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Happy 22nd Birthday Disneyland Paris!
DisneyDan  Saturday, April 12, 2014 3:32:01 PM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 22nd anniversary of the grand opening of Disneyland Paris' main theme park!

Often described as the most beautiful of all the Magic Kingdom style parks, it features the gorgeous Sleeping Beauty Castle, and incredible detail in every land, attraction, boutique and restaurant. Parc Disneyland at Disneyland Paris is simply stunning.

So, in our usual tribute style, I'm going to post some of Character Central' pictures below, for your enjoyment!

Happy 22nd Birthday Disneyland Paris!

20 Years of Magic! event

20 Years of Magic! event

Wandering up Main Street before opening!

Main Street USA

Busy traffic day on Main Street

Plaza Gardens Restaurant

Wandering up Main Street before opening!

View towards Sleeping Beauty Castle

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle Gallery

The Dragon's Lair

DLP April 2012 - Visiting the Dragon's Lair

View over Fantasyland from the Castle Balcony

Auberge de Cendrillon

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Au Chalet de la Marionnette

Sir Mickey's

View towards Pizzeria Bella Notte

Spring has arrived at "it's a small world"

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Wandering thru Fantasyland

The W. F. Cody passes thru Fantasyland

Toad Hall Restaurant

Alice's Curious Labyrinth

Alice's Curious Labyrinth

View from the Queen of Hearts Castle in Alice's Curious Labyrinth

View from the Queen of Hearts Castle in Alice's Curious Labyrinth

View from the Queen of Hearts Castle in Alice's Curious Labyrinth

Le Pays des Contes de Fees

Le Pays des Contes de Fees

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Fantasyland

DLP April 2012 - Riding Peter Pan's Flight

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Frontierland

DLP Halloween 2012 - Wandering through Frontierland

DLP Aug 2011 - Wandering through Frontierland

DLP Feb 2011 - Cowboy Cookout BBQ

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Frontierland

DLP Feb 2013 - Exploring Frontierland

Pueblo Trading Post on a very autumnal day

Exploring Fort Comstock - Legends of the Wild West

DLP Halloween 2009 - The Silver Spur Steakhouse

Down by the Rivers of the Far West

Down by the Rivers of the Far West

Getting dinner at The Lucky Nugget Saloon

DLP June 2012 - Exploring Fort Comstock

DLP June 2012 - Riding Pirates of the Caribbean

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

Restaurant Hakuna Matata

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventure Isle

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP Feb 2009 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP Feb 2009 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

Exploring Discoveryland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

Annual Passport Office

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLRP Feb 2009 - Space Mountain: Mission 2

DLP Halloween 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP June 2011 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP Feb 2009 - X-Wing on Space Mountain Attack Run

The Hyperion

DLP April 2012 - Cafe Hyperion

DLP April 2012 - Cafe Hyperion

DLRP Feb 2009 - Attack of the Kraken

DLP Spring 2010 - Wandering around Discoveryland

Horse-Drawn Street Car

Halloween in Frontierland

Christmas on Main Street USA

Exploring Sleeping Beauty Castle

Buzz Lightyear oversees the action at Constellations

DLP Halloween 2012 - Disney Dreams!

DLP April 2012 - Disney Dreams!

DLP Feb 2013 - Disney Dreams!

DLP April 2012 - Disney Dreams!

Of course, let's not forget that Disneyland paris features it's second park the Walt Disney Studios, plus seven themed hotels, Golf Disneyland, Lake Disney and Disney Village!

Happy 22nd Birthday Disneyland Paris!

Dan.
Happy 71st Birthday Chip 'n' Dale!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:28:58 AM
Today is the 71st birthday of the adorable furry duo, Chip and Dale! First appearing on this day in 1943, they were seen causing Pluto trouble in "Private Pluto" - something which they have continued to do ever since! With their distinctive high pitched voices, hysterical laughter and obsession for acorns, they have won the hearts of millions world over.

