If you are planning a trip to Paris with your family, then we can think of nothing that will delight and enchant your children more than our following suggestion.
Magic, lights, colour and fantasy…lots of fantasy. Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Peter Pan and Buzz Lightyear, not forgetting the master of ceremony Mickey Mouse, are thrilled to invite you to one of the biggest events in Paris this year, the Disneyland Paris 20th Anniversary. It’s the Disney theme park’s birthday and to celebrate this very special occasion, it will be surprising its visitors with a whole host of new shows and surprising attractions much to the delight of all Disney fans, big or small. Thus, from the 1st of April, children and adults have been able to enjoy an unforgettable experience with their favourite Disney characters.
Created in 1992, Disneyland Paris is one of the world’s major theme parks, and one of the largest in Europe. More than 250 million people, enchanted by the adventures of the legendary Disney characters, have passed through the magical doors of this popular theme park. This number will no doubt rapidly increase thanks to Disneyland Paris’s birthday this 2012. On the 1st of April, the official opening ceremony took place with the presence of an extra-special fairy godmother in the form of Salma Hayek. Since then, three new more exciting attractions, in honour of Disneyland Paris’s 20th anniversary, have joined the host of rides and shows already featuring at the theme park, and which have been transporting visitors to a world of fantasy for many years now.
Disneyland 20th Anniversary Highlights
Lights, fireworks, fountains, and even real fires take centre stage in the new Nighttime Spectacular Show in Disneyland Paris. The Castle of Sleeping Beauty hosts this exciting event featuring projection mapping on the walls and various screens situated in the surrounding moat. The colourful lights of the show are reflected from Peter Pan’s hand offering stunned visitors a multi-coloured reality to fuel their flights of fancy around Sleeping Beauty’s magical castle, whilst the Parisian sky fills with lights and spectacular fireworks combined with water fountains reaching over 40 metres high. Truly spectacular!
Disney Magic on Parade
The Disneyland Paris Parade has always been one of the most appealing Disneyland Park attractions, and now even more so. In celebration of the parks 20th anniversary, an exciting new parade with new floats and music, created especially in honour of the occasion, is delighting children and adults alike in the park. The legendary Disney characters are inviting lucky spectators to join in this magical parade with Mickey donning the golden Mickey pin, and a spectacular finale marks the end of the event.
Although you may have met this lovable Disney character during your wanderings through Disneyland over the past years, this time you get the opportunity to enjoy a different and very special encounter with Mickey Mouse. Thus, coinciding with the theme park’s 20th anniversary, you are now invited to join Mickey Mouse backstage in his theatre where he keeps all his favourite costumes and props. Don’t forget to take your camera so you can take a photo of this popular Disney character with your family for a unique and unforgettable Mickey Mouse meeting.
Finally, you will be able to Share Your Story on the Disneyland website. All your Disneyland secrets and stories, accumulated over the theme park’s 20 years, can now be posted and shared for all mutual Disney lovers to see!
Disneyland Paris is located in Marne-la Vallée, a short distance from the centre of Paris, and is accessible by car, Disney shuttle bus or train. If you are travelling with small children especially, then bus or car is a more ideal option as the train can get very busy. Arrive early if you can.
When you get to Disneyland Paris, if you are travelling with smaller children, it is advisable to get fast passes for all the main rides to avoid long queues. In addition, purchase tickets for shows a little in advance, and find a nice spot for the Disney parade about 45 minutes before it starts to make sure you get a good place. Head back to the rides just before the parade ends as they will all be empty with everyone watching the show! Finally, to get a few last turns on the rides, try and stay right to the end as most people will have left by then!
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To conclude, if you would like to surprise the little ones, or you would simply like to release your own inner child for a day, then make sure you don’t miss out on the Disneyland Paris 20th Anniversary celebrations for some magical holidays in the French capital.