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!

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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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Christmas at Disneyland Paris: A walk down Memory Lane [#3] – Let’s share Christmas memories with Tracy Eck, Imagineer and Artistic 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 Tracy Eck, Imagineer and Artistic Director for Disneyland Park.

What images come to mind when you think about your Christmases as a child?

As a child, our memories are always the most wonderful. During those years, I lived in Chicago. There was always snow and the houses were very decorated. My father would put up the garlands right after Thanksgiving, and then we would go as a family to buy our Chrismas tree. We would go to the forests where they grew pine trees for that very purpose. We would choose our tree and cut it down. It was extraordinary. Afterwards, we would go with a few people from the neighborhood to a chalet to sip hot chocolate. Thus, for me, Christmas reminds me of the cold weather, the snow, the Christmas tree, the smell of the tree, the decorations but most of all, it reminds me of family. We always had big family parties. We were about twenty children, not counting the aunts and cousins… In all, there must have been more than forty of us. On Christmas day, we would get together around three o’clock in the afternoon, be dressed in our new clothes and open our presents; it was very festive.

Before becoming Art Director, you were Lighting Designer for the Imagineering teams at Disneyland Paris. This is particularly important over Christmas at Disneyland Paris.

Night falls very early at this time of the year, so light is very important. At Christmas time, the various lights in the Park are lit as early as late afternoon. This luminous ambiance is already enchanting and magical during the rest of the year but during winter, we get to enjoy it even longer! It’s extraordinary to be able to walk around the Park and appreciate these magnificent lights.

Moreover, there are special extra lights for Christmas: The garlands, the colossal Christmas tree, the trees lit in the restaurants, Sleeping Beauty‘s Castle with it’s fairy-tale like lighting and the snow gleaming from the lights… All this is magical!

Do you have any special memories about the decorations and lights at Disneyland Paris?

I remember creating the current Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A. It was in 2013. I had recently been appointed Artistic Director and as such, I worked with the Entertainment Division on the design of this tree. We really let ourselves get into the spirit of Christmas. We went to Germany to visit stores specializing in tree decorations. Every country celebrates Christmas differently and we studied all the traditional ornaments throughout Europe : Every single one of our guests, regardless of their country of origin, can find something from their culture on our tree. Our tree’s ornaments reflect both the Victorian era which is the history of Main Street, U.S.A., and too, reflects the histories of the various European countries.

Then we completely redid the lighting with new technology and, in particular, the Christmas bulbs. They are really magical and change color. There are little lights everywhere. But let’s not forget the star at the top of the tree with lighting that is also magnificent. Everything is programmable. The tree and the lights seem to dance with the music. There’s a feeling of lightness and simplicity, meanwhile there’s huge machinery churning behind the scenes. That’s the art of what we do at Disneyland Paris.

You also worked directly for Santa Claus!

Collaborating with the Entertainment Division, we have created all kinds of sets and stagings for Santa Claus. They have a lot of skills to design, produce and install. Plus, they are used to being very fast and efficient. It’s really ideal, being able to work with them on sets for the seasons. With Show Director Emanuel Lenormand and his team, we always try to make sure that the set fits into the history of the place where it’s installed.

For a period of time, Santa settled in at the Cottonwood Creek Ranch, near the Frontierland train station. The ambiance was both traditional and western. In that spirit, we set up an old-fashioned toy workshop using bark, big burlap bags and of course, lots of toys. It was wonderful! Afterwards, Santa Claus moved to Meet Mickey Mouse. To welcome him, we totally transformed the backstage area from a magician’s loge to a real living room with a fireplace.

Christmas is also a very special time for the Cast Members.

I really am fond of our Cast Members’ Christmas parties. We get together with colleagues and our families. Such great ambiance! When our children got older, I sometimes volunteered to help out with the service, like serving drinks at the Chalet de la Marionnette or giving out candy on Main Street, U.S.A.. I really enjoy seeing children and making them happy. My best memories are with them.

