70th Anniversary: in Cinderella’s footsteps at Disneyland Paris

70 years ago, Cinderella, Walt Disney’s masterpiece, first premiered on the big screen, and since then, the princess with the glass slippers has not aged one bit. This anniversary is the perfect opportunity to rediscover her world and fulfill “a wish your heart makes” at Disneyland Paris….

THE GLASS SLIPPER

The story of Cinderella dates back to the moment when Walt Disney first got his start in the industry. In 1922, he opened his studio in Kansas City and produced his first series of cartoons, called the “laugh-O-Grams.” As part of this series, he released his first adaptation of the fairytale, with contemporary and comic undertones, in December that same year. A Silly Symphony based on the same story was considered for a while in 1933, but the project was nipped in the bud.

Only in 1943 did a new scenario see the light of day, and in 1948, Walt decided to use it for his next animated movie.

The movie enjoyed immediate success upon its release on 15 February 1950. It was nominated for three Academy Awards (Best Sound, Best Music and Best Original Song for Bibbidi-Boddidi-Boo) thus kick-starting a new golden age for Disney animation.

Cinderella also includes one of Walt Disney’s favorite scenes, when Fairy Godmother magically transforms her ruined dress into a wonderful ballgown. The animation work for this magical scene was particularly well-executed by the very talented Marc Davis (who also played a prominent role in the creation of Pirates of the Caribbean). Cinderella’s ballgown, inspired by Christian Dior (who had made a strong impact when he visited Los Angeles in 1947), is absolutely stunning!

HOMECOMING

As the animated movie proved to be a tremendous success and it was of particular significance for Walt, it felt perfectly natural for the Imagineers to use it as a source of inspiration for the different Disney Parks, and most notably for the castles at the Magic Kingdom in Florida and at Tokyo Disneyland.

It made as much sense to pay homage to the movie at Disneyland Paris, in the home country of Charles Perrault. As such, Cinderella holds a special place in Fantasyland, especially at Auberge de Cendrillon, which hosts one of the iconic restaurants of the Park.

The building is clearly reminiscent of the Renaissance architecture from the Loire Valley, which the artistic directors of the movie, Mary Blair and John Hench, had used as inspiration before. The pastel pink facade and the blue rooftops are in clear reference to the color palette used in the animated movie. Inside, the French style ceilings, stone arches, beveled windows and the pastel colors recall the outdoor feel of the place while the tapestries, column capitals, fresco paintings all hint at the 1950 classic. The carriage, which is out front, and the fountain, adorned with an elegant bronze statue, complete the enchanting feel of the place, just like the treats offered by the chefs – most notably, the signature Cinderella dessert, an exquisite slipper…made of white chocolate!

ON THE WAY TO THE BALL!

Beyond her various appearances, whether it be at Auberge de Cendrillon or at the Princess Pavilion, Cinderella enjoys taking part in the resort’s various shows. She used to appear in her fabulous carriage, shaped like a pumpkin, drawn by magnificent horses, in the Disney Parade (1992-1994) as well as the sparkling Main Street Electrical Parade (1992-2003), which also featured the castle clock.

The pumpkin used to magically transform into a carriage right before the eyes of the guests, during the Festival des Contes de Fées show (1995-1996), as court dancers performed a pas de deux (ballet duet) and tap-danced to the sound of a live marching band. At Walt Disney Studios Park, she would sometimes join in the Disney’s Stars’n’Cars parade (2008-2015) and appears nowadays in the Mickey and the Magician show at Animagique Theater. Cinderella does not shy away from joining the other Disney Princesses for a show or a dance. For example, she can be admired on Castle Stage, in the Starlit Princess Waltz (2017-2019), or during the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Main Street U.S.A. Disney Princesses come to lend a hand to Santa Claus, in order to make the Castle sparkle!

