Chairwoman of the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France Brigitte Macron and Godfather of the 2020 Pièces Jaunes campaign Didier Deschamps joined Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski along with the children and their families for an unforgettable day at the resort.
Today, Disneyland Paris welcomed 300 children and their families from 18 hospitals and establishments supported by the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France in celebration of the 2020 Pièces Jaunes campaign, reaffirming its longstanding commitment to the campaign and the foundation.
Over the past 27 years, Disneyland Paris has worked with the foundation on its well-known campaign, contributing in a variety of ways including the traditional coin donations from Cast Members, the donation of coins tossed by guests into fountains throughout the resort, and visiting children in many of the hospitals with Disney VoluntEARS and Disney characters.
Unprecedented for this year, children from various French hospitals were able to put their worries aside for the day and be part of the magic at Disneyland Paris for a special day-long event with Brigitte Macron, Chairwoman of the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France and Didier Deschamps, Godfather of the 2020 Pièces Jaunes campaign.
The children were among some of the first to see the brand-new Frozen Celebration, starring Anna, Elsa and Olaf and featuring some of the music from the hit film. They also had a chance to ride a few of their favorite attractions like Big Thunder Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight and Autopia. Disney VoluntEARS – Cast Members who volunteer their time and expertise to participate in charity actions by the company – also led workshops where the children could let their imaginations run wild in designing the hospital of tomorrow while also painting giant Disney-themed frescos to be hung on the walls of the hospital pediatric wards.
The magical visit continued with a private concert in the heart of Disneyland Park with special performances by Vianney, Joyce Jonathan, Kendji Girac, Christophe Maé, Boulevard des Airs and Claudio Capéo. At the end of the show, the artists met with the children for an autograph signing and photo session before joining Mickey and Minnie.
“Disneyland Paris has been a partner of the Pièces Jaunes campaign for 27 years. Today, we celebrate that longstanding collaboration,” said Natacha Rafalski, President of Disneyland Paris. “Bringing joy and magic to children and their families is a fundamental mission of ours, and we are proud to work with the Foundation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France to bring a little Disney magic to a child’s day.”
Disney VoluntEARS: Bringing Magic To Those Who Need It Most
Since 1991, more than 40,000 hospitalized children have had the support of the Disney VoluntEARS of Disneyland Paris. Throughout the year in 2020, Disney VoluntEARS will continue accompanying the foundation to pediatric wards to bring smiles to hospitalized children.
Disneyland Paris works with hospitals and non-profits to spread Disney magic. In 2019, the company supported more than 1,500 community outreach actions with more than 100 European non-profits, including onsite daytime events at the resort, wishes granted to children and Disney VoluntEARS visits to medical centers. Other volunteer actions include nature excursions and activities with children to help preserve the environment and promote awareness of biodiversity among future generations.