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Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration – Meet the Producer and Stage Manager

Both grandiose and totally immersive, Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration – which returned on January 11 at Walt Disney Studios Park, benefits from a unique stage at the foot of the Tower of Terror and impressive technical effects. We learned more about this original production from the producer of the show, Marie-Charlotte Bientz and the stage manager, Michael Mulato.

Marie-Charlotte, Michael, how did you come to work on the show?

Marie Charlotte: I joined the company 12 years ago now. I had studied show production at university and Disneyland Paris was my work-study company during my Masters. I was fortunate to be hired as a production assistant thereafter and have grown from there to my current position. ​Disney Dreams! was the first show I worked on when I joined the production trade. This is where I met Michael. And following this experience, I was asked to participate in the development of the production infrastructure for Production Courtyard, as well as in ​Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration which uses video production like ​Disney Dreams!

Michael: As for me, I arrived at Disneyland Paris fifteen years ago in attractions, then the parades department where I accompanied Disney characters and guided floats. Two years later, I became assistant stage manager. Between 2007 and 2017, I participated in most of the destination’s shows. Then I became stage manager for productions such as ​Bienvenue à la Belle Saison (2014), ​La Garden Party de Dingo (2016) and Disney Dreams! I became a general stage manager almost three years ago for seasons like Christmas, Halloween and the first Pirates & Princesses Festival, and I’ve been stage manager of the Production Courtyard stage at the foot of the Tower of Terror for over a year now. I take care of all the shows that take place there like ​#Surprise Mickey​, ​Legends of the Force​ and ​Marvel Season of Super Heroes​.

Michael, what is your job on this particular show?

Michael: I am the operational manager of everything that happens. Once the show is in operation, that is to say after the production phase piloted by Marie-Charlotte, I direct all the trades working on it, with the help of my team of stage managers, to coordinate the whole show.

Can you tell us more about this very special stage?

Marie Charlotte: We created it to present shows for seasons and special events at Walt Disney Studios Park, so it has to be very flexible. LED screens are a very important technical element as they allow shows to be played day and night. We only had one main screen to start, but now we have three to really immerse our guests and we added two new scenes with their own screen, courtyard and garden as we say in show business. All of them can play simultaneously, both in panning and individually, which we do a lot in ​Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration.

How do you use “mapping” and sound to immerse guests in the show?

Marie Charlotte: The Tower of Terror is the tallest building at Disneyland Paris, with a mapping surface for projection that is quite unique. Technology has come a long way in the four years since Disney Dreams! started and this show has benefitted from those advances.

Michael: We have 17 video projectors, including 16 in “quadrial”, that is to say that we have four video projectors projecting the same image on a given area which allows more power and light for an even more spectacular rendering. With a large, flat surface, we can project several important scenes at the same time on several areas of the Tower. That final projector is used to dress the rest of Production Courtyard to immerse visitors even more in our story. Visitors do not just face the show, they are truly immersed in the adventure. This goes beyond projection to sound too.

Marie Charlotte: What’s also unique about this stage is the 360-degree sound, not only from the front but from a system of diffusion in 7.1 distributed all around the space that allows us to create particularly immersive effects. For example, when a ship is projected on the Tower of Terror, you have the sound of its engine all over the place like it is passing just above you.

The show combines many different means of expression. How is it all synchronized?

Michael: Everything is coordinated by a “time code” – a kind of very precise stopwatch – and all of the effects whether video, lasers or pyrotechnics are programmed from this count.

Marie Charlotte: And this time code is guided by music. Audio is the conductor of all of our shows. Natalia Beliaeva, the director of the show, stages characters and images from movement and from music. And music flows from video, lasers, light and pyrotechnics. We were particularly attentive to the way of combining all these elements around the music. It is all the more important that the score of John Williams is very, very rich. The magic of this show is to carry the audience in a movement, to give them the impression, while being static, of flying towards this distant galaxy.

How did you work with the show directors?

Marie Charlotte: Our goal in production is to make the dreams of our directors come true and to give them the skills to go even further than they imagined. In ​Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration​, this manifests itself particularly in terms of interactions with droids. The director’s wish to have some of the familiar droids influence the stage design. We were able to expand his vision to welcome C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8 for a droid sequence even more important than it was at the start.

How has the show changed since 2017?

