[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When kids aren’t able to come to Disneyland® Paris to discover the Disney Magic, it’s the Disney Magic that comes to them. On Wednesday, October 23rd, Mickey and Minnie were joined by Chip & Dale and our Disney VoluntEARS to visit the children of Robert Debré Hospital in Paris, to celebrate Halloween with them. During this wonderful day, the kids carved pumpkins in the company of Disney Characters and did some face painting with the Disney VoluntEARS.
Disneyland Paris has been working with Robert Debré Hospital and AP-HP for 28 years to bring Disney Magic to hospitalized children. The Resort works in concert with hundreds of hospitals throughout France since 1991 to give thousands of kids an enchanted break, far from everyday problems.
These events are brought to life thanks to the support of our Disney VoluntEARS, Cast Members who give some of their time to participate in charitable actions. In 2018, more than 9,300 hours of volunteering were given thanks to the support of almost 1,000 Cast Members.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”13804″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”13803″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the setting of a winter wonderland, the Disney VoluntEARS—the employee volunteers of Disneyland Paris—welcomed 100 children from French and Belgian hospitals this weekend. The children immersed themselves in the world of Disneyland Paris’s Enchanted Christmas, attending the Starlit Princess Waltz, as well as other experiences at the park including Disney’s Christmas Parade and the Disney Illuminations night-time show.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]On 16 November 2019, more than one hundred children from Reine Fabiola Hospital and other Belgian hospitals working in collaboration with the Belgian non-profit Pêcheur de Lune ASBL, as well as from the Robert Debré Hospital in Paris, visited Disneyland Park for Disney’s Enchanted Christmas season. The children had the opportunity to experience unforgettable moments, magical shows and lively encounters with the help of Disney VoluntEARS, all part of the longstanding commitment at Disneyland Paris to bring magic to hospitalised children year-round.
The children and their families started their extraordinary day by enjoying the attractions in both Disney Parks with our Disney VoluntEARS—the employee volunteers from Disneyland Paris who give their time-off for charitable actions.
They then gathered at the Walt Disney Studios Park where they watched a special showing of “Frozen: A Musical Invitation,” a brand-new interactive show inviting guests to sing iconic songs from the popular film.
Several other surprises awaited them at Disneyland Park where the children discovered “Starlit Princess Waltz” and “Disney’s Christmas Parade” from the comfort of specially reserved zones. This touch of magic gave them the opportunity to enjoy all the brilliance of Disney’s Enchanted Christmas throughout a day filled with excitement.
“We are delighted to return to Disneyland Paris for the tenth edition of our annual visit. The experience offered by Disneyland Paris enables them to set aside their worries, and experience moments of joy like other children their age,” said Xavier Ide, President of the non-profit Pecheur de Lune.
“Once again, we are very happy to have the opportunity to host children from hospitals for a magical experience at our park, thanks to the commitment of the Disney VoluntEARS,” said Richard Eltvedt, Director of Government Affairs at Disneyland Paris.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”13833″ img_size=”medium”][vc_column_text]The Disney VoluntEARS come together to give smiles to children
This initiative was made possible thanks to the Disney VoluntEARS, Disneyland Paris Cast Members who regularly participate in charitable actions: in 2018, more than 1,000 Cast gave more than 9,300 volunteer hours.
Year-round, the Disney VoluntEARS organise volunteer actions in paediatric hospitals, and recently Mickey and Minnie traveled to Brussels with Disney VoluntEARS to bring magic to the children at Queen Fabiola Hospital. And in France, Robert Debré Hospital and Disneyland Paris have worked together for 28 years to regularly arrange visits from Disney characters and Disney VoluntEARS. Each one of these visits bring magical moments to the children at these hospitals.
Since 1991, before the Resort’s opening the following year, Disneyland Paris has worked hand in hand with hundreds of French and European hospitals to share its magic with thousands of children to offer them magical moments outside of their daily routines.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”13831″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”13829″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”13830″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”13827″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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.
What could be better than spending the most romantic day of the year in the place where magic comes to life? Disneyland Paris highlights 10 extra special ways that lovers can enjoy this memorable moment in a fairytale setting and make February 14 an unforgettable day.
1. Enjoy a ride at dawn down Main Street, U.S.A. with Horse-Drawn Streetcars
Travel back in time to turn-of-the-century America on a decorated tramway down Main Street, U.S.A., located in Disneyland Park. This takes visitors on a romantic ride back to Walt Disney’s childhood memories down this lively street with a magnificent view of Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background.
