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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!

Check out more “Disney Style Snapshots” below:

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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!


Read on for more updates from Disneyland Paris:

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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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Bringing New Disney Dreams to Disneyland Paris

posted on April 12th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s April 12, the 21st anniversary of the opening of Disneyland Paris, and the resort is celebrating by extending their incredibly popular 20th Anniversary Celebration through September 30, 2013. One of the biggest hits of the past year has been the new nighttime spectacular, Disney Dreams!, in which Peter Pan’s shadow takes us on a journey into great moments from Disney animation.
Bringing New Disney Dreams to Disneyland Paris

Not content to rest on their laurels, the Creative Entertainment team has introduced some enhancements to the show, just in time for the extended celebration.

“Following the outstanding success of the show, Peter’s mischievous shadow will be taking us on new adventures into the worlds of ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Brave,’” said Show Director Katy Harris. “These two new scenes were chosen by our fans, and it’s our way of saying thank you for celebrating our 20th anniversary with us.”

According to the Vice President of Parades and Spectaculars, Steven Davison, “The two new pieces fit into the ‘Free to Dream’ segment of the show. Both Simba and Merida are trying to find their place in the world. Like the original show, the shadow stumbles in on these moments.”
Bringing New Disney Dreams to Disneyland Paris

Audiences enjoying Disney Dreams! will soon become part of those moments themselves with this summer’s introduction of Disney Light’Ears, interactive Mickey Mouse ear hats similar to the “Glow with the Show” ears available now at the Disneyland Resort. Each guest wearing a pair of Disney Light’Ears will become an ever-changing pixel of color, synchronizing in real time with the show and adding another layer of fun to the spectacle.

“It’s great to see the audience react so positively toward the show. It makes all the hard work worth the effort,” adds Steven. “Dreams will be like the movie ‘Fantasia.’ It will always be refreshed and changing, bringing new dreams for years to come.”

Take a look at these amazing photos from a recent preview of the new Disney Dreams! with Disney Light’Ears. It makes me want to book a flight to Paris this summer!

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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.
“Adventureland

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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Window Shopping at Disney Parks Around the World: Disneyland Paris

posted on April 10th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


I love to travel and I hope you do too, because I’m taking you on a trip. From time to time, I invite you to join me as we “window shop” at Disney Parks around the world.

Our first stop… Disneyland Paris!

Can you believe it’s been 21 years since Disneyland Paris first opened its doors? It’s amazing how time flies. I had the chance to catch up with Regis Alart, Junior Product Developer and 2011-2012 Disneyland Paris Ambassador, who gave us a glimpse at some very special artwork created for a 1993–2013 Joyeux Anniversaire pin.

“The art was inspired by the way Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant was decorated when we celebrated our very first anniversary,” said Regis. “I’m so happy that we can now share this special occasion with Disney fans around the world.”

Take a look!
Disneyland Paris Joyeux Anniversaire Pin
This anniversary pin, which will be limited to an edition size of 1,013, will retail for €12.99 and will be released at Disneyland Paris on April 12, at the Pueblo Trading Post in Frontierland. Even though most of the merchandise highlighted in our upcoming “window shopping” trips here on the Disney Parks Blog will not be available to purchase via phone or mail order, this is a special exception! Guests who wish to inquire about remaining quantities of this pin may do so after April 13 with the Mail Order team at Disneyland Paris via dlp.pintrading.mail.order@disney.com.

I hope you enjoyed the trip. Have your passport to the world of merchandise ready, because you never know where we will go next.

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