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Six Big Events at Disneyland Paris in 2016

posted on January 27th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


If you ever needed a reason to see Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris, we have six. The castle is beautiful. And while you’re there, check out:

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  1. Younglings will be able to learn from the one who trained Luke Skywalker himself at Master Yoda at the Jedi Training Academy. R2-D2 will be there to assist too.

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  1. In the spirit of a Broadway musical, “The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical Adventure” pays tribute to nature. Pocahontas and John Smith, Baloo and King Louie, Tarzan, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, and Merida perform their legendary songs live starting February 10 to May 8 at the Chaparral Theater in Frontierland.

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  1. Flower power scenes and Goofy’s Garden Party are part of Swing into Spring, starting March 5 to May 29. Mickey and friends join the fun dressed in their colorful best.

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  1. It’s like Olaf’s dream: celebrating summer with his “Frozen” friends. The Frozen Sing-along returns June 4 to September 18 in Frontierland at the Chaparral Theater. Guests are part of the live experience, so warm up your pipes for that unforgettable song, “Let it go.”

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  1. We shared news of Mickey and the Magician last week; debuting July 2, it shows what happens when Mickey’s desire to become a magician overwhelms him.

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  1. Lace up your sneakers for a fairytale half marathon through Disneyland Paris in the inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend. Children, family 5k and half marathon races over three days means everyone has a chance to run.

Booking your trip yet? Until you get there, Mickey is using light to “paint” this special greeting for you:

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‘Mickey and the Magician’ Coming to Disneyland Paris

posted on January 13th, 2016 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


When the great Magician asks Mickey Mouse to clean up his studio, the dream of becoming a magician himself is too strong to resist. That’s the story behind a brand new production debuting at Disneyland Paris this summer called ‘Mickey and the Magician.’

Joining Mickey are his friends – some who also have a touch of magic – the Genie from Aladdin, Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother, the stars of Beauty and the Beast and Rafiki from The Lion King.

Visiting Disneyland Paris this summer? You’ll be able to catch Mickey and the Magician starting July 2.

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Make Every Mile Magic in 2016 with New runDisney Merchandise

posted on January 4th, 2016 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


For runDisney fans, 2016 promises to be a magical and exciting year. To kick off this year, we’ve created a few runDisney-inspired products perfect for returning events like the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February or new events such as the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend in September.

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Some of the most popular items at runDisney events are Dooney & Bourke handbags. This year, we are offering an online sale for three marathon-inspired handbags now through January 13, 2016. There will be a tote ($268), a backpack ($248) and a wristlet ($108) available for pre-order. Complimentary shipping is available on all pre-orders. Merchandise will then be shipped from the Walt Disney World Resort beginning March 31, 2016. To place an order, please visit this webpage.

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Guests attending the upcoming Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will find some new character apparel for both women and men at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo. Two of the designs were inspired by previous Disney Parks Blog articles from my fellow author Aubrey Hang – the Disgust shirt and the Anger shirt from Disney-Pixar’s “Inside Out.” Look out for additional designs with Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen” and two shirts with characters from a galaxy far, far away.

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Finally, we are releasing a runDisney logo collection for 2016 that includes apparel, home décor, vehicle magnets and more. Select items may already be found on our Disney Parks online store – DisneyStore.com/runDisney. Additional items will be found at runDisney Health & Fitness Expos during upcoming marathon events.

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Top 10 Entertainment Experiences at Disney Parks in 2015

posted on December 29th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s been another unforgettable year at Disney Parks, and our Creative Entertainment team has had a blast producing amazing new entertainment experiences for you to enjoy. In fact, the team has been so busy, this year’s Top 5 had to be expanded to a Top 10!

  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original Disneyland park was far and away the biggest event of the year, bringing with it the debut of three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “World of Color – Celebrate!” and the award-winning “Paint the Night” parade.
  1. Tangled: The Musical – This terrific stage adaptation of the tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, a Disney Cruise Line exclusive complete with three new songs from Composer Alan Menken, premiered on the Disney Magic in November.

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  1. Inside Out – Riley’s Emotions from the Disney•Pixar hit “Inside Out” made their Disney Parks debut last summer at Disney California Adventure park, arriving on a pre-parade float designed to look like Headquarters from the film. Later in the year, Joy and Sadness made their way to Hong Kong Disneyland, where they appeared in a limited-time character greeting experience.

