The future of Swing into Spring at Disneyland Paris

As the 2016 iteration of Swing into Spring comes to an end, it is time to think ahead to 2017 and beyond. The season, which was launched in 2014, has only gone from strength to strength. Each year the season expands, adds brand new decorations and shows. It has become, to many fans, their favourite season and a staple of the Disneyland Paris annual calendar. So, what is the future of Swing into Spring?

2017 is a big year for Disneyland Paris. April 12th will see the European resort turn twenty-five years old, and with it a year of celebration which itself has become a Disneyland Paris tradition. Unfortunately, this means that Swing into Spring will not be returning next year. But what is the future of the season in 2017, but perhaps more importantly in 2018?

101 Dalmatians topiary
One of the five themed toparies in Central Plaza during Swing into Spring

2017: Can some elements of Spring be saved?

The joy of the Spring season is that, in theory, elements can be saved and be presented as special happenings in their own right. On top of the list must be Minnie’s Little Spring Train, or at least some form of it. The Sunny Bunnyland song is far too popular to go away in the cupboard for a couple of years, it illuminates the entire park and really lifts the already joyous atmosphere to an even higher level. Therefore, the top of any list of things to ‘save’ from Spring has to be that song.

Other elements that could very well be brought across include Goofy’s Garden Party and/or Welcome to Spring. Both shows do not heavily rely on the Swing into Spring theme, but mention Spring very briefly.

The new Easter Egg decorations can be used quite easily in the park during the month of April for the Easter Holidays as they do not require too much in the way of preparation and maintenance.

Naturally, not all of these elements will return, but individual bits can quite happily co-exist at Disneyland Paris with the 25th Anniversary. Much like Halloween and Christmas which will be largely unaffected by the celebrations (as in previous anniversary years).

Minnie's Little Spring Train
Minnie’s Little Spring Train was the highlight of the Swing into Spring season.

2018: Swinging back into Spring?

The 25th Anniversary could very well end in April of 2018, although it most probably won’t. Does this mean a 2018 return for the Swing into Spring festivities? This is quite possible. The complication with 2017 is that Swing into Spring and the 25th Anniversary would both launch at quite similar times of year. This will not be the case in 2018. If the 25th Anniversary ends in April 2018, then it could be assumed that Swing into Spring returns. If the anniversary continues, it could still return in a modified state as it will next year. Potentially, this means that the next Swing into Spring season could be in 2019, three years from now! That seems rather a long time for something as popular as this new seasonal celebration.

So, what is the future of Swing into Spring?
Props for the Swing into Spring season

What is the future of Swing into Spring?

Naturally, this is the question on everybody’s lips. Swing into Spring is a very impressive season, it has fantastic live entertainment, enjoyable decorations, delicious snack options and well-designed merchandise. The more Spring that finds its way into the Disneyland Paris parks (and yes, Walt Disney Studios should be included), the better! Let’s cross our fingers for more innovation, more shows and parades and more special character meets for the most colourful and fun time of the year to be in Disneyland Paris!

Let’s start our own campaign for Sunny Bunnyland to come back for the 25th Anniversary year, tweet a photo of the train or its flashmob with the tag #BringBackBunnyland

Remembering the Main Street Residents

Two Main Street Residents in the Welcome to Spring show

When Swing into Spring debuted in 2014, nobody was too sure what it was to expect. Rumours were strife that the final go-ahead for the season was given just before Christmas in 2013 meaning that the resort had only four months to prepare for the ambitious new offering. The plans were huge, decorations lining the entirety of Main Street USA, this ultimately took a few years to really materialise – but 2014 was the year that Swing into Spring made its loud debut and since then it has grown from strength to strength.

Two Main Street Residents in the Welcome to Spring show

But one show has been left by the wayside, a show that was immensely popular but only had a one season outing. That show is called Welcome to Spring. But hold on, I know what you are thinking. Welcome to Spring is still very much alive, it occurs multiple times a day on the Royal Castle Stage. You would, of course, be correct. Although I am talking about a totally separate show, but I must say the Mary Poppins show is very good indeed. We cannot so much compare this show with the show I am about to discuss, so let us take them as separate shows that simply share the same name. However, for the rest of this article, when I use the show name Welcome to Spring, I refer to the 2014 iteration.

