Disneyland Paris Christmas 2013: The New Christmas Tree & Magical Christmas Wishes

Disneyland Paris Christmas 2013: The New Christmas Tree & Magical Christmas Wishes

When the Christmas season rolls around in Disneyland Paris we all look forward to seeing the Christmas Tree take its iconic place in Town Square. This year however was different, as we knew that a brand new tree was coming our way. At 24 metres high it was to be slightly taller than the previous tree, the same tree that was used in 1992 and every year since. Other than that we knew very little of what the new Christmas tree would offer.

New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

On Friday afternoon, when I first arrived in Disneyland Paris and walked towards Town Square, I saw a Christmas tree that looked really tall, much taller than I was expecting. Even though it physically only edges out the old tree by a small amount, I have a feeling that Disneyland Paris have been up to their forced perspective tricks again, as this new tree looks incredibly tall. It is decorated with a lot more ornaments than the previous tree, so maybe that helps to give the illusion of it being nearer the sky than the old tree. However, those ornaments (1,000 in all) are not cluttered on the branches, and it never feels like there are too many.

New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

Speaking of the ornaments – wow! They look fantastic, and so very stylish. There are stars, baubles, characters, stockings, gingerbread men and so much more. There are of course the globes which light up in different colours, but more on that later in the article. You can actually buy smaller versions of some of the ornaments for your own tree, but I couldn’t find the Mickey/Minnie/Goofy sledge ornament anywhere, and I did look in every shop I could possibly get to. So, if anyone spots it then give me a shout!

Ornaments On The New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

Ornaments On The New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

Globe Ornament On The New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

Globe Ornament On The New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

Doll Ornament On The New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

Doll Ornament On The New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

Mickey Minnie & Goofy Ornament On The New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

Mickey Minnie & Goofy Ornament On The New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

At the base of the tree is a pile of presents, and around those is a train. It’s no ordinary train though, as this is the very train that is featured in Disney Dreams! of Christmas. The train doesn’t actually move, maybe that’s a feature for next year.

Presents Under The New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

Presents Under The New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

Train Under The New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

Train Under The New Christmas Tree in Disneyland Paris For 2013

When daylight fades it’s time for Magical Christmas Wishes, which is the new name for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year there is no float and no characters, well, not ones you can see anyway. The event is narrated by Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio and it really embraces the inner child as excitement builds. The fact that are no characters to see, but lots of amazing light effects on the tree, with the voices it seems even more magical than the previous version.

Just Before Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Just Before Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

According to Disneyland Paris on Twitter the tree is equipped with the latest lighting technology including 2,600 LEDs, and you really get those all working in full effect. The lights are dazzling and the aforementioned globes come to life in a variety of colours, which make the tree look even more majestic than ever before. There are waves of sparking colours and the music blends perfectly to leave you glowing as much inside as the tree is outside.

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

Magical Christmas Wishes in Disneyland Paris

New Christmas Tree At Night in Disneyland Paris For 2013

New Christmas Tree At Night in Disneyland Paris For 2013

From last year to this year, it really is all positive with the new tree and the new Magical Christmas Wishes. In the few minutes I stood watching and listening, the spirit of Christmas consumed me and happiness surged through every part of my body. Magical Christmas Wishes is enough to turn even the biggest Grinch into a fan of Christmas and my only regret is seeing it just the once. Next time I’ll stay longer and watch it as many times as I can.

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As the founder of Dedicated to DLP Steve is a self confessed Disneyland Paris fanatic and has an unrivaled passion for the resort, its history and what makes it work. He has a particular love of Pirates of the Caribbean, which he often talks about as the host of the podcast and the weekly YouTube show.

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6 Responses to “Disneyland Paris Christmas 2013: The New Christmas Tree & Magical Christmas Wishes”

  1. Figgygirl says:

    Excellent article and photos Steve! The videos I have watched have blown me away, as I really wasn’t expecting a ‘Tree Show’ like this. Stunning! The good thing is that everyone can see it to the same advantage, not like the previous Tree Lighting show where you really needed to get a spot early where Main Street meets Town Square for a good view of the Characters.
    Shame about the sledge ornament – I was hoping to buy this in two weeks. If I see them I will get one for you as well.

  2. Nikki D says:

    That’s a really great tree!

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