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  1. More “Frozen” FunAnna, Elsa and Olaf were as popular as ever in 2015, traveling the world to bring a bit of Arendelle to Disney’s kingdoms on three continents. Unique “Frozen” entertainment experiences included sing-along celebrations, playgrounds with real snow, processionals through the parks and deck parties on Disney Cruise Line.

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  1. Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade “Dreamlights – This popular nighttime parade at Tokyo Disney Resort received an upgrade last summer, with an all-new “Tangled” float and seven other floats that were enhanced with dazzling new technological features.
  1. King Triton’s Concert – In the spring, Mermaid Lagoon Theater at Tokyo DisneySea saw the debut of this award-winning musical show that combines dynamic performances with puppetry, projections, Audio-Animatronics and special effects.

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  1. Halloween – The Halloween season was bigger than ever at Disney Parks in 2015, with new shows opening around the world. The headliner was “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” at Magic Kingdom Park, starring the inimitable Sanderson Sisters. Other shows included “It’s Good to be Bad” with the Disney Villains at Disneyland Paris, “The Villains’ World” on Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea and several “Lost in Ghost Town” experiences as part of Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland.

  1. Hong Kong Disneyland 10th Anniversary – Hong Kong Disneyland also marked their 10th anniversary this year, kicking off a year-long “Happily Ever After” celebration with the newly enhanced “Disney in the Stars” fireworks spectacular and the delightful new stage show, “Mickey and the Wondrous Book.”

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  1. Sunset Showcase – An all-new entertainment venue opened this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, designed to host a variety of different experiences over time. The premier engagement at Sunset Showcase is Club Disney, a super fun hangout filled with music, dancing, Disney characters and more. A special evening event, Club Villain, comes to the Sunset Showcase starting January 16, and more plans are in the works for the future.

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  1. Star Wars – The Force has awakened at Disney Parks with the openings of Star Wars Launch Bay and “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are now also thrilling to nightly performances of “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular,” an epic fireworks show featuring some of the most iconic music and audio clips from the entire “Star Wars” saga.

There’s been quite a lot happening in the world of Creative Entertainment this year, and 2016 promises to be greater still with additions like “Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an incredible new stage production of “Frozen” at Disney California Adventure park, the opening of Shanghai Disneyland and so much more.

Keep reading Disney Parks Blog all year long, and we’ll keep you up to speed on all the excitement to come. Happy new year!

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Good Morning From Walt Disney Studios Park – Paris

posted on December 7th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Today’s morning shot was snapped at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris. The shot shows the Walt Disney Studios Store, the adjacent courtyard and the park’s Earful Tower.

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Such a beautiful sunrise! For more on how Disneyland Paris is celebrating the holidays, be sure to visit Victoria Lim’s previous blog post.

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Celebrate an Enchanted Christmas at Disneyland Paris

posted on December 2nd, 2015 by Victoria Lim, Managing Editor, Walt Disney World Public Relations


Disneyland Paris is transformed for the holidays, where guests are celebrating Joyeux Noël. Mickey Mouse, Princesses and Princes, and Father Christmas are there, with seasonal productions to warm the heart and spirit.

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Mickey’s Magical Christmas Lights is a new production in Town Square, featuring a thousand festive decorations, Mickey, Minnie, Father Christmas, and merry melodies. The lights to the majestic tree are switched on, in song, as night falls.

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Nine decades of royal couples take to the stage at the Castle Theatre near Sleeping Beauty Castle in Royal Christmas Wishes, a special Christmas show that runs three times a day.

The Frozen Sing-along, Disney’s Christmas Parade, and a special night-time show of Disney Dreams! of Christmas are also part of the festivities until January 7, 2016.

Bonnes vacanes!

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Disney’s Halloween Festival Brings Fall Fun to Disneyland Park – Paris

posted on October 28th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Disney’s Halloween Festival has returned to Disneyland Park (Paris). Now through November 1, guests can enjoy a fall-themed parade, spot Maleficent at the Castle Courtyard, enjoy a parade of Disney characters on Main Street, U.S.A., and much more.

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Of course, the park has also been dressed up for the occasion. Check out the photo gallery above for a look at the fun.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Phantom Manor at Disneyland Park – Paris

posted on October 8th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


This month in our “Disney Parks After Dark” series, we’ll be switching gears and showing you some of the spookiest places at Disney Parks – at night, of course!