At the Disney Parks and Resorts they can always be found greeting guests, starring in the parades and shows, and generally causing mischief where ever they go. We love meeting Chip 'n' Dale, and they are amongst our absolute favourite Disney pals to play with at the parks.

Thanks for all the fun and memories, and here's to many more years of cheeky laughter and fun!

Happy 71st Birthday Chip 'n' Dale!

In our usual style, here's a photo cavalcade of some of the fun times we've had with them at the parks over the years.

Meeting Ewok Chip and Dale!

Grizzly Gulch Chip n Dale

Rainy Day Express

Neverland Brunch

Meeting Chip 'n' Dale

DDE Grand Finale - Gala Dinner Show Character Greetings

Roger Rabbit's Toon Town Dream Breakfast

Meeting Chip and Dale

Meeting Chip and Dale

The Legend of Mythica

Meeting Chip and Dale

Meeting Chip and Dale

End of Summer Party at the Pier

Disney Magic on Parade!

Walt Disney World Disney Dreamers Everywhere Closing Ceremony

Dan.
Happy 12th Birthday Walt Disney Studios Park!
DisneyDan  Sunday, March 16, 2014 7:27:59 AM
Today, 12th March 2014, is the 12th anniversary of the grand opening of Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris.

A lot has changed over the last 12 years, and the park has continued to grow into its own identity; a park filled with great shows, thrilling attractions and of course our favourite Disney character friends.

The park is not without its flaws though, and while many often claim that is lacks the attraction count of the other parks it does have 14 permanent attractions, 2 long running "permanent" shows, a parade, character greetings, and of course shops and restaurants. Of those 14 attractions and 2 shows, 5 are completely unique to Walt Disney Studios, and many of the others have a definite Parisian twist or alterations to them to make them "distinctly Disneyland Paris".

Later this year the park will be opening a brand new attraction, again that will be completely unique, which will utilise new technologies. "Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy" will whisk guests into the world of Remy and Emile from Disney-PIXAR's Ratatouille, shrinking them down to size in a magnificent Parisian adventure! As well as the attraction, the park will gain a brand new restaurant and a new store, too.

DLP Dec 2013 - Checking on the progress of Ratatouille

We very much look forward to the next 12 years as the Walt Disney Studios continues to grow. It'll bring more depth and more storytelling to its lands, binding together the magical worlds of Disney and the wonders of movie world.

For this photo tribute, I have deliberately left out many character photos, as we nearly always post characters shots to the blog anyway. I thought the park deserved some attention for its 12th birthday, and so nearly everything you see below are non-character photos, but of course, I have thrown a few character ones in for good measure!

Christmas at the Studios

Studio Tram Tour

Wandering thru the Studios

Lunch at Restaurant des Stars

Statue

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Wandering thru the Studios

Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop

Wandering thru the Studios

Wandering thru the Studios

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Wandering thru the Studios

Café des Cascadeurs

Cars Race Rally

Barrel of Monkeys

Flying Carpets Over Agrabah

Front Lot

Cars Race Rally

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Toy Story Playland

Cars Race Rally

Studio Photo

Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular

DLP Dec 2010 - Eating at Restaurant des Stars

Arriving in Production Courtyard

Tower of Terror

Front Lot

Cars Race Rally

Heading into Toy Story Playland

Wandering thru Toy Story Playland

DLP Feb 2011 - Animagique

Armageddon Special Effects

DLP Dec 2013 - Cinémagique

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Toy Story Playland

DLP Feb 2010 - Watching Animagique

DLP Feb 2010 - Walking around Walt Disney Studios

Wandering thru Toy Story Playland

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Arriving in Production Courtyard

