Happy 20th Birthday, Disneyland Paris!

If you are planning for a Europe holiday this year, be sure to drop by Disneyland Paris  for they are celebrating the 20th year! The key event will be a new night-time spectacular in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and a revamped evening parade starting in April.

The Disney Dreams show will feature the full panoply of Disney special effects, including a film projected directly on to the Sleeping Beauty Castle. There will also be fountains, fireworks and laser effects combining elements from the Magic, Memories And You show at Florida’s Magic Kingdom and World Of Color at Disney California Adventure.

A particular feature of the Disney Dreams spectacular will be 30ft water screens in the moats in front of the castle, which will serve as giant canvasses for Disney animated scenes set to an original musical score. Disney has electronically ‘mapped’ the entire castle to allow video projections to wrap the exterior like a digital skin.

The water and light show will be part of a story exploring themes of courage and compassion. The story will follow the adventures of Peter Pan’s shadow as it weaves among a dozen Disney and Pixar stories.

Disneyland Paris will also transform the Once Upon A Dream daytime parade into the night-time Disney Magic On Parade for the anniversary celebration.

The opening and closing floats in the revamped parade will get a makeover. Two carriages with carousel-style horses will carry Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, while the grand finale float will feature Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters in Sorcerer’s Apprentice costumes.

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