Tonight’s photo was shot by Tom Bricker and was snapped at Disneyland Park (Paris).

This attraction debuted April 12, 1992, in Frontierland to feature a slightly different backstory than The Haunted Mansion here at Magic Kingdom Park. The attraction in France specifically focuses on the Ravenswood family, Western settlers who struck it rich during the gold rush and were later affected by a series of mysterious demises.

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Looking Back at D23 EXPO 2015 Disney Theme Park Merchandise

posted on August 21st, 2015 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I know that many of you, our Disney fans, were with us all weekend long at D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. I mean what an experience, am I right? New film releases, new attraction and lands announced and of course, merchandise!

Those of you who attended the 60 Years of Disney Theme Park Merchandise panel discussion were in for quite a surprise as we took a look at the evolution of ear hats, new artwork set to appear on Twenty-Eight & Main, Disney Boutique, Disney Couture, Princess, Haunted Mansion – Revisited and Pirates of the Caribbean. Of course, it was the What Lies Ahead segment that caught the attention of some folks, with merchandise art reveals for the Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, and of course, Shanghai Disney Resort. Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the art that was shown and be sure to keep watching the Disney Parks Blog, as I will have posts about all of these and more in the near future.

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With the panel also came the world debut of the artists taking part in the We Love Disney compilation album by Verve Records and Walt Disney Records, due in stores October 30. Produced by multi-platinum, 16-time Grammy award winning producer and Verve Music Group Chairman, David Foster, the album will feature some of today’s hottest artists across pop, rock, R&B and country as they deliver their own interpretations of classic Disney songs. I could go on and on about who is featured on this album but why don’t you check it out for yourself including the We Love Disney Box Set here.

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The spectrum was broad when it came to finding favorite souvenirs, as there was literally something for everyone. D23 EXPO merchandise, from t-shirts to mugs, handbags to drinkware, flew off the shelves, and of course the R4-D23 was definitely the droid everyone was looking for, and Force For Change t-shirts, fleece and pins weren’t far behind. Tip: Look for Force For Change apparel shortly at select locations at the Disneyland Resort through Labor Day and help us make a difference! If you have the D23 EXPO App, go to Aurasma and watch as the shirt activates before your very eyes.

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What did I find? With ALEX AND ANI on hand, it’s no surprise that I spotted my souvenir at their table. While I almost picked up the new Snow White-inspired bangle, available at Disney Parks now, I chose to go a bit simpler with the Mickey Filigree Wrap in the Rafaelian Silver finish. I know you’re shocked! This is one of three pieces ALEX AND ANI pre-launched at D23 that won’t be available in the parks until the fall.

Finally, throughout the weekend, Disney fans were lined up to meet some of their favorite Disney Legends, artists, authors and special guests and the Disney Dream Store did not disappoint. More than 45 special guests and 80 signings took place over the course of the weekend, including a special appearance and signing with the Mouseketeers!

Who were you most excited to meet? What was your favorite part of D23 EXPO 2015?

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Disney Parks Attraction Poster Deluxe Calendar Returns for 2016

posted on August 18th, 2015 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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I’m excited to announce that the popular Disney Parks Attraction poster deluxe calendar is returning to select merchandise locations.

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The oversized calendar for 2016 will include posters from Disney Theme Parks around the world including Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Each poster is suitable for display in a standard 12-inch by 18-inch frame, with perforations above and below each poster for easy removal after its calendar month. The posters were printed on acid-free and lignin-free paper.

You may recall we first introduced attraction poster calendars at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts in fall 2013. That calendar was inspired by the highly recommended “Poster Art of Disney Parks” by Walt Disney Imagineers Vanessa Hunt and Danny Handke as seen in this article. It also paved the way for several apparel items and home goods released in 2014. I’m beyond thrilled to see a new version complete with some of my favorite attractions including the WEDWay PeopleMover, Mickey Mouse Musical Revue and the festive Jingle Cruise in Adventureland.

This calendar (item number is 400009684599) will be found in select merchandise locations at Disney Parks, and will have a retail of $21.95. The calendar may be offered on our Disney Parks online store at a future date.

Which Disney Parks attraction poster is your favorite? Please share in the comments below.

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