Marne-la-Vallée (Sep. 25, 2020) – Today, Disneyland Paris launched the sale of its themed reusable cloth face masks with all profits from their sales until the end of December 2020 donated to the Grand Hôpital de l’Est Francilien, a network of local medical centers and a longstanding partner of Disneyland Paris.
The new reusable cloth face masks for the general public will use the power of timeless Disney stories and beloved characters to address guests’ needs. They also support Disneyland Paris’s commitment to charity organizations and healthcare institutions during these challenging times. Made in France and sold at the price of 6 euros each, these masks fulfill AFNOR requirements and government recommendations, and last up to 15 washes. They will be available in four styles and two sizes featuring iconic Disney characters—a fun way to encourage an essential barrier gesture.
Proceeds will benefit the GHEF, which includes facilities in Marne-la-Vallée, Meaux, Coulommiers, and Jourre. This donation is part of the company’s ongoing initiatives which launched during the temporary closure, including donations of food, protective equipment and other medical supplies to those in need. Hospitals and nursing homes in the Île-de-France region were able to benefit from donations of protective equipment, such as rain ponchos, distributed to healthcare professionals. To ease the daily life of children hospitalized during confinement, the Disney VoluntEARS also created small educational tutorials from their homes, which were transmitted to patients via partner hospitals. These videos were accompanied by supply kits for practicing the tutorials.
Since March, Disneyland Paris has donated almost 5 million euros worth of goods (retail value) to local hospitals and charity organizations.
Ambitious solar energy initiative will reduce Val d’Europe local territory emissions of CO2 by 750 tons per year, marking a new milestone in Disneyland Paris’ environmental commitment.
On World Energy Day, Disneyland Paris announced the phased development of one of the largest solar canopy plants in Europe – together through a co-investment with French company Urbasolar – as part of a continued commitment to environmental stewardship. Located at the resort’s main guest parking lot, the project will contribute to the reduction of Val d’Europe local territory greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximatively 750 tons of CO2 per year* while providing additional guest enhancements, including shade and shelter from direct sunlight, rain or snow. Construction began in July and is expected to be completed in 2023, with a first milestone for the first phase in spring 2021.
“Environmental innovation and stewardship are a tradition that began with Walt Disney himself, and this ambitious solar power project is the latest in our commitment to the environment at Disneyland Paris,” said Natacha Rafalski, President of Disneyland Paris. “It is our responsibility as a business and leading tourist destination to contribute to the long-term sustainability of our resort and the region through environmentally responsible practices.”
The solar power plant at Disneyland Paris is in collaboration with French company Urbasolar through a co-investment and will encompass 17 hectares (42 acres) of solar canopies, using 67,500 solar panels for a production of 31 gigawatt-hours per year (GWh/year). While this is not only allocated to the resort, it is technically enough renewable clean energy to account for about 17% of the resort’s current electricity consumption and equivalent to the annual energy consumption of a city with about 14,500 inhabitants**. Once the full project is completed, a section of it will light up at night in the shape of a Mickey Mouse head, visible from the sky.
“This power plant is an unprecedent project in Europe from a major company like Disneyland Paris,” said Stéphanie Andrieu, CEO of Urbasolar, and Arnaud Mine, President of Urbasolar. “It will be a fully tailor-made project, integrated into Urbasolar’s strategy of innovation on system monitoring and on-site energy management. We are thrilled to be part of this project.”
The project will also contribute to Disneyland Paris’ environmental strategy, aiming for a significant reduction in GHG emissions and a full decarbonization of its energy supply.
The initiative is part of the constant efforts put in place by the company in six focus areas of the environment: reducing GHG emissions; moving toward sustainable waste management – for example, by reducing the use of plastics; preserving water resources, including through the establishment of a wastewater treatment plant; developing a responsible supply chain; preserving and fostering biodiversity and supporting global actions to preserve the environment for future generations.
Geothermal energy already feeds both Disneyland Paris Parks and the Disneyland Hotel as a result of an innovative plant located at Villages Nature Paris. It uses naturally occurring underground heat and steam to help cover the heating needs for sanitary hot water and heating system of the facilities.
Since 2018, Disneyland Paris Hotels have also been participating in the Affichage Environnemental initiative officially supported by the Ministry of Ecological Transition and the Agence of Ecological transition (ADEME).
