What is Imagineering in a Box? Imagineering in a Box is a free, online program available through Khan Academy and is part of Disney’s commitment to helping today’s youth create the future they imagine by providing them with inspiration and opportunity through transformative programming. Modules compile expertise of Disney Imagineers from hundreds of career disciplines around the world to share with users of all ages. As part of the 32 educational videos, the program leverages Disney’s expertise in science, technology, engineering, arts and math to help close the opportunity gap and set up youth for success, and allows users to create themed experiences.
What are the modules about? The first module focuses on how Imagineers create themed lands to bring stories to life. Users are encouraged to brainstorm and design their own themed land and refine it throughout this lesson. The art and engineering of attraction design is the second module for this series. Users design a concept for their own attraction and put their idea to the test in a ride simulator exercise. The third lesson covers how Imagineers bring dimensional characters to life. Users will design their own character prototype and practice animating it.
What is Walt Disney Imagineering? Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is the creative and engineering force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide, along with overseeing merchandise product development and Disney’s games and publishing businesses. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. As an innovation-driven business, Disney Imagineers imagine and develop immersive experiences that connect with people all over the world. Disney is committed to helping today’s youth create the future they imagine by providing them with inspiration and opportunity through transformative programming.
What is Khan Academy? Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy’s mastery learning system and content platform includes thousands of exercises, videos, and articles that cover a range of K-12 subjects and is always free for teachers, students, parents, and learners. More than 18 million learners use Khan Academy every month. Khan Academy relies upon donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals around the world. For more information, please visit khanacademy.org
With the return to school, Disneyland Paris teams and Disney VoluntEars prepared some 500 school bags with Disneyland Paris notebooks, pens and other school supplies to be distributed to local associations for children including l’Ecole à l’Hopital, le Foyer de l’Enfance, l’Institut Medico-Educatif and le Centre Intercommunal du Val d’Europe. Disney VoluntEARS were on hand to prepare the bags and had the opportunity to distribute them to the children.
This special surprise for back to school was part of Disneyland Paris’ continued commitment to the local region, in an effort to support associations and bring magic to children in hospitals and in the local community at the start of the school year.
With the evolution of health measures and the new way for our guests to enjoy our destination, the team in charge of the official mobile application has developed the latter in order to make it a personal concierge accessible at the tip of a finger, which stands out as an essential tool for a visit or a stay within our resort. Let’s take a look back at the latest updates to the application.
Discover above three of the new visuals which are the subject of an on-site campaign, from the Visitor Parking to the entrance of our two Disney Parks.
New features :Book a table: allows our visitors to book – whether in advance or at the last minute – a restaurant (table service or all-you-can-eat buffet) within our destination, and even to modify their reservation (s) .
Digital menu: allows our visitors to view the menus of the restaurants at our resort.
Personalized Recommendations: a new feature that comes in the form of four questions asked to guests to then determine attraction or entertainment recommendations based on their preferences in terms of thrill level or franchise (Star Wars, Marvel, etc. ) found in the park experiences.
Profile: allows our guests to create, or access their Disney account, to view their annual tickets or passes, restaurant reservations, attraction preferences, etc.
To download the app, go to the App Store or Google Play. Other new features will be added to the application very soon.
Disney’s Halloween Festival will return starting 26 September with exclusive “Selfie Spots,” a new way of interacting with some of your favourite Disney friends. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto and others will be dressed in their most wickedly colourful Halloween costumes and ready to share spooky moments with guests throughout the Parks.
In the heart of Fantasyland, the Meet Mickey Mouse theatre will be decorated in the colours of the season to welcome guests to take an unforgettable selfie with Mickey Mouse and friends.
Disney Villains like Maleficent, Ursula and Captain Hook will take over many iconic park locations to create memorable experiences. Starting 1 October, Disney Villains like Jafar and Cruella de Vil will invade the Studio Theatre at Walt Disney Studios Park to strike a pose with guests surrounded by a new Halloween décor.
The bravest Guests can also discover or rediscover Disneyland Paris’ spookiest attractions.
They can shriek in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney Studios Park, seated in the service elevator of the infamous Hollywood Tower Hotel, facing 13-story freefalls and many more surprises.
