Review: Breakfast with the Disney Princesses

Pastries next to a menu during the Disneyland Paris Princess breakfast at the Auberge de Cendrillon

Who doesn’t want to wake up with breakfast in the heart of Fantasyland with the Disney Princesses? From July 1st 2019 this popular breakfast offering is returning to Disneyland Paris, I had the chance to try it during its Spring 2019 run and it was such a wonderful experience that I’m so glad is making a permanent return to the park.

The food

Upon arriving at the Auberge de Cendrillion in Fantasyland, a friendly Cast Member will take you to your table in the restaurant; already set up on the table are a range of pastries including Croissants, Pain au Chocolat, Breads. These pastries tasted fresh and were a great way to open up the meal.

Pastries next to a menu during the Disneyland Paris Princess breakfast at the Auberge de Cendrillon

At this point you will also be brought your choice of hot drink and fruit juice. These are pretty basic, but fine, they are never going to be the highlight of the meal.

After a few minutes, you will be brought a selection of sweet items including yoghurt, salmon and a few other bits. These felt mostly forgettable in the great scheme of the breakfast, an afterthought and not the most tasty one at that.

A breakfast dish at the Auberge de Cendrillion including an egg, 3 sausages, potatoes and assorted vegetables. The plate is finished with a Mickey Mouse waffle

The main dish is a good mix of eggs, sausages, potatoes and a Mickey waffle. These were all delicious and tasted like the premium offering that this meal is. The potatoes are cooked in butter and taste richer for this, whereas the sausages are the usual veal sausages that you’ll find in the hotel breakfasts. Whilst I enjoyed the Mickey Waffle, and it does make for a good photo, it would have been nice for some form of accompaniment to it, perhaps some maple syrup? Without it, the waffle lacks something.

The Disney Princesses

Whilst a delicious breakfast is one part of the breakfast, you’re really here to meet some of the Disney princesses! At the breakfast 3 princesses will be present – no princes or other characters. Whilst this is not a large number of characters, you never feel rushes in your interactions, it always feels relaxed and that the princess has time for a good conversation.

Aurora posing in a medieval castle looking doorway at the Auberge de Cendrillon at Disneyland Paris

Cast Members will always be walking around to ensure that you get to see each of the 3 as well, you’ll never be caught short. On my visit I had the chance to meet Aurora, Cinderella and Snow White. Getting 3 princesses in quick succession with no wait time can be worth its weight in gold during the peak seasons!

I felt that 3 was the optimum number, I came away feeling both satisfied with my meets but also that I had the chance and opportunity to have a relaxed breakfast meal.

Practical Information

The Princess breakfast at the Auberge de Cendrillion returns on 1st July 2019. Bookings can be taken via your travel agent or via the Disneyland Paris dining line.

The meal is priced at €49 (with annual pass discounts applicable as usual) and is broken into two sittings – 8:30am and 9:45am.

Should you do this meal?

If you are wanting to have a more upper-end breakfast or meet the Disney Princesses without the wait, then almost certainly yes, you should make time for this. The Princess Breakfast is a truly special experience and will make many faces light up with joy.

It would be nice for the breakfast to have photographers with the characters to add to the Disney PhotoPass+ service, but unfortunately this does not happen – make sure you bring your camera to immortalise those memories!

An empty dining room in a castle-like setting at the Auberge de Cendrillon in Disneyland Paris

Now watch me whip: The Disneyland Paris Pineapple Whip

The rumour mill at Disneyland Paris spins often, loudly and mostly erroneously. Most of the time, Disneyland Paris fans have come to ignore rumours unless undeniable proof emerges causing them to be used as unconfirmed fact. In April, a rumour emerged that the famous Dole Whips were to arrive at Disneyland Paris. Instead, Disneyland Paris created the Pineapple Whip. For those of us, including myself, uninitiated in the American Disney Parks culture, a Dole Whip is described as:

The popular dessert, served in a cup or in a glass of pineapple juice as a float topped with a maraschino cherry and Polynesian paper umbrella, is a benefit of Disneyland’s long-standing relation with Dole Foods, corporate sponsors of Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. For many years, the snack bar at Disneyland was opened only sporadically; it may be surmised that pressure from park guests as well as Dole itself coupled with the park’s new management played a role. –Disney Wiki

Disneyland Paris has not had a snack culture before, for Europeans the idea of signature snacks is something of a new one. The Pineapple Whip, therefore, is a new entry in the Disneyland Paris offering.

We need a little controversy!