In honour of the 40-year relationship between Disney and Make-A-Wish, Disneyland Paris, and other Disney Parks around the world, began selling items from the Wishes Come True Blue colour collection today. For every item sold across Europe, the US & Canada, The Walt Disney Company will donate 25% of the retail price to Make-A-Wish® organisations (up to US $500,000) to help grant wishes for children. This marks The Walt Disney Company’s first colour collection in celebration and in support of its collaboration with a non-profit organization. Items from the collection sold at Disneyland Paris include spirit jerseys, Minnie Mouse headbands, and Loungefly backpacks.
Inspired by Make-A-Wish, this collection is the perfect way to recognize the life-changing power of a wish. Together Disney and Make-A-Wish have granted more than 140,000 wishes around the world. The Wishes Come True Blue colour collection is inspired by the official colour of Make-A-Wish and the stars on the collection are a wink to the organisation’s logo.
Since opening in 1992, Disneyland Paris has provided moments that matter to sick children, helping them to build emotional resilience and lighting up the lives of their families. Disneyland Paris has partnered with various organizations to fulfil the wishes of more than 20,000 children and is the leading destination outside of the United States for Make A Wish kids.
For more details plus Terms and Conditions, check out thewaltdisneycompany.eu/TrueBlueWishes.
Since the announcement of the temporary closure of Disneyland Paris on October 29, behind-the-scenes teams accompanied by Disney VoluntEARS, are once again supporting local associations by donating excess food during the resort’s closure, including highly sought after products such as fruits, vegetables, meats, grocery items and frozen foods.
Secours Populaire de Vaux le Pénil is just one of the associations receiving donations including a new delivery of 12 pallets of fresh products today, in addition to 15 pallets already delivered. The organization plans to distribute the supplies to its teams throughout the region. Secours Populaire de Meaux will also receive pallets of frozen products. Additionally, several other organizations are recipients of donations including Les Restos du Coeur d’Esbly, receiving six pallets of groceries and Les Restos du Coeur receiving nearly 200kg of burgers. In the days and weeks to come, the Red Cross and the Food Bank will be added as beneficiaries of the ongoing donations.
The donations are a continuation of Disneyland Paris’s commitment to assist the local associations and healthcare institutions during this exceptional time by donating food, protective equipment and other medical supplies with a total market value which has already exceeded 6 million euros. All thanks to the mobilization of cast members at the resort, volunteering their time in order to support the region.
As part of its longstanding social responsibility approach, Disneyland Paris has amplified charity efforts since March, in an effort to help those in need during this unprecedented time. This latest donation includes excess food given to branches of the Secours Populaire, Restos du Cœur and the Banque Alimentaire in the Hauts-de-France region.
Monday, Dec. 7, 2020 (Lille) – Today, Disneyland Paris pledged to donate more than 145,000 pizza meals over the coming months to non-profit organizations Restos du coeur, Secours Populaire and the Banque Alimentaire to support families in need throughout the Hauts-de-France region where the resort’s food product is stored. In addition, Disney VoluntEARS, the employee-volunteers at Disneyland Paris who give their free time to charity initiatives, will also be surprising the families with Disney-themed Christmas toys. With the support of the Hauts-de-France regional council, this initiative follows several other donations made by the resort throughout the year across France.
“As the holidays approach, the health crisis has multiplied the needs of our organization,” says Jean-Louis Callens, Secretary General of Secours Populaire du Nord. “Disneyland Paris’s Disney VoluntEARS have come to fill the bags of our own volunteers, the Green Santas, with pizza meals and toys that will bring smiles to the faces of thousands of children. They all know about Disneyland Paris, even those who haven’t had the chance to go. They are regularly welcomed at the Parks. This year it is Disneyland Paris that is coming to them.”
“Thanks to the strong relationships we have built with non-profits over the past decades, we are able to share the magic of Disney outside of the park at a time when it is needed the most,” says Eric Pirès Augère, Coordinator of the Disney VoluntEARS.
Since the beginning of the health crisis, Disneyland Paris has donated more than 7.7 million euros in food, protective equipment and medical supplies, as well as merchandise to non-profits, hospitals and local partners. Food items have included fruits and vegetables, proteins, snacks, dairy products, drinks, sweets and other delicacies. These actions are part of Disneyland Paris’ social responsibility approach – in place since 1991 before its opening the following year – to support associations and neighboring local cities working with children and families and to protect the environment.
