Disneyland Paris celebrates its 24th Anniversary today April and here is a great article to celebrate this new anniversary! We'll go back in time to see how it all began thanks to a series of rare videos, mostly aired on french TV during DLP opening years, and even before! 12
This first video shows what was probably "the" most important moment for the creation of Disneyland Paris, i.e the signature of the agrement between the WDC and the French government, back in 1987!
Note that on most of the videos language is in french only, although the four videos of DLP opening celebration is the english show. Also note that all videos will start automatically when you access this page, and i didn't found the way to stop this automatic start. The best is to stop each video and then to go back at the start of this article to watch them one by one.
Once the agreement was signed, it was time to build the park, and that's precisely what the next video will show you!
The next video below will show you the park one year before opening date, as filmed on April 11, 1991. Bob Fitzpatrick who has been Eurodisney first CEO is interviewed.
This next video will show you the celebration for the unveil of DLP Sleeping Beauty Castle which happened in 1991, six months before April 1992 opening. Rare shots of the park still not yet finished and of course of the celebration itself with 2000 guests and 1000 medias from all over Europe.
Next two videos shows the park grand opening celebration on April 12, 1992, and these videos are the english show, so with english language!
Two years later in 1994, as you'll see on this next rare video, François Miterrand - President of France - and George Bush Senior came to visit the park, had dinner in one of the restaurants and watched the parade.
But one year before, in 1993, George Lucas was at DLP for the opening of the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril in Adventureland.
1995 was a year like DLP never had one again with the opening and tremendous success of Space Mountain at Disocveryland. Here is a video of its grand opening!
The next news video below shows the park 5th Anniversary with Barbara Hendricks herself singing a Happy Birthday to DLP!
DLP early years were also the times when Michael Jackson was personna grata in the park, staying in the biggest suite of Disneyland Paris hotel, facing the park. Hundred of fans were coming each day in the hope to see him at the suite balcony.
Disneyland Paris, back in 1997, included also hundred of animals and Lionel Carambot was the one at that time who was in charge of them. Here is an interview of him.
In 2002 DLP second gate, the Walt Disney Studios, opened and the grand opening celebration included the "Nuit d'Etoiles" show, which was absolutely perfect, from the choice of music themes to the dancers, it was real Hollywood that opening night and probably the most exhilarating show the WDS ever had, unfortunately for one night only - thanks God, i was there!
Last but not least with this news video for the opening of the Tower of Terror at the Walt Disney Studios in 2008.
Let's wish again a great 24th anniversary to DLP and can't wait for the end of the park renovations to see it again in its opening days beauty. I remind you that, to celebrate DLP 24th Ann, from April 10 to April 30 the "Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality" book in its english regular and updated edition OR in its french collector edition has an awesome special offer at the special price of 60 € (+ 15 € shipping worldwide) for the english updated edition or the french collector edition, and the 15 first orders whether for a french or english edition will get a SIGNED copy for the same price! The signed copies are sold normally 90€ plus 15€ shipping, so this 60€ offer for a brand new sign copy is really the best deal ever for this fantastic book, and a great way to celebrate DLP 24th Anniversary!
Special note to buyers with a shipping address in ITALY or BELGIUM : For shipments to Belgium or Italy, the shipping cost is 25 €.
In addition, ALL buyers will receive a surprise gift that everyone will love!
Do not miss this DLP Anniversary special offer, and to place your order please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please let me know in your email if you want the english or french edition!
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Those of you who have never seen the book will find below a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book AND you can see more pictures on the book website HERE.
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!
Video: copyright Alain Littaye 2012