I had heard so many good things about Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show at Disneyland Paris, that I knew I would book tickets for our recent trip to experience it for ourselves.
The show is located in Disney Village near Planet Hollywood and the World of Disney store. It’s very close to the entrance to the Disney Studios park, and the main entrance to Disneyland Paris.
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What is the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show at Disneyland Paris?
Buffalo Bill’s show is based on the story of Buffalo Bill, an American buffalo hunter who toured America with his Wild West show in the 1800’s.
The show is hosted by the character Buffalo Bill himself, and tells the story of Cowboys and Indians. You can expect to see real live horses and cattle, alongside some amazing acting and riding skills from the characters including the famous Annie Oakley, the sharpshooter in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows.
How long does Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show last?
The whole show and dinner experience lasts around 90 minutes from when you are seated in the arena.
The show is generally on a few times a week, with two shows on each night it’s shown. Advance booking is highly recommended as it’s a popular attraction at Disneyland Paris.
Food and Drink available at Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Dinner Show
There is a set menu on offer at Buffalo Bill’s which includes unlimited beer or coca cola. I did also see water being delivered to the tables so this is an option. Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar, or from the servers at your table at an extra cost.
Your meal starts with a bowl of nacho crisps to share and a slice of cornbread. For starters, you receive a bowl of chilli con carne, and then once this is cleared, a texan skillet consisting of chicken legs, potatoes, ribs and sausage is delivered to your table.
For dessert you receive a fruit crumble and ice cream. Being part of the show, your meal is served at clever intervals through the show.
You are asked about allergies at the point of check in. A vegetarian option is available, however I didn’t notice any other allergies being catered for when we attended.
Children’s tickets are slightly cheaper, and this reflects in the food served. The children’s menu is the same as the adult’s just without the chilli to start and the ribs. The children are also served an ice lolly for dessert rather than a fruit crumble.
Booking Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show
As I mentioned this is a very popular dinner and show experience at Disneyland Paris, and advanced booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. I booked our tickets via Attractiontix and can’t fault them on price or service.
We arrived around 30 minutes prior to the start of the show. Our tickets had recommended us to arrive an hour before the start to enjoy the pre show entertainment and get a drink at the bar.
As we weren’t planning on buying additional drinks from the bar, we didn’t think we needed to arrive so early. We were wrong!
Once inside, the holding area that has two bars, a pushchair storage area, and a stage with the band playing was packed full.
The area was crowded with little organisation, so I do wish we had arrived a little earlier than we did, although arriving later meant that we didn’t have to stand within the crowds for too long.
We had category two tickets and I really couldn’t see any difference between ours and a category one ticket.
There may have been an extra glass of orange juice for category one ticket holders and they are seated nearer the front, but that isn’t enough to change my decision as the cost was obviously less for category two.
We were seated according to the colour on our hat, and when the colours are called, there appeared to be a small scramble to get to the stairs to go up to the arena seating.
If you’re at the back trying to get through people waiting at the bottom, this wasn’t very much fun. I think perhaps a little better organisation could be arranged for the pre show area.
We were seated on bench style seating around the arena, so it’s worth noting unless you are in a big party, you will be sharing your bench seat with another family.
The colour on your hat also acts as the team you will be on, either red, green, blue or yellow. This is a big part of the show where the teams are pitted against each other in various games and activities.
Our area was pre laid out with a bowl of nacho crisps, plates, bowls, cutlery and empty glasses for filling.
We waited a little while after being seated to be given a drink, but I think the servers were waiting for people to get seated which makes a lot of sense.
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Once the chilli was served, the show started. We spotted that the lights dimmed quite a lot through the show and sometimes we were eating and drinking in the dark.
We found the servers were walking around regularly topping up drinks which was good, and the service seemed to flow really well with the food being eaten, plates cleared and the show happening around us.
I’m not sure where the time went, but we all really enjoyed the show. There was plenty of interaction from the audience as we cheered and booed when a different team won a challenge.
I loved the appearances from the Disney characters including Mickey, Minnie, Chip and Dale. They were a great part of the show and just as involved as the human characters.