On Thursday 15 October, Disneyland Paris held a special interactive road safety day backstage in association with the Seine-et-Marne Prefecture and attended by a number of esteemed guests.
Lots of people in uniforms and official vehicles – the Baloo building car park became the venue for an entire day dedicated to road safety.
Between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., Disneyland Paris Cast Members were invited to attend spectacular demonstrations and take part in fun events and interactive workshops organised by the National Gendarmerie, National Police, Fire Brigade, Riot Police, Police Prefecture, Seine-et-Marne Prefecture and Security, Prevention and Rescue/Prevention, Safety and Environment teams from Disneyland Paris.
On the programme for this special event: motorcycle handling workshop, Police and National Gendarmerie synchronised motorcycle displays, braking zone, bus blind spot session, exclusive Moteurs…Action! Stunt Show Spectacular and Jaws of Life rescue tool demonstration.
High point of the driving safety event: visit from the Inter-ministerial Delegate for Road Safety Mr Emmanuel Barbe and Seine-et-Marne Prefect Mr Jean-Luc Marx, who both spoke on the importance of prevention and awareness in terms of road safety, a message supported by Daniel Delcourt, Senior Vice President, Operations Disneyland Paris.
Safety is the number one Key at Disneyland Paris and an absolute priority for both our Guests and our 15,000 Cast Members – hence our commitment to promoting a culture of safety and changing behaviour.
The behaviour factor – the main source of accidents – was the focus of the initiatives run on all the stands.
Departmental Fire and Rescue Service teams provided clear and simple instruction on first aid for accidents and how to use a defibrillator, whilst the blood alcohol simulation workshop delivered by the Seine-et-Marne Prefecture was a huge success with participants, as was the reflexometer, which is used for testing reflexes in traffic incidents.
The National Gendarmerie were also deployed for the day, demonstrating interceptor vehicles, speed check equipment and the latest driving simulator kit for reproducing all possible scenarios that drivers might be faced with in terms of road, traffic and weather conditions, tiredness and even blood alcohol – the workshop was packed to capacity all day.
The same was true for the official motorcycles and new types of speed camera presented by the National Police, who were asked plenty of questions by people attending the event.
The key word for the event was commitment. Commitment from the various people involved, who were clearly delighted to be working with Disneyland Paris on this special day, and commitment from the Cast Members, who were all extremely enthusiastic.
A successful collaboration between Disneyland Paris and the public authorities and an eye-opener in aid of safety for all!