A Christmas of generosity

Last 21 December, 250 children enjoyed a Christmas brunch and concert at the heart of Disneyland® Paris and received gifts from the solidarity collection backstage. 

From 23rd November to 14th December 2015, the Action Citoyenne department organised a collection of toys through our holiday destination’s backstage, a call which resonated among the teams who were especially involved this year. Numerous teams took up the challenge and many Cast Members took action to make their colleagues aware of the collection, from Park Operations to the Hotels and Disney Village.

Guillaume Abraini became part of the reception team in Disneyland Hotel last July and as a hands-on Disney VoluntEAR, he wanted to get his new colleagues involved in this collection. “After seeing the information on The Hub, I suggested to my management that a decorated box be put in place to motivate my colleagues to participate in this collection, I was the point person, as it were, of this Christmas Mission within my team” Guillaume revealed. The aim was to fill the box with gifts and this was achieved very quickly. “I was really proud to see the generosity of my colleagues in action!“ he concluded.

Olivier Bayoud, from the Plaza West and East boutique complex, Ribbons and Storybook Store, wanted to get his teams involved as soon as he saw the announcement. He worked on a presentation that the team leaders could share in briefings and the responses to it were beyond all expectations. In just a few days, 128 participants had already left their presents.“This unity on a common cause really touched me, instead of selling dreams as we say in the stores, it was our turn to give!” he revealed.

These toys sat in Santa Claus’ sack until this morning when the children from the inter-municipal grouping (SAN of Val d’Europe) associations received them from the Disney VoluntEARS as part of a morning of celebrations. “Our mission is to make children’s dreams come true and to bring them joy, by encouraging them to develop their creativity so that they can create the future they dream of. It is in this vision that we came up with this festive event bring hope to many” said Annabel Altman, Senior Manager of Action Citoyenne. “I would like to take the occasion to thank the many teams who took part in the Christmas Mission collection without whom the sack of this event would not have been so full!“

The Action Citoyenne team and the Disney VoluntEARS pulled out all the stops to give the children a great welcome at Billy Bob’s Western Saloon on 21st December. Lots of fun workshops were run by the Cast Members who came during their free time to share in the spirit of the festivities with the children, with personalisation of Christmas tree branches, the concoction of cocktails, greeting cards, fruit carving, and balloons, etc., there was certainly no lack of activities! UNICEF volunteers also attended the event. “The Disney VoluntEARS help us all year long, we have a wonderful history with Disneyland Paris. We are delighted to be here.” said Christine Chevalier, publicity and special events manager UNICEF France.

Our Disneyland Paris Ambassadors, Sonia Demay and Romina Grochow, were the masters of ceremonies on stage for a Christmas show specially put together for the children. They then danced and sang with Kids United (who have just gone platinum for the first time) and Yann’Sine Jebli (The Voice). The morning came to a close with the distribution of gifts from the Christmas Mission collection which our Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Daniel Delcourt and his teams attended. “I couldn’t have imagined a more inclusive and worthwhile activity for my teams than these end of year festivities. Giving up their time for the community is part of the values which motivate all of our employees, whatever their role or level of rank may be” he remarked.

Straightaway the gifts delighted the children, whose eyes lit up. They then had the chance to visit the Parks to begin this Christmas week with magic glistening in their eyes.

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  1. Hi, there! I’m from Brazil, and I’ll be at DisneylandParis on my 40th birthday with my family (a husband and 3 daughters). May I have my “magical birthday ever”? This include a character? How I order it? We’re ordering a 1day/2parks ticket, and we have a doubt about the time of Paris Express. It leaves Disnenyland at 8pm, is that time AFTER the fireworks and night parade? We’re very excited with this family travel,and we’ll be waiting ansiously for your reply

  2. Wonderful article, please more like this!

    I’ve never seen that castle elevation artwork before, could you post it in a higher resolution? Would love to thoroughly investigate the details of it.

    Kind regards
    Disneyland Paris Treasures

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  5. What’s the point of attracting adults and “reconnecting them with childhooh emotions and memories” if once they’re there you’ll treat them like they’re not welcome?
    Maybe the problem is not our perception is wrong. Maybe the problem is you really don’t want us to go.

  6. There’s a Santa Fe style hotel? Oh my! Will have to go back and stay there! Only hotel I had time to see on my first visit was the Disneyland Hotel on my way into the park to see Captain Eo after it re-opened in June 2010. I was on a one-day visit via the Eurostar from London (on holiday there from Australia) so very limited time – too limited. But I loved it.