PRINCESS AND FRIENDS

Cinderella is not the only character from Walt Disney’s classic animated movie that guests can meet at Disneyland Paris. Between 2012 and 2017, Fairy Godmother held a prime spot on the first float, called “Inventons la Magie,” of Disney Magic on Parade! Nowadays, guests can applaud her in the show Mickey and the Magician, in which she seeks to teach the basics of magic thanks to her famous song “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!”

Suzy and Perla also take part in the festivities. They can sometimes be seen next to Auberge de Cendrillon for heartwarming encounters, as well as inside the restaurant where they frequently welcome the guests. Jaq and Gus also join them at times.

Halloween is undeniably the best time of the year to meet Lady Tremaine and her two disgraceful daughters, Drizella and Anastasia. Throughout the entire season, they can be seen roaming around Fantasyland (maybe in search of a fiancé?) or on Castle Stage for Attention… Méchants! If you ever happen to stumble across them, will you be brave enough to dare approach them?

WHEN DREAMS COME TRUE

What if it was your turn to lead the life of a princess?

Nothing is easier at Disneyland Paris!

Enjoying lunch, or a “royal breakfast” at Auberge de Cendrillon is always an unforgettable experience. This table service restaurant will enable you to relish in the most exquisite treats in a fairytale setting with the Disney Princesses.

For an extra touch of magic, don’t hesitate to go to the Fantasyland or Studio 1 makeup stands, and choose from the many models offered inspired by Animation Classics.

For a total makeover, make your way to the Disneyland Hotel. “Princess for a day” is an exclusive service which enables your child to transform into a real princess! Hair and make-up are done by professional artists and the sovereign apprentice can even dress as her favorite Disney Princess and turn this moment into a long-lasting memory with a photoshoot.

Why not conclude the day in the enchanting environment of the “Cinderella” suite, the large Vice-Presidential suite of the Disneyland Hotel? Beyond its unparalleled view overlooking Disneyland Park, it features numerous refined details and references to Walt Disney’s animated movie, from the glass slipper in the lobby to the vegetable theming of the furniture, in reference to the transformative scene of the movie.

Nothing is better to fulfill a wish you heart makes, without fearing to be out and about when the clock strikes midnight!

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  1. Hi, there! I’m from Brazil, and I’ll be at DisneylandParis on my 40th birthday with my family (a husband and 3 daughters). May I have my “magical birthday ever”? This include a character? How I order it? We’re ordering a 1day/2parks ticket, and we have a doubt about the time of Paris Express. It leaves Disnenyland at 8pm, is that time AFTER the fireworks and night parade? We’re very excited with this family travel,and we’ll be waiting ansiously for your reply

  2. Wonderful article, please more like this!

    I’ve never seen that castle elevation artwork before, could you post it in a higher resolution? Would love to thoroughly investigate the details of it.

    Kind regards
    Disneyland Paris Treasures

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  5. What’s the point of attracting adults and “reconnecting them with childhooh emotions and memories” if once they’re there you’ll treat them like they’re not welcome?
    Maybe the problem is not our perception is wrong. Maybe the problem is you really don’t want us to go.

  6. There’s a Santa Fe style hotel? Oh my! Will have to go back and stay there! Only hotel I had time to see on my first visit was the Disneyland Hotel on my way into the park to see Captain Eo after it re-opened in June 2010. I was on a one-day visit via the Eurostar from London (on holiday there from Australia) so very limited time – too limited. But I loved it.

  7. I’ve been 4 times to Disneyland Paris in the last 3 years and each time the service has been absolutely dredful and not even apologetic – would love to see how this changes.

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  12. Also my question:-) Is there a way to buy something although i’m not working at Disneyland Paris?

