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.
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