All the magic of an Enchanted Christmas at Disneyland Paris – From 7 November 2011 to 8 January 2012

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From 7 November 2011 to 8 January 2012, the magic of Christmas will descend on Disneyland Paris! The enchantment of Christmas pervades the Disneyland Park with unforgettable, unique experiences to be shared with family and friends. For two months, Mickey Mouse and his friends don their best finery to welcome Santa Claus; the Christmas tree — and snow — arrives on Main Street, U.S.A.; and the roofs of Sleeping Beauty Castle sparkle with a myriad of twinkling lights.

This year, to make Christmas even more magical, Mickey and Minnie’s new friend, Duffy, the Disney Bear, is coming to Disneyland Paris, too.

Get to know this new friend — just waiting to be adopted!

New feature: This year, a surprise awaits visitors. Duffy, the Disney Bear, will be arriving at Disneyland Paris for the Disney Enchanted Christmas! Duffy is not just any teddy bear — he has been lovingly and affectionately crafted by Minnie especially for Mickey. As Mickey was preparing for a long sea voyage, Minnie thought he wouldn’t be so lonely if he had a friend stowed away in his luggage. When Mickey saw the little bear, it was love at first sight and he decided to call him “Duffy”. They travelled the world together, discovering new cultures. At the end of their travels, Mickey and Duffy shared their magical memories with Minnie. Duffy is a really soft teddy bear with gentle eyes — and he is absolutely irresistible! Duffy is a cuddly little bear who just loves new adventures and making new friends.

Visitors will be able to meet him every day in the Disneyland Park. It’s a unique opportunity for visitors to be able to say “I hugged Duffy!”. Accompanied by Mickey, Duffy will be welcoming his new friends on Main Street, U.S.A., close to one of the shops where visitors will be able to adopt their very own Duffy and get one of the many costumes he’s brought back from around the globe.

And since Disneyland Paris is planning a whole host of “magical moments”, every day Duffy will also be taking part in Disney’s Once Upon a Dream Parade, as well as being guest of honour at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Main Street, U.S.A.

Christmas magic enchants Disneyland Paris for 2 months

There’s no more magical a place than Disneyland Paris to celebrate the magic of Christmas with family or friends. Festivities are organised at the Disneyland Park for two months from 7 November 2011 to 8 January 2012, with a whole host of special Christmas decor in store:

  • The Disneyland Park will be decked with its finest festoons, baubles and Christmas lights, creating a magical and festive atmosphere.
  • Mickey, Duffy and their friends will be donning their best party outfits to welcome Santa Claus to the Disneyland Park — with snow falling several times a day on Main Street, U.S.A. to the sound of the best-known Christmas songs. Millions of snowflakes swirl, creating a real white Christmas every day at Disneyland Paris!



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Santa Claus and Duffy: guests of honour at Disney’s Once Upon a Dream Parade

Every day, the Disney’s Once Upon a Dream Parade gives Disneyland Paris visitors the opportunity to experience once again the finest moments from Disney classics, right before their eyes, as if by magic. And from 7 November onwards, Duffy and Santa Claus will be VIP guests at Disney’s Once Upon a Dream Parade. Sitting on his colourful sleigh, Santa Claus will be bringing up the rear in this wonderful parade at which adults and children’s dreams come true in the company of their favourite Disney Characters. Accompanied by Santa’s Elves, they’ll be bringing visitors all the magic of winter!

Venue: Parade route –Disneyland Park

Meet Santa Claus in his village in the Disneyland Park
This year, Santa will once again be setting up his workshop at the heart of the Disneyland Park, through to 25 December 2011. Santa will be meeting adults and children to share a magical moment with them, while his Elves help him to get ready to deliver thousands of presents!

Children can post their wish list right up to 25 December 2011 in a letter box located at Santa Claus’ Post Office, in Frontierland’s Critter Corral. They’ll be thrilled to get an answer from Santa — delivered to their home a few weeks after their visit. Wishes come true thanks to this magical Christmas time with a special Disney touch.

Venue: Disney’s Santa Claus Village — Critter Corral — Frontierland — Disneyland Park

Unique moments for a Disney Enchanting Christmas

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Town Square 
Standing 24-metres tall, the majestic Christmas tree towers above Town Square. Its lights come on every evening during a magical ceremony conducted by Mickey and his friends. During this ceremony, a child will be chosen from the audience to light the Christmas tree — and for the first time, Duffy will be there to help them.

Venue: Town Square — Main Street, U.S.A. – Disneyland Park

Princess Aurora’s Christmas Wish
From 7 November 2011 to 8 January 2012, a brand new “magical moment” awaits visitors in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, celebrating Christmas every day. As the Royal Court opens the ball, the three godmothers accompany Princess Aurora and Prince Philip as they enter, passing through a guard of honour. The princely couple waltz in the courtyard while the godmothers, distracted as ever, argue about the colour of the castle. They end up deciding to combine their power, and with a wave of their wands, transform the castle roofs into a shining myriad of lights. And in keeping with tradition, Princess Aurora makes her Christmas wishes, bringing this magical moment to a close.  It’s an unmissable enchanted moment!

