I had the opportunity, in early September 2018, to visit France and go to Disneyland Paris. Before I go on, let me do a clarification. Disneyland Paris is the name of the Disney resort, located in France. Disneyland Paris has two theme parks; Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios. I visited Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris. This is like Walt Disney World and their four theme parks. I was able to visit Disneyland Park twice. I documented my first day with a video vlog. On the first day, I was able to meet Daisy Duck, in her 25th Anniversary dress, and Pluto.
Daisy Duck with her 25th Anniversary dress
Screenshot of me meeting Pluto
That was a humid day and my hair was full curly mode
My vlog about Disneyland Paris
Minnie Mouse with her 25th Anniversary dress
Unlike Walt Disney World character meals, you could only meet Mickey and his friends at The Lucky Nugget at 3:30pm. If you didn't arrive on time, they would not let you in and that was their only appearance. I got in line around 3pm and was the first one to enter the restaurant for "Tea Time." The meal fee was 30 euros; about $34 American. My waiter shows me to my table and brings me a soft drink. This character meal was 2 hours long, included a brief stage show, a Toy Story puppet show, and Mickey, Minnie and Dingo visiting the tables. It wasn't a full meal, the tea time meal was made of a piece of chocolate Mickey cake, accompanied with tiers of scones, fudge, cupcakes and similar desert items. The show starts, the puppet show starts, the characters start greeting guests and I was never served the cake and pastries. Tea Time was nearly over and I still wasn't served the food, just the drink at the beginning. I brought it to the attention of one of the waiters and told him my situation. He didn't understand me, probably didn't speak English, and brought one of his "colleagues" who understood English. I explain my situation again to her and she didn't understand me. She thought I was asking for more food. She was telling me that I could not get a second serving. I explained to her again that I never got any food in the first place. She still didn't understand me and to "shut me up" she brought me a small plate with 3 or 4 pastries. At this point I gave up and ate my pastries. I could not believe that I wasn't severed properly. Every other table got their tiers of pastries and slices of Mickey cake and I didn't. I explained my situation twice and they didn't understand me. For a moment, I thought that the actual tea time meal was a separate fee, but it wasn't. I left the restaurant pleased because I met the characters with their western outfits, but disgruntled because I wasn't served the cake and pastries I paid for.
Sign advertising the character meal at The Lucky Nugget
I go about the rest of the day, walking through the beautiful park, looking at all the attractions. I eventually made my way to Mickey's theater to meet him. After meeting Mickey, I stayed at the park until closing time. While everyone was watching the fireworks show, I went to City Hall to give my complaint about The Lucky Nugget. I spoke to a cast member and told her what happened. I wasn't really complaining, I just wanted to make them aware that a customer did not get his food. While telling her the story, she had a smile with a blank look on her face. When I was done, she asked me "so, did you not get cake?" This annoyed me a bit, it's clearly stated in the story that I was not served cake. She then asks "are you sure you did not get cake?" "Yes, I'm sure" I replied. She left the reception area briefly and returned with a form. She asked me to fill out the form and explain what happened at The Lucky Nugget. I could not believe that I had to fill out for this. While I was filling out the form, the cast member calls The Lucky Nugget's manager and starts speaking in French. "Le garcon n'a pa recu de gateau" The gentleman did not receive his cake. As I'm finishing the form, she asks me again "you did not get cake, right?" I hand her the form as she ends her conversation with the restaurant manager. "We apologize for the event at The Lucky Nugget" she explained. Unenthusiastically, I accepted the apology. Finally, she hands me a coupon for a free bottled water. That was a nice touch. I did not want to get anything free out of this, but the coupon was nice. I wasn't served an entire meal and they hand me a coupon for a free bottled water. Something is something, right?
The Lucky Nugget characters and Mickey at his theater
My coupon for my free bottled water
The Lucky Nugget didn't bring me much luck after all. I paid for a meal that was never served and it seamed that cast members didn't believed me. Regardless of this unfortunate event, Disneyland Paris Park stole my heart. It's a beautiful, big park. It made me feel at home, like I belonged there. I haven't felt that with Magic Kingdom or the original Disneyland. Disneyland Paris Park has many flaws, but that didn't ruin my experience. The two days I visited the park were filled with joy and created wonderful memories. I was able to get the most out of it, ride many rides, watch the castle shows, enjoy the parade (while trying to avoid getting hit by a guest with a selfie stick) and meet my favorite characters. I hope to return to France on day, explore the country and visit Disneyland Paris resort again. Many think of Disneyland Paris as the "runt of the litter" of the Disney parks family. Is not as well maintained, operated or as profitable as the others. Plus, it's located in a country where Disney is not a big influence, like the United States or Japan. Nevertheless, Disneyland Paris Park is now my favorite Disney park.
You're probably wondering if I got my free bottled water? Yes I did, but that's another story. After leaving City Hall, I headed to Casey's Corner to claim my bottled water. When I got there, I did something I'm not proud of; I cut in line. It appeared that most European guests do not respect the un-spoken rules of forming a line, so I joined them by cutting in line. I showed my coupon to the clerk and he said the coupon was invalid. I made him get his supervisor and his supervisor said the same thing. Very firmly I told them the coupon came from City Hall and was signed by a cast member. They eventually gave me my bottled water.