VIDEO: Disneyland Paris Ends 30th Anniversary with Surprise ONE-NIGHT-ONLY Fireworks & Drone Grand Finale

The 30th anniversary celebrations for Disneyland Paris have drawn to a close with a special enhanced version of the Disney D-Lite drone show, a one night only grand finale, and a sendoff from Mickey & Friends in their celebratory costumes.

Disney D-Lite Anniversary Edition

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Pyrotechnics were added as a final sendoff for the anniversary edition.

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The show was already enhanced with extra drone choreography for the Grand Finale.

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Watch the full final performance in our video below.

One Night Only Grand Finale Show

The crowd was surprised with a one time only grand finale after Disney Dreams! to officially cap off the 30th anniversary celebration.

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The drones spelled out a special thank you in multiple languages, starting, of course, with French.

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At the end, they left the “30” logo up for a few minutes so guests could take photos. It then disappeared one “star” at a time.

Mickey & Friends Farewell

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The characters waved goodbye from the Main Street Station.

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See Mickey and friends say goodnight in their 30th anniversary costumes for the last time in our video here.

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Freeform Not Moving Forward with Comedy Series “While You Were Breeding”

Freeform will not be going ahead with While You Were Breeding, an hour-long comedy series based on Kristin Newman’s memoir of the same name, according to Deadline. What’s Happening: With Freeform’s decision to not air While You Were Breeding, producers will have the opportunity to shop it elsewhere. The 10-episode series had wrapped production and was […]

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Films for the Disney 100 Film Festival in Japan Have Been Announced

This spring, it was announced that Disney would host a Disney 100 Film Festival for Japanese audiences, and the films that were picked have been revealed. The Details As Disney celebrates its 100th anniversary worldwide, its Japan subsidiary has picked 8 films from the Disney Animation catalog of 61 films, and will show them in… Read More »Films for the Disney 100 Film Festival in Japan Have Been Announced

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Halloween Horror Nights 32 Adds Themed Queue Barrier Covers at Universal Studios Florida

A new addition to the haunted house lines has appeared at Halloween Horror Nights 32 in Universal Studios Florida — themed queue barrier covers.

Halloween Horror Nights Themed Queue Barrier Covers

Halloween Horror Nights 32 Themed Queue Barrier Covers Universal Studios Florida

We spotted these covers in place on a recent visit to the annual haunt event. As you can see in this photo, they aren’t present on every metal barrier, but they are everywhere.

The barrier covers are solid black, with only a white square outlining the Halloween Horror Nights logo on either side. They also have velcro on both ends, so Team Members can remove them each night after the event ends. There is no year printed on the barriers, which allows for year-over-year use.

To us, these covers definitely have a quality feel, which shows that Universal intends to reuse these again. They also help the visual look of haunted house queues.

What do you think of these themed covers for Halloween Horror Nights? Do you think they make the haunted house queues look better? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

Read our full guide (with reviews) of Halloween Horror Nights 32, which runs through November 4, 2023.

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Disney Just Released NEW Halloween Backgrounds — For FREE!

The leaves are falling, there is pumpkin spice in the air, and, of course, Disney parks are covered in PUMPKINS! To help celebrate the fall season, Disney has given us 3 new ways to get into the FALL SPIRIT!

It’s Halloween Time in Disneyland!

Ready to celebrate the cool fall weather? Ready to sip on some fresh apple cider? Maybe enjoy a little pumpkin pie? Well, it’s time to get into the festive fall mood — with a little help from Disney!

Disney has released 3 NEW fall wallpaper designs to help get you into the fall spirit! These adorable wallpapers feature a few of your favorite characters, and we are here to bring you all the details on what you can expect to see before you download them to enjoy!

Disney Parks Fall 2023 Wallpapers


In the first wallpaper design, we see our classic furry friend, Figaro! Figaro is seen peeking from the top of a Mickey pumpkin. Figaro made his on-screen debut in 1940 in the classic Disney animated film Pinocchio. He is absolutely adorable and oh-so mischievous, which makes him the perfect classic character for your wallpaper! This adorable wallpaper features the fall colors we love and is available for download on desktop/iPad.

Disney Parks Fall Wallpaper Figaro Mickey Pumpkin


The next fall background up for download is an adorable Olaf Wallpaper!

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This Olaf wallpaper features Olaf enjoying one of our fall favorites, a pumpkin spice latte, and he is covered in colorful fall leaves! If you look closely, you will see “Samantha” written on the front of Olaf’s cup, too! What a fun detail! This absolutely adorable wallpaper can be downloaded for desktop/iPad.

