Record Snowfall Turns Disneyland Paris into a Winter Wonderland

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Disneyland Paris, Features, Weekend Update

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Published on January 27, 2013 at 4:03 am with 26 Comments

Record snowfall blanketed Disneyland Paris, turning this already beautiful park into a winter wonderland. The snow paralyzed public transportation and air flights. Even the Eiffel Tower was closed. One weather station in Paris measured 4.5 inches of snow in one day – the most since 1987. The inclement weather didn’t stop a crew of Disney and more blog members from getting out there to cover the pixie dusting of Disneyland Paris Resort for us. ~~Rick

Record Snowfall turns Disneyland Paris into a Winter Wonderland

by Alain Littaye

Disney and more blog

It’s winter here and like almost every January, Disneyland Paris is covered by snow. But the big difference from last year is that the snow fall has been exceptionally heavy – almost 8 inches this past week.

That said, DLP under snow offers amazing photo opportunities. Thanks to our DCP forum members who shared these photos and for their kind agreement to post their pictures on Disney and more!

Let’s start by the park entrance, Disneyland Hotel and Main Street.

Next, Central Plaza and Sleeping Beauty Castle with day or night pictures!

Let’s move to Frontierland!

Adventureland, here we come!

Let’s move to Fantasyland!

Next stop, Discoveryland!

Let’s see how the Walt Disney Studios look covered by snow!

Don’t think that Disneyland Paris hotels escaped the blizzard, because they didn’t.

Beautiful, isn’t it folks? But would you be brave enough to spend a full day in the park on a cold snowy day? We’re curious to find out home many of you think it’s a wonderland and how many of you think it’s something to only be enjoyed from the other side of a computer monitor.

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Cinderelaa, Doudou25, Arth, Aur=E9e62, Deanrell, JulieMinnie or Emilia36

About Rick Wright

Rick has been a long term MiceChat author and co-founder of the Weekend Update. You will often find Rick in the position of "Greeter" at official events due to his warm and welcoming spirit. If you've got photos, news or trip reports to share, Rick would love to hear from you: [email protected]

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  • Mysterium

    I love the photos! Great job.

  • PatMcDuck

    I am amazed there are guests walking around and the walkways are not even shoveled. Weird but beautiful.

  • Dusty Sage

    This is something I’d like to see first hand. Really looks magical. Though, I’ve got to admit that I can’t handle the cold.

  • unclemike

    That picture of Phantom Manor is beautiful.

  • crmwed

    The snowed-in pirate ship in Adventureland is one of the most amazing pictures I have seen at a Disney park. It truly looks like something out of a movie. It’s so cool! Pardon the pun.

  • Geezer

    It would be something to experience…….Once!

    The castle looks so much better than any of the fake snow treatments……

    Absolutely beautiful photos. Thanks for braving the weather to bring us these shots.

  • Haven

    Well, being a native SoCal boy and used to my sunny California park all my life I cannot imagine anything more miserable than trooping through snow at a Disney park. I am sure for those born and raised in Europe and accustomed to snow, it wouldn’t seem half as miserable. Of course, I am not one to visit snow ANYWHERE let alone at Disney! I would have to take a rainy day at Disneyland or Disney World before the winter wonderland version. I suppose the Disneyland Railroad, Big Thunder, Storybookland, etc. are all inoperable during times like this. With the Rivers of America frozen over, looks like the boats are out of commission too. Well, back to digging out my own Queen Anne palms that froze to death here in Las Vegas last week with our own record breaking arctic freeze!

  • WesternMouse

    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. I think the only thing worse than going to Disney in the snow is going to Disneyland Paris in January when the best rides are closed!

  • Ravjay12

    Yikes! we’re going there in February! Hope we don’t get snowed in! Looks like we’ll get some great pictures!!

  • MonteJ

    I’m from the Pacific Northwest – and a little snow doesn’t bother me in the least. (Just makes me want to go skiing). I would LOVE to be at Disneyland Paris during the snow. It’s just when it all turns to slush that it wouldn’t be so fun. I have to say however, that Adventureland is a little weird with snow on the palm trees.

  • BC_DisneyGeek

    Wow, it looks absolutely beautiful. I’d have no qualms about going at that time.

  • Anthony Hays

    Great photos but it looks so very cold there!

  • BrerDan

    Disneyland Paris is simply beautiful. The one and only time I have visited was this time of year, and while it didn’t snow it was only just above freezing with gray skies and off and on rain throughout the day. Honestly, it was miserably cold–but that didn’t dampen our spirit or our enjoyment. The great part is that we saw crowds similar to these pictures–in fact they ended up not turning Fastpass on for anything–there just wasn’t enough need. It did alter our plans a little–we got off the train halfway through the circle tour after a miserably cold water-filling wait at Frontierland–when we hit Fantasyland, we were done and needed to get indoors for a bit! We also took a quiet break just to have a cup of coffee and warm up (although the coffee was free–a coupon we got on our lunch receipt).

    Despite short hours (9-7), we had a great time and I dare say going in warmer weather with full crowds might be less enjoyable. It’s well worth visiting at a time like this.

    Brer Dan

  • Disney Analyst

    I’m curious what rides are shut down. Is Big Thunder even able to run with snow all over the track?

    • wicketnic

      Most of the rides was down, In Frontierland all exept Phantom Manor, in Adventureland all exept the tree house during afternoon, fantasyland all exept Meet Mickey Mouse, Princess Pavilion and It’s a Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight During afternoon. Discoveryland Space Mountain, Star tours and Orbitron, Buzz was closed for refurbishment.
      At the Studios all the attractions were openned exept Toy Story Playland and Flying Carpets.
      All parades were cancelled, and we closed Disneyland park 2 hours earlyer, but we do the Disney Dreams show under the snow.
      A very weird day for all the cast members. In the morning at 10.00 am just Meet Mickey Mouse and thePrincess Pavilion open to the guest, the other rides openned all along the morning.

  • eicarr

    It wasn’t snowing but Big Thunder was shut down till mid day when I was there due to ice on the tracks. But it looks COOOOLD in those photos. I remember being there freezing with 2 sweaters and a jacket on (without snow) their first november.

    While I was disappointed with WDW, Disneyland Paris held its own against Disneyland. Snow or not, Disneyland Paris a really magical park and regulars are lucky to have something so special.