Disneyland Paris announces a terrific Halloween 2019

Halloween 2019 visual at Disneyland Paris

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.

Mickey Mouse during the Halloween season at Disneyland Paris

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.

Tower of Terror at Disneyland Paris

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.

Disneyland Paris 2018: The year that changed everything

Walt Disney Studios Park - Redevelopment concept art

2018

The year everything changed

2018 has been a mammoth year for Disneyland Paris. We’ve had a €2 billion expansion of the Walt Disney Studios Park announced, the inaugural Marvel Summer of Super Heroes season and the unexpected success of the Festival of Pirates and Princesses. Let’s take a look back at the year in the 2018 DLP Town Square year in review. 

January 2018

The Force returned in the second edition of Star Wars: Season of the Force. This year saw the addition of new characters including Rey, it also saw the addition of an all-new celebration of the vehicles of Star Wars in a large exhibition that took place throughout the Walt Disney Studios Park. 

February 2018

Snow filled the resort for much of February 2018, but as the resort transformed into a Winter Wonderland, a bigger transformation was being announced. The €2 billion Walt Disney Studios expansion project was announced by Bob Iger and, French President, Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace. The expansion will see Paris’ second gate double in size with attractions based on Star Wars, Frozen and Marvel. 

March 2018

The first ever Annual Pass party took place in the Walt Disney Studios Park; the event, exclusive to the Infinity Annual Pass, was entered around the 10th anniversary of The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror. 

Disneyland Paris also celebrated International Women’s Day with special events scattered throughout the park. 

Festival of Pirates and Princesses
The Festival of Pirates and Princesses exploded with colour during the Spring of 2018. With its iconic dance routines, the festival very quickly became a fan favourite - so much so that guests are once again invited to choose their sides from January to March 2019.

April 2018

The Festival of Pirates and Princesses was taking the Disneyland Paris world by storm. But also enjoyed during this month was an all-new pre-show to Disney Illuminations inspired by the Disney Nature film: Blue, this pre-show was performed before Illuminations each night throughout the month. 

May 2018

The new InsidEars platform was launched to Disneyland Paris influencers during a special event entitled ‘InsidEars Ready! 2018’. Throughout the night a number of announcements were made including the arrival of Mickey’s Philharmagic and the vital refurbishment of Ratatouille: l’aventure totalement toquée de Rémy (later cancelled). 

Disney FanDaze
The party of the year was the Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party. Everything was curated especially for the fans including Imagineering panels, shows with long-lost friends, and exclusive meet and greet with extremely rare characters.

June 2018

June was perhaps the most exciting month of 2018 for in-park events. Disneyland Paris launched the Marvel Summer of Super Heroes to the press, and to guests. 

The Disney FanDaze inaugural party also took place in June and was live-streamed across the world. 

Marvel Summer of Super Heroes
Swinging into Disneyland Paris in the Summer of 2018 was the Marvel Summer of Super Heroes. This 3 month event allowed guests to salute Captain America, dance with Star Lord and eat some extra special snacks.

July 2018

Another busy summer month for Disneyland Paris as the resort hosts Electroland, the Ant-Man and the Wasp premiere, the second Annual Pass party entered around the Marvel Universe (or, that was the intention…). 

The ever-popular food festival, the Rendez-Vous Gourmand made its return to the resort in a new expanded form with foods and drinks from across Europe. 

August 2018

The long Summer season continued, August saw for the second annual Disney PhotoPass day. PhotoPass Day is a day that now features more PhotoPass photographers across the park, many of whom are accompanied by special rare characters. 

September 2018

The 25th anniversary came to an end with a spectacular Annual Pass party held in the Walt Disney Studios Park. The resort also hosted special guided tours that highlighted the resort’s heritage in the Journées de Patrimoine. 

Later in the month the Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend returned with 3 special races themed around the Disney Villains. To round out the month, the very first Disney Loves Jazz party took place in the Walt Disney Studios Park, the night featured a spectacular concert with big name Jazz stars. 

Halloween
Halloween 2018 took things up a notch with it's Country-Rock anthem 'Great Big Year'. The focus on the season was a super-sized stage show that celebrated Mickey's 90th birthday, the season and Phantom Manor.

October 2018

October 1st 2018 was a big day in Disneyland Paris: Halloween started, but so did the Mickey 90 festivities and Mickey’s Philharmagic. 

Philharmagic replaced the former Star Wars: Path of the Jedi (and previously, Captain EO) in the Discoveryland Theatre and has been a moderate hit with guests. 

