Earlier this week Disneyland Paris did a presentation of the Christmas season which will run from Nov 9 to Wednesday, January 7, 2015. It took place at noon at the Team Disney Building Val d'Europe, the former building of The Walt Disney Company France and the presentation was in the projection room "Steamboat Willie". Our host was Regis Alart, former Ambassador of Disneyland Paris, now in charge of the communication for the Entertainment Department and Max Fan, D&M contributor and DLPWelcome webmaster was there to attend the presentation.
DLP Christmas season begins today Sunday, November 9 and will end Wednesday, January 7, 2015. However exceptions are noted, and Christmas decorations as well as the Disney Dreams of Christmas show will be played until Sunday, January 11, 2015 for tourists coming from others European countries, because of the vacation dates.
Note: If you read this article on Sunday Nov 9 don't miss the LIVE Blog organized by ED92 from the park this Sunday at 5pm for the launch of the Christmas season!
Let's start about Christmas decorations in the park: Main Street Station is unchanged, as well as the Christmas tree always 24 meters high, with its 24 tons and 850 accessories on Town Square.
The Magical Christmas Greeting is different from last year as Kathy Harris (KH) and Vasile Şirli (VS) have explained to us in a video.
KH: For "Magical Christmas Wishes" the choice is to don't have Mickey and Minnie as the Christmas Tree is the star. Thus we can see its illumination at 360 ° on Town Square.
VS: It is the best way to make Christmas accessible to all, because we all have our own vision of Christmas from our own history. This illumination allows you to stay in the traditional, where everyone meet.
The phase of harmonization raises many options and challenges. We must define first the time of the event not to be neither too short nor too long, then you have to have a guideline, otherwise the ceremony created will be found to be a mixture of nameless genres and consistency.
The Christmas Tree Lighting will take place this year without Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket, and there should not be any voice from another character. New this year, the snow will be present also on Town Square in addition to Main Street. Nearly 8200 liters of soap will be used for the snow.
Not surprisingly, the Christmas garlands on Main Street are back as well as garlands on vehicles.
D&M has the video for you of this year Christmas Tree Celebration filmed yesterday Saturday evening by Max!
On Central Plaza snow statues of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald will be added to the already present snowmen of other years.
Meet and greet:
Minnie and friends will be present at the entrance of Liberty Arcade. And new for this year, Merida will meet her fans near Casey's Corner.
At the Castle the "Disney Princesses Promenade" will take place every morning during fifteen minutes. From the front door of the Castle, Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Tiana, Rapunzel, Merida and 6 and 6 Ladys and Lords will go to the castle theater after a quick pass on Central Plaza. After a short dance will sound the trumpets of the Royal Kingdom of Arendelle and Anna and Elsa will arrive to greet the visitors. (note that Anna and Elsa, are not yet officially considered Disney princesses, so they are not included in the dancing princesses).
The single daily performance remains to be confirmed according to the opening hours of the park, but the premiere will be on November 14 ( in soft opening Nov. 13)
At the Princesses Pavilion, visitors will have the opportunity to meet only Anna and Elsa, the two sisters will be throughout the winter season the masters of the pavilion. No new special theming for the interior decoration.
To compensate for the loss of princesses, guests will find - during the afternoon only - Rapunzel beside the Enchanted Tree, Cinderella at the inn (just like the rest of the year), Snow White at the enchanted well (between the castle theater and the castle itself) and also Aurora near Excalibur.
Minnie will be in free Set (surprise meeting) at Cottonwood Creek Ranch where Santa Claus will be, too. And of course, Jack Skellington in christmas costume will also be in Frontierland.
Disney's Christmas Parade
It is with joy that DLP guests will find this year a Christmas parade which will play three times a day and replace the Disney Magic on Parade.
It's a cavalcade becoming parade for several reasons. First, it is enriched with a new float "Sugar and Spice" (Sugar and Spice) with Clarisse and Daisy on the float and Chip and Dale walking nearby. In addition, there will be new costumes with red and white and green colors, coordinated with the Christmas products on sale in the park.
New costumes also in other units, either in the form of toy trains and boats for theToy Story unit. New accessories too for Winnie and Tigger with a fully Christmas-ized float!
That said, this year, characters still have no voice on the parade floats (fingers crossed for 2015), and no presence of the Indestructibles.
There is nearly 90 performers who parade 3 times per day. It is therefore a better product which brings the usual cavalcade up to the next step by becoming a Parade.
D&M has the video of this new Christmas parade for you, thanks to Max who filmed it yesterday Nov 8 at the opening of the season, and it looks great to me!
"Christmas Moments" is happening in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, and it's a short fountain show with Christmas songs. Max is back with the video too filmed last night!
Disney Dreams! of Christmas
Kathy Harris, Vasile Şirli and Steve Davison explain that this year we will be entitled to see even more frozen "Snow Queen". Of course Olaf and Anna who will always be our guides for this adventure. Kathy also told us that his favorite part is "Silent Night" because it is a time of peace, silence and warmth.