In Disneyland Park, guests will be invited to join spirits and ghouls who enjoy nothing more than feasting and dancing in the dining room of Phantom Manor, nestled in a dark corner of Frontierland.
During the entire season, Disneyland Park will be decorated in its most spooktacular Halloween decor, from Main Street, U.S.A., to Sleeping Beauty Castle and beyond. Jack ’o’ lanterns and ghoulish ghosts will line the streets, and in Frontierland, guests will discover a colourful Mexican-inspired festival complete with lively music and prancing skeletons.
The celebration continues with a range of enchanting sweet and savoury flavours shaped like Disney Villains, and Halloween-themed merchandise will take over shops throughout the resort. For the entire month, Halloween will be celebrated at Disneyland Paris with a witch’s hatful of surprises to discover in the Parks. Even Disney Village will be taken over by pumpkins and ghosts!
For the entire month, Halloween will be celebrated at Disneyland Paris with a witch’s hatful of surprises to discover in the Parks. Even Disney Village will be taken over by pumpkins and ghosts!
Did you know?
• 13262 flowers make up the new garlands from Halloween to Frontierland.
• 175 meters of giant light strings illuminate the road to Frontierland.
• 3-meter-tall female “Catrinas” skeletons inspired by Mexican culture are highlighted in the decorations.
Disney’s Enchanted Christmas from 7 November 2020 to 10 January 2021
Some people say it’s never too early to talk about Christmas. That’s good because the magic of Disney’s Enchanted Christmas will arrive on 7 November 2020 and will continue until 10 January 2021.
Wrapped in the festive colours of Christmas, Disneyland Paris is a truly magical setting for this merriest of seasons. The glittering streets of Main Street U.S.A. and the giant Christmas tree twinkling in Town Square will be back as snowflakes fall on Main Street U.S.A. and fairy lights illuminate the way to Sleeping Beauty Castle.
“Selfies Spots” will be taken over by winter magic as beloved Disney friends* decked in their jolliest Christmas outfits, including Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and even Stitch with his adorable bobble hat will surprise guests.
At Meet Mickey Mouse, guests will discover a magical setting entirely redecorated in seasonal colours where they will be able to take magical selfies with Mickey Mouse dressed in his finest festive attire.
At Videopolis, in Discoveryland, guests will also have the privilege of visiting Santa’s festive workshop and capturing a precious photo. Every day through 25 December, guests can wander into this wintry wonderland filled with the magic of Christmas and capture a selfie with Santa before he sets off in his sleigh for his gift-giving tour of the world.
In Walt Disney Studios Park, the Animagique theatre will open its doors to guests for a magical selfie with Mickey Mouse and other stars from the Mickey and the Magician show. Belle, Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother are among the apprentices who could make an appearance alongside the skillful sorcerer. Many surprises will be available for guests to make memorable moments with friends and family as beloved Disney Characters and Disney Princesses will make surprise appearances that will fill them with Christmas cheer.
For a unique Christmas experience, guests can add an extra touch of magic to their stay by booking a room decorated for the season at select Disney Hotels**. At their request, the room will be decorated with festive ornaments and a twinkling tree with special Disney gifts for the whole family.
Christmas magic will also continue in the sparkling streets of Disney Village, where beautifully decorated boutiques and restaurants will stay open after the Parks close and charming wooden chalets will offer delicious sweet and savoury treats throughout Disney’s Enchanted Christmas.
*Disney Characters will be escorted through the Parks at different moments and on different days throughout the season. Their presence at any precise time or location can therefore not be guaranteed.
** Option unavailable on our website. So, guests who have chosen and booked their Hotel room on our website, can call 0844 800 8898 (calls cost 5p per minute plus their phone company’s access charge) to add this option to their booking (subject to availability). Additional fees apply.
A unique and magical gift idea.
Looking for Christmas presents ideas? Give the gift of Disneyland Paris magic by gifting loved ones Disney Parks tickets, Annual Passes or a stay at a Disney Hotel.
Useful information for a day or a stay at Disneyland Paris
The Zen guarantee: flexible booking for peace of mind
Disneyland Paris is currently offering is guests the possibility to change or cancel their booking with full refund anytime up to 7 days before their arrival date (excluding insurance and transport fees). Further information can be found at www.disneylandparis.com.
Limited attendance with advanced reservation system
In order to maintain physical distancing in line with recommendations from the French government and health authorities, attendance at Disneyland Paris is currently limited each day.
Guests who have booked a Hotel + Ticket package organised by Euro Disney Associés S.A.S. or Euro Disney Vacances S.A.S do not need to register. They will be able to enter the Disney Parks each day of their stay.
Guests who have a dated Ticket, also do not need to register and will be able to enter the Parks on the day indicated on their Ticket.
Guests who booked a Ticket via a third-party operator should check directly with their operator whether or not they need to register.
Guests who have a non-dated Ticket, or an Annual Pass, have to register in advance on the new online reservation system [ link] to ensure admission to the Disney Parks on the day of their choice.
Health and Safety Measures
As the well-being of our guests and Cast Members is a top priority, Disneyland Paris’ phased reopening takes a deliberate approach with limited attendance, physical distancing and enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures aligned with guidance from the French government and health authorities.
The wearing of face coverings for guests ages eleven and older, Cast Members and third-party operators is required.
Disneyland Paris to celebrates its heritage from 19-20 September
For the third year in a row, Disneyland Paris will celebrate its heritage and showcase the creativity that goes on behind the scenes as part of Heritage Days. This year, the opportunity will be virtual and accessible to all online. Through exclusive videos, guests will be able to discover the secrets of the costumes worn by famous Audio-Animatronics® figures and the artistic influences of Disneyland Paris through a short guided video tour of Disneyland Park. The tour provides an unprecedented spotlight on the technical know-how inherent to the resort. Additionally, via Disneyland Paris’ Instagram, guests can discover an exhibition dedicated to past and present shows at Disneyland Paris, with many costumes and models presented by one of our Show Directors, to which they will have the unique opportunity to ask questions and have the potentially answered in the handle’s Instagram stories. The videos will be available at the Disneyland Paris at Home website from 19 September.
Imagineering in a Box, a one-of-a-king learning experience
Imagineering in a Box is a series of free, high-quality online interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, designed to give a behind-the-scenes peek into Imagineering’s development process.
The courses are delivered through the Khan Academy, a non-profit organization with more than 18 million learners a month and a mission to change education for the better by providing free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
This program combines 32 videos of Disney Imagineers, real-world case studies, and lots of interactive activities to give Disneyland Paris guests and their families the opportunity to dream and design their very own theme park experience.
Imagineering in a Box shares with learners of all ages the unique ways that science, technology, engineering, and math can be combined with creativity and design to create larger-than-life entertainment for millions at Disney Parks around the world.
Disneyland Paris’ free platform, “Disneyland Paris at home,” offers families and fans entertaining games, activities, tutorial videos, step-by-step themed recipes, videos revealing some of Disneyland Paris’ secrets and many other surprises to spark imagination, inspire creativity and share the magic from the comfort of home.
“Disneyland Paris at home” is available in French, English, Italian, Spanish, German and Dutch. New content continues to be added.
Every year, on European Heritage Days – or Journées du Patrimoine – musems and monuments open their doors so that visitors can discover great treasures in France and in Europe. This weekend in Paris and Île-de-France, many museums, monuments, castles and other cultural places open their doors for free so that you can enjoy entertainment, guided tours and exhibitions. For the third year in a row, Disneyland Paris will participate in the event, celebrating its craftsmanship and artistic heritage virtually during a weekend-long celebration.
Disneyland Paris boasts 28 years of expertise in the field of entertainment. The creativity and meticulous work of “lmagineers” – who design Disney resorts – never cease to take our guests on a journey into completely immersive experiences.
With parades, musical shows and entertainment of all kinds, Disneyland Paris also serves as a rich and diverse stage that is reimagined over the seasons, mobilizing hundreds of artists with diverse specialties. From the rooftops of the Fuente del Oro restaurant during the Zorro show in the summer of 1993, to the stages of Central Plaza, the destination is a true open-air theater! Since the opening of Disneyland Park in 1992, more than 80 parades and cavalcades have taken place.
