We're big fans of a good Disney bar crawl. While Disneyland and Walt Disney World both have respectable bar crawls, the international scene is not as bright. If you're planning a trip to Disneyland Paris, though, and wanted to see how to get some adulting done, we're here to help! Here's our guide to the hotel bars of Disneyland Paris, as told through a bar crawl!
Disneyland Paris Bars Make for a Decent Bar Crawl
Disneyland Paris is a great place for a bar crawl. First of all, the hotels are all close together. You can walk among all of them in under 30 minutes, Davy Crockett's Ranch excepted. Second, the hotels are close to Disney Village, which is itself home to a few bars if you wanted to mix things up.
Best of all, the Disneyland Paris hotel bars are pretty good. Not great. They aren't Trader Sam's or Jock Lindsey's, but they're an enjoyable time. So, how did we fare in our first Disneyland Paris bar crawl?
First Stop - Red Garter Saloon, Disney's Hotel Cheyenne
We decided to start with Red Garter Saloon at Disney's Hotel Cheyenne. This was the farthest bar we were planning to go to, as we didn't have real interest in checking out the Rio Grande Bar of Disney's Santa Fe Hotel. We went at about 4:30, having heard the bars open in mid-to-late afternoon.
The walk from Disney Village was about 15 minutes, and when we arrived, Hotel Cheyenne was a bit deserted. This wasn't super surprising give the time, but the spacious nature of the hotel grounds created a pretty eerie feeling. The campus of Hotel Cheyenne is a little much to navigate, but we knew if we followed signs to the lobby and the bar, we would find our way the the saloon. The space of Hotel Cheyenne was pretty cool to walk through.
Red Garter Saloon at Hotel Cheyenne was one of our favorite stops, despite being empty when we arrived and through our time there (there were a few people sitting outside).
We talked about how we would consider Hotel Cheyenne for a future trip (and we did!), though the price difference from Disney's Sequoia Lodge isn't that big.
Red Garter Saloon was also well-decorated for Halloween while we were there, which really added to the experience. There was plenty of outdoor seating as well, which would be especially nice if the square in the middle of the hotel ever got busy.
We didn't discover this until later, but the drink prices vary by hotel (or at least hotel tier) at Disneyland Paris. Of the bars we went to, they were cheapest here. Beers were €6.99 for a half-liter at Red Garter Saloon, while they were €9 at Cafe Fantasia. Cocktails also ranged, but unfortunately we didn't catch the amount at Red Garter (we think around €10-12). They were €19 at Cafe Fantasia, though.
The hours for Red Garter Saloon were 4PM to midnight Sunday through Friday, 4PM to 1AM Saturday.
Second Stop - Captain's Quarters, Newport Bay Club
After Red Garter Saloon, we went back to Lac Buena Vista and had drinks at Captain's Quarters at Disney's Newport Bay Club. Newport Bay Club is a hotel aiming for the style of Yacht and Beach Club. The hotel was renovated in spring 2016, which gives it a fairly fresh feeling. The theming here felt very Walt Disney World Moderate/Deluxe to us. There was a lot of it, but it felt natural. Hotel Cheyenne was cool but maybe a bit overboard, more like a Walt Disney World Value Resort.
Newport Bay Club's bar, Captain's Quarters, is a comfortable spot overlooking Hotel New York and Lac Buena Vista. Unfortunately, this view is somewhat interrupted by the roof of the ground floor of the hotel. Why they didn't just build a patio, I don't know.
Drinks were priced at the "deluxe" end here (see our above section on Red Garter Saloon for price).
The ambiance of the bar is otherwise quite nice. The nautical theming isn't so overwhelming, pretty much consisting of a model boat in the middle of the room and some nautical drinks. One of their specialty drinks was a tiki drink which, being fans of Trader Sam's, we could not turn down. The hours for Captain's Quarters that Friday were 11AM to 1AM.
Third Stop - New York City Bar, Disney's Hotel New York
From Captain's Quarters we headed to New York City Bar, the bar of Disney's Hotel New York.
Disney's Hotel New York is a (you guessed it) New York themed hotel. The outside of the building looks a bit dated to us (not just in the way it is supposed to), but we found the inside to be a bit more retro chique.
This bar doesn't often get rave reviews, but we enjoyed our time there. They offered two Old Fashioneds, of which we tried the traditional. The theming was cool, with an old-school American city vibe and various New York related images lining the ceiling.
The downside is that despite the cozy ambiance, there is no view from this bar.
Fourth Stop - Redwood Bar and Lounge, Disney's Sequoia Lodge
We've talked about Redwood Bar and Lounge in our review of Disney's Sequoia Lodge, but it bears mention here as well. Redwood was our favorite bar in Disneyland Paris. While we've written postively about the ambiances at the other bars, Redwood was a step above those.
In the middle of Sequoia Lodge, it doesn't offer the views that Captain's Quarters does, but with a fireplace surrounded by couches in the middle, the American national park theming is on-point.
Fifth Stop - Cafe Fantasia, Disneyland Hotel
Cafe Fantasia was a great experience, but not quite what we expected. The good—the decor inside the bar is a step above the other bars, with music from Fantasia on the walls, vintage imagery, and a beautiful, illuminated roman-numeral clock in the ceiling, we felt surrounded by Disney magic.
Well, mostly. Cafe Fantasia is not particularly large, and it is attached directly and openly to the lobby of Disneyland Hotel. This meant there was a lot of traffic while we were there. This definitely took away from the vibe set by the rest of the bar. Other than that, this bar was probably the most whimsically Disney of those we visited.
We didn't visit any Disney Village bars. We're small people and can only drink so much. But overall, we really enjoyed crawling the bars of Disneyland Paris. The bar crawl is always a great way to check out different spaces you'd otherwise miss, and as Disney fans that's honestly the top reason we do it (just ask our friends the last time we went on a regular bar crawl).
Anyone with only two days at the park should spend them at the parks, but if you've got a third day, consider a trip to the following bars, in order of preference: Redwood Bar and Lounge, Cafe Fantasia, Red Garter Saloon, New York City Bar, and Captain's Quarters.