Disneyland Paris the 4th most visited theme park in the world.

The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) has released their rankings and attendance figures for 2008. The report covers all theme parks world wide.

Disneyland Paris came 4th world wide and topped the list of European theme parks showing a nearly 6% increase in attendance at 12.7 million visitors – three times the attendance of it’s closest competitor, Europa Park in Germany. Walt Disney Studios came in at 9th place in Europe with 2,612,000 visitors.

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom tops the list this year as the most visited theme park in the world – drawing in just over 17 million visitors in 2008. As impressive as that number is though, it’s pretty much even with 2007. As for the rest of the North American theme parks – Disneyland Park in California was second with 14.7 million visitors – a 1% drop, followed by Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom to round out the top 5.

Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World topped the list of US water parks (as well as all international water parks) with 2,059,000 visitors in 2008 – a 1% drop. Blizzard Beach also saw a 1% drop in attendance with 1,891,000 visitors.

Here is the top 10 list for theme parks world wide:

1) Magic Kingdom (Florida) – 17,063,000
2) Disneyland Park (California) – 14,721,000
3) Tokyo Disneyland (Tokyo) – 14,293,000
4) Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris (Paris) – 12,688,000
5) Tokyo Disney Sea (Tokyo) – 12,498,000
6) Epcot (Florida) – 10,935,000
7) Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Florida) – 9,608,000
8) Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Florida) – 9,540,000
9) Universal Studios Japan (Osaka) – 8,300,000
10) Everland (Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea) – 6,600,000

Here is the top 20 theme parks in Europe

1) Disneyland Park Paris (France) 12,688,000
2) Europa Park (Germany) 4,000,000
3) Tivoli Gardens (Denmark) 3,972,000
4) Port Aventura (Spain) 3,300,000
5) De Efteling (Netherlands) 3,200,000
6) Gardaland (Italy) 3,100,000
7) Liseberg (Sweeden) 3,050,000
8) Bakken (Denmark) 2,700,000
9) Walt Disney Studios (France) 2,612,000
10) Alton Towers (England) 2,520,000
11) Phantasialand (Germany) 1,900,000
12) Legoland Windsor (England) 1,815,000
13) Parc Asterix (France) 1,800,000
14) Thorpe Park (England) 1,7000,000
15) Legoland Billund (Denmark) 1,650,000
16) Mirabilandia (Italy) 1,600,000
17) Futuroscope (France) 1,600,000
18) Parque De Atracciones (Spain)
19) Duinrella Attraktie Park (Holland) 1,356,000
20) Heide Park (Germany) 1,330,000

To see the complete report visit http://www.themeit.com

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Mickey’s Magical Party

From 4 April 2009 until March 2010 Disneyland Resort Paris will celebrate “Mickey’s Magical Party”. For this new year Mickey Mouse invite the guests to live magical moments with a new season full of new parades, shows and attraction.

A new show “Place à la fête avec Mickey et ses Amis” – “On with the show with Mickey and his friends” located on Central Plaza’s new stage with the Lion King, Jungle Book and Aladdin characters”Place à la Danse à Discoveryland” – “Let’s Danc at Discoveryland” with Stitch as the DJ. His mission to warm up the heat of Disneyland with an intergalactic dance stage. Minnie will become the charming hostess of a small train going up Main Street, U.S.A.

At the Walt Disney Studios there is a new parade. The Disney’s Stars ‘n’ Cars, a Hollywood extravaganza with the characters of Toy Story, Snow White, Monsters Inc, Mulan, Little Mermaid and the Disney Villains, with themed cars from the previous cars parade at the Disney-MGM Studios park in Florida.

Playhouse Disney – Live! is a new attraction at Walt Disney Studios, where younger children will prepare for Minnie, along with other Disney Channel heroes, for the best birthday party ever organised.

A press event at the park on the 28th March will be held to help launch Mickey’s Magical Party!

From 4 April 2009, new dreams become reality at Disneyland Resort Paris with Mickey’s Magical Party!!

English translation of DLRP Press Release by Alain Littaye.

Review: The Magical Music of Walt Disney

I went to The Magical Music of Walt Disney concert at The Cambridge Corn Exchange this afternoon and had a wonderful time.

The Cambridge Philharmonic Society played a lovely selection of music from many of Disney’s films. The musical journey was narrated by actor David Timson and each peace of music as accompanied with images from the films and Disney animation archives projected on a big screen behind the orchestra.

Here is the play list.

Disney Classics Overture
Tarzan Suite
The Little Mermaid Orchestral Suite
Hercules Suite
Mary Poppins Fantasy
Beauty and the Beast

Rescuers Down Under
Disney’s Aladdin Orchestral Suite
Mulan Suite
Hunchback of Norte Dame Suite
The Lion King Suite

Finally there was an encore of a sing along to “It’s a Small World” with images from the ride and the words projected on the big screen.

Disney to launch Cinemagic HD channel

Disney is to launch a HD version of its premium movie channel Cinemagic next month.

Cinemagic HD will be available through Sky+ HD to customers who take a Sky Movies subscription. Movies in the lineup for December include Ratatouille and Tinkerbell, followed by Sleeping Beauty and The Incredibles in the New Year.

“We’re delighted to launch our first high definition channel in the UK and Disney Cinemagic’s focus on movies made it the ideal choice for the HD format,” said Michael Cairns, Cinemagic’s general manager. “This deal with BSkyB underlines our commitment to using cutting edge technology to help create and distribute outstanding content and the HD format is set to add a new dimension to family’s enjoyment of Disney animated movies.”
Films available during December and January will include Ratatouille, Tinkerbell, Sleeping Beauty and The Incredibles.