Marie Charlotte: The creation of this unique stage has certainly brought the show to a new level, and the scenic deployment has made this even more immersive. We have more space, more possibilities for characters to interact with guests, more screens to broadcast more images. And then, each new episode brings its share of novelties. And this year, we’ve integrated a tribute to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to close the saga in our own way.

How are reactions of the audience a source of inspiration for you?

Marie Charlotte: It is extremely important to us how our guests and fans react to the show. When we are lucky enough to have a season like this, which comes back from one year to the next, we listen to those audiences to improve ourselves and to fulfill the dreams of fans.

Michael: We spend weeks or even months in meetings and especially in rehearsals to see and review the show every night. But on the premiere day, it’s not the show I’m watching anymore, but the audience. This is a very strong moment that we look forward to.

What is your favorite moment from this Galactic Celebration?

Marie Charlotte: I’d say the arrival of Darth Vader. He comes out of the shadows and we just see his saber lighting up in the dark before he reveals himself to us. Iconically, it’s very strong. The whole character is there, reinforced by his images on The Tower of Terror. I also think of Darth Maul and his incredible acrobatics. He is alone on stage; his speech is very short and yet it is a very strong moment of the show.

Michael: For me, it’s the opening with the credits from Star Wars. I remember the first time I saw this show. I was still working on ​Disney Dreams!,​ but I was lucky enough to see it before everyone else. I had no idea what was going to happen. I was chatting with a colleague when all of a sudden the first chords rang out and I got chills. In an instant, I realized that something special was going to happen. I also love the finale, with all the characters on stage and the lyrics “May The Force be with you … always!” It’s a moment that transports me!

This show is the work of an entire team. Can you tell us about the human aspect?

Michael: We are about 40 people daily for video, lights, special effects, sound, control room. We have a very close-knit team here. Whether production or management, we are happy to meet every year for this production.

Marie Charlotte: If we talk about the overall show implementation, we easily go up to about 200 people. Each of us has a special attachment to Star Wars characters and stories. For my part, it was my dad who made me discover this universe. He was in the United States when the very first film was released in 1977, and he passed on his passion to me when I was a little girl. We all have a story with Star Wars. It’s an additional bond that unites us.

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Space Mountain: relive the genesis of the iconic attraction with Disney’s Imagineers

On June 1, 1995, Space Mountain – De la Terre à la Lune opened its doors at Disneyland Paris.

25 years later, we are excited to give you a glimpse into the creative process that led to the creation of this unique attraction, and how it evolved over the years.

Space Mountain: From the Earth to the Stars – A conversation with the Imagineers is our first virtual masterclass. Watch and listen to some Imagineers from around the world as they discuss, from home, the creative process to bring the attraction to life. You will also learn how the original Space Mountain spurred innovation into many exciting Disney attractions around the world, and hear several personal memories along the way!

If you’re a fan of Disney Parks attractions and Walt Disney Imagineering, you don’t want to miss this up-close conversation… right at home!

The panel, recorded on May 20, includes:

  • Tom Fitzgerald – Portfolio Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Yves Ben Yeta – Director Creative Development, Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Ann Morrow Johnson – Executive producer/Creative director, Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Luc Mayrand –  Portfolio Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
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Disneyland Paris Officially Welcomes Back Guests Today

Phased reopening includes controlled capacity, enhanced health and safety protocols and a new online reservation system for advanced ticketing 

On July 15, Disneyland Paris welcomed guests back, marking the occasion this morning in a special reopening ceremony. The phased reopening of Disneyland Paris begins with Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney Village and Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel, including enhanced health and safety measures in line with guidance from the French government and health authorities.

Les visiteurs de retour à Disneyland Paris
Les visiteurs de retour à Disneyland Paris

The special re-opening moment was hosted by Natacha Rafalski, President of Disneyland Paris, on Main Street, U.S.A. with Sleeping Beauty Castle as a backdrop alongside Disney characters in the company of cast members, including “Magic Keepers” who cared for the resort during the closure.

“This much-anticipated day is the result of an incredible team effort, from our cast members who are at the heart of the magic of our resort, to our public partners who have continued to provide us with invaluable support,” said Natacha Rafalski. “Today marks the beginning of a new chapter at Disneyland Paris, where giving our guests the opportunity to share happy moments with family and friends has never been more meaningful.”

