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Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion: A Core Value at Disneyland Paris

Diversity and inclusion are much more than key values at Disneyland Paris, as an international and multicultural company with 17,000 Cast Members who represent 124 nationalities, speak 20 languages and work in 500 professions*. Gender equality is a core pillar of the resort’s commitment, with women representing half of all Cast Members and 80% of those Cast in permanent roles. About 43% of managers and above are women – including our president, Natacha Rafalski. Women are working across all areas of our business and at every level.

For the second year in a row, Disneyland Paris scored 94/100 on the annual Gender Equality Index which was established as part of the “Avenir Professionel” law in France. This serves as a yearly measurement of company commitments to provide an environment rooted in gender equality.

Gender equality is furthered at Disneyland Paris through impactful policies and ongoing engagement opportunities which continue to expand. The resort has implemented several equality agreements to promote gender equality, from recruitment and hiring practices to support throughout the Cast experience. There are also numerous dedicated employee-driven groups to provide inspiration, support and engagement for Cast Members all year long, as well as exclusive conferences and events with inspiring guest speakers, workshops and discussions on gender equality and diversity.

Disneyland Paris remains focused on growing these efforts so that Cast Members have the resources and support they need to develop their careers and write their own stories. Our diversity of talent is the key to excellence and creativity, enriching the professional and personal experiences of Cast while helping us to create magical experiences for guests.

Check back on our website and social media channels this month as we share more about the resort’s commitments, including our annual International Women’s Day internal conference and profiles of female Cast Members at Disneyland Paris next week.

*Data as of 2019

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Magic Keepers : David Duffy, Entertainment Vice President

After Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line and Aulani, he embarked on the Disneyland Paris adventure. Meeting with David Duffy, in charge of the production, creation and costuming of the shows as well as the operational teams.

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International Women’s Day: Discover the Women Behind the Magic at Disneyland Paris

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the achievements of women! While Disneyland Paris has an ongoing commitment to gender equality among its core pillars for diversity and inclusion, this important date around the world is yet another opportunity to engage with our Cast Members, our guests and the local community on one of our key values as an international and multicultural company.

In honor of the occasion, Disneyland Paris is spotlighting female Cast Members with incredible backgrounds who work in diverse roles across the resort to help bring the magic to life for our guests in unique ways. We will be sharing these profiles throughout the week right here on Disneyland Paris News and on our Twitter, showcasing different perspectives on what gender equality looks like at Disneyland Paris, while providing inspiration for future generations to come!

We are starting with Maëva Arlandis, a technical coordinator at Disneyland Paris’s Animation workshop who joined the company in October 2019 after earning degrees in robotic engineering and artificial intelligence. She is now responsible for looking after the Audio-Animatronics in our parks! Find out more about Maëva’s exciting job in the video below.

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Next up we’re going to meet Claire Salmon, a producer for the new Disney Junior Dream Factory show coming to Walt Disney Studios Park this year. Claire began her career at Disneyland Paris in 1995, working in the stores with a summer contract. After four years in different locations across the resort, she turned to the live show industry. For 13 years, she worked in the Business Solutions teams using her know-how for events. In 2015, she joined the Entertainment Production Show teams as a producer, where she worked on shows like The Forest of Enchantment and Frozen: A Musical Invitation.

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Today we’re getting to know Emmanuelle Bartczak, a security hostess at Disneyland Paris. Emmanuelle started working in the Emporium shops in 2006 and left to work for Disney Cruise Line before returning to the resort’s Central Reservations Office and later joining the Security Prevention Safety and Health department.

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Our next profile features Gabriella De Felice, who started her career at Disneyland Paris before the opening in 1992, at Disneyland Hotel’s Bell Desk as a Luggage Hostess. After following an internal management program, she worked at several hotels across the resort, later joining the Workforce Insights team and the Disneyland Paris Event Group. Gabriella is now a project coordinator for the Hotels & Resorts Product department, where she is working on the opening of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel.

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And last but not least, we’re meeting Yousra Achouri, a senior IT manager at Disneyland Paris. She joined the company in 2007 and worked her way through the department to reach her current position in 2015, where she leads a multicultural team to lead IT solutions for the Customer Management sector.

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Did you know that half of all Cast Members at Disneyland Paris are women, and 43% of managers and above are women too? Women are working across all areas of our business and at every level. Our Cast Members represent many diverse nationalities, speak many languages and work in a wide range of professions. And for the second year in a row, Disneyland Paris has disclosed a score of 94/100 on the annual Gender Equality Index, which aims to measure a company’s commitment to providing an environment based on gender equality to their employees.

Learn more about our approach to diversity and inclusion by visiting Our Commitments page or follow us on Twitter to see what actions we’re taking!

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF DISNEYLAND PARIS

Due to prevailing conditions and travel restrictions across Europe, Disneyland Paris will not be able to reopen on April 2 as initially planned. We are optimistic that we will be able to reopen soon, and we will share updates when possible.  Please check back on the website for regular updates.

If you have a booking with us, you will have flexibility to modify your arrival date or cancel your reservation without fees up until the last moment before your planned arrival. Please check here for our latest commercial conditions. We truly appreciate your continued understanding and cannot wait to welcome you again.

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Disneyland Paris Cast Members and Local Youth Attend Annual International Women’s Day Conference with Inspiring Speakers, Workshops

As part of the resort’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, Disneyland Paris celebrated International Women’s Day for the fourth year in a row by inviting all of its Cast Members to participate in two days of virtual workshops and keynote presentations. Young members from three French associations promoting inclusion were also invited to take part in the event for a unique enrichment experience.

The 2021 conference focused on themes of exploration and resilience, with presentations featuring incredible women: National Geographic explorer Sarah Marquis; prehistorian Marylène Patou-Mathis; producer Osnat Shurer and writer Adele Lim from Raya and the Last Dragon; and Maison des Femmes president, Dr. Ghada Hatem. Cast Members also enjoyed workshops on self-care, self-awareness, physical health in teleworking conditions and more.

On Monday, dozens of young members from L’Epide, Orphelins Apprentis d’Auteuil and Arpejeh – associations for youth professional advancement – were able to participate in the virtual presentations from Sarah Marquis and Marylène Patou-Mathias. In addition, 10 young women from L’Epide had the opportunity to virtually meet with resort president Natacha Rafalski, for a one-on-one conversation about her career journey and to share advice to help realize their professional goals.

“More than ever, we believe that our cultures unite us, and we want all Cast Members to have the power to speak, act, and present themselves authentically every day,” said Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski. “At Disneyland Paris, we welcome visitors from all over the world, with different expectations and backgrounds. Our Cast Members are our greatest strength and allow us to connect with our visitors in the most amazing ways.”

This conference is just one of several that Disneyland Paris hosts each year to engage Cast Members on important topics such as gender diversity. Throughout the year, the resort also has numerous dedicated employee-driven groups to provide inspiration and support, while continuing to think through impactful policies to implement across the company.

Diversity and inclusion are much more than key values at Disneyland Paris – they are our greatest strengths, and we are focused on expanding our efforts so that Cast Members have the resources and support they need to develop their careers and write their own stories. We have an active commitment to create an environment where everyone belongs.