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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration

12th April 2017 was exactly 25 years since Disneyland Paris opened its doors and we joined in the celebrations. Until the programme was posted online the night before we had no idea what form the event would take but by the end of the day we were so glad that we had made the choice to come over to France for the party! Such a unique celebration was always going to make for a busy park and so we were all prepared to go with the flow! We made sure we arrived over an hour early, breakfast in hand and with plenty of time to join the queues through security ahead of the park opening to all guests at 8.00.

After a bit of a wait at security we were quite quickly through the turnstiles into the park and were immediately presented with the beautiful badges as shown above, a lovely memento of the day. We then picked up silver programmes outlining the day's events. Cast members directed us towards Main Street and we were lucky enough to get some of the final front row places along the street for the Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration. If you haven't viewed this celebration yet do check it out here . Be prepared- it is one glorious hour long!

At 9 a.m. the celebrations began with a short speech by Disneyland Paris president, Catherine Powell. Then a marching band followed by characters began walking from the castle to begin a stunning show with groups of dancers and characters linked to each of the lands in Disneyland Paris. After each group had done their dance in the Central Plaza they continued their parade down Main Street. This was where we were able to catch most of the celebration.

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration


The highlights for us included the character spotting, there were so many characters from the history of Disney which are not usually at Disneyland Paris, the interaction was great too. Many of the characters from the Frontierland themed dance were in front of us for a significant proportion of the celebration.

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration

Canons on the top of the Main Street buildings rained little paper circles with '25' printed on them ...

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration


Mickey and the gang all reappeared going up Main Street towards the Plaza in cavalcade and wearing their finest 25th Anniversary clothes. 

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration
So many characters then made their way down Main Street that it was hard to keep up and spot them all! This is a fraction of those we saw...

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration



Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration


The parade finished with many cast members from all areas of the parks dancing down Main Street- it was all very emotional!

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration


After this we had quite a wait to meet Clarice in her 25th finery who was doing a one off meet and greet session...

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration


I caught some great photo shoots going on in the middle of Central Plaza including this one where Catherine Powell and Mickey present a cheque to a charity for disadvantaged children...

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration


Despite the crowds we did some rides in Fantasyland and there were two Grand Celebration Cavalcades during the day which gave visitors a chance to see the rare characters, this was great for me as they came through so quickly during the initial Grand Celebration I was glad to have more opportunities to capture them on camera...

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration


Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration

I was then thrilled that the daily 'Stars on Parade' included the dragon actually breathing fire, something that hadn't been working with full force since 'Stars on Parade' began at couple of weeks previously...

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration

Early evening I said goodbye to the rest of the family who went off to get some dinner and have an early night to recover from our early start, I hung around for another one off meet and greet, Duffy and Shellie Mae in their 25th anniversary costumes...

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration


After watching the Illuminations show that evening there was a very special 'Mickey's Goodnight Kiss' with, for one night only, the other main characters from the 25th celebrations joining him to wave goodbye from the station. All of the celebrations throughout the day were recorded by Disneyland Paris and shared live with fans across the world...

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration



Despite my initial worries that the crowds on the 12th of April would be too overwhelming especially for the kids we were so thankful we had been and shared in such a special day, many of the characters in this blog post have never been seen before at Disneyland Paris and are not part of the usual 25th anniversary celebrations- they were there just on the 12th of April for this unique celebration. However, the 25th anniversary celebrations continue and I will be posting a blog post very soon sharing my Top 10 25th Anniversary fun that all visitors to the parks at the moment can enjoy.




3 comments:

  1. Wow! That sounds so exciting! I saw characters in your pictures I didn't even recognize at first. I'm so glad you got to experience it and share it with us.

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    1. Thanks Deb, I have to confess we had to 'research' some of the characters too! It was the most amazing atmosphere. Disneyland Paris really had a chance to shine!

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