As a special birthday surprise on my most recent trip to Disneyland Paris this June, I was treated to dinner in Inventions. Inventions is one of the restaurants in the grand Victorian-inspired Disneyland Hotel situated above and around the entrance to Disneyland Park.
The general theme of the restaurant is of the technological marvels surrounding the Victorian period. Some stylised artifacts/models are placed in glass cabinets and hanging from the ceiling.
The theming is subtle and classy, which creates a lovely setting to eat in.
On our first visit we sat one table away from the window that looked towards the Disney castle.
On our second visit we sat right next to a different window. It had an even better view of the entrance to Disneyland Park and the Disney castle. I don’t think you can have more perfect surroundings to eat dinner!
The restaurant is technically classed as buffet style dining. However, what springs to mind when you think of you bog standard buffet is the complete anthesis of Inventions. The food features fine dining from across the globe. From seafood, to flavorful and inventive salads, joints of roast beef and pork freshly carved, anti-pasti, pasta dishes, cold cuts, olives, mint and garlic infused green beans to a vast array unique and fanciful desserts. Aside from the more creative options, there are also options suitable to children (and adults a like) who might prefer pizza slices, chips, homemade chicken nuggets, spaghetti etc. There is also a variety of fresh fruit and yogurt as well as bowls of sweets and marshmallows. There really is something for everyone.
As someone who suffers from a gluten and wheat allergy, I was over the moon to find that the majority of the food was ok for me to eat. I had no reaction due to any possible cross contamination. However, I would recommend steering away from some of the bread, cakes and pizza dishes and their utensils especially if you allergy is very severe. However, the cast members were always there and incredibly helpful.
You can go up as many times as you would like. As soon as you have finished a plate, the dutiful Cast Members come around to clear up and insist that you use clean plates. Despite selecting and serving the food yourself, the Cast Members are incredibly attentive.
Inventions is a character dining experience. Previously, I have eaten at Cafe Mickey, another character dining restaurant. I was intrigued to see how it would match up as I have had a mixed experiences in Cafe Mickey. However, in inventions, the characters spend a lot more time (if you want) with the guests. For example, Chip and Dale spent quite a while taking pictures, playing with our hair and being mischievous; at one point they insisted on us getting our phones to take selfie’s with us.
Over the trip, we dined here twice because our experience the first time was so good. However, we had a late lunch for our second visit and spent a lot less time interacting with the characters and instead wanted to enjoy the surroundings, the views and the food. The characters and their attendants were very good at gauging the tables that wanted more character interaction and the tables that did not.
If you are celebrating a birthday and want to have a cake, you can pay 20.00 euros. For this price you get, an announcement on the speakers that they have special birthday today, a birthday song that plays whilst cast members get the restaurant to start clapping to the rhythm of the song and around three to four characters (not always Mickey and Minnie) that bring out the cake. They then often encourage you to get up and dance with them after you have blown out the candles, and once the music has stopped, they stay to take some photos with you.
The cake itself is not your normal run of the mill cake; it is made out of ice-cream with meringue topping. Mickey Mouse’s face is on the top, along with a personalised happy birthday chocolate front.
We were about to tuck into the cake, when the manager came running over. He informed us that unfortunately this cake was not gluten-free owing to the manufacturing methods of the meringue topping (your allergies’ severity would depend whether you could eat this or not). He then informed us, that the reason he brought the cake over was because he still wanted me to have this cake as it looked a lot better than the gluten-free alternative. As he was explaining this, another cast member brought out the gluten-free alternative; it was the largest, and most delicious looking chocolate torte I had ever seen. We were given both of these cakes to share between the 3 of us (obviously I was only allowed the torte but this wasn’t a problem as it was delicious). As we had so much left over, we spoke to the manager and insisted that it was cut up and given to the cast members. He actually informed us that they were not allowed to eat on shift at all, but said he would do what he could to make sure they had some at the end of their shift. Whether this actually happened or not I do not know, but it was excellent service nonetheless and incredibly thoughtful and kind. Service like this is what ‘Disney’ is all about.
Overall, I would highly recommend this restaurant. At 55 euros a head it is not the cheapest. However, if you have paid for a premium meal plan or the Hotel Meal Plan and are staying at the Disneyland Hotel, then you can use your vouchers to eat here. If you have a plus, standard or hotel meal plan (hotels other than the Disneyland Hotel) then you can use your vouchers to exchange and pay the difference of your meal. It is definitely worth doing if you want to a special treat!
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