The Dole Whip emerges into Disneyland Paris, only for fans to discover that this frozen treat is not a Dole Whip at all, in fact Disneyland Paris have created something new. The Pineapple Whip is a vanilla ice cream floating in delicious pineapple syrup and fresh pineapple juice. But for Disney fans, this was not good enough. ‘A cheap imitation’, ‘disapointing’ say some Disneyland Paris fans. Allow me to put these criticisms to rest.

Firstly, nobody officially announced a Dole Whip coming to Disneyland Paris; therefore, no, you have not been cheated out of an ice cream. Secondly, this is no cheap imitation, this is a snack that has been inspired by the American counterparts not a ‘blatant rip off.’ Using this logic, Tangled is a blatant rip off of the original Rapunzel story (and all Disney stories take this route).

It seems bizarre that when Disneyland Paris add something new, fans have moaned. An addition in the food offerings and uniqueness in Disneyland Paris is something to be applauded. Especially when it is good.

Pineapple Whip at Disneyland Paris

…oh, and it’s good!

During my trip to Disneyland Paris for the Mickey and the Magician press event, I couldn’t stop myself from trying one of these, already infamous, Pineapple Whips. I walked over to Adventureland, and placed my order. I watched the Cast Member make my ice cream in anticipation of what followed.

The ice cream looked tempting; it was exactly as described, vanilla ice cream in pineapple juice. I took my first sip and I loved it. The flavour is extremely strong, the pineapple refreshing and the ice cream of a very high standard. This is easily the best, and most unique, ice cream treat we have in Disneyland Paris. It tastes fresh and has a nice tangy bite to it.

In short, the pineapple whip is a nice, refreshing snack. A snack that is worth celebrating and hopefully marks the start of Disneyland Paris extending their afternoon offerings. More like this, and I will be a very happy person.

 

The best burgers in Disneyland Paris!

The interior of Café des Cascadeurs

In the deep concrete of Backlot in the Walt Disney Studios park lies a hidden gem. The Café des Cascadeurs is a real treat for the taste buds but it also has a hidden bit of Disney history. It is here you’ll find the best burgers in Disneyland Paris!

The exterior of Café des Cascadeurs
Café des Cascadeurs is the oldest building in any Disney Park

The oldest item in Disneyland Paris!

The Walt Disney Studios park opened in 2002, 10 years after its older brother. But, the Walt Disney Studios park holds a greater accolade – it has the oldest item in Disneyland Paris – and indeed in any Disney park in the world! The tin-can building was built in the 1940s to serve hot dinners in the 1940s in the United States. The wagon was then moved to the Germany and eventually ended up in the hands of Disney to be placed in Disneyland Paris. So, the wagon built in the 1940s predates anything at Disneyland Resort which opened in 1955.

The famous Cascadeurs burgers

I am claiming responsibility for the popularity of the Café des Cascadeurs popularity in the Disneyland Paris fan community. In April 2014 I was lucky enough to finally see the restaurant open – because the Café des Cascadeurs is elusive. I popped in and ordered the double Angus burger without the garnish. I was seated on the bar stools next to the kitchen, I got to see the chefs at work! I am pleased to say that I watched the chefs make my burger from the original minced steak. The thing that strikes you when you walk into the restaurant is the smell, the smell of fresh cooking is one of the best smells one has the pleasure of experience. The burger arrives and it looks full, juicy and delicious.

The Double Angus burger in Café des Cascadeurs
The Double Angus burger in Café des Cascadeurs

The best part of it all is that it stacks up. The burger is as good as it looks and more. I left the restaurant and immediately claimed that this was the best food you can find in the entire resort. Since then I’ve eaten at a number of other restaurants in Disneyland Paris, including the Bistrot Chez Rémy, and I’m pleased to say that I stick by my claim. If you like burgers, you owe it to yourself to try this restaurant!

A swinging 50’s ambiance

This restaurant, as like many of the Disneyland Paris eateries, is about so much more than the food. This is also true here, whilst the name suggests stuntman (Cascadeur being French for stuntman), happily this theme extends only to the sign and bike outside. This truly is a 1950’s dining experience. What will immediately strike you is the pastel colour scheme, it’s very simple but really easy on the eye and effectively transports you to another world. Immediately upon entering on your right-hand side, there is a jukebox. Ask a cast member and they’ll happily turn it on for this is no simple prop, this is a real working jukebox playing things such as Elvis Presley.

The interior of Café des Cascadeurs
The pastel colours of the interior of Café des Cascadeurs

Food for thought

The Café des Cascadeurs is a diamond in the rough if you will. This is the perfect restaurant to come visit if you like a good burger in a really pleasant ambiance. The outside views may not be overly special but the inside and food more than make up for it. Take a trip to the Walt Disney Studios for lunch, you really won’t regret it.