This week, on April 12th 2017 was the official date of Disneyland Paris’s 25th Anniversary! To a Disney fan like me that’s exciting! I may have watched the entire celebration ceremony and vowed to visit this year to experience the celebrations… No one does celebrations better than Disney. I missed the Diamond 60th Anniversary celebrations in Disneyland Park (Anaheim, CA) last year by three weeks but the up side was I got to experience the wonder of Disney at Halloween and it was absolutely amazing. Whether it’s an anniversary or an event such as Christmas, the Disney Parks put up gorgeous themed decorations and usually create new things especially for it – new Parades, different fireworks, shows and sometimes they even adapt existing rides like Haunted Mansion Holiday in Disneyland Park (10 out of 10 would recommend!).
Disneyland Paris is a definitely a smaller version of the other Disney Parks around the world, however, it is still worth a visit – if only because it’s a far closer place to go for your Disney magic fix if you are based in Europe. Here’s a few reasons why you should visit this year for the 25th Anniversary:
There is a new parade.
WITH A FIRE BREATHING DRAGON. Yep. That has to be in capitals because seriously, a dragon! That breathes fire! I shouldn’t even have to write anything else on this list, you should be booking your tickets already.
Parades are one of my favourite things and give you a chance to see all the characters you love that you may not have met in the Park on these hugely elaborate floats. The Disneyland Paris website quotes the new parade as including a fire-breathing dragon, Peter Pan, Toy Story characters, a Lion King and Jungle Book collaborations, Disney Princesses, Frozen characters and of course, Mickey Mouse.
Tip: Parades run most days but make sure you check the website beforehand as they might not run in adverse weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. They may also not run parades if they have something else instead. I missed Disney fireworks and the Paint the Night parade in Disneyland Park in California because the days I went clashed with Mickey’s Halloween Party so they had special fireworks, which you needed a ticket for the Halloween Party and they had a special parade for that too, which meant they weren’t running some of their ‘normal’ parades. Check, rather than be disappointed.
There is a brand new illuminations show.
Here’s another thing Disney are awesome at – shows. Light shows, fireworks shows, water shows – they’ve nailed it. And this one pretty much has it all. Their brand new night time spectacular (replacing Disney Dreams) sees projections onto the Sleeping Beauty Castle along with music, fireworks, flames, lazers and water, all with Mickey as your host!
Space Mountain is changing…
From the 7th May, Disneyland Paris have a treat for all you Star Wars fans, Space Mountain will become Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. If I’m honest, I’m not a Star Wars fan and I love Space Mountain, however, a change isn’t always a bad thing.
And yet another thing for Star Wars fans, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.
You can find this updated ride in Discoveryland, board a Starspeeder 1000 on a 3D adventure journey with over 70 different missions hurtling you through time and space. Even I can appreciate how amazing this is since every ride is potentially different with a new mission each time!
I love Disney Princesses, if you love them too then check out the new Starlit Princess Waltz. Princesses such as Belle, Tiana and Aurora wearing their gorgeous ball gowns hit the stage in Fantasyland for an enchanting waltz against a backdrop of the infamous castle. I can imagine this is pretty magical to watch if you’ve ever dreamed of being a Disney Princess.
Mickey and the Magician
This is the new show running in Walt Disney Studios Park until 7th January 2018. The show follows Mickey’s quest to become a magician and features characters such as Genie, Belle,Beast, Elsa and the Fairy Godmother. I love watching Disney shows on stage and am gutted I missed out on Mickey and the Magical Map whilst in Disneyland Park, CA so will definitely be adding this one to my list.
New food, existing food changed into the shape of a star. Basically an excuse to eat it all. (Unless you’re vegan, then the French don’t do that so well unfortunately.)
Mickey Presents: Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris
Another show hitting the Fantasyland stage is this special anniversary show. Join Mickey, Chip & Dale, Woody, Jessie, Goofy, Max and a whole host of characters celebrate the 25th Anniversary live on stage complete with fountains. Because, why not?
Imagine all the gorgeous things in the Disney shops emblazoned with the 25th Anniversary on it, exclusive for the celebrations!!
And finally, escapism.
Let’s be honest, the real world rather sucks at the moment. Why not walk through the gates and leave all your worries at the door and check into a world of escapism, of magic and imagination? One where elephants fly, Neverland exists and you can help Buzz Lightyear battle Zurg and his robot army. Hakuna matata as they say.
This is not a sponsored post, I just absolutely love Disney. When I was little, my parents took me and my brother to Walt Disney World and I loved it. In 2012 I went to Disneyland Paris for my birthday and last year I went to Disneyland Park in Anaheim and each time I visit a Disney Park I possibly get more excited than the last. I love embracing the world of magic and imagination. I love meeting the characters and going on the incredible rides all designed by imagineers. It’s like no other theme park and if you’re a Disney geek or want to experience it for the first time, I urge you to go this year for the 25th Anniversary celebrations.
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