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Photo Gallery: Mickey’s Halloween Celebration Debuts at Disneyland Paris

posted on October 11th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Mickey’s Halloween Celebration has arrived at Disneyland Paris, with the resort’s Disneyland Park offering a month of fall fun, including seasonal decor, special character meet and greets, and must-see Halloween entertainment like the “Villains Mix & Mingle” show.

Mickey’s Halloween Celebration Debuts at Disneyland Paris

As part of the celebration, Mickey Mouse and friends are holding a special parade that’s inspired by harvest time. The procession features Clarabelle, Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Donald and Daisy – and other friends – in Halloween costumes and seasonal attire. The parade will step off three times daily, throughout the month of October.

Special Halloween character greeting opportunities also exist with Goofy in a candy shop background, Jack Skellington and Sally in a cemetery setting, and plenty of Disney villains.

The celebration will culminate October 31, with a special Disney’s Halloween Party. From 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., Disneyland Park will offer guests the chance to enjoy additional offerings with Disney villains, ghosts, and mysterious atmosphere.

Read these posts to learn how Halloween is celebrated at other Disney Parks

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

posted on October 10th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photos were snapped in Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris of one of the park’s spookiest attractions – Phantom Manor, the park’s version of what we know here at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts as The Haunted Mansion.
“Phantom

Phantom Manor opened at Disneyland Paris April 12, 1992, in the Frontierland area of the park. This attraction features a slightly different backstory than The Haunted Mansion. It 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.
“Phantom

Thanks to photographer Tom Bricker for these great shots.

Which Disney Parks attraction do you think is scarier to experience at night? Tell us in the “Comments” section below. Be sure to check out our list of “Related Stories” to see how Halloween is celebrated at Disney Parks around the world.

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Q&A With Disney Parks Ambassadors at D23 Expo 2013

posted on August 11th, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


This afternoon, Disney Parks Ambassadors from around the world spoke at the D23 Expo 2013, produced by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club, at the Anaheim Convention Center. Before they took the stage, we had the chance to ask a few questions of current Disney Parks Ambassadors Sachiko White, Megan Navarette, Antonella Giallombardo, Jonathan Rabeute, and Tye Arnold about the history of the program and their own experiences as Ambassadors.

Disney Parks Ambassadors at D23 Expo 2013

What inspired you to become a Disney Ambassador?

Tye: After becoming a leader in the company and seeing the impact I could have in my local area, I thought being a Walt Disney World Ambassador would give me an even greater platform to recognize our cast members and to share the amazing stories from our guest experiences.

Sachiko: I saw it as an opportunity to serve, learn more about, and sing the praises of a company that has been extremely good to me, while learning new skills and applying existing ones in new and interesting ways.

What has been your favorite project so far in your term?

Jonathan: I’ll always cherish the magical moment that was to meet and interview Disney Legend Alan Menken when he came to Paris … he played and sang “Be Our Guest” for the two of us. Truly magical!

Megan: It’s really difficult to pick a favorite as each event is special for its own reasons, but the events that have stood out include hospital visits with Mickey Mouse, the Walt Disney Legacy Awards reception and building a playground with KaBOOM. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities this role presents, and constantly pinch myself as if I am dreaming.

Antonella: We’ve had the opportunity to spend shadowing days with our fellow cast members (I love these moments because we can meet people, know more about their passion and talent and of course their jobs!), to give classes about Walt Disney’s life and career, to perpetuate Disney values to our local communities along with the Disney VoluntEARS, and to interview people such as Dr. Jane Goodall.

With the 50th anniversary of the program approaching, what is the most interesting piece of Disney Ambassador history you’ve learned?

Tye: Having spent time with Debby Dane-Brown, our first Walt Disney World Ambassador, I’ve heard great stories about the expectations of her role back in 1971. She shared with our team about the time she had an appearance on the TV show “To Tell the Truth.” The show had a panel of celebrity judges that had to distinguish which person out of a group of three was telling the truth about the real Debby Dane (Brown). Debby walked out and said “Hello, I’m Debby Dane (Brown) and I am the 1971 Walt Disney World Ambassador.” Then a second young lady came out and said the same thing, and then a third. She shared fun memories of this appearance as it was a way that the country learned more about this new “Disneyland of the East.”

Megan: I love the story of the beginnings of the Ambassador program. There were so many exciting and significant things happening at the company with the release of “Mary Poppins,” the tenth anniversary of Disneyland and the New York World’s Fair – it would have been fun to be a part of it all.

What does it mean to you to be part of the legacy of the Disney Ambassador program?

