24 October 2016

Autumn and Halloween Celebrations at Disneyland Paris

'Disneyland Paris?' I hear you cry 'But haven't you just got back from Walt Disney World?'  
Why yes I have, but before I start sharing that with you, I thought we’d take a trip back to this time last year when I also spent this spooky season in a Disney Park, much closer to home!

Halloween has always been a bigger thing in the states than over here in Europe, so as you might expect the celebrations over at Disneyland Paris have a wider, autumnal feel to them then just purely Halloween. However, that doesn't mean they won't be plenty unique things to see if you decide to head over at this time of the year. Here's some of the theming you can expect to encounter as the leaves turn.

Decor

The Disneyland Park (the Parisian name for The Magic Kingdom) is filled with stunning Halloween decor. Main Street especially has a real draw, with the feeling of a local village putting up its decorations for the season, with orange awnings hanging from the shops, character shaped pumpkins, witches hats on the street lights and amusing ghost character statues filling the park. I think the decor here is stunning, it really adds to the park and I think on the whole actually looks better than the Halloween decoration to be found in Walt Disney World. Also, like Walt Disney World, the decor only really exists in this park, the others stay largely the same.

Mickey's Halloween Celebration Parade

Despite the name, this parade is more of an autumn celebration then strictly Halloween, with veggies and rustic farmland providing the backdrop of this parade, and there are no scary characters in sight. It's has a very different tone to Walt Disney World'popularlyar Boo To You parade, but you still see your favourite characters and it's got a theme song that's catchy as hell!

Themed character meet and greets

Heading around the park you will see Mickey and his pals in their Halloween gear. Not only that but some characters, such as Jack and Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas, will be out to meet and greet during this season only. Also, while they don't have candy stations like at the Haloween parties at Disney World, some of the characters will give children bags of candy after they meet them.

Villains Show 

I'm calling this a show but I am not really sure this is what it should be classed as.  Several times a day on the castle stage, a whole host of popular Disney villains will appear on the along with music and fireworks.  However the show part is super short and the characters leave after just one song to head into the crowd to get photos with the audience, which is the real draw here.  
Haloween here is really fun, and the cold air (and trust me, it is seriously cold!) really puts you in the mood for the season. Plus the year round scary rides and fireworks add to the atmosphere, it's a great time of year to attend.

Would you spend Haloween in Disneyland?
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