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The reopening of Disneyland Paris is also a chance to continue the resort’s ongoing commitment to support its local communities. On Aug. 4, Disney VoluntEARS will welcome 300 children from the Île-de-France region and their families to experience a day at Disneyland Park. This is in addition to the more than €1.5 million worth of donations in food and medical-related supplies to the local community and the planting of thousands of flowers to recognize and honor local hospital staff and help beautify the community over the past few months.

Health and Safety Measures

Disneyland Paris remains committed to the well-being of guests and cast members, and as such has reimagined the resort experience, implementing updated health and safety policies in line with French government and health authorities recommendations, along with the resort’s team of health experts.

This approach brings together numerous measures to help promote health and safety, including limited and managed attendance, reduced capacity to support physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures across the resort including high-touch areas, new policies, practices and training for cast members to help carry out health and safety measures, and requiring face coverings for guests ages 11 and older, cast members and contractors. More information is available at www.disneylandparis.com

Guest Experience

At reopening, guests will find some experiences have been adjusted and others will be temporarily unavailable or return at a later date, but the timeless magic and unique storytelling will remain. Thrill seekers can ride iconic attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain, Hyperspace Mountain, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, while families can glide over Neverland in Peter Pan’s Flight, zoom alongside Lightning McQueen in Cars Quatre Roues Rallye and learn to fly at Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

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C’est reparti pour un tour à bord de Dumbo The Flying Elephant

Characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests, while one-of-a-kind dining and unique shopping experiences will return throughout the resort. The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands and Jungle Book Jive – two top-rated entertainment spectaculars – will also return later this summer. Guests can also look forward to exciting upcoming experiences at Disneyland Paris such as the new Cars Route 66 Road Trip and Disney Junior Dream Factory, the entirely reimagined Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel and the return of exclusive events planned for 2021 like Disneyland Paris Pride, Electroland and Disneyland Paris Run Weekend, not to mention the much-anticipated Avengers Campus coming in the future.

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Point Selfie avec Kristoff et Sven

Guests wishing to visit Disneyland Paris who have non-dated tickets or Annual Passes will need to register on a new online reservation system to receive a reservation for park entry prior to their arrival. Guests who already have a dated ticket or a package that includes park entry do not need to register and reserve a date. More information on park reservations is available at www.disneylandparis.com.

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Mickey est de retour au Parc Disneyland
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A look back at the recent enhancements of the Disneyland Paris mobile app

With the evolution of health measures and the new way for our guests to enjoy our destination, the team in charge of the official mobile application has developed the latter in order to make it a personal concierge accessible at the tip of a finger, which stands out as an essential tool for a visit or a stay within our resort. Let’s take a look back at the latest updates to the application.

Discover above three of the new visuals which are the subject of an on-site campaign, from the Visitor Parking to the entrance of our two Disney Parks.

New features : Book a table: allows our visitors to book – whether in advance or at the last minute – a restaurant (table service or all-you-can-eat buffet) within our destination, and even to modify their reservation (s) . Digital menu: allows our visitors to view the menus of the restaurants at our resort. Personalized Recommendations: a new feature that comes in the form of four questions asked to guests to then determine attraction or entertainment recommendations based on their preferences in terms of thrill level or franchise (Star Wars, Marvel, etc. ) found in the park experiences. Profile: allows our guests to create, or access their Disney account, to view their annual tickets or passes, restaurant reservations, attraction preferences, etc.

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To download the app, go to the App Store or Google Play. Other new features will be added to the application very soon.

Halloween Festival Disney decoration at Disneyland Paris

Halloween & Christmas seasons arrive at Disneyland® Paris, plus new digital content to explore at home.

New ways to enjoy and discover the magic, starting with the return of the Disney Villains for the Halloween season and the eagerly awaited arrival of the Christmas Season

Two seasons for a magical end of the year at Disneyland Paris

Disney’s Halloween Festival with “Selfies Spots” experiences from 26 September to 1 November 2020

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Disney’s Halloween Festival will return starting 26 September with exclusive “Selfie Spots,” a new way of interacting with some of your favourite Disney friends. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto and others will be dressed in their most wickedly colourful Halloween costumes and ready to share spooky moments with guests throughout the Parks.

In the heart of Fantasyland, the Meet Mickey Mouse theatre will be decorated in the colours of the season to welcome guests to take an unforgettable selfie with Mickey Mouse and friends.

Disney Villains like Maleficent, Ursula and Captain Hook will take over many iconic park locations to create memorable experiences. Starting 1 October, Disney Villains like Jafar and Cruella de Vil will invade the Studio Theatre at Walt Disney Studios Park to strike a pose with guests surrounded by a new Halloween décor.

