Despite the cold on Saturday, February 13, a dozen Disney VoluntEARS – the employee-volunteers of Disneyland Paris who give their free time for helping those who need it the most – walked through high water delivering gift baskets to flood victims in the town of Esbly. Accompanied by teams from town hall, they distributed 300 gift baskets of snacks and drinks.
A few days earlier, 20 Disney VoluntEARS put together 600 baskets, half of which will also be donated to other neighbouring towns such as Condé. To carry out the distribution, the Disney VoluntEARS worked hand-in-hand with the municipalities, with which the resort as built strong relationships over the decades.
“When we saw the damage that the floods had wreaked on our surrounding communities, we felt compelled to bring comfort to the locals,” said Eric Pires Augère, CSR and Philanthropy coordinator for Disneyland Paris.
As part of the resort’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, Disneyland Paris celebrated International Women’s Day for the fourth year in a row by inviting all of its Cast Members to participate in two days of virtual workshops and keynote presentations. Young members from three French associations promoting inclusion were also invited to take part in the event for a unique enrichment experience.
The 2021 conference focused on themes of exploration and resilience, with presentations featuring incredible women: National Geographic explorer Sarah Marquis; prehistorian Marylène Patou-Mathis; producer Osnat Shurer and writer Adele Lim from Raya and the Last Dragon; and Maison des Femmes president, Dr. Ghada Hatem. Cast Members also enjoyed workshops on self-care, self-awareness, physical health in teleworking conditions and more.
On Monday, dozens of young members from L’Epide, Orphelins Apprentis d’Auteuil and Arpejeh – associations for youth professional advancement – were able to participate in the virtual presentations from Sarah Marquis and Marylène Patou-Mathias. In addition, 10 young women from L’Epide had the opportunity to virtually meet with resort president Natacha Rafalski, for a one-on-one conversation about her career journey and to share advice to help realize their professional goals.
“More than ever, we believe that our cultures unite us, and we want all Cast Members to have the power to speak, act, and present themselves authentically every day,” said Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski. “At Disneyland Paris, we welcome visitors from all over the world, with different expectations and backgrounds. Our Cast Members are our greatest strength and allow us to connect with our visitors in the most amazing ways.”
This conference is just one of several that Disneyland Paris hosts each year to engage Cast Members on important topics such as gender diversity. Throughout the year, the resort also has numerous dedicated employee-driven groups to provide inspiration and support, while continuing to think through impactful policies to implement across the company.
Diversity and inclusion are much more than key values at Disneyland Paris – they are our greatest strengths, and we are focused on expanding our efforts so that Cast Members have the resources and support they need to develop their careers and write their own stories. We have an active commitment to create an environment where everyone belongs.
Preserving water resources is among the top priorities which guide Disneyland Paris’s actions to offer an environmentally friendly experience. In order to optimize water consumption, the Horticulture teams are using an approach called “reasoned watering.” Discover the principles of this technique in the following video.
In celebration of Earth Day, get a first look at the solar canopy plant coming to Disneyland Paris. As part of the resort’s continued commitment to environmental stewardship, construction began last year for the phased development of one of the largest solar canopy plants in Europe.
Developed in collaboration with Urbasolar Group through a co-investment, the plant located in the main guest parking lot 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 an enhanced guest experience with shade and shelter from direct sunlight, rain and snow. Construction is expected to be completed in 2023, with the first phase completed later this summer. About 12,000 panels have already been installed, covering 1,770 parking spaces!
The solar canopy plant will also contribute to Disneyland Paris’s ongoing environmental strategy, aiming for a significant reduction in GHG emissions and a full decarbonization of the energy supply. This is one of six focus areas put in place by the company, in addition to moving toward sustainable waste management including reduced use of plastics, preserving water resources with for example a wastewater treatment plant, developing a responsible supply chain, preserving and fostering biodiversity, and supporting global actions to preserve the environment for future generations.
This week marks the start of Earth Month, an opportunity for Disneyland Paris – and all Disney Parks around the world – to celebrate the conservation and protection of nature through continued actions and new initiatives that benefit the entire resort and the surrounding community.
We put this into practice every day thanks to our Magic Keepers who continue to look after our natural spaces and environmental actions, while work progresses on exciting projects like the construction of one of the biggest solar canopies plants in Europe. Announced last year to extend our environmental efforts into the future, the first phase of the project will be finished at end of this summer, generating clean energy while offering an enhanced experience in our guest parking lot. This new initiative is just one of many environmental projects already underway at Disneyland Paris.
All month long, you will discover all the magic of the resort’s green spaces that contribute to a unique and immersive experience – and all of it is accessible to you virtually!
Through exclusive content, you will get a peek behind-the-scenes on how we are working to preserve the environment. There are even a few surprises in store! Stay tuned for more, right here on our website and on our social media channels all month long.
The long-term growth of Disneyland Paris is rooted in a responsible tourism model with an ongoing commitment from our employees and partners. Discover our 6 priorities for action!
Let’s take a look at the work of Nature and Environment teams with Alison Le Flem, Biodiversity Project Leader 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!