Jonathan: It is a great honor being part of a legacy that Walt Disney initiated himself. It’s a dream come true that we are living every day of this experience.

Antonella: I feel extremely honored and lucky to be a Disney Ambassador. I grew up watching Disney cartoons on television. When I started working at Disneyland park 7 years ago, I was proud to be a cast member and to share the Disney values with our guests. Today, when I see our guests’ reactions when they ride an attraction or watch our nighttime show, “Disney Dreams!,” with tears in their eyes, I can’t stop thinking that all this started with a man and his dream of amusement park. Thanks to all the cast members, Walt Disney’s legacy is perpetuated all around the world.

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Celebrating Bastille Day at Disneyland Paris

posted on July 14th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Here in the United States, Independence Day may have passed, but the patriotic festivities are still going strong at Disneyland Paris for Bastille Day. Known as La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) or Le quatorze juillet (the 14th of July), the holiday celebrates the forming of the French Republic.

Beyond these celebrations of great moments in history, France and the U.S. have long shared a special connection – one that’s reflected and honored at Disneyland Paris.

Celebrating Bastille Day at Disneyland Paris Celebrating Bastille Day at Disneyland Paris

On Main Street, U.S.A., for example, you’ll find the Discovery Arcade and Liberty Arcade – beautiful structures that highlight imagination and innovation across the decades, including one of the most iconic monuments of the United States, the Statue of Liberty. Created by sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, the Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French to celebrate the centennial of American independence and the friendship between the two countries. Gustave Eiffel – who later designed and built the famous Eiffel Tower – was even involved in constructing the statue’s steel structure.

Celebrating Bastille Day at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris guests can also visit the Statue of Liberty Tableau, recreating the historic experience and excitement of shipboard passengers arriving in New York Harbor seeing the statue for the first time as a symbol of freedom, hope, and opportunity.

To celebrate Bastille Day, Disneyland Paris will light up the night sky with a fireworks show set to classic Parisian songs. It’s sure to be an amazing tribute and festive holiday salute! And check out the limited-edition pin we brought you earlier this month, as well as this French-inspired ensemble.

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Disney Style Snapshots: Vive La France

posted on July 10th, 2013 by Michelle Stepney, PR Content Director


Disney Style Snapshots: Vive La France

Last week we celebrated Independence Day here in the U.S., where red, white and blue ensembles ruled the day. If you’re a Francophile, you probably know our friends on the other side of the pond will soon be celebrating an independence day of their own. Sunday, July 14, marks Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale as it’s officially dubbed in France, the birth of the modern French nation.

The way we see it, it’s just another excuse to visit Epcot‘s France Pavilion or even Disneyland Paris. If you can’t make the trek this week, consider a Bastille Day themed barbecue or party. In any event, this Breton stripe tee (derived from the shirts worn by sailors in the Brittany province of France) is perfectly suited for the occasion. The flirty image of Minnie is mirrored on the snap case wallet.

Minnie’s red bow makes a bold statement ring. A manicure is required when drawing this much attention to your hand, so we’ve chosen the latest color from the Beautifully Disney cosmetics collection. The sunny shade, Provincial Mademoiselle, also works for your pedicure. We finish the look with a pair of navy shorts from our closet. Voilà!

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Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: A Summer Trip to Disneyland Paris

posted on July 3rd, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


It’s time to rack up some more virtual frequent flyer miles, as this “Window Shopping” expedition takes us back to Disneyland Paris. I asked my good friend, Junior Product Developer and 2011-2012 Disneyland Paris Ambassador, Regis Alart, what new and exciting things were debuting during the extended 20th Anniversary celebration. Here’s what he sent my way.

Disneyland Paris recently debuted their own version of “Glow With the Show” Ears, called Disney Light’Ears. Watch in amazement as the ears sync to the sights and sounds of Disney Dreams! and bring it to life in a dazzling new way. Take a look!

If you are wondering where you can find them during your next visit, they should be as close as Main Street, U.S.A., and will be about €20.

Now if pin collecting is more your style, then take a look at the art for these next few releases.

First up is a pin created in celebration of Bastille Day! While the actual holiday is July 14, look for the release of the limited edition 600 pin featuring Dumbo to occur on July 6 throughout the resort. How much is it? Only €12.99.

Limited Edition 600 Pin Featuring Dumbo in Celebration of Bastille Day at Disneyland Paris

Up next is a special release, as it commemorates the first anniversary opening of the World of Disney Store. Available on July 12 as part of this special celebration is a limited edition 600 pin for €12.99, and two deluxe prints (€69.00) which exquisitely capture the painted murals from the Disney Village flagship store. Look for this and more only at World of Disney Store.

