As those of you who have been reading my blogs will know, I recently visited Disneyland Paris to celebrate their 25th Anniversary. I’ve been for a few of their anniversary celebrations, so I knew what to expect, but I thought I’d share with you some of the things that make visiting a Disney park for their anniversary celebrations so special.
Disneyland Paris, or EuroDisney as it was known on opening day, opened on April 12th, 1992. My parents visited in its first year, and have taken me roughly every other year since my 3rd birthday. This time was my 13th trip to Disneyland Paris.
The last anniversary I celebrated with Disneyland Paris was their 20th Anniversary, which fell on the year of my 18th birthday. My parents surprised me by booking in a stay in the beautiful Disneyland hotel, the most expensive hotel and the very entrance to Disneyland Paris itself. It was such a special trip and I’ll never forget it.
But today I’m going to be talking about Disneyland Paris’ 25th Anniversary, and everything they did to make it special for guests. Although we also visited while they were celebrating Halloween, it didn’t stop the 25th Anniversary celebrations from going ahead.
Let’s start with how beautiful the tickets were. Me and Joe got Mickey and Minnie (yes!) which were pink and blue, and my Mom and Dad got Daisy and Donald which were green, if I remember correctly. I loved these tickets, and I’m so glad I could bring them home as a little keepsake. So many photo opps with them!
As soon as you enter the park, you see the train station. Main Street’s train station is decorated for every season, and the 25th anniversary was no exception. I love the silver and blue together, and whenever I saw the decorations here, it started me off celebrating the anniversary all over again.
Here, you can see that the Bandstand was decorated in the silver and blue for the anniversary, and also down Main Street, U.S.A, the street lamps were decorated too. It always looks like small American towns celebrating Independence Day, which is what Disney was aiming for.
The windows were decorated for the 25th Anniversary as well, and my favourite was this Peter Pan window. The windows are always well thought out in their decoration, and this year was no exception.
Disney stars on parade is the name of this gorgeous parade, and when we were there it started at 5pm. We got a good view from the railings at the top of It’s A Small World, which allowed us to see what was coming up as well as what was already on display.
The parade was perfect as always, and I would definitely stand where I stood in future because it gave me the best opportunity to take pictures of the floats and the characters on the floor.
I was actually really excited about the food at Disneyland Paris, so I actually searched for pictures on Instagram before we went to see what special food would be available for the 25th Anniversary.
I looked around for this donut, and bought it the second I saw it in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the second day. It’s a plain donut with nutella inside and blue and white icing on the top. It was absolutely delicious! Everytime I look at this picture, my mouth starts watering.
Even though it was October, I still had an ice cream on the final day, as they came in little Disneyland Paris cups with a 25th Anniversary wafer!
There was also a 25th anniversary dessert in the Plaza Gardens which I tried, but unfortunately this was a bit too chocolately for me. The Mickey cake, however, was wonderful, and I could eat those crocodiles for every meal.
The final thing I spotted that was definitely for the 25th anniversary were these star shaped chicken nuggets. I love the chicken nuggets at Casey’s Corner and I sat eating these while we waited for the Fireworks to start.
Most of you will have already seen these items in my Haul posts, but I thought I’d share them with you anyway.
These Tsum Tsums were exclusive to Disneyland Paris for their 25th Anniversary, and they were featured in their special blue outfits. Personally, I was a little upset that they didn’t make a Pluto to go with the fab five, because I think he belongs with them too. However, I was really happy with the inclusion of Tinker Bell as she’s who I think of first when I think of the Disneyland Paris castle.
This Disneyland Paris pin was a simple one, but this is why I always associated Think with the castle – wherever the castle is portrayed, Tinker Bell is there too. I originally went to the park only aiming to buy one pin to commemorate the 25th Anniversary, but I quickly changed my mind.
I changed my mind about half way through the trip when I found this pin, as I’d never seen this exact pin in any other shop and impulsively bought it. It features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy in their ’25 years of stars’ outfits, and it turns so you can move them around.
Now, these biscuits were amazing. They were a sweet, almost vanilla tasting, shortbread biscuit, with pictures of the fab five embossed on them. And they were packaged in a commemorative 25th Anniversary tin, which I am now using as storage for my light box and letters. Everyone in my family and Joe’s who have eaten these biscuits said they were lovely, and I wish now that we had bought some more.
If you’ve already seen these in my everything else haul post, I apologise. But I’m just so in love with these two bears it’s unreal. When we went to Walt Disney World in 2015, I bought their Parks exclusive Duffy and Shellie-May bears, so when I saw these in Disneyland Paris (and 40% off too) I just had to get them! I love that they’re in these little baseball jackets and the colouring of them is beautiful – pink and blue go perfectly together. I’m very happy with them, and I can’t wait to show you my collection of Parks Exclusive plushes.
This snow globe was something that I saw on Sarah Louise Porter’s youtube channel, and I knew I had to get it. I collect snow globes, but it recent years I’ve shied away from buying glass snow globes from the parks in case they break on the way home, so I bought this beautiful plastic one instead. My snow globe collection is slowly growing, and I’d love to share them with you in the near future.
I went in so many places looking for this Tink straw, and when I finally found it, it really motivated me to keep drinking. I don’t drink enough in the Parks and I end up feeling unwell, but this time I had Tink motivating me! Unfortunately, she broke a few weeks after we got home, but I’m going to try and fix her so that I can display her somewhere.
I also got this reusable bag to bring my statue home in, but I was a tiny bit disappointed that the regular carrier bags weren’t 25th anniversary too, as they would have made a lovely keepsake.
Thank you for reading all of my Disneyland Paris posts – unfortunately, I’ve said all I could possibly say about my trip now so this will be my last Disneyland Paris post. I hope you’ve enjoyed them, and they will return after my next Disney Parks trip!
COMING TOMORROW: a very special Disney book review!