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The Walt Disney Company and MAKE-A-WISH® invite fans to “share your ears” to help grant wishes in celebration of 90 years of Mickey Mouse

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Disney will donate up to US $2 million to Make-A-Wish to help make wishes come true for children with critical illnesses.

 

BURBANK, Calif., November 4, 2018 – The Walt Disney Company today launched its Share Your Ears campaign, benefiting Make-A-Wish.

 

For the third year in a row, Disney is supporting Make-A-Wish by inviting fans to share their ears on social media to grant more wishes. From now on through November 17, 2018, Disney will donate US $5, up to a total of US $2 million, to Make-A-Wish for every public photo posted showing off “Mickey Mouse ears” — or any creative “ears” — on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ShareYourEars.

 

In addition, guests at various Disney Parks around the world, including Disneyland Paris, can #ShareYourEars with special photo opportunities, including uniquely themed photo walls at select locations created exclusively for #ShareYourEars by Walt Disney Imagineering. Also beginning on November 5, Disney Cruise Line guests can #ShareYourEars with a special onboard photo opportunity using iconic ship elements as a backdrop to provide the famous “ears.”

 

 

“It is a tremendous honor to support children whose wish is to come to Disney. Wish granting exemplifies the magic our 160,000 cast members and Imagineers create for guests all over the world every day,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “With this third Share Your Ears campaign, we’ll get to make a difference in the lives of even more children and families.”

 

Disney has helped grant more than 130,000 wishes during its 40-year partnership with Make-A-Wish. Chapek also recently joined the Make-A-Wish America board of directors.

 

 

During the campaign, ABC, Disney Channel and Freeform will feature messages from popular actors and performers across multiple platforms encouraging viewers to take part in #ShareYourEars. Social media handles and celebrities from across the company will also post photos and videos showing off how they share their ears. Disney Theatrical Productions will celebrate with audiences on Broadway, providing campaign information in Playbills for The Lion King, Aladdin and Frozen.

 

Disney and Make-A-Wish have a long-standing history together. Since 1980, when Disney was part of the first official wish, Disney has helped Make-A-Wish fulfill experiences that not only brighten lives for a special moment, but also help wish kids and their families replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope. Currently, more than 10,000 Disney wishes are granted every year, and this number continues to grow.

 

 

Jon Stettner, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish International added, “We are so grateful to Disney, and its guests and fans worldwide, for their ongoing support. Disney’s continued generosity strengthens our global organization and allows us to grant life-changing wishes in more than 50 countries. We are delighted to be a part of the third year of this incredible campaign.”

Share Your Ears is part of the Disney Team of Heroes philanthropic initiative and outreach program to deliver comfort and inspiration to families around the world. In March 2018, The Walt Disney Company made a five-year, US $100 million commitment to reinvent the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals and is working with children’s wish-granting organizations around the world to fulfill wishes for children facing critical illnesses.

 

Visit www.ShareYourEars.org for more information.

 

 

About Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris is Europe’s number one tourist destination, with two theme parks (Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park), eight Disney Hotels & Resorts, two full-service convention centers and a 27-hole golf course. In addition, Disneyland Paris is home to one of the largest entertainment centers in Ile-de-France: Disney Village. Themed restaurants, shops and cinema multiplexes come together on nearly 30,000 m². The destination has a total of 59 attractions, 63 shops and 55 restaurants.

 

About Make-A-Wish®

Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 40,000 volunteers grant a wish every 17 minutes, on average, somewhere in the world. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted nearly 450,000 wishes to children; more than 30,000 last year alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org and for more information about Make-A-Wish International, visit worldwish.org. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Disneyland Paris Kicks off the Christmas Season and Celebrates Mickey’s 90th by hosting several charitable organizations for children and families

[vc_row][/vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][vc_column_text]On the occasion of the most magical moment of the year, Disneyland Paris is sharing its commitment with charities, hosting organizations benefiting children and families throughout the weekend as the Christmas season begins.  This commitment builds on the legacy of positive impact, giving children the opportunity to experience a unique cooking workshop with famous French Chef Pierre Hermé, while also taking part in celebrating Mickey Mouse’s birthday and #ShareYourEars.

#ShareYourEars

For the third year in a row, Disney is supporting Make-A-Wish by inviting fans to share their Mickey Mouse ears – or any creative “ears” – on social media until  27 November using the hashtag #ShareYourEars, unlocking a US $5 donation up to a total of US $2 million to Make-A-Wish. Currently, Make-A-Wish grants more than 10,000 Disney-related wishes every year, and this number continues to grow.

