Disneyland Paris hosts HandiDon prize-giving ceremony by the Association des Paralysés de France

Given that accessibility for all at our destination is a priority at Disneyland® Paris, it was a real honour for the company to welcome the Association des Paralysés de France on Wednesday 20 January for the grand finale of the HandiDon campaign. This huge solidarity day gave 300 disabled children and their families signed up with the APF and the Secours Populaire the opportunity to come to our Disney Parks for a magical experience hosted by our Disney VoluntEARS. We talk to President of the Association Alain Rochon.

Could you tell us about the Association des Paralysés de France and the HandiDon campaign?

Created in 1933 and recognised as being in the public interest, the Association des Paralysés de France (APF) is a national movement for the defence and representation of people affected by physical and multiple disability and their families, numbering 23,600 members, 30,000 users, 25,000 volunteers and 14,100 salaried staff. The APF fights for equal rights, citizenship, social participation and free lifestyle choice for disabled people and their families.

Held between 1st September and 1st December, HandiDon is a fundraising campaign that gives people the chance to win prizes if they purchase a donation ticket. Thanks to the efforts of the people from APF, its partners and the general public, the campaign was a massive success, attracting several hundred thousand participants. The funds collected are used to finance local initiatives for disabled children, young people and adults and their families the length and breadth of France. HandiDon had major support from its partners – including Disneyland Paris – and benefited from sponsorship of Thierry Beccaro.

What is the Disneyland Paris commitment to the Association des Paralysés de France?

Disneyland Paris committed itself to supporting the APF for the very first HandiDon campaign in 2014 and I would like to say a big thank you. For that first event, Disneyland Paris donated free entrance tickets for its parks. This year, the partnership will be going even further, with 2-day stays for 4 people at Disneyland Paris and hundreds of entrance tickets being donated for HandiDon. And, to top it all, Disneyland Paris hosted a massive APF solidarity day on Wednesday 20 January, with a large number of disabled children enjoying Disney attractions and shows. This makes Disneyland Paris an APF “Golden Partner” – one of the most generous partners involved in the HandiDon campaign!

The partnership is also a sign of the Disney commitment to the issue of welcoming disabled people to its park in the Ile-de-France region. The 300 people invited to the big APF solidarity day had a chance to try out the new attractions and shows free of charge at Disneyland Paris.

Why choose Disneyland Paris for the prize-giving ceremony for the HandiDon campaign?

Disneyland Paris did us the honour of inviting us for a great solidarity day, giving disabled children and their families the chance to enjoy a magical place! So we decided to give out the HandiDon prizes on the same day. The APF awarded prizes to the winners at a ceremony attended by HandiDon partners starting at 3 p.m. at the Bella Notte restaurant. I would like to say another big thank you to Disneyland Paris, who gave us a huge amount of support, helping to make the HandiDon campaign a great success. Through this partnership, Disneyland Paris is demonstrating its commitment to meeting the needs of disabled people.

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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!

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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
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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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