Dancers in the Welcome to Spring show

Welcome to Spring was a show that took, as its primary focus, the residents of Main Street USA. Why is this such an important thing to me? Put simply, they enhance the park. When we enter Disneyland Park, everything we see is supposed to be real. Therefore, the intention is to believe that Main Street USA is really a part of a mid-American town at the turn of the twentieth-century. A huge part of that would be the people. Therefore, having people dressed in the period clothing gave the entirety of Town Square a boost. But these character performers also acted as a meet and greet. Each of the characters had a slightly different persona and were entitled to do whatever they pleased. When a performer is essentially told that Town Square is your playground, that offers a lot of scope. I would quite often see these characters browsing the stores, or sitting on a bench and admiring the view of the castle. One of my particular favourite occasions was when I saw a couple of performers say goodbye to their friends and climb the stairs up to Main Street Station on the Disneyland Railroad. It made the area of the park a joyful place to visit. I must have spent a large portion of my 2014 Spring trip in Town Square admiring these characters.

Welcome to Spring at Disneyland Paris - Swing into Spring

But then eventually, music would begin and a show would take place. The Welcome to Spring show was very short. With the guests walking around Main Street, a musical soundtrack would be timing their every moves, the residents knew exactly when they needed to be at the Gazebo in order to begin their musical spectacular. The dancing is both romantic and fit beautifully with the season of Spring. After a short while, the show moves from the Gazebo area of Town Square and onto Main Street USA as the residents walk right down the middle of Main Street USA. The show was full of glee and joy and this stemmed from the wonderful show choreography.

Dancers in the Welcome to Spring show

The music choice is, as usual, picked fantastically by Disneyland Paris. Both the songs themselves and the style in which they are sung fit the show, the season and the setting. The show opens with the beautiful song Spring, Spring, Spring by Bing Crosby before moving to The Fountain in the Park and closing with Walking Right Down the Middle of Main Street USA and the Trolley Song. It was wonderful to hear Walking right down the middle of Main Street USA again in Disneyland Paris, it is one of those iconic Disney Parks songs. When I first viewed the show I couldn’t help grinning from ear to ear when the music began to play. To me, this was Disneyland Paris at its best; that is not to say that I don’t enjoy the other shows in the park, this was something so different from anything else.

Welcome to Spring at Disneyland Paris - Swing into Spring

This was more than a show, this was Main Street USA being allowed to blossom into a real life town. It was a show, a tableau of Main Street Life and a Character Meet and Greet all rolled into one. It ticked so many of the boxes of something needed to be included in a Disney Park. Recently, Disneyland Paris entertainment has been excellent, and this was another example of that. The highest compliment I can give it is that it felt right.

So my plea to Disneyland Paris is this. Please would you consider bringing back the Main Street USA residents and their show for the 25th anniversary? It is the little events like these that really bring a huge grin on to every guest in the park. Upon entering the park one is immediately transported even deeper into the story of Main Street USA. I would even advocate having a small happening in each area of the park much like this. It may only happen in my dream world, but it’s better than nothing.

For those of you who have not had the opportunity to enjoy the show, here is my own YouTube recording of it. I will admit the recording is not perfect, but I hope it conveys how amazing the show was. And for those who have seen the show before, I hope it brings back fond memories.

Disneyland Paris Spring Trip Report

Spring Promenade icon

Spring scene with DLP Town Square Logo

I am a novice at Disneyland Paris trip reports, in fact this is the first one that I have ever written. This trip report (detailing more of the generalities of my trip) will be followed by detailed Swing into Spring articles discussing the new decorations and shows.