If you are headed to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this fall season, you are in luck! The third and final wallpaper available for download is the perfect background to save to get you in the spooky spirit!

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This vibrant purple and green wallpaper is such a fun design and shows Goofy’s excitement about getting so much candy from the treat trails!

Now it is time to get into the FALL SPIRIT and download your favorite wallpaper today! Don’t delay! HAPPY FALL!!!

Keep scrolling for our SPOOK-TACULAR guides that will get you ready for the Halloween Season!


Get ready for the spookiest season of the year at Disney World! We are beyond thrilled to announce the arrival of our brand-new guide — Halloween at Disney World: DFB’s Spook-tacular Guide!

From the thrills of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party to the enchanting resort decorations that’ll send shivers down your spine, our guide is packed with tips and tricks to help you squeeze every ounce of ghoulish fun out of your visit. Plus, we’ve got the inside scoop on all the limited-time-only bone-chilling activities happening across the parks!

Get the Halloween at Disney World: DFB’s Spook-tacular Guide to make your frightfully delightful adventure even more magical!

Which fall-themed wallpaper is your favorite!? Let us know in the comments!

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4 Attraction CLOSURES Will Affect Disney World Next Week

There are a LOT of attractions and rides in Disney World, but a few of those are unfortunately CLOSED right now.

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For some attractions, Disney hasn’t given any hints at all about when they might reopen. Let’s check out all the temporary closures — including those four attraction closures — in Disney World for the week of October 1st through the 7th.

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Magic Kingdom

Tiana’s Bayou Adventure

Splash Mountain closed on January 23rd for a long refurbishment. The ride is being re-themed to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, with a Princess and the Frog theme.

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The new ride will reopen sometime in late 2024. We’ll be watching for more updates on the reopening timeline. The tree at the top of this ride has been removed as Disney continues construction, and several new rock structures have been built at the bottom of the drop. There’s a new water tower as well, which says “Tiana’s Foods” on the front and “Never, ever lose sight of what’s really important” on the back. It’s topped with Tiana’s crown, which has two stars on it to represent Ray and Evangeline.

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Barrel Bridge on Tom Sawyer Island in Magic Kingdom

Over on Tom Sawyer Island, the Barrel Bridge is currently missing.


A Cast Member told us that it had been removed for maintenance, and they didn’t know when it might return. The rest of the island is still open to explore, though.

How To Predict if Magic Kingdom Will Be Crowded When You Visit

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

This Little Mermaid-themed stage show has been closed in Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a long time now.

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Disney hasn’t announced when or if the Voyage of the Little Mermaid will reopen.

Hollywood Studios Has 30 Restaurants, but You Only Need To Know About 5


Restaurant Marrakesh

Almost all of the restaurants that were closed in EPCOT during the 2020 park closure have reopened — all but one, that is! Restaurant Marrakesh in the Morocco Pavilion is still closed with no word on when it will reopen.

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Since closing, the empty restaurant has been used as a relaxation station, a lounge…pretty much everything but dining. Recently, we saw that the hedges that were previously in front of the entrance have been removed and the space is once again open as a lounge. We’re hoping the restaurant returns soon!

You Might Want To Avoid EPCOT on December 5th

Blizzard Beach

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park has officially reopened, but now the other water park, Blizzard Beach, has closed for refurbishment.

Chairlift to Summit Plummet

Be sure to check the My Disney Experience app for updates!

The BEST Rides at Blizzard Beach, Ranked

Disney World Hotels

Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Narcoossee’s closed on September 17th. Disney expects the restaurant to reopen sometime in mid-October.


The Disney webpage for Narcoossee’s states, “We recently introduced an enhanced interior and menu offerings at Narcoossee’s and will be making a few more equipment updates.”

1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, 1900 Park Fare is a table service restaurant where you could meet characters like Mary Poppins and Alice in Wonderland at their Supercalifragilistic Breakfast and Cinderella and her Prince Charming during the Cinderella’s Happily Ever After Dinner.

Dining Room at 1900 Park Fare (2019)

They also had a special event for younger children called the Wonderland Tea Party. It’s sad to see a spot closed that had so much character interaction! Disney hasn’t announced a permanent closure, so there is hope for 1900 Park Fare.

With 1900 Park Fare closed…you’ll need this SECRET spot to get afternoon tea in Disney World!

