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It’s no secret that food and drinks inside Disneyland Paris come at a hefty premium. As such one great way to save money when visiting the parks is to bring along your own drinks and snacks.
Having had the pleasure of visiting Disneyland Paris multiple times over the past decade (both with and without children) we’re excited to share everything we know about bringing snacks into the parks.
Are You Allowed To Take Snacks Into Disneyland Paris?
You are more than welcome to bring your own food and drinks to Disneyland Paris. However, not all foods and drinks are permitted for health and safety reasons.
You will have to pass through security (x-ray machines) before entering the Disney Village (which holds the two Disneyland Paris parks). As such, it’s important to note what you can’t bring to the parks with you;
You can’t bring any alcohol into the Disneyland Paris parks with you, regardless of its percentage level. That said, you can purchase selected alcoholic beverages inside the parks.
You also can’t bring any glass containers into the parks. This includes baby food jars and perfume bottles.
However, you can bring plastic or metal containers, as long as they don’t exceed the maximum size limit of 20 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm.
Sadly you are also not allowed to bring picnic hampers to Disneyland Paris. However, you can bring soft-sided coolers as long as they don’t exceed the size limit of 20 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm.
You are not allowed to bring any knives or other sharp objects into the parks. However, you can bring things like plastic cutlery and straws.
Best Snacks To Take To Disneyland Paris
Now that we’ve gone over what you can’t bring let’s talk about some of the best snacks to take with you to Disneyland Paris.
Ideally, we’re looking for foods that can withstand being in a hot backpack all day and aren’t going to leak, go bad or turn to mush.
So what snacks fit that specification;
A classic trail mix is always a great option when it comes to snacks.
It’s easy to make your own at home, or you can purchase one from the store. Just make sure it doesn’t have any chocolate in it, as that will melt during the day.
Chips / Crisps
Chips / crisps are a fantastic snack choice for Disneyland Paris. Not only are they easy to eat on the go, but they can also be found in a variety of flavours.
While they can get crushed easily, you can minimise the impact by storing them safely around a coat or jacket in your backpack.
If you’re bringing a large share-size bag, don’t forget to pack an elastic band or bag clip so you can reseal it after use.
French pastries are a great park snack option if you want something a little more substantial. However, not all French pastries are up to the task of being inside your backpack on a long hot day at Disneyland Paris.
Based on our own (very dramatic and messy) experience, we’ve found that the best French pastries for a day at the parks are croissants since they are relatively dense and don’t contain any chocolate that could melt.
Popcorn is always a popular snack choice, especially at Disneyland Paris.
You can purchase it from one of the many popcorn carts around the parks or take your own with you. Just make sure to pack it in an airtight container, so it doesn’t get stale during the day.
Fruit is an excellent option if you’re looking for something healthy to snack on. While fresh fruit is always the best option, dried fruit will also last longer in your backpack without going bad.
Sweets / Candy
Sweets and candy are something yourself and you’re kids are no doubt going to reach for when visiting Disneyland Paris.
As such it’s best to be realistic when it comes to choosing your snacks for the parks and pack some of these sweet treats.
However, when it comes to bringing candy and sweets into Disneyland Paris there are a couple of things to keep in mind; first, make sure it doesn’t melt easily and secondly, avoid anything that could potentially leak or make a mess.
Sandwiches are another excellent option for a more substantial snack.
Just make sure to use hearty bread that won’t go stale quickly, and pack any condiments or fillings separately, so they don’t make the bread soggy.
Vegetable sticks are a great healthy option for Disneyland Paris.
They are easy to eat on the go and can be dipped in a variety of sauces or dips. Just make sure to pack them in an airtight container, so they don’t go limp during the day.
On our most recent trip to Disneyland Paris (2022) a bottle of water inside the park was €3.30 and a bottle of coke was €3.80.
As such it can be incredibly cost-effective to pack your own drinks or bring a reusable water bottle for the water fountains.
Most quick-service restaurants inside the Disneyland Paris parks will also fill up your water bottle for free.
Other Food-Related Items To Pack For Disneyland Paris
In addition to snacks, you should consider packing a few other food-related items for your trip to Disneyland Paris.
