The Disney VoluntEARS program, inherited from the Disneyland Action Team program created in California in 1983 and initially named Club Bénévole at Disneyland Paris, celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.
Since its opening, Disneyland Paris has relied on the commitment of Disney VoluntEARS to bring moments of joy and happiness to children and families. Each year, these volunteers – Cast Members or retirees, and friends and families of Cast Members – give their time, their energy and their talents to serve others during solidarity events organized by the Corporate Citizenship department.
Through their commitment, the Disney VoluntEARS play a key role in the organization of the company’s volunteer initiatives: accompanying children and families in the Disney Parks, animating fun and creative workshops, and even raising environmental awareness among participants of all ages.
The Walt Disney Company is celebrating 35 years of the Disney VoluntEARS program by inviting employees to be volunteers during the Disney VoluntEARS 35th Anniversary Global Week of Service, June 3-9, 2018. Use the hashtags #VoluntEARS to follow the events around the world week .
The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to environmental stewardship goes back to our founding more than 60 years ago. Walt himself said that “conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us.” We’ve taken that message to heart and act on our commitment in big and small ways around the world.
In fact, since 1995, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed more than $70 million to reverse the decline of wildlife around the world. We’ve also reduced our net greenhouse gas emissions by 41 percent in 2017 and diverted nearly 50 percent of waste from landfills and incineration in 2017, making significant progress on our long-term goal of attaining a net zero greenhouse gas emissions and zero waste, while conserving water resources.
Today, we’re sharing another important step in our journey of environmental stewardship. By mid-2019, The Walt Disney Company will eliminate single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers at all owned and operated locations across the globe, amounting to a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually.
In addition, over the next few years we’re transitioning to refillable in-room amenities in our hotels and on our cruise ships, reducing plastics in guest rooms by 80 percent. We will also reduce the number of plastic shopping bags in our owned and operated parks and on our cruise line, offering guests the option to purchase reusable bags at a nominal price. Finally, we will complete our work to eliminate polystyrene cups across our global owned and operated business. These steps are part of our long-term effort to reduce single-use plastics, and we will continue recycling and responsibly disposing single-use waste that cannot be eliminated.
“Eliminating plastic straws and other plastic items are meaningful steps in our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products. “These new global efforts help reduce our environmental footprint, and advance our long-term sustainability goals.
Looking ahead, you can expect us to continue making progress on this and the rest of our long-term sustainability goals. To learn more about Disney’s commitment to the environment, visit www.thewaltdisneycompany.com/environment.
[vc_row][/vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][vc_column_text]On the occasion of the most magical moment of the year, Disneyland Paris is sharing its commitment with charities, hosting organizations benefiting children and families throughout the weekend as the Christmas season begins. This commitment builds on the legacy of positive impact, giving children the opportunity to experience a unique cooking workshop with famous French Chef Pierre Hermé, while also taking part in celebrating Mickey Mouse’s birthday and #ShareYourEars.
For the third year in a row, Disney is supporting Make-A-Wish by inviting fans to share their Mickey Mouse ears – or any creative “ears” – on social media until 27 November using the hashtag #ShareYourEars, unlocking a US $5 donation up to a total of US $2 million to Make-A-Wish. Currently, Make-A-Wish grants more than 10,000 Disney-related wishes every year, and this number continues to grow.
Pierre Hermé Cooking Workshops
Additionally, as part of Mickey’s 90th birthday celebration, Disneyland Paris hosted two unique workshops for Make-A-Wish children visiting the resort over the weekend. The famous French pastry chef Pierre Hermé conducted two cooking workshops for the Make-A-Wish children, giving them the opportunity to recreate his delectable “Mickey Zest Party” patisserie, which will be available to guests in the park.
“I’m so pleased to share the joy of cooking this fun and tasty dessert with the remarkable children from Make-A-Wish,” said Pierre Hermé. “The Mickey Zest Party patisserie is a celebration of flavors, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the holiday season than to share this experience with these kids.”
Make-A-Wish children and families also participated in a workshop to customize a pair of Mickey Mouse ears for the #ShareYourEars campaign.
Disney Wish Program
Since 1992, Disneyland Paris has been dedicated to making dreams come true for children with life threatening illnesses through the Disney Wish Program. The Disney Wish Program is based on this spirit of sharing and family. A wish granted brings hope, magic and joy to these children. More than 18 000 wishes have been granted since Disneyland Paris opening.
Throughout the year, Disneyland Paris organizes Solidarity days, giving children and families in need an opportunity to share exceptional moments and enjoy our parks and festivities. This weekend, 130 children and their families from the French Red Cross, Emmaus France and Fondation d’Auteuil spent the day at Disneyland Paris, where they celebrated Mickey’s 90th birthday and experienced the limited-time holiday offerings at the resort.