I remember the time when we were working on the construction of Walt Disney Studios Park. We had a Christmas party that was absolutely unforgettable. Daytime we were on the construction site with our boots and vests and suddenly, during the evening, spruced up and well groomed, we were metamorphosed. There were even some colleagues who didn’t recognize me without the hard hat!

This year, we are living an extremely unusual Christmas season. How do you see it?

That’s a real question. Because Christmas is about being with the people you love but when it’s not physically possible, how do you do it? In other words, how do you manage to get together if you’re avoiding one another?

I worked on these questions with the Entertainment Division for last Summers’ reopening and we managed to find many solutions to protect our guests. That’s why I’m confident. Every one of us at our own level, will find a solution to be together in one way or another, while respecting the health of all.

Whatever the conditions, magic always finds a way…

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Pièces Jaunes 2021 Campaign – Disneyland Paris Continues its Longstanding Support of Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France Foundation

As the annual Pieces Jaunes campaign was launched yesterday, Disney VoluntEars from Disneyland Paris delivered dozens of Disney-themed gifts to bring smiles to kids’ faces at Hospital Bullion (Ile-de France Region), part of the AP-HP Foundation network of hospitals. These last few days have been an opportunity for our VoluntEars to create personalized greeting cards and 1,000 gift bags. This is just the first in a series of activations planned throughout the campaign until February 5, furthering Disneyland Paris’s longstanding commitment to the foundation.

The resort’s legacy of engagement over the past 28 years extends to the Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France Foundation on its well-known Pièces Jaunes campaign, contributing in past years in a variety of ways including the donation of coins from Cast Members, the donation of coins tossed by guests into fountains throughout the resort, and visits to children in many hospitals with Disney VoluntEARS and Disney Characters. This year especially, Disneyland Paris continues to bring happiness to children when they need it most by distributing gifts to them at hospitals.

Last January 2020, 300 kids from various French hospitals and their families were also able to be part of the magic at Disneyland Paris for a special day-long event where they experienced the parks and enjoyed a private concert organized inside Disneyland Park with special performances from famous French artists.

Since 1991, more than 40,000 hospitalized children have had the support of Disney VoluntEARS from the resort. Disneyland Paris continues to work with hospitals and non-profits to spread Disney magic. Since March 2020, the resort has also made in kind donations of food, medical supplies and Disney-branded products to non-profit organizations, hospitals, and local and national partners.

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Disneyland Paris Hosts ‘Allies for Diversity Week’ for Cast Members

At Disneyland Paris, fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion is one of our core priorities and an inherent focus in our everyday operations at all levels of the company. It is a driving force in our organization and has led to a number of initiatives for our cast members, including our first-ever Allies for Diversity Week happening right now!

Allies for Diversity Week was created to encourage cast at every level to engage in conversation about diversity and inclusion and to take an active role in building an inclusive environment each and every day. As an ally, cast are asked to stand up for equality for everyone without distinction, while being aware of and honoring the differences of each individual. The inspiring series of digital events created exclusively for cast members is just one of many ways that Disneyland Paris continues to bolster its culture of empowerment and action.

Cast have the chance to hear from leaders at the resort and in other areas of The Walt Disney Company, as well as champions of diversity outside the company, to explore what diversity means to them both personally and professionally and become advocates in their own lives.

Allies for Diversity Week joins existing actions like Disneyland Paris’s annual cast member conferences dedicated to gender equality and diversity, in addition to cast-driven resource groups and committees which work year-round to identify and promote positive actions large and small across the resort.


Disneyland Paris among the best employers 2021 in France according to Glassdoor

We are proud to announce that Disneyland Paris has entered the Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards Top 25 Best Employers 2021 in France for the first time, at the 17th place.

Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest employment and recruiting sites, determined this ranking based on the quantity, quality and consistency of employee reviews during the eligibility time frame: between October 22, 2019 and October 19, 2020.