Saturday 12th April 2014

I’m on holiday – that was the first feeling when I woke up. I needed to pack as I was hideously under prepared. So, my 7am alarm allowed for a good 5 hours of packing before I needed to be on the train to London St. Pancras where I would be catching the Eurostar train to Paris Gare du Nord. Everything was going well, I arrived in London at 13:20 giving me a good hour before I needed to check-in (My Eurostar left London at 15:31). I had a bite to eat, printed out my train tickets and checked in. The beauty of Eurostar is the smooth, easy check-in procedure which takes no more than five minutes (including security and passport control). I had an hour to kill in the Eurostar lounge, as usual I bought a magazine and drinks. The journey flew by and at 18:50 local time I had arrived in Paris Gare du Nord. It only took a further 20 minutes to get to my hotel in Noisy-Champs. The Hotel F1 was to be my hotel of choice – for me, it is a simple one: Stay cheap, go more often – the hotel was fine, beds comfortable; the down side is shared facilities, but even these were clean. For €36 a night, I was happy. After quickly charging my electronic devices (a theme for this trip) I hopped back on the RER and within 10 minutes I had arrived at Disneyland Paris. And the view that greeted me?

Disneyland Paris castle at sunsetNot too shabby right? I quickly bought a Casey’s Hotdog with cheese on top which proceeded to fall apart in my hands as I rushed down Main Street to meet fellow Disneyland Paris fan, and twitter user @de_gnther – we had a chat and proceeded up to Central Plaza just in time for Disney Dreams! Now, I hadn’t seen the regular Dreams! since August 2013 as it was replaced by Disney Dreams! of Christmas when I was last in Disneyland Paris. But it was just as amazing as I had remembered it being. We wandered back down Main Street, out of the park and again, had a chat outside World of Disney. We then went our separate ways, I went to see what new merchandise Disneyland Paris offered. This turned into a crazy hunt for water – for which I’m still grateful to everyone on Twitter who sent me ideas of places to go! I arrived back at the hotel at around midnight and headed straight for bed.

Sunday 13th April 2014

Alarm set for 7am. I’d be on a train at 7:30am. My objective for the day was to enjoy all two hours of the extra magic hours. I love Peter Pan’s Flight; however, I refuse to queue for 45 minutes for an attraction that lasts maximum three minutes. So, get there for 8am, and get on it without a wait. The bonus part of this plan was being the first person in Disneyland Park.

An empty Main Street USA in Disneyland Paris

The feeling of Main Street empty and opening up to you is just amazing – you try and take in these moments as they last just a few minutes; but what a few minutes! I must have taken about 50 photos (most of which I still need to go through), I felt privileged and will try and repeat this on a future trip. I then profited from the sparse crowds in riding Peter Pan twice in a row without any queue. Later on in the day I met @fusemp and @courtneysummer to watch the Spring promenade. For me, this was my first taster of the Spring season and so I was eager to see where the praise was coming from. The music begun, I got it. I understood the theme they were going for and I liked it. It was a toe tapping, good mood feast – even despite Pluto hitting me with his wooden kite! I met up again with @de_gnther – we walked towards Town Square to watch Welcome to Spring, again I got it and enjoyed it. A quick visit to Ratatouille was next on the menu, I published a detailed article detailing the progress on Ratatouille this week.

The Gusteau sign at Disneyland Paris Walt Disney Studios Park

I then had lunch and a fairly normal day at Disneyland Paris followed, I enjoyed the rides and themed areas including: Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Tours amongst others. Queues were very short for the Easter holiday period, typically around 30-40 minutes. I then watched Disney Dreams! and left the park rather quickly as I had been in the park around 14 and a half hours. Today was the day that I got everything I wanted to do, done so that the rest of the trip would be very relaxed and laid back – like a holiday!

Monday 14th April 2014

I was happy with yesterday and so decided to enjoyed a little bit more sleep. I arrived at a sunny Walt Disney  Studios park at 11am.

Walt Disney Studios Front Lot

Another look at Ratatouille was on the menu followed by a ride on Studio Tram Tour, mostly to look at the sheer scale of the attraction; the scale only really comes to light on Studio Tram Tour as you see the show building and it really is huge. Off the tram tour just in time to be the first customer in the Café des Cascadeurs. Now, burgers don’t usually tempt me and I hesitated about going in. But I sure am glad I did. You walk into a restaurant that just looks like a classic American diner.

