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Disneyland Paris Turns 20 with Exclusive High-Tech Show, Parade

posted on January 23rd, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Disneyland Paris is turning 20 in a few months and you better believe they’ve got a special celebration in the works, including a new show with never-before-seen special effects. The team behind the new Disney Dreams Show told us that they’ve gathered the greatest technology from around the world to “wow” you and tell a story in a new way.

Plans for Water Streams at the Disneyland Paris Castle, Part of the New After-Dark Disney Dreams Show

Take a look at the plans. Water streams and the Disneyland Paris castle will become a canvas for the story during the new after-dark Disney Dreams Show. It’s being created by Imagineer Steven Davison and it’ll include lasers and other special effects and technical tools that have never been combined before at Disney Parks.

Mickey, Minnie and Some of Your Favorite Disney Characters in Redesigned Costumes for the New Disney Magic on Parade at Disneyland Paris

Mickey and Minnie and some of your favorite Disney characters will also have redesigned costumes when they appear in the new Disney Magic on Parade! The parade will begin with a tribute to Disney Magic and include new music, floats and choreography. Here’s a look at what to expect when the celebrations begin on April 1, 2012.

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Artist Creates Disneyland Paris’ Sleeping Beauty Castle with 50,000 Folds of Paper

posted on December 8th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Artist Creates Disneyland Paris’ Sleeping Beauty Castle with 50,000 Folds of Paper

After three weeks of work and more than 50,000 folds of paper, the best origami sculpture of Disneyland ParisSleeping Beauty Castle you’ll probably ever see is now on display in London. Paper artist Paul Jackson used 20 different paper-folding techniques to create the 10-foot “pop-up” castle at the St. Pancras International station for the launch of the Disneyland Paris 20th Anniversary brochure.

Artist Creates Disneyland Paris’ Sleeping Beauty Castle with 50,000 Folds of Paper

Look closely, and you’ll see more than 5,000 origami bricks on the walls and more than 300 origami cubes, each individually folded. Here’s a quick look at what it took to create the castle.

Origami Sleeping Beauty Castle Facts:

  • Four weeks planning and over three weeks to build
  • Over 50,000 folds of paper
  • 20 different origami folding techniques used
  • 5,000 origami bricks on the walls, 300 origami cubes, each individually folded
  • The highest point stands at almost 10 feet

The Disneyland Paris castle is available to view at St. Pancras until December 10 and then at the FirstChoice Superstore in Crayford, Kent, where it will be on display until late next year.

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Behind the Scenes: Mickey Pumpkin Magic at Disneyland Paris

posted on October 28th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’ve hopped on a boat at Epcot’s Living with the Land attraction you may have seen a cool Mickey Mouse-shaped pumpkin or two. This Halloween season, you can’t miss them at Disneyland Paris – it’s the first ever crop created especially for the park. And today we’re sharing a look at how it was done.

Europe’s largest pumpkin grower David Bowman grew the special crop for Disneyland Paris using a seed variety called Cinderella (yes, that’s the real name). This year, he’s been working to grow Mickey pumpkins so good people think they’re fake.

The Mickey Mouse silhouette was created using a specially-designed mold, which was fitted to the pumpkins in the early stages of growth. The pumpkins grew until they filled the moulds and were then left to ripen, turning from dark green to the ripe, vibrant orange.

Behind The Scenes: Mickey Pumpkin Magic at Disneyland Paris

David grows more than three million pumpkins each year on almost 500 acres of land but says this is a pumpkin first for him. He calls this a really good crop of Mickey pumpkins for the world to enjoy at the park’s Halloween Festival this weekend.

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Disney’s Halloween Festival in Paris

posted on October 27th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Halloween at Disneyland Paris

Earlier this week, we shared a peek at Hong Kong Disneyland decorated for their unique Halloween celebration – today it’s Disneyland Paris. This year’s Halloween Festival has a few new surprises, including Disney’s Maleficious Halloween Party and Mickey’s Halloween Treat in the Street. Our friends in Paris have shared some images from the festivities.

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As you can see, characters like Cruella De Vil, Captain Hook, Jafar and the wicked witch from Snow White are part of the celebration. And in this “Halloweenmosphere,” you’ll also see some really cool Mickey-shaped pumpkins in Town Square. Check the Disney Parks Blog tomorrow for more on those pumpkins.