Pierre Hermé Cooking Workshops

Additionally, as part of Mickey’s 90th birthday celebration, Disneyland Paris hosted two unique workshops for Make-A-Wish children visiting the resort over the weekend.  The famous French pastry chef Pierre Hermé conducted two cooking workshops for the Make-A-Wish children, giving them the opportunity to recreate his delectable “Mickey Zest Party” patisserie, which will be available to guests in the park.

“I’m so pleased to share the joy of cooking this fun and tasty dessert with the remarkable children from Make-A-Wish,” said Pierre Hermé. “The Mickey Zest Party patisserie is a celebration of flavors, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season than to share this experience with these kids.”

Make-A-Wish children and families also participated in a workshop to customize a pair of Mickey Mouse ears for the #ShareYourEars campaign.

  

Disney Wish Program

Since 1992, Disneyland Paris has been dedicated to making dreams come true for children with life threatening illnesses through the Disney Wish Program. The Disney Wish Program is based on this spirit of sharing and family. A wish granted brings hope, magic and joy to these children. More than 18 000 wishes have been granted since Disneyland Paris opening.

Solidarity Days                             

Throughout the year, Disneyland Paris  organizes Solidarity days, giving children and families in need an opportunity to share exceptional moments and enjoy our parks and festivities.  This weekend, 130 children and their families from the French Red Cross, Emmaus France and Fondation d’Auteuil spent the day at Disneyland Paris, where they celebrated Mickey’s 90th birthday and experienced the limited-time holiday offerings at the resort.

“It is essential for Disneyland Paris to bring happiness, joy and inspiration to children and their families, and to work together with the surrounding community in order to share this spirit. Disneyland Paris’ community engagement efforts leverage the inspiring power of Disney to bring families together, “ said Mireille Smeets, Director Philanthropy, Corporate Social Responsibility & Citizen affairs.[/vc_column_text]

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Disneyland Paris is celebrating 90 years of fun with Mickey launching an incredible Christmas Season with singer Zara Larsson

Disneyland Paris celebrated 90 years of fun with Mickey and launched an incredible Christmas Season. The iconic Mickey Mouse, who appeared for the very first time back on November 18, 1928, is right at the heart of the celebrations shaking up the holiday season with spectacular shows.

To open the festivities, the Swedish singer Zara Larsson appeared on stage in the Surprise Mickey show to perform the most incredible Happy Birthday song. Additonally, blogger Chiara Ferragni walked in Disney’s Christmas Parade! before joining Mickey at the bottom of the huge Christmas tree to light it up.

Discover the Christmas season celebrating 90 years of magic and fun with Mickey at Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park until January 6, 2019.

 

What’s on at Enchanted Christmas Season at Disneyland Paris

 

Christmas at Disneyland Park

The moment you set foot in Disneyland Park it starts to feel a lot like Christmas, with the giant Christmas tree and snow falling every day… as if by magic…

 

Disney’s Christmas Parade

This Christmas season you’ll be able to enjoy all the excitement of the Disney Christmas Parade not just once but twice daily. It’s making a big comeback, spreading the magic of winter across Disneyland Park – and it’s even making snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy will be leading the dance – in fact they’re already getting ready to celebrate Christmas in the best possible way, along with all their friends. Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story will be joining in the fun, too. Dancing gingerbread men, candy canes and all sorts of other Christmas treats will also be twirling around this magical winter wonderland, plus we’ve heard that Tinkerbell and even Santa himself are going to be there!

 

Magic Christmas Encounters

Guests will get the chance to meet Marie from the Aristocats, Scrooge McDuck, Peter Pan and Miss Bunny, to name but a few.  It goes without saying that where there’s Christmas, there’s Santa and he’s decided to take up residence in Fantasyland again. To meet him, just head for “Meet Mickey Mouse”, every day up to and including the 25 December. Just like Mickey, Santa will have his own lodge where he’ll give you the warmest welcome. It’s a magical meeting you’ll treasure forever.

 

Light up the tree with “Mickey’s Magical Christmas Light”

There’s nothing quite like the moment the Christmas tree lights are switched on at Disneyland Park. And it’s not just any old tree – this one is 24 metres tall and will be switched on by magic at an event attended by Mickey, Minnie and Santa himself! With a festive countdown, enchanting Christmas lights, snow and Disney magic, everything is set to ensure you are immersed in the wonder of Christmas. What’s more, it’s also a chance for us to celebrate Mickey’s anniversary, with new decorations and a new musical interlude especially for him.

