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!
posted on April 13th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
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.
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.”
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!
posted on April 11th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
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:
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you enjoyed the trip. Have your passport to the world of merchandise ready, because you never know where we will go next.
posted on March 1st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Every time I watch the Disney●Pixar film “Ratatouille,” it totally makes me want to visit Paris. As early as next year, fans of this film in particular will have a whole new reason to make the trip, as it was just announced that a new attraction based on this film is in the works for Disneyland Paris.
Phillipe Gas, President & CEO Euro Disney, announced this week that this family-focused attraction will open at the resort’s Walt Disney Studios Park in 2014. The film tells the tale of Remy, a cuisine-loving rat, who dreams of becoming a talented French chef. According to Gas, Disneyland Paris is the perfect setting for such an attraction:
“By developing this new ‘Ratatouille’ attraction, we continue to ensure our guests can experience their favorite Disney stories in memorable ways that only Disney can provide,” he said. “The theme, which is very français, is a tribute to the capital and the unforgettable characters that make ‘Ratatouille’ the ideal choice for an attraction that fits perfectly at Disneyland Paris.”
But that wasn’t the only exciting news out of Disneyland Paris this week. It was also announced that the resort’s 20th anniversary celebration has been extended through September 30, 2013, and during this time, Disneyland Park’s nighttime spectacular Disney Dreams! will be enriched with two new scenes from the movies “The Lion King” and “Brave.” Even better, guests will soon be able to enjoy the show while wearing interactive Disney Light’Ears, which change color in time with the show’s lights and music.
Who’s ready for a visit?
posted on February 28th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
posted on February 19th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
How does one celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris? In high fashion, of course!
In order to choose an outfit for the park’s ongoing 20th anniversary celebration, Minnie Mouse recently turned to Alber Elbaz, creative director of the Lanvin fashion house, who has designed for celebrities like Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss and Sofia Coppola, to design something unique for her.
According to Elbaz, who was excited to take on the project, Minnie was quite the knowledgeable fashionista: “When I showed her two dresses, she knew exactly which one she wanted,” he said. “She likes to show her heels, and loves earrings, jewellery, colors and everything that sparkles.”
For more about Disneyland Paris, check out these posts:
posted on February 2nd, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Things are about to get a little more explosive at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The runaway mine train ride exists at Disney Parks around the world, specifically at Disneyland park, Magic Kingdom Park, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris. At Walt Disney World Resort, the attraction is set to receive an interactive queue in 2013, while at the Disneyland Resort, the attraction is undergoing major refurbishment and will reopen in fall 2013. Read the posts below to find out what updates are being made to “the wildest ride in the wilderness.”
Take 5: Take 5: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
- Rainbow Ridge Mining Town to be Refurbished During Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Update at Disneyland Park – “The wildest ride in the wilderness,” Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park reopens fall 2013.
- Guests Can Soon Interact with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in New Immersive Queue – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is next in line to get a new interactive queue.
- Disney Parks After Dark: Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland Paris – Did you know that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris sits on an island in the middle of the Rivers of the Far West in the park’s Frontierland?
- Walt Disney Imagineers Unveil the Backstory of Barnabas T. Bullion, Founder and President of Big Thunder Mining Company – Get the details on Barnabas T. Bullion who will play a role in the enhanced storyline of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom Park.
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to Close January 7 for Refurbishment at Disneyland Park – Erin shares updates being made to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland park, reopening in fall 2013.
posted on January 31st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
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:
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.
For more from the Disney Parks After Dark series, check out the posts below: