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2020 TEA Masters announced: congratulations to Imagineer Tracy Eck!

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) – the global, nonprofit membership association for the creators of compelling places and experiences – has announced the slate of TEA Masters honorees for 2020. The TEA Masters program celebrates masters of their craft in the global visitor attractions industry.

Congratulations to Disneyland Paris Imagineer Tracy Eck, for being honored as a TEA Master in Art Direction, Show and Design Quality

Tracy Eck is a native of Chicago, where she started her early career in theatre after receiving an MFA in Theatre Design at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Inspired by French theatre and culture, she moved to Paris in the late ‘80s, where she worked as a freelance lighting designer. Tracy started her career in themed entertainment in 1990, when she was hired as a show lighting designer with the team of Imagineers for the Disneyland Paris project. She quickly became an essential part of that park and was one of a small group of Imagineers to join the Design and Show Quality team after opening, to continue to train the maintenance staff in the upkeep of the park and to design new projects.

Tracy shifted back as a lead lighting designer for the development and installation of the Paris second gate, the Walt Disney Studios Park; and when that project was complete, she returned to her role with Design and Show Quality where she continued to work on numerous refurbishments as well as new projects.

Tracy continued to learn and grow as a designer and earned a promotion to lead Art Direction for the Disneyland Paris portfolio. After 29 years in the themed entertainment world, Tracy is at the top of her craft in art direction. She has managed many complex projects from concept through completion. She remains an essential part of the DLP team where she has mentored many young designers over many years.

Tracy Eck excels in art direction and as lighting designer, and has been a key player on many themed entertainment projects, including rides, restaurants, retail spaces, area development, and major icons. She sets the highest standards for herself to accomplish a quality product that will delight Disney guests; and she inspires other members of the team by her example. Tracy is an excellent team player, and brings her highly developed training in storytelling and the theatrical collaborative arts to every project. She has a skilled designer’s eye and a healthy imagination that adds value to every project she touches, and is a true inspiration to the young designers placed under her wing.

She has taken on major refurbishment plans at iconic attractions such as “it’s a small world” at Disneyland Paris. Over many years, she has encouraged and inspired new products working with many European and US manufacturers. Tracy Eck is a star of our industry in Europe. She is a driving force behind the excellence of Disneyland Paris… and she’s a role model of a successful individual in our industry living their true dream.

Source: TEA

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Disneyland Paris donates food to non-profit associations in Seine-et-Marne

Since the announcement of the temporary closure of Disneyland Paris on October 29, behind-the-scenes teams accompanied by Disney VoluntEARS, are once again supporting local associations by donating excess food during the resort’s closure, including highly sought after products such as fruits, vegetables, meats, grocery items and frozen foods.  

Secours Populaire de Vaux le Pénil is just one of the associations receiving donations including a new delivery of 12 pallets of fresh products today, in addition to 15 pallets already delivered.  The organization plans to distribute the supplies to its teams throughout the region. Secours Populaire de Meaux will also receive pallets of frozen products. Additionally, several other organizations are recipients of donations including Les Restos du Coeur d’Esbly, receiving six pallets of groceries and Les Restos du Coeur receiving nearly 200kg of burgers. In the days and weeks to come, the Red Cross and the Food Bank will be added as beneficiaries of the ongoing donations.

The donations are a continuation of Disneyland Paris’s commitment to assist the local associations and healthcare institutions during this exceptional time by donating food, protective equipment and other medical supplies with a total market value which has already exceeded 6 million euros.  All thanks to the mobilization of cast members at the resort, volunteering their time in order to support the region.

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Disneyland Paris Unveils First Look Inside Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel

Construction on Avengers Campus and Cars Route 66 Road Trip Progress

Future development and refurbishment work at Disneyland Paris continues to move forward, and Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel is one of several projects in the works.  At IAAPA’s Virtual Education Conference, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro shared updates including a new photo of the hotel’s lobby, offering a first look at how the redesigned hotel is becoming a reality. The newly released photo, compared with a previously released rendering, shows progress on the lobby interior, which features one of many major Marvel art pieces that guests will be able to enjoy once the hotel opens. The newly released photo, compared with a previously released rendering, shows progress on the lobby interior, which features one of many major Marvel art pieces that guests will be able to enjoy once the hotel opens.

Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel coming soon at Disneyland Paris

The four-star hotel is inspired by a New York art gallery, a tribute to the city that was the birthplace of the Marvel Super Heroes and many of the artists who created them. The hotel will have one of the largest collections of Marvel artwork in the world, with more than 300 items on display, including exclusive and never-before-seen pieces, in collaboration with more than 95 artists from Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios. Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will offer contemporary comfort and personalized services while celebrating New York’s culture and vibrant energy.

Avengers Campus coming soon at Disneyland Paris

Development and refurbishment work for other projects at the resort also continue including Avengers Campus and Cars Route 66 Road Trip, a fully reimagined attraction, both part of the transformation of the Walt Disney Studios park.

Cars Route 66 Road Trip coming soon at Disneyland Paris

Additionally, Disneyland Paris’ transformation of the guest experience continues with new digital features and enhancements being rolled out in the Disneyland Paris App. One of the latest features includes a new online hotel check-in service that will accelerate the time guests spend at the front desk during check-in allowing them to get to the magic faster. Other enhancements include the recent launch of Standby Pass, a complimentary service which enables guests to book a timeslot to enter the physical queue line of an attraction via the App and return to the queue line at a designated time during certain periods of the day, and a dining reservation service.

Both the development work and digital transformation are integral in the long-term planning of Disneyland Paris providing new experiences for guests to live new adventures at the resort.

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Disney VoluntEARS at Disneyland Paris Continue to Spread Magic

Nov. 17-18, the employee-volunteers of Disneyland Paris prepared more than 4,000 toys for non-profits and delivered 27 pallets of food to the Secours Populaire.

The Disney VoluntEARS’ actions to bring Disney magic to those in need continue this month, with the employee-volunteers donating their time to prepare and deliver essential supplies to non-profits throughout the region.

For the last two days, Disney VoluntEARS have been busy preparing more than 4,000 Marvel super hero toys to be delivered by local non-profits associations as Christmas presents to children in need. Members of Disneyland Paris’s leadership team came to lend a hand, including Natacha Rafalski, President of the company. “It’s so moving to see all this generosity and enthusiasm from our cast members,” said Natacha. “The comfort and moments of happiness they bring to the families in need are all the more important right now.”

Meanwhile, more than 27 pallets of excess food – enough to fill a 38-ton truck – were donated to the Secours Populaire de Meaux, following multiple donations already redistributed since the end of October. These actions are part of Disneyland Paris’s approach to social responsibility, in place since its opening in 1992 and especially during these unprecedented times to support non-profits and local authorities working with children and families. Since March, Disneyland Paris has made more than 6 million euros in in-kind donations.

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New details revealed for Cars Route 66 Road Trip at Disneyland Paris

Following a first tease last week, today we’re happy to share more details on Cars Route 66 Road Trip which is set to debut in 2021 at Walt Disney Studios Park.

The long-standing and great collaboration between Disney Imagineers and Pixar continues — together, they’ve designed a family-friendly journey, discovering some of the wacky roadside attractions along the famous Route 66 highway.

The attraction’s new boarding station, inspired by mid-century modern architecture, fittingly offers several nods to the automotive world. As your gateway to all the wonders awaiting you on Route 66, guests will enter the station through a tourist booth complete with maps, postcards and other decorative items (design details that Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering are known for and guests love – see examples below). The loading station, which stands halfway through construction, is actually the first building constructed outside the current perimeter of Walt Disney Studios Park, and once completed will be accessible to visitors via a new road extending from Toy Story Playland. Cars Route 66 Road Trip represents the first step in the expansion of Walt Disney Studios Park.

Stay tuned for more information about this attraction that we will share soon!

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF DISNEYLAND PARIS

While we were hoping to be able to reopen during the Christmas holiday season, the latest government measures announced for France do not allow us to deliver the Disneyland Paris experience and therefore the destination will remain closed until 12 February 2021.
We look forward to welcoming you upon our reopening. In the meantime, if you have a booking with us during the period we are closed, please check here for our latest commercial conditions.
We thank you for your continued loyalty and understanding.