The ratings of 357 current and former Cast Members are divided into the following broad categories:

Disneyland Paris has an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars

  • Diversity and inclusion: 4.6/5 stars
  • Company culture and values: 4.2 / 5 stars
  • Work/life balance: 3.6 / 5 stars
  • Company leaders: 3.6 / 5 stars
  • Job security and career opportunities: 3.6 / 5 stars
  • Compensation and benefits: 3.5 / 5 stars

Moreover, 87% of our Cast Members would recommend Disneyland Paris to a friend.

The Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Awards are based on feedback from employees (current and former) who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback by completing a questionnaire about their job, work environment and employer over the past year.

Discover all the reviews in details on the Disneyland Paris company page.

A global rating and similar opinions on Indeed

On Indeed, another major global player in job search websites, current and former Cast Members also have the opportunity to rate the employer Disneyland Paris on the criteria listed below:

Disneyland Paris overall rating is 4 out of 5 stars based on the reviews of 822 employees.

  • Company culture: 4.2 / 5 stars
  • Work/life balance: 3.6 / 5 stars
  • Job security and career advancement: 3.7 / 5 stars
  • Management: 3.6 / 5 stars
  • Salary and benefits: 3.5 / 5 stars

These overall ratings are backed by comments which you can read on our company page.

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Temporary closure of Disneyland Paris

Due to the prevailing conditions in Europe, Disneyland Paris will not reopen on Feb.13 as initially planned.

If conditions permit, we will reopen Disneyland Paris on April 2, 2021 and will welcome reservations from that date forward. Given the current context our plans continue to evolve, but please know that we will make every effort to share with you any updates as soon as it is possible.

Please check back on the website for regular updates. If you have a booking with us during the closing period, please check here for our latest commercial conditions. We thank you for your continued loyalty and understanding during this difficult period.

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Magic Keeper: Meet Allison Boullé, Brand & Creative Development Project Manager

Allison began her career at Disneyland® Paris as an apprentice while completing her MBA in International Marketing & Communication Strategy. Six years later, she’s working on projects, each one more creative than the next… even during this closing period. Let’s sketch out her role!

Introduce us to your team and its missions.

In my department there are two groups: one dedicated to project management, which I am part of, and the other dedicated to creation. With the exception of advertising media*, we develop most of the Company’s “below the line” media. For example, we create key visuals and logos for the seasons, attractions, events or anniversaries, as well as photo and video shoots to highlight new products, or on-site communications. We collaborate with many different departments on a variety of projects! My team also guarantees that our brand image is respected by making sure that all communications developed internally or externally follow the Disneyland® Paris graphic and copyright guidelines as well as those of our franchises: MARVEL, Star WarsTM, Pixar, etc.

What projects are you currently working on during this temporary closure?

We are working on materials for Disney’s Hotel New York® – The Art of Marvel, Disney Junior Dreams Factory, Cars ROAD TRIP, Avengers Campus, and updated graphic chart guidelines for Disney® Hotels.

What’s a typical day for you?

Lots of calls and emails! In the morning, when my schedule permits it, I talk with each graphic designer that I work with so we are aligned on the day’s priorities. Then, I make a series of appointments on upcoming topics, preparing creative briefs and following up on current projects… all while teleworking.

Your advice to someone starting to telework?

Keep a steady pace! It can be tempting to work in your PJs from bed or to finish later in the evening. My advice is to set up a morning routine to start the day off right and not skip the lunch break. Ideally, turn off the computer and go out for a 15-minute walk. Speaking of computers…Put your camera on during your meetings! It’s good to see your colleagues. In my team, once a week we even organize a “virtual breakfast” to take our minds off things and stay connected.

Can you tell us about the best memory you have about a project?