Café des Cascadeurs Disneyland ParisMenu choices were slim, it was beef burger, chicken burger, veggie burger or salad.  The burgers were priced at around €14,99 each and came with fries. For a quality/price balance compared with other Disneyland Paris fast food outlets this is a very high quality outlet – in fact it’s a high quality outlet regardless of where you place it. You order your food, and watch the chef cook it at the counter. My beef burger came with two beef patties, bacon, cheese and sauce. The beef patties were cooked to medium (without asking, if you prefer well-done – it may be advisable to ask).

Café des Cascadeurs burger

Note: This burger does come with a salad, but since I don’t like salad in my burgers I opted for it to be removed.

Now, this burger was delicious and something that all Disneyland Paris ‘food critics’ should try, it may well just surprise you. I will certainly be returning on my next trip.

Across to Disneyland Park to ride a few of my favourite short attractions: “it’s a small world” which turned 50 the week prior to my trip and Le Pays des contes de fées; I really like this little ride, it is both relaxing and enjoyable. Going quickly through many of the classic stories that Disney has brought to life is always an enjoyable experience.

Le pays des Contes de Fées

I then grabbed a drink and headed towards Town Square where I would meet up with @1929Mickey – we sat and watched Welcome to Spring, which 1929Mickey was seeing for the very first time – it’s safe to say that he enjoyed it. We then met up with @DisneylandBerry  and went on Big Thunder Mountain  together. Splitting our own separate ways, my direction was Fantasyland and the parade route to finally catch Disney Magic on Parade (something I missed on Sunday).

Baloo in Disney Magic on Parade

My evening involved having a nice meal and strolling through Adventure Isle – for me, an evening stroll around Adventure Isle is a Disneyland Paris staple. I find it so relaxing and inviting. There is a real sense of losing yourself and being immersed in this jungle setting. I wouldn’t trade it for any attraction.

Adventure Isle sunset

I then sat down in front of the castle and enjoyed another wonderful performance of Disney Dreams! The show that just keeps getting better!

Tuesday 15th April 2014

My last full day in the parks today and so my last time to watch Disney Dreams! this visit. So, everything had to be ‘perfect’ for that. I wanted the best position I could get.

So, a new day, a new adventure which began with, yet another, photo shoot of the giant daisy on the Main Street Station.

Swing into Spring logo Disneyland Paris

I was aiming for the 10:45 edition of Animagique over in the Walt Disney Studios Park – so here I was lined up at 10:00 at the exit of Fantasyland (near Peter Pan’s Flight) in order to be first onto Pirates. I ended up being later than I expected. I got out of Pirates at 10:32 – it was time to run. I made it. I still love the show, yes it’s old but to me it is what I want from a Disney show – fun songs and characters. What might be nice is if perhaps some of the songs are changed (But don’t touch Pink Elephants or Sous l’océan). I grabbed a fastpass for later in the day at the Tower of Terror and then headed back to Disneyland Park where a Grand Circle Tour of the Magic Kingdom was in order. Afterwards I noticed that Phantom Manor had a 5 minute queue, so I headed in that direction.

Boot HillIt was then fastpass time, so I dropped into the Walt Disney Studios Park and checked into the hotel. I still enjoy the mix of thrill, themeing and storytelling in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the mix is struck just right. Plus, the view at the top – wow.

Wait – I was late for the parade! And by late I mean that it was due to start in 30 minutes! I ran to Disneyland Park, and went straight up Discovery Arcade to Fantasyland. Full. No spaces left. Back down Discovery Arcade and I got front row at the very end of the parade route. This meant waiting 45-50 minutes. But it was worth it. A Disneyland Parade is one of the two pillars of a Disney Parks day: A Parade, a night show. I try to do both each day I am in the park.