The giant cupcakes came to life with the Cupcake Sisters, one for each land for Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday.

The World's Biggest Mouse Party
Mickey and Minnie turned 90 during November 2018, and that needs a party! Disneyland Paris's Mouse Party did misfire in a few places, but the 'Surprise Mickey' stage show was one of the most delightful pieces of entertainment we've seen in years.

November 2018

The Mickey 90 festivities ramped up in November with exclusive merchandise making an appearance. The day itself (November 18th) was marked by a number of special items on the shelves, but no festivities in the park (or button badge). 

Christmas 2018 was launched to much fanfare, this year the season is boosted with more magic in shows like Mickey’s Christmas Big Band and Goofy’s Incredible Christmas. 

Christmas
Christmas is always a special time of year in the resort - no other park manages to do it quite as well as Disneyland Paris - and this year was no exception! With special touches for Mickey's 90th all around, this was the biggest, and merriest, Christmas celebration ever!

December 2018

The new Disneyland Paris TV spot was launched on Christmas Day on TV sets across Europe – and the world’s hearts melted as we fell in love with a duckling meeting his hero in Disneyland Paris. 

The Mickey 90 Annual Pass event also took place with special shows and character meet and greet opportunities. 

2018 was a for Disneyland Paris

2018 was the year of the hard ticket event at Disneyland Paris. But that’s not to say that those who didn’t book tickets to these festivities were not entertained, there was a boosted entertainment presence across the resort – something we’ve been needing for years. The 25th Anniversary has now been and gone, in its place are new original shows and experiences and the park is very much all the better for them. 

For attraction fans, our prayers have indeed been answered with a large investment which will fix the Walt Disney Studios Park, whilst we may need to have a lot of patience yet, it is coming and it is promising to be spectacular!

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Is 2018 the most exciting Disneyland Paris year yet?

Happy New Year! And with each New Year period, it’s time to both reflect on the year that has passed but perhaps more fun is to be excited for what lies ahead. For Disneyland Paris, 2018 is set to be perhaps one of the most exciting yet with seasons based on our favourite heroes; galactic warriors and wonderful princesses and dazzling pirates, and that’s not forgetting that it will still be time to sparkle! 2018 is set to be the most exciting year yet for Disneyland Paris!

Saving the galaxy – Season of the Force 2018!

Season of the Force is back on January 13th 2018 for another year of intergalactic fun! Last year’s season was a pleasant surprise and the success of last year will be built upon for 2018. The highlights are back including Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration, the charming and thrilling night time spectacular in the Walt Disney Studios park. This show will be updated to include scenes from the new edition of the Star Wars saga and builds on the huge success of last year. Additionally, there will be a celebration of famous vehicles from the saga with an exhibition from the 501st legion.

Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration
The 2017 edition of Season of the Force made a usually quiet period more active and desirable to visit. Whilst the criticisms of 2017 included that the celebration was small, this year sees some growth and the addition of Star Wars themed attractions in Disneyland Park (which were closed for the duration of the season last year). This truly is becoming one not to miss.

Swashbuckle and Sparkle Princesses – Festival of Pirates and Princesses

The new addition to the 2018 roster at Disneyland Paris involves the Festival of Pirates and Princesses; whilst we still don’t have a lot of information on the season, we do know that there will be a big show on Central Plaza that will involve both Pirates and Princesses. There will also be some themed meet and greets for the season.

Pirates and Princesses logo

This season will take place from late March until May 2018 and will provide a nice filler between Season of the Force and the Superhero spectacular of the summer.

Be dazzled by Disney FanDaze

The item on some Disney fan’s agenda will be Disney FanDaze, we’re still finding out more information about this exciting evening of entertainment but it is already shaping up to be one of the most memorable in the history of Disneyland Paris. This is an evening that is all about fan service of the highest degree, be it classic Disney characters or an evening of attractions and imagineering presentations, this evening will be one to satisfy all Disneyland Paris fans.

The Disney FanDaze Characters

This special evening will take place during the first weekend of June 2018 in the Walt Disney Studios park.

Save the world! – Marvel Summer of Superheroes

Perhaps the most exciting new event of 2018 will be the Marvel Summer of Superheroes, this special summer of unique entertainment will take place in the Walt Disney Studios park and will see a unique show take centre stage in the Studio Theatre (formerly home to Cinémagique), a dance party and much more.

Marvel Summer of Heroes at Disneyland Paris poster

Marvel fans will want to keep an eye on all Disneyland Paris news in 2018 as the Disney’s Hotel New York closes to begin making way to the new Marvel-themed hotel. This special summer will take place from June until September 2018.