Limited Edition 600 Pin Commemorating the First Anniversary of the World of Disney Store at Disneyland Paris Limited Edition Print Commemorating the First Anniversary of the World of Disney Store at Disneyland Paris Limited Edition Print Commemorating the First Anniversary of the World of Disney Store at Disneyland Paris

Finally, if action and adventure is what you seek, then this 1993–2013 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril (or Indiana Jones et le Temple Du Peril) attraction pin is the treasure you have been looking for. The limited edition 600 pin will be available at Disneyland Paris for €12.99 on July 27 at Pueblo Trading Post in Frontierland.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril Pin at Disneyland Paris

Just a quick reminder, even though most of the merchandise highlighted in our “Window Shopping” trip posts will not be available to purchase online, in this particular case there is an exception. Guests who wish to inquire about remaining quantities of these pins may do so with the Merchandise Guest Services team at Disneyland Paris via dlp.pintrading.mail.order@disney.com, one month after each release.

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Nadal Celebrates Monstrous Summer in Monsters Style at Disneyland Paris

posted on June 10th, 2013 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Nadal Celebrates Monstrous Summer in Monsters Style at Disneyland Paris

After winning his fourth straight and record eighth French Open on Sunday, tennis star Rafael Nadal is off to a “monstrous” start to the summer tennis season, so it’s fitting that he celebrated today at Disneyland Paris with Sulley from the soon-to-be-released Disney•Pixar blockbuster “Monsters University.”

Nadal spent Monday with his family at Disneyland Paris enjoying the attractions and interacting with various Disney characters, as well as posing with his trophy. He probably knew his way around the resort pretty well. After all, “Rafa” celebrated his French Open wins in 2011 and 2010 there, which are part of a streak of four straight French Opens victories for him.

So if he wins his fifth straight next year will he celebrate again at Disneyland Paris?

With the additional memories he created Monday with his family at Disneyland Paris, Nadal said before leaving the resort that he isn’t thinking about next year’s French Open at the moment, but rather is already turning his focus toward tennis’ next major event – Wimbledon, which starts in a couple of weeks. If he wins that one, too, this really will be a monstrous summer for him.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris

posted on May 30th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


One of my favorite memories during last year’s visit to Disneyland Paris was enjoying the nighttime spectacular, Disney Dreams! It’s one of the biggest hits of the past year at the park and tonight, we have a beautiful “After Dark” look at Sleeping Beauty Castle moments before the show begins.
Disney Parks After Dark: Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris
If you haven’t seen it yet, Peter Pan’s shadow takes you on a journey into great moments from Disney animation during Disney Dreams! Since it’s debut, the Creative Entertainment team has introduced some enhancements to the show as well.

 
See the posts below for more from the “Disney Parks After Dark” series:

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Disney PhotoPass Service Now Available at Disneyland Paris

posted on May 14th, 2013 by Kelly Glassburn, Manager of Marketing & Communications, Disney’s PhotoPass Service


What better way to mark the celebration of the 21st anniversary of Disneyland Paris than to provide guests with an amazing way to capture their vacation memories? That’s right, Disney PhotoPass Service is now launching at Disneyland Paris as part of an extensive overhaul of our guest photography service.

The goal? Simple: To provide guests with an amazing way to get everyone in the picture and capture lasting memories of a lifetime.

Here are some great shots from the new Meet Mickey Mouse (Rencontre avec Mickey) and Princess Pavilion experiences, which truly show the quality of the memories that are made in these two locations!

Disney PhotoPass Service Now Available at Disneyland Paris

One of the Disneyland Paris PhotoPass Photographers capturing an amazing Meet & Greet moment with Mickey that will be cherished for a lifetime! Disney PhotoPass Service Now Available at Disneyland Paris

New character experiences, a new PhotoPass brand, and an all-new way to view all of your park photos together…it kind of makes you want to jet across the ocean to get your Disneyland Paris on, and sourire pour la caméra!


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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Parks Celebrations Abound in April

posted on April 13th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


April seems to be the month of Disney Parks anniversaries and celebrations, with the first one taking place just yesterday – the very picturesque 21st anniversary of Disneyland Paris.

In honor of the milestone, the park just announced this summer’s introduction of Disney Light’Ears to it’s nighttime show, Disney Dreams. Check out Shawn Slater’s original post for more information.

Fireworks During Disney Dreams Nighttime Show at Disneyland Paris

Other Disney Parks anniversaries happening this month include the 30th anniversary of Tokyo Disneyland, and then the 15th anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Be sure to keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for photos and coverage of each of these events!

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