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Tracy Eck, Art Director for Disneyland Paris, talks about Designing the Disney Magic

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Imagineer Tracy Eck has worked at Disneyland Paris since 1990. Today, she’s Art Director for Disneyland Park as part of Walt Disney Imagineering. Watch Tracy as she recently spoke at Blooloop V-Expo about her career and role in designing the Disney Magic every day at Europe’s first touristic destination.
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Disney PhotoPass Team – “We Capture Dream and Happiness”

For this Halloween season, new Magics Shots have appeared in our Parks. In order to capture these magical moments, our team of photographers have brilliantly adapted to this new offer. Misaël Leclercq, Manager of the Photographer team, reveals what goes on behind-the-scenes of this new experience.

Can you explain to us what is the role of the photography team in the parks?

First of all, you should know that when the Park opened in 1992, this team did not exist. It is only from July 15, 1995 that the Merchandise division was enriched with the arrival of 3 photographers, whose role was notably to immortalize the magical encounters between Disney Characters and guests. Over the following years, this team has continued to grow. In January 2018, the photography teams transitioned to the Entertainment division and grew even more from there.

Today, the team gathers between 80 and 120 photographers depending on the season, and our goal is to capture the memories of our guests. Our slogan is “We Capture Dreams and Happiness.” I am lucky to be surrounded by a talented team of photographers with various specialties such as sports, studios, wildlife and more. This allows us to be an all-terrain team and to be present in parks, but also in hotels and on events.

What is special about this team?

What we do at Disneyland Paris and in our other Disney parks exists almost nowhere else. The photos we take must be successful and of quality because they are directly transferred to the PhotoPass of our guests. Also, as our team is composed of many different talents, it also allows us to learn from each other. To give you a concrete example, Tina Malfilatre, who specializes in animal photography, has offered training to the other photographers of the team to share her know-how and help them acquire new skills. On a daily basis the photographers mainly take portrait photos, but with the arrival of events such as runDisney, a special training course was set up because taking a picture of a runner in motion has nothing to do with a photo of a guest posing next to his favorite character. Sharing know-how is therefore essential, and this is where knowledge like Tina’s can enrich the team’s skills.

How did you set up the new Magic Shots?

For the first season of The Lion King and the Jungle Festival, one of our photographers, Bart Mertens, offered us the opportunity to test the Magic Shots. This service is already available in Disney Parks in the U.S. and has been a great success. Magic Shots consist of interacting virtually with some of your favorite characters, and it is also possible to add exclusive Disney content to Disney PhotoPass photos: a magical souvenir guaranteed!

After this conclusive test, we realized a real teamwork between Entertainment, Walt Disney Imagineering, our U.S. counterparts, and of course the Imaging teams of the Merchandise division played a decisive role in the implementation of Magic Shots. This created a special bond between our different teams.

In order to best meet the demand, we studied the locations where guests took the most pictures, then worked with Imagineering to tell a different story for each Magic Shot. So we are now present in iconic places such as Central Plaza and in front of the Walt Disney and Mickey statue at the exit of Studio 1 in Walt Disney Studios Park.

This brand new service has been a real challenge for our team, but we adapted well and already received 70 compliments from guests since the reopening in July.

How did you adapt to Selfie Spots?

We were able to start work on Selfie Spots well before the reopening, thanks to the commitment of Cast Members such as Ombeline Chio, who contacted me during the confinement to volunteer. I was thus able to set up a small team to work on adapting the role of the photographers with the arrival of Selfie Spots.

We thought about the best way to respect the health and safety measures while offering an unforgettable souvenir to our guests, for example at Starport where we used elements of scenery to maintain a safe distance between Darth Vader, the guests and the photographer.

Présidente of Disneyland Paris Natacha Rafalski visited the Photographers teams on September 29th.

Now we are going further to be able to systematically load photos of Disney Characters on each PhotoPass so that despite the context, our guests will leave with their selfies and nice souvenir photos of Disney Characters, taken by our photographers.

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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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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.