Anna in Disney Magic on Parade

And then came dinner time. I decided to sit and enjoy one of my favourites: Au Chalet de la Marionette and their delicious Bavarian hotdog. The news broke, Ratatouille would open on July 10th 2014. I reacted on Twitter as many of you saw. But, I was in the heart of the magic; I wanted to discuss the news more, but I wanted to enjoy my holiday even more than that. A late evening stroll around Alice’s Curious Labyrinth would do. A few attractions squeezed in before heading towards Main Street USA to execute my plan of being towards the front for Disney Dreams! – Successful. Another fantastic day was spent at Disneyland Paris, with just one left!

Wednesday 16th April

My Eurostar left Paris Gare du Nord at 21:10 – this meant I needed to be checked in at 20:40, which meant that I wanted to be checked in by 20:10. Plan of action: Leave the hotel at about 07:45, get to Disneyland Paris at about 08:15, check in my bags at the guest storage (next to Guest Relations), enjoy Extra Magic Hours, enjoy a day in the parks, see the parade, have dinner, go shopping and take the RER to Paris, then take the Eurostar and the train home. Sound exhausting? Well, it was.

The plan worked well, I got to the parks and enjoyed a full extra magic hours feast. I got on Mad Hatters Tea Cups, Peter Pan’s Flight, Buzz Lightyear, walked around the Nautilus and queued at 09:45 to be first on Star Tours.

Mad Tea Party Disneyland Paris

The rest of my day was filled with viewing the Spring Promenade (no less than 4 times today!) and Welcome to Spring interspersed by attractions, meals and entertainment. Spring Promenade

In a post in the near future, I will dive much deeper into my thoughts on the Spring entertainment – but I genuinely loved it. It’s everything I’ve wanted from Disneyland Paris for a long time, I left very happy.

The next part of my day was deciding my final attraction – I always try to make it my favourite attraction, but time was short before the parade. Luckily for me, the queue for my favourite attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean, was also reasonably short. And so I dived into the world of the pirates for the last time for a few months. Time to execute my plan of leaving Disneyland Paris. Over to Fantasyland I went to catch the parade near the start. Yes, it worked for once.

I went over to Casey’s Corner and bought a hotdog – I sat outside watching the castle knowing that my time was almost up. But what a trip, the best ever? Quite possibly, and I’m not just talking about Spring, I’m talking about meeting friends; the weather; the general upkeep. I left delighted. I bought a few choice souvenirs and caught the RER back to Paris. Summing up this trip is difficult, I just enjoyed it that much and I know that others who are visiting/have visited Disneyland Paris have experienced something very similar.

So, I close this report with the last photo I took during the trip and a promise that I’ll return to Disneyland Paris very soon.

Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant

Weekly News: Spring is here! Ratatouille makes progress

Queen of Hearts Castle.

News Review 6th April banner

What a week! Disneyland Paris have launched their newest season that brings the term ‘Flower Power’ to a whole new level as well as making huge visible advances on the Ratatouille: L’Aventure totalment toquée de Rémy. It would seem that the low season is finally over and we are in to this brand new year of excitement.

Swing into Spring opens at Disneyland Paris

We’ve been discussing the new Spring Festival since December – We’ve been excited at what was to come, frustrated at the lack of news and everything in between. But now, it’s here and it looks good. Last week we brought you images of the toparies that decorate Main Street USA – now the station has been decorated in this new image from @insideDLParis

 

It’s not just the Station that has changed for the season, characters have been dressed for the occasion, the parasols have made their return from winter hibernation and bird song have made their way into the Main Street loop. Most importantly however, shows have returned to Disneyland Paris – for a long time they were the feature that Disneyland Paris lacked but now they are back and they have fitted back where they belong. First, Welcome to Spring. This show takes place Saturday – Wednesday in Town Square. The show sees performers sing along and dance to various songs from the era in which Main Street is set. This show adds a lot of atmosphere and just works perfectly. See how the performers interact with guests in this video from DLP Welcome:

