Disneyland Paris and the Secours Populaire – working hand in hand since 1993!

A 70th anniversary is really something to celebrate! On 16 May, the charity Secours populaire français (SPF) will launch its “Summer Holidays 2015” campaign at Disneyland Paris together with hundreds of children and families. This campaign marks the seventieth anniversary of the charity, which was created in 1945.

“The partnership between Secours populaire français and Disneyland Paris began in 1993 when Disney parks worldwide were celebrating Mickey’s sixty-fifth birthday” explains Thierry Robert, Managing Director of Secours populaire. On the Secours populaire français’s 70th anniversary, he talks to Disneyland Paris News and looks back over the relationship between the charity and the resort.

Could you tell us about the Secours populaire français and why it was created?

“The Secours populaire français was created in 1945. It is a charitable organisation which helps people in difficulty in France, Europe and across the world, not only by ensuring they have enough to eat, but also that they have access to culture, leisure activities, holidays and health care etc. and that their rights are upheld. This year, the Secours populaire français celebrates its 70th anniversary and the charity’s 80,000 volunteers are organising a range of initiatives to counter increasing poverty, and the growing number of victims of climate change and conflicts. The SPF is authorised to receive gifts, legacies and donations and brings together people from all walks of life who simply want to help others. Secours populaire français is present throughout the whole of France, with federations in every department, and committees and branches in numerous towns and cities. It is also active in around fifty other countries where it runs 151 international programmes in conjunction with local partners.”

How are Disneyland Paris and Secours populaire français connected?

“Disneyland Paris was one of Secours populaire français’s first major partners. The first partnership between the SPF and Disneyland Paris was established in 1993, when Disney parks around the world were celebrating Mickey’s sixty-fifth birthday. Thousands of disadvantaged children were invited to the celebrations. In Europe, the SPF and its European partners were chosen to invite 6,500 children from across the continent to Disneyland Paris. The full cost of the day’s events was met by Disney, including transport and accommodation for the groups travelling from furthest afield. On the fifth anniversary of the Park’s opening in 1997, the event was repeated with children from all regions of France.

SPF and Disneyland are indisputably connected by the theme of childhood and their shared desire to bring happiness to little ones. We also want to give families the opportunity to share moments of pure joy together. That is why, in 2015, 7,000 vulnerable children and their families will be given the opportunity to spend a magical day at the Disneyland Paris Park.”

Why did you choose Disneyland Paris for this event?

“Disneyland has long been a loyal partner for our charity. As well as putting on joint events, we have also worked together on numerous occasions to offer trips to families such as the flood victims in Vaison-la-Romaine, in the Vendée region of France. On the Secours populaire français’s 70th anniversary, Disneyland Paris is giving 7,000 children free tickets. One of the numerous events to mark out 70th anniversary will include a celebration in the Champs de Mars garden in Paris for 70,000 people deprived of holidays. Disneyland Paris will take part in these celebrations by putting on dozens of shows for the participants, including the incredible cowboys and indians from the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. We should add that a trip to an attraction park is synonymous for getting away from it all, something we all need to do from time to time. That is why we have chosen to launch our “Holidays” campaign at Disneyland Paris.”

What is your best memory of Secours populaire français at Disneyland Paris?

It was the very first partnership and Mickey’s sixty-fifth birthday. The joy on the children’s faces, the dedication of the volunteers, the kindness of the staff at the park. Everything had been perfectly prepared to welcome the children, including the private use of one of the restaurants. Out of the 6,500 children who attended thanks to the partnership, less than ten had visited the resort before. Our partnership is the proof that people working together in solidarity is the best way to bring happiness to others.

1 thought on “Disneyland Paris and the Secours Populaire – working hand in hand since 1993!”

  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!!!!
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  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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