April 12th, 2017 marks the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris' grand opening. In an equally grand fashion they held a huge ceremony featuring 150 Disney characters included in their Grand Celebration and Character Cavalcade Parade.
(photo right via Disneyland Dream)
The morning began with a special opening ceremony which focused on the five different lands of the park and many rare characters who aren't often seen. Later in the day there was a parade featuring all the characters and dancers from the opening ceremony. Very surprisingly, Jessica Rabbit was one of those characters included. Lets take a look at the day's events...
Walt Disney's voice spoke words of welcome to the large crowd in the park. With reminders of how France once inspired Walt's visions, the opening ceremony began. The familiar Disney gang came out of Sleeping Beauty's castle to the courtyard in front. The characters included: Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald, Daisy, Chip, Dale, Clarice, Duffy, ShellieMay, Goofy and his son, Max.
Starting to acknowledge each of the lands in the park, Main Street was first. The characters who came out were: Aristocats Berlioz, Marie & Toulouse, Olaf with his Dancing Seagulls, and Mary Poppins & Bert with the Penguin Waiters.
Each character got to speak a line while coming to the courtyard and some talked and interacted during their musical numbers, each one choreographed and included dancers with coordinating costumes. The next land was Frontierland, which included: Pocahontas & Meeko, José Carioca, Panchito Pistoles, Gauchito & Burrito from The Three Caballeros, Woody, Bullseye & Jessie, and Br'er Fox & Br'er Bear from Song of the South.
Adventureland was next, which included: Tarzan & Jane, Baloo & King Louie from The Jungle Book, Rafiki & Timon from The Lion King, Aladdin, The Sultan & Jasmine, and Angelica & Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Discoveryland came after lead by some very rare park characters who got to speak to the crowd: Milo & Kida from Atlantis, Stitch, Angel, Pleakley, Evile, Sample, Reuben & Sparky, and Jim Hawkins & B.E.N. from Treasure Planet
Fantasyland was the last land to come out, including characters: Jiminy Cricket & Pinocchio, Cheshire Cat, March Hare, Mad Hatter & Alice, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Peter Pan & Wendy
Even Sleeping Beauty's Castle was acknowledged with its own musical number, having Aurora, Prince Phillip, Flora, Fauna, & Merryweather addressing the crowd and officially opening the day. However, the ceremony was not finished just yet.
Just then, It's a Small World began to play, and out from the castle gates marched droves of Disney characters: Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, The Three Little Pigs, Thumper & Miss Bunny, Emile & Remy from Ratatouille, Prince Charming & Cinderella, Merlin from The Sword in the Stone, Prince Eric and Ariel, Wilbur Robinson & Lewis from Meet the Robinsons, Winnie the Pooh, Friar Tuck & Robin Hood, Flynn Rider & Rapunzel, King Leonidas from Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Emperor Kuzco, Bernard and Miss Bianca from The Rescuers, Bolt & Mittens, Abby Mallard & Chicken Little, Belle & Beast, Russell & Carl from UP, Prince Naveen & Tiana, Mike & Sully from Monsters Inc., Clopin from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Meg & Hercules, Jake from Jake and The Never Land Pirates, Phineas & Ferb, Shang & Mulan, Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph, Merida, Doc McStuffins, Roger & Jessica Rabbit, Sofia the First, Launchpad McQuack from Duck Tales, Darkwing Duck, Mr. & Mrs. Incredible, Elsa & Anna from Frozen, Hiro, Honey Lemon, Go Go Tomago & Wasabi, from Big Hero 6, Joy & Sadness from Inside Out, Elena of Avalor, Kenai & Koda from Brother Bear, Flik & Princess Atta from A Bug's Life, Nick Wilde & Judy Hopps from Zootopia, and Moana.
Mickey and the gang came back in style, sporting new anniversary outfits and enthusiastically welcomed by guests and characters lining Main Street. The characters all performed to Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, When You Wish Upon a Star, and the new 25th Anniversary song Everyday's A Celebration.
The president of Disneyland Paris, Catherine Powell, spoke to the crowd and thanked guests as well as the cast members - all of which came out from the castle to close the ceremony in one large parade down Main Street!
The festivities didn't end there. Two parades took place during that day, both of these with all of the characters seen during the opening ceremony. This included all the rare characters like Jessica Rabbit. The procession began at Main Street and ended by Fantasyland, and the parade ran again in the opposite direction.
The Disney Character Cavalcade started off with Mickey and Minnie in their anniversary outfits and followed by all the characters. Jessica was toward the beginning of the parade. She was, of course, along with Roger. The two of them have many interactions together through the parade route as well as dancing to choreography for the anniversary music. They were also joined by Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Darkwing Duck and Launchpad McQuack, Belle and Beast, Ariel and Eric and more.
Disneyland Dream on Flickr who allowed ImNotBad.com to use some great pictures of Jessica.
People are extremely impressed with Disney Paris' Anniversary celebration and their use of the rare characters. I also found it very respectful that they added in every cast member to the opening ceremony. Watch the video below to see the full opening ceremony show.