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Orbitron – The Refurbished Space Adventure

Orbitron is a journey to the edge of space – an adventure inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s visionary drawings of the solar system – which has been present since the Park opened in 1992. This futuristic odyssey has now landed in another galaxy to undergo a refurbishment that began in January.

For several months, Disneyland Paris’s Facilities Asset Management and Central Shops (main workshop) teams have been working together with local service providers to give the attraction a true refresh. On the agenda are renovating floors, repainting, overhauling the audio system and refreshing the queue, including the addition of a new gatehouse. Refurbishments will also be done on the landscaping which includes the shrubs, rocks and craters surrounding the attraction.

That’s not all… Most impressive is all the pieces that were dismantled and transferred to the Central Workshops for optimal care. Thus, the huge rising structure and its 12 rockets that lift our Guests up to 7.8 meters above the ground, as well as the rotation system of the planets, have been completely removed. Coming back more resplendent than ever, guaranteed! Stay tuned for more news on the progress of this attraction you absolutely must see at Disneyland Park.

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Get to Know the Disney PRIDE Network at Disneyland Paris

At Disneyland Paris, the diversity of our teams is an engine of creativity, helping us to create exceptional, magical experiences for our guests. We are always listening and learning to push ourselves every day to make Disneyland Paris a more inclusive resort for everyone. One of the ways we do this is through networks called Business Employee Resource Groups (BERG) which bring together Cast Members from all walks of life to provide inspiration, support and engagement within the community.

Last year, Disneyland Paris launched its very own Disney PRIDE BERG, bringing together 11 Cast Members from all divisions and levels of the resort, sponsored by President Natacha Rafalski and Deputy Chief Counsel Gilles Dobelle. The group is tasked with raising awareness of LGBTQ+ topics by organizing and support key actions and events, helping to recognize and value everyone’s differences while fostering a culture of inclusion for fellow Cast Members.

Since its creation, Disney PRIDE has already helped to champion efforts for Disneyland Paris’ first-ever ‘Allies for Diversity Week’ in January and raised awareness of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia last month. The network is also working closely on Disneyland Paris efforts for Pride Month, including the release of a new Pride anthem online this week to engage guests virtually and an exclusive day-long Cast conference on LGBTQ+ topics later this month.

The Disney PRIDE network is just one aspect of our broader Diversity and Inclusion efforts at Disneyland Paris, alongside impactful policies and ongoing engagement opportunities which continue to expand year after year. In celebration of Pride Month, we’re excited to introduce you to each of the network’s Cast Members who contribute their unique skills and perspectives. Take a look below to see the faces of Disney PRIDE, and stay tuned for more on Pride this month!

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Interview with France Rougeot, Housekeeping Manager at Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel

  • Can you introduce yourself and tell us about your role at Disneyland Paris?

Right now, I am preparing for the opening of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel. I was recruited in Fall 2019 to be Housekeeping Manager. Along with my team, we are in charge of the well-being of our Guests. We prepare their rooms before their arrival and assist them with their wishes right up until their departure. I am like the homemaker with the responsibility of ensuring that our Guests are comfortable and that the team is too. Everything must constantly be cleaned and maintained. I work with my team, hand in hand, as well as with all the hotel teams (Maintenance, Front Office, Concierge, Floral Decorators, etc.) and service providers (linen, amenities, etc.)

  • Tell us about your career at Disneyland Paris.

I had previously been at the Ritz Hotel in Paris for four and a half years, and I wanted to discover another type of hotel. So, at the end of 1995, I joined the Disneyland Hotel as Assistant Housekeeper and then was appointed Housekeeping Manager of Disney’s Hotel New York in October 1998. I stayed for five years before returning to the Disneyland Hotel, and then in 2019, I transferred again to prepare for the opening of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel.

  • Where does your affinity for Disney come from, and more specifically to Disneyland Paris?

I discovered this extraordinary Disney universe! I believe that Walt Disney was a visionary. I discovered multicultural teams and their real open-mindedness.

  • How did you join the adventure of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel?

Starting in February 2019, I participated in the rewriting of an operational guide for my profession while preparing the opening of the hotel. It therefore seemed natural for me to want to apply for the Housekeeping Manager role and live this new heroic adventure!