This is the type of show we should be seeing in Disneyland Paris every day no matter what season – it just helps set the scene somewhat. Moving on to the Spring Promenade taking place on Central Plaza and the Royal Castle Stage – this show is rather unique in the way that it takes place in two distinct places and yet manages to other two different experiences to the same show. Now, the music to this show was always on to something great when they borrowed from Mary Poppins and the Tokyo Disney Spring Fever carnival. But not in my wildest dreams did I imagine that the show would be this good – yes it’s simple, but it’s brilliant in its simplicity. Again, check out these videos from DLP Welcome of the two experiences:

The real success story here is how joyful the show is mixed in with the music. That Let’s Go Fly a Kite section looks magnificent. The park’s programme has also got a Spring spruce up with all the new events naturally listed. Disneyland Paris Programme 5-11 April 2013: SpringI’m going to Disneyland Paris next weekend, so make sure you follow me on Twitter and check back here when I get back where I’ll break down piece by piece my thoughts on Swing into Spring.  

Ratatouille makes huge visual progress

It’s getting close now. A huge visual clue that La Place de Rémy is nearing completion appeared this week at Ratatouille: L’Aventure totalement toquée de Rémy received a new sign. (Photo: Disney Central Plaza)

Ratatouille: L'Aventure totalement toquée de Rémy sign
Mouetto – Disney Central Plaza

I’m impressed by this sign. The lighting that is evident from this photo should allow for beautiful night shots of this area – now all we need is the Walt Disney Studios Park to be open at night! Today (Sunday 6th April), reliable news source @insideDLParis posted photos of this sign which has been completed with a ladle.


Finally, Disney’s Fastpass ticket distribution area has been created with a rather classy looking font.


This area is shaping  up to look fantastic – It’ll be interesting to see what happens next. – An opening date perhaps?

Disneygraphy Magazine!

Disneyland Paris fans were in for a treat this week as the guys from Disneygraphy released their new magazine. This time round explore Walt’s,  Sir. Mickeys Boutique and the creation of the Nautilus.

Read it now! 

That’s it for this week – I’m off to grab a drink and read the Disneygraphy Magazine. – There’s a few articles to come from me this week – Enjoy!

 

Spring: A jolly holiday awaits you!

A spring scene in Town Square

Spring scene with DLP Town Square Logo

Following on from my translated French press release a few days ago – there is now even more news to share! Pictures to be precise.

Disneyland Paris have revealed two new pieces of artwork based on the festival – one on their Facebook page and the other on twitter. The first depicts some familiar friends from 101 Dalmatians dancing around the spring air with music notes floating all around. – This looks to be heading towards Central Plaza in Disneyland Park.

Dalmatians jump around a spring gardenSource: Disneyland Paris twitter.

I’m extremely excited to see this come alive, the colours and the joy the image gives off allows us an insight into what this exciting season will offer. Spring is always a great time to visit Disneyland Paris – the colours of the flowers in bloom just add to the atmosphere – this year, however, will just be extra special.

A spring scene in Town Square

Source: Disneyland Paris Facebook

Upon entering the park, the mood will be immediately set as you walk into a scene right out of Mary Poppins (which seems only fitting in the film’s 50th Anniversary year). Guests will be plunged right into Mary’s jolly holiday with kite flying, penguin dancing, flowery fun.

Whilst it’s clear this festival won’t be ‘huge’ in its first year – I’m getting very excited to discover all these lovely scenes dotted around Disneyland Park. Spring is a beautiful time of year in the parks – I’m glad the powers that be have decided to make it even more beautiful. As the years go on, I think we can expect big things from Swing into Spring.

 

Swing into Spring: More news and an official announcement!

Spring scene with DLP Town Square Logo

News takes a while to arrive sometimes, we wait a long time for it and then it comes. A tad late, but it arrives and a thing becomes official. Well, it would seem that Swing into Spring is even more official than official as an extended press release is out on the French Disneyland Paris websites, alas the release does not have an official English translation – but DLP Town Square to the rescue as I have decided to translate all the details for you in a bid to, hopefully, clear things up for you who may be planning a trip. I should probably add that I’m only going to detail what was listed in today’s official release.

