked up really quickly.
Annette's Diner is an authentic american diner open from 11.30am and offers table service and take-away so if peace and quiet is what you need after a hectic day at the park you can retire to the comfort of your own room with their take-away service.
New York Style sandwiches offers snacks and is a healthier alternative to all other restaurants located on the Disney complex with sandwiches made to order and salads.
For those that like what they know a McDonalds is on hand as well and expect to pay top price for a large Big Mac meal here at just under Euro12!!
Planet Hollywood and the Rainforest Cafe can also be found on the Disney Village complex and are a popular choice for all visitors, both are open from 11.30am.
King Ludwig's Castle is my partner's favourite mainly because they offer a happy hour with 2 beers for the price of 1, ideal if you want to get a good deal on alcohol as it is pretty pricey in all of the resorts.
Buffalo Bill's Wild West show is a Wild West dinner show with authentic Wild West Texan cuisine, served directly to your table.
The adult's menu offers:
Trailside bread, Cattleman's chili. Sausage with herbs, Roasted chicken, Ranch house smoked ribs, Texan vegetables, Old-fashioned potatoes.
Warm apple cobbler with vanilla ice cream.
With unlimited water, beer or Coca-Cola. Plus tea or coffee.
Wine available to order (extra supplement) before the show.
The Children's Menu offers
Roasted leg of chicken, Sausage, Old-fashioned potatoes. Chocolate mousse.
With unlimited water or Coca-Cola.
Vegetarian and Pork-Free menus are also available.
Specify when booking or as soon as you arrive for the show.
It does get busy so make sure that you book in advance Adults Euro59 and Children Euro39 which is a good price for an evening's entertainment including food, compared with other restaurants this is an ideal night out.
There are also plenty of shops to buy souvenirs and gifts with as many Disney soft toys you can think of, Christmas decorations, clothes, outfits, pin badges, snowglobes and ornaments the choice is plentiful.
Personally, Disney Village did not appeal to me and it could certainly be improved to gain more visitors as it seems to be just a pathway through to the parks and hotels.
The restaurants offers a wider choice along with the restaurants located at the hotels, but nothing all that different to what you get in the Disney Parks and is ultimately just another way for visitors to earn Disney more money.