  • In your opinion, what makes the hotel opening so original and unique?

For the first time since opening in 1992, a Disney hotel has undergone a transformation on a massive scale. We now have a hotel that is unique around the world, immersing guests in the atmosphere of a modern art gallery with more than 350 works of art on display. You can even see Spider-Man! The energy of New York City, the iconic city of the Marvel Universe, is also very much present.

  • What were your first steps in the hotel?

My first visit to the construction site was in Spring 2019. It had a profound impact on me. Only the walls of Disney’s Hotel New York were left. Disneyland Paris was ready to build a completely new hotel.

  • Can you introduce us to your team? How many people are on it?

If you include our service providers, we are about 120 people in all.

  • As a leader, how do you guide your team on this new adventure?

The Cast Members and the Team Leaders wanted to join the hotel, they are very happy and motivated to be here.

For the moment, we are putting everything in place – preparing and distributing Cast costumes, setting up our cleaning service providers, following up on the cleaning of the entire hotel – inside and out – after construction work is completed, getting the linens ready, verifying that everything is ready in the rooms, even down to the soap and stationary. We all have responsibilities, and we move forward together every day.

  • Do you have any anecdotes to share with us about your work in the hotel?

We have gathered more than 30,000 items for the rooms – mattresses, bed frames, trash cans, coffee machines, hangers, kettles – and 10,000 costumes are in place at the hotel’s Costume Distribution area with fittings in progress.

  • What do you want to provide the guests who will be staying at the hotel?

Comfort, well-being, happiness and personalized service in an urban and vibrant atmosphere!

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Disneyland Paris is reopening in one week! Take a glimpse of some of the attraction and entertainment details

Disneyland Paris is reopening on June 17, 2021, including Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel and Disney Village. Guests will finally be able to enjoy must-see attractions including brand-new Cars ROAD TRIP, Selfie Spots with Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel Characters,and indulge in a food and shopping experience only Disney can do… and much more!

Follow Goofy and Max Goof in this video for a sneak peek at what’s in store:

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Greet Over 60 Characters

As of June 17, Guests will be able to meet their favourite characters from the Disney, Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel universes, thanks to the many Selfie Spots*. Among the new features, Star Wars Legends such as Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, or Stormtroopers will be at Videopolis theatre for a galactic experience. Plus, characters straight out of Alice in Wonderland will be surprising guests in the Cheshire Express on Main Street, U.S.A. A float welcoming famous Disney Princesses will also make surprise appearances at Disneyland Park.

It’s the Wild West for Minnie and Goofy, dressed up in cowgirl and cowboy outfits for their respective Selfie Spots, just a few steps away from Big Thunder Mountain. In Adventureland, fans will be delighted to pose with Chip ‘n’ Dale in the costumes they wore in the show Jungle Book Jive.

At Walt Disney Studios Park, Cruella will make surprise appearances, as will Emile and Remy from Ratatouille. The beloved heroes from Frozen will be back at Animation Celebration. Plus, the Marvel Super Heroes will be ready to pose with Guests on stage at Studio Theatre. Pixar films’ stars will also join the fun at Toon Plaza.

Make sure to check out the list and times of Selfie Spots on the official Disneyland Paris app.

New Experience: Cars ROAD TRIP

As Walt Disney Studios Park’s much-anticipated transformation period has begun, a new attraction will be launched this June 17. It is Cars ROAD TRIP, offering a journey inspired by Route 66, in the footsteps of the heroes from the Pixar Studios Cars films. As they travel aboard a streetcar, Guests will meet Lightning McQueen, Mater and many others, while enjoying the natural and mechanical wonders of this mythical route in the American West.

Guests will also be able to take advantage of must-see attractions in both Disney Parks, be it the thrill of Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or an adventure on a family attraction such as Peter Pan’s Flight or Ratatouille: The Adventure.

