Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Ratatouille : The Adventure special 'Theme Park Worldwide - The Show'


Enjoy this weeks Ratatouille : The Adventure special episode of Theme Park Worldwide - The Show hosted by Shawn Sanbrook


Sunday, 13 July 2014

€32m boost predicted for Disneyland Paris

 

A leading City analyst has forecast that Disneyland Paris will receive a €32m (£25m), ($43.5m)  increase in revenue due the new Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Remy (Ratatouille: The Adventure) attraction which opened to Guests at the resort on Thursday.
  
Although Disneyland Paris  is Europe’s most-visited tourist attraction, attendance slipped 6.9% last year to 14.9m leaving Euro Disney S.C.A. with a €27.5m operating loss on a revenue of €1.3bn.
 
“My global estimate is that they could have a rebound on the attendance in the second half of 2014 mainly due to Ratatouille,” said one analyst. “I am estimating an operating result in the black at €4.5m.”
 
The French comprise 51% of all the visitors to Disneyland Paris  followed by 14%  from the United Kingdom. “A lot of the decrease in attendance is because of the macro economic situation,” said the analyst, adding that “last year they were impacted by the macro of course and not very good weather in Q4. This year I assume a bit of a rebound in attendance.”
 
The Single biggest shareholder of Euro Disney S.C.A. is the Walt Disney Company, which has a 39.8% stake, with 10% owned by Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud, the  Saudi business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, and 5% owned by money manager Invesco.  The remainder is floated on the Paris Euronext exchange.
 
Despite the drop in attendance last year, occupancy at the resorts hotels was still 79.3% close to the average of 80.3% for hotels in Paris over the same period.
 
Euro Disney’s next major boost is expected to come in 2016 when it will open the new leisure complex, Villages Nature, in partnership with France’s leading holiday apartment rental company Pierre et Vacances.
 
“The occupancy is high and Villages Nature will boost it,” the analyst added. “Maybe it will help also the operating result but we have to wait for that.”

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Fleur Pellerin inaugurates Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy.

 

Disneyland Paris welcomed Fleur Pellerin, Secretary of Commerce, of Tourism Promotion and of the French abroad, to celebrate the opening to the public of Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Remy on 10 July 2014. The inauguration was an opportunity to pay tribute to the appeal that France has, as the world's leading tourist destination, with Disneyland Paris, Europe’s number one tourist destination.
 
 
During the inauguration, Fleur Pellerin welcomed "this new investment in our territory that included 44 French companies, of which 34 from the Ile-de-France region and 11 from Seine-et-Marne, and to create 200 new permanent jobs, not to mention the nearly 4,000 French artisans who worked on the project. The attraction which, like the movie, places Paris, its cuisine and its know-how on the frontline, is an asset for our tourism appeal."
 
 

The unique relationship between Disney and France stretches back well before the very first agreement signed with the State in 1987 which initiated the building of the theme park located 20 miles to the east of Paris.

Walt Disney's ancestors originally came from the village of Isigny-sur-Mer in Normandy. Even the name Disney is derived from "d'Isigny" (French for "from Isigny"). In the 1950s, the tales of Charles  Perrault inspired the animated films Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Since then, a host of French artists and designers have worked with Disneyland Paris to produce unique creations, from chefs Christophe Michalak, Thierry Marx and Paul Bocuse, to fashion designer Chantal Thomass.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Spider-Man Meet 'n' Greet continues.


The highly popular Spider-Man Meet 'n' Greet in the Walt Disney Studios Park will remain open until the end of August


Originally announced to run From April until 14 July 2014, this highly popular Marvel Meet 'n' Greet which attracts waiting times of up to 70 minutes is now confirmed until 31 August 2014, with no closing date announced.


Source: InsideDLParis

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Bistot Chez Rémy

 
 
On the 10th July 2014,  Bistot Chez Remy  the newest restaurant in Disneyland Paris will open it's doors to park guests.   Located in  La Place de Rémy in the Walt Disney Studios Park next to  the resorts latest attraction Ratatouille : L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Remy, with 370 seats it will be the largest table service restaurant in the resort.
 
And here are some photographs from inside one of the most beautifully themed  restaurants in Disneyland Paris to wet your appetite.  
 
 
 






 
 
 
Not only does the restaurant look fantastic, the uniforms for the Cast Members are very smart too.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

French hotel tax due to increase.


French foreign minister Laurent Fabius has attacked plans to raise by more than five times hotel taxes paid by tourists, saying the move would be dangerous for tourism and France's fragile economy.
 
Lawmakers from Fabius' Socialist Party initiated two increases in the tourist tax or “taxe de séjour” in French , passed last week in parliament's lower chamber.
 
If confirmed by the Senate, they could force visitors to France to spend up to eight euros (£6) per night in hotel taxes, instead of 1.50 euros (£1.20) currently, with the price rising with the hotel category. Another increase adds two more euros for Paris region hotels which will include the Disneyland Paris area to pay for transport improvements.
 
The tourist sector accounts for more than 7% of the country's gross domestic product and employs two million people.
 
Mr Fabius said the increases are "dangerous and totally contrary to the promotion of tourism, a priority for jobs". He joins tourist professionals in criticising the moves.
 
Sébastien Bazin, the CEO of Accor, the French hotels group, said in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche, the French Sunday newspaper, that the proposed taxes were “sinful, impossible, and dangerous.”

Friday, 4 July 2014

Disability charity sues Disneyland Paris

 
A French charity is  filing a suit against Disneyland Paris for discriminating against the mentally handicapped.  The National Union of Charities for Parents with Disabled Children (Unapei) said it was taking the step after several complaints from families and organisations.
 
Unapei head Thierry Nouvel said "Mentally handicapped people had to obtain 'priority passes' for attractions at the park, which could mean a wait of up to one-and-a-half hours in order to complete formalities".
 
He said the mentally handicapped had to follow “different and demeaning regulations” including being forced to be accompanied by an able-bodied adult while taking rides or enjoying other attractions.
 
The suit will seek to stop all such “discriminatory” practices, Nouvel said.  The association also says that under current rules an able-bodied person accompanying a group of four handicapped people cannot take a rollercoaster ride as a group but has to do so individually - resulting in a huge loss of time.
 
Disneyland Paris rules stipulate that mentally handicapped people must “be accompanied by at least one able bodied person over the age of 18 who is able to help them.”
 
There are special fast-track entrances for handicapped people, once they have a priority pass.  Disneyland Paris said it was “very surprised” by the complaint.
 
“We have collaborated with Unapei to draft security rules,” said Daniel Delcourt, Vice-President in Charge of Operations. “It's because of security concerns that we want mentally handicapped persons to be identified as such,” he said.
 
Delcourt said that in case of any problems, firefighters had to be given information about how many handicapped people there were in an attraction at that point of time.
 
Source: Agence France-Presse