2. Cruise the world on “It’s a small world”
Guests can enjoy the whimsical attraction “It’s a small world” (Fantasyland) for a cruise to the four corners of the world. This cheerful song is sure to be in their mind for the rest of the day, reminding guests of the wonderful experience.
3. Keep a unique memory of this day!
Disneyland Paris boutiques offer a wide selection of gift ideas to remember this special day. Among them, souvenir products featuring iconic characters and couples from Disney stories, available at World of Disney (Disney Village) or Walt Disney Studios Store (Walt Disney Studios Park), as well as beautiful hand-customized engravings at Merlin l’Enchanteur (Fantasyland). It’s a great way to remember the day and extend the magic all the way home.
4. Take your taste buds on a trip to the Restaurant Agrabah Café
Aboard their flying carpet through the tale of a thousand and one nights, couples can recapture the romance in the beautiful setting of the Restaurant Agrabah Café (Adventureland).
5. Sail through the Far West with Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing
Around the majestic Big Thunder Mountain, visitors can learn about the history of the city of Thunder Mesa (Frontierland) aboard a majestic steamboat and sail on Rivers of the Far West.
6. Take a break at the Café Fantasia at Disneyland Hotel
For a short break during the day, head to Café Fantasia, an intimate bar on the first floor of the Disneyland Hotel to enjoy a selection of hot drinks and other delights.
7. Sing along with Anna and Kristoff at Walt Disney Studios Park
Lovers can meet Arendelle’s famous couple and sing “Love is an Open Door” with them during the show Frozen: A Musical Invitation (Walt Disney Studios Park).
8. Admire the night show Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration
At nightfall, visitors can admire the sound and light and be immersed in the stars of a Galaxy Far, Far away to relive the saga with its emblematic heroes. Visit the Production Courtyard stage at the foot of the Hollywood Tower Hotel (Walt Disney Studios Park).
9. Ask for your partner’s hand in the magic
At the foot of Sleeping Beauty Castle, near the wishing fountain, guests can start their happily ever after.
10. And for those who have not found their soulmate yet…
Fancy a warm hug? Olaf awaits guests at Animation Celebration at Walt Disney Studios Park for a tender moment.
Music is an essential part of the magic of Frozen: A Musical Invitation. We were pleased to talk about this attraction with two of its creators: Matt Walker, who is in charge of music for all Disney Parks around the world, and Yaron Spiwak, a Sr. Music Creative Director on his team.
You have both worked on many different Frozen projects for Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line. To you, what makes Disneyland Paris’ Frozen: A Musical Invitation special?
Matt Walker: Frozen: A Musical Invitation is about moments from the film that are beloved by our audiences. And what’s unique about it is that you’re able to re-live them and really participate. It’s very immersive, very inclusive on the part of the audience. That was wonderful to take the music of the film and make it very much a part of this whole experience for the guests.
Yaron Spiwak: Be it the Frozen 2: An Enchanted Journey parade, the Frozen segment in Mickey and the Magician a few years ago, Frozen – Live at the Hyperion at Disney California Adventure Park or the shows for Disney Cruise Line, no two versions are the same. Each show really gets what’s best for it and we give it a lot of love and care so that people enjoy a different vision of the film each time. Frozen: A Musical Invitation is a unique combination of techniques from our movies, attractions and stage shows, which makes this attraction really special.
What was your role on this project?
MW :We were involved every step of the process, guiding and supporting the team from development and kick-off through the recording and final installation.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”13971″ img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]How did you start out working on it?
MW: We started working on this show about a year before the opening of the attraction. Yaron has been working very closely on other Frozen projects since the film’s release. That made him the perfect creative and producer for this project. Then, we asked Jonathan Barr to be our local music producer. Because it’s essentially a piece of theater, you need to have an expert in music to be in the room and help the directors.
YS: Jonathan worked with show directors Françoise Baffioni and Matteo Borghi and the team on a day-to-day basis and did a really great job. Jonathan is a great musician and has been working for Disney for many years. For this specific project Matt and I recommended on Andrew Cottee (who works with John Debney and Joel McNeely on a show called The Orville). We had heard great things about him and we thought he might be perfect for the project. He has a very contemporary flavor but a very classical orchestration style. Then we matched him with another musician named Marco Paguia who is a music director on Broadway and worked on the Disney Cruise Line Frozen show. Together, they designed what would be best for each scene of our show in Paris.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”13972″ img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]How did you develop the music for the show together?
YS: It was a very close collaboration, and in the end, it’s hard to say who did this or that. It was great teamwork. We started to scout out the best moments in the film’s score and then, with some of them, we made our own edit that would fit the show and recorded it. And then, for the final installation, Jonathan worked in collaboration with mixer Stephen Morrow, who has a lot of experience to fit the music to the attraction.