 

A Merry Stitchmas

From 16 November, Stitch is going to be taking over the Royal Castle Stage – so Christmas is sure to be a blast! He’s going to do all he can to make sure you have lots of fun with Mickey and Minnie, Donald, Daisy and Goofy, with some of our greatest Christmas classics for a backdrop.

 

New York-style Jazz and Mickey Mouse on the drums, with “Mickey’s Big Band Christmas”

Following its first sensational season, “Mickey’s Big Band Christmas” will be setting up at Animagique Theatre at Walt Disney Studios Park. This live show is the perfect combination of a traditional musical and typical Disney. A jazz band, alongside energetic tap-dance numbers… Every day this show pays lively homage to winter’s loveliest melodies, inviting you to get into the Christmas spirit with the Big Band, singers, dancers and of course Disney Characters. An absolute must-see: Mickey’s drum solo! Whilst Minnie is dreaming of being a jazz diva…

 

New show: A surprise for Mickey!

It’s time to celebrate 90 years of fun with Mickey Mouse with an interactive show taking place several times a day. Will Minnie be ready on time or will she have to ask her friends – or even the audience – to help her give Mickey an unforgettable surprise? This very special birthday surprise is going online too, because guests will be invited to share a special message for Mickey Mouse on their social media beforehand, using the hashtag #SurpriseMickey. Their message might even appear during the show as an extra surprise for Mickey. What better way of making this a truly memorable anniversary celebration?

 

Goofy’s Incredible Christmas

Bring your day at Disneyland Paris to an amazing close with Goofy’s Incredible Christmas. This immersive night-time show uses mapping technology and breath-taking special effects on the walls of a fan-favourite attraction – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, along with their friends Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy, will be at your side throughout this fantastical journey. Carried along by the festive spirit, they’ll take you on a flight over spectacular landscapes, from the North Pole to the most amazing party you could ever imagine. Watch out for some unexpected surprises – it is Goofy we’re talking about, after all! As well as this incredible programme, you can also meet all sorts of Disney characters at Walt Disney Studios Park, such as Goofy, in his Santa Claus outfit, Minnie Mouse or Buzz Lightyear.

 

Enjoy a Mickey Mouse Christmas and join him to celebrate his amazing 90th anniversary, from now until to 6 January 2019

For more information about a family break to Disneyland Paris, Disney’s Enchanted Christmas or any of our other offers please call 08448 008 111 or visit: www.disneylandparis.co.uk

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Stars enjoy festive fun with their families at launch of Enchanted Christmas Season at Disneyland Paris and help Mickey Mouse celebrate his 90th Anniversary

Model and TV Presenter Abbey Clancy and her footballer husband Peter Crouch; Coronation Street’s Helen Flanagan and her partner, footballer/Scottish Player of the Year Scott Sinclair joined Made in Chelsea star Binky Felstead; model Georgia Jones and her partner, McFly’s Danny Jones, this weekend (16 – 18 November) to soak up some Mickey Mouse Christmas magic at the launch of the Enchanted Christmas season at Disneyland Paris.

During the fun-packed weekend – which also included a very special sing-along surprise for Mickey Mouse on his 90th anniversary – the stars experienced the incredible line-up of festive activities that are taking place at the park from now until 6 January 2019. Please see full details of the Enchanted Christmas Season at Disneyland Paris in notes to editors below.

Abbey Clancy and her husband, Stoke and Ex-England footballer Peter Crouch, enjoyed the weekend with their three children Sophia Ruby, Liberty Rose and Johnny. Abbey spoke about her kids having the best time ever. She said: “It’s been absolutely lovely. The kids have loved it and it’s just been a really magical weekend. A fantastic time.”

Made in Chelsea favourite Binky Felstead brought along daughter India to soak up the Christmas magic at Disneyland Paris where she enjoyed meeting the characters including Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck, saying: “I’m just in the best mood ever. I think it’s incredible, they’ve done it so well and all the characters are dressed up, all the dancers, all Christmas music playing the whole time, it’s been amazing. Really, really gets you in the Christmas spirit.”

Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan and Celtic football player Scott Sinclair, who got engaged at Disneyland Paris six months ago, said that it brought back nice memories to be return to the park. Helen said: “They are really nice memories, but I remember when I was last here I was nine months pregnant, I literally could hardly walk around the park and my feet were massive. So at least now I feel I can walk around the park and I don’t feel so big. But it’s full of really nice memories.”

