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Half Board goes premium

Sunday, 25th November 2007 at 19:02

25-halfboard-00.jpgSince November 2006, Disneyland Resort Paris has offered two Half Board Meal Plans for guests to keep track of their spending -- and the resort to keep filling its restaurants. Now, one year on, the system expands with a "premium", no-restaurant-barred offering.,

The first announcement comes in the new UK brochure for Winter/Summer 2007/08, which adds to Half Board Standard and Half Board Plus with Half Board Premium. Whilst the system was originally introduced to provide guests with a more affordable way to experience more than the plain burgers and plastic salads of the resort’s counter service restaurants, the new tier now gives complete freedom at all the top-class restaurants, for a… premium.

Plan details and pricing in GBP£

Next to the affordable £13 per night for Half Board Standard and just £17 for the extended Half Board Plus (including restaurants up to the level of Walt’s), the new Premium offering comes in at a heavy £31 per adult per night.

However, with these vouchers valid in all table service and buffet restaurants, not to mention for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show (saving around £3 for adults or an amazing £16 for children) and character meals, they could prove a bargain for some. Child prices at a standard £10 per night are certainly reasonable. Clearly, though, you would have to be eating at a top-class eatery every night of your stay to make the most of the £31.

Full-page for “where you can eat”

For the first time, the brochure actually includes a full listing of the restaurants allowed for each level of the Half Board Meal Plans system. Note the first inclusion of Agrabah Café Restaurant (and the strange double-wording in the official title there) in an official publication.

The “magic” of Half Board is that whilst guests mostly do get a very good deal on their meals, buying into one of the meal plans with their booking guarantees the resort that those guests will be eating — and paying for — table service-level restaurants each night of their stay. Many visitors might otherwise have saved a table service meal for just one “special” night of their trip.

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  • Note also that Inventions as well as California Grill are included in the Premium Plan. For I
    Inventions that’s actually not such a bad deal and certainly not for California Grill. Of course one would need to know what exactly diners will be served there, since prices there are usually quite abit higher. Still, the quality of both food and service there is absolutely excellent and this Premium plan will give many visitors the chance to experience restaurants they otherwise wouldn’t necessarily visit, because the cost can be factured in from the start. Brilliant idea, methinks.

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