The bravest Guests can also discover or rediscover Disneyland Paris’ spookiest attractions.

They can shriek in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney Studios Park, seated in the service elevator of the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel, facing 13-story freefalls and many more surprises.

In Disneyland Park, guests will be invited to join spirits and ghouls who enjoy nothing more than feasting and dancing in the dining room of Phantom Manor, nestled in a dark corner of Frontierland.

During the entire season, Disneyland Park will be decorated in its most spooktacular Halloween decor, from Main Street, U.S.A., to Sleeping Beauty Castle and beyond. Jack ’o’ lanterns and ghoulish ghosts will line the streets, and in Frontierland, guests will discover a colourful Mexican-inspired festival complete with lively music and prancing skeletons.

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Les décorations du Festival Halloween Disney à Disneyland Paris

The celebration continues with a range of enchanting sweet and savoury flavours shaped like Disney Villains, and Halloween-themed merchandise will take over shops throughout the resort. For the entire month, Halloween will be celebrated at Disneyland Paris with a witch’s hatful of surprises to discover in the Parks. Even Disney Village will be taken over by pumpkins and ghosts!

For the entire month, Halloween will be celebrated at Disneyland Paris with a witch’s hatful of surprises to discover in the Parks. Even Disney Village will be taken over by pumpkins and ghosts!

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Did you know?

• 13262 flowers make up the new garlands from Halloween to Frontierland.

• 175 meters of giant light strings illuminate the road to Frontierland.

• 3-meter-tall female “Catrinas” skeletons inspired by Mexican culture are highlighted in the decorations.

Disney’s Enchanted Christmas from 7 November 2020 to 10 January 2021

Some people say it’s never too early to talk about Christmas. That’s good because the magic of Disney’s Enchanted Christmas will arrive on 7 November 2020 and will continue until 10 January 2021.

Wrapped in the festive colours of Christmas, Disneyland Paris is a truly magical setting for this merriest of seasons. The glittering streets of Main Street U.S.A. and the giant Christmas tree twinkling in Town Square will be back as snowflakes fall on Main Street U.S.A. and fairy lights illuminate the way to Sleeping Beauty Castle.

“Selfies Spots” will be taken over by winter magic as beloved Disney friends* decked in their jolliest Christmas outfits, including Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and even Stitch with his adorable bobble hat will surprise guests.

At Meet Mickey Mouse, guests will discover a magical setting entirely redecorated in seasonal colours where they will be able to take magical selfies with Mickey Mouse dressed in his finest festive attire.

At Videopolis, in Discoveryland, guests will also have the privilege of visiting Santa’s festive workshop and capturing a precious photo. Every day through 25 December, guests can wander into this wintry wonderland filled with the magic of Christmas and capture a selfie with Santa before he sets off in his sleigh for his gift-giving tour of the world.

In Walt Disney Studios Park, the Animagique theatre will open its doors to guests for a magical selfie with Mickey Mouse and other stars from the Mickey and the Magician show. Belle, Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother are among the apprentices who could make an appearance alongside the skillful sorcerer. Many surprises will be available for guests to make memorable moments with friends and family as beloved Disney Characters and Disney Princesses will make surprise appearances that will fill them with Christmas cheer.

For a unique Christmas experience, guests can add an extra touch of magic to their stay by booking a room decorated for the season at select Disney Hotels**. At their request, the room will be decorated with festive ornaments and a twinkling tree with special Disney gifts for the whole family. Christmas magic will also continue in the sparkling streets of Disney Village, where beautifully decorated boutiques and restaurants will stay open after the Parks close and charming wooden chalets will offer delicious sweet and savoury treats throughout Disney’s Enchanted Christmas.

*Disney Characters will be escorted through the Parks at different moments and on different days throughout the season. Their presence at any precise time or location can therefore not be guaranteed.

** Option unavailable on our website. So, guests who have chosen and booked their Hotel room on our website, can call 0844 800 8898 (calls cost 5p per minute plus their phone company’s access charge) to add this option to their booking (subject to availability). Additional fees apply.

A unique and magical gift idea.

Looking for Christmas presents ideas? Give the gift of Disneyland Paris magic by gifting loved ones Disney Parks tickets, Annual Passes or a stay at a Disney Hotel.

