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Disneyland Paris is offering a free digital Advent Calendar full of surprises including famous celebrities

Visit us on: “Disneyland Paris at home

Now more than ever, we need to be able to dream and experience some magic. Disneyland Paris is spreading its pixie dust beyond the Parks and for the first time, sending you a special advent calendar. For 24 days, this free digital calendar will offer daily magical activities for all! Arts and crafts, Christmas recipes, videos, shows… and numerous surprises are coming your way. And, to help make that happen, Mickey and his friends will be joined by famous celebrities. Make sure to visit “Disneyland Paris at home” from December 1st to 24th.

French chef Jean Imbert who previously created the pop-up restaurant “Petit Jean” for Disneyland Paris, is now preparing a delicious recipe inspired by an iconic attraction. “I’m thrilled to be able to deliver the magic of Disneyland Paris in your plates with a special creation which I’ll help you prepare at home” said the chef. The macaron maestro Pierre Hermé will share his secrets with a new magical recipe. “I loved preparing Mickey’s Birthday cake in 2018 and now I want to share the warm ambiance of Disneyland Paris through a brand-new recipe so everyone can have more magic during these holidays” said Pierre Hermé.

American supermodel Lily Aldridge will have a special tutorial inspired by the magic of Disney Parks. More surprises are on the way as many more celebrities and influencers get ready to share Do-It-Yourself activities and spread the joy that Disneyland Paris has to offer. Visit our website “Disneyland Paris at home”.

“This Advent Calendar is another creative way for Disneyland Paris to bring magic and happiness during the holiday season. My wish is that these 24 surprises create joyful moments that you can share with your loved ones and from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all the Cast Members and celebrities who are helping us bring extra pixie dust to you this December.” – Natacha Rafalski

The Advent Calendar will be available as of December 1st on the website “Disneyland Paris at home”, a platform full of free activities for all members of the family. It includes a selection of games and activities for kids with the perfect touch of Disney magic such as arts and crafts, coloring pages, recipes, tutorials and more joyful moments produced by the teams of Disneyland Paris.

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In line with the latest measures mandated by the French government, Disneyland Paris is currently closed until February 12th, 2021. Please check disneylandparis.com for regular updates.

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Disneyland Paris win at the European Star Awards and shortlisted four times at the Park World Excellence Awards

As the end of 2020 edges closer, Disneyland Paris is delighted to share that it has won Europe’s Best Family Park and placed second in Europe’s Best Dark Rides, for Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, both at the European Star Awards.

Organised by Kirmes Park & Revue, the awards recognise entrepreneurship, courage and innovation within the European theme park industry.

Additionally, Disneyland Paris has also been shortlisted four times at this year’s Park World Excellence Awards. Now in its third year, the Awards identify “the very best” operators, suppliers, manufacturers and entertainment specialists from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

  • Best Dark Ride or Media Based Experience: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: A New Dimension of Thrills at Walt Disney Studios Park, supplied by Walt Disney Imagineering

  • Best Large Park: Disneyland Park

  • Best Live Entertainment: Frozen 2: An Enchanted Journey; The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands at Disneyland Park

Winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on 8 December. You can register to attend here.

The European Star Awards win and the Park World Excellence Awards shortlist recognise that Disneyland Paris is a place where magic comes alive and unforgettable memories are made. What sets Disneyland Paris – and every Disney Park – apart is our exceptional commitment to the ever-changing needs and interests of guests. The stories and characters from the likes of Frozen, to The Lion King, Marvel and Star Wars truly come to life here, continuing to fuel the unparalleled guest experience. Disneyland Paris has one single goal in mind: to exceed guest expectations. And despite a difficult 2020, it has remained committed to creativity and the heart of Disney’s brand DNA: innovation.

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Magic Keepers: Meet Paul Nichols, Executive Producer Disney Parks Live Entertainment

A handful of Cast Members look after our destination during its temporary closure, some on site, most of them, working at home. Paul is one of those Magic Keepers.

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Tell us about your background and experience…

I’ve been with The Walt Disney Company for 30 years. Before that… I was in school! I have a Master’s degree in Music Performance – Trombone, which led me to start my career as a professional musician with Disney. After several years, I joined the show production teams, first as a Production Assistant, then as a Production Manager and Producer, and now as an Executive Producer.

Tell us more about your current role.

