Thursday, 26th November 2015

Star Wars Night: Bookings open for 16th December after-hours Disneyland Park event

Star Wars Night: Bookings open for 16th December after-hours Disneyland Park event

The Force – it’s calling to you. Just open your wallet. In an all-too-last-minute scheduling, Disneyland Paris has opened bookings for a brand new “Star Wars Night” ticketed after-hours event, happening at Disneyland Park on 16th December.

To mark the opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at cinemas, the night will include privatised access to Discoveryland, character appearances and exclusive entertainment, souvenirs and merchandise — but at a steep price of €85 per person. Read More…

Tuesday, 2nd June 2015

Frozen Summer Fun starts here: complete opening weekend guide & review

Frozen Summer Fun at Disneyland Paris

Do what frozen things do in summer. If your name’s Anna, Elsa, Olaf or Kristoff, that means a long summer holiday at Disneyland Paris, starting now. Frozen Summer Fun officially launched this week at Disneyland Park, bringing a modest but very welcome and well-executed selection of Frozen-themed treats from 1st June to 13th September 2015.

This is your complete guide to all the new events, combining the first photos and videos, tweets from the preview weekend and a little commentary analysis… Read More…

Thursday, 12th March 2015

Frozen Summer Fun is coming to Disneyland Paris: everything you need to know

Frozen Summer Fun at Disneyland Paris - Frozen Sing-Along

On the day Walt Disney Animation Studios announces that Frozen 2 is really happening, Disneyland Paris has revealed more details of its upcoming Frozen Summer Fun season in a particularly informative press release.

Due to ice-over Disneyland Park just as soon as Swing into Spring comes to a close, the season from 1st June to 13th September 2015 is the first time the resort has truly “celebrated” summer, albeit in an unusually cold way. Read More…

Thursday, 2nd October 2014

Mickey’s Halloween Celebration parade returns with new float – first look

Mickey's Halloween Celebration parade adds new float: first pictures & video © DisneylandBerry

Mickey’s Halloween Celebration began its second season yesterday with a brand new float — the previously revealed “Raise the Rafters” barnyard number.

Alongside character rarity Clarabelle Cow, the Disney’s Halloween Festival parade now also has another unusual addition from 1930s Disney cartoon shorts: her boyfriend, Horace Horsecollar, seen for the first time at Disneyland Paris. Read More…

Wednesday, 1st October 2014

‘Dreams of Power’ float returns to the parade route in Villains’ Halloween Promenade

'Dreams of Power' float returns to the parade route in Disney Villains Promenade ©InsideDLParis

The “new” Maleficent Disney Villains Promenade isn’t really that new: yet that certainly isn’t a complaint. As speculated, the daily Disney’s Halloween Festival event has seen the return of the mighty Dreams of Power float to the Disneyland Park parade route, forming the main feature of this character procession from Fantasyland to the drawbridge of Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant on Central Plaza. Read More…

Wednesday, 1st October 2014

Thorn-encrusted dragon rises from Maleficent’s Court ready for Halloween

Thorn-encrusted dragon rises from Maleficent's Court ready for Halloween ©RadioDisneyClub

Deadly thorns and an enormous, tangled briar patch are now occupying the usually peaceful Castle Courtyard in Fantasyland, as the Maleficent’s Court transformation sees its Halloween opening. Read More…

Tuesday, 30th September 2014

First signs of Swing Into Spring 2015 with auditions ahead of second season

Swing Into Spring at Disneyland Paris - Printemps Spring season

Swing Into Spring will return to Disneyland Paris from 1st March to 31st May 2015, that’s confirmed already. But while we prepare for Halloween and Christmas, Disney is preparing for the second season of this successful new annual festival with a new audition notice already posted for dancers on the official Casting website. Read More…

Saturday, 27th September 2014

Frozen but Brave: Anna, Elsa and Merida to meet Disneyland Paris guests this Christmas

Christmas at Disneyland Paris featuring Disney's Frozen, Anna and Elsa

You wait for one new Disney princess meet ‘n’ greet and then two come at once. Alongside Anna and Elsa from Frozen, making their first appearance at Disneyland Paris outside of the daily parade, the upcoming Disney’s Enchanted Christmas season will also see the premiere of fiery-haired Merida from Pixar’s Brave, whom many assumed had been passed over by the Parisian resort. Read More…

Friday, 26th September 2014

See the first 10 days of Disney’s Halloween 2014 events and times in new Programme

Disney's Halloween Festival 2014 Programme Disneyland Paris

Mickey’s Halloween Celebration, Maleficent’s Court and the Maleficent Disney Villains Promenade are all on the latest official Disneyland Park Programme, published today for the first ten days of Disney’s Halloween Festival in 2014. Read More…

Saturday, 20th September 2014

First ghosts and pumpkins of Halloween 2014 now invading Disneyland Park

First ghosts and pumpkins of Halloween 2014 now invading Disneyland Park © InsideDLParis

Main Street, U.S.A. and Frontierland have begun their transformation by ghosts and pumpkins respectively, ahead of Disney’s Halloween Festival beginning in just ten days.

Decorations arriving in the two Disneyland Park lands look broadly similar to recent years, following the festival’s gradual reinvention from 2010 onwards.

Today’s latest photos by InsideDLParis show the ghosts introduced to Main Street in 2012 returning with modest changes. Unlike the Pumpkinmen, who from 2003 painted the street orange with complete disregard for its storyline, one of the best things about the popular ghosts is that they reference numerous Main Street locations — including the Dr Bitz Dental School on Town Square, below.

First ghosts and pumpkins of Halloween 2014 now invading Disneyland Park © InsideDLParisFirst ghosts and pumpkins of Halloween 2014 now invading Disneyland Park © InsideDLParis
First ghosts and pumpkins of Halloween 2014 now invading Disneyland Park © InsideDLParis

Plenty of banners and “funky pumpkins” are already present, too.

Over in Frontierland, the Pumpkinmen actually had a slight reprieve, returning as “Harvest Festival” decorations alongside sunflower bunting and softer autumn colours. Their slightly menacing, jagged grins these days replaced by softer smiles, their context here is much more fitting than Main Street, even if the way some are bolted to the ground on large visible plates still seems a little “un-Disney”.

First ghosts and pumpkins of Halloween 2014 now invading Disneyland Park © InsideDLParis
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First ghosts and pumpkins of Halloween 2014 now invading Disneyland Park © InsideDLParis

A minor revision in Frontierland sees the banners changed from orange and yellow to orange and black, as in Main Street.

One bigger change for 2014 is the scene on Royal Castle Stage. Previously briefly home to Mickey’s Halloween Treat in the Street show, now superseded by Mickey’s Halloween Celebration parade, the unused Le Théâtre du Château has lost its giant Mickey Mouse-shaped pumpkin, replaced by a smaller sunflower centrepiece.

First ghosts and pumpkins of Halloween 2014 now invading Disneyland Park © InsideDLParis
First ghosts and pumpkins of Halloween 2014 now invading Disneyland Park © InsideDLParis

The green vines entwining its towers have also yet to return, so it looks likely, without any show to present, that the stage overlay will now remain more low-key.

The introduction of a more “Harvest” style of spookiness is perhaps in line with rumours that Disneyland Paris will look to extend the Halloween season in coming years, perhaps having it begin earlier in September. Helping to spread the popularity of the season into an otherwise empty month, this would also support plans to invest more in new and better annual seasons, such as Swing into Spring, in favour of tiresome year-long “non-festivals” such as 2011’s Disney Magical Moments Festival.

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