It was around noon when I started constantly checking my watch. Our reservation for Chez Remy was at 6:30 pm and I wanted to be there on time.
We went thorough the Alice in Wonderland hedge maze.
Explored Adventureland more thoroughly, as their Adventureland truly is an adventure. They have these caves you get lost in and they pop you out randomly in Adventureland and you have to try and figure out where you are.
We went and saw the car stunt show.
Had Lotso fun in the Toy Story Playland.
Enjoyed the Art of Animation building.
Climbed the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse once more.
We rushed as fast as we could from Adventureland in Disneyland to the Ratatouille area in the back of the Walt Disney Studios park, fighting the crowds as we went.
Of course, there was a queue leading up to the hostess so we didn't get to her until 6:45 pm, but we did it. With a huge grin on my face, I handed her the reservation slip she printed out for us just the previous day. She smiled back, took the slip, and looked for my name.
I turn to Kira to express my excitement to her when the hostess speaks.
"You're an hour late."
Our expressions change from joy to confusion in a blink. I glance at her computer and sees that it says 19:47.
I pull out my phone and it says 18:47.
Both of our phones never switched time zones from England to France.
With Chez Remy fully booked for the night, we left. I was in an actual state of shock. Everything else that had happened on this trip, we got over, and I knew we would get over this. But it would take a while for me considering my entire trip was around dining at this restaurant and now that wasn't going to happen. I'm not even sure I'll ever have the opportunity to do so again. I was so close, but the chance was taken from me.
I cried. Not dramatically, just silent tears that I couldn't help no matter what I tried. It meant so much to me and I just blew my shot. I was tired, hungry, and deeply upset.
Kira was a good sport about it and even brought us into City Hall to explain what happened and ask for an alternative dining option. Our answer? "The park is full, so I recommend the Rainforest Cafe in the Disney Village."
Stupid me thought that I didn't come all this way to eat at a Rainforest Cafe and we stayed in the park.
First, we stopped by Hakuna Matata Restaurant, and there all I could have was a salad. I didn't want another salad so we decided to go to Frontierland and check out their Mexican restaurants. Both were closed.
Desperate, we wandered over to The Lucky Nugget, exactly like the Golden Horseshoe, and talked to a cast member outside. I was so happy Kira was with me at this point. She spoke to the cast member saying that I needed to eat something gluten-free, and the cast member handed us a gluten free menu.
There is an outside company that prepares gluten-free/ allergy-friendly food for the parks. Not every restaurant offers the meals, but luckily, the Lucky Nugget did.
Nothing on the normal menu appealed to Kira so she ordered the meatball rice dish from the gluten-free menu while I ordered the vegetable pasta. We sat and waited a while before our food finally arrived. They also gave us a bottle of water to share which we didn't order. I wonder if they could tell from our faces on what kind of night we were having.
The food was, well, let's just say I've never had airplane food while on land before. Both dishes were bad, bland, and boring. But at that point, we were just happy for food- any food. Unfortunately, I think this is the only gluten-free food Disneyland Paris has to offer and there is much to be improved. Much.
We left the Lucky Nugget with intentions of getting some popcorn from the cart outside. That didn't happen either as it closed up while we were in the restaurant.
By that point we were just done.
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