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Magical world for everyone.

THE roar started from the older two when the buildings appeared in the distance and built to a crescendo when their toddler sister realised she was about to meet Minnie Mouse again.

The magic of Disney to cynics like me has become a hackneyed phrase, but it really is true for children and quite a number of adults, even in the 21st century.

The French Disney resort began its 15th anniversary celebrations last year with a host of new attractions.

The celebrations feature the daily Once Upon A Dream Parade, with all of the characters from the Disney films, as well as the early evening Candleabration, which sees the classic Disney castle lit up as Mickey and Minnie celebrate.

The kids loved the colour, the music and the pageantry but really they were there for the rides and the resort features something for all ages.

And if you are there for more than a day, there is the chance to escape the kids to jump on the train that whisks you into the centre of Paris in less than 30 minutes.

The resort has three distinct areas, the main Disneyland Park, dominated by Sleeping Beauty's Enchanter Castle, the Walt Disney Studio complex and the Disney Village which contains a variety of restaurants, bars, shops and other venues and stays open after the parks close.

Characters like Mickey and Minnie and Goofy are always on hand for autographs, but you can spend a fair bit of time queueing for the rides unless you can pay extra for Fast Passes which take you to the front of the queue. If you are limited for time it is worth extra cash and to enjoy zapping the villains on the Buzz Lightyear Astro Blaster, the Pirates of the Caribbean adventure or the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

New attractions for the anniversary include the Finding Nemo-inspired Crushes Coaster and the Car Race Rally.

Needless to say, you can spend a fortune with the costumes, merchandising and food and drink outlets.

But the service is fast and friendly even if it would take you a week to do justice to the resort.

Factfile PRICES for a two-night three-day package in March 2008 start from pounds 220 per adult and until March 19, 2008, kids under 12 years old stay and play for free. The price includes two nights' accommodation with continental breakfast at Disney's Hotel New York and three-day hopper tickets for the Disneyland Park and WaltDisney Studios Park.

The same package staying at Disney's Hotel Santa Fe starts from pounds 131 per adult.

If you pre-buy in the UK you save 15 per cent on ticket prices. These are 'hopper' tickets which cover entrance to both the Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland Park.

Ticket prices until the beginning of April are: One-day park hopper: Adult pounds 33 - children under 12 stay and play for free when with a full paying adult Two-day park hopper : Adult pounds 72 - children under 12 stay and play for free when with a full paying adult To book, call 08448 008 111, visit www.disneylandparis.com, or pop in to your local travel agent.

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