Disneyland Paris fetes 20th after rocky childhood

THOMAS ADAMSON Associated Press Published:

CHESSY, France (AP) -- Disneyland Paris celebrated its entry into adulthood in spectacular style this weekend, with a 20th birthday extravaganza replete with celebrities, parades and a new state-of-the-art show.

The resort 35 kilometers (about 20 miles) east of Paris has a lot to celebrate. After overcoming a rocky childhood, the "Magic Kingdom" now makes up a chunk of the French economy and of Disney's own revenues.

Mexican actress Salma Hayek and retired French soccer great Zinedine Zidane led celebrations at the park featuring a high-energy projection of Disney cartoon characters onto Sleeping Beauty's castle crowning Main Street, U.S.A. Also starring in the event, marked with fireworks and water displays, were Peter Pan and other Disney characters.