Georgia and Danny Jones experienced snow for the first time this year on Main Street, U.S.A. and commented that it got them into the festive mood. Danny said: “It’s amazing. Do you know what, it’s got us in the spirit. We were walking down to the castle this morning and they were playing some Christmas songs and it was very special. And it’s very Christmassy, got us right in the mood ” Georgia added: “It did! It’s so festive and it’s just made us really excited for Christmas.”

Rounding off a memorable weekend, Swedish singer-songwriter Zara Larsson gave Mickey Mouse a treat of by performing a pitch-perfect version of ‘Happy Birthday’. The Symphony hitmaker who is currently riding high in the Official UK Singles Chart with Ruin My Life, described the experience of singing to Mickey as “fantastic”.

Zara said: “I am so excited to be here at Disneyland Paris, because I’ve never been and I think this place in itself is magical. And to be a part of Mickey’s 90th birthday feels fantastic. Like many kids growing up, even my parents or probably even my Grandma, he’s been a part of my childhood so now I can be part of his special night and that feels great.”

 

Abbey Clancy and Peter Crouch Q&A
What is Christmas all about for you?
Abbey: “Christmas for us is about being with the family, being at home, being in pyjamas all day, having a nice cooked meal and just spending time with the kids, really.”

What will be your go-to Disney movie for chilling at home at Christmas
Peter: “Christmas is a busy time for footballers, I’ll be busy playing, but I’m sure Abbey and the kids will watch a Christmas film, but I won’t.”
Abbey: “I am sure we will watch Frozen”.

Peter, what do you think about Harry Redknapp going into the jungle?
Peter: “Yeah, good luck to him. I’m sure he’ll have a fun time. I think he’ll do very well.”

Do you have any Christmas traditions?
Abbey: “We always get new PJs on Christmas Eve – the whole family have matching pyjamas. And we go for a nice meal on Christmas Eve at home or have a nice meal at home together with all the family.”

Who does the cooking?
Abbey: “Me!”
Peter: “I don’t go near that!”
Abbey: “He makes too much mess!”

What’s it been like at Disneyland Paris this Christmas?
Abbey: It’s been absolutely lovely hasn’t it. The kids have loved it and it’s just been a really magical weekend. A fantastic time.

Helen Flanagan Q&A
Disneyland Paris is a spacial place for you?
Helen: “Oh it’s so lovely, it’s like one of my favourite places, Disneyland Paris, and Matilda loves it. We’re so excited to be back and especially with it being the Christmas parade I think it will get us in the Christmas spirit as well. But yeah, I mean I love Disney, I’ve been a massive fan of Disney. When I was younger I loved all the Disney films and Matilda’s massively into princesses and she’s dying to see Princess Aurora, so yeah we’re so excited to be here.”

And what’s is like being back after your engagement?
Helen: “Yeah I mean that was really nice memories, but I remember when I was last here I was 9 months pregnant, I literally could hardly walk around the park and my feet were literally massive. So at least now this time I feel, at least I can walk around the park and I don’t feel so big. But no it is, it’s really nice memories. I’m looking forward to like the firework display tonight, I think that will bring some back memories of when I got engaged and stuff.”

What’s your go-to Disney film?
Helen: “My go-to Disney Christmas film… Well, Matilda is really liking this Mickey Mouse Christmas film at the moment, and there’s like a Beauty and The Beast Christmas film. But each time I’ve been pregnant I’ve had hyperemesis so I’ve watched all the Christmas films, all together, so I know all the Christmas films. Matilda loves Beauty and the Beast, her favourite Disney film is Sleeping Beauty, she loves Aurora, so we’re so excited to see Aurora.”

Danny Jones and Georgia Jones Q&A
What are your plans this Christmas?
Georgia: “A big family one at ours isn’t it?”
Danny: “Yeah we tend to have our family round at ours. But this year we’re having, it’s Cooper’s first one, we’ll have everyone round at our house. We’re going to be hosting. Hopefully stress free hosting though, as hosting can be.. .”
Georgia: “Our turkey was off last year wasn’t it?”
Danny: “Oh yeah we.. argh.. we got a turkey and it went off, can you believe it!”

What are your impressions of Disneyland Paris?
D: “It’s amazing. Do you know what, it’s got us in the spirit didn’t it”
Georgia: “It did! It’s so festive and it’s just made us really excited for Christmas”
Danny: “We were walking down to the castle this morning and there were and they were playing some Christmas songs weren’t they, and it was very special. And it’s very Christmassy, got us right in the mood.”
Georgia: “And Cooper’s actually enjoyed it, he’s really been looking at everything and taking it all in which is so nice. Because he’s only young so we didn’t think he’d be that kind of like interested, but he really is he loves the characters.”
Danny: “He loves the characters, he loves the rides It’s A Small World – that’s his favourite”

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
Georgia: “Probably Frozen. Beauty and the Beast!”
Danny: “Is that Christmassy though?”
Georgia: “Frozen is!”
Danny: “I suppose Frozen is yeah. Yeah I think Beauty and the Beast is amazing.”