Fan favourites return – Halloween and Christmas

One of the stapes of the Disneyland Paris year are the Halloween and Christmas celebrations. In 2017 we saw changes in both celebrations, and it remains to be seen how this will develop in 2018. Halloween should grow back onto Main Street USA once again as this year it was moved entirely into Frontierland (in order for Main Street to celebrate the 25th anniversary). Christmas 2017 saw a large scale growth, 2018 should see some changes to the offering and hopefully further growth into the Walt Disney Studios Park.

Christmas Main Street USA at Disneyland Paris

A sparkling finale – 25th anniversary

The 25th anniversary has enchanted guests since March 2017, however on September 9th 2018 it must end. Until then we can still enjoy all the special entertainment that has been created for this unique celebration from Disney Illuminations, to Disney Stars on Parade via the two new castle stage shows.

It has been an amazing celebration, and one we can only hope that will be matched by whatever comes next following its conclusion.

A key refurbishment – Phantom Manor

Perhaps the most intriguing thing to come from Disneyland Paris this year will not be the seasonal celebrations (as enjoyable as they are), it will be this key refurbishment. Phantom Manor is a staple of Disneyland Paris, that attraction that you can’t miss on any visit (although, there are quite a few of those), and in January 2018 it will close for a period of time for a complete refurbishment. We have no precise re-opening time frame as of yet, all we do know is that the similar refurbishments recently have been of an exceptional quality.

Time will tell what is being reimagined at this highlight attraction, but it’ll be intriguing to know more.

2018 will be unmissable – will you be there?

2018 is going to be another stellar year for Disneyland Paris in which there will truly be something for every type of guest. What are you most looking forward to? Do drop a comment and let me know.

Otherwise, may I take a moment to wish you a very happy new year and all the best for 2018. I hope you have the best year yet!

 

2017 at Disneyland Paris in photos

2017 has been a year rich in emotions. From Season of the Force to Disney’s Enchanted Christmas, there has been no shortage of things to see and do during this 25th anniversary year. Memories are always stoked by photo and video media, and so perhaps the best way to tell the story (and the highlights) of the year is through a collection of photographs. To find out everything that 2017 offered, read this month-by-month review.

 

Here are some of my favourite memories of 2017, and I hope some of your highlights are included as well.

Main Street USA as seen from the Castle Club lounge

 

The Agrabah Café at Disneyland Paris

 

Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration, part of Season of the Force at Disneyland Paris

 

Disney Magic on Parade in February 2017 at Disneyland Paris

 

Sleeping Beauty Castle during the 25th anniversary at Disneyland Paris

 

The Grand Celebration Parade at Disneyland Paris, April 12th 2017

 

Maleficent during Disney Stars on Parade at Disneyland Paris

 

Tangled scene in Forest of Enchantment at Disneyland Paris

 

Disney Illuminations at Disneyland Paris

 

Halloween at Disneyland Paris in 2017

 

Goofy's Skeletoon Party at DIsneyland Paris during Halloween 2017

 

Disney Christmas Parade at Disneyland Paris

 

Mickey's Christmas Big Band at Disneyland Paris

 

Pirates of the Caribbean at DIsneyland Paris

 

2017 was full of amazing memories, 2018 will be full of even more memories. Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and I look forward to talking to you in 2018!

Halloween 2017 at Disneyland Paris: A trick or a treat?

As Autumn approaches and the last few radiant warmths of summer glimmer, the Disneyland Paris announcement machine begins to kick into action and the end of year festivities begin to take precedence. The last few months of any Disney Park year are jam-packed with a flurry of activity and special activities. Halloween and Christmas will soon be upon us and the 2017 offerings have been announced by Disneyland Paris.  The primary question on most fans lips was: how would the 25th anniversary festivities affect the seasonal celebrations? Let’s take a look at Halloween 2017 at Disneyland Paris.

Two new Halloween shows for 2017

The highlight is that Disneyland Paris will be introducing two new shows Goofy’s Skeletoon Party and Mickey’s Halloween Tricycle Gang will be taking place in Frontierland and Main Street USA respectively. These shows seem focused around new concepts that will allow the 25th anniversary festivities to remain on the castle stage for the duration of October. Goofy’s Skeletoon Party will also see rare characters Panchito and José from The Three Caballeros make a welcome return to the park.

