For 10 years now, Disneyland® Paris has been giving its furniture a new lease of life. Rather than send objects at their end of service life to incineration or to the breaker’s yard, the company has regularly been offering those items that no longer meet the Disney® quality standards as well as its outdated collections to its employees at give-away prices. Discover them behind the scenes at “Aladdin’s Cave”.
Disneyland Paris regularly renews its furniture, be it in its hotels, restaurants, convention centres, etc. For example, the total overhaul of the rooms at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge, Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe and Disney’s Newport Bay Club meant that the company had to part with many, many items of furniture!
Giving new life to furniture and putting a stop to throwing out what can still be used, this is what prompted the Waste, Recycling and Upgrading department to open Aladdin’s Cave in November 2004. Ten years after its launch, 22 tons of sofas, 30 tons of armchairs, 39 tons of chairs and 55 tons of quilts were recovered by Disneyland Paris employees.
Furniture, bedding, books, household appliances, musical instruments or lamps are on sale at bargain prices. All the profits are re-used to improve employee comfort. But that’s not all! The second lease of life given to furniture can also bring happiness to some associations or children’s homes.
As Jean-Louis Baivier, the manager responsible for Aladdin’s Cave adds, “These operations are also a way for Disneyland Paris to play its role as a corporate citizen by helping employees who need it. It is easy to find a good bargain in the cave and walk away with fine furniture and functioning equipment items.”