Vegan Review: Viapino (Disneyland Paris)

Viapino is a chain and you can find them in the UK, so it’s not a great Disney tradition or anything, but it is the only place in Disneyland Paris that has marked vegan options, so that was good enough for me.

That said the vegan options aren’t massively inspiring. You can have the pasta without the cheese on top or the pizza without the cheese on top. You get the picture. I wanted the bruschetta to start so I went over to the station for that. There was only one man working the station and he wasn’t working terribly quickly. I was waiting behind two people and not going anywhere. So I switched to the pasta station, coming back for the bruschetta after I’d finished that. I waited ages again but finally got my bruschetta. It was good but hardly worth the line.

The pasta line was just as chaotic but with more people working it they managed to get me served pretty quickly. I got the arrabbiatta sauce and was asked if I wanted it spicy. Which I did. It was not spicy. In fact I found that everything that promised to be spicy in Disneyland Paris was barely touched by a chilli. It was delicious, but more as a tomato sauce.

I enjoyed the food. Simple but fresh and hearty. Getting everything was a little stressful though. I’d probably try to go back at a quieter time. That’s the Disneyland Paris location though. I wouldn’t go out of my way to go to any of the UK locations. Not when even places like Pizza Hut serve vegan cheese now. In fact that’s exactly where we stopped on the way home.

Vegan Review: Agrabah Cafe (Disneyland Paris)

Agrabah Cafe is named after the fictional city that is, of course, home to Aladdin. As such it serves Middle Eastern inspired food. Including about four varieties of hummus. So it was the first place that I booked. I knew I’d at least get to eat that.

I can’t overstate how incredible beautiful Disneyland Paris is. If you’ve been to Disney World you’ve seen how well themed it is but Disneyland Paris takes it up a notch. Agrabah Cafe is a series of small dining rooms that are themed like a bazaar complete with tantalising entrances to shops that… don’t actually exist. It’s like a fairytale.

I went crazy here. Mostly with the salads. Though there are some great vegetable dishes with the mains, especially the French beans which were fresh and perfect in a way you don’t expect a vegetable on a buffet could ever be. Also, once again, I think I ate my weight in olives.

Vegans: Agrabah Cafe is the place to eat. Great food and the theming is beyond amazing.

Vegan Review: Billy Bobs (Disneyland Paris)

Billy Bobs is in Disney Village. In fact we heard it advertised on Disney Village ‘radio’ when we were browsing the shops. It called it the largest Texan-themed buffet in Europe. Which may well be true, it’s pretty big, but is there some sort of official contest for that? Anyway. My Dad loves Tex Mex so I knew it would be a hit with him and I figured I could always snack on a few tortilla chips and maybe a bit of lettuce so we rocked up, ordered a few cokes and went to the buffet.

Oh yeah. I ate a lot of nachos. Aside from the tortilla chips, veggie chilli, guac and salsa pictured here there was also an assortment of salads and some other vegetable dishes. One plate made up was a ‘salad’ that was like 50% olives with a topping of cornichons. Vegetables too. But mostly olives. For desert there is a tonne of fruit to choose from and ice lollies which I think are probably for children but Kelsie was eating gummies for I have no shame.

Billy Bob’s, the largest Texas-style buffet in Europe, has a surprising number of options for vegans. And I would recommend a visit. It was, to my surprise, one of the best meals I had in Disneyland Paris.

Review: Captain Jack’s (Disneyland Paris)

Captain Jack’s is a a gorgeous, beautifully themed restaurant that sits along the track for Pirates of the Caribbean. It is however not well lit so please excuse the photos here.

I was very excited to learn that there was a souvenir cup on offer here. Two in fact. One styled like bamboo the other like a coconut. I got the bamboo with my mocktail inside. They actually don’t serve your drink in the one you take home, you get a clean one in a box. They’re good quality and really cool so if you’re a souvenir mug collector put Captain Jack’s on your must visit list.

Okay, so that’s the lighting and the drinks containers sorted: on with the food. There are three courses available here but I only had the main: Vegetable Curry, Plantain Banana and Captain’s Rice. Plantain is one of my all time favourite foods and I got two nice big chunks on top. That was the highlight of the dish. The curry itself was nice, pleasant, coconutty, inoffensive. And god, I wish there was some chilli sauce to go with it! It was just a little too restrained.

That said I’d still recommend eating here. For one thing vegan options are thin on the ground in Disneyland Paris but also the theming is absolutely stunning.