“It is essential for Disneyland Paris to bring happiness, joy and inspiration to children and their families, and to work together with the surrounding community in order to share this spirit. Disneyland Paris’ community engagement efforts leverage the inspiring power of Disney to bring families together, “ said Mireille Smeets, Director Philanthropy, Corporate Social Responsibility & Citizen affairs.[/vc_column_text]
The Disneyland Paris Run Weekend 2019 will kick off soon ! Cédric Scoarnec, manager of the artistic merchandise team, shared with us the months of work required to create the rewards that will be offered to the finishers.
The Disneyland Paris Run Weekend is back again from 19 to 22 September 2019, and the fourth outing is all about adventure. Less than 100 days from the start of the first race, Disneyland Paris announces the sale of new bibs and reveals the design of the new collector’s medals.
An amazing atmosphere, incredible costumes, a chance to meet Disney Characters, with races through both Disney parks for all ages and levels: welcome to the Disneyland Paris Run Weekend. Good news! After a first sale of bibs to join the race in April, new ones went on sale on Tuesday 18 June at 4pm. Grab the last bibs available to be sure you get to join the race and take home one of the incredible event medals: more information is available on run.disneylandparis.com. Some runners even set their sights on taking home all the medals.
Adventure, races for everyone and true collector’s items
The Disneyland Paris 5K kicks off the festivities on Friday 20 September, with runners roaring after Simba the Lion King! The most famous Disney animals will also be attending this family-friendly race. The following day, the Disneyland Paris 10K is dedicated to the Disney Princesses’ and their determination to follow their dreams. Runners will follow them along the route and all finishers will take home a medal featuring the courageous Rapunzel and her adorable chameleon Pascal. The Neverland-themed runDisney Kids Races at both 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday are a chance for kids to take home a magical medal featuring Peter Pan and friends.
As love is the greatest adventure of all, the Disneyland Paris – Val d’Europe Half-Marathon on Sunday 22 September showcases the beloved Disney character couples. Finishers get to take home a medal featuring the most iconic couple in animation history – Mickey and Minnie Mouse – running at Disneyland Paris.
Last but not least, runners entering the various challenges can make a spectacular addition to their collection with a flying Aladdin on the 31K Challenge medal (10K + Half-Marathon) and the magnificent Genie on the 36K Challenge medal (5K + 10K + Half-Marathon). Obviously, Sleeping Beauty Castle is still the ultimate object of desire for finishers of the Castle to Château Challenge. This medal is only awarded to runners who have completed the Disneyland Paris – Val d’Europe Half-Marathon and a runDisney Marathon or Half- Marathon at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida within the same year.
Are you ready to get yours?
Original Disneyland Paris creations
In order to produce medals of exceptional quality, the Disneyland Paris Run Weekend called on the expertise of the Conception Artistic Design team from the Merchandise department. The original designs were produced behind the scenes at the Disney parks, with close attention to detail for that essential touch of magic. This video gives you an exclusive peek at how this year’s medals were created:
From 18 June, collectors can also purchase replicas of these incredible medals in the form of limited-edition pin badges available for the runners at the runDisney e-shop and for all at the runDisney Expo during the event.
The Disneyland Paris Run Weekend takes place from 19 to 22 September 2019. Booking and information at run.disneylandparis.com
About Disneyland Paris: Euro Disney Associés S.A.S, operating company of Disneyland Paris has 16 000 employees, 500 professions, 20 spoken languages and 121 nationalities. Disneyland Paris is the number one single-site employer in France and the largest private employer in the department of Seine-et-Marne. The Resort includes Disneyland® park, Walt Disney Studios® park, six Disney Hotels and 2 Disney Nature Resorts with a total capacity of more than 5,800 rooms, two convention centers, the entertainment center Disney Village® and a 27-hole golf course. In addition, the company manages the real estate development operating segment of a 2,230-hectare site, approximately 50% of which is yet to be developed. A 2 billion-euro, multi-year new development plan includes a transformation of the Walt Disney Studios Park, adding three new areas that are based on Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars, along with multiple new attractions and live entertainment experiences. The expansion plan is one of the most ambitious development projects at Disneyland Paris since its opening in 1992.
On International Yoga Day, Disney parks and offices around the world united for the shared focus of Cast Member well-being and appreciation. With our International Yoga Day internal events, we’re offering Cast Members a series of one-of-a-kind experiences that encourage balance and healthy living in a very special setting.
At Disneyland Paris, Cast Members enjoyed a sunrise yoga session in the Walt Disney Studios Park, waking up their inner zen. The number one touristic destination in Europe is committed to providing Cast Members meaningful and unique offerings through special experiences, like only Disney can. These collective efforts are part of Disney’s long-standing commitment to deliver meaningful and unique Cast offerings through special experiences.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This initiative, supported and supervised by the “Ministère de la Transition Ecologique et Solidaire” and ADEME (Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie), aims to better inform consumers.
