In the anniversary year, Minnie Mouse wears a pantsuit by Stella McCartney – Schwetzingen

MARNA LA VALLE. Escape the world and immerse yourself in a colorful kingdom of fantasy – it’s wonderful at Disneyland Paris! Mickey and companions were able to distract children and adults from everyday worries with little effort, and have been for 30 years.

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This is becoming particularly clear due to current events around the world: if you enter Disneyland Paris in Marne-La-Vallée, about 30 kilometers from the gates of the French capital, everything suddenly seems more carefree, more colorful, happier and more relaxed. This is certainly also due to the loose measures of the crown in France. The mask requirement is lifted. Guests aged 16 and over must present a vaccination certificate at the parks entrance, and 3G applies to young people between the ages of 12 and 15. Disinfectants are available everywhere, only a limited value is given at generous distances. And visitors can pose again for photos with the figures. A piece of old normality.

Of course, squirrels A and B dance with the big parade. Seen from behind: Toy Story yodeling cowgirl Jessie. © Bauroth

It’s a great way to celebrate a happy birthday. And for the 30th Disneyland Paris has come up with a lot: in addition to the new merchandising offers that not only make collectors’ hearts beat faster, but also the culinary refinements, the exciting daytime show “Dream… And Shine Brighter!” (Dream and Shine Brighter) and the Disney D-Light Drone Show, fantastically illuminated at night Another attraction: the “Giardini delle Meraviglie” (Garden of Wonders), where art meets nature.

New Iron Man roller coaster

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New thematic areas are also planned. The Avengers Campus is scheduled to open this summer at Disney Studios Park. This is where the superheroes of the Marvel universe find their kingdom. In addition to an interactive Spider-Man tour, one of the highlights is the Iron Man roller coaster. It replaces the “Rock’n’Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith”. Promising news also for all fans of Anna and Elsa, the ice queen: the opening of the “Frozen” thematic area is scheduled for 2025. Another area is “Legends of the Force: A Celebration of Star Wars” . The three new areas are connected by a lake.

The stars of “Frozen” crown the show. © Bauroth

Stella McCartney wears Topo

So much for the music of the future – back to the birthday year and then to the glittering fashion shows: the new show “Dream. . . and Shine Brighter! ” runs several times a day at the Central Plaza in front of the recently renovated Sleeping Beauty castle. Colorful costumes, colorful floats, around 20 wonderfully dynamically mixed Disney songs, and last but not least, 30 Disney characters and dancers ensure a quintessential good mood program. Cowgirl Jessie from “Toy Story”, Peter Pan and squirrels A and B swing here along with Goofy, Pluto and Miquel – the latest from the movie “Coco – livelier than life” is the first time as a character in a parade of the gender at the same time – the hips. Obviously, Mickey and Minnie cannot be missing.

About Minnie: As a fashionista, she loves and lives fashion naturally! No wonder she is delighted to present her latest outfit, created by British star designer Stella McCartney (daughter of “Beatles” legend Paul McCartney): a lightly shimmering royal blue trouser suit decorated with black polka dots! The stylish looking combination is made from sustainable fabrics. The look beautifully emphasizes the mouse lady’s feminine curves and somehow you get the feeling: man, the outfit would have been great on former Chancellor Angela Merkel!

125 drones conjure up the number 30 in the evening sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle. The light show is breathtaking. © Bauroth

By the way: Visitors to the Studio Theater in Walt Disney Studios Park can see Minnie in her new guise until March 31st. By the way, she not only got her new clothes, but also Micky and her friends of hers.

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Moving lighting show

The creators of the Disney Illuminations evening show have outdone themselves. Here visitors cannot fail to be amazed. As night falls, guests can expect a roller coaster ride of emotions, taking place at the landmark Disneyland Paris: a combination of video projections, illuminated water fountains, lighting effects, Disney songs, and most importantly, choreographed with 125 drones let the Sleeping Beauty Castle shine in a whole new light. Synchronously flying drones form the glittering number 30 in the sky, while the new anniversary theme “Un monde qui s’illumine” plays in the background. This new anthem was recorded with a symphony orchestra of 60 musicians at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London. On the facade of the castle, movie sequences of famous classics such as “Beauty and the Beast”, “Finding Nemo”, “The Lion King” or “Star Wars” are shown – unspeakably effective, excellently implemented. A simply compelling show.

Disneyland Paris opened the gates of Disneyland Park on April 12, 1992, followed by Walt Disney Studios Park on March 16, 2002 – 30 and 20 years old, respectively, and 375 million guests later, the two parks have lost none of their charm. And a trip to this realm of fantasies is simply beautiful in a world like the one we are living in these days.

background and specials

  • The historic opening of Disneyland Paris on April 12, 1992 marked the beginning of three decades of magic for guests of all ages. With over 375 million visitors, Disneyland Paris has become Europe’s most popular travel destination. Always at the fore is Walt Disney’s dream of creating unforgettable memories for friends and family.
  • There are more than 63 different themed shops at Disneyland Paris – each of them is an experience in itself. More than 350 exclusive new products have been designed for the 30th anniversary – the largest ever product expansion at Disneyland Paris. The highlight is an exclusive jewelry collection featuring Pandora, which also includes a double charm with the Sleeping Beauty Castle. Danish homeware brand Bodum has also designed three new iconic products: a glass mug, a French coffee pot, and a travel mug featuring Tinkerbell and Sleeping Beauty’s castle.
  • Price tip: Disneyland Paris is available in the summer, for example, by booking three nights / four days for two adults and two children (aged three to eleven) for 175 euros per person / night in a superior room at Disney’s Newport hotel Bay Club “. including admission: information at In Germany, Disneyland Paris has also extended its collaboration with Dertour ( If you book through the organizer, hotel packages including park entrance can be booked from 465 euros for two people.

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Katja Bauroth Head of the Department Katja Bauroth is the managing editor of the Schwetzinger Zeitung / Hockenheimer Tageszeitung.

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