That’s what’s so great about Walt Disney Imagineering: you’re really collaborating and everyone is holding on each other. You’re not just working in the studio alone and delivering. You’re creating something new and exciting together.
[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”13973″ img_size=”large”][vc_column_text]How did you adapt the score to the needs of the attraction?
MW: Frozen: A Musical Invitation is an immersive theater, multi-media experience. Because of that, it does draw from all our different backgrounds: live performance theater, attraction and film. It’s one of the things that makes this job fun.
YS: One of our first challenges was, when you first enter the room, we had to find a way to recap the movie for guests and we needed to do that without using any dialogue. So, we created this medley that encapsulates a lot of the songs in a way that’s both poignant and heroic which gets guests excited to see the show. Andrew and Marco did a great job, and the first time the show directors heard it, they got very emotional. I did, too. You’re back into the story the same way as with the montage sequence from Up. For that moment, we’re using film scoring techniques. It’s music and picture, and it’s magical.
After that, we use music just like we do in the attractions for a seamless transition from room to room. You’re entering this special kingdom and you have to be in character the whole time. Once the show starts, it’s a live performance where we use techniques from our stage shows like Mickey and the Magician to showcase the singers.
How did you stay true to the original music?
MW: For any of our projects, like Frozen: A Musical Invitation, where we partner with our colleagues at the film studio, it’s very important for us to produce music that belongs and feels authentic to the original film. As in any other productions that we do for Disney Parks, the first step is determining what the creative needs are for that production. So, we would sit with the creative team in Paris to discuss their needs. For example, how can we take the beloved music of Frozen and re-arrange it, re-record it so that the guests have the same experience they had in the film and even take them to a higher level of immediacy and intimacy?
Secondly, from the music standpoint, we either engage the original composers and songwriters, or we have access to not only the recordings but the scores themselves. In this case, we researched heavily the original Christophe Beck as well as the Dave Metzger orchestrations because we knew we wanted to start there as our base, they’re already fantastic. And then Jonathan Barr, Marco Paguia and Andrew Cottee began to adapt those for the needs of the show.
Were the original songwriters involved in the project?
MW: Absolutely. If we are going to experiment and take a beloved copyright from one of our writers, we make them part of the process as well. We want to make them feel as enthusiastic and excited as we are about our project. When I showed Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez the recording of Andrew Cottee and how he adapted the arrangement of “Let It Go,” bringing even more fever to the piece for this particular production, they were moved to tears. It was a beautiful experience. What Yaron and Jonathan produced with Andrew Cottee was really respectful of the original piece and felt like it belonged in that world, but also brought something new and fresh to the performance.
It seems one of the highlights of the production was recording at Abbey Road Studios in London.
MW: Being a project for France, geographically of course, London made sense. It was easy for our show directors and show producers to get there. And then you have the fantastic British musicians and the legendary recording studio of Abbey Road. Since we were going for this almost magical, ethereal quality of different moments in the score, when we were able to book Studio One at Abbey Road, the world’s largest recording space, we knew we were in for a phenomenal treat. It was great to see the directors’ and the producers’ eyes light up when they heard the music for the first time live.
YS: To make sure that everyone knows what to expect, we work first with synthesizer mock-ups. It’s all generated by computer. And to hear the same thing you heard so many times played by real instruments is really magical. I always think of recording sessions like a holiday. You work so hard for so long and then everything comes to life. It’s very emotional for everyone in the team. Andrew Cottee did such a great job of making it very familiar but at the same time very contemporary and lively. I think that’s what we all responded to.
MW: Andrew Cottee works very closely with a gentleman named Tom Croxon who reached out to an incredible collection of demographically diverse and outstanding musicians. There was almost 70 of them. Their sight-reading abilities and their ability to bring life into the performances is what leaps out when you’re listening down in the control room.
YS: We were able to get very specific people like a lute player and a dulcimer, which is a string instrument very close to Norwegian traditional folk music, to stay as authentic as possible to the original score. Also, the orchestra plays in a lot of Disney movies. And that’s what’s also nice when we use them. They know the cinematic sound, and they can play so many different styles. That’s one of the joys of working with them.
The music for Frozen: A Musical Invitation was produced by WDI Music Studio, which is a whole new music department at Imagineering that you created, Matt, after being Senior VP of music at the Walt Disney Studios. Can you tell me about it?