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Studio 1

DLP April 2012 - Cars Quatre Roues Rallye

Walt Disney Studios Park

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Toon Studio

DLP April 2012 - Cars Quatre Roues Rallye

DLP April 2012 - Wandering around Walt Disney Studios

DLP Feb 2009 - Toon Studio

Remy and Emile

DLP Dec 2013 - Christmas in Walt Disney Studios

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Toy Story Playland

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Backlot

Meeting Buzz Lightyear

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Backlot

DLP April 2012 - Wandering around Walt Disney Studios

Mickey Mouse

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Studio 1

DLP June 2011 - Drawn to Animation

Stars 'n' Cars Parade

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Studio 1

DLP Feb 2010 - Watching Animagique

DLP June 2011 - Lunch in Studio 1

Walt Disney Studios by night

Meeting Lilo and Stitch

Wandering thru Front Lot

DLP Feb 2013 - Walt Disney Studios

Donald Duck

Cruella and The Queen

Mary Poppins and Bert

DLP Feb 2013 - Lunch at Restaurant des Stars

Happy 12th Anniversary Walt Disney Studios Park!

Here's to the future!

Dan.

If you're considering a trip to Disneyland Paris, you can check prices and availability on the official Disneyland Paris website. They have some great offers right now, including up to 30% off hotel and and park tickets, and half board meal plan!
Happy 61st Anniversary Peter Pan!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, February 5, 2014 11:13:07 AM
Today, 5th February, is the 61st anniversary of the premiere of Walt Disney's classic, Peter Pan. Debuting at the Roxy Theatre in New York City in 1953, it is the studio's 14th animated feature film.

Peter Pan, his Lost Boys, the Darling children and the pirates have gone on to become some of the most iconic characters ever produced by Walt Disney. They feature in many parades, shows and attractions round the world, as well as still greeting their fans.

Just as time stands still in Neverland, time has been good to Peter Pan and friends, allowing them to continue to have adventures for the past six decades, bringing joy and happiness to millions across the world, with their two simple beliefs that you should never grow up and if you think of all the joy you'll find when you leave your worries behind, you really can fly.

Youthful and timeless, and not looking a day older than their debut in 1953, Peter Pan, Wendy and all their friends will continue to bring adventure to those who believe for many more years to come.

Happy 61st Anniversary Peter Pan and friends!

Here's a selection of pictures from our travels through Neverland with Peter and the gang over the years.

Peter Pan and the Christmas Celebration

Step into a Storybook event

Following the Leader with Peter Pan

Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure

Christmas Cavalcade

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights

One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

Wendy Darling, Peter Pan and John Darling

WDW Sept 2008 - Dream Along With Mickey

Having fun with Peter Pan and Captain Hook

One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

Meeting Tinker Bell

John and Wendy pose after Following the Leader with Peter Pan

Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure

WDW Sept 2012 - Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade

WDW April 2011 - Dreams Along with Mickey

Dan.
Happy 55th Anniversary Sleeping Beauty!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:41:08 AM
Today, 29th January 2014, is the 55th anniversary of the release of Walt Disney's beloved masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty.

Despite the fact that the film was not released until 1959, Walt Disney opened Disneyland in 1955 with Sleeping Beauty Castle as it's central icon, an icon which has since been duplicated in Hong Kong Disneyland (2005), and vastly improved upon at Disneyland Paris (1992).

In our usual Character Central style, let's celebrate with a cavalcade of photos from the Disney Parks around the world.

Happy 55th Birthday Sleeping Beauty!

Disneyland Fun

Wandering up Main Street

Disney Magic on Parade!

Sleeping Beauty Castle

One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Lunch at Auberge de Cendrillon

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Disney Magic on Parade!

Dream Along with Mickey

Flights of Fantasy Parade

Disney Magic on Parade!

One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

Wandering up Main Street before opening!

One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

Dan.
Happy 112th Birthday Walt Disney
DisneyDan  Thursday, December 5, 2013 11:13:04 AM
Today is 5th December, which would have been Walt Disney's 112th birthday.

Born in Chicago on 5th December 1901 to Canadian father Elias and American mother Flora, Walt found himself growing up in a rapidly changing world. The automobile, electricity and telephones were amongst the new technologies that were gradually altering the way people went about their everyday lives.

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Soon came World War I, and Walt found himself too young to enlist - but he did anyway!
While away he discovered his talent for drawing, and became known for decorating the helmets his comrades had found, with illustrations.