I am an Executive Producer at Disney Parks Live Entertainment, the entity managing the creation and delivery of all entertainment products for the Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line around the world. At Disneyland Paris, I am in charge of the show offerings related to the expansion of Walt Disney Studios Park. I am also in charge of the Music, Entertainment Communication and Character Training teams.

What are your missions during the temporary closure?

My priority and that of my teams is to define the show offerings for the reopening of our destination. Which Disney characters will our Guests be able to meet? At what locations? What protocols should be put in place? These are just some of the questions we are working on in close collaboration with the Operations and Safety teams, with the aim of delivering the most immersive experience possible, while respecting health standards.

What other projects are you currently working on?

I’m continuing to work on the show program for the next few years, particularly for 2021 and 2022, and also, that for future Entertainment content in the Walt Disney Studios Park.

What is your biggest challenge related to the current situation and the positive things you get out of it?

The context is obviously difficult for many Cast Members and vendors. The challenge is to stay focused on our mission and the future of our destination. In spite of the current situation, the patience and positivity of the Cast Members at Disneyland Paris inspires me enormously.

 What’s a typical day for you?

There’s the one before March 2020: all day at the office, going from one on-site meeting and location to another. And then there’s the one nowadays: in front of my computer, video-conference after video-conference. It’s the new standard! The way we meet and work has evolved and shows that we can be productive from anywhere. I also think working remotely is less stressful in many ways as you work from a familiar environment and can more easily balance your professional and personal life.

Your philosophy at work?

“People first”, “Cast Members first”: I dedicate myself entirely to my teams. My goal is to create an inclusive environment where everyone is able to expresses their full potential.

What is your favorite experience at Disneyland Paris?

Without hesitation, Mickey and the Magician. It was the first show I worked on as Executive Producer at Disneyland Paris. It will always hold a special place for me. I recall all the great work done and the partnering and collaboration with the various teams. The show’s success with the Guests and the award it received* are my best rewards.

* Best Theatre Production Award in the category of parks with more than three million visitors at the IAAPA Brass Ring Awards.

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Christmas at Disneyland Paris [#1] : A walk down Memory Lane – Let’s share Christmas memories with Yves Ben Yeta, Imagineer

Christmas is a special time to share precious moments with the ones we love, especially at Disneyland Paris. To put us in the holiday mood, we’ve asked Imagineers and Cast Members to share their most cherished Christmas memories with us. Today we have Yves Ben Yeta, Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering.

When was your first Christmas at Disneyland Paris?

My very first Christmas at Disneyland Paris was in 1992. We had barely recovered from finishing the construction and opening the Park when before we knew it, we were drawn into that dreamlike holiday mode! What a wonderful memory, but I especially remember the following Christmas where we participated directly and were asked to conceive a taller and more striking tree. Its metal structure was designed in Florida and when it arrived, I was impressed by its monumental dimensions. Just to be sure and in preparation for the future, as is often done at Disney, the engineer in charge of it, made it gigantic. Today, although the tree decorations have changed, the same structure is used.

Those first Christmases at Disneyland Paris were full of emotion for me. Everything we did, or almost everything we did, was new. Like the decorations on Main Street, U.S.A. When we went to the manufacturers to tell them how much material we needed, they had a hard time believing us. I recall that the number of garlands in the Park alone, represented enough to make a round trip from Paris to Disneyland!

The luminous arches of Main Street, U.S.A. are still among the most striking decorations in the history of Disneyland Paris! Can you tell us more about them?

These Christmas arches were inspired by the Italian tradition of the “Luminari” and made here in France. The motifs were directly linked to the Christmas tree, and in particular, the patterns of the snowflakes. The tree was lit first, and then went on to the arches reaching all the way to Central Plaza, touching the Sleeping Beauty Castle. This allowed for the two ends of Main Street, U.S.A. to be linked and create a single show. It was magnificent!

Another nice Christmas project was the “It’s a Small World” Celebration.

We called it “Celebration” because we had noticed that at this time of the year almost all the people of the world celebrate light. In Winter, the days get shorter but around Christmas time, the trend is reversed. Everywhere on the planet, people light bonfires or candles to reassure themselves: It’s Diwali in India or Hanukkah in Israel. There is a bond throughout all of humanity, whether we like it or not. Everywhere we see people divided but we prefer to focus on what can connect them, unite them. It was a complicated project because we didn’t want to make any mistakes. We contacted the cultural representatives of the embassies involved and collected authentic information about the various celebrations. The Costuming department did a remarkable job in making all the dolls’ outfits according to their respective local traditions.