Disneyland Paris aux couleurs du Printemps
Du 5 avril au 22 juin 2014

 

Si Disneyland Paris était un jardin, ce serait le plus grand d’Europe avec 35 000 arbres, 450 000 arbustes et plus d’un million de fleurs plantées à l’année.  Mickey et ses amis ont décidé de mettre ce patrimoine en valeur grâce à un thème spécial de près de trois mois, aux couleurs du Printemps. Avec de nouveaux happenings, de nouveaux décors et l’occasion de rencontrer les personnages Disney dans de nouveaux costumes. Disneyland Paris se transforme en une «Balade Printanière».

 

Le nouveau happening quotidien « Promenade Printanière »* s’annonce comme l’évènement de la journée. Ce rendez-vous musical ultra-coloré, sera rythmé par plus d’une centaine d’artistes dont pas moins de 90 danseurs. Sans oublier les Personnages Disney dans de nouveaux costumes spécialement confectionnés. Mickey et Minnie, Alice et le Chapelier Fou, Woody et Jessie de Toy Story, Stitch, Pinocchio, Clarabelle et bien d’autres encore enchanteront le Parc accompagnés des musiciens du « Jolly Holiday Band » et du « Swing into Spring Orchestra ». La nouvelle génération sera également à l’honneur, avec  notamment Raiponce.

 

Côté décors, petits et grands rêveurs découvriront leurs héros Disney préférés dans des versions plus fleuries que jamais. Aux abords du Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant des topiaires à l’effigie des 101 Dalmatiens, de Simba et Nala (Le Roi Lion), des Aristochats ou encore de Bambi et ses amis Fleur et Panpan  ont poussé comme par magie. D’autres lieux emblématiques se transformeront en théâtres de fleurs.

 

« Bienvenue à la Belle Saison», à l’entrée du Parc Disneyland, plongera les visiteurs dans la magie du printemps grâce aux papillons, fleurs, topiaires et à la musique qui y trouveront place..  

 Enfin, les enfants pourront jouer aux explorateurs en herbe grâce à un dépliant ludique articulé autour du réveil de la nature, de l’écologie et de la diversité offerte par Disneyland Paris.

 

Disneyland Paris, un des plus grands jardins d’Europe

Il n’y a pas que les attractions et les spectacles de Disneyland Paris. Son architecture paysagère en fait une gigantesque scène de théâtre végétale étendue sur 2 230 hectares hectares. Elle compte plus de 35 000 arbres, 450 000 arbustes et plus de 1 million de fleurs plantées à l’année. Le tout est entretenu par les 130 jardiniers du spectacle qui assurent quotidiennement l’entretien de la végétation du site. Disneyland Paris, c’est aussi 9 métiers horticoles, des arboristes, un système d’irrigation de 6 000 km de tuyau unique en Europe, 1 500 000 m² de biodiversité, sans oublier les fameuses plantes d’intérieur qui accompagnent les visiteurs chaque jour dans les 7 hôtels à thème. Les équipes du département Nature et Environnement jouent donc un rôle capital dans la vie de Disneyland Paris, ayant pour mission d’aller toujours plus loin dans la créativité.

 

Un programme pour les nouveaux talents

Le Printemps sera la saison idéale pour participer au programme Disney Performing Arts. Il permet aux groupes amateurs de se produire dans l’univers professionnel de Disneyland Paris, en leur offrant l’unique expérience d’être un artiste “Disney” pour une journée. Quatre types de groupes peuvent se présenter : orchestre, chorale, groupe de danse et parade. Rendez-vous sur www.disneylandparis.fr pour en savoir plus.

 

Disney Village aussi se met en mode Printemps

À la sortie des Parcs à Thèmes, la fête se poursuit à Disney Village, lieu de divertissement unique, qui offre aux visiteurs, de jour comme de nuit, l’occasion de découvrir des distractions musicales variées. D’accès gratuit, Disney Village permet de goûter librement à l’atmosphère d’une véritable ville américaine. Six temps forts vont rythmer la saison :

– Les 18 et 19 avril : 2e édition de Jazz en fête au Billy Bob’s

– Les 20 et 21 avril, grande chasse aux œufs pour les enfants

– Les 25 et 26 avril, Fête de la Country, au Billy Bob’s.

