Disneyland Paris Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

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

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Published on March 24, 2013 at 4:04 am with 6 Comments

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in grand style at Disneyland Paris with characters in green costumes, a special parade pre-show and a unique fireworks show. The Pirates of the Caribbean attraction also re-opened this past weekend. Although Johnny Depp still isn’t among the band of pirates in Paris, the retooled lighting effects and the return of the Paris-unique “dueling pirates” was also cause for celebration. Thanks to Alain Littaye of the Disneyland and more blog for this update. ~~Rick

Recently, Disneyland Paris celebrated the Welch St. David’s Day and this past weekend it was St. Patrick’s turn! D&M contributor and Dlrp Welcome webmaster Max Fan was there and came back with videos of the event.

As usual, everything has to be green for St Paddie’s day and Mickey and Minnie were happy to oblige!

Both of them will be seen later riding a Main Street car during the Irish pre-parade. Tinkerbell also gets into the act with her green outfit…

Here is the Irish pre-parade video.

Guests could also watch the Sarah Clark Academy of Irish Dancing with Chip and Dale.

But it’s the special evening fireworks that everyone was waiting for! Here is the full video of the 2013 St. Patrick’s day fireworks at DLP!

Last weekend also featured the re-opening of Pirates of Caribbean after two long months of rehab. The lighting has been enhanced and some show elements are now back in place. Among them are the famous duelists. Found only in the DLP version of POTC, they have now returned. Although Jack Sparrow is nowhere to be seen, the ride had a pretty good rehab and the lighting is impressive!

Mouetto, from the DCP forum, has uploaded a video so you can see these two duelists in action.

Many thanks to Max Fan! See you soon with a big update about the Villages Nature project.

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Disneyland Paris From Sketch To Reality

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About Rick Wright

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  • stamphead

    Is the pirate who swings on the rope back?

  • PatMcDuck

    I was at WDW for St Patrick’s Day. I thought for Limited Time Magic, we would at least get a Leprachaun Mickey, but no, we got an early Easter Bunny. Would it have killed them to have this Green Mickey and Minnie pair out for meet and greets? Thanks for this report though! Interesting.

  • lighttragic

    what fun. I wish the USA parks would bring some of this back .. This what disney entertainment use to be known for.

  • DisWedWay

    Alain, I thought you might catch the hidden shamrock over in Thunder Mesa created by the actual Irish who helped create the town. Next time your having something repaired at Rose’s Blacksmith, check out Lavinia’s sign hanging out from the front and made of Irish iron.

  • LoveStallion

    I just adore POC in Paris. I had no idea what to expect when I first went on it, and seeing how much they turned the old attraction on its head (not to mention the welcome absence of any movie references), it just goes to show that Disney succeeds when they push for innovation and don’t settle for producing carbon copies of attractions throughout the parks.

  • Wendygirl

    I love this St. Pat’s celebration. If they had had a limited time magical whatever it’s called thing here at Disneyland for say that weekend (Fri. Sat. and Sun) I would have so been there. We have many good bagpipe bands right here in So. Calif. Heck, there is even a high school (I think it’s Glendora High) that dresses in kilts and has bagpipers. And there are also Irish Dance schools here. Loved seeing Chip N Dale Irish Dancing.