Disneyland Paris Pulls Out the Stops for 25th Anniversary on April 12th, 2017 - Overview with Photos & Video, Including Rare Characters
We returned a few days ago from a nearly three week trip in Paris, beginning with the kickoff of the Disneyland Paris 25th anniversary on March 26th and ending with the official anniversary on April 12th, 2017. The big day was certainly the most grand event I have ever experienced in a Disney park over 40 years, with upwards of 150 characters (many very rare), a huge Disneyland Paris Cast Member flash mob and hundreds of performers - along with costumes created just for the day.
This was the second time I've been in Disneyland Paris during a big anniversary milestone. The first was for the 10th anniversary in 2002. It was really just a quick one-day event, which extended out to a week. Five years later, I was in Disneyland Paris a few weeks after the 15th kicked off, and I believe that celebration lasted a couple of years. I'm not sure how long the 25th will go on for, with the new Disney Stars on Parade, Disney Illuminations and other shows and decorations that were created for the anniversary.
I'll have an article soon about what daily guests can expect, but here is a look at April 12th, 2017 with almost 150 photos and several videos. It was an exciting day, one of the most exciting I have certainly experienced in any Disney park and it was wonderful to share it with friends. The song "Everyday's a Celebration" was played all day long, as the official song of the 25th day.
Miss Adventure Falls opened at Typhoon Lagoon today, a new family water raft ride that essentially takes the place of the former Shark Reef even though Shark Reef was in a different location (it closed in October, 2016). The attraction offers the first audio-animatronic in a Disney water park, and a conveyer system so that guests don't have to carry the rafts up a hill. Here is a look at photos and video of the new ride!
I'm starting with the video, and then keep reading for information about the ride and photos.
Disney's Port Orleans Resort Mardi Gras Pargo Cart Parade Celebrates Disney Transportation (Photos, Video)
Disney's Port Orleans Resort at Walt Disney World held its annual Mardi Gras Pargo Parade today (February 28th, 2017), with the theme of "Transportation Magic from Land, Sea, and Sky". It was my favorite of the parades we've shared since we started posting about them in 2012. The Cast Members outdid themselves! Here is a look at photos and video from today. I think it was also the most well attended Mardi Gras Pargo Parade we've seen. I've been asked what a Pargo cart is, it is a golf cart and these are highly decorated.
Geyser Point Bar & Grill Open at Disney's Wilderness Lodge: Photos & Video (Including Food & Drinks)
Geyser Point Bar & Grill opened on February 13th at Disney's Wilderness Lodge. We were there on opening day, which also was the day that Roaring Fork closed for refurbishment through maybe sometime this summer. Disney's Wilderness Lodge has been one of my favorite resorts since it opened in 1994. It didn't take long after that for a DVC addition to be added (The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge), now renamed Boulder Ridge Villas. New additions to the resort will include the Copper Creek Villas & Cabins, and Geyser Point Bar & Grill services that area.
Rivers of Light is now open at Disney's Animal Kingdom park! Originally scheduled to open April 22nd, 2016 (Earth Day), it took over nine more months to debut to guests. We were there for the first preview day, a week before the actual February 17th opening. Here is a look at photos and video from the show, with thoughts on the dining packages and more. We also have a look at the merchandise at the end of the article.
Disney's Polynesian Village Resort is the setting for the Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo & Stitch at 'Ohana. We booked the breakfast for yesterday since we'd never been. This is our review of the experience, and we will be discussing it on Mousesteps Weekly #216. I've been to 'Ohana many times in the past for dinner, it used to be a favorite of mine - and it was nice to try something new to us. Jeff and I have both been visiting Disney's Polynesian Village Resort for 40+ years, it's surprising the breakfast has escaped us this far. You do want to book this before your trip.
'Ohana is the official name of the restaurant, call it "Ohana's" on social media and you'll likely be corrected. But our server even added the "s" at the end, so it's easy to see where there can be confusion. 'Ohana only offers characters at breakfast, dinner is not a character meal.
The sign outside the breakast says "Best Friend Character Breakfast", but online it adds the "s" at the end of "Friend".
Epcot to Disney's Hollywood Studios Photo Walk Via the Walt Disney World BoardWalk 2017 w/140 Photos
We are updating our photo walk from Epcot to Disney's Hollywood Studios, via the Walt Disney World BoardWalk in 2 pages. This has long been one of my favorite walks on property, at about one mile. I think this was the first photo walk I ever posted, back in 2007 and then I posted new photo walks in 2012 and 2015 (at least once it was reversed, from DHS to Epcot). There have been changes along the BoardWalk since my last photo walk. This really is a "door to door" walk, so I am not going inside Disney's BoardWalk Resort, just walking by it. I photograph the entire walk first, and then time it. There are about 140 photos here.
We are starting at the International Gateway. To the right, guests can enter Epcot. To the left, there is a walkway to the BoardWalk area resorts and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
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