Conservation at Disneyland Paris : innovative and sustainable initiatives

The day-to-day management of the site’s green spaces is by no means the Nature and Environment team’s only concern. They also deploy their creativity to implement innovative and sustainable initiatives to increase biodiversity on the site, protect the environment, and promote the resort’s natural heritage. All these initiatives are of course implemented for practical purposes, but they also help to present the different areas of the site in their best light and to enhance the guest experience for young and old alike by raising their awareness of environmental issues, whilst reducing the need to use increasingly controversial plant protection products. Here are a few examples…

Using the materials on hand

For many years, Disneyland® Paris contracted an external supplier to build the bamboo fences surrounding Adventureland in the Disneyland® Park. This safety feature blends in perfectly with the theme of the attraction. In addition, there is a bamboo plantation just adjacent to the backstage areas. Since 2011, the Nature and Environment teams, in collaboration with the Maintenance team decided to start using the bamboo canes regularly removed to clear the woodland areas to build new fences or make repairs. This gives the bamboo a new lease of life and has turned it into a locally sourced product.

A swarm of beehives across the resort

Across the world, bee populations are in decline and yet they really are a gardener’s best friend; it is estimated that 80% of plant species rely on bees for fertilisation. Protecting the bees’ population is therefore a critical challenge. In April 2012, Disneyland Paris inaugurated the resort’s first apiary at Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch, made up of 15 hives. A further 60 hives were subsequently set up throughout the resort, both backstage and on stage. These 75 hives have allowed Disneyland Paris to become home to colonies of pollinating bees which find everything they need in the surrounding flowering meadows to produce top quality honey. Every year, these busy little workers produce 250 kilos of multifloral honey which guests at Disneyland® Hotel can enjoy for breakfast. The main purpose of this project is to encourage the establishment of beneficial and protected species which in turn facilitates pollination and the spread of plants on the site, thus increasing biodiversity. The second aim is to raise guests’ awareness by placing these hives in highly visible locations. As safety is always the number one priority, the species selected are those known for being non-aggressive. Finally, the hives are placed in locations which make use of unused backstage areas or less visited on stage areas (Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch, for example).

Four-legged assistant gardeners

Every year since 2011, from March to October, Disneyland Paris welcomes in some very special workers to help maintain the green spaces. Each year, thirty Solognot sheep, an endangered French species, make Disneyland Paris their temporary home. Divided into several flocks, they are put out to graze 10 hectares of land which are difficult for our gardeners to access. This environmentally-friendly grazing system facilitates the teams’ work and is pollution free unlikethepower tools used for mowing or clearing the undergrowth. The animals feed on the plants growing in the area; their presence stimulates growth, diversifies plant life, and enriches the soil in the areas where they graze. The presence of animals on the site (in particular around Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch) is also an attraction for guests and helps to raise the awareness of young and old alike about issues relating to environmental protection. 

Remy’s vegetable garden

In honour of the opening of the Ratatouille inspired attraction at the Walt Disney Studios® Park in July 2014, Disneyland® Paris decided to organise a celebration of French cuisine and local products. As part of this project, a 250 m² vegetable garden was created at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne® in April. Around twenty different species of vegetables are grown here, including of course all the herbs and vegetables needed to make the famous ratatouille. The 100% Bio vegetable garden contains a number of rare and heritage varieties of vegetables, with new varieties are regularly brought in by the teams in charge of its upkeep,as well as 10 heritage varieties of tomatoes, donated by Louis Albert de Broglie from the National Tomato Conservatory in Bourdaisière. This vegetable garden is a genuine ecological tool as it contributes to perpetuating rare varieties and to plant diversity on the site.

The heritage orchards

With the aim of preserving local varieties, the Nature and Environment team has planted two orchards on the Disneyland Paris site, which contain 50 fruit trees, including 38 heritage varieties. The first orchard was created at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne, in collaboration with the charity Les Croqueurs de pommes de Brie Gâtinais which advised the teams on the varieties to plant. The varieties used were exclusively local varieties (apple and pear trees) which have the additional benefit of being melliferous, providing a habitat and source of food for beneficial birds and insects. A second orchard was created next to Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch, this time planted with apple, pear and plum trees. The site’s tree surgeons maintain these spaces in a natural way that is kind to the environment and does not use any plant protection products.

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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

  27. I want cast menbers . business chaienge back stage new shw works
    my challenge .
    U.S.A I want art work project menbers.

  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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