MW: Music is a rich tradition at Disney Parks. It has been an essential element from the very beginning and it’s part of our DNA. When Bob Weis, the current President of WDI, approached me and discussed the possibility of creating a music department, I jumped at the chance. To be able to take music – my background is originally in film and theater – and approach how we score the music for our experiences seemed like a perfect path to pursue. So, I created a music department selecting some of who I believe are the best music producers in the world to help me create, design, produce and install the music for our attractions, experiences and live entertainment.
The wonderful thing about having worked on film during all that time is the relationship with the talent and the experience of taking music and scoring a moment. That’s what we’re doing at Imagineering. Music is there to enhance the emotions and support the story that we’re telling. Because we’re essentially storytellers. We’ve been asked to raise the bar of the music across the globe in the parks. Every project that we take on, we approach with the goal of trying to create something unique. That’s how we approached things at Disneytoon Studios. No matter what the film, we tried to bring in the best talents and produce it with love and care and put hours and hours of energy into the production. And I think that’s also how we work with the parks. There’s such an opportunity with music to help entertain our guests and create those unforgettable moments for them.
Also, what’s so great about creating this new music department is bringing talent that you really know as well as contemporary fresh writers like Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel). Having John Williams come in and write fresh new themes for our Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge project was such a joy. We also recorded it at Abbey Road, this time with the London Symphony Orchestra.
YS: And it even won a Grammy!
MW: Absolutely! It’s a joy to be able to work with that level of talent from the composers, artists, musicians as well as the writers’ point of view.
Musically, what can we hope for in the future at Disneyland Paris?
MW: The level of creative investment at Disneyland Paris is incredibly exciting. I think it is a park that continues to push the envelope creatively. Regarding music, and without giving too much detail, I can’t tell you how excited I am about the future and all the plans that we have to create even more incredible experiences for our guests!
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
Disneyland Paris reopened on July 15, allowing visitors to once again experience magical moments with family and friends. So now is the time to reunite with Mickey, Minnie and their Friends. In fact, to celebrate this big comeback, they have prepared a new special experience called “Selfie Spots”.
Selfie Spots are new opportunities to meet iconic characters at Disneyland Paris, specially configured to apply physical distancing measures and offer a magical experience. They allow you to meet – possibly for the very first time – the heroes of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars films in specially adapted settings. A wide variety of Selfie Spots have been set up in Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park in order to stock up on souvenir photos at each visit.
Meet the heroes of Frozen at Walt Disney Studios Park
Imagine greeting Queen Elsa from her Ice Palace, accompanied by her sister Anna, or even posing with Kristoff and Sven in their barn. This is the experience that awaits you at Animation Celebration at Walt Disney Studios Park. You may even meet the adorable snowman Olaf there. These Selfie Spots are accessible by reservation via the Lineberty * application.
A selfie with the Avengers
The Marvel Super Heroes invite you to Studio Theater. You will be able to take a unique selfie by posing in front of several famous Avengers like Spider-Man, Black Widow, Captain America, Captain Marvel or even Thor and Loki!
The essential meeting with Mickey
A day “at Mickey’s” could not be perfect without meeting the most famous mouse in the history of animation! You can find Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney Studios Park at Animagique Theater. He appears there several times a day in his stage outfit created for the show “Mickey and the Magician”.
The heroes of the Star Wars saga
A galaxy far, far away is within reach as you step into Discoveryland. The heroes of the Star Wars saga await you at Star Port, between must-sees Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. You can then encounter the dark side of the Force with Darth Vader or find Chewbacca, your favorite wookie!
Find the Disney Princesses
The Disney Princesses are also back and give you several appointments in magical lands. A visit to Animagique Theater will allow you to find Belle or Cinderella in the sets of the beloved show “Mickey and the Magician”.
A multitude of opportunities to discover every day
There are many other opportunities to meet iconic characters at Disneyland Paris at a Selfie Spot. For example, you can strike a pose with Woody and Jessie from the Toy Story films at Production Courtyard at Walt Disney Studios Park, or with Daisy or Donald just inside Disneyland Park at Town Square.
The reopening of Disneyland Paris is also celebrated every day in the theme parks with unexpected surprises. Mickey and his Friends are preparing new opportunities to give summer visitors a memorable experience. Revealing more information would spoil the surprise … so get your cameras ready and let yourself be carried away by the magic!
*Good to know
Some Selfie Spots are available exclusively through the Lineberty app (available for free download on Android and iOS). The available slots are updated there every hour to allow you to register with confidence on the day of your visit.
On the occasion of the great return of The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands at Frontierland Theater (by reservation via LineBerty) this August 15, Show Director Christophe Leclercq talks to us about this season’s novelties.
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.
To download the app, go to the App Store or Google Play. Other new features will be added to the application very soon.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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