-Reported by Theme Park Tourist…By Amanda Kondolojy, Saturday, October 22, 2016 06:36
From a one day celebration of a beloved character’s birthday to a year-long anniversary event that will bring new rides and shows to Disneyland Paris, here’s some of the exciting special events that are currently lined up for Disney parks around the world in the near future.
1. Mickey Mouse’s Birthday Party celebration (Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort)
It’s hard to believe, but November 18, 2016 will mark Mickey Mouse’s 88th birthday, and as you might expect, both Disneyland Resort as well as Walt Disney World will be celebrating this amazing milestone in grand fashion. Guests who visit the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on this special day will be able to take part in a special birthday-themed edition of the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party that will feature one-day only character experiences and other surprises for Mickey’s big day. And over on the west coast, Disneyland Resort will be celebrating Mickey Mouse’s big day with a special birthday pre-parade celebration before Mickey’s Soundsational Parade.
And no matter whether you find yourself at Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort on November 18, all guests visiting any of these locations on this date will be able to snag a commemorative “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” button, which will be given out throughout the day, while supplies last.
2. Holiday special and parade filming at Disney parks next month
Though not an official special event, the annual Disney Parks Christmas day parade taping is definitely a big deal for Disney fans (especially those at Walt Disney World), with many looking forward to participating in these tapings every year. However, this year’s event will be a lot different than ones we’ve experienced in years past.
In an interesting turn of events, it looks like Disney will not be filming a parade at all at Walt Disney World this year (the first time 33 years that this has happened), and will be instead filming a number of staged holiday-themed performances at all four Disney parks, which will take place from November 9-13. It is assumed that guests will be able to participate in at least some of these performances, but right now no details have been released on when or where any of these might happen.
Though the loss of the annual Magic Kingdom parade taping tradition may be a little bit disappointing for Walt Disney World fans, east coast fans’ loss may be west coast fans’ gain, as it has been revealed that 2016’s Christmas parade will now be filmed exclusively at the Disneyland Resort. Though we don’t yet have specific dates confirmed for filming, we’d imagine that this parade will be taped sometime in the next month, most likely before Thanksgiving.
3. Disneyland Paris to celebrate the resort’s 25th anniversary starting early next year
Though there is a lot going on at Disney parks in the US at the end of this year, 2017 will bring a huge year-long event to Disneyland Paris in celebration of its 25th year of operation that will bring new shows, rides, and more to the resort. Here’s what guests who visit Disneyland Paris can expect from this yearlong celebration, which kicks off on March 26, 2017:
Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris show: This new show will be performed daily at Disneyland Park and will feature Mickey Mouse as well as some of his famous friends, who will be staging a larger-than-life anniversary party for Disneyland Paris.
Disney Stars on Parade: This new daytime parade will feature favorite Disney characters on stunning new floats.
The Starlit Princess Waltz show: Fans of the Disney Princesses will be able to see some of their favorite leading ladies during this sparkling new show that will be performed daily and feature music and dance
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue: The version of this attraction that has been featured at both Disney’s Hollywood Studios as well as Disneyland park in Anaheim will finally make its long-awaited debut in Disneyland Paris next year in time for the 25th anniversary celebration.
Hyperspace Mountain: Another addition that will follow Disneyland Resort in California will be the addition of the Hyperspace Mountain temporary attraction. Disneyland Paris has confirmed that it will be transforming Space Mountain: Mission 2 into Hyperspace Mountain next year, allowing Star Wars fans to hurtle through the Star Wars galaxy, following the twists and turns of TIE fighters and an intimidating Star Destroyer.
Disney Illuminations nighttime show: Finally, the highlight of the 25th anniversary of the Disneyland Paris Resort will likely be the introduction of a brand new nighttime spectacular to Disneyland Park. Known as Disney Illuminations, this new show will use the latest projection technology to bring favorite Disney stories to life against the picturesque backdrop of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
In addition to the projection, Disney Illuminations will use dramatic lighting and breath-taking pyrotechnic special effects, to fully immerse guests into the world of not only some of Disney’s most classic animated films—including The Little Mermaid and Frozen – but also live-action favorites, such as Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean and even the upcoming Beauty and the Beast film, which is scheduled to hit theaters early next year. And of course, the whole show is hosted by none other than Mickey Mouse himself!
Are you excited about any of these events happening soon at Disney Parks around the world? Are you planning on attending any? Let us know in the comments below!
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