PHOTOS, VIDEO: 100 Disney Characters Dance to ‘Remember the Magic’ at Disneyland Paris for Disney100 Event Opening Ceremony

Shannen Ace

PHOTOS, VIDEO: 100 Disney Characters Dance to ‘Remember the Magic’ at Disneyland Paris for Disney100 Event Opening Ceremony

Disneyland Paris celebrated 100 years of The Walt Disney Company on Monday morning with a special opening ceremony and cavalcade.

Natacha Rafalski, President of Disneyland Paris, shared video of the ceremony on her Instagram story, and later posted about it.

We’re celebrating 100 years of @Disney! From Walt’s dream to a global phenomenon, we are guided by boundless creativity on this extraordinary journey and I’m thrilled we get to be a part of this story. It was an honor to inaugurate this special day at @DisneylandParis in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, a symbol that embodies the essence of Disney—where fantasies come to life, and where timeless stories are being told in incredible ways. Throughout the day, our Parks will continue to be a living canvas of Disney’s legacy with surprises and delights waiting for our guests.
As we reflect on the past, an exciting future awaits where creativity, innovation, and storytelling continue to guide our path. Here’s to the next 100 years of laughter, joy, and wonder that will leave us all spellbound!

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Mickey, Minnie, and their friends appeared in their platinum and purple Disney100 outfits.

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Rafalski and the Disneyland Paris Ambassadors spoke at the ceremony.

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100 Disney VoluntEARS walked the Hub.

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Rafalski then welcomed 100 Disney characters to conclude the ceremony.

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Everyone from Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar to Mary Poppins and Bert appeared.

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The characters danced with performers in platinum outfits to “Remember the Magic,” a song that originally debuted for the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

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Disneyland Paris shared some video of the ceremony.

Guests also shared photos and videos of the opening ceremony and cavalcade, which was performed before Disney Stars on Parade.

Dancers led the cavalcade, while Mickey & Friends were on a platinum float — a “Dream… and Shine Brighter” float that has been freshly outfitted since the parade’s conclusion last month.

The Disney100 logo was mounted on the side of the float.

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The Walt Disney Company has been celebrating its 100th anniversary with Disney’s 100 Years of Wonder, or Disney100, across Disney Parks & Resorts. October 16, 2023, is the company’s actual 100th birthday.

The 100 Years of Wonder celebration began at Disneyland Resort with “Wondrous Journeys” at Disneyland — currently paused for holiday spectaculars — and “World of Color – ONE” at Disney California Adventure. There is a platinum Mickey statue (which initially had to be fixed because the Walt Disney quote on the base was incorrect) and a platinum Minnie statue in Disneyland.

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In Florida, EPCOT has several new Disney100 offerings. At the Magic Eye Theater, guests can meet Mickey and Minnie in their platinum 100th anniversary outfits. Spaceship Earth lights up at night with a special Disney100 spectacle of light. There are also Disney100 decorations, a platinum Mickey statue just like the one in Disneyland, and a mural full of Disney characters.

Journey of Water, Inspired by “Moana” has its grand opening on October 16.

For the 100th anniversary, Hong Kong Disneyland unveiled a new Walt and Mickey statue, “Dream Makers,” inspired by the moment Walt dreamed up Disneyland.

Disney’s upcoming animated film “Wish” will honor 100 years of Disney with “legacy nods” to classic films. “Wish,” which uses a mix of 2D and 3D animation, will be released in theaters on November 22. Each song from the film will be released on Wednesdays leading up to the movie’s release.

“Once Upon A Studio” aired on ABC on October 15 after a premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The short film also uses a combination of 2D and 3D animation, along with live-action footage. Disney brought back more than 40 voice actors to reprise their roles and pulled from the archives to use dialogue from past actors like Robin Williams as the Genie. “Once Upon a Studio” will play in front of “Wish” when the movie opens in theaters. It is also set to play in theaters before “Wish.”

How are you celebrating 100 years of Disney? Let us know in the comments.

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