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Paris Hilton Visits Disneyland Paris

posted on October 20th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Paris Hilton Celebrates Halloween at Disneyland Paris

Look at who made a surprise visit to Disneyland Paris this week. Paris Hilton and some of her friends celebrated Halloween early at the park with Cruella De Vil, Maleficent and the Evil Queen after Disney’s Maleficious Halloween Party. During Paris’ visit, she also enjoyed a few attractions, including the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Here is another shot from our friends at Disneyland Paris.

Paris Hilton Celebrates Halloween at Disneyland Paris

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Royal Wedding Photographer Capturing Magical Moments at Disneyland Paris

posted on August 5th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Royal Wedding Photographer at Disneyland Paris

Earlier this week, Disneyland Paris marked a special castle milestone and today we’re thrilled to share news of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for families visiting the resort in August. Official Royal wedding photographer to Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Hugo Burnand, will soon be photographing six lucky families a day as part of the ongoing Magical Moments Festival. Hugo, who is a huge Disney fan, talks more about these exclusive photo shoots:

Families visiting Disneyland Paris between Aug. 12-15 who would like to apply for a free place can apply at www.facebook.com/disneylandparis. Successful families will be notified between Aug. 8-11.

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This Week in Disney History: Disneyland Paris Marks Castle Milestone

posted on August 3rd, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Western Europe is full of castles that astound and inspire, evoking thoughts of fairy tales and a time gone by – and Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle) at Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris is no exception.

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle) at Disneyland Paris

The castle, which was topped off in August 1991 (20 years ago this week), is a bit different than the first Sleeping Beauty Castle, built 5,659 miles away at Disneyland park in California. The French version features pink-tinted turrets, stained-glass windows and a basement cavern that is home to a dragon (La Tanière du Dragon), who awakens if you wait long enough.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video of the topping off from Disneyland Paris.

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Giant Disney Sleeping Beauty Sand Castle Created in Paris

posted on July 28th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Giant Sand Sculpture of Sleeping Beauty Castle

For the first time, Disneyland Paris is participating in Paris Plages and we thought you’d enjoy a peek of some of the amazing work now on display, including a 16-foot sand sculpture of Sleeping Beauty Castle. If you’ve not heard, Paris Plages is a yearly summer event held in the heart of Paris where the Seine riverbanks are transformed into a giant beach.

Giant Sand Sculpture of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Seven expert sculptors worked for nearly 300 hours to transform 60 tons of natural sand into our famous castle along the Seine River. Take a look at their finished work.

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Also, for the 10th edition of Paris Plages, Disneyland Paris and the Mairie de Paris social services division are holding a special day for children unable to go on vacation this summer. Paris Plages continues through August 21.

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‘Rafa’ Celebrates Sixth French Open Trophy at Disneyland Paris

posted on June 7th, 2011 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


After capturing his sixth French Open and 10th Grand Slam title, the world’s No. 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal proudly showed off the La Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy on Monday at Disneyland Paris.

World's No. 1 Tennis Player Rafael Nadal at Disneyland Paris After Winning the French Open

During his visit, Nadal waved to fans and signed autographs while enjoying the Magical Moments Festival and his favorite Disney attractions, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain: Mission 2, Tower of Terror and Crush’s Coaster.

Regarded as the new “King of Clay,” Nadal was once again victorious on Roland Garros’ clay courts, earning his milestone sixth French Open title, tying him with Björn Borg for most all-time.

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This Day In Disney History: Disneyland Paris Debuts

posted on April 12th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Disneyland Paris, originally Euro Disneyland, opened its doors April 12, 1992.

Located in Marne-la-Vallee, France (just outside of Paris), the park opened to feature 29 attractions in a layout much like Disneyland park in California, with the exception of offering a Discoveryland instead of Tomorrowland.

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle)

The centerpiece of the theme park is Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle). The 167-foot structure was inspired by the architecture of Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, as well as castle descriptions that appear in different versions of the Sleeping Beauty fairytale.

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

Disney’s first European park welcomed more than 11 million guests in its first year alone, and has since celebrated exciting growth over the years, including the debut of attractions like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril in 1993, Space Mountain: De la Terre a la Lune in 1995 and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast in 2006.

Did You Know? When The Walt Disney Company was scouting spots to build its first European theme park, another location that was a top contender was Barcelona, Spain.

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