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Useful information for a day or a stay at Disneyland Paris

The Zen guarantee: flexible booking for peace of mind

Disneyland Paris is currently offering is guests the possibility to change or cancel their booking with full refund anytime up to 7 days before their arrival date (excluding insurance and transport fees). Further information can be found at www.disneylandparis.com.

Limited attendance with advanced reservation system

In order to maintain physical distancing in line with recommendations from the French government and health authorities, attendance at Disneyland Paris is currently limited each day.

Guests who have booked a Hotel + Ticket package organised by Euro Disney Associés S.A.S. or Euro Disney Vacances S.A.S do not need to register. They will be able to enter the Disney Parks each day of their stay.

Guests who have a dated Ticket, also do not need to register and will be able to enter the Parks on the day indicated on their Ticket.

Guests who booked a Ticket via a third-party operator should check directly with their operator whether or not they need to register. Guests who have a non-dated Ticket, or an Annual Pass, have to register in advance on the new online reservation system [ link] to ensure admission to the Disney Parks on the day of their choice.

Health and Safety Measures

As the well-being of our guests and Cast Members is a top priority, Disneyland Paris’ phased reopening takes a deliberate approach with limited attendance, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures aligned with guidance from the French government and health authorities.

The wearing of face coverings for guests ages eleven and older, Cast Members and third-party operators is required.

More information at https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/health-safety-measures/

Park Opening Hours

Since the park reopening on July 15, we continue to adjust our experiences in order to adapt to the evolving situation, notably, changes to park operating hours. Guests can check Park opening times for the date of their visit at https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/calendars/park-hours/ .

A touch of Disneyland Paris magic from home

Disneyland Paris to celebrates its heritage from 19-20 September

For the third year in a row, Disneyland Paris will celebrate its heritage and showcase the creativity that goes on behind the scenes as part of Heritage Days. This year, the opportunity will be virtual and accessible to all online. Through exclusive videos, guests will be able to discover the secrets of the costumes worn by famous Audio-Animatronics® figures and the artistic influences of Disneyland Paris through a short guided video tour of Disneyland Park. The tour provides an unprecedented spotlight on the technical know-how inherent to the resort. Additionally, via Disneyland Paris’ Instagram, guests can discover an exhibition dedicated to past and present shows at Disneyland Paris, with many costumes and models presented by one of our Show Directors, to which they will have the unique opportunity to ask questions and have the potentially answered in the handle’s Instagram stories. The videos will be available at the Disneyland Paris at Home website from 19 September.

Imagineering in a Box, a one-of-a-king learning experience

Imagineering in a Box is a series of free, high-quality online interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, designed to give a behind-the-scenes peek into Imagineering’s development process. The courses are delivered through the Khan Academy, a non-profit organization with more than 18 million learners a month and a mission to change education for the better by providing free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

This program combines 32 videos of Disney Imagineers, real-world case studies, and lots of interactive activities to give Disneyland Paris guests and their families the opportunity to dream and design their very own theme park experience.

Imagineering in a Box shares with learners of all ages the unique ways that science, technology, engineering, and math can be combined with creativity and design to create larger-than-life entertainment for millions at Disney Parks around the world.

This program is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Disneyland Paris shares free family-fun activities on its online platform “Disneyland Paris at home

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Disneyland Paris’ free platform, “Disneyland Paris at home,” offers families and fans entertaining games, activities, tutorial videos, step-by-step themed recipes, videos revealing some of Disneyland Paris’ secrets and many other surprises to spark imagination, inspire creativity and share the magic from the comfort of home.

“Disneyland Paris at home” is available in French, English, Italian, Spanish, German and Dutch. New content continues to be added.

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New Standby Pass Coming to the Disneyland Paris App for Popular Attractions

Starting October 6, Disneyland Paris will test a new digital tool called Standby Pass that will help optimize the amount of time guests spend in queue lines for some of our most popular attractions at both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.

Since reopening, Disneyland Paris has introduced a series of new operational measures and procedures to better accommodate health and safety for guests and Cast. Standby Pass taps into technology to help address guest concerns about long lines, crowding and physical distancing, while also advancing the resort’s ongoing digital transformation.

This new service will be launched on the Official Disneyland Paris App starting with Crush’s Coaster and be rolled out progressively over the coming weeks to Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Big Thunder Mountain, Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, Autopia, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Ratatouille: The Adventure.

