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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Top 10 Christmas experiences at Disneyland Paris 2015

        

Hi all!

This post is from 2015. For a more up to date review please visit my Christmas scrapbook from 2017 here. 

So now the festivities of the Christmas season are coming to a close I am loving looking back on my memories of our visit to Disneyland Paris from 20th-24th December 2015. We have never been at this time of year before and it was truly magical- we had so much fun and some lovely quality family time together.

I really feared that it would be super busy at this time of year and some days were quite busy but nothing like I expected. We did our favourite rides, most of them more than once, and we joined in lots of special Christmas fun.

10 snippets of Christmas fun- in no particular order!

1. Disney's Christmas Parade

The Christmas parade featured the floats with Mickey, Minnie and Tinkerbell, Clarice and Daisy, Toy Story and of course the big man himself, Santa, along with Huey, Duey and Luey! We saw the parade about 4 times and it was my son's favourite Christmas activity. When I took some of these photos I think Mickey and Minnie's float had had some problems, hence Tinker Bell had joined Santa! I have posted a video of the parade here which shows all the floats in action.






2. Christmas meet and greets

We enjoyed a range of Christmas meet and greets. In the Disneyland Park we met Santa, we got some lovely photos with the photo pass and the queue was much better later in the day, my daughter was happy to find he also gave autographs! We also met Jack Skellington who was hilarious- asking the kids what they wanted from Sandy Claws this year!

My daughter and I queued to meet Marie who was super cute and in the Studios Park we also queued for the Christmassy meet and greet with Mickey and Minnie- by far our longest wait at over an hour.


3. Frozen Sing-along show

This show was in the large Charapell theatre in area of Frontierland made over to be Frozen themed. The short show was a fun opportunity to have a sing along to the hits from the film with some great dancers and of course appearances from the main characters.


4.Royal Christmas Wishes  
                         




On a stage next to the castle we watched the Royal Christmas Wishes Show. Two of the dancers hold a snowglobe containing the Disney Princesses and magically the scene comes to life. This short show involves lots of dancing and the impressive synchronised fountains behind the stage- a real icy treat!

5. Mickey's Magical Christmas Lights

This special ceremony happened twice each evening. On a platform in front of the large tree at the Town Square at the start of Main Street. Mickey, Minnie and Victorian dressed Christmas dancers entertain the crowds with popular Christmas songs such as Jingle Bells. Then after a countdown the tree lights come on in a dazzling display which accompanies the music. It got pretty busy in the square for these events and I had to carry my daughter so she could see, even so I managed to catch the countdown to the tree lighting here.






6. Anna and Elsa's arrival

This short event happened about five minutes prior to each of the Christmas parades. Anna and Elsa traveled through  Disneyland Paris in a carriage drawn by two horses and waved to the crowd. 


7. Christmas Market in Disney Village



The Disney Village is the area of the resort, outside the two parks where guests can enjoy restaurants, shopping and entertainments. The Christmas Market contained stalls selling a wide variety of sweets, cakes, drinks and snacks which seemed to be reasonably priced, we bought a pretzel and churrios. The entertainment was a group performing traditional Christmas songs in a euro-pop style- this got a thumbs down from my daughter!






The kids always enjoy a trip to the Lego store where they can make models using the wide variety of Lego and Duplo available for playing with in store.





8. Decorations in the parks and in the Disneyland Hotel

The castle turrets were covered in hundreds of shimmering lights which twinkled beautifully in the evening light.

The large tree in the square. 
Sleigh outside Santa's meet and greet. 

All the meet and greet areas had lots of beautiful decorations too.

Garlands and decorations lined Main Street


Some of the loveliest decorations were in the Disneyland Hotel- including this house made from real gingerbread bricks and the tree featuring lots of bears (including Duffy) and a working train set around the base.





Each time we visit we get a photo under the station at the entrance to the Disneyland Park. 


The decor was less in the Studios Park but contained some lovely elements including these trees which shimmered in the breeze and the lights
below.






 9. The snow!
The week leading up to Christmas was pretty glorious- mainly sunny and little rain, definitely not very cold and with no sign of snow. Disney tried their best though not to disappoint with carpets of snow in the central plaza and snow of the foamy bubbly kind falling regularly on Main Street, this was caught in the parade video. The most magical moment was when we took a ride down Main Street in a horse drawn tram whilst the 'snow' fell around us...






10. Disney Dreams! of Christmas
We had one late night where we stayed in the park until closing at 10 to watch 'Disney Dreams! of Christmas', this seasonal version of the projection, fountain and firework spectacular didn't disappoint. The way that the castle is used as a back drop to the projections is so ingenious, it takes my breath away!


I could go on much longer and include many more photos about Christmas at Disneyland Paris but I will leave this here. I will go into some aspects of our trip in more detail in future posts including our visit to the Inventions restaurant for the Winter Wonderland Sunday Brunch, another special element to our trip.

Happy New Year everyone!



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