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First 20th Anniversary Extended Hours revealed: 9.30, 10.30, 11pm bedtimes ahead in April!

Monday, 27th February 2012 at 20:14

April is a busy month for Disneyland Paris, but it’s also outside of the main summer high season. For years that has meant, no matter how busy the parks, you’d see no fireworks and certainly stay no later than 10pm — 8 or 9pm on weekdays. The Extended Hours announced for the 20th Anniversary — primarily to make sure Disney Dreams! can be performed under darkness — promised to change that and revolutionise the annual calendar of the resort. Well, here we go.

Park opening hours for the first half of April 2012 have now been published (check them here), giving us our first look at exactly what “Extended Hours” mean. The first two weekends of April now see Disneyland Park open until 10.30pm, giving up to an hour and a half more time than the same period last year (check our archived hours here). On the weekend of the 14th and 15th, that extends further to the magical 11pm; the first 11pm closing time in April for almost two decades. Meanwhile weekdays see a solid 9.30pm closing time, again an increase of up to an hour and a half on last year.

It’s important to note that these Extended Hours are really just regular park opening hours… extended. Merely a way to promote the longer hours required to see darkness fall over Sleeping Beauty Castle — and all those Disney Dreams! effects come to life. The unconnected Extra Magic Hours, which are available in the morning, continue for Disney Hotel guests and Annual Passport Dream holders.

These new hours not only add a great deal more value to park tickets (and particularly resort hotel stays), they herald the moment where Disneyland Paris is ready to grow up, to start acting like a real Disney park. Previously weighted far too heavily towards the two summer months of July and August, the resort’s old calendar saw pretty much the entire rest of the year besides Christmas relegated to “off season”. If you wanted the “full Disney experience” of later hours, darkness falling over Main Street and nighttime entertainment, you had to wait until summer — and stump up the prices to match. Now, that full Disney experience will be available every day and every night of the year.

• Flashback: See the very first Euro Disneyland opening times from 1992 here!

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  • This is brilliant news!! I’m going in September and taking my 2 yr old and thought as I was going “off season” that my partner and I would have to find entertainment elsewhere after our son had fallen asleep but no longer!! This means that for a few days of the holiday while our son sleeps in his pushchair we get to stay up and watch the fireworks now this holiday looks more for everyone that just the little one and I can’t wait to go!!

  • If this is true does this mean that in mid June the parks are open until 11:00 PM every day? (the sun cames down at 9:58 PM).

  • Has it been confirmed that Dreams will continue for the rest of the year? I was not sure what was going to happen after Summer Season ends, and whether Dreams would then only be on at certain times, as with electrical parades and fireworks in the past.
    Any news is much appreciated.

  • shirley hosken  28th February 2012, 13:44

    my daughter and i took my 2 granddaughters 2 disneyland paris last august and we had a whale of a time.(me and my daughter have been several times before). we are now really looking forward to going again this august and i think we will all be totally overwhelmed with what its going to be like this year. roll on august!!!!!!!!!!

  • Figgygirl – Yes, Disney Dreams! will absolutely continue for the whole of the 20th Anniversary, which is so far confirmed until March 2013. And as numerous rumours suggest, it will likely be with the park for at least five years. It’s a major investment and a big change to the operating calendar of the park.

  • Thanks DLRPToday, I did think it would be silly to invest this much money in the park, and not make full use of it. We always took our boys in summer holidays for the long park hours and electrical parade / fireworks, and I love the parks at night after dark when the lights come on. ( and the dark mornings! )
    So great if people can see Dreams all year round, and not just at peak times.
    What a super improvement to DLP.

  • why dont they do a loyalte sceam or some thing.
    we have been there 12 times,stayed in different hotels.
    the biggest shock is at davey crocket ranch ,the prii ce as gone up and now you dont get breakfast.
    I think it his a bit of a rip off for aself drive holiday.please excuse my spelling mistakes.

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