Mango Whip – Review

Disneyland Paris Mango Whip

Since 2016, Disneyland Paris has been selling a summer Pineapple Whip treat; this delightful snack has become such a staple of the Disneyland Paris offering that for the Lion King and Jungle Festival it has received a little makeover and become the Mango Whip which is served at a price of €4.99 from the Adventureland Bazaar food cart (no annual pass discounts applicable).

Mango Whip Menu Board at Disneyland Paris

This snack follows the exact same style as its Pineapple cousin in that it is a Vanilla soft -serve ice cream which rests on a bed of Mango juice. It’s a simple snack but one that just hits the spot every single time. The ice cream is of a great quality and the mango juice tastes amazing when mixed in. For those summer days, it’s both refreshing and delicious.

Disneyland Paris Mango Whip

The only downside is the presentation, none of the Mango Whips I saw even came close to the presentation on the menu photo, they all just looked a bit floppy. Perhaps it is the cup that is just too big, the amount of ice cream and juice felt just right.

I love mango flavour anything, so this snack was always going to be a winner for me – better than the pineapple whip? I’m not sure, but it was a brilliant alternative.

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The Lion King and Jungle Festival, and all the food offerings associated with it, run until Sunday 22nd September 2019.

Lion King Signature Lunch at Hakuna Matata – Review

For the duration of the Lion King and Jungle Festival (30th June – 22nd September 2019) a special Lion King character lunch is offered at the Hakuna Matata restaurant in Adventureland. This menu is the meal included in the special Lion King Signature Experience with the Disney Hotels over the summer, but can be booked separately for €39.

The menu is decidedly simple, there are essentially two options to pick from. The adult menu features a Yassa Chicken, Plantain, Beef Meatballs, sautéed shrimps, vegetable salad with a peanut dressing; the Vegan menu which contains a Vegan sauté with tomato sauce, plantain and a vegetable salad with the peanut dressing.

Ordering takes only a few minutes and the meal is presented on a tray much like a standard quick service meal, once you have tray in hand you will be taken to a seat by a Cast Member.

The food is actually delightfully tasty. The chicken dish is nothing particularly special but is a cut above all other quick service chicken dishes; where this meal delivers on flavour is the delightful plantain – a cooked banana – this is both very tasty and unique, more importantly, it was cooked very well allowing all the flavours of the banana to be tasted. The meatballs in sauce were also very good.

The whole dish worked really well together, each part of the main having its own very unique flavour and texture. It felt more like a tasting platter where I got to try a little of everything and I came away wanting more of everything on the regular menu.

Major points go to the presentation of the plates, the bamboo plate and cutlery added something quite special and unique. It’s refreshing to see such effort going into a quick service meal; of course this also helps it be elevated above any of the other quick service meals.

For desert the coconut and banana flavour ice cream which has a number of flavours on it and a Simba motif – this was exceptional, a real themed snack that is Instagram heaven. Whilst it looks really good, it also tastes brilliant, the banana flavour is really evident and refreshing – add in that the ice cream is actually surprisingly large, we have a winner here.

The character meet and greet element to the meal is also super relaxed and chilled – just like the signature packages last year – Mickey, in a very cute new adventurer outfit – and Rafiki will walk casually up to your table and you have a very relaxed pace meet and greet, there’s no time pressure and the characters are brilliant.

Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this lunch to anybody who loves the Lion King, or who just wants to be further immersed in this wonderful season. This is one not to skip during your visit, you will not be disappointed!


The Lion King Signature experience lunch runs daily from 30th June – 22nd September 2019. It is priced at €39 for adults and €35 for children. Dining reservations can be made by phoning the Disneyland Paris dining reservations line on +33 1 60 30 40 50.

Lion King and Jungle Festival Snacks – Revealed!

Simba Shake - Lion King and Jungle Festival - Disneyland Paris

With the start of the Lion King and Jungle Festival just days away, Disneyland Paris have released details of some of the food and drink offerings available to guests during the festival.

Over at the Djembe Joy village (Frontierland), guests will be able to enjoy a range of quick hot and cold snacks with an African/Summer feel.

Snacks include:

Savannah Chicken Strips
Exotic fruit salade
Pride Rock Croq’
Coco-Cookie ice-cream
Zebralicious Donut
Safari Macaroons
Savannah banana bread
Mango Whip
Lion Tartelette
Choco-coco lollipaw
Pawsome chocolate print

Over at Victoria’s Home Style Kitchen – now a bar – two new Lion King inspired milkshakes have been created to celebrate all things Lion King. The Simba Shake is Vanilla and Praline flavoured, and the Pumbaa Shake is Nutella and banana flavour.

