In the setting of a winter wonderland, the Disney VoluntEARS—the employee volunteers of Disneyland Paris—welcomed 100 children from French and Belgian hospitals this weekend. The children immersed themselves in the world of Disneyland Paris’s Enchanted Christmas, attending the Starlit Princess Waltz, as well as other experiences at the park including Disney’s Christmas Parade and the Disney Illuminations night-time show.
On 16 November 2019, more than one hundred children from Reine Fabiola Hospital and other Belgian hospitals working in collaboration with the Belgian non-profit Pêcheur de Lune ASBL, as well as from the Robert Debré Hospital in Paris, visited Disneyland Park for Disney’s Enchanted Christmas season. The children had the opportunity to experience unforgettable moments, magical shows and lively encounters with the help of Disney VoluntEARS, all part of the longstanding commitment at Disneyland Paris to bring magic to hospitalised children year-round.
The children and their families started their extraordinary day by enjoying the attractions in both Disney Parks with our Disney VoluntEARS—the employee volunteers from Disneyland Paris who give their time-off for charitable actions.
They then gathered at the Walt Disney Studios Park where they watched a special showing of “Frozen: A Musical Invitation,” a brand-new interactive show inviting guests to sing iconic songs from the popular film.
Several other surprises awaited them at Disneyland Park where the children discovered “Starlit Princess Waltz” and “Disney’s Christmas Parade” from the comfort of specially reserved zones. This touch of magic gave them the opportunity to enjoy all the brilliance of Disney’s Enchanted Christmas throughout a day filled with excitement.
“We are delighted to return to Disneyland Paris for the tenth edition of our annual visit. The experience offered by Disneyland Paris enables them to set aside their worries, and experience moments of joy like other children their age,” said Xavier Ide, President of the non-profit Pecheur de Lune.
“Once again, we are very happy to have the opportunity to host children from hospitals for a magical experience at our park, thanks to the commitment of the Disney VoluntEARS,” said Richard Eltvedt, Director of Government Affairs at Disneyland Paris.
The Disney VoluntEARS come together to give smiles to children
This initiative was made possible thanks to the Disney VoluntEARS, Disneyland Paris Cast Members who regularly participate in charitable actions: in 2018, more than 1,000 Cast gave more than 9,300 volunteer hours.
Year-round, the Disney VoluntEARS organise volunteer actions in paediatric hospitals, and recently Mickey and Minnie traveled to Brussels with Disney VoluntEARS to bring magic to the children at Queen Fabiola Hospital. And in France, Robert Debré Hospital and Disneyland Paris have worked together for 28 years to regularly arrange visits from Disney characters and Disney VoluntEARS. Each one of these visits bring magical moments to the children at these hospitals.
Since 1991, before the Resort’s opening the following year, Disneyland Paris has worked hand in hand with hundreds of French and European hospitals to share its magic with thousands of children to offer them magical moments outside of their daily routines.