Since 2016, Disneyland Paris has been selling a summer Pineapple Whip treat; this delightful snack has become such a staple of the Disneyland Paris offering that for the Lion King and Jungle Festival it has received a little makeover and become the Mango Whip which is served at a price of €4.99 from the Adventureland Bazaar food cart (no annual pass discounts applicable).
This snack follows the exact same style as its Pineapple cousin in that it is a Vanilla soft -serve ice cream which rests on a bed of Mango juice. It’s a simple snack but one that just hits the spot every single time. The ice cream is of a great quality and the mango juice tastes amazing when mixed in. For those summer days, it’s both refreshing and delicious.
The only downside is the presentation, none of the Mango Whips I saw even came close to the presentation on the menu photo, they all just looked a bit floppy. Perhaps it is the cup that is just too big, the amount of ice cream and juice felt just right.
I love mango flavour anything, so this snack was always going to be a winner for me – better than the pineapple whip? I’m not sure, but it was a brilliant alternative.
——— The Lion King and Jungle Festival, and all the food offerings associated with it, run until Sunday 22nd September 2019.
With the start of the Lion King and Jungle Festival just days away, Disneyland Paris have released details of some of the food and drink offerings available to guests during the festival.
Over at the Djembe Joy village (Frontierland), guests will be able to enjoy a range of quick hot and cold snacks with an African/Summer feel.
Savannah Chicken Strips Exotic fruit salade Pride Rock Croq’ Coco-Cookie ice-cream Zebralicious Donut Safari Macaroons Savannah banana bread Mango Whip Lion Tartelette Choco-coco lollipaw Pawsome chocolate print
Over at Victoria’s Home Style Kitchen – now a bar – two new Lion King inspired milkshakes have been created to celebrate all things Lion King. The Simba Shake is Vanilla and Praline flavoured, and the Pumbaa Shake is Nutella and banana flavour.
The Disneyland Paris buffets are also getting some special Lion King and Jungle Festival style treats with dishes including:
Wild Marble Cake Shrimp and Pineapple Millet Salad Smoked Chicken and Pineapple Millet Salad African Peanut Soup Yassa Chicken Savannah Style Poulet DG Mahi-Mahi Wrap African Vegetable Stew The Pride Coco Rock Wild Mango Cake Zebra Macaroon Sweet & Wild Macaroon Exotic fruit salad Mango Baba Tropical Paw Mousse Lion Tartelette Rhezail Horns – Oriental pastry
Other speciality food offerings include the special African platter at Hakuna Matata – part of the signature experience – and only during lunch time. There is also a special Tribe Burger at Annette’s Diner.
It might seem like summer is only just starting, but Disneyland Paris have released the first details of the 2019 New Year’s Eve Party. Taking place, naturally, on 31st December 2019 the party runs from 20:00 until 02:00 (an hour later than previous years – and thank goodness, it always felt like the party just ended flatly at 1am).
Tickets for the 2019 party cost €99 (or relevant local currency) and can be booked online or via your travel agent. Additionally, tickets are included in the traditional New Year’s Eve dining options at the following restaurants:
Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show €245 – €280 depending on category and time.
Agrabah Cafe €335
It seems likely that more will be added as we usually see dining possible at Plaza Gardens, Inventions, California Grill and Captain Jack’s.
Whilst New Year’s Eve is never a cheap night to visit Disneyland Paris, it has fast become the highlight of the year for many fans with its giant parade, plentiful character meet and greets and the general good atmosphere of the dance parties and festivities. This is one we firmly recommend.
Halloween is one of the most anticipated seasons of the year at Disneyland Paris and the 2019 season will be no different. Running from 28th September until 3rd November 2019, the Halloween Festival will feature all new shows and a new addition to the popular The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror, this Halloween is shaping up to have a lot of exciting features for everyone.
New Villains Show – starring Ursula
Over on the Royal Castle Stage a new stage show has been announced starring the Disney Villains, and a new addition to Disneyland Paris for 2019 – Ursula.
Whilst It’s Good to be Bad had taken a place as a Disneyland Paris fan favourite, it was probably time to go and to be replaced with something fresh and exciting.