What moves you most about Christmas in the Parks?

During this period, I love going to the Park very early in the morning. The sunrise is absolutely heavenly. The sky is beautiful and the sun outlines the silhouettes of the buildings like you’ve never seen. These are magical moments that I enjoy capturing with photography.

And there is also a nostalgic side of me. You know, from time to time, my job leads me to walk in the Park in order to look at the scenery and the lights. But, when I come at Christmas as a guest with my family, for me, the show is no longer the decor or the lights. It is the face of my granddaughter. Looking at her reactions, the twinkle in her eyes, the lights that illuminate her face… it’s just so very moving. I see my daughter in my granddaughter – I took her to the Park for Christmas almost 30 years ago and now, she’s reliving it all again, via her own daughter! For me, it’s a moment of marvel and nostalgia…an integral part of the magic of Christmas at Disneyland Paris.

What exactly is the secret of this Christmas magic, unique to Disneyland Paris?

I will tell you a personal anecdote. Several years ago, when my son was a little boy, I was lining up with him to take a picture with Santa Claus in a shopping center. He was very excited. We were moving forward little by little and at one point, when we were almost there, he said, “Let’s go!”. I was very surprised. We had waited half an hour and I was not going to leave now. However, he insisted, “It’ s not Santa Claus! Look at his shoes”! Indeed, “Santa” had all the rest of the costume, but my small little guy had noticed that his shoes did not go with the rest. So for him, it was obvious that it wasn’t the real thing. This story explains my attention to detail when it comes to creating the magic at Disneyland Paris. It is a constant preoccupation. Magic is all those little details that change and mean everything. Case in point, we are fortunate to have a park that is particularly abundant with lights, especially Main Street, U.S.A. This is as much due to the large Christmas garlands as it is to the small lights that run along the rooftops. They are discreet and simple, but they make all the difference. There are also all our chimneys and fireplaces. With all of the fireplaces in the stores, restaurants and the chimneys on the rooftops, it was the designers’  strong desire to have as many as possible because they create a warm and friendly environment. During winter, when it’s cold and we arrive at someone’s house, we take off our coats and are offered a hot chocolate while we warm up in front of the fireplace. This is a detail, but it is also essential to bring the magic of Christmas to life. 

What is your Christmas wish?

For me, it’s pretty obvious: Good health, ending this crisis as quickly as possible and returning to a normal life to enjoy the simple things. Being able to see your children, your friends, hugging your loved ones, walking in the Park… A crisis like this one teaches us that what we take for granted, what seems natural and obvious to us are in fact, not to be taken for granted. That’s why we need to refocus on what is really important. Starting with ….. Merry Christmas!

Christmas at Disneyland Paris: A walk down Memory Lane [#2] Let’s share Christmas memories with Emanuel Lenormand, Show Director

Christmas is a special time to share precious moments with the ones we love, especially at Disneyland Paris. To put us in the holiday mood, we’ve asked Imagineers and Cast Members to share their most cherished Christmas memories with us.

Today we have Emanuel Lenormand, Show Director

What was your first Christmas like at Disneyland Paris?

I was lucky enough to be there for the very first Christmas. At the time, I was Dance Captain. As part of a training program for the opening of Euro Disneyland, I was sent to Florida for six months before the opening. That’s when I discovered the meaning of a “Disney Christmas”. I was amazed: At their Magic Kingdom alone, there were two Christmas trees, plus there was one at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and another at Epcot. I fantasized about these gigantic trees that you only see in Disney Parks and all the decorations. When I came back to France, I particularly enjoyed this first Christmas at Disneyland Paris because I found all the ingredients I loved about the United States, but this time in a European context. I was amazed by the decorations on Main Street, U.S.A., and of course the tree. At the time, “La Parade de Noël” (The Christmas Parade)  was presented just after “La Parade Disney” ( The Disney Parade). There was Santa’s float, snowmen and “Wreath Ladies” wearing beautiful red or green costumes and large wreaths decorated with candles. All the Disney Characters had Christmas hats and scarves. There was also the reindeer ballet – funny with their big tongues hanging out of their mouths, and 40 toy soldiers – some of who actually played drums or trumpets… A real performance!

What Christmas shows have you participated in?

I’ve participated in many shows, but I particularly remember “Mickey’s Paradise” (1995), with a performance every night and weekend on the ice rink at the Disney’s Hotel New York. There were huge reels of film on the ice and Mickey would pull out different props – Aladdin’s lamp, an umbrella or even the Sorcerer’s Apprentice hat – that would let the Genie in, Mary Poppins and Bert and Hyacinth, the hippopotamus from Fantasia. It was a very successful show.

