Saturday, 2 August 2014

Tom Wolber to become Président of Euro Disney S.C.A.

Philippe Gas named General Manager of  Shanghai Disney Resort, Tom Wolber, from Walt Disney World Resort, replacing him at Disneyland Paris.

Euro Disney S.C.A. today announced the nomination of Tom Wolber to the position of Président of Euro Disney S.A.S., the management company of both Euro Disney S.C.A., the holding company, and Euro Disney Associés S.C.A., the operator of Disneyland® Paris, in replacement of Philippe Gas named General Manager of Shanghai Disney Resort.

"One of our greatest assets is the global strength of our teams," said Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "Both Philippe and Tom are seasoned Disney veterans with a tremendous combination of leadership skills, business acumen, and international experience that will help ensure that we carry on our legacy of creating unforgettable experiences for our guests. They bring an incredible depth of operational experience to their respective roles and are well positioned to contribute to the future success of Shanghai Disney Resort and Disneyland Resort Paris".

"On behalf of all Supervisory Board members, I would like to thank Philippe for the excellent collaboration we had together and for his personal involvement in Euro Disney during the last 6 years", said Virginie Calmels, chairman of Euro Disney Supervisory Board. "We are very proud that The Walt Disney Company has chosen Philippe, a French top executive, to lead a huge and strategic project such as Shanghai Disney Resort. We also welcome Tom and wish him a lot of success in his new function".

Tom’s appointment will be effective in September 2014. He will transition into this new role during the summer, working with Philippe to ensure continued commitment to the company’s long term strategic priorities.
Tom is German and speaks 4 languages: French, Dutch, English and German. He returns to Disneyland Paris, which he helped to open in 1992 and brings more than 20 years of wide-ranging operations experience including leadership positions at Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club and both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris. He most recently served as the head of Walt Disney World Resort and Transportation Operations, overseeing all of the 28 resort hotels and the property’s extensive transportation network. He has also overseen a number of complex expansion projects, including the successful launch of the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy and was instrumental in the Disney Springs master plan and the continued growth of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ sports business.
Source: Euro Disney S.C.A.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sing-a-long-a Frozen comes to Cambridge in October

The Cambridge Corn Exchange will be echoing to the sounds of 'Do you wanna build a snowman…..? when Singalonga Productions screen Disney's Frozen on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October 2014.
All the usual suspects of lyrics on screen to sing along with, together with a live host and a magic moments fun pack so that you can interact with the movie. The host will show audience members how to use the fun pack and then just sit back and 'Let it Go'!
YOU the audience are the stars!  Remember to dress up as your favourite character for the fancy dress competition and who wouldn't want to be a Snow Queen for the day or Olaf the snowman, the coolest iceman ever!
It's the most popular comedy-adventure to hit the big screen this year and add the fairydust of Singalonga and you are guaranteed a great time. Come on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen and put an end to her icy spell.

Sooooo ‘do you wanna build a snowman…..?’

The Ticket Prices are:

Children £12.50
Adults £17.00

Family ticket:
£48.50 2 adults and 2 children
£35.50 1 adult and 2 children

Price includes a booking fee of £2.50.

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.