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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The holidays are in full swing at Disneyland Paris, which will celebrate an Enchanted Christmas through January 8, 2012.
Special holiday offerings include amazing seasonal décor, meet and greets with Santa Claus and Duffy the Disney Bear, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Town Square, and much more. The park also features special entertainment, including Princess Aurora’s Christmas Wish, in which Aurora’s three fairy godmothers argue over the color of the castle. The end result? A glittering castle, covered in thousands of lights.
After three weeks of work and more than 50,000 folds of paper, the best origami sculpture of Disneyland Paris’ Sleeping 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.
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.
If you were wowed by the Disney sand sculptures we shared earlier this year, then take a look at what the winter wind blew in today. More than 30 artists from around the world have come together to create an amazing interpretation of Disneyland Paris Enchanted Christmas for the 10th International Snow & Ice Sculpture Festival in Bruges, Belgium.
“Ice Wonderland” is a winter kingdom featuring nearly 100 sculptures from Main Street, U.S.A., to Toy Story Playland, through the maze of “Alice in Wonderland.” The Partners Statue is featured, along with characters and princesses like Peter Pan, Rapunzel and Cinderella.
The exhibition is located at the exit of the train station of Bruges, the famous medieval city and one of the main tourist attractions in Belgium. It’s open through January 12, 2012, and should be a “must-see” if you’re in the area. But if you can’t make it out there, you can take a virtual tour of the experience (use the full screen option) and we’ve included several more photos below.
My friend Duffy the Disney Bear recently arrived at Disneyland Resort Paris for the Disney Enchanted Christmas celebration. Duffy will be meeting friends on Main Street, U.S.A., participating in Disney’s “Once Upon a Dream” Parade and serving as the guest of honor for the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.
To celebrate the start of the Christmas season, the Disneyland Resort Paris team held a small press event that featured Duffy. They worked with several notable designers to create unique costumes for Duffy bears, which were displayed in an exhibition hall at Disney’s Hotel New York for the media. The team then took photos of the bears throughout the park. Pictured above are designs by Alexandre Vauthier (top left) and Nathalie Garçon (top right).
The nice part about these costumed bears is that they will be donated to local hospitals in France and Belgium. Throughout December, Mickey Mouse and his friend Duffy will be visiting local hospitals. During the visits, a creative workshop will be held where a group of children can personalize their own Duffy bears. More than 200 bears will be distributed during the holidays.
I thought the pictures of Duffy throughout the park turned out great (probably because I’ve always wanted to visit France!). Pictured above are costumes by Manish Arora (top left), Paul Ka (top right), Paul & Joe (bottom left) and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (bottom right).
While these designer bears won’t be available for sale, the team in France has also introduced a unique magical moment for guests who purchase a Duffy bear. Rather than say “purchase,” a cast member completes an adoption certificate (pictured above) when a guest gets a new Duffy the Disney Bear.
If you have visited Duffy in France, please share your experience in the comments below. You can also connect with other fans on either the official Facebook fan page for Disneyland Resort Paris or share your photos on the official Facebook fan page for Duffy. And if you plan on visiting Disneyland Resort Paris anytime soon, please take me with you!
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.
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.
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.