I also remember  1997’s “Mickey et la Magie de l’Hiver” (Mickey’s Winter Wonderland) that featured several standards of the season such as “Let It Snow”, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” or “Winter Wonderland”. It was a complete show. When my brother came to see it, he told me he felt like it was a Sunday afternoon, him watching a TV cartoon of Donald Duck surrounded by the world of Christmas. We went from laughter to nostalgia in a very realistic setting. There was even an ice rink on stage! And at the end, we had a sleigh pulled by two horses from the Pony Farm arriving on stage before leaving for the mountains. It was really a great show!

What are your best memories as Show Director at Christmas time ?

My greatest memory is to have created “Mickey et le Big Band de Noël” (Mickey’s Christmas Big Band) in 2017 for Vidéopolis. It was a real challenge because we had never done this kind of thing at Disneyland Paris. Our Vice President in charge of the shows, really wanted us to have this Carnegie Hall, Broadway, tap dancing, big band type dimension. I have great memories of it. We worked with a choreographer from New York, Matt West, who did the Broadway musical Beauty and the Beast. I loved working with the musicians and the various artisans on this project. Afterwards, it was Arnaud Feredj who transposed it to the Animagique Theater where it really belongs… it was a great first!

My other baby was “Chantons Noël!” (Let’s Sing Christmas!) again, at Vidéopolis, in 2018 and 2019. This was the first show to integrate the Disney Performing Arts Program, which allows amateur ensembles to perform on  Disneyland Paris’ stages. It was a particularly complex project because it involved the participation of groups from all over Europe, and despite all the logistical difficulties, we managed to put it together! The music was great. It was produced in Florida. You could really feel the spirit of Christmas a la Dicken’s, with sublime costumes designed by Disneyland Paris’ Costume Designer, Sandrine Deschamp, who also designed the costumes for “Un Noël Fantastitch” (A Merry Stitchmas) and “La Parade de Noël” (Disney’s Christmas Parade). It was a lot of fun to work on the two versions of the show: On weekends, we had choirs up to 100 people – It had a huge impact on the audience. For this version, the staging was rather sober in order to highlight these ensembles. Then, during the week, we had a version without a choir. As a result, all was a little more elaborate for the singers and the Characters. Plus,  there was the magic of the video, where the lyrics of the songs could be displayed so that the audience could sing with us. It was a wonderful show: Four singers, Disney Characters and the magic was working! Christmas is Proust’s madeleine… Tunes that remind you of your parents, grandparents, family, shared memories and, our show echoed all this in a very authentic way.

Can you tell us more about the different ways of celebrating Christmas in the Entertainment shows at Disneyland Paris?

What’s great about this time of the year at Disneyland Paris is that we can offer our guests all sorts of Christmas cheer, and there’s something for everyone. We can do big band, traditional a la Dickens, and we can also find ourselves doing something more in line with pop! It is the fun side of Disney… Like in “Un Noël Fantastitch” (A Merry Stitchmas) which I created in 2017 for the Royal Castle Stage. It was a kind of “C’est Magique!” (Feel the Magic) Christmas version, full of energy, very colorful. I even insisted that Minnie sing Mariah Carey’s song, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. We made it a cabaret-style number. I had the time of my life! The first year, I also went crazy with the props. They were everywhere! But I loved it! They really help tell the stories. I like for the choreography to make sense and props really help us with that. I remember the Toy Story set, where the dancers came on stage with these big stuffed animals … Buzz, Woody, Jessie and even Mr. Potato Head. It was all very playful. As a child, when I used to go to shows, I was always attracted to details and props. It always fascinated me.

What does creating and overseeing Disneyland Paris’ Christmas festivities mean to you to?

It’s a lot of work, but for me, it’s a unique opportunity. I’ve always been a Christmas freak. When you’re a kid, you wait a long time for it and it goes by very quickly. At Disneyland Paris, Christmas starts at the beginning of November. It’s like a huge Advent Calendar of almost 50 days! As for me, I start working on it even earlier. It’s a dream come true!