Mickey’s Halloween Celebration
The hit Halloween parade will return with the wonderful sounds of Vive la Vie filling the air, no changes have been announced to the parade, given the acclaim it had last year this can only be a good thing.
It remains to be seen if the show stop will be slightly modified to remove the references to Mickey’s 90th Birthday and the ‘Great Big Year’.
Disney Character Meet and Greets
One of the most celebrated features of the Halloween season at Disneyland Paris is the sheer number of character meet and greets. Of course 2019 will be no different, the Disney Villains will meet throughout the park with Maleficent taking over the Castle Courtyard with her brambles once again.
Other new meet and greets include Stitch, Max will join returning characters Minnie and Cheshire Cat – of course there will be plenty more surprises along the way!
The Tower of Terror: Revisited
The biggest news of the season, perhaps, is that the Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror will be getting a overhaul for the Halloween season; the attraction will be more terrifying than ever as it introduces random drop sequences into the attraction and no two rides will ever be the same.
This type of technology has been a long time coming for Disneyland Paris, but now it is here, let’s hope it becomes permanent.
Two Halloween Parties!
There will, of course, be two Halloween parties this year. The first on Saturday 26th October and the second on Thursday 31st October 2019. The two parties are expected to be identical but offers much more in the way of flexibility and choice to guests who can’t get to the park during the week for the 31st October – a problem that has dogged Disneyland Paris for years.
A fantastic sounding season for 2019
Halloween is always a high point of the year and 2019 will be no exception. It’s very likely that numerous little surprises will be unveiled as we get closer to the season and that the success of Halloween will continue to be built upon.
One thing is for certain, Halloween will likely be another fantastic Disneyland Paris season for a park that is having success after success with its seasons.
The Toy Story Playdays run from 18th – 28th June 2019 in Disneyland Paris and to celebrate a special range of snacks have been created for the event. These snacks will be on sale throughout the Walt Disney Studios Park and feature highlights such as a Jessie cookie sandwich filled with Nutella and a candy apple featuring the famous Luxo Ball.
Woody Biscuit – €4.29
Woody is a sandwich biscuit filled with a chocolate/hazelnut spread (it’s not Nutella, but it totally is).
Jessie Biscuit – €4.29
The Jessie biscuit is the exact same as the Woody one – except it’s Jessie, of course!
Bo Peep Shortbread – €4.29
Get your JPEG food-suitable printers ready because this shortbread is basically that. But it’s Bo Peep, the star of Toy Story 4!
Candy Apples (Hamm and Luxo Ball) – €5.99
The stars of the Toy Story Playdays snacks, these two Candy Apples both look fantastic, and the Luxo Ball one is a genuine delight for all Pixar fans.
Forky Shortbread – €4.29
Let’s face it, you want this because it’s Forky and Forky is awesome! Other than that, yeah it’s another shortbread with a sticker put on top.
The Toy Story Playdays snacks are not particularly inspiring – but then again, what did we expect for a festival that is just over a week long? They look fun and they cover every major character in the film, and that’s all we could really hope for.
In the strangest news we’re ever likely to hear from Disneyland Paris, the much-anticipated Rhythm of the Pridelands show which is part of the Lion King and Jungle Festival, will be streamed daily into Studio Theater in the Walt Disney Studios Park.
Whilst the show will, undoubtedly, feature extensive queues throughout the season, it really is hard to see this move as anything other than a cheap way to fill a theatre that is otherwise sitting empty after the Marvel Season of Super Heroes and Toy Story Playdays and opens the floodgates to more lazy entertainment decisions by Disneyland Paris who had recently significantly upped their entertainment offering.
The stream will be pre-recorded (presumably during the upcoming press event) and will be the same each day – this is not a live stream.
Whether or not there is an audience for this type of entertainment waits to be seen, but I would be advising anyone who does, unfortunately, miss out on a place seeing the show – enjoy the rest of the parks (and the Jungle Book Jive!) and enjoy the show on YouTube, somebody will undoubtedly have uploaded it by the end of day 1.