A popular attraction will also make its comeback after more than a year of being re-imagined. A clue is hidden in this video with Chip ‘n’ Dale:

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Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast Attraction Gets a Makeover

On June 17, after a year of refurbishments, one of the most popular attractions for Guests, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, will reopen at Disneyland Park. It’s a thrilling space adventure that brings to life the epic battle between Buzz Lightyear and the infamous Emperor Zurg, similar to the famous Disney-Pixar Toy Story saga that opened in April 2006 at Discoveryland. This is the largest refurbishment of the attraction since its opening, on both the interior and exterior of the building.

For a peak behind the scenes:

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Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel: Opening June 21, 2021

The world’s first hotel dedicated to the art of Marvel will open on June 21, 2021. Just a short walk (or free shuttle ride) from both Disney Parks, this four-star hotel, known as Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, pays tribute to the birthplace of many Marvel Super Heroes and the artists who created them. With more than 350 works of art, spanning from comics to movies, created by more than 110 artists – including approximately 50 exclusive pieces – it is one of the world’s largest collections of Marvel art open to the public.

More information and reservations visit: disneylandparis.com.

* Selfie Spots provide new opportunities to meet the iconic characters of Disneyland Paris. They are specially configured to adhere to the physical distancing measures while offering a magical experience in an immersive, customised setting.

Some experiences, shows or events will not be available or may be modified depending on the evolution of the safety and sanitary measures and recommendations from public authorities. Guests can visit disneylandparis.com for the most recent updates All the events, shows, attractions and animations mentioned might also be modified, delayed, cancelled, or closed without advance notice and they are subject of climatic conditions.

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DISNEYLAND® PARIS REOPENS ITS DOORS!

It’s time to live your dreams again as Disneyland® Paris reopens this Thursday, 17 June 2021 with Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios® Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel and Disney Village®. Plus, in a matter of days, the much anticipated Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will open its doors along with the premiere of the new Disney Junior Dream Factory show!

Marne-la-Vallée, June 17, 2021 – Our Guests can once again enjoy the outstanding experiences we are known for, from iconic attractions (including new experiences like Cars ROAD TRIP) and new heart-warming Disney, Pixar, Star WarsTM and MARVEL Character moments to unique interactions with our Cast Members and even a few surprises along the way.

Natacha Rafalski, President of Disneyland Paris, celebrated the reopening of the destination during a ceremony at Walt Disney Studios Park. “We are absolutely thrilled to bring the Disney magic back to our Guests, in the most wonderful way and with enhanced health and safety measures… As the top tourist destination in Europe, I am so proud to see Disneyland Paris play a key role in the reignition of the tourism industry. It is a chapter filled with hope and optimism that we are starting all together as we believe that the need to dream and share moments of happiness with family and friends have never been so important. And as part of our longstanding commitment to supporting our communities, we are delighted to be celebrating this milestone with 300 beneficiaries from local associations.”

Over 60 Disney Characters at Selfie Spots and surprise appearances

The first Guests arriving today are once again able to enjoy Disneyland Paris, which is more beautiful than ever* and thanks to many Selfie Spots, guests can enjoy a special moment with their favourite Characters from the Disney, Pixar, Star WarsTM and MARVEL universes. Some of the new character experiences include Star WarsTM Legends such as Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, or Stormtroopers now at Videopolis Theatre for a galactic experience.

Characters straight out of Alice in Wonderland are surprising guests in the Cheshire Cat Train on Main Street, U.S.A. And a float welcoming famous Disney Princesses also makes surprise appearances at Disneyland Park. 


At Walt Disney Studios Park, Cruella makes surprise appearances, as do Emile and Remy from Ratatouille. Additionally, the beloved characters from Frozen are back at Animation Celebration and the MARVEL Super Heroes are ready to take selfies with Guests on stage at Studio Theatre.

Iconic attractions and a new experiences: Cars ROAD TRIP

Once again, Guests can enjoy iconic attractions in both Disney Parks, be it the thrill of Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or an adventure on a family attraction such as Peter Pan’s Flight or Ratatouille: The Adventure.

With the continued transformation of Walt Disney Studios Park, new experiences, like the Cars ROAD TRIP attraction, are coming online making it the place where Pixar adventures come to life. Launched today, this new experience takes you right into the world of Pixar’s Cars films along the idyllic Route 66, the most legendary highway of the American Southwest. As they travel aboard a streetcar, Guests meet Lighting McQueen, Martin and many others, while passing by some nature- and Cars-made wonders.