A halloween pumpkin man in Frontierland at Disneyland ParisMickey’s Halloween Tricycle Gang seems to be a new concept that, on paper, sounds very odd and rather out of keeping with the season – however, with the quality of recent Disneyland Paris entertainment, I have no doubt that this show will be exceptionally well executed and will be a valuable addition of our Halloween season. The details on the two shows have been kept vague and so suspense will ramp up in the lead-up to the new season.

But what about the 25th anniversary?

All indications are that this continues pretty much as normal throughout the season of Halloween. The Halloween offering has been adapted in a way that will not impact the anniversary festivities either in a positive or negative way. The two are to be regarded as separate entities and never shall they meet. Is this a wise idea?

Halloween decorations on Main Street USA at Disneyland ParisIn short, no. Whilst the 25th anniversary festivities are important and for this one year should take priority, there is room to merge the two and create a Halloween with a special 25th flare. Small additions here and there to the schedule, minor modifications to decorations and shows. A range of Halloween merchandise with the rather beautiful 25 insignia included on it. This solution of the two being incompatible with each other is confusing.

Smaller in scale, but still exciting

Whilst Halloween is going to be slightly smaller in scale this year, the inclusion of the 25th suite of entertainment means that there will be a lot to do within the resort during this season. Additionally, the Halloween celebrations do not sound bad; while, yes, the the fan favourite cavalcade is taking a break, it is being replaced with new offerings. Who is to say that these new offerings do not find themselves being enjoyable and that fans begin demanding for their inclusion in the future?

Disneyland Paris celebrates Halloween from October 1st until November 5th 2017. 

A whole new world: Experiencing Disneyland Paris with friends

Group castle photo

Disneyland Paris is a magical place. I’m sure I am not surprising anybody reading this article with this information. But it is at its most special when you have new and exciting experiences. This Halloween I visited Disneyland Paris not on my own, nor with family, but with friends instead. The difference was remarkable and going alone will never quite be the same again.

Going solo

I am fortunate that I am able to visit Disneyland Paris a lot. I go by myself and so I am not tied down by dates that friends can make or staying where they want to stay and my focus can be purely on keeping the cost down. Going solo is something that many people feel scared about or approach with some scepticism, but trust me when I say that you shouldn’t. You can still have the most amazing time on your own and I wouldn’t hesitate booking again solo. Perhaps my feeling of it being OK to go solo comes from living around 10km from the resort in the past and so I’d pop over to the parks for an afternoon or evening.

Geoff with Belle and Beast
I met characters on my solo trips too! Promise!

I have no dependencies, no attachments and this means I can do as I want and when I want to do it. Disneyland Paris trips fit my schedule and that was that.

Visiting with friends

I had always wanted to try a Halloween Soirée. It has been on the bucket list for a few years now and I had decided that the first opportunity to go, I would take it. Here we are in 2016 and the opportunity arrived. I booked it. Luckily, many of my friends had the same idea and the plan was born. The excitement counting down was immense. Arriving in St Pancras, I headed through passport control and met up with my friends Steve (Dedicated to DLP) and Jane and from that point on I was barely alone the entire trip.

Group castle photo
Just some of the amazing people I got to hang out with on this trip. From left to right: Steve, Jane, me, Ellie, Martin

Obviously I have been in the park with friends before now, but not with Disney friends who are as crazy about the place as I am. The list of things we wanted to get done was actually quite short, there was no pressure we could just enjoy the trip and have a lovely time. The people make Disneyland Paris what it was, and the people I was with this time made it the best trip ever!

The plan is… to have no plan

I didn’t go to Disneyland Paris with any master plan. I did not have a list of things I needed to do, I simply wanted to go and have a bit of fun. Before this trip I was focused on rides and shows. In July I tried to sneak in more characters (I always did enjoy meeting characters, but never really made it a big part of my trip). This time was different, throughout the whole trip I managed to do 7 rides.

Group photo on Main Street
Even more of the amazing people I spent time with at Disneyland Paris – and this still isn’t everybody. In this photo: Dave, Jane, Stephie, Ellie, me, Martin, Steve, Gaëtane, Mark, Alyssa and Sébastien

And you know, I felt better for it. The time I spent was a mix of relaxing and doing fun things in groups with friends. I came away much happier with my trip. We managed to cram a lot into the 5 days of fun, but also managed to be chilled about it and have plenty of laughs and giggles along the way. I came away with more memories than I possibly hoped for.

Would I go solo again?

Heck yeah I would. And in fact I am very shortly going to be having a solo weekend in the magic. However, I’m already chatting to people about coordinating our next trip and having another magical time.

I doubt anything will top this trip for quite some time. But I’m so pleased that it happened and I will never forget it.