The 25th Anniversary! We worked for months on this celebration, from the creation of the visual identity to the realization of the communication support on-site and throughout Europe. I had the chance to take part in the opening ceremony with speeches from leaders, shows, and even a concert by John Legend in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at nightfall before Disney Illuminations… I had a front row seat, just a few meters from the stage!

* Television, press, billboards, Internet, radio, cinema.

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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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Iconic Chandelier at Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel Gives a Taste of the Elevated Experience Coming Soon

Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel is about to open to Guests, and it is one of the most anticipated experiences coming to Disneyland Paris. The 4-star hotel has been reimagined to be the first ever hotel dedicated entirely to incredible Marvel artwork in what will be one of the largest publicly viewable collections around the world. We recently got chance to check in with Sylvie Massara, Art Director at Walt Disney Imagineering Paris – Design & Show Quality, and Thomas Muller, Scenographer, to learn about one of the hotel’s most emblematic (and most stunning) décor elements.

Q: Sylvie, Thomas, thank you for taking the time to chat. Can you tell us about yourselves?

Sylvie: As an Art Director at Walt Disney Imagineering Paris – Design & Show Quality, in charge of Disneyland Paris hotels, my role is to translate the artistic direction defined by our creative leadership into designs that make most of the available space, while working well for our operations partners who will bring the experience to life for guests every day. I lead a small team of four – including Thomas – who handle the overall management of the project.

Thomas: A scenographer by trade, I assist Sylvie with the operational monitoring of the project, including consulting with contractors, supervising efforts on the construction sites and remaining connected with Imagineers based in Glendale, California, who are responsible for all things Marvel.

Q: Tell us more about this chandelier. What’s so special about it? How does it fit within the storytelling of the reimagined hotel?

Sylvie: We used most of 2020 to finalize fixtures and install mural elements – including a very special chandelier. For the Manhattan Restaurant, we wanted to recreate the elegant atmosphere of a high-end New York dining experience where references to Marvel art are subtle and contemporary art prevails. We also wanted a central element to “wow” Guests. The idea of a magnificent sculptural piece of lighting came up. This chandelier, with its inverted-pyramid shape, fits well in the technical constrains of the building, while its shape, material and color evoke the realm of Asgard, all the while alluding to Manhattan skyscrapers.

Q: What’s the history of this impressive piece of décor? Any fun anecdotes?

Sylvie: To produce this unique piece of décor, I was looking to partner with a vendor that would combine unrivalled expertise at working with metal and glass, a close understanding of the artistic demands, and capability to deliver the contemporary, elegant look and feel we were looking for. Back in 2017, we identified several vendors, all based in Prague, Czech Republic – known worldwide as home to Bohemian crystal craft. We partnered with Lasvit, a vendor that assigned a dedicated designer to the project, and we were on the same wavelength from the start. Each component was glass-blown traditionally in Bohemian crystal glass. We played with the champagne, amber and light crystal colors. In addition, each component is silver-plated from the inside with pure silver. Some elements are twisted or shaped as trapezes of various sizes in order to epitomize inverted New York skyscrapers. There are more than 225 glass pieces in this four-meter-tall chandelier that took a year to create.

Thomas: Many of the challenges we’ve encountered along the way had to do with the integration of this out-of-the-norm chandelier into the existing structure. First, the ceiling it hangs from had to be reinforced. To support that weight, we integrated a metallic structure in the concrete slab covered by a metallic color board. Also, the ceiling has integrated technical tubing, and we even rerouted the air conditioning system to accommodate it.

Q: How do you expect Guests to react when they first visit the hotel, and in particular, when they discover the chandelier?

Sylvie: From the outset, we have wanted this chandelier to become an iconic element of the Guest experience. Obviously, it takes a holistic approach to the experience to achieve this result. For example, we work with a lighting designer to ensure that all lighting fixtures in the restaurant provide an atmosphere that allows the chandelier to revel in all its beauty. Let’s take a look at an exclusive preview of the Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, including a presentation of the Manhattan Restaurant with Thomas.


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