  13. So, so sad to see this icon show close! I first saw it in California in 1987 and was blown away by what was then incredible 3D technology, as well as Michael’s performance. When I visited Disneyland Paris for the first (and thus far, only) time on 24 June 2010 I was on a EuroStar day trip to the park from London which I was visiting for Michael Jackson 1st anniversary events with his UK fans. When I heard that Disneyland Paris and other Disney Parks were re-opening the film as a tribute to Michael, I HAD to make the journey across the channel to see it again. Needless to say, I made the most of the opportunity for repeat screenings on that day. And though I’ve since seen it repeatedly in Anaheim and Tokyo (shortly before it closed there last year) I’ll never, ever forget seeing it on the big screen for the first time since the 80s at Disneyland Paris. I’m not sure I want to go back now. 🙁

  14. It’s a shame this classic has to go, really!
    I’m glad I got the chance to experience it once again with the tribute performance.

    It was not quite the same since many of the original effects and the look and feel of the cinema were missing, still the old 3D glasses/technique and and analogue! print/and projector was used, which was and is kind of lazy from Disney. Also, the print was very worn out the last time I’ve seen it and should have been replaced long ago.

    But, still better than no Captain EO.

    Since Captain EO will never return to the Disney parks, please release a worthy blu-ray of this classic masterpiece (in 3D and 2D). I’m sure plenty of Disney-, Michael Jackson-, Anjelica Huston, Franics Ford Coppola- and George Lucas-Fans would buy it in an instant!

    I sure would!

  15. Why oh why is this closing?

    Have seen it several times at Disneyland Paris in the last couple of years and and each showing was packed out! Judging by everyone’s reaction on the way out, the audience clearly loved both the film and its effects.

    Bad decision, Disney 🙁

  16. The reason it has closed is that jardly anyone watches. Figures have dwindled and have been for years. It has been declining in the mast few years. Everyone moans and groans but it costs Disney to keep it running and if the audiences ain’t coming, who can afford to keep it.

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  19. We used these just after Christmas. Such a vast improvement since our last visit in summer 2014. Well done! I still had to wait from about 9am to get a good spot in the queue, but then we only waited about 10 minutes in the actual pavilion, as opposed to 70 minutes last time!

  20. We had a wonderfull new years evening at euro disney 2015 – 2016!!!!
    It was fantastic!!
    Thank you!

  21. Will the foliage be refurbished? Many leaves and small branches are missing and spoil the attraction so hopefully these will be refurbished.

  22. Hello We are a family of 4 with my husband and 2 children.I am 32 weeks pregnant.With the easy access card will I have access to attractions with my family.

  23. would changing the perception around DP to attract adults or a particular age groups not be at the expense of other age groups eg kids, teenagers.

  24. What a shame that they cast aside the park’s heritage, people’s memories and their love of DLP by destroying the named stones and replacing them with bland slabs.
    There were a few broken and loose ones, but surely they could have been kept and relayed to a better standard than they had previously.
    It has really dampened our DLP experience. What next? Removal of the castle?

  25. it’sasmallworld is more beautifulthan before.

    I will ride to it’s a smallworld during go to disneyland paris.

  26. i come to disney land for 20 years every year 2or3 times
    i am a real disney fan i collect it also but my complain is this year
    when y order to stay in the hotel why did they not mention
    that there is so many attraction close in the park you mention about the hotel but let also know about what happen in the park
    i hope you understand why i writhe this
    i hope that you will reply
    thanks yolande

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  28. Hello, I am staying at the Hotel on 9/23/16. That day is my daughter’s birthday. Do you have the opportunity to purchase a cake?

  29. Can anyone help with getting in touch with photopass for Disneyland Paris. Tried sending email through contact us but email keeps coming back undeliverable. All photos are not coming up and need them to find my photos.

  30. Not Impressed! Big Thunder mountain is one of my favorite Disney Rides! Shut! Simlarly, the Star Wars events are apparently unavailable.No mention of these attractions being shut when my booking was made in June. My grandson, for whom we arranged this trip, has extatically reached the height limit, and a star wars addict/devotee will now be denied these pleasures. Will there be a refund/discount offered?

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