The Disneyland Paris buffets are also getting some special Lion King and Jungle Festival style treats with dishes including:

Wild Marble Cake
Shrimp and Pineapple Millet Salad
Smoked Chicken and Pineapple Millet Salad
African Peanut Soup
Yassa Chicken
Savannah Style Poulet DG
Mahi-Mahi Wrap
African Vegetable Stew
The Pride Coco Rock
Wild Mango Cake
Zebra Macaroon
Sweet & Wild Macaroon
Exotic fruit salad
Mango Baba 
Tropical Paw Mousse
Lion Tartelette
Rhezail Horns – Oriental pastry

Other speciality food offerings include the special African platter at Hakuna Matata – part of the signature experience – and only during lunch time. There is also a special Tribe Burger at Annette’s Diner.

These special offerings are only during the Lion King and Jungle Festival, which runs from 30th June – 22nd September 2019.

Rendez-Vous Gourmand to return in Summer 2019

Disneyland Paris has announced the return of the popular food festival the Rendez-Vous Gourmand for the summer 2019 period. The festival will run from 10th July until the 13th October 2019 in the Walt Disney Studios Park.

A Cast Member working at the Rendez-Vous Gourmand 2018 in Disneyland Paris

The festival celebrates food and drink from across France and Europe with stalls promoting food from many of the French regions (such as Brittany Crepes, Raclette from Savoie, Provence Ratatouille) as well as many renowned European dishes including Spanish Paella, Italian Panna Cotta and Belgian Frikandelle.

New for 2019 will be a stand dedicated to Greek food which will include salads and moussaka, a patisserie stand offering eclairs and a new wine stand which will be centred around organic wines from across France.

Of course, all the popular entertainment and music will also be returning to make this a fun filled summer festival of food in the Walt Disney Studios Park.

A crêpe and cider at the Rendez-Vous Gourmand 2018 in Disneyland Paris

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

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Cépages: Restaurant Review

Cépages wine - Villages Nature Paris

On the Lakeside Promenade at Villages Nature Paris sits a cluster of a few restaurants. From my reading and research, a lot of excitement and hype seems to surround the Cépages Wine Bar and Restaurant. Luckily, as part of the InsidEars Hotels and Resorts Discovery Weekend, I was given the chance to take a look around Villages Nature and the chance to try a meal inside this restaurant.

From the outset, Cépages is a distinctly French affair playing loud live performances of French music outside as you approach. But this is no traditional old bistro, Cépages is distinctly modern in both look, food and sounds.

Cépages at Villages Nature

Design with a modern French flair

Cépages, as previously mentioned is very modern in outlook, this suits the Lakeside Promenade down to the ground; everything here is about the large glass fronts allowing for enjoyable vistas over the main lake. The airy modern feel means that you never really feel like your fellow diners are on top of you.

The wine cellar at Cépages, Villages Nature

For those wanting a private dining experience, there is the private wine cellar area. This closes off to be protected from the rest of the restaurant and offers intimate group dining away from the crowds.

Food that prioritises shared experiences

Food at Cépages is a very traditional affair. Most dishes are inspired by classic French cuisine with plenty in the way of sharing dishes.

For starter, I opted for the Butternut soup. The dish was plenty big enough for a starter portion and had a very rich and creamy taste. I was unsure about having the seeds inside the soup dish, I ended up eating around them and leaving them. This was slightly annoying as it obviously caused avoidable food waste; whilst the seeds are good from a presentational perspective, I think practically it does not work so well. However, the taste was very good and overall I still enjoyed the dish.

For my main course I opted for the Bœuf Bourgignon which was served on top of a bed of Tagliatelle  pasta. Mains are presented in sharing hot pot dishes which you are able to share amongst your table; the concept works really well and encourages a shared dining experience – as a quirk of this restaurant, I think this is a great idea and adds something quite fun into the mix.

Taste wise, this dish was sublime. The beef was delightfully tender, the vegetables and potatoes were slow cooked until soft and the sauce flavouring was rich.

Bœuf Bourgignon at Cépages - Villages Nature
Desert, for me, was the Pomme façon tatin (Apple in the tatin style). Having expected the presentation of this to have been more like a tart, this was a bit of a surprise. The apple, in a caramelised sauce on a bed of ice cream, pastry and crumble tasted delightful. As a picture, it looks a bit messy; but don’t let the photo deceive you, the taste of the warm, soft apple really does work well. It’s not a tart, but it is good.

Obviously, in a wine bar you’d expect to have a range of wines on offer. Cépages is no different, as part of the tour we had a red wine – selected by the restaurant – to try (unfortunately I did not manage to catch the name I’m afraid); the wine was light and packed a good taste. I would be confident in saying that Cépages would be able to guide you to the right wine for your meal and for that wine to be of a good quality.

Cépages wine - Villages Nature Paris

Final thoughts

Cépages is a restaurant to try if you are passing through Villages Nature. Its location, close to all the central facilities of the resort, means that even if you are just passing through for a day that this is a viable option for a meal.

Inside you will have an enjoyable meal in a sleek modern environment which mixes modern French life with its traditional past. I look forward to one day returning and trying even more dishes.

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