This year, everyone can discover online:
A video guided tour dedicated to the cultural heritage and artistic inspirations of our theme parks, highlighting the architecture, history and local craftsmanship of Europe’s leading tourist destination through three focuses: Sleeping Beauty Castle and Discoveryland at Disneyland Park, and Place de Rémy at Walt Disney Studios Park.
A video report on the costumes of Audio-Animatronics in our theme parks.
A virtual exhibit offering a retrospective of fabulous stage costumes, parade floats and unpublished photographs, led by a director at the resort who will answer audience questions asked through stories on Disneyland Paris’ Instagram.
Disneyland Paris’ Heritage: Behind-the-Scenes of the Attractions
Did you know that sailors from Pirates of the Caribbean, spirits from Phantom Manor and all the stars at Disneyland Paris attractions are meticulously taken care of every day backstage? Our Audio-Animatronics and still figures require careful treatment, maintaining the magic every day for more than 28 years.
Every morning, a team of dressmakers go for a round of inspection to make sure everything is in perfect shape and take care of every costume adjustment or update that is required. They work hand-in-hand with teams from Figure Finishing and Walt Disney Imagineering to preserve the heritage of Europe’s number one tourist destination.
Which phantom requires costume adjustments? What are the new techniques to use? Are the Seven Dwarfs’ beards always impeccable? Which pirate needs a new black light painting? Find out all answers and more with this new exclusive video.
The fall is just beginning and Disney’s Halloween Festival is fast approaching. We asked Disneyland Paris Producer Osvaldo del Mistero to tell us more about this much-anticipated seasonal event.
You probably remember Osvaldo del Mistero as the Disneyland Paris Ambassador in 2011-2012. Passionate about entertainment, he has been working as a Producer at Disneyland Paris since 2018 – a dream come true! In this role, he has been responsible for the Festival of Pirates and Princesses, Timon’s Matadance, Frozen 2: An Enchanted Journey, and the iconic Disney’s Halloween Festival.
“What I love about Halloween is that it’s a celebration. The Fall is just beginning and there are still a lot of sunny days ahead of us to have fun. The colors of this season are very warm and have such an immersive quality. As soon as you step into Disneyland Park, you can immediately notice the change. It’s a unique opportunity to rediscover the park under a different light,” said Osvaldo.
A CLASSIC AT DISNEYLAND PARIS
Particularly fond of Halloween, Osvaldo made a point to reconnect with all the ingredients that made guests fall in love with this special season year after year, starting with decorations prominently featured on Main Street, U.S.A., and in Frontierland. “As of September 26, our guests will be able to see the park as they love it during Halloween, adorned with pumpkins, floral decorations, and lights up on every building.”
As Osvaldo likes to point out, one of the unique aspects of Halloween at Disneyland Paris is the wide variety of inspirations and experiences. “Our Halloween Festival is like a patchwork. It’s obviously in reference to the Anglo-Saxon festival, but we also definitely wanted to add a Disney touch. For instance, when strolling down Main Street, U.S.A., ghosts can be seen along the street and in buildings. They represent inhabitants of times past who come back to visit the park as ghosts – iconic characters like the mayor, the ice cream man or the three Barbershop singers. In Frontierland, the theme is meant to recall Fall. The pumpkin men are our mascots this season, and Fuente del Oro Restaurante pays homage to Mexican culture and the Disney Pixar movie Coco. Depending on where you are in the park, Halloween is celebrated in a different way.”
A CHALLENGE FOR THE IMAGINATION
This Halloween season is a bit special as Disneyland Paris teams had to show creativity and flexibility to adjust to the current context. “As soon as Disneyland Paris reopened, we innovated and changed our approach to entertainment. This also applies to this festival, which was adjusted in keeping with the current health and safety situation.”
Among the highlights of Disney’s Halloween Festival are special meet and greets with Disney characters. Disneyland Paris teams used their imagination for character appearances that respect physical distancing. That is how “Selfie Spots” successfully launched after the reopening of the resort. Osvaldo and his team had fun rethinking and turning them into a Halloween experience.