Do you have any quirky traditions?
Georgia: “We always do something on Christmas Eve because it’s your Nan’s birthday”
Danny: “Yeah it’s my Nan’s birthday on Christmas Eve”
Georgia: “We always go for dinner or something”
Danny: “Yeah so that’s special. And we do Christmas dinner on Christmas Day but we normally have it quite late, we’re quite late eaters because we’re quite strict on the morning, you know we get up, we gotta make sure everyone has a bit of breakfast and then we do presents. So it’s quite like a regime in the morning. And it’s all laid it, we don’t do it by person we do it by size of present. [Laughs] Georgia: Save the best till last!
Danny: Importance of present! It doesn’t matter about the size it matters about the importance of it. And there’s always this argument on Christmas Day going, yeah but can I give you yours because mine will look bad after you’ve give yours! My present isn’t going to look as good!

Binky Felstead Q&A
What is your favourite Disney Christmas film?
Binky: “I think my favourite Christmas film is The Muppets Christmas Carol. It’s a good one”.

Do you have any quirky traditions?
Binky: “I don’t know if it’s quirky, but I think the traditional mince pie, sherry, carrots by the fire every Christmas Eve for Father Christmas and the reindeer. But I think that’s quite a standard tradition isn’t it?”

What have you got planned for this Christmas?
Binky: “Well it’s the first [Christmas] stocking [for India] this Christmas. She was too small for a Christmas stocking last year, so I think she’ll have more, I think she’ll get more excited this year, so I think that’s going to make it more exciting for us this year now she knows what’s going on a bit more.”

What are your impressions of Christmas here at Disneyland Paris?
Binky: “I’m just in the best mood ever. I think it’s incredible, they’ve done it so well and all the characters are dressed up, all the dancers, all Christmas music playing the whole time, it’s been amazing. Really really gets you in the [Christmas] spirit.”

For more information about a family break to Disneyland Paris, Disney’s Enchanted Christmas or any of our other offers please call 08448 008 111 or visit: www.disneylandparis.co.uk

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The Seine et Marne North branch of the Ile-De-France UNICEF committee and Disneyland Paris invited 130 children to the Parks in order to celebrate the World Children’s Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On the occasion of the International Day of Children’s Rights, the Seine et Marne north branch of the « Ile de France East » Unicef Committee and Disney Paris invited 310 children to experience an unforgettable day in our Parks. Solidarity and generosity are values that Disney holds near and dear to its heart. Since its opening, Disneyland Paris has been carrying out actions, which positively impacts surrounding communities.

By inviting 310 children from Champs-sur-Marne, Combs La Ville, Grigny, Longperrier, Savigny le Temple and Torcy recreation centers, members of both the Torcy Urban Association and the Torcy Joy of Music Association for the Handicapped, Disneyland Paris and UNICEF proudly perpetuate the 25 year old legacy by providing these children with precious moments.

Throughout the day dedicated to this festive season, children were invited to attend Children’s Rights Awareness workshops conducted by UNICEF volunteers, to enjoy attractions and the brand new Disney Enchanted Christmas season and also celebrated 90 years of magic with Mickey.

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Celebrate 90 years of magic with Mickey Mouse !

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On November 18, 1928, the Steamboat Willie film opened at the Colony Theater in New York. It was the very first cartoon with synchronized sound and was also the first film released and debut for our dear Mickey Mouse.

Since October 1st, Disneyland Paris hosts “Mickey 90 Mouse Party”, a 90 day celebration for our timeless and universal icon.

Up until November 4th, Mickey Mouse, Disney Characters and over eighty performers danced in “Mickey Halloween Celebration”. The Halloween cavalcade revealed a brand new float called “Mickey’s Castle of Illusion”.

Since November 10th, 2018 and until January 6th, 2019, we celebrate the holiday season everyday with Disney’s Enchanted Christmas. The Entertainment team has been working for several months on a joyful celebration with brand new shows, new decorations, new costumes and a not-to-be-missed parade. Every day, more than a hundred performers and Disney Characters dance in “Disney’s Christmas Parade”.

This year, Mickey’s Christmas Big Band makes its comeback at Animagic Theater with a jazzy and swinging show.

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