– Les 13 & 14 juin, Rythmes du Brésil, danses, musiques et animations flamboyantes

– Du 12 juin au 13 juillet : Coupe du monde 2014 live sur tous les écrans du Sports Bar, y compris l’écran géant extérieur

– Le 21 juin, Fêtons la Musique avec groupes et DJ’s pendant toute la soirée.

So, let’s summarise this (and await an English version). 

Swing into Spring will run from 5th April until the 22nd June 2014.

A new daily happening Promenade Printanière will be the event of the day. This ‘ultra-colourful’ musical event will be performed by over 100 artists with around 90 dancers. Of course the Disney characters will be involved too with characters in new special outfits including: Mickey, Minnie, Alice, Mad Hatter, Woody, Jessie, Stitch, Pinocchio, Clarabelle and more! The bands will be the ‘Jolly Holiday band’ and the ‘Swing into Spring’ orchestra. The new generation of characters will be represented with Rapunzel!

This promises to be a fantastic event! Live music, hundreds of dancers and a feast of characters! The band name of ‘Jolly Holiday Band’ gives an indication of what we may expect from the show in regards to theme. I personally cannot wait to see this! 

 Decorations will adorn the park at the entrance – Butterflies, flowers and toparies and of course, music will be perfectly matched to excite and entertain guests.

Whilst these decorations sound small, I imagine they will look fantastic and really bring some more colour into the park. It’s just impossible to find anything wrong with this announcement. With one exception: I worry about my hay fever!

The release then goes on to detail the vast biodiversity of the resort – which is something I’d love to write about sometime.

Of course, there will be performances from Disney’s Performing Arts programme. Make sure you check the Disneyland Paris website before you go to find out more!

In Disney Village the music theme continues throughout the spring.

  • 18-19 April: 2nd edition of the Jazz Festival in Billy Bob’s.
  • 20-21 April: Easter Egg Hunts.
  • 25-26 April: Country music festival at Billy Bob’s.
  • 13-14 June: Rhythms of Brazil – Dance, music and mini-shows.
  • 12 June – 13 July: World Cup 2014 at the Sports Bar.
  • 21 June: Music Festival (France wide celebration)

The music festival lineup seem’s strong especially the Country music festival and the Brazilian festival. Regrettably I don’t think I’ll be seeing any of these, they don’t seem to correspond with my visit dates. 

Overall, a good start for this new festival. I look forward to seeing it grow over the coming years!

Press Release Source: DLRP Express.

Swing into Spring: It’s Official!

Today, our friends over at DLRP Express revealed the logo for the upcoming Swing into Spring festival that begins next month – and with it the final confirmation that the event will actually be happening. The press release reads as follows:

Swing into a Disney Spring, blooming with magic at Disneyland® Paris. Color and music blossom throughout Disneyland® Park. And with the smell of flowers and fun in the air, it’s sure to be magnifiScent.

This confirms that flowers and music will be making up the big parts of this new festival – on top of that, new logos were revealed giving the fans their first glimpse of what kind of look and feel we can be expecting from the event. – Let’s remember that none of this, so far, comes from Disney directly.

Disneyland Paris logo with flowers and butterflies.

Disneyland Paris logo with butterflies

Green Disneyland Paris logo with butterfly. Spring 2014

Mickey head in flower

It’s only a start, but this bodes very well for the spring festival; these are beautiful visuals that should tie us over for a few days and give us promise for the future. It was just yesterday that people were doubting that this information would even come. But now we need more, what does this event consist of, what can we expect? But what a wonderful starting point, a new season full of promise. It can only get better from here. I, for one, cannot wait to see this season evolve; spring is a beautiful time of year – done right, this season could be one of the jewels in the Disneyland Paris crowns.

More as soon as we get it!

Spring scene with DLP Town Square Logo