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

From there Walt developed his talents further, and found himself creating characters and shorts such as the Alice comedies and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.

Exploring the new Buena Vista Street for the first time

Sadly Oswald wasn't too lucky for Walt, but it did spur him onwards to develop a new character in 1928 - Mickey Mouse.
Mickey was Walt, and Walt was Mickey. 

Walt's - An American Restaurant

Exploring Walt Disney Studios Store

Walt Disney was a creative genius, who was far ahead of his time. Bringing a whole new definition to the world of film and television, Walt pioneered many new concepts and technologies.
Walt won more Oscars during his lifetime than any other person, a record that he still holds.

Exploring Walt Disney Studios Store

Wandering thru the Studios

With his studio now one of the best in the world, Walt turned to other things. Bigger things.
Walt's ultimate dream was of course Disneyland; a place where anyone can come and have fun, away from reality.
In July 1955 Disneyland opened and has since become probably the most famous theme park in the world. Capturing Walt's very essence, and offering a true escape from the outside world, Disneyland was, and continues to be, the Happiest Place on Earth.

Nighttime on Main Street

Disneyland Fire Dept

Of course, Walt's dream grew and grew, and so did Disneyland, to the point where Walt dreamt even bigger!
Florida was to be the home of Walt's final dream, one which sadly he did not get to see through to completion (having passed away in 1966). Walt dreamt of a huge community where people not only lived and worked, but where they played an vacationed; known as EPCOT. A complete city built from the mind of this brilliant man.
Walt Disney World opened in October 1971 by his surviving brother and business partner, Roy, and was dedicated to Walt having changed the name from simply Disney World to Walt Disney World.

WDW Sept 2008 - Heading towards the castle

Walt Disney's Window

Although Walt's vision of EPCOT never came to fruition as he saw it, it certainly has come true. Walt Disney World has given Central Florida a different identity to what it had 50 years ago. From swamps to a metropolis filled with hotels, malls, other theme parks and indeed entire communities of people who live and work there. Walt Disney World itself has thousands of Cast Members who live and work at the resort, who come from all over the world, ensuring that Walt's final vision is forever captured in an amazing and colourful reality.

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Over a century after his birth, we are on the brink of the 12th Disney Park opening (Shanghai, 2015), have a world filled with hundreds more movies, TV shows and even stores, a cruise line and much, much more.
All the parks have their own little nod to Walt and his dreams, remembering the man who started it all.

Walt's Window in World Bazaar

Wandering down Main Street USA

Wandering down Main Street

Christmas at the Partners Statue

Wandering up Main Street USA

Photos of Walt and Lilly in Lilly's Boutique

Hall of Fame

Salon Mickey

Walt Disney lived to entertain, and entertained for a living. He gave the world a slice of imagination and inspiration that is unrivalled, and that will continue for many more decades.

Happy 112th Birthday, Walt Disney. We thank you for your dedication to your dreams.

Wandering up Main Street USA

Salon Mickey

Salon Mickey

Partners Statue and Cinderella Castle

Dan.
Happy 5th Birthday Bolt!
DisneyDan  Thursday, November 21, 2013 2:25:56 PM
Today, 21st November, is the 5th anniversary of the release of Disney's Bolt.

Bolt stars the title character, Bolt, along with new friends Mittens and Rhino.

Let's celebrate their big day with some photos of our adventures with the at the Disney Parks.

Happy 5th Birthday Bolt, Mittens and Rhino!

WDW Dec 2008 - Meeting the Bolt characters

Characters come out to play at the American Adventure!

Characters come out to play at the American Adventure!

Dan.
Happy 85th Birthday Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
DisneyDan  Monday, November 18, 2013 10:53:28 AM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 85th birthday of the two most famous mice in the world, Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

On 18th November 1928, Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie debuted to the public, and stars were born.

Without Mickey and Minnie, we wouldn't have the Disney company that we have today. For that we are eternally grateful to Walt Disney, and of course Mickey and Minnie, and look forward to many more decades of fun and laughter with them.

