Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright, Scarlett Moffatt, Kimberley Walsh and Stacey Solomon Face ‘The Force’ at Disneyland Paris’ Season of the Force

Published on January 29, 2018

Former professional footballer Rio Ferdinand, former Queen of the Jungle and TV presenter Scarlett Moffatt, singer and TV personality Stacey Solomon, and pop sensation Kimberley Walsh were amongst the first to experience the return of the ultimate Star Wars celebration at Disneyland Paris this weekend, Season of the Force.

Rio Ferdinand, who brought his children and girlfriend Kate Wright along for the adventure, enjoyed a host of the resorts attractions including Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, both of which immerse guests in the many worlds of the Star Wars saga. Kate and Rio, feeling brave, even took on the Dark Side of the Force when they encountered Darth Vader at Star Port in Discoveryland (photos included) before taking in the sights of Main Street USA, Disneyland Park, and enjoying attractions such as Ratatouille: The Adventure and Tower of Terror in Walt Disney Studios Park.

Scarlett Moffatt who visited during Season of the Force for the second year in a row, brought her younger sister Ava and nephew Noah along for family fun in the parks. The group cheered as Star Wars characters including Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Kylo Ren and Darth Vader took to the stage in Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away and interacted with Stormtroopers during their afternoon patrol. The family later posed for photos with Elite Troopers and Darth Vader in Star Port (photos included) before enjoying the spectacular light and sound show Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration, which sees the Walt Disney Studios Park landmark Tower of Terror come alive with Star Wars projections, special effects and even characters on stage.

Singer and TV personality Stacey Solomon, accompanied by her 2 children, Zachary and Leighton and niece Mila posed for photos with Elite Troopers before enjoying First Order March; a parade of Stormtroopers through Walt Disney Studios Park led by the daunting Captain Phasma.

It was also a family affair for popstar Kimberley Walsh, who enjoyed Season of the Force with her husband Justin and their 2 children, Bobby and Cole. The family took in an exhibition of Star Wars ships, and later got together with Scarlett’s family to enjoy Disney Stars on Parade in the Disneyland Park.

And of course no visit to Disneyland Paris would be complete without meeting Mickey Mouse! Rio and Kate, Scarlett, Kimberley and Stacey all took the opportunity to pose for photos with the Disney favourite in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Disneyland Park (photos included).


Quotes from the stars:

Speaking about the weekend Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright said “We have had an amazing family weekend away. We had a great time and especially loved the Tower of Terror and Star Tours attractions. We can’t wait to come back again!”

Scarlett Moffatt adds “Me and my family have loved every minute at Disneyland Paris’ Season of the Force. I felt like I was in the middle of a Star Wars movie, and we had made so many family memories. I feel very lucky I got to meet Darth Vader, almost to the point I want to go on the dark side. Everyone needs to come and see (Season of the Force at Disneyland Paris). All of the family, whether you’re 4 years old or whether you’re a gran – you’re going to love it!”.

Stacey Solomon enthused Season of the Force at Disneyland Paris is just brilliant. The whole Star Wars theming around the park was brilliant; the music, the ships, the characters it was all just so brilliantly done and Hyperspace Mountain is officially my favourite ride in Disneyland Paris…it feels like you are flying through the stars – its brilliant!”


About Season of the Force at Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris:

Season of the Force, which made its return on 13 January 2018 and will remain at the resort until 25 March 2018, is three months devoted to Star Wars in the two Disney parks; Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Guests can find themselves face to face with Darth Vader and Stormtroopers, propelled at the speed of light on Hyperspace Mountain and Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and dazzled by a spectacular show projected onto the architecture of the Hollywood Tower Hotel.

Season of the Force entertainment includes:

  • First Order March
  • Stormtroopers Patrol
  • Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration


Walt Disney Studios Park is now the heart of the Star Wars galaxy, with a whole host of unmissable events, including: 

Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration [1]

The un-missable, open-air projection is making its big come-back at Walt Disney Studios Park on 13 January 2018. Better yet: it will include new scenes, taken directly from the new film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Just imagine Walt Disney Studios Park lighting up in true Star Wars style at nightfall with a breath-taking sound and light show. Film projections, special effects and, of course, the Star Wars characters on stage! The legendary characters of the Empire, the First Order and the Resistance will make an appearance in this show celebrating the heroes of the saga.

First Order March [1]

The days at Walt Disney Studios Park are punctuated by epic appearances by Star Wars characters. Starting with the “First Order March”, a parade of Stormtroopers, led by the daunting Captain Phasma.

Stormtroopers Patrol [3]

A perfect opportunity to interact with the fearsome Stormtroopers. They patrol several times a day at Production Courtyard in Walt Disney Studios Park.

Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away[1]

This production is offered several times a day and brings a number of the saga’s legendary characters into the spotlight on stage. Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Kylo Ren, Darth Vader and many more will be present in person for this fascinating show at Production Courtyard in Walt Disney Studios Park.

Season of the Force is also a great opportunity to discover for the first time ever, in a unique exhibition in Walt Disney Studios Park, five large-scale ships inspired by the Star Wars™ universe and made by fans, that will immerse our guests into the Star Wars™ galaxy like never before.


The Star Wars galaxy continues at Disneyland Park

What’s New at Star Tours: The Adventures Continue [2]

New experiences, new destinations, new characters, new technologies – the attraction returns, with more than 60 different mission combinations. In November, a new adventure on Crait, featured in the latest film Star Wars: the Last Jedi will joined the Star Tours experience. Cutting-edge technology, digital 3D imagery, Audio-Animatronics characters, special effects, epic music and more… this journey is a total immersion into the many worlds of Star Wars. The Force is truly strong with Star Tours!

Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain [2]

For the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris, Star Wars combined with an iconic Space Mountain  to become Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. With this new adventure, guests to Disneyland Park take flight to meet up with the famous Rebel Alliance and experience an epic expedition.

Meeting the Dark Side of the Force [2]

Good news: you can stand up to Darth Vader at any age in Star Port! Come face to face him every day in a specially designed location in Discoveryland, near Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. A word of advice for your private meeting: don’t drop your guard when the photo is taken.

Disney Illuminations [2]

Nightfall also means a dazzling show in Disneyland Park: Disney Illuminations. This original show, inaugurated for the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris, includes sound and light shows, projections, water fountains and fireworks to take your breath away. You will be guided through a multitude of adventures, particularly in a galaxy far, far away, featuring the Millennium Falcon, TIE Fighters, Stormtroopers and more. The Force is with you at Disney Illuminations, with a sequence of live action shots to delight all Star Wars fans.

Prepare to become the hero of your very own Star Wars adventure from 13 January to 25 March 2018 with the Season of the Force, only in the two Disneyland Paris parks!

Heroes from the world of Star Wars take centre stage at Disneyland Paris during SEASON OF THE FORCE: an unmissable immersive experience for the youngest Padawans and the oldest Jedi alike. Runs until 25 March 2018.

[1] Shown only during the Season of the Force

[2] Proposed to guests all year round

[3] The availability of this product after the Season of the Force is not confirmed to date

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