Today, Disneyland® Paris will welcome the 20 winners of the Pièces Jaunes competition and their families at the Disney Parks. During the dedicated ceremony at this event, the happy winners will be awarded the title of “Honorary Citizen”. It is also an opportunity for them to find out what happens to the coins thrown into the ponds at the destination.
Disneyland Paris and Disney VoluntEARS* have been a partner of the Paris Hospitals Foundation (Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris-Hôpitaux de France) for a long time and are naturally associated with the operations it carries out. Disney VoluntEARS were also present at the launch of the 26th edition of the operation at Paris Ballanger hospital to lead fun workshops to entertain the young and not-so-young.
Throwing a coin into the ponds has become a ritual for Disneyland Paris guests. But where do all these coins go? Just some of the places where Disney VoluntEARS scour the ponds to recover the coins thrown in by guests are at the attractions “it’s a small world”, “Les Mystères du Nautilus” and “La Cabane des Robinson”. The Pièces Jaunes money boxes filled by Cast Members** are then added to this collection.
After several weeks of operations, 257 kilograms of coins were collected for the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris to help supply the decoration, furniture, toys and more for a pediatric waiting room, as part of the 2016 Pièces Jaunes Operation.
Quentin, an Experienced Team Leader at Disney’s Newport Bay Club who is in charge of the Cape Cod and Yacht Club restaurants, has shared his experience as a Disney VoluntEAR during this wonderful operation:
- What was your role in collecting Pièces Jaunes
I have been involved in this national operation of collecting Pièces Jaunes for two years in a row. This year, we decided to organise a Pièces Jaunes operation themed coffee break. With the help of the Disney volunteers present, we assembled several money boxes to be distributed among Disney staff. We wanted to make this an opportunity to share with each other over a coffee, a solidarity effort promoting the Pièces Jaunes operation.
- Do you have any stories to share with us?
Taking part in the Pièces Jaunes operation again took me back to my childhood: at the start of each year, I was given a money box to assemble and my favourite magazine. I took my money box everywhere – school, shops and even to my parents’ work- to collect as many coins as possible. At the end of the operation, I went proudly to the Pièces Jaunes Train when it stopped at Lille to collect the money boxes for the region.
* Disney volunteers
** Disney employees