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Jane Anderson heads to Disneyland Paris and discovers that the magic is still alive and well, 25 years since the park first opened its legendary gates

A colossal 320 million people have visited the park since it opened on 12 April 1992, and when I visited in March 2017, the stars were out in force to celebrate all the new and spruced up shows, rides, restaurants and hotels. Singer John Legend performed a beautiful rendition of ‘Tale as old as Time’ from Beauty and the Beast as the new Disney Illuminations kicked off. Here’s a rundown of what’s extra sparkly for you and your little Disney princes and princesses!

1/10 Disney Illuminations – NEW!

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If there’s one thing you must see at Disneyland Paris, it’s the new 25th anniversary Disney Illuminations, performed every single night of the year. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle comes alive in the show with cutting edge technology including projections, light effects, water jets and fireworks. For the first time, projection of live action film images are included giving the whole wow factor experience a dream like quality.

There’s a great deal of nostalgia too, as viewers are transported in the company of Mickey Mouse on a journey through major Disney and Pixar classics from the last 25 years. Watch an incredible naval battle including cannon shots fired by the Black pearl, the legendary ship of Jack Sparrow, epic Star Wars action along with heroes from The Lion King and Little Mermaid.

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