Venue: Central Plaza — Main Street, U.S.A. – Disneyland Park

Disney’s Fantillusion

Disney’s Fantillusion parade will be at its brightest for this Enchanted Christmas! Every evening, during the season, when night falls over Main Street, U.S.A., the dazzling night-time parade shimmers with thousands of lights. A succession of the most beautiful fairytales tell a wonderful story — with a happy ending — before guests’ awestruck gaze.

Venue: Parade route –Disneyland Park

Mickey’s Winter Wonderland

Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald and Chip’n’Dale share all the fun of winter sports during this show-on-ice that’s fun for all the family! Amid slapstick falls and snowball fights, Mickey’s Winter Wonderland celebrates the spirit and magic of the winter season, with several shows a day.

See the events programme for show days and times.

Venue: Chaparral Theater — Frontierland — Disneyland Park

Belle’s Christmas Village
During this wonderful Christmas season, Disneyland Paris visitors can enjoy the charm of Belle’s Christmas Village. Amid picturesque taverns and traditional snow-covered stalls, Fantasyland opens its doors to the wonderful world of this great Disney classic for the festive season, along the narrow streets of an authentic medieval village.

Venue: Belle’s Christmas village — Fantasyland — Disneyland Park

Meet Santa Goofy
Goofy couldn’t stop himself donning his Santa costume for the festive season! Perched on his sleigh, he’ll be greeting children of all ages in Disneyland Park for a souvenir photo in Town Square.

Venue: Town Square — Main Street, U.S.A. – Disneyland Park

“it’s a small world” Celebration
The most upbeat boat trip in Disneyland Paris pays tribute to the end-of-year traditions of all the countries it represents. For a limited period only at Disneyland Paris, “it’s a small world” Celebration honours the festive spirit beloved of children the world over, with dedicated costumes, music and decorations!

Venue: it’s a small world — Fantasyland — Disneyland Park

31 December: a magical New Year

On 31 December, the Disneyland Park will welcome visitors until 1am for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve party. As the clock strikes midnight, a dazzling fireworks display will light up the sky above Sleeping Beauty Castle to usher in the New Year in style, along with two other fireworks displays above Walt Disney Studios® Park and Disney Village®. Look out for this dazzling explosion of colour above Disneyland Paris, marking the “magical moment” when the New Year begins!

Venue: Sleeping Beauty Castle — Main Street, U.S.A. – Disneyland Park

A “Disney magical moments festival” to enjoy with your family — every day at Disneyland Paris

Since 6 April 2011, Disneyland Paris has been celebrating Disney magical moments festival. In Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios Park, visitors take part in new interactive creations, have emotion-packed encounters with the heroes from Walt Disney Pictures and Disney-Pixar films, discover new backdrops for incredible photos and become the heroes of new adventures offering even more unforgettable experiences! Every day, the “Lost Boys” are at Adventureland in the show Following the Leader with Peter Pan, helping him give a real crocodile scare to Captain Hook. Several times a day, the Disney Dance Express train leads visitors in frenzied rhythmic dance in front of Royal Castle Stage, Rapunzel meets visitors in Fantasyland, and Aladdin’s legendary magical lamp is hiding in Agrabah market on the way into Adventureland. Disney magical moments festival is an exceptional emotion-filled festival that continues right through the Disney Enchanted Christmas from 7 November 2011 to 8 January 2012.

Disney Princesses: A Royal Invitation

From 7 November 2011, the Disney Princesses will be welcoming visitors in brand new surroundings. Located next to the “it’s a small world” attraction, this venue dedicated to Disney’s great heroines is brimming with magic. Every day, Belle or Cinderella or Aurora or other Princesses invite visitors to an enchanted rendez-vous. At this magical new attraction, visitors will have the opportunity to strike a royal pose with one of the Disney Princesses.

Venue: Fantasyland — Disneyland Park

Mickey’s Magical Celebration

Every day, in celebration of Disney Magical Moments Festival, the Disneyland Park presents an enchanting moment on the main stage in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. In this fantastical event, the spotlight is on Mickey in his legendary performance as sorcerer’s apprentice. Surrounded by the greatest and best Disney magicians, from Aladdin’s genie to Merlin the Wizard — not forgetting Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother — he steps into the role of the world-famous Magician.

Venue: Central Plaza — Main Street, U.S.A. – Disneyland Park
Mickey, Duffy and their friends invite you to Disneyland Paris to experience “magical moments” and celebrate an Enchanted Christmas from 7 November 2011 to 8 January 2012!