Saturday, April 12, 2014

Disneyland Paris 22nd Anniversary Part 2

Today Disneyland Paris celebrates 22 years as being Disney's most beautiful park in the world. On 12 April 1992, Euro Disney Resort and its theme park, Euro Disneyland, officially opened. Visitors were warned of chaos on the roads and a government survey indicated that half a million people carried by 90,000 cars might attempt to enter the complex. French radio warned traffic to avoid the area. By midday, the car park was approximately half full, suggesting an attendance level below 25,000. Speculative explanations ranged from people heeding the advice to stay away to the one-day strike that cut the direct RER railway connection to Euro Disney from the centre of Paris. Regardless of all that chaos Disneyland Paris went on to celebrate the opening of one of its most beautiful parks. Continue after the page break as we take a look back at the opening of Disneyland Paris...

The event started off on a beautiful sunny day with Michael Eisner leading the opening ceremonies:

The park invited several celebrities and their families to enjoy in its opening celebration:

Michael J Fox

Jeffery Katzenberg

Michael Eisner

George Lucas
Eddie Murphy

And a video of Michael Jackson being toured around Disneyland Paris:

And to end off the festivities and to officially open the park, a video of Roy E. Disney and Michael Eisner at the ribbon cutting ceremony:

That about does it for our tribute to Disneyland Paris for its 22nd Anniversary. You can find a wonderful 5 part article by Michael Sandstrom who was responsible for taking some of the celebrity pictures above over at the popular Disney and More blog.

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