Sunday, 24 August 2014

A Maleficent Halloween at Disneyland Paris

There will be much more than just  things going bump in the night during this years Halloween season at Disneyland Paris.  Here is the official Press Release with all the scary details.
Disneyland Paris is the place to be to meet the gang of Disney Villains during Disney's Halloween Festival 2014
From 1 October to 2 November 2014, Disneyland Paris is the place to be to meet the Halloween gang of Disney Villains. Every day, Maleficent will bring together the Disney Villains in a cheerfully ominous atmosphere, promising Disneyland Paris guests encounters to die (laughing) for. The Sleeping Beauty Castle Courtyard will be transformed to welcome the good Disney Villains who will take mischievous pleasure in taking over Disney's Halloween Festival.
And that's not all! During this delightfully frightening month, ghosts and "Disney’s Funky Pumpkins*" will take possession of Main Street, U.S.A., astonishing pumpkins will take over the flowerbeds in Central Plaza and Frontierland will be transformed into an autumn garden, where sunflowers and pumpkins will take centre stage. Finally, Mickey and friends will offer guests a special Harvest festival-themed cavalcade, not far from Minnie's Halloween Costume Corner or the incredible candy-making machine invented by greedy Goofy, all designed to ensure Disney's Halloween Festival is a laugh a minute!

NEW: The Maleficent Disney Villains Promenade

With Maleficent in the leading position, the Disney Villains will be the unmissable stars of Disney's Halloween Festival.

The Maleficent Disney Villains Promenade

Every day, the Disney Villains will be happy to have their photos taken with guests to immortalize this fearsomely funny occasion forevermore.

Together with Maleficent, the Disney Villains will parade around Central Plaza to welcome guests.

NEW: Maleficent's Court

In the Sleeping Beauty Castle Courtyard, Maleficent and her accomplices will create an unmissable spectacle, which will be the place to be seen!

Maleficent's Court
This year, Maleficent will cast a spell on the Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Disneyland Park and will invite some of the Disney Villains to join her in the Castle Courtyard.

Maleficent, surrounded by her friends, the Disney Villains, will take over the place — it has now been invaded by imposing brambles, which guests will be able to pose in front of, next to the Disney Villains.  

That is how huge brambles mysteriously appear in the Castle Courtyard. Shaped like the famous horns of Maleficent herself, these brambles form the outline of an imposing dragon.

As night falls, the bramble will take on a more disquieting look, immersing guests in a universe of bright, unsettling colours.
Mickey's Halloween Celebration
To celebrate Halloween and to provide guests with a unique party, Mickey and friends will offer guests a cavalcade specially dedicated to the Harvest festival, and have naturally been inspired by the autumn and Harvest theme.
Several times a day, Mickey and friends will parade in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and along Main Street, U.S.A., surrounded by dancers wearing autumn colours.
This year, the lovely Daisy will open the cavalcade. The Three Little Pigs and Horace will join Mickey's Halloween Celebration on their brand new float "Raise the Rafters!".  Surrounded by owls, black cats, spiders and bats, the Three Little Pigs, Horace and Clarabelle will dance to country music in front of their farm. A tree and an enchanted mushroom will come to life as if by magic.
As for the Disney Characters, they will be showing off their most stunning seasonal costumes. Donald will explore the wonders of autumn in a world made of straw and pumpkins, together with his inseparable nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Meanwhile, Uncle Scrooge will bring up the rear, determined to keep determined to keep careful watch over a strange pumpkin that appears to be worth its weight in gold…

 Mickey and Minnie pay homage to the Harvest season from their huge horn of plenty, filled with autumn leaves, fruits and pumpkins. Behind them, Chip and Dale, accompanied by the charming Clarice, have taken advantage of the Harvest to steal and hoard as many hazelnuts as they can lay their hands on!

Ghosts invade Disneyland Park

They thought they could keep a low profile throughout Halloween month, but guests will only be able to unmask them and immortalise them in a photo!

The ghosts of the former residents of Main Street, U.S.A. will use Halloween as the perfect opportunity to make their grand appearance. Delighted to be able to make an appearance during Disney's Halloween Festival, they will take over Main Street, U.S.A., trying to blend into the scenery. The Park's apprentice ghost hunters will be invited to unmask them, armed with their cameras.
Hilarious encounters with Disney Characters

The Disney characters get dressed up to the nines to welcome guests in a vibrant and colourful Halloween atmosphere for those special photo opportunities with guests.

Halloween Costume Corner

Passionate about sewing and fashion, Minnie will invite guests to discover her amazing sewing workshop, specially created for Halloween. An extravagant, colourful world where everyone is encouraged to let their imagination run wild.
Minnie, in her fabulous Halloween-inspired dress will no doubt jump at the opportunity to pose with her admirers.

Goofy Bonbons

Halloween would not be the same without bonbons and spells. For that reason, Goofy has designed and created a truly amazing candy-making machine to dazzle those with a sweet tooth, young and old! Fans of bonbons and Goofy will not miss the opportunity to stop in front of this astonishing machine.
Goofy might even join them to make sure everything is in good working order. A moment to treasure and a chance for everyone to persuade him to share his confectionery secrets!

Jack and Sally's Cemetery (from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas© Disney)

The famous couple created by Tim Burton will be at Disneyland Paris during Halloween for a mortally enchanting encounter. The set recreates the universe of the film The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Jack and Sally in person will welcome those who will be courageous enough to meet them. A reproduction inspired by the universe of Tim Burton, Jack and Sally's Cemetery is a unique place.

NEW: Disney PhotoPass+

The perfect opportunity to capture your best moments with the Disney Villains.

 Disney PhotoPass+ allows guests to collect all their souvenir photos taken on rides or with Disney Characters by Park photographers at photo locations in high definition in a virtual portfolio.
The photos are also available on a dedicated website ( and on a mobile app that enables guests to download them, share them on social networks and even purchase personalised photo products (photo albums, mugs, calendars etc.).

Disney's Halloween Festival will therefore be the ideal time to capture the best poses next to the Disney Villains.

Disney's Halloween Party: the grand finale on 31 October!

Guaranteed screams, even for the bravest guests. The most magical Halloween night will take place at Disneyland Paris!
The now famous Disney's Halloween Party** will be held on 31 October 2014 in Disneyland Park. A unique experience to share with family or friends from 8.30 pm to 1 am.

Disneyland Park will reopen its doors after dark and guests will see it as they have never seen it before — in a more mysterious atmosphere than ever, with unexpected animations, terrifyingly delicious surprises and a "hellish" atmosphere. The moon will bring out the ghosts, Disney Villains and other creatures for the party, who are all ready to play their tricks around the most mysterious of places. After enjoying the many attractions Disneyland Park has to offer, guests will be able to immerse themselves in the magical extravaganza of the Disney Dreams®! night-time show.

Thrilling rides

Hair-raising, high-speed sensations!”

Halloween will be the perfect occasion to test guests' vocal chords on rides that will make them tremble with fear! With The Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorTM, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster with Aerosmith, Indiana JonesTM and the Temple of Peril, Crush’s Coaster® and Space Mountain: Mission 2, Disneyland Paris will be the place to be to test the limits of the most overwhelming fears.
The Disney Villains have chosen the right occasion for their largest gathering — Disney's Halloween Festival 2014 has become autumn's unmissable event. 
In an atmosphere where laughter mingles with spells cast by Maleficent, guests will find themselves immersed in a strange, delightful world that only Disneyland Paris knows how to create. To celebrate Halloween and the Harvest season with Mickey and friends, come to Disneyland Paris from 1 October to 2 November 2014.

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