The Disney Dreams! of Christmas opening scene will be updated and next will be the scene on ice, not Frozen like last year, but Toy Story. This scene will be short. Result, after an opening with all the toys we will have a rebuilt and shortened version of Woody and Jessie and the last part kept fully with Buzz Lightyear and Jessie. These parts were selected because of the presence of the majority of the characters. After the Toy Story sequence, we will find the transition to "it's a small world", followed by a new version of the Frozen sequence, "Frozen Celebration! ".
This part is the true backbone of the program this year. So you will have in order, Olaf singing "In Summer", Anna and Hans for "Love is an open door" and at the very end, Elsa singing "Let it go".
During "Frozen celebration" it is not impossible that the ice castle of the Snow Queen will be part of the projections (to be confirmed).
A surprise sequence will come next with many new characters (Worlds of Ralph, Big Hero 6 ... etc).
And finally, the final will be even more dynamic with in particularly the toy soldiers that can be seen in World of Color.
Editing: That's it, Disney Dreams of Christmas! had its premiere at Disneyland Paris and D&M, thanks to Max from DLPWelcome and D&M contributor has a fantastic HD video of this full new projection show on Sleeping Beauty castle.
Wow, wow, wow, what a great show! I consider it extremely good, and of course perfectly designed by Steve Davison and his team. Of course Frozen has the more sequences but there is a nice Toy Story sequence too, as well - very good idea - as a "It's a Small World" sequence. Fireworks and fountains are great too, and the whole thing is definitely a not-to-be-missed show if you visit DLP during this Christmas season!
Enjoy the show and watch it in 1080p definition, and full screen!
One more thing : at the The Walt Disney Studios, Mickey and Minnie will be on Front Lot and will have new costumes. And from 9 November to January 7, the Christmas village is back at Disney Village. Note that it will not be possible to meet Santa Claus in the Christmas village.
See you soon for a new update, and now an important message about the special Christmas offer on the DLP book:
I know a lot of you were waiting for it, so here it is, the special Christmas offer on the Disneyland Paris book "From Sketch to Reality" , at the best price ever! You won't find a better Christmas gift for a Disney theme parks fan than the DLP book ( really! ) BUT if you definitely need the book to arrive for Christmas day please read with attention the lines below as, considering the shipping time, there is a deadline to place your order depending if you live in france or in the rest of the world!!!
From November 1st to January 5th the book Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality in its english regular and updated edition OR in its french collector edition is on sale at the special Christmas price of 60 € (+ 15 € shipping worldwide ). And you can order a signed edition ( which will be dedicated at your name or the name of the person you wish ) for 75 € instead of 100 € ( +15 € shipping worldwide )!
In addition, ALL buyers will receive a surprise gift that you will love!
SPECIAL NOTE to buyers with a shipping address to ITALY or BELGIUM : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the amount of shipping costs is 25 €.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: Prices of this Christmas special offer are valid from November 1st to January 5th BUT ANY ORDER THAT YOU NEED TO GET FOR CHRISTMAS DAY SHOULD BE DONE - AND PAID - NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 5th FOR A SHIPPING ADDRESS OUTSIDE OF FRANCE. IF THE SHIPPING ADRESS IS IN FRANCE THE LAST DAY TO PLACE YOUR ORDER TO MAKE SURE YOU'll GET IT FOR CHRISTMAS IS DEC 15.
IF YOU DON'T NEED THE BOOK SPECIALLY FOR CHRISTMAS, THEN FEEL FREE TO PLACE YOUR ORDER UNTIL JANUARY 5TH. ALSO NOTE THAT NO SHIPPING WILL BE DONE BETWEEN December 18 AND January 5. In other words, if you really need to get the book for Christmas because it's for a gift, place your order as soon as possible, do not wait until the last moment because your order and the payment must be received no later than December 5 ( foreign orders ) or December 15 ( french orders ).
ALSO, Those who choose the autographed version please don't forget to mention in your email at what name the dedication must be done!
Do not miss this special Christmas offer, and place your order by email to: email@example.com
Please let me know in your email if you want the english or french edition!
You can pay by Paypal, credit card or bank transfer.Paypal payment must be sent to the same email address - firstname.lastname@example.org - or you can also use the Paypal button below or on the right column by choosing between signed or unsigned copy, and how many copies you want.
The Paypal button works for both french or english edition but confirm me by email or in your Paypal payment which edition you want ( english or french ).
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Note: For those of you who have never seen a copy of the book you'll find below a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book.
Although you've probably heard about this beautiful book, many of you may have never seen a copy of it. So we've done a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book! The book includes 750 pictures of the park, including 250 gorgeous renderings of Walt Disney Imagineering and stunning pictures of the park seen from above. The book is so big that it took us seven and a half minutes to show you the full book, and that's without stopping turning each pages! So, if you want to have a closer look at a page don't hesitate to stop the video!
Pictures: copyright Max Fan - DLPWelcome