Toy Story’s characters come bursting to life before your eyes and the fishy favourites of Finding Nemo are blowing bubbles in your face. The major new immersive theatre production at Disneyland Paris truly takes entertainment to the next hi-tech level.
Together: a Pixar Musical Adventure brings a host of Disney Pixar movies’ most popular characters on the stage in a family friendly show. It really is a sight to behold as Woody and Buzz stroll on to the stage with their Toy Story pals, alongside the likes of Sully from Monsters Inc, Miguel from Coco and the entire balloon-lifted house from Up.
Kids will love the immersive elements of a production big on thrills and spills, with a live orchestra too.
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Together now sits alongside the ever-popular musical productions inside Disneyland Paris – Mickey and the Magician at the Animagique Theatre, and The Lion King’s Rhythms of the Pride Land at the Frontierland Theatre. Even better, given their production values, entry to these shows are all included in your general ticket price.
Together is on five times each day at the theme park and you can either book ahead for a particular performance via the Disney App or take your chances and join the queues on the day. Be warned, as this is the newie this year, it’s rightly going to be super popular, so it would pay to book ahead.
That would be the big takeaway from my visit to Disneyland last month – that planning ahead is definitely the way to make the most of this simply extraordinary attraction which spreads across nearly 200 acres. There’s a reason it tops many families' dream holiday wish lists as it really is a Magic Kingdom with so much to see and do.
I headed here with my seven-year-old son, and I was blown away by the level of detail on every ride and across the two parks, while George was just giddy at seeing so many of his favourite movie characters in one place.
The original is Disneyland Park where you’ll find the iconic Sleeping Beauty castle and a range of popular rides such as the roller coaster thrills of Thunder Mountain, the Pirates of the Caribbean adventure and the boat ride It’s a Small World.
Meanwhile, over at the newer Walt Disney Studios Park you’ll find the dazzling hi-tech rides on the Avenger Campus including the brilliant Spider-Man W.E.B. Adventure and, in the Worlds of Pixar, a host of Toy Story-themed rides that younger visitors will adore.
In the summer the parks are open from 10am through to 11pm, the finale coming with the legendary Disney Dreams show with its spectacular light show using the fairytale castle as the backdrop to it all. The park is toasting its 30th anniversary year until September 30, so if you’re heading there before then expect to join in those celebrations with vigour.
We stayed for two nights at the Newport Bay Hotel on the Disneyland Paris resort, which is around a 15- minute walk into the amusement park. The bonus for guests at the resort hotels is you get Extra Magic Time each day – the chance to enter the theme park an hour before anyone else.
Again, it’s best to use this to plan ahead and work out which of the most popular rides you will really benefit from heading to first before it gets really busy. We opted to use it to go on Thunder Mountain in Frontierland, George’s favourite ride, and also Ratatouille, the brilliant 3D adventure in the quirky French village section of Walt Disney Studios Park.
We also particularly liked this area of the park for its raft of Parisian food and drink stalls with the likes of crepes and giant pretzels, that offer a cheaper food option during your stay.
We also enjoyed a visit to the Agrabah Cafe in the main park, which is an all-you-can-eat buffet priced at €40 for adults, and €22 for children. It was styled like Aladdin’s cave, and offered a range of Middle Eastern treats, as well as a children’s buffet with things such as Mickey Mouse potato faces.
There is also the entertainment quarter, Disney Village, which has a range of themed diners, and even a pub, as well as well-known brands including McDonald’s, Starbucks and Five Guys. But it’s the feast for the senses of Together: a Pixar Musical Adventure that you’ll be dining out on most when you get home…
Walt Disney Travel Company offers a two night room-only stay at Disneyland Paris from £313pp, including accommodation at Disney Hotel Santa Fe with access to the Disney Parks for three days and return Eurostar travel From London St Pancras International via Lille. Price based on a family of four sharing and travelling on November 7. Find out more at disneylandparis.com. france.fr/en.
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