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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 Parks After Dark: An Adventurous Beginning at Disneyland Paris

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


Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark photo comes to us from Disneyland Paris on the eve of the park’s 21st anniversary.
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Here, Photographer Tom Bricker captured the bright and beautiful lights of the park’s gateway into Adventureland.

Be sure to check the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow for more on the park’s anniversary and check out our past looks into this park at night in the list of posts below:

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Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey Welcomes You to Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris

posted on February 28th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


In this week’s Disney Parks After Dark, we’re taking a look at Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris.
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Disney Parks After Dark: Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland Paris

posted on January 31st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s Disney Parks After Dark takes a look at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris.
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Did you know that at Disneyland Paris, this attraction actually sits on an island in the middle of the Rivers of the Far West in the park’s Frontierland? And the attraction also features a cool storyline that ties it to the nearby Phantom Manor, the park’s version of the Haunted Mansion. According to the legend, Henry Ravenswood, proprietor of Thunder Mesa Mining Company, made a fortune in gold mining on Big Thunder Mountain – only the mountain held a curse that Ravenswood ignored. He used part of his wealth to build a Manor nearby and later met his demise in an earthquake. The Manor would later be a site for another tragedy, when the groom of Ravenswood’s daughter, Melanie, met his death on their wedding day.

I don’t know about you, but I think Big Thunder Mountain Railroad sure looks spooky at night!


For more from the Disney Parks After Dark series, check out the posts below:

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Disney Parks After Dark: Nighttime Visit to Space Mountain: Mission 2 at Disneyland Paris

posted on January 24th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you happened to bump into me after visiting Disneyland Paris last year, chances are I’d be raving about Space Mountain: Mission 2. The attraction’s beautiful Victorian-Industrial designs and giant supercharged Canon Columbiad always grab my attention, especially at night.
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Disney Parks After Dark: Disney Dreams at Disneyland Paris

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


If this photo doesn’t put a visit to Disneyland Paris on your bucket list, I don’t know what will.

Disney Dreams Nighttime Spectacular at Disneyland Paris

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Disney Parks After Dark: Finding Holiday Cheer at Disneyland Paris

posted on December 13th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


For tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photo, we’re heading over to Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris, where it seems that Mickey and Minnie are adding a bit of holiday cheer to the park’s beautiful castle landscape. Can you imagine what a photo op these two larger-than-life snow characters are for guests at the park?

Disney Parks After Dark: Finding Holiday Cheer at Disneyland Resort Paris

Be sure to check back on Monday, when we’ll take a deeper look at Disneyland Paris holiday decor.

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

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Tim Burton Visits Disneyland Paris to Celebrate ‘Frankenweenie’

posted on October 26th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Look who dropped by Disneyland Paris today. Acclaimed director Tim Burton and his family visited the park to celebrate the release of the new movie, “Frankenweenie.”

Tim Burton Visits Disneyland Paris to Celebrate ‘Frankenweenie’

Burton, actress Helena Bonham-Carter and their children, Billy Ray (9) and Indiana Rose (5), posed with Jack and Sally, characters from “The Nightmare before Christmas” (released in 1993), in front of the famous Phantom Manor attraction.

During the visit, Burton was also greeted by Mickey Mouse. Disney’s Halloween Festival at Disneyland Paris will celebrate Halloween with these characters and more through November 4.

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Bon Anniversaire, Disneyland Paris!

posted on April 12th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, Disneyland Resort Paris opened its gates to mark 20 years of making magic for guests.

The day began with Philippe Gas, CEO, welcoming visitors and thanking them for playing a part in the park’s success. The speech was followed by a massive flash mob performed by 2,000 Disneyland Paris cast members, the finale of which featured the French Air Force Aerobatic Team flying in to trace a number “20” in the sky above the park’s castle.

See for yourself:

Disney Characters Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Opening of Disneyland Resort ParisGuests Enter Disneyland Paris on the 20th Anniversary of the Park's OpeningThe French Air Force Aerobatic Team Traces the Number 20 in the Sky in Honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Opening of Disneyland Resort Paris

Other special treats planned for the day include a speech by Walt Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter, who worked on building the park, plus additional entertainment and meet-and-greet experiences with Disney characters.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disneyland Resort Paris Marks 20 Years

posted on April 12th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, Disneyland Resort Paris celebrates its 20th Anniversary, and it’s commemorating the occasion with a new parade, special décor, and shows, including the nighttime spectacular “Disney Dreams!” seen below.

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Ear Force One flew over in celebration of the one-year countdown to the park’s opening. If you look towards the back of the photo, you can see Sleeping Beauty Castle just beginning to take form.

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