The Lion King and Jungle Festival starts Sunday 30th June and runs until Sunday 22nd September 2019.
The Panoramagique balloon in Disney Village has become such a highlight of the Disneyland Paris skies since it’s launch, except on bad weather days which sees the balloon grounded; now a unique experience awaits on these days as the balloon offers VR flights on bad weather days.
These virtual reality headsets will allow guests to experience the views of Disneyland Paris without even leaving the ground via 360 imaging technology.
This does not affect the normal experience during good weather meaning you’ll be able to enjoy Panoramagique whatever the weather! Now that’s good news!
Panoramagique is open every day with opening hours dependent on the season.
Tickets for adults cost €12, children aged 3-12 are €6 and any child under 3 goes free of charge. Annual pass discounts are applicable: -25% for Infinity and Magic Plus; -15% for Magic Flex and Discovery.
Disneyland Paris have announced that additional bibs for the Disneyland Paris Run Weekend will go on sale Tuesday 18th June 2019 at 16:00 (CET) – 15:00 (UK Time). These bibs will be made on sale on the official Disneyland Paris run weekend website.
Bibs will be on sale across all races including the 5k, 10k, Half-Marathon and the two challenges (31k featuring entry to the Half-Marathon and 10k race; and 36k with entry to the 5k, 10k and Half Marathon).
Guests who have already registered for the races will be able to pre-order select merchandise (including pins) from the 18th June 2019 at the same time (16:00 CET).
It is important to note that only guests that buy bibs for the challenges will be able to claim challenge medals; unfortunately, it is not enough to simply do each race.
The Disneyland Paris Run Weekend will return from 19-22 September 2019; with the theme for the weekend being Adventure, Disneyland Paris have created a range of medals that really work with the theme.
The 5km race takes place on Friday 20th September 2019, the course will be lined with your favourite Disney animals and a Lion King themed medal has been created for the race.
The following day, Saturday 21st September 2019, a 10km course through the two Disney Parks focuses on the adventures of the Disney Princesses who follow their dreams. At the finish, runners will receive a medal with the adventurer princess herself: Rapunzel!
On Sunday 22nd September 2019, the Disneyland Paris-Val d’Europe Half Marathon will take runners through the two Disney Parks and the surrounding districts; the theme for characters along this course will be famous Disney couples and who better to be on the medal than the most famous of all the Disney couples: Mickey and Minnie.
There are also two unique challenge medals. The 31km challenge is for guests completing both the 10km race and the half marathon. This is perhaps the most beautiful medal of the collection featuring Aladdin in the Cave of Wonders with Abu and the magic carpet; the medal ribbon is the design of the magic carpet.
The 36km challenge medal is a bit more plain featuring just the Genie. This medal is for participants of the 5km, 10km and Half-Marathon races.
The final medal is the Castle to Chateau challenge medal, this one has not changed through the years and is awarded to runners who complete the Disneyland Paris-Val d’Europe Half Marathon and either a Half-Marathon or Marathon at Walt Disney World in Florida during the same calendar year.
On Saturday 21st September, the Disneyland Paris kids race will also take place; in the theme of adventure this year the medal features Peter Pan and the Lost Boys.
Disneyland Paris have also released a short video (French only, no subtitles) describing the production process of the creation of the medals.
The Disneyland Paris Run Weekend is always a highlight of the Disneyland Paris calendar – good luck to all running!
Disneyland Paris has announced the return of the popular food festival the Rendez-Vous Gourmand for the summer 2019 period. The festival will run from 10th July until the 13th October 2019 in the Walt Disney Studios Park.
The festival celebrates food and drink from across France and Europe with stalls promoting food from many of the French regions (such as Brittany Crepes, Raclette from Savoie, Provence Ratatouille) as well as many renowned European dishes including Spanish Paella, Italian Panna Cotta and Belgian Frikandelle.
New for 2019 will be a stand dedicated to Greek food which will include salads and moussaka, a patisserie stand offering eclairs and a new wine stand which will be centred around organic wines from across France.
Of course, all the popular entertainment and music will also be returning to make this a fun filled summer festival of food in the Walt Disney Studios Park.