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‘Wish’ To Feature Extensive List of ‘Legacy Nods’ to Classic Disney Films: ‘There’s Some That We Don’t Even Know Are There Yet’

Walt Disney Animation Studios has long positioned their upcoming film “Wish” as a celebration of the studio’s decorated history, apropos given that the film is releasing in the year in which The Walt Disney Company is celebrating their centennial anniversary (marketed as Disney100). During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, “Wish” directors Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn revealed that this ‘celebration’ will also unfold on screen, as the film will contain a number of “legacy nods” to other films from the studio’s distinguished filmography.

“Wish” To Feature References to Classic Disney Films

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Buck (co-director of “Frozen”) and Veerasunthorn (who worked as an artist on “Frozen,” “Moana,” and “Zootopia” and as head of story on “Raya and the Last Dragon”) recently told EW writer Nick Romano about the film’s extensive list of references to other Disney animated classics, a list that’s still being rounded out as it nears its release.

They’re all over the movie We are compiling a list, and I couldn’t tell you how long it is now. Each department puts things in and there’s some that we don’t even know are there yet, and we may not know until they tell us.

Chris Buck to Entertainment Weekly

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The “nods” range from passive to fundamental, from fun visual gags to stylistic choices that impact the entire film. The EW article uses the poisoned apple from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” as an example of a non-film-altering reference, sharing an exclusive image from “Wish” in which the iconic fruit appears. The apple is only visible thanks to the film’s wide aspect ratio, described by Buck and Veerasunthorn as a stylistic choice that doubles as a nod to Walt Disney Animation Studios films of old like “Sleeping Beauty.”

It’s a wider screen. So it just has that epic feel to it — and the story does too.

Chris Buck to Entertainment Weekly

King Magnifico, the movie’s antagonist, is a more story-focused reference to the studio’s filmography, as the character, according to Buck and Veerasunthorn, emulates the iconic Disney villains of past films. “Wish” also features a unique blend of traditional and 3-D animation and features watercolor-like backgrounds that take inspiration from the studio’s earliest features, specifically “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

The goal is that this is a moving illustration. Every frame is a painting . . . This is a new technology that our team has developed to be able to control the lines and the details that go into whichever area on the screen. So, when you want to narrow down the focus to someone or some situation, we have all those tools at our hands to really emanate the real-life watercolor.

Fawn Veerasunthorn to Entertainment Weekly

“Legacy Nods” in New “Wish” Trailer

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The first full-length trailer for “Wish” debuted on September 27, and several of the film’s “dozens” of legacy nods are noticeable throughout. Perhaps the most obvious is a shot in which Asha, the film’s protagonist, wishes upon a star, a straight-forward reference to “Pinocchio” and the “When You Wish Upon A Star” song created for the 1940 film that has evolved into a pseudo-anthem for the company.

Though an obvious nod to the studio’s second feature-length movie, the wishing star is an important element in the plot of “Wish.” Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer Jennifer Lee pitched the film to audiences at D23 Expo 2022 with one question: “How did the wishing star upon which so many of our beloved characters wish come to be?”

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King Magnifico is later seen in the trailer in front of a storybook, with the tome looking similar to the books seen in the titular sequences of classic Disney films such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “The Sword in the Stone,” among several others.

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“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is again referenced in the above shot, this time in a more creatively subtle way. Seven wooden mugs are hung from underneath the top shelf of a wooden shelving unit, and a single letter is painted on each cup. The letters, from left to right, read “B,” “D,” “G,” “H,” “S,” “S,” and “D,” and each corresponds with one of the seven dwarfs (Bashful, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Sneezy, and Doc).

This reference may be a bit of a stretch, but a small glass vial appears on the shelf on the left side of this shot. Though not identical, the vial looks quite similar to the poison that Yzma gives Kuzco in her murder attempt at the beginning of “The Emperor’s New Groove.” The poison, of course, turns Kuzco into a llama.

You can watch the full trailer here:

“Wish” follows Asha (voiced by Ariana DeBose), a 17-year-old girl whose life is turned upside down when a wish she makes upon a star comes true… and then some. The film hits theaters on November 22, 2023. Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, announced at Destination D23 2023 that Asha will debut as a meet and greet character at Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and EPCOT at Walt Disney World at some point after the film’s release.

Will you be checking out “Wish” when it opens in theaters later this year? Let us know in the comments.

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Toy Fair 2023: Disney’s “Wish” Toys from Jakks Pacific (Singing Asha Doll, Interactive Valentino, Costumes)

Jakks Pacific and Disguise are bringing the magic of Disney’s Wish home this holiday season. The film doesn’t arrive in theaters until November 22nd, but with the trailer already breaking records, parents thinking ahead to the gift-giving season may want to shop early. These upcoming products were unveiled today at Toy Fair, and we got to see […]

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SNEAK PEEK at FIVE (!!!) Desserts Coming to Disney Springs!

