Disneyland Paris: Magical 30th Anniversary

My first trip back to the magic since travel restrictions were lifted! I’m so excited to share what we got up to in April 2022 at Disneyland Paris. It’s the park’s 30th anniversary and there’s so much going on.

The Eurostar is my favourite way to travel to Paris from London; it’s so easy and comfortable. I would recommend getting there an hour and 15-30 mins before your train as the queues and security checks have been much longer post-Brexit.

We stayed in Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne, which was perfect for our three-night stay. The standard rooms include a double bed and a sofa bed. The amenities are fairly standard, but the design of the room and the hotel overall is really fun, giving you the experience of staying in the Wild West with Toy Story touches. A shot of the room is below (I didn’t get too many photos as we dropped our suitcases off and ran to the parks!). It’s only a 15 minute walk to the parks directly from the hotel.

It was amazing to be back and wandering down Main Street. That first glimpse of the castle – nothing beats it! The springtime flowers and 30th decorations were out in full force, adding even more charm to the sunny afternoon.

Special mention has to go to the incredible 30th shows, especially the new ‘Dream…and Shine Brighter!’ show which takes place in front of the castle four times a day. It’s so fun with a catchy song that will get stuck in your head! Mickey and the gang, as well as plenty of other characters and dancers, celebrate the anniversary in their special costumes. I’d recommend getting a good spot around the stages as the character interactions are so joyful. The Disney Stars on Parade and Illuminations fireworks show are also back!

Fantasyland will forever be my favourite area of the park, as it’s just so photogenic. Most importantly, it also has some great spots for snacks. The Old Mill offers the mini poffertjes (pancakes) with Nutella (photo below) and, of course, the Mickey ice cream. You can also get the pancakes plain, which still makes a great afternoon snack. A solid lunch option is the Pizzeria Bella Notte, home to the famous Mickey-shaped pizza. The macaron in my photo below is from the confectionary store in Main Street – they had so many cute designs and flavours. I made a TikTok of more of my favourite food at Disneyland Paris here.

We went just as they reintroduced character meets with no social distancing – I took great advantage of Pooh bear hugs!

Another first for me at Disneyland Paris: seeing a show! The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands show also takes place four times a day, and I won’t give too much away but it is a must-see. I’ll be rushing back to see the amazing talent, especially Nala and Scar.

And one final recommendation from me: Bistrot Chez Remy in Walt Disney Studios. We had a lovely meal here and the service was fantastic. You can see a video with more info here, as I didn’t get many photos.

Disneyland Paris are gifting us with so many amazing new shows this year. The Disney D-Light show, a special for the 30th anniversary, is a short drone show just before Illuminations, the evening fireworks. It’s so spectacular and something really unique to Disneyland Paris – don’t miss it!

Disneyland Paris haven’t confirmed when the celebrations for the 30th anniversary are ending, but fingers crossed they add an extra six months like Walt Disney World did for the 50th. Any questions or recommendations for DLP, please comment and thank you for reading!