For the July 17 inauguration of Place de Rémy, the centerpiece of the brand new “Ratatouille quarter” at Disneyland Paris, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and Euro Disney S.A.S. CEO Philippe Gas welcomed 1,000 children from Paris recreation centers who will not have the opportunity to go away on vacation this summer. We take a look at this day dedicated to putting smiles on faces and giving back to the community.
Cooking up a special treat for hundreds of kids
This was the first time any mayor of Paris had visited the park on official business. And Anne Hidalgo did not come alone: she brought 1,000 children with her from the city’s public day camps to discover the innovative and exciting homage to France that is the world of Ratatouille, right here in Walt Disney Studios Park. The children spent the entire day exploring Place de Rémy and the all-new attraction at its center, Ratatouille: the Adventure. Judging by the smiles and expressions of wonder on their faces, July 17 is a day they will remember forever! It is also the latest episode in Disneyland Paris’ 20-year commitment to corporate citizenship.
The social concerns of the Paris region are our concern
One of the vocations of Disneyland Paris has always been to offer quality entertainment to everyone. Not only has the destination made a real impact on tourism, jobs and the local economy (see our infographic Disneyland Paris: An Engine for Growth and Job Creation), but our engagement on social issues has also been one of the driving forces of our development. The Disney VoluntEARS program mobilizes 800 Cast Member volunteers every year to help the most underprivileged in our society. Since 1992, Disney VoluntEARS have welcomed more than 12,000 disadvantaged children to Disneyland Paris, devoting a total of 8,000 hours per year to community support activities. Through a strong ongoing relationship with the City of Paris, which included collaboration on the “Paris Plages” beachification of the Seine in 2011 and 2012, the destination continues to make an impact on important social issues.