During this unprecedented year, Disneyland Paris has increased its actions in line with the resort’s approach to corporate social responsibility. The magic of Disney has been shared through donations, collaboration with non-profit organisations and the extraordinary mobilization of Cast Members. To help with various community actions and charities, Disneyland Paris calls on its best representatives: Disney VoluntEARS. Every year, during their free time, more than 1,000 employees give their time, talent, expertise and enthusiasm to this volunteer program for community actions and charities. In total, Disney VoluntEARS gave 8,135 hours of their free time in 2020. A few highlights from 2020 : On January 29, coordinating with the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France, Disneyland Paris welcomed 300 hospitalised children for an unforgettable day filled with magic and happiness. For more than 27 years, Disneyland Paris has been contributing to the “Pièces Jaunes” hospital charity operation by internally collecting coins in the famous yellow collection boxes and donating both these coins and the ones thrown into park fountains by guests.
During the first temporary closure of Disneyland Paris in March 2020, along with Disney VoluntEARS, backstage teams mobilized to donate more than 100 tonnes of food, masks and protective equipment to local associations and health care institutions.
This summer, 23,000 potted flowers were also donated to the residents of Val d’Europe Agglomeration, allowing them to indulge in the joys of gardening and admire the varieties of flowers planted across the resort.
In August, Disneyland Paris partnered with the Ile-de-France region and several associations to welcome more than 200 children who, unable to take their own vacations, spent a magical day at Disneyland Park.
Starting in the fall, and as the holiday season approaches, Disneyland Paris and Disney VoluntEARS’ efforts persist. More than ever, the teams continue to bring magic to life by donating thousands of Christmas gifts through charitable associations. True to its ongoing commitment to hospitalised children, Disneyland Paris distributed 50,000 decorations to 150 hospitals, bringing a touch of Christmas magic to pediatric wards.
Since March, Disneyland Paris has now donated more than 10 million euros worth of food, medical supplies and Disney-branded products to non-profit organisations, hospitals, and local and national partners.
Disneyland Paris’ commitment in figures in 2020: – 150 non-profit associations supported – 700 pallets of food distributed – 8,135 Disney VoluntEARS hours
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.
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.
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.
At Disneyland Paris’s new Cars-themed attraction, Cars ROAD TRIP, guests will be transported along America’s legendary Route 66 highway to get a glimpse of some of its wacky roadside attractions and encounter some of the film’s most loveable characters. Its quirky décor of automobiles come to life has been realized thanks to the expertise of the small local companies that Disneyland Paris and its Imagineers have worked with for years.
Nestled in the Catastrophe Canyon of the former Studio Tram Tour, which has been rethemed for the world of Cars, a blue semi-trailer truck branded Dinoco, for the race sponsor well-known to fans of the popular Disney and Pixar franchise, will greet visitors..
This revamped scene was notably made possible by Axyon and Carolaux-Paradis, local SMEs – ‘small and mid-size enterprises’ – based in the surrounding Seine-et-Marne department, and is a great example of what Disneyland Paris has been able to accomplish with its local suppliers despite the challenges of the past year.
“We helped transform a real American truck so it could become one of the future icons of the attraction. We notably designed, built, tested and installed all the required animation mechanics, and then used a 250-ton crane to lift the truck into the canyon scene,” says Philippe Barbot, head of Axyon.
The engineering company, certified by the Ministry of Research and based in Collégien, also engineered animation mechanisms for other famous Cars heroes that will be visible throughout the attraction. “We have built a relationship of trust, based on dialogue and exchange. This was particularly illustrated with COVID-19. When the first lockdown was declared, the leadership at Imagineering contacted me right away to see what the best way would be to move forward together while abiding by government restrictions. As a result, we never stopped working in close collaboration and Disneyland Paris has always listened.”
Carolaux-Paradis, a local body shop, also remodeled and repainted the truck’s exterior and surrounding props at the Catastrophe Canyon scene, as well as the Studio Tram Tour’s vehicles. For Christophe Gomy, the shop’s co-owner who has worked with Disneyland Paris for 25 years on projects like the Space Mountain canon, the steady workload at the resort is more than welcome.
“Despite the current unprecedented situation, we were able to continue our collaboration with Disneyland Paris and respect all health and safety measures. Our work for the resort is probably what has allowed us to do better than many in our sector,” says Mr. Gomy. In addition to local suppliers, Disneyland Paris continues to collaborate with French companies or international companies that produce in France, who represent most of the destination’s purchasing and Corporate Alliance contracts.
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