With Standby Pass, guests can book a timeslot to enter the physical queue line of an attraction via the Official Disneyland Paris App and return to the queue line at a designated time during certain periods of the day, subject to availability and dependent on day-to-day needs in the parks. When it is activated, only guests with a Standby Pass will be able to visit the selected attractions. Access without a Standby Pass will be possible for some time every morning and evening.

While Standby Pass does not provide immediate access to an attraction, it does allow guests to spend part of their queue time for attractions outside of the physical queue enjoying other experiences in the parks and reinforces physical distancing. Standby Pass is just the latest technology being implemented across the resort, as we are always looking for ways to improve the guest experience and continue to learn and adjust our offerings.

How It Works

Guests must first download the Official Disneyland Paris App and create a Disney Account (age 18 and older required). Once this is complete, guests can register their park tickets or passes on their account, then click ‘Get a Standby Pass’ and follow the instructions on the screen. Standby Pass will only be available for guests who are in the parks, subject to the service being activated at selected attraction(s), and can be reserved for one attraction at a time. One guest can reserve a Standby Pass for their entire group at once.

Each Standby Pass corresponds to a 30-minute return time window for guests to arrive at the attraction entrance. Upon returning with a Standby Pass, guests will need to show their Standby Pass QR code stored in the Standby Pass wallet under the ‘Profile’ section of the App, then wait in the physical queue line for the approximate amount of time posted on the official App and at the attraction entrance.

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Visiting Disneyland Paris with Children —Tips from Fans!

Disneyland Paris is the perfect playground for the whole family, including little ones. In this happy place, all their dreams can come true, and numerous attractions and activities are dedicated to them! Do you want to visit Disneyland Paris with a child but you’re still debating? We asked several Disneyland Paris fans for tips, as they are true experts when it comes to visiting our resort!

We have regularly taken our son to Disneyland Paris since he was 3 years old. And we have never regretted it and would always go so early. I will never forget his bright eyes on his first visit or his second visit when he walked through the Star Wars shop with gasping breath and others thought he needed a doctor. These are moments you never forget. Michel, MagicDLP.de

My little sister visited Disneyland Paris for the first time when she was less than 1 year old, we went to a meal with characters and she had a lot of fun. She looked at Pluto or Tigger as giant plushes and she loved that moment! Also, you’ll be happy to see your kids having fun. Everyone is happy at Disneyland París! Mi Mundo Disney

We usually head back to the hotel for a break around noon, whether it be for a short nap, to relax at the pool or grab a snack at the bar. We go back to the parks later in the afternoon after a nice break and with our energy level back up again. Virginie, Go Disneyland Paris Conseils et Astuces

Make sure your kids wear bracelets with their name and your phone number. They could get lost during your visit, so make sure other guests or cast members can easily connect with you. Niels, @capturingdisneyparks 

When you wait in line, it’s nice to have fun and easy games to play with your kids! Try to keep them busy with a trivia game, show them the details of what’s around them, make them look for Hidden Mickeys when possible as well! Fanny, Disneyland Times

Good news is that you can rent strollers in the parks. If you have an Infinity annual pass it’s even free. This is also convenient for people who can’t or don’t want to bring a stroller in their small or fully packed car, on the plane or train. Niels, @capturingdisneyparks 

When going to a restaurant, we bring things to keep our daughter busy while waiting, like coloring games. It is to be noted that kids’ meals are good value for money (even more so with an Annual Pass). Disneyland Fans Paris

There are services that we all know about like Baby Care Center which enables you to take great care of babies with a few products for purchase, including baby food jars and diapers, and access to microwaves and bottle warmers for meals. Certain services help save time with the little ones, especially as they tend to get tired quickly: Extra Magic Time in the morning allows you to visit the parks with fewer people and get on rides faster. The Super Fastpass and Ultimate Fastpass (when available) to avoid lines when they’re running out of patience. Finally, the Rider Switch allows parents to take turns on thrill rides that are not suitable for younger children without having to line up again. The Shopping Service enables you not to have to overload your stroller and to collect your purchases at the end of the day, so that you can continue your experience without having to carry them with you all day. Manon, Wish 2 Dream

Baby cribs, high chairs, bottle warmers, kids’ menus, babysitting services in select hotels, and child rates…everything you can possibly need for a nice family visit in hotels and restaurants, even with little ones. Disneyland Paris Bons Plans

Don’t force the kids to pose for pictures if they don’t want to. Try to take natural photos of them having fun instead. Liz, Disneyland Paris Chat for Brits

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Disneyland Paris win at the European Star Awards and shortlisted four times at the Park World Excellence Awards

As the end of 2020 edges closer, Disneyland Paris is delighted to share that it has won Europe’s Best Family Park and placed second in Europe’s Best Dark Rides, for Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, both at the European Star Awards.

