Disneyland Paris celebrates 30 years of magic

Disneyland Paris is celebrating 30 years of magic with new decors, new costumes, new shows and its first ever aerial drone show.

April 12, 1992 marked the historical opening of Disneyland Paris, the kingdom of dreams and Magic that has been enchanting guests of all ages for 30 years. Having hosted more than 375 million visitors, Disneyland Paris has created unforgettable memories that live inside each of us.

This weekend Europe’s top tourist destination welcomed guests for the 30th Anniversary launch, premiering new products and experiences such as the Dream…and Shine Brighter! daytime show, the Disney D-Light nighttime sequence featuring drones, and the new Gardens of Wonder where art meets nature. The park also announced the upcoming reopening of iconic Walt’s – An American Restaurant.

New entertainment around iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle

Unique and unforgettable entertainment is a core part of the Disneyland Paris DNA. The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands, and Disney Junior Dream Factory are just a few recent memorable examples of shows that Guests continue to enjoy.

Now, Guests can experience the all-new Dream… and Shine Brighter! show, performed several times a day at Disneyland Park on Central Plaza in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, an icon than is more beautiful than ever following a 12-month refurbishment.

Dream…and ShineBrighter! tells a story around three key themes – ‘Smile and Laugh Louder’, ‘Open Your Heart’ and ‘Believe in Your Dreams’ – with more than 30 dancers and Disney Characters, new colorful floats, two new songs and a fun mash-up of 20 Disney songs. The new floats appear in a contemporary style with abstract forms, iridescent and transparent materials which are illuminated by the sunlight and elevate the performance even further.

This daytime show is an opportunity for Guests to see Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and their friends decked out in their new iridescent costumes, as created just for the 30th Anniversary, joined by other favorites including the Genie from Aladdin, Rapunzel from Tangled, and Jessie and Woody from Toy Story.


At nightfall and for a limited time, the Disney D-Light sequence will offered in addition to the guest-favorite Disney Illuminations show, combining video projections, illuminated water jets, lighting effects, mist, lasers, and nodes to famous Disney songs for an unforgettable moment ending with a drone display above the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle.

This illuminated drone display will bring a memorable close to an eventful day. The synchronized drones will form a sparkling figure ’30’ in the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle, as the new 30th Anniversary theme song, – ‘Un monde qui s’illumine’ plays in the background. This marks the first time that a Disney resort uses drone technology as part of a daily outdoor show above the castle, a next step in the development of experiences that are increasingly immersive and engaging for guests through innovative technologies.

In addition to the new 30th Anniversary entertainment program, guests can enjoy existing experiences with family and friends including more than 50 attractions, Selfie Spots to interact with Disney Characters, and shows Disney Junior Dream Factory, Disney Stars on Parade, Disney Illuminations and The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands.

The popular Meet and Greets with characters are also gradually returning to their original format. They offer Disneyland Paris visitors the opportunity to experience a moment of exchange, and the chance to get closed to their favorite characters again, pose for a photo with them, get an autograph and simply live an unforgettable moment.

The famous and highly anticipated Mickey and the Magician show will return on April 23.

Gardens of Wonder

To mark the 30th Anniversary, Disneyland Park is decked out with brand-new décor such as the Gardens of Wonder with 10 enchanting themed installations of 30 kinetic Disney and Pixar sculptures that ‘come to life’ in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

The art pieces celebrate nature, embody the diversity of popular Disney and Pixar Characters, and offer a pleasant promenade for guests. Each piece takes inspiration from a unique source – whether it be windmills or the world of Salvador Dali – combining materials, colors, and luminescent effects to create an immersive atmosphere in the middle of Central Plaza.

Unique gastronomic experiences in Walt’s Restaurant

At Disneyland Paris, the food and beverage experience is an extension of the resort experience. For months, resort chefs have passionately developed and tested new dishes to complement the 30th Anniversary, while also preparing for the highly anticipated reopening of Walt’s – An American Restaurant on April 12 – 30 years to the day after Disneyland Paris first opened its gates.

This iconic restaurant located on Main Street, U.S.A., represents a timeless backdrop of Walt Disney’s finest moments, with six themed dining rooms that honor the six lands of Disneyland. For the 30th Anniversary, Disneyland Paris chefs have imagined a brand-new bistronomy menu of refined American signature courses with a French touch, inspired by the cities of Chicago, Illinois and Marceline, Missouri, where Walt Disney was born and lived as a child. Some recipes have even been created around the famous Isigny cream, as a wink to Walt ‘D’Isigny’ ancestors in Normandy.

The new menu includes a choice of delicious options such as a Corn Chowder with Isigny cream, smoked popcorn and pastrami, and an exclusive version of Chili con carne – one of Walt’s favorites dishes, with tortilla, cheddar cheese, Isigny cream, white rice, red beans and slices of beef – plus a new Mac and Cheese dish with cheddar cheese and shiitake mushrooms.  Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy a selection of gourmet desserts such as Pineapple Upside-Down cake, vegan hot chocolate or hazelnut chip cookie skillet, and the ‘Celebration Cake’, a white chocolate and strawberry pastry cake served under a dome.

A selection of vegan options and a kid’s menu will also be available, and the beverage team has created a large choice of exclusive cocktails such as the refreshing Fruit Celebration Cocktail with a tasty blend of Gin, Elderflower Liqueur, Blackberry, Green Apple, Grape and Lemon, and mocktails such as the Shirley Temple with Sprite, ginger ale and grenadine syrup.

Other restaurants and snack bars will also reopen their doors on April 6. Toad Hall Restaurant will return with a new fish and chips recipe served in a genuine newspaper (vegan option also available). Ice Cream Company will have new ice creams and a Mickey milkshake. Coffee Grinder will offer a large selection of beverages and for the first time a selection of vegetable drinks. Guests can taste 30th Anniversary treats in 59 restaurants, 10 bars and many snack bars across resort, including Mickey-shaped pizzas and sandwiches, ice-creams, macarons, madeleines and waffles to suit the tastes of Guests of all ages. Fan-favorite treats at international Disney resorts like the frozen Pineapple Whip, Mickey ice cream and turkey leg will also be available.

Exclusive and unique souvenirs

With 63 themed boutiques, shopping is an experience in and of itself at Disneyland Paris. For the resort’s 30th Anniversary, more than 350 new exclusive items will debut in the boutiques. Guests can discover a whole new range of products and collaborations in the coming months with renowned brands exclusively for the 30th Anniversary. The new products include a collection of exclusive jewelry, 30th Anniversary style protective iPhone cases, pens, puzzles, household accessories and new costumes.

For more details visit Disneyland Paris.

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