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Near the exit of the attraction, Guests will be able to enjoy a delicious break at “The Laugh ‘n’ Go” food truck presented by Bel. This fun-filled ‘pit-stop’ will feature snacks created by the Disneyland Paris chefs with The Laughing Cow cheese.

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Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel: opening on 21 June 2021

 Just a short walk – or free shuttle – away from the Parks, Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will pay tribute to the home of so many Marvel Super Heroes and the artists who created them. Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will offer premium comfort and personalized services, while celebrating New York City’s culture and vibrant energy, styled as a New York art gallery.

With more than 350 pieces of artwork on display spanning both comics and movies created by more than 110 artists from Europe and beyond – including about 50 exclusive pieces – it will be one of the largest publicly viewable collections of Marvel artwork in the world.

The Guest experience will be taken to the next level with a holistic, 360-degree approach to storytelling and exclusive experiences including Selfie Spot with Spider-Man at the Super Hero Station, a creative space for little ones called Marvel Design Studio, or the Hero Training Zone, an outdoor field with dedicated areas for a variety of sports activities to be enjoyed by guests of all ages.

More information and reservations at disneylandparis.com.

Disney Junior Dream Factory: Opening 1 July 2021

Disney Junior Dream Factory, a new live entertainment show, is the first show that Disneyland Paris will offer after its reopening. Ideal for families with young children, the show will take place in the brand new “Studio D” at Walt Disney Studios Park and will officially open on 1 July. This immersive 20-minute show will feature some of Disney Junior’s most popular Characters such as Mickey, Minnie and Timon and rising stars Vampirina and Fancy Nancy Clancy. They invite both young and older Guests to make dreams come true together by learning and singing fun and catchy songs.

Disneyland Paris Enhanced Health and Safety Measures

As the health and well-being of our Guests and Cast Members has always been and will continue to be our top priority, Disneyland Paris’ reopening takes a deliberate approach with enhanced health and safety measures that were successfully implemented last year. Our measures continue to reflect current government guidelines, demonstrating our ability to improve the Guest experience while prioritizing a safety. As authorities recommend the wearing of an appropriate face covering in public spaces, Disneyland Paris asks all guests ages six and older to do so.

Partnering with PURELL® brand, throughout the destination, Disneyland Paris has installed nearly 2,000 dispensers of hand sanitising gel made in France.

In order to support physical distancing, limited attendance and required advanced ticketing and reservations are in place, per government guidance. As a result, some experiences, shows or events may not be available or may be modified, depending on evolving guidance from authorities.

Visit www.disneylandparis.com for more information about booking conditions and available experiences.

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Practical Information

Disneyland Paris welcomes Guests back to the magic with a limited number of tickets available each day using an online reservation system. To ensure admission, Guests must register through the system and obtain a reservation for park entry along with their park ticket, prior to their arrival. Guests who already have a dated ticket do not need to register and reserve a date. Likewise, Guests with packages that include park admittance will receive admission for the duration of their stay and do not need to use the system. Dated tickets also offer flexibility as they can be cancelled up to three days prior to visit date. 

Visit https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/tickets/our-full-range-of-tickets/ for the most current information about ticket sales.

*Disneyland Paris is 400 hectares of perfectly maintained vegetation and 7,400 m² of flowerbeds thanks to our “Magic Keepers”.

The Sleeping Beauty Castle is currently undergoing major renovations. It will still be possible to walk through it to access its shops or to reach Fantasyland from Main Street, U.S.A.

**Selfie Spots provide new opportunities to meet the iconic characters of Disneyland Paris. They are specially configured to adhere to the physical distancing measures while offering a magical experience in an immersive, customised setting.

Some experiences, shows or events will not be available or may be modified depending on the evolution of the health and safety measures and recommendations from public authorities. Guests can visit disneylandparis.com for the most recent updates All the events, shows, attractions and animations mentioned might also be modified, delayed, cancelled or closed without advance notice and they are subject of climatic conditions.