Swing into Spring is a delightful celebration of the season taking place for the second time at Disneyland Paris, this year from March 1st through May 31st. Colorful flowers, character topiary and new shows help bring in the cheerful Spring season with even more entertainment than before. Festival highlights include La Garden Party de Dingo (Goofy’s Garden Party), Bienvenue à la Belle Saison (Welcome to Spring) and Le Petit Train du Printemps de Minnie (Minnie’s Little Spring Train)- all of which elicit the help of over 100 performers. See the weekly schedule from DLPGuide here.
Decorations on the Disneyland Railroad return- now with more leaf.
Town Square is as beautiful as ever with spring flowers, musical notes and butterflies covering the gazebo head to toe. Elegant Mary Poppins topiary return along with the kite flying Jane and Michael. Oh, and penguins. Because who doesn’t love waitering penguins? I have to say though, I’m kind of partial to the turtles.
When real flowers are planted later this month, this area will truly shine.
Even Main Street U.S.A. gets in on the springtime celebration with cheerful flower baskets on the lamp posts.
Colorful topiary can be found from Town Square through to the central hub. Characters from The Lion King, 101 Dalmations, Bambi and The Aristocats play amongst brightly colored woodchips for now- the frigid Parisian temperatures not allowing for flowerbeds just yet. I’m sure if they are anything like last year’s, you won’t be disappointed come warmer weather.
UPDATE: The themed topiary look even better with all those glorious spring blooms:
Minnie’s Little Spring Train
What used to serve as the platform for the band in last year’s Spring Promenade is now Minnie’s Little Spring Train that runs from Town Square, around the central hub and back down Main Street U.S.A. Borrowing a super catchy song from Tokyo Disney’s Easter Celebration, this tiny parade featuring Minnie, Clarabelle, Clarice and all your favorite rabbits is a cute addition to the Spring line up.
Watch the full video from Inside DLParis here.
Goofy’s Garden Party
This year, Disney’s Spring Promenade has transformed into La Garden Party de Dingo, or Goofy’s Garden Party. Favorite characters dressed in their springtime finest along with dancers and motorized “gardens” circle the central hub with a new song and elaborate new costumes (can we please talk about those hats!), making this afternoon parade a lot different than its slightly smaller predecessor from last year.
2014′s Spring Promenade seemed more personal somehow. The live musicians were a real treat and something I miss most of all this time around. Plus, it was the first time hearing the incredibly catchy, “Spring Fever,” which cannot be overstated. So perhaps it will just take some getting used to, but as it stands, I think I prefer the original. That said, I’m happy to see DLP expanding and investing in these performances and turning them more into a serious spectacle, adding weight to this season as a whole.
To start things off, Goofy and his Flower Power People descend from Sleeping Beauty Castle and into the central hub where a short song and dance number allows the characters, dancers and topiary to move from the side of Victoria’s/Gibson Girl to Main Street U.S.A. next to the Information Board.
Eventually the performers circle the hub, with Minnie and Mickey and Donald and Daisy arriving in their Spring Cars just in time to join the party.
It took a couple of viewings to know where I wanted to situate myself so as to see and experience as much of the show as possible. The top corners of Main Street offer great vantage points for everything, but for more interaction with the characters, you might want to find a spot to the right or left of the central hub area. Facing the castle, Mickey and Minnie park their car on the left side, while Donald and Daisy do the same on the right. Both couples make the full loop, but it helps to be on the correct side if you want more time or pictures with either.
Pooh and Friends follow suit to the left of central hub, while Alice, the Mad Hatter, Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Pinocchio, Gepetto, Clarabelle and Horace Horsecollar end up primarily on the right. Again, everyone makes the rounds, but it’s a question of having the most time possible with your preferred group. I’m just going to come right out and say it though: I miss springtime Stitch.
To get a better idea of the layout (or really, just to listen to the music) see the full video by Inside DLParis here.
As a side note here- when is DLP going to begin selling the soundtrack to Swing into Spring?
Welcome to Spring
Disney’s “Mary Poppins” is the name of the game here, with Ms. Supercalafragalistic herself making an appearance along with Bert and the ever lovable penguins. Bienvenue à la Belle Saison, or Welcome to Spring, has been “plussed” this year, as Mr. Walt Disney might say, and after seeing it multiple times over multiple days, I quite like it. It’s energetic, fun and you can’t beat the backdrop of Sleeping Beauty Castle. Again, the only thing really missing here are the live bands.
Watch the full video from DLP Welcome here.
This year what we lack in live music during Goofy’s Garden Party/Welcome to Spring, we get back times two with the Jolly Holiday Band in Town Square in Disneyland Park and the Studio One Orchestra in Walt Disney Studios Park. DLP does live music right and both bands are fantastic. It’s such a treat to see an investment in live entertainment that adds to the overall ambience of the Park in such a phenomenal way. I can’t get enough of these guys and I make sure to see both as many times as I can.
Meet and Greets
There are several Meet and Greets around Disneyland Park this season. Minnie greets guests at her home by Town Square, all decked out for Spring. Thumper and Miss Bunny meet where Rapunzel is usually situated, outside Casey’s Corner. Rapunzel has been temporarily moved to Fantasyland.
It’s nice to see merchandise available for purchase this year: mugs, small Mickey and Minnie stuffed animals, grow-your-own-topiary, backpacks and change purses and a magnet (not pictured). While the selection is small and WDW fans will recognize the design of the mugs from Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival, it’s certainly a welcome change from a lot of the more generic DLP items that are for sale park wide. Here’s hoping more specialized merch is introduced in the future!
Special food items are limited, but the Cable Car Bakeshop and Market House Deli do offer some Spring cupcakes if your sweet tooth is calling. The Lucky Nugget also has a spring combination meal available during lunch and dinner.
Spring has sprung in Disney Village as well, where guests will find small huts serving up everything from fruit smoothies to beignets, all surrounded by character topiary.
The Disneyland Hotel has a special Meet and Greet area in the main lobby along with some springtime decorations in and around Cafe Fantasia.
Cafe Fantasia is even serving a Swing into Spring menu with themed cupcakes, cocktails and macaroons. See the menu from DisneylandBerry here.
For those familiar with Walt Disney World’s Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot, think of Swing into Spring as Flower and Garden Festival Lite- with music…and less food. Unfortunately there are no
food and wine festival booths outdoor kitchens, but I’m still holding out hope for the future- that could be the next step to a fully fledged Spring season at DLP.
Despite it’s smaller footprint on the park than other seasonal holidays such as Halloween or Christmas (Swing into Spring decorations are largely omitted from lands other than Main Street U.S.A.) the brightly colored overlay and its’ cheery disposition brings with it a joyous atmosphere and makes for quite the jolly holiday indeed at Disneyland Paris this season.