Disneyland Paris officially turns 30 today with an exuberant celebration that kicked off last month. We were there for the March 6th official debut, but the resort had been preparing for quite some time.
During our June 2021 trip when the resort reopened after pandemic closure, Sleeping Beauty Castle was going through an extensive year-long refurbishment and Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel opened its doors. Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast reopened after an intensive refurb. And when we visited in November 2021, Sleeping Beauty Castle still was still mostly behind a large scrim. Disneyland Paris used the pandemic downtime to upgrade and fix so much of the park, and that has continued since the parks reopened.
Sleeping Beauty Castle (Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant) was fully refurbished at the end of December 2021, and the gorgeous icon of Disneyland Paris is more beautiful than ever. It serves as the centerpiece for the 30th Anniversary.
From the amazing Disney D-Light drone preshow before “Disney Illuminations” to the stunning Gardens of Wonder that features 30 Disney and Pixar statues in 10 gardens to the jubilant show Dream…and Shine Brighter!” in Central Plaza, the iconic castle serves as the heart of the celebration with two new and instantly catchy songs – 30th Anniversary anthem “Un Monde Qui S’illumine” (a world that illuminates) and “Ready for the Ride”, a high energy song that is used for “Dream…and Shine Brighter”.
In addition to entertainment, Disneyland Paris has excelled at merchandise and food for the celebration. The designs and abundance of 30th Anniversary merchandise are unlike what Disneyland Paris has ever accomplished before.
Food and drink were rarely a big deal at Disneyland Paris – until now. From macarons stamped with “30” in towers at the resort buffets to 30th anniversary cocktails and so much more across property – the resort has impressed.
Disneyland Paris has become a local park for us of sorts, even though we live in Florida. I am sorry we can’t be there for the official anniversary today as we were for the 25th (and myself for the 10th). But we do look forward to what is coming up this year and in the years to come – including Avengers Campus this summer; the overhaul of Disney Village that will include a new French brasserie in 2023 called Rosalie; and the continued expansion of Walt Disney Studios Park. Today the new logo for the Disneyland Hotel was unveiled, it has been closed for a major royal refurbishment.
There is so much to enjoy at Disneyland Paris year round, but the 30th Anniversary has made it even more special and there is much more to look forward to in the coming months and years. We recommend a visit to Disneyland Paris for the 30th Anniversary.