Tupperware containers are great for packing sandwiches or containing snacks. However, they also help minimise the likelihood of certain snacks getting crushed and damaged.
Reusable Water Bottle / Coffee Mug
As we mentioned before, a reusable water bottle or coffee mug is a great way to avoid wasting single-use plastic cups inside the parks. However, that’s not the only benefit to having a reusable water bottle or coffee cup as it can also help you save money and reduce the amount of spending money you need for Disneyland Paris.
Even if you’re not planning on bringing any snacks to the park with you that require utensils, it’s still a great idea to bring along your own reusable set to avoid single-use plastics when in the Disneyland Paris parks.
Plastic straws are a thing of the past at Disney parks around the world, and if, like us, you’re finding paper straws incredibly frustrating, it’s a good idea to bring along a reusable one of your own.
Wet wipes are a must-have for any Disneyland Paris trip.
They come in handy for cleaning your hands after eating messy snacks, wiping down tables before eating, and even cleaning up spills.
Another great item to pack for Disneyland Paris is hand sanitiser.
This will help keep your hands clean when soap and water are not available.
Finally, tissues are always a good idea to have on hand, especially if you have young children with you, since they can be used for everything from wiping runny noses to cleaning up spills.
Where To Buy Snacks For Disneyland Paris
Depending on where you’re travelling to Disneyland Paris from you’ll want to consider the best place to buy your snacks in advance.
Bring From Home
Provided that your food & drink meets the airline requirements either for hand-baggage or the hold and the customs & immigration rules for entering France, you may be able to bring snacks with you from home.
Bringing food from home is fantastic if you’re travelling with picky eaters or those who have specific dietary requirements, as it means you can pack their favourite snacks with you.
Just make sure to double-check the rules before your trip, so you don’t run into any problems at the airport.
French Supermarkets & Convenience Stores
During our most recent visit to Disneyland Paris, we stayed in an Airbnb in Serris just next to the Val D’Europe shopping centre.
This shopping centre is just one stop from Marne-la-Vallée Chessy train station (Disneyland Paris station) and holds an incredibly large Auchan (supermarket / grocery store) which was essential for picking up food for our apartment and snacks for days in the park.
Val D’Europe is one of the largest shopping centres in France, and as such, you’ll find major stores such as Primark, JD, H&M and more. Perfect for picking up those last essentials or forgotten items at an affordable price.
Pro tip: If you’re travelling to Disneyland Paris with younger children & babies, you’ll also find that these stores stock your essentials such as formula, puree, diapers & wipes.
Tips For Taking Snacks to Disneyland Paris
Bringing snacks into Disneyland Paris can save you a lot of money and make travelling with dietary requirements significantly easier. However, there are some things you want to consider prior to packing;
This might seem like an obvious one, but it’s worth mentioning since it can be tempting to overpack when it comes to food & drink.
However, remember you can always buy snacks & drinks inside the parks if you get hungry or thirsty, so there’s no need to bring everything with you and risk ruining your day or long weekend with a bad back from carrying everything.
When packing your snacks for Disneyland Paris, make sure to pack them in a way that will make them easy to eat on the go.
For example, if you’re bringing fruit & vegetable sticks, we recommend packing them in an airtight container with a dip or sauce on the side.
Packing your food in this way will not only keep them fresh but also make them easy to eat whilst walking around the park.
When packing snacks for Disneyland Paris, it’s a good idea to bring a mix of both sweet & savoury options.
This way, you’ll have something to snack on no matter what time of day it is or how hungry you are.
Plus, it will help to keep everyone in your group happy since not everyone likes the same things.
Bring ‘Treat’ Food
Disneyland Paris serves a range of sweet treats that can be incredibly enticing, but also incredibly expensive.
As such, it’s a good idea to consider that your kids may ask for chocolate, sweets etc. and pack your snacks accordingly where possible.
Check The Rules
Lastly, before heading to Disneyland Paris with your snacks in tow, make sure to check the rules & regulations for taking food & drink into the parks.
This way, you can avoid any problems at the gates and enjoy a stress-free day snacking away.