TRAVEL: Keep the magic alive at Disneyland Paris

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There’s nowhere more magical to keep the Christmas spirit going than at a Disney theme park, writes Ruth Brindle.

Guaranteed snow – you got it. Glittering parades – you got it. More fairy lights than you’ve ever seen in one place before and not forgetting, of course, all those fabulous characters that have kept us enchanted and delighted for decades.

So if you want to hang on to your Christmas hat and see in the New Year with added fun and festive cheer, take the short hop across the channel to Disneyland Paris when until January 7, 2015 you can enjoy some extra festive sparkle and see in the New Year with Mickey and friends.

This year will see some new extra treats, including Merida, the Scottish princess from the film Brave, who appears at Disneyland Paris for the very first time. Also, for the first time, guests will be able to meet Anna and Elsa, the sisters from hit Frozen, in person. Do I hear you strike up ‘Let It Go’? You just can’t help yourself!

Children, and adults too, will be spellbound by these encounters and there will be plenty of opportunities to create magical photos and memories to share.

Meeting the Disney princesses has always been a major goal for every star struck child. Now their dreams can come true with the chance to meet the legendary stars of Frozen in person for the very first time. Anna and Elsa will be at the Princess Pavilion in Fantasyland to meet their fans, young and old alike, every day. After catching a sneak peak of them in last year’s famous parade at Disneyland Park, the public will finally be able to interact and pose for pictures with them.

Merida, the Brave Princess from Disney Pixar studios (awarded Best Animated Feature at the 85th Oscars) finally arrives at Disneyland Paris. Famous for her blazing hair, her strong character, her skill with a bow and arrow and her tendency to turn her family into bears… Merida will move into Disneyland Park for this Christmas and New year. Guests will be able to meet her and pose proudly at her side.

Another royal meeting not to be missed: the Disney Princess Promenade in the surroundings of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

As well as the new heroes that the younger generations will be dreaming of, Christmas at Disneyland Paris is also about the traditional magic of New Year’s Eve parties, celebrated with Mickey and Friends for a unique experience full of Disney magic.

On the agenda: shows created as only Disneyland Paris knows how, an enormous Christmas tree, frosted decorations, encounters with Disney characters in their party outfits and, of course, Father Christmas!

An essential ingredient for Christmas magic: snow falling every day on Main Street, U.S.A.

This year, the theme is decidedly gourmet, with a parade dreamed up and created especially for the festive season. Disney heroes will appear in their tastiest costumes ever. Brightly-coloured baked treats, giant candy canes and Mickey-shaped gingerbread men… The Disney’s Christmas Parade will delight guests several times a day, with very special appearances from Father Christmas, along with Mickey,

Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale, Donald, Daisy, their adorable nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie and even everyone’s favourite fairy: Tinker Bell!

When night falls, the first show that guests absolutely must see will be Magical Christmas Wishes.

The magical illumination of the Christmas tree that stands 24 metres’ high and is decorated with almost a thousand decorations, each one as delicious as the next.

The cherry on the cake is the night-time show Disney Dreams®! of Christmas. Olaf, the hapless snowman, steps out of Frozen to conduct this fabulous production with its projections, fountains, special effects and fireworks. Disney Dreams! of Christmas invites guests to celebrate festive-season traditions from around the world. To make Christmas absolutely magical, famous characters from the world of Disney will come to life in projections on Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Keep the magic alive – head to Disneyland Paris during your festive holiday.

EUROSTAR TRAVEL PACKAGE PRICE

For information about a family break to experience Disney’s Enchanted Christmas at Disneyland Paris from 9 November until 7 January 2015 call 08448 008 111 or visit http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk

Prices for a two-night/three-day package including return travel with Eurostar start from £1,322.20 based on a family of four sharing (children aged 3-11). The price includes two nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast at the Disney’s Santa Fe Hotel, three-day park hopper tickets for the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park and travel by Eurostar to Disneyland Paris from London St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet and Ashford International in standard class.