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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.

Giant Sand Sculpture of Sleeping Beauty Castle Giant Sand Sculpture of Sleeping Beauty Castle

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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Happy New Year from Disneyland Paris

posted on December 31st, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Happy New Year from Disneyland Paris

The clocks just struck midnight at Disneyland Paris and they’re bringing in a bright and beautiful New Year with some amazing fireworks over Sleeping Beauty Castle. This year, our friends are hosting an “unforgettable” party at the parks as well. Stay tuned, Walt Disney World is next.

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First Snow of Season Falls at Disneyland Paris

posted on December 3rd, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


First Snow of the Season at Disneyland Paris

They’re seeing the first snow of the season at Disneyland Paris this week and that means you’ll soon be seeing some stunning park images on the Disney Parks Blog. Our friends at the park will be sharing images soon but in the meantime they gave us this look at Sleeping Beauty Castle from last season. Check back next week as we continue our “A View From…” series.

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A View from…Disneyland Paris

posted on October 19th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Halloween at Disneyland Paris

Around here, we look forward to hearing from our friends in Hong Kong, Paris and Tokyo. And we thought you would too from time to time. So, we’re launching a new blog series featuring sights you won’t see at the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort. Today, it’s Disneyland Paris.

Halloween at Disneyland Paris

This year, they’ve created a “Halloweenmosphere” at Disneyland Paris during the New Generation Festival. The parks have been transformed and Frontierland in the Disneyland park has become Halloweenland with festive décor and a host of eerie events. Guests can meet Disney Villain, Dr. Facilier, and Pumpkin People storm the park to create unique Disney style orange mischief.

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Halloween at Disneyland Paris Halloween at Disneyland Paris

Several times throughout the day during the Halloween season, the central stage in the Disneyland park features a Halloween spectacular with Minnie Mouse. Let us know what you think. And stay tuned – our next post in this series will feature images from Tokyo Disneyland.

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Toy Story Playland Unveiled at Disneyland Paris

posted on August 17th, 2010 by Philippe Gas, CEO, Euro Disney S.A.S.


Toy Story Playland Unveiled at Disneyland Paris
Today is a big day at Disneyland Paris, where we welcomed our latest addition to Walt Disney Studios Park – Toy Story Playland.

Thanks to the creative minds of Pixar Studios and our Disney Imagineers, Guests of all ages can now feel what it’s like to be shrunk to the size of a toy and to become literally part of the Toy Story universe in Andy’s backyard.

Once again these new attractions prove our capacity to reinvent ourselves and to create new experiences for all our guests. They should be thrilled by the great attention to detail that makes Toy Story Playland a truly larger than life experience.

Guests venturing through the over-sized landscaping of Andy’s yard discover three play areas, each featuring an exclusive attraction. With Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop, Guests are invited to join Andy’s Little Green Army Men in a simulated fall from the sky. Guests of all ages can climb aboard Slinky Dog on Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin as our four legged friend chases his tail. And in Andy’s most dare-deviling set up, RC Racer will give a feel for what it’s like to zoom along a Hot Wheels half-pipe track.

Introduced as part of our year-long Disney new generation festival, Toy Story Playland expands the park’s Toon Studio, where guests can already enjoy attractions inspired by Disney●Pixar blockbusters Finding Nemo and Cars.

All the Disneyland Paris Cast and myself are particularly proud of this development and hope that it will bring much magic to our guests for years to come.
Toy Story Playland Unveiled at Disneyland Paris

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French Open Champ Rafael Nadal Celebrates at Disneyland Paris

posted on June 8th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


French Open Champ Rafael Nadal Celebrates at Disneyland Paris
What a great surprise…tennis superstar Rafael Nadal went from the red clay at Roland Garros to the red carpet at Disneyland Paris after winning his fifth French Open – and today, we’re sharing images of the celebration. Nadal was joined by the heroes of Disneyland Paris’ New Generation Festival as he showed the trophy to Guests in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. The tennis champion then met with fans and signed autographs before riding some of his favorite attractions at the park – Pirates of the Caribbean and “its a small world.” Nadal said he’s already looking forward to his next visit.

French Open Champ Rafael Nadal Celebrates at Disneyland Paris French Open Champ Rafael Nadal Celebrates at Disneyland Paris French Open Champ Rafael Nadal Celebrates at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris’ New Generation Festival is a year-long celebration highlighting a new generation of heroes from Disney films such as “The Princess and the Frog” and “Lilo & Stitch,” as well as Disney•Pixar’s “Toy Story,” “Ratatouille” and “The Incredibles.”

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