Happy 85th Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

In our usual style, here's a photo cavalcade of some of the magical adventures we've had with Mickey and Minnie at the Disney Parks and Resorts over the years.

Everyday is a Holiday special event

20th Anniversary Celebration Train fun

Mickey's Winter Wonderland

Mickey's Halloween Celebration

Walt Disney World Disney Dreamers Everywhere Opening Ceremony

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

A Halloween Magical Moment

Disney Dreamers Everywhere Gala Dinner Show and Grand Finale

Step into a Storybook event

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

May the Force Be With You event

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Walt Disney World Disney Dreamers Everywhere Opening Ceremony

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Meeting Halloween Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Mickey and Minnie Mouse dress up for Easter

Dan.
Happy 10th Birthday Brother Bear!
DisneyDan  Friday, November 1, 2013 2:48:40 PM
Today, 1st November, is the 10th anniversary of the release of Disney's animated feature, Brother Bear.

Let's celebrate in our usual Character Central style with some photos of the Brother Bear characters at the Disney Parks and Resorts!

Happy 10th Birthday, Koda and Kenai!

Meeting Koda and Kenai

Meeting Koda and Kenai

Character fun at Storytellers

Character fun at Storytellers

Meeting Koda and Kenai

Dan.
Happy 42nd Birthday Walt Disney World Resort!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, October 1, 2013 11:27:53 AM
Today is the 42nd anniversary of the grand opening of the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Since the opening of Disneyland, in Anaheim, CA, Walt Disney's dreams had grown even bigger. The limit of space in the Southern California park had meant that Walt's ultimate dreams had to be confined to a relatively small area.
In the early 1960's Walt Disney set about bringing to life his beloved Disneyland on a much larger scale, this time somewhere where there was all the land he could ever imagine - Florida.
Sadly, Walt passed away before his dream had became a reality, but his brother, Roy, ensured that the park kept on track, and finally on the 1st October 1971, the Magic Kingdom opened, at Walt Disney World - renamed by Roy from just Disney World in honour of his brother.

Since then, more and more of Walt's dreams have come true, including the opening of EPCOT, also on October 1st, in 1982.
EPCOT was Walt's vision of the future, where people worked and played together in a utopian community.
Although some may say this dream has never fully been realised, since EPCOT isn't quite how Walt envisaged it, I think that actually, it has, and more.
The Walt Disney World Resort brings together people from all over the world, not just to visit, but to live and work, too. With its hugely diverse Cast Members, international cuisines, celebrations of different cultures, and world class entertainment, shopping, dining and indeed living (Celebration, Golden Oaks, Cast Member housing etc), Walt's ultimate dream truly has become a reality.

Since 1971, millions upon millions of dreams have come true, simply because one man believed that if you could dream it, you could do it.

Happy 42nd birthday Walt Disney World, here's to many, many more!

In our usual style, here's a cavalcade of photos of our magical experiences at Walt Disney World over the years. I have deliberately left out character images for today, since I really wanted to celebrate the beauty of the parks, and the work of the dreamers who believed they could build this magical place.

Wandering around EPCOT

Wandering thru Italy

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Taking the boat to Fort Wilderness

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Cinderella Castle

Checking out the new Tangled bathrooms area

Chilling at the Polynesian

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Wandering around the Studios

Wandering around Dinoland USA

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Exploring Mexico

Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Kilimanjaro Safaris

On the Wild Side event

Exploring Fantasyland

Fantasmic!

Wandering around Future World

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Taking the boat to Fort Wilderness

Tower of Terror

Expedition Everest

Wandering around World Showcase

The Dapper Dans

Rivers of America

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Wandering around Discovery Island

Wandering around World Showcase

The Crystal Palace

Exploring Fantasyland

Wandering thru the new Storybook Circus area

Kilimanjaro Safaris

WDW April 2009 - Roy And Minnie

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

WDW Sept 2008 - Heading towards the castle

Dan.
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