Organised by Kirmes Park & Revue, the awards recognise entrepreneurship, courage and innovation within the European theme park industry.

Additionally, Disneyland Paris has also been shortlisted four times at this year’s Park World Excellence Awards. Now in its third year, the Awards identify “the very best” operators, suppliers, manufacturers and entertainment specialists from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

  • Best Dark Ride or Media Based Experience: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: A New Dimension of Thrills at Walt Disney Studios Park, supplied by Walt Disney Imagineering

  • Best Large Park: Disneyland Park

  • Best Live Entertainment: Frozen 2: An Enchanted Journey; The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands at Disneyland Park

Winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on 8 December. You can register to attend here.

The European Star Awards win and the Park World Excellence Awards shortlist recognise that Disneyland Paris is a place where magic comes alive and unforgettable memories are made. What sets Disneyland Paris – and every Disney Park – apart is our exceptional commitment to the ever-changing needs and interests of guests. The stories and characters from the likes of Frozen, to The Lion King, Marvel and Star Wars truly come to life here, continuing to fuel the unparalleled guest experience. Disneyland Paris has one single goal in mind: to exceed guest expectations. And despite a difficult 2020, it has remained committed to creativity and the heart of Disney’s brand DNA: innovation.

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Disney Junior Dream Factory unveiled at Walt Disney Studios Park

Walt Disney Studios Park continues its ongoing transformation in 2021! This year will be marked by the launch of a brand-new family show, Disney Junior Dream Factory, only at Disneyland Paris. After several years of working on the concept and staging, the Entertainment teams at Disneyland Paris are eager to introduce guests to this new 20-minute musical. In addition to Mickey and Minnie, there will be other characters from the Disney Junior franchises : Timon, Vampirina and Fancy Nancy Clancy, making their appearances at Disneyland Paris for the first time! Accompanied by Disney Junior Dream Factory team members, they will invite guests of all ages to participate by learning and singing amusing, catchy songs, creating endless collective energy! “The idea for this show came to me while listening to the music of the various Disney Junior franchises. There was a common thread: The importance of dreaming and believing in your dreams. That’s how Disney Junior Dream Factory came about,” said show director Paul Chychota. To accommodate this new show, the theatre that previously housed the Disney Junior Live on Stage! show has been transformed into Studio D. This completely redesigned “flex-space” can now accommodate both shows and events with multiple configurations. Claire Salmon, executive producer of Disney Junior Dream Factory, has been working on the project for more than two years, collaborating with many teams along the way. This state-of-the-art theatre also allows for the integration of many special effects. Months of work were necessary to create the scene for this show created by American set designer Scott Shaffer, whose work includes the very popular Animation Celebration theatre, also in Walt Disney Studios Park. The Disneyland Paris Decorations Workshop worked hard to create an immersive environment that will immerse our guests in the atmosphere of Disney Junior Dream Factory. More than ever, it will be time to dream in 2021 at Disneyland Paris.

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Construction Continues on Attraction Inspired by Cars

Among the transformations to come in 2021 at Walt Disney Studios Park is the transformation of the former Studio Tram Tour attraction into an adventure inspired by the Disney•Pixar Cars films.

Disneyland Paris is unveiling new images of the attraction’s construction site, which will include new decor, familiar vehicles for Cars fans, a new boarding station, and extensive landscaping work. This new family adventure represents another step in the plan to transform Walt Disney Studios Park.

Teams from Walt Disney Imagineering and Pixar are collaborating on the project, in addition to the know-how and expertise of artisans, both locally in Seine-et-Marne and across Europe with suppliers from Italy and the United Kingdom. Several of the attraction’s iconic pieces were created by companies very near to Disneyland Paris, in Collégien and Crécy-la-Chapelle in particular.

This attraction, inspired by Cars, will transport guests on a picturesque road trip adventure, as reimagined by Pixar. This journey will be marked by local discoveries, including one of the world’s largest flat head nuts, and guests may see some of the most popular Cars characters, making Walt Disney Studios Park a place of unforgettable adventures where Pixar stories come to life.

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