  7. I’ve been 4 times to Disneyland Paris in the last 3 years and each time the service has been absolutely dredful and not even apologetic – would love to see how this changes.

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  12. Also my question:-) Is there a way to buy something although i’m not working at Disneyland Paris?

  13. So, so sad to see this icon show close! I first saw it in California in 1987 and was blown away by what was then incredible 3D technology, as well as Michael’s performance. When I visited Disneyland Paris for the first (and thus far, only) time on 24 June 2010 I was on a EuroStar day trip to the park from London which I was visiting for Michael Jackson 1st anniversary events with his UK fans. When I heard that Disneyland Paris and other Disney Parks were re-opening the film as a tribute to Michael, I HAD to make the journey across the channel to see it again. Needless to say, I made the most of the opportunity for repeat screenings on that day. And though I’ve since seen it repeatedly in Anaheim and Tokyo (shortly before it closed there last year) I’ll never, ever forget seeing it on the big screen for the first time since the 80s at Disneyland Paris. I’m not sure I want to go back now. 🙁

  14. It’s a shame this classic has to go, really!
    I’m glad I got the chance to experience it once again with the tribute performance.

    It was not quite the same since many of the original effects and the look and feel of the cinema were missing, still the old 3D glasses/technique and and analogue! print/and projector was used, which was and is kind of lazy from Disney. Also, the print was very worn out the last time I’ve seen it and should have been replaced long ago.

    But, still better than no Captain EO.

    Since Captain EO will never return to the Disney parks, please release a worthy blu-ray of this classic masterpiece (in 3D and 2D). I’m sure plenty of Disney-, Michael Jackson-, Anjelica Huston, Franics Ford Coppola- and George Lucas-Fans would buy it in an instant!

    I sure would!

  15. Why oh why is this closing?

    Have seen it several times at Disneyland Paris in the last couple of years and and each showing was packed out! Judging by everyone’s reaction on the way out, the audience clearly loved both the film and its effects.

    Bad decision, Disney 🙁

  16. The reason it has closed is that jardly anyone watches. Figures have dwindled and have been for years. It has been declining in the mast few years. Everyone moans and groans but it costs Disney to keep it running and if the audiences ain’t coming, who can afford to keep it.

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  19. We used these just after Christmas. Such a vast improvement since our last visit in summer 2014. Well done! I still had to wait from about 9am to get a good spot in the queue, but then we only waited about 10 minutes in the actual pavilion, as opposed to 70 minutes last time!

  20. We had a wonderfull new years evening at euro disney 2015 – 2016!!!!
    It was fantastic!!
    Thank you!

  21. Will the foliage be refurbished? Many leaves and small branches are missing and spoil the attraction so hopefully these will be refurbished.

  22. Hello We are a family of 4 with my husband and 2 children.I am 32 weeks pregnant.With the easy access card will I have access to attractions with my family.

  23. would changing the perception around DP to attract adults or a particular age groups not be at the expense of other age groups eg kids, teenagers.

  24. What a shame that they cast aside the park’s heritage, people’s memories and their love of DLP by destroying the named stones and replacing them with bland slabs.
    There were a few broken and loose ones, but surely they could have been kept and relayed to a better standard than they had previously.
    It has really dampened our DLP experience. What next? Removal of the castle?

  25. it’sasmallworld is more beautifulthan before.

    I will ride to it’s a smallworld during go to disneyland paris.

  26. i come to disney land for 20 years every year 2or3 times
    i am a real disney fan i collect it also but my complain is this year
    when y order to stay in the hotel why did they not mention
    that there is so many attraction close in the park you mention about the hotel but let also know about what happen in the park
    i hope you understand why i writhe this
    i hope that you will reply
    thanks yolande

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  28. Hello, I am staying at the Hotel on 9/23/16. That day is my daughter’s birthday. Do you have the opportunity to purchase a cake?

  29. Can anyone help with getting in touch with photopass for Disneyland Paris. Tried sending email through contact us but email keeps coming back undeliverable. All photos are not coming up and need them to find my photos.

  30. Not Impressed! Big Thunder mountain is one of my favorite Disney Rides! Shut! Simlarly, the Star Wars events are apparently unavailable.No mention of these attractions being shut when my booking was made in June. My grandson, for whom we arranged this trip, has extatically reached the height limit, and a star wars addict/devotee will now be denied these pleasures. Will there be a refund/discount offered?

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