2019 is here! This year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting years we’ve had at Disneyland Paris for a long time (and yes, we’re going to say the exact same next year – it’s a very exciting time for Disneyland Paris). Disneyland Paris are consistently now investing in a higher guest experience with refurbishments taking up a good chunk of the year and will dominate our conversations for many months ahead, but few can deny that the Enhanced Experience Programme is working, attractions are returning with new and fantastic effects allowing us to discover and rediscover our favourites all over again. But there is a lot more on the highlight roster than just refurbishments, here are my top 9 things to look forward to at Disneyland Paris in 2019!
1. The return of the Festival of Pirates and Princesses
The festival of pirates and princesses is a hard thing to beat. On paper, you’d look at the festival concept and you’d think to yourself that there is no way that it could work, but it magically does. The park comes to life in a way that I’ve never seen before during this spectacular festival – the sounds of music fill the air, a wonderfully simple choreography is given allowing everyone to take part and add in some of your favourite Disney characters for some extra special magic.
It all comes together on Central Plaza for one of the most fun experiences you’ll ever see in a Disney Park. This very much is a season that you do not want to miss.
2. Festival of the Lion King and the Jungle
Very little is known about Disneyland Paris’ new season for the summer period, besides it focusing on Lion King and the Jungle Book of course. We know that there will be a new stage show in Frontierland, and we know there will be various happenings around the park. Nethertheless, we do know that Disney stage shows are generally very good and we have no reason to believe that this one won’t be.
The Lion King and Jungle Book feature popular characters and songs, it will be a delight to hear these celebrated throughout the summer – watch this space for more news.
3. Phantom Manor returns
After having closed in January 2018, Phantom Manor should reopen in 2019. We don’t have a precise date as of yet, but we know that work has been extensive inside the Ravenswood Manor. Once our favourite Manor returns, we should expect to have that most unique of opportunities to discover (and rediscover) our favourite Manor all over again – and this time with Fastpass!
But, whilst the attraction is still under refurbishment, all is not lost. A new meet and greet location has been opened in the Manor grounds, Spirit Photography is remaining in place so you can get your spooky photos and Boot Hill is once again accessible to allow you to visit the haunted cemetery.
4. Marvel Season of Super Heroes
The Marvel heroes landed at Disneyland Paris during the Summer of 2018. They haven’t waited too long before rejoining us in March 2019. From March – June 2019, you can join your favourite super heroes once again for more adventures.
2019 will see the addition of Groot joining the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance Off, this gentle giant will certainly wow guests of all ages.
5. Disney Loves Jazz
In September 2018, Disneyland Paris ran its first ever Disney Loves Jazz night. The event was extremely enjoyable and mixed brilliant musicians and the Disney characters that we all know and love. The highlight of the night was the spectacular Jazz Loves Disney concert, which will be returning for 2019.
The 2019 edition of the event will be held on Saturday 15th June 2019, 20:00 – 02:00 at the Walt Disney Studios park.
6. Annual Pass Nights
Annual Passholders have been going crazy for the new Annual Pass nights that have been organised by Disneyland Paris over the last year. We know that they will be a quarterly fixture in the resort with parties being rotated through Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios Park.
The first of these parties will be held in March and will be themed to the Festival of Pirates and Princesses.
7. Magical Pride
A new arrival to the 2019 slate of events is Magical Pride. Very little is known about the festivities of the night other than it is looking set to be huge. This is the first event of its kind in any Disney park and so it’ll certainly be one to keep an eye on in the coming months.
The end of year festivities are something to look forward to each year. Nowhere does Halloween or Christmas quite like Disneyland Paris. If 2018 saw the addition of a brand new version of the Cavalcade we all loved, 2019 should see it return.
Each year Halloween gets more and more spectacular. Whilst there is no news for 2019 just yet, there’s very little reason for us to think that this year will be any different.
This year, Christmas will coincide with a small film being released about an ice queen, her sister and a magical snowman. It seems unlikely to think that Christmas and Frozen will not be connected this year at Disneyland Paris. There’s a whole host of possibilities of ways it can be celebrated, so watch this space.
Otherwise, all our Christmas favourites will probably return; as we all already know, Disneyland Paris is the place where Christmas certainly does come alive.
A year of fun and excitement lies ahead
2019 is a year where Disneyland Paris will, once again, focus on seasonal celebrations. But the seasonal line up is extremely strong and so there will be no end to the fun and excitement that we will be enjoying all year.
It is also a year of transition, Hotel New York is now closed, Art of Animation is closed, Armageddon and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster will close. The future of the resort is now starting, it’s time to strap in and enjoy the ride.