Disneyland Paris

10 Reasons to Visit Disneyland Paris During the 25th Anniversary Celebration

Hi everyone!

Disneyland Paris turned 25 years old this month, and we were fortunate enough to be there for both the March 26th kickoff and the spectacular April 12th official anniversary. I’m not sure how long the 25th anniversary will continue for, but some of the elements will likely last well past the year and a half or so that I expect. This is a great time to visit the Disneyland Paris resort, we were able to snag a three week trip that won’t be much different in price than one week in Anaheim this summer (staying offsite in both locations). The dollar in France is very strong right now compared with 2014 and some previous trips I’ve taken.

Here are 10 reasons to make plans now to go to Disneyland Paris for the 25th!

1) Disney Stars on Parade – While I miss the former Disney Magic on Parade, this is a completely new parade that features a variety of unique floats – with a Maleficent dragon that looks very much like its Florida counterpart. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale are among the characters on the opening float that has a steampunk look to it.

Disney Stars on Parade video

Mickey and Minnie in Disney Stars on Parade

Goofy and his jet pack in Disney Stars on Parade

2) Mickey Presents: Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris show: There are two new castle shows for the anniversary. This one features Disney characters and performers in a musical salute to each land at Disneyland Paris. One fun segment features Chip & Dale with Woody & Jessie for Frontierland. Just as with other shows at Disneyland Paris, this is presented with a mix of English and French.

Mickey Presents: Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris video

Mickey, Pluto and Duffy in Mickey Presents: Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris

3) Starlit Princess Waltz show – This lovely show features Disney princesses including Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine, Belle and Ariel, and eventually their princes join them as well. It’s been an extremely popular addition to the park.

Starlit Princess Waltz video

Eight Disney princesses on stage

4) Disney Illuminations Nighttime Spectacular – Replacing the former Disney Dreams show, this new production offers fireworks, fountains, fire, projections and lasers. It features a variety of different Disney film segments, including Frozen and The Lion King. Disney Illuminations isn’t better than Disney Dreams in my opinion, but it still has a major “wow” factor.

Disney Illuminations Finale
Disney Illuminations

5) Disney character meet & greets in special costumes – Characters including Minnie, Daisy, Goofy and Donald greet guests in their special 25th anniversary costumes!

Daisy Duck meet and greet video

6) 25th Anniversary merchandise – Following in the lead of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, Disneyland Paris has a wide range of merchandise for guests to choose from.

7) 25th Anniversary food offerings – Most of the food offerings are of the sweet variety, but even the counter service pizza is in the shape of a star to commemorate the anniversary. While I didn’t partake too much of the themed food, I did enjoy a sweet waffle out in Disney Village from one of the carts presented for the anniversary.

Pizza in a star shape

Waffle snack items in Disney Village

8)- Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue in DiscoverylandStar Tours: The Adventures Continue is new to Disneyland Paris and Hyperspace Mountain is due to open in May.

9) Enhanced Attractions – Disneyland Paris has been enhancing attractions for the last couple of years, including adding new effects to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and refurbishing Alice’s Curious Labyrinth. Pirates of the Caribbean re-opens in July after a lengthy refurbishment in which Jack Sparrow will be added.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad POV ride
Alice’s Curious Labyrinth

10 – Photo Ops and Decorations – There are a number of photo ops around the park, including near Le Carrousel de Lancelot. Photopass is still not a big thing in Disneyland Paris so you’ll want to have your own camera. And there are a lot of fun decorations on and around Main Street and elsewhere, some of my favorite decor pieces are window displays (not just in the main park, but in the resorts as well).
Le Carrousel de Lancelot photo op
Jiminy Cricket 25th Anniversary window display
Town Square 25th Anniversary decorations
Don’t miss Mickey saying goodnight on the way out!
And of course, there are many other reasons to visit Disneyland Paris (and Paris itself). Phantom Manor will be going down next January for a lengthy refurbishment, so 2017 is a great time to see it before that happens.