If you, like us, love a little sweet treat in the middle of your day, you NEED to visit Salt & Straw in Disney Springs. Don’t let the “Salt” in Salt & Straw fool you — this ice cream shop has plenty of rich, sweet flavors to choose from.

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Of course, Salt & Straw offers a few classic ice cream flavors, but if you’re feeling adventurous, we dare you to check out some of the unique seasonal flavors this October. Wait until you see the full list of special flavors for the fall season…

Salt & Straw just shared a preview of The Scoops & Skull Series — five fall-themed ice cream flavors that are already sending a SHIVER down our spines. Let’s take a look!

Here’s a full list of flavors that are part of The Scoops & Skull Series:

  • The Great Candycopia
  • Jack o’ Lantern Pumpkin Bread
  • Don Bugito’s Creepy Crawly Critters
  • Chocolate Champurrado w/ Sesame Toffee
  • Blackberry Tamales

Those names sound cool and all, but what do they taste like?! Let’s dig into the menu.

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First up, The Great Candycopia features Kit Kats, Snickers, Reeses, and Heath bars with salted butterscotch ice cream. You may also taste bites of crispy milk chocolate feuilletine, peanut butter trapped in walls of chocolate, and almonds smothered in BOOrbon vanilla toffee. WOW!

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Up next, the Jack o’ Lantern Pumpkin Bread is made with a pinch of warming spice, tender hunks of pumpkin bread, and swaths of cream cheese frosting. This is a returning fan-favorite flavor this year! (Trust us — this one is AMAZING!)

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If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can try Don Bugito’s Creepy Crawly Critters. This flavor has Don Bugito’s munchy, crunchy chocolate crickets and toffee-brittle mealworms.

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Chocolate lovers, we’ve got you covered! The Chocolate Champurrado with Sesame Toffee features a delicate, spiced champurrado (Cloudforest chocolate drink thickened with masa) with shards of sesame seed palanqueta (traditional Mexican-style sesame toffee).

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Finally, the Blackberry Tamales flavor, which was made in honor of Día de los Muertos, consists of one-half masa coconut cream sherbet, and half juicy marionberry sherbet. It is all vegan, too.

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So, which flavor are you craving this fall? You can try ALL these new flavors starting NOW! In the meantime, we’re always on the lookout for the latest Disney news, so stay tuned for more.

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VIDEO: Final Performance of ‘Dream… and Shine Brighter!’ Parade & Show at Disneyland Paris

The final “Dream… and Shine Brighter!” parade was performed in front of an emotional audience on September 30 as Disneyland Park concluded its 30th anniversary celebrations.

Final Performance of “Dream… and Shine Brighter!” at Disneyland Paris

Check out our video of the entire final performance here:

Emotions were palpable as preparations for the final performance took place. Thousands of guests gathered in front of Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant and down Main Street U.S.A., many of them bringing their own balloons with some even crying. Hundreds of people recited the opening narration as it played for the final time.

Guests clapped, danced, and sang along as the performance started. After the grand performance took place in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, Mickey, Minnie, and others again boarded their float and rode down Main Street U.S.A., dancing and waving as they concluded the final performance just as they had every other showing. The farewell waves hit a bit harder this time as guests bid adieu with waves and celebratory bubbles, some even wiping tears from their eyes.

“Dream… and Shine Brighter!”

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The “Dream… and Shine Brighter!” parade debuted in March 2022 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. It went on a temporary hiatus for the 2022 holiday season but returned for the “Grand Finale” of the anniversary celebration, which commenced on January 9. With Disneyland Paris officially concluding its 30th anniversary festivities on September 30, 2023 (the 30th anniversary of the park’s opening was April 12, 2022), the “Dream… and Shine Brighter!” parade will no longer operate.

Disneyland Paris is generally renowned for the quality of its entertainment options, and “Dream… and Shine Brighter!” was well-regarded among them. The emotion of the crowd during the final performance indicates its popularity, and the parade even received its own clothing line as part of a larger Disneyland Paris 30th anniversary merchandise collection earlier this year.

Disney Stars on Parade, which has been running at Disneyland Paris since 2017, was not a 30th anniversary exclusive event and, thus, will be unaffected by the stoppage of 30th anniversary festivities. According to DLP Report on Twitter, it will run in tandem with Mickey’s Halloween Celebration throughout the Halloween season.

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Are you sad that the “Dream… and Shine Brighter!” parade has concluded at Disneyland Paris? Were you able to get to the resort to celebrate its 30th anniversary before the festivities concluded? Let us know in the comments.

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