I’m on a mission at the minute to grow my repertoire of Top 5 lists and this time I want to dive back into Disneyland Paris, and specifically the shows they have produced over the years. Whilst I haven’t been back since 2012, I feel fortunate to have experienced the park at some of its best moments and most of that comes down to the themed celebrations and the shows. They highlight the magic of the park and Disney as a whole.
But this is a Top 5 post so I have the fun yet horrible task of choosing my five favourite shows, whether they be stage performances, parades, cavalcades, or firework/nighttime spectaculars. Let’s go.
In no particular order:
1. Disney Dreams!
This was the first show that really pulled the rug out from under Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Tokyo Disneyland, and declared to the Disney world that Disneyland Paris was worthy of everything the other parks took for granted. I saw the original Dreams when it premiered for the 20th Anniversary and it blew me away, combining fireworks, projections, fountains and films I love to create the ultimate package. I do think that Dreams 2.0 (the version I’ve inserted above) swapping out Mary Poppins for The Lion King and Brave was better though as one live-action sequence in the middle of animation always felt a little out of place to me. Regardless of that though, it is still the best nighttime show Disneyland Paris has ever created and they won’t top it for a while. It has a story, a trajectory, and it showcases the castle in such a beautiful manner. I miss Dreams! a lot and when it is time for Illuminations to end, I want it back.
2. 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration
12th April 2017 marked a special day in Disneyland Paris’ calendar (not to mention my own) and they celebrated this with a huge show in the castle hub, highlighting the various lands, stories, and characters that makes Disneyland Paris the most magical place in Europe. I wasn’t there for the celebrations, and part of me is glad because I wouldn’t want to have been caught up in such a large crowd, but I caught it all online and I can’t count the number of times I’ve rewatched it since. The one detail I love the most is the backing track because towards the end when the characters are all coming down Main Street USA, I catch snippets of other pieces of Disneyland Paris music such as ‘Just Like We Dreamed It.” I think this show as a whole proves how much Catherine Powell has done during her time as CEO and DLP as a park can only go up from here.
3. Once Upon A Dream Parade
Well what a great transition from number 2 to number 3 because I fell in love with Just Like We Dreamed It as a song thanks to the Once Upon A Dream Parade. I adored the floats, the message of each of us having our own story and dreams, and it was during the 15th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris that I started to feel very passionate about Disney. It sparked the flame that will never extinguish!
4. The Enchanted Fireworks
Disneyland Paris had the Enchanted Fireworks during the 15th Anniversary Celebrations and it was with this show that I stopped being a wuss when it came to fireworks. I realised that they could be really beautiful and spectacular when paired with music that I love. Alan Menken’s score to Enchanted is one of my favourite Disney soundtracks as it is filled with so much emotion, magic, and Disney goodness, and it works really well with fireworks. Also, I think Disneyland Paris was the only park to take any notice of Enchanted and promote it which was a shame because to date, it is still one of Disney’s best live-action films of the 2000s.
5. The Starlit Princess Waltz
When I first heard about this show coming to Disneyland Paris, I wasn’t too fussed. There’s always something princess-related and for once I wanted something a little bit different that highlighted a under-representated Disney property. However, I watched it online a few times and I slowly started to fall in love with it. I really like the idea of masquerade princesses and showcasing the characteristics that make them popular. With the dancing, it’s a visual form of storytelling that is accessible for a lot of people and as Disneyland Paris is constantly improving their accessibility, I like to think they had that in mind when creating the show. However, what touches me the most is the song, “I See A Princess” because it gives me that little bit of belief and self-confidence when I’m not feeling so great about myself. It’s the magic of Disney at work.
And there are my five favourite shows from Disneyland Paris. I found this hard to narrow down because there are so many that Disney have done over the years but these certainly have a special place in my heart.
For all you Disneyland Paris fans and guests, what are your favourite Disneyland Paris shows?
Which past shows would you like to see return to the park?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!