Saturday, March 25, 2017

Disneyland Paris kicks off 25th anniversary (Photos)

Disneyland Paris has kicked off its 25th anniversary with Walt Disney Parks and Resort Chairman Bob Chapek and Disneyland Resort Paris President Catherine Powell launching the ceremonies in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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“Since it opened its gates in 1992, Disneyland Paris has been a place where the young and young at heart can step into the worlds of their favorite stories, meet beloved characters, and become part of the magic in a way that only happens at a Disney Park,” Chapek said. “And we’ve got even more magic in store for our 25th anniversary.”

Powell also talked about the legacy she feels as the resort’s leader.

“Now, more than ever before, Disneyland Paris is looking to the future, and continuing to exceed our Guests’ expectations," Powell said.

The agreement to create Euro Disneyland project in France was signed on march 24 1987, in Paris. The signing of this document by French public authorities and The Walt Disney Company laid the foundation for building a Disney resort in France. Construction began as soon as 1988 in Marne-la-Vallée.

On April 1 1992, the Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy RER regional train line station is opened linking Disneyland Paris to the rest of France.  And, on April 12, 1992, Disneyland Paris officially opneed its doors to the public.

Here's a look at some of the 25th anniversary festivities:

Friday, March 24, 2017

Disney World to hold special nightly Pixar music concerts this summer at Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios at Disney World will present its own music series this summer - focusing on Pixar films.

“The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters" will be a limited concert series showcasing the much from Pixar Animation Studios with a live orchestra and appearances by Disney-Pixar characters, according to the Disney Parks Blog. 

The show will be presented three times a night in Theater of the Stars (the home to “Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage”).

The series is scheduled to kick off May 26, 2017, and will feature music from films like "Toy Story" and "Cars ."

FastPass reservations available for rides to open in new Avatar section of Animal Kingdom in Disney World

Disney has started to take FastPass+ reservations for for the two new attractions opening May 27, 2017 in Pandora – The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom, the Disney Parks Blog reported.

The two new rides are Avatar Flight of Passage, which will allow guests to fly on a banshee over the world of Pandora and the Na’vi River Journey, which will send guests down a mystical river hidden within a bioluminescent rainforest.

Those staying on property at Disney World can start their reservations now. Other guests will have to wait for the normal 30 day window.

In addition, those saying on property at Disney World will have special nighttime Extra Magic Hours from May 27 to July 4, 2017 at Animal Kingdom. The park will stay open from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Photos of new upgrade to Autopia at Disneyland

Autopia at Disneyland is getting a little makeover.

The attraction is sponsored by Honda and Honda as added ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) humanoid robot and its new robotic friend, Bird – to the attraction.

These new scenes feature ASIMO and Bird as they plan their trip, load up their Honda vehicle and experience adventures that take them from a campground to the sky beyond.

Autopia is one of the original attractions which opened in July 17, 1955, when Disneyland opened, and was design to show the future of what would become of the new interstate road system. The attraction has gone through some changes over the years.

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