“As of September 26, we will welcome a large number of Disney characters, including Mickey and friends, in their most iconic Halloween outfits. Disney Villains will also be featured, notably the Queen of Hearts and the terrifying Jafar. Next to Sleeping Beauty Castle, you might run into Maleficent or Ursula. And that’s not all! Starting October 1, at Studio Theater in Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney Villains await your visit for exclusive selfie opportunities. Throughout the day, up to 8 Disney Villains will be present for the very first time. Our guests will have the opportunity to meet in the same location several Disney characters, some of which only come out for Halloween. It’s truly a unique opportunity!”
For creative people, constraints challenge the imagination, and the health and safety conditions prompted Osvaldo and his team to explore all possibilities so that the show could go on. This notably applies to Meet Mickey Mouse, which is a major Selfie Spot location this season. “The beautiful stage located in the standby line wasn’t used to its full potential, so we tried to use it differently. We’re using it as a character meet and greet with Mickey and Friends, and the set fully reflects the theme of this season. In the same way, at Studio Theater, we realized that we could create a particularly immersive Selfie Spot experience.”
Disneyland Paris teams have used all their talent to bring these stages to life, where art and technology cleverly intertwine. “At Meet Mickey Mouse, we decided to focus on a traditional version of Halloween, with orange and pumpkin tones which perfectly complement our storytelling. Costumes are also very important. They immerse guests in the spirit of Halloween.”
At Studio Theater, the atmosphere is very different as Disney Villains take to the stage. “We found great music to go along with this encounter, the lighting of the room was changed, screens and projections were added. When we thought about staging, we wanted to play with the frightening feeling conjured up by Disney Villains, while making sure that it would not be deterring either. We were looking to do something colorful and happy, even with experiences that are meant to be somewhat scary. The result is a successful mix between darkness and light, which perfectly characterizes Disney Villains.”
In 2020, Disney’s Halloween Festival will offer a new experience based on the unexpected.
“When thinking about Halloween, we tend to think about children wearing costumes and going from door to door to collect candies. There’s a very fun “hide and seek” element in this tradition, and we thought that we could develop this idea and make it entertaining for our guests. So, we imagined that the day could unfold with many surprises along the way.”
This thought certainly appealed to Disney Villains like Ursula or Maleficent who do not like to be told what to do. They decided to join the fun, on the condition that it be on their own schedule! “Our guests have to be ready for anything and everything to happen—Disney Villains may appear at any given time, anywhere. We had so much fun playing with this and creating an even more interactive experience than in previous years.” This year’s Halloween Festival promises to be quite special. “There’s such a traditional side to Christmas, with very specific traditions. Halloween is a lot more flexible. We get to work on new and fun things, which enables us to expand our creativity. It’s so great to be able to come up with new experiences. From Selfie Spots to exclusive products with our Food and Beverage partners, Disneyland Paris offers a 360-degree experience. Everything is made to immerse our guests in the spirit of Halloween. Now, we’re just waiting for you!”
Marne-la-Vallée (Sep. 25, 2020) – Today, Disneyland Paris launched the sale of its themed reusable cloth face masks with all profits from their sales until the end of December 2020 donated to the Grand Hôpital de l’Est Francilien, a network of local medical centers and a longstanding partner of Disneyland Paris.
The new reusable cloth face masks for the general public will use the power of timeless Disney stories and beloved characters to address guests’ needs. They also support Disneyland Paris’s commitment to charity organizations and healthcare institutions during these challenging times. Made in France and sold at the price of 6 euros each, these masks fulfill AFNOR requirements and government recommendations, and last up to 15 washes. They will be available in four styles and two sizes featuring iconic Disney characters—a fun way to encourage an essential barrier gesture.
Proceeds will benefit the GHEF, which includes facilities in Marne-la-Vallée, Meaux, Coulommiers, and Jourre. This donation is part of the company’s ongoing initiatives which launched during the temporary closure, including donations of food, protective equipment and other medical supplies to those in need. Hospitals and nursing homes in the Île-de-France region were able to benefit from donations of protective equipment, such as rain ponchos, distributed to healthcare professionals. To ease the daily life of children hospitalized during confinement, the Disney VoluntEARS also created small educational tutorials from their homes, which were transmitted to patients via partner hospitals. These videos were accompanied by supply kits for practicing the tutorials.
Since March, Disneyland Paris has donated almost 5 million euros worth of goods (retail value) to local hospitals and charity organizations.
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