On April 10, 1992, Euro Disney’s six uniquely themed hotels and dazzling entertainment center “Festival Disney” (Disney Village) were officially opened during an invitation only, star-studded event.
Program - Friday, April 10, 1992
The Disneyland Hotel was dedicated on Saturday morning, April 11, 1992.
A few speeches, a ceremonial ribbon cutting and a small (interactive) show marked the opening of each Disney Hotel. In all, some hundred performers were involved in the evening’s entertainment.
At Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne, spirited square dancers and Disney characters staged a Western Hoedown (directed by mister Christophe Leclercq).
At Disney’s Hotel Santa Fé, a dance group (arriving in 1957 Chevrolet cars) rocked to the sounds of “La Bamba” (Los Lobos) and other legendary tunes.
At Disney’s Newport Bay Club, crooners sang pop standards, mostly from the Great American Songbook, backed by an elegant seaside dance band.
At Disney’s Sequoia Lodge, loggers gathered to play the violin or banjo around a crackling fire.
At Disney’s Hotel New York, people could enjoy performances of “The Temptations” (My Girl, Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone) and “The Four Tops” (I Can’t Help Myself, Reach Out I’ll Be There).
All through the evening, champagne was served on the borders of Lake Buena Vista. And the hotels provided invitees with a wide range of culinary experiences.
Disney’s Hotel Santa Fé: food from the south states of the USA. Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne: barbecue ribs, chicken and baked corn muffins. Disney’s Newport Bay Club: grilled scampi, swordfish and roasted oysters. Disney’s Sequoia Lodge: brochettes, a whole roast country pig on a spit, smoked salmon, carved rack of lamb and freshly baked breads. Disney’s Hotel New York: carved tenderloin of beef, lox, bagels, hot dogs and cheesecake.
The night ended with a spectacular fireworks display in the skies above Lake Buena Vista. It featured lights, lasers and fountains as well.
This article was originally published in January 2012. It is part of Designing Disney’s “DLP Twenty” series. At the occasion of the extension of the twentieth anniversary celebrations at Disneyland Paris, the article was updated in March 2013 with new information and photos.