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Happy 30th anniversary, Disneyland Paris!

by Susan and Simon Veness

Disneyland Paris opened on April 12, 1992, and March 6, 2022 kicks off the resort’s 30th anniversary with the addition of two new shows, “living sculptures,” and event-themed culinary and merchandise offerings.

Disneyland Paris anniversary
Photos courtesy of Disneyland Paris

More than 375 million visitors have entered the gates at Disneyland Paris since its opening 30 years ago, and the resort is celebrating its milestone anniversary in a big, bright way.

Disneyland Paris anniversary entertainment around Sleeping Beauty Castle

Disneyland Paris anniversary entertainment

Dream…and Shine Brighter!” – This daytime show is performed in Central Plaza several times each day, telling a story based on three key themes: “Smile and Laugh Louder,” “Open Your Heart,” and “Believe in Your Dreams.”

Disney characters join more than 30 dancers in a pageant of colorful, iridescent floats backed by a mash-up of 20 Disney songs, plus two new songs. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and their pals are decked out in their anniversary-inspired iridescent costumes, too, as they’re joined by Genie from “Aladdin,” Rapunzel from “Tangled,” and Jessie and Woodie from “Toy Story.”

Disney D-Light” – When night falls, cue the drone display! Along with guest favorite “Disney Illuminations” show featuring video projections, illuminated water jets, lighting, laser, and mist effects all set to iconic Disney songs, the illuminated drone show adds an extra element of magic above Sleeping Beauty Castle.

During a highlight moment in the show, drones will create a gigantic “30” in the sky as the anniversary song, “Un monde qui s’illumine” (“A world that lights up”) plays in the background.

Disneyland Paris anniversary décor

Gardens of Wonder – Experience 30 kinetic sculptures encompassed in 10 captivating themed displays, each based on Disney and Pixar characters. These “living statues” celebrating nature and diversity will “come to life” in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. The sculptures take their inspiration from sources as varied as windmills and the works of artist Salvador Dali.

Walt’s – An American Restaurant returns with a new menu

Walt's An American Restaurant

On April 12, 2022, exactly 30 years to the day after the resort opened, the iconic Walt’s – An American Restaurant will re-open, with a brand-new “bistronomy” menu featuring refined American favorites inspired by U.S. cities, Chicago, Illinois, and Walt Disney’s childhood hometown of Marceline, Missouri.

Naturally, Walt’s favorite chili con carne features on the menu, as do Mac and Cheese with cheddar cheese and shiitake mushrooms; Corn Chowder made with Isigny cream, smoked popcorn, and pastrami; Pineapple Upside-Down cake; vegan hot chocolate or hazelnut chip cookie skillet; and a “Celebration Cake” of white chocolate and strawberry pastry case served under a dome.

Disneyland Paris’s beverage team has concocted specialty cocktails for the anniversary, including a refreshing Fruit Celebration Cocktail (gin, Elderflower liqueur, blackberry, green apple, grape, and lemon) and non-alcoholic Shirley Temple (Sprite, ginger ale, and grenadine syrup).

Toad Hall Restaurant will also reopen, on April 6, featuring a new fish-and-chips served in newspaper. Ice Cream Company will have new flavors and a Mickey milkshake, while Coffee Grinder will serve up a selection of vegetable drinks for the first time ever.

Those Disney park turkey legs and Mickey Bars guests around the world love so much? They’ll be coming to Disneyland Paris, too, starting March 6.

Anniversary exclusive merchandise

Disneyland Paris anniversary merchandise

Discover exclusive jewelry created in collaboration with Pandora, including a “double dangler” piece inspired by Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Newcomer to the park, shopping outlet Rhinosheild will offer two signature protective iPhone cases inspired by the anniversary’s unique style.

Danish brand Bodum has released three new household products: a glass cup, a French press coffee maker, and a travel mug, featuring Tinker Bell, Sleeping Beauty Castle, and plenty of sparkle.

German brand Ravensburger brings Mickey, Minnie, and their friends to the merchandise lineup with a new 3D 72-piece spherical puzzle, and Bic stationary company has even created three four-color pens inspired by iconic silhouettes of Disneyland, in anniversary-iridescent style.

During the celebration, guests will be able to meet, greet, and hug their favorite Disney characters – including Minnie Mouse in her Stella McCartney pantsuit – as social distancing is no longer required.

For more on this year’s anniversary event, visit Disneyland Paris.com.


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