Hello and welcome back to Disneyland Paris at 25.
From the hotels, I’m hopping back into the Disneyland Park and wandering through Adventureland until we reach the warmth and atmospheric Blue Lagoon Restaurant.
Situated right next to, and actually, inside of Pirates of the Caribbean, this particular restaurant appeals to me in a number of ways. As well as being a sit-down restaurant, the menu plays on the exotic and steers away from food that we’d traditionally find in Disneyland.
Served amid tropical palm trees, lush foliage and white sand, you feel as if you’ve stepped out of Disneyland and travelled across to the Caribbean where pirates are waiting around every turn. Created by the soft lighting and other visual plus sound effects, you forget that you are eating inside quite a large, enclosed structure. For example, guests might be able to hear the chirping of crickets, the croaking of frogs, not to mention catching the glow of passing fireflies.
It’s hard to express how I feel about the Blue Lagoon but it is the atmosphere and the proximity to the Pirates of the Caribbean boats that hits me whenever I eat there. Saying that, I’ve only eaten there a couple of times but with the food that is on offer, it is easily one of my favourite table restaurants.
The only downside that I’ve got is that I don’t believe it to be the most accessible of restaurants for Deaf or Hard of Hearing guests, and that solely comes down to the lighting. This is obviously subjective but I find that from a signing point of view it is not always easy to read against the night time setting.
However, that doesn’t put me or my family off from always enjoying the experience.
A company that specialised in the restoration of French historical monuments was brought in to help construct the restaurant. Imagineers had to request that they make the building a little less stylish and perfect so that it would match its pirate surroundings.
Among the décor are paintings done by Marc Davis, the Disney artist who was responsible for the pirate characters in Disneyland’s original 1964 Pirates of the Caribbean attraction
According to legend, the pirates built three huts inside the restaurant – one out of pieces from one of the boats, a second from the wood when the boat wore out, and a third from the palm trees.
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!