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Disneyland Paris unveils new Merchandise to come in 2021

The year 2021 will be highlighted by the launch of several new Merchandise product lines at Disneyland Paris and – setting the pace for the coming months – the must-have pins. Among the new products to come, the Merchandise teams have developed two exclusive products celebrating Space Mountain’s 25th anniversary, the attraction inaugurated in 1995 in its first version “From the Earth to the Moon.” Soon to come, a Collector’s Key as a tribute to this iconic attraction. Also, a book retracing Its history, technological challenges, sources of inspiration, how it came to be, and its different iterations including Hyperspace Mountain, Mission 2, and of course, “From the Earth to the Moon.” This book follows the first two successful volumes devoted to Pirates of the Caribbean and Phantom Manor. For the opening of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, a brand-new range of hotel-exclusive products was developed. Mugs, lanyards, pins, and even a Collector’s Key will honor the architecture and atmosphere of the very first Disney hotel dedicated to the art of Marvel. Some lithographic reproductions will also be available of Marvel artwork exhibited in the rooms, as well as life-size miniatures of the Iron Man armor that is visible in the lobby. A must for every Marvel fan! With only a few days left before Christmas, if you are short on inspiration for how to decorate your tree, Alain – Visual Merchandiser in charge of the presentation of products in the Disneyland Paris stores – can give you some advice on how to decorate your tree with a Disney touch!

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Disney VoluntEARS from Disneyland Paris continue to help those in need, donating pizza meals and holiday cheer to families supported by non-profits.

As part of its longstanding social responsibility approach, Disneyland Paris has amplified charity efforts since March, in an effort to help those in need during this unprecedented time. This latest donation includes excess food given to branches of the Secours Populaire, Restos du Cœur and the Banque Alimentaire in the Hauts-de-France region.

Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 (Lille) – Today, Disneyland Paris pledged to donate more than 145,000 pizza meals over the coming months to non-profit organizations Restos du coeur, Secours Populaire and the Banque Alimentaire to support families in need throughout the Hauts-de-France region where the resort’s food product is stored. In addition, Disney VoluntEARS, the employee-volunteers at Disneyland Paris who give their free time to charity initiatives, will also be surprising the families with Disney-themed Christmas toys. With the support of the Hauts-de-France regional council, this initiative follows several other donations made by the resort throughout the year across France.

“As the holidays approach, the health crisis has multiplied the needs of our organization,” says Jean-Louis Callens, Secretary General of Secours Populaire du Nord. “Disneyland Paris’s Disney VoluntEARS have come to fill the bags of our own volunteers, the Green Santas, with pizza meals and toys that will bring smiles to the faces of thousands of children. They all know about Disneyland Paris, even those who haven’t had the chance to go. They are regularly welcomed at the Parks. This year it is Disneyland Paris that is coming to them.”

“Thanks to the strong relationships we have built with non-profits over the past decades, we are able to share the magic of Disney outside of the park at a time when it is needed the most,” says Eric Pirès Augère, Coordinator of the Disney VoluntEARS.

Since the beginning of the health crisis, Disneyland Paris has donated more than 7.7 million euros in food, protective equipment and medical supplies, as well as merchandise to non-profits, hospitals and local partners. Food items have included fruits and vegetables, proteins, snacks, dairy products, drinks, sweets and other delicacies. These actions are part of Disneyland Paris’ social responsibility approach – in place since 1991 before its opening the following year – to support associations and neighboring local cities working with children and families and to protect the environment.

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Disney Junior Dream Factory unveiled at Walt Disney Studios Park

Walt Disney Studios Park continues its ongoing transformation in 2021! This year will be marked by the launch of a brand-new family show, Disney Junior Dream Factory, only at Disneyland Paris. After several years of working on the concept and staging, the Entertainment teams at Disneyland Paris are eager to introduce guests to this new 20-minute musical. In addition to Mickey and Minnie, there will be other characters from the Disney Junior franchises : Timon, Vampirina and Fancy Nancy Clancy, making their appearances at Disneyland Paris for the first time! Accompanied by Disney Junior Dream Factory team members, they will invite guests of all ages to participate by learning and singing amusing, catchy songs, creating endless collective energy! “The idea for this show came to me while listening to the music of the various Disney Junior franchises. There was a common thread: The importance of dreaming and believing in your dreams. That’s how Disney Junior Dream Factory came about,” said show director Paul Chychota. To accommodate this new show, the theatre that previously housed the Disney Junior Live on Stage! show has been transformed into Studio D. This completely redesigned “flex-space” can now accommodate both shows and events with multiple configurations. Claire Salmon, executive producer of Disney Junior Dream Factory, has been working on the project for more than two years, collaborating with many teams along the way. This state-of-the-art theatre also allows for the integration of many special effects. Months of work were necessary to create the scene for this show created by American set designer Scott Shaffer, whose work includes the very popular Animation Celebration theatre, also in Walt Disney Studios Park. The Disneyland Paris Decorations Workshop worked hard to create an immersive environment that will immerse our guests in the atmosphere of Disney Junior Dream Factory. More than ever, it will be time to dream in 2021 at Disneyland Paris.