The eco-friendly label, whose notation goes from “A” to “E”, represents an improvement process throughout which hotels voluntarily commit themselves to limiting the environmental impacts of a hotel night stay with breakfast.
It’s a triple “A” for Disneyland Paris: the Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne, the Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe and the Disney’s Davy Crockett Range for their environmental label!
The Disney’s Sequoia Lodge and the Disney’s Hotel Newport Bay Club obtained the excellent score of “B”.
The marks are awarded according to the following indicators:
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]On August 20th and 21st, Disneyland Paris welcomed 5,000 children and their families on the “Journée des oubliés des vacances,” an event organized by the Secours Populaire Français.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”13623″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Since the beginning of their partnership in 1992, Disneyland Paris and Secours populaire français have worked together to bring the magic of Disney to children who aren’t able to normally have summer holidays, through the “Oubliés des vacances” program. The Secours populaire also invited les Copains du Monde, children originating from 21 different countries. The children experienced heartwarming moments as they rode attractions and met Disney characters.
Our young guests also had the opportunity to showcase their artwork on the theme of Children’s Rights in the Walt Disney Studios Park. The pre-parade spotlighted Copains de Monde ahead of the traditional Disney Stars on Parade. This unforgettable day was made possible thanks to our Disney VoluntEARS, cast members who dedicate their free time to charitable actions. Our VoluntEARS helped create magical moments with our special guests that they will cherish for years to come.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”13624″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][TS-VCSC-Youtube content_youtube=”https://youtu.be/EGWsqMy_GE8″ el_file=””][/vc_column][/vc_row]
The Food and Beverage team at Disneyland Paris is reinventing itself with higher quality options that are more innovative and exclusive. It’s also adapting its meals and drinks to new diets with choices including food-to-go, organic options and vegan options as good as they look.
Throughout the different seasons, guests can discover immersive experiences incorporating various dining options, many of which will satisfy the most demanding of tastes. And the latest installment is during Disney’s Halloween Festival at Disneyland Park, running from 28 September to 3 November 2019. Vegan specialities are among some of the spooky treats during this year’s Halloween Festival, including pumpkin hummus and Halloween vegetable stews served buffet style, along with vegan Halloween Mickey waffles served at Victoria’s Home-Style Restaurant and savoury snacks like vegan potion (made with pumpkins and beetroots) or beetroot and strawberry croquettes.
Beyond Halloween, Disneyland Paris Chefs have prepared vegan holiday seasonal menus to delight guests’ taste buds with vegetable pie, smoked tofu with black truffle chip, morel quinoa, roasted pumpkin with grilled hazelnut, casserole dish with conchiglie and yesteryear vegetables… From starters to desserts, guests will enjoy gourmet vegan dishes with high-quality ingredients served with a touch of Disney magic.
Vegan options are also available at selected table service restaurants with meals matching the theme of each venue. For instance, guests may taste a vegetable and tofu navarin at Bistrot Chez Rémy. Other restaurants like Captain Jack’s-Restaurant de Pirates, the Yacht Club or the California Grill also have vegan offers available.
At Disneyland Paris, every guest can find a food and beverage option to enjoy. From counter service to table service restaurants, along with buffet restaurants and kiosks, each and every guest may find a menu to delight their taste buds and that fits their dietary needs, including vegan options. From food-to-go to sit-down dinners with a Disney Character, the culinary experience at Disneyland Paris is a true voyage of flavours full of emotions.
The Food and Beverage experience is a key moment for guests at Disneyland Paris. The destination includes 55 restaurants, 10 bars and about 50 kiosks to delight the guests’ taste buds.
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When kids aren’t able to come to Disneyland® Paris to discover the Disney Magic, it’s the Disney Magic that comes to them. On Wednesday, October 23rd, Mickey and Minnie were joined by Chip & Dale and our Disney VoluntEARS to visit the children of Robert Debré Hospital in Paris, to celebrate Halloween with them. During this wonderful day, the kids carved pumpkins in the company of Disney Characters and did some face painting with the Disney VoluntEARS.
Disneyland Paris has been working with Robert Debré Hospital and AP-HP for 28 years to bring Disney Magic to hospitalized children. The Resort works in concert with hundreds of hospitals throughout France since 1991 to give thousands of kids an enchanted break, far from everyday problems.
These events are brought to life thanks to the support of our Disney VoluntEARS, Cast Members who give some of their time to participate in charitable actions. In 2018, more than 9,300 hours of volunteering were given thanks to the support of almost 1,000 Cast Members.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”13804″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”13803″ img_size=”medium”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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