Disneyland - Wish: From Disney's Centennial Celebration to Enchanting Toy Lines at Disneyland Paris

By Mulder, 11 november 2023

The enchanting world of Disney has once again captured hearts as the highly anticipated animated film, Wish, prepares to grace theaters on November 22, 2023. As the Kingdom of Roses unfolds on the silver screen, the magic extends beyond the cinema, with the release of the Wish toy line at Disneyland Paris. Delve us into the magical offerings of Wish, exploring the anticipation surrounding the film, the diverse range of toys available, and the significance of this enchanting journey into Disney's centennial celebration.

Disney's latest animated creation, Wish, directed by Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn, promises to be a milestone in the Disney movie canon. The narrative, centered around Asha, a 17-year-old protagonist voiced by Ariana DeBose, invites audiences to discover the origin of the iconic wishing star celebrated in Disney's timeless theme song. The film's inception in 2018, kept under wraps until January 2022, adds an air of mystery, building anticipation among Disney enthusiasts. The blend of traditional watercolor animation and modern computer animation, inspired by Disney's historical styles, sets the stage for a visually stunning cinematic experience.

As the film captures hearts, the Wish toy line introduces an array of enchanting collectibles, allowing fans to bring the magic home. The Asha doll, embodies the optimism of the film's protagonist. Complementing this, the Valentino the Goat plush toy, voiced by Alan Tudyk, adds a touch of whimsy to the collection. However, these are not mere dolls and plushies; the Wish toy line extends its charm with Asha's Wishing Journal, the musical Keepsake Box, and interactive items like the Star Microphone and Wish Bluetooth Karaoke Machine. 

Given the recent success of Disney movie toys, notably the Little Mermaid doll, experts project a rapid sell-out of the Wish toy line. The strategic timing of the film's release, just ahead of the Black Friday shopping frenzy, positions these toys as sought-after gifts for the holiday season. Drawing parallels to the unexpected popularity of past Disney releases like Frozen, collectors are advised to act swiftly to secure items like the Dahlia of Rosas and Queen Amaya dolls, potentially becoming valuable keepsakes in the years to come.

Premiering at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on November 8, 2023, Wish marks a significant moment in Disney's storied history. The film's directors, cast, and the ever-iconic Mickey and Minnie Mouse walked the blue carpet, accompanied by a mesmerizing live drone show. As the anticipation builds for the theatrical release on November 22, the world is set to witness the culmination of years of development, creativity, and the celebration of Disney's centennial.

Disney's influence extends beyond the screen with the Wish Together campaign, a heartwarming collaboration with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. With Disney pledging to donate 10% of the sale price of each merchandise item, up to $1 million, fans become part of a larger initiative to bring joy to those in need. Additionally, Disney Parks will host character meet-and-greet events featuring Asha at various locations, adding a touch of magic to the theme park experience throughout November.

The release of the Wish toy line at Disneyland Paris signifies not just a merchandise launch but an extension of the magical universe created by Disney. As the film prepares to take audiences on a journey into the Kingdom of Roses, these toys serve as tangible reminders of the enchantment that Disney continues to weave into the fabric of storytelling. Whether collecting for nostalgia or gifting for the joy of others, the Wish toy line embodies the spirit of wishes coming true and the timeless magic that Disney imparts to audiences worldwide.

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Synopsis : 
Asha, a quick-witted 17-year-old devoted to her loved ones, lives in Rosas, a kingdom where literally every wish can be granted. In a moment of despair, she makes a wish to the stars, which is answered by a cosmic force: a small ball of infinite energy named Star. Together, Star and Asha face their most formidable enemy yet, and prove that the wish of a determined person, combined with the magic of the stars, can produce miracles...

Directed by Chris Buck, Fawn Veerasunthorn
Screenplay by Jennifer Lee, Allison Moore
Story by Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck, Fawn Veerasunthorn, Allison Moore
Produced by Peter Del Vecho, Juan Pablo Reyes Lancaster-Jones
Starring  Ariana DeBose, Chris Pine, Alan Tudyk, Angelique Cabral, Victor Garber, Natasha Rothwell, Jennifer Kumiyama, Harvey Guillén, Evan Peters, Ramy Youssef, Jon Rudnitsky
Cinematography : Rob Dressel (layout), Adolph Lusinsky (lighting)
Edited by Jeff Draheim
Music by Dave Metzger (score), Julia Michaels (songs) Benjamin Rice (songs)
Production companies : Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release dates : November 8, 2023 (El Capitan Theatre), November 22, 2023 (United States), November 29, 2023 (France)
Running time : 92 minutes

Photos : Boris Colletier / Mulderville