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Construction Continues on Attraction Inspired by Cars

Among the transformations to come in 2021 at Walt Disney Studios Park is the transformation of the former Studio Tram Tour attraction into an adventure inspired by the Disney•Pixar Cars films.

Disneyland Paris is unveiling new images of the attraction’s construction site, which will include new decor, familiar vehicles for Cars fans, a new boarding station, and extensive landscaping work. This new family adventure represents another step in the plan to transform Walt Disney Studios Park.

Teams from Walt Disney Imagineering and Pixar are collaborating on the project, in addition to the know-how and expertise of artisans, both locally in Seine-et-Marne and across Europe with suppliers from Italy and the United Kingdom. Several of the attraction’s iconic pieces were created by companies very near to Disneyland Paris, in Collégien and Crécy-la-Chapelle in particular.

This attraction, inspired by Cars, will transport guests on a picturesque road trip adventure, as reimagined by Pixar. This journey will be marked by local discoveries, including one of the world’s largest flat head nuts, and guests may see some of the most popular Cars characters, making Walt Disney Studios Park a place of unforgettable adventures where Pixar stories come to life.

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An Exclusive Tour of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel

One of Disneyland Paris’ most ambitious projects in recent years, Disney’s Hotel New York– The Art of Marvel, will open its doors in 2021!

A few months before the much-anticipated opening, Imagineers Sylvie Massara, artistic director for Disneyland Paris hotels, and Thomas Muller, designer-scenographer, invite us inside Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel for a sneak peek.

The project required two years of feasibility studies, then two years of construction with the help of many teams at Disneyland Paris, each bringing their unique expertise and the best of their discipline to the hotel. The construction site represents a real challenge because the hotel has been completely redesigned in a more contemporary style, immersing our guests in the ambiance of a modern New York art gallery. From the moment you enter the hotel, the spirit of New York City is reflected in the vertical architectural lines, in reference to the emblematic skyscrapers.

Marvel art is an integral part of the hotel’s transformation. With no less than 300 works on display, created by more than 95 artists, it testifies to the richness of the Marvel universe. About 50 were even specially created for the hotel! As soon as guests enter the lobby, they can discover a huge backlit comic strip, a preview of which has already been unveiled. But that’s not all: A huge showcase is ready to welcome three life-size armors of Iron Man, and the famous shield of Captain America.

The Manhattan Restaurant will display a luminous sculpture, in the form of a chandelier inspired by Manhattan in its form, but also by the kingdom of Asgard in its choice of materials and colors. This monumental sculpture measures no less than 4m in diameter, weighs 1100kg, and is composed of 255 elements.

For the Downtown Restaurant, the Imagineers were inspired by New York City delis, where one can usually find many caricatures of stars. Here, no less than 90 sketches by Marvel designers will be exhibited, making this the place with the most pieces of artwork per square meter in the hotel!

Spaces have also been thought out to meet the operational needs of cast members. The Skyline Bar’s surface area has therefore been modified, both on the floor and behind-the-scenes. “We didn’t just do a very light refurbishment; we reinvented all of the spaces to correspond with both the operational needs and those of the employees,” said Sylvie Massara.

With the Skyline Bar, the desire is to transport guests to a bar at the top of a New York City skyscraper. “The Skyline Bar has been reconstructed in 3D, a virtual reality system made possible by our Imagineer colleagues in Glendale,” said Thomas Muller. “They’ll find the shot that will be projected on these screens, a shot that is as realistic as possible and takes into consideration the positioning of the bar and particularly a view that will not make you dizzy!”

The transformation of the hotel continues on to the swimming pool called Metro Pool. It has been redesigned to evoke one of the essential elements of New York City: the subway! No detail is left to chance: on the floor there are gray markings like those found on subway platforms, typical white tiles on the walls, and even the names of some stations that Super Heroes may have used!

Through this exclusive visit, discover the transformations in what will be the very first Disney hotel dedicated to the Marvel universe.