This month, Disneyland Paris joined in a global effort to recognize, engage and raise awareness on LGBTQ+ topics as part of the resort’s ongoing efforts to foster a culture of inclusion, where everyone is welcome.
We kicked things off on June 1 with a Pride dance challenge, encouraging guests, fans and even Cast Members to submit their own attempts at recreating a choreographed video to show their support for the LGBTQ+ community. The exclusive new song, called ‘Around the World’, had everyone on their feet all month long.
With the release of Rainbow Disney Collection merchandise across the resort and on shopDisney.com, guests had yet another chance to show their support in style, from spirit jerseys to backpacks to pins and more. In recognition of the collection, The Walt Disney Company is donating funds to organizations that support LGBTQ+ communities including MAG Jeunes LGBT in France, Diversity Role Models in the UK, ARELAS in Spain, diversity München e.V. in Germany and Famiglie Arcobaleno in Italy.
Pride Month was also an opportunity to introduce our Disney PRIDE BERG – short for ‘Business Employee Resource Group’ – with an incredible panel of Cast Members from all divisions and levels of the company who are working every day to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ topics by organizing and support key actions and events.
Our biggest activation of all was a virtual Pride Conference yesterday which brought together Cast Members, associations and members of the LGBTQ+ community to talk about themes of same-sex families, allyship, discrimination and gender identity. Like our International Women’s Day Conference in March, this exclusive event was a key opportunity to hear new voices and come together for a day of discussion, learning and positive momentum for the future. This year’s event featured many French associations contributing their valuable insights such as MAG Jeunes LGBT, ADFH, Association Contact, Le collectif Famille.s, Respect Zone and ACVS-49.
To further engage with communities, Disneyland Paris invited 40 members from MAG Jeunes LGBT to experience a day of magic at the parks last week, followed by an opportunity to listen and learn along with our Cast Members during the Pride Conference.
Guests at Disneyland Park also had a fun surprise yesterday when Mickey and Minnie stepped out in colorful costumes to the theme of “Around the World,” dancing and celebrating through the park for an epic conclusion to the month.
While today is the last day of Pride Month celebrations around the world, Disneyland Paris’ commitment to diversity and inclusion continues all year round with impactful initiatives and events to engage Cast Members, guests and communities. Learn more about the company’s core actions by visiting Our Commitments page!
As part of ongoing efforts to inform, motivate and inspire future generations, Disneyland Paris welcomed young people from the Sport dans la Ville association’s “Young Talent Summer Camp” program to discover various jobs in hotels, reception, sales and restaurants. They had the chance to meet employees of various nationalities working in a number of roles to discuss their international experience and practice their English.
Focus on Hotel jobs
On June 30th, 12 participants had the opportunity to learn more about the hotel field at the newly opened Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel. After a tour of the hotel guided by an Art Guardian, they met Cast Members from reception, concierge and room service, as well as the manager of the Downtown Restaurant, who explained their different roles. Two Cast Members who took part in the international exchange program at Walt Disney World Resort also shared their experiences. Discovering the jobs, exchanging ideas and advice allowed the participants to better understand the hotel business in an international environment. Sports dans la Ville program organizer Marie Normant said “ As part of this Young Talents Summer Camp, young people discovered the environment and the jobs at Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, meeting inspiring employees to imagine themselves in real international experiences.”
Discovery at the heart of Disneyland Park
On July 7th, 18 participants from the same program were immersed in the magic of Disneyland Park and its jobs. For the program, they met Cast Members and discovered the hospitality jobs at City Hall and at Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, as well as for restauration at the Plaza Garden Restaurant and finally of sales at the Emporium store! They also met Cast Members of various nationalities and exchanged with them in English.
After a morning of job immersion, they even had time to experience the park attractions themselves!
Disneyland Paris counts thousands Cast Members of 120 nationalities who exercise their talents in more than 500 different professions. Their role is key to create the unique experience that our guests enjoy every day in our parks and hotels. Creating moments of discovery and exchanging with younger generations to inspire and encourage them to pursue their professional projects is one of the company’s key commitments throughout the year.
Marne-la-Vallée (July 9, 2021) – Disneyland Paris has officially chosen The Kraft Heinz Company, with its unique Heinz portfolio of sauces, as its Official Condiments Partner across the entire resort, including its two Disney Parks, Disney Village and its Disney Hotels frequented by guests from across France and Europe. The much-loved iconic American brand Heinz, which celebrated its 150-year anniversary in 2019, will also develop, as the partnership progresses, exclusive and delicious recipes for Disneyland Paris in collaboration with the resort’s chefs, designed to complement its uniquely immersive themed dining experience. All condiments will be produced in Kraft Heinz’s manufacturing facilities in Europe, including the company’s French plant in Seclin.
This marks a strategic partnership between two international leaders who embody excellence, quality and joy to create memorable moments for people across the globe, and underlines Disneyland Paris’s confidence in the value of a new dedicated condiment offering for its guests. It’s an innovative way to approach a 360° consumer experience, where food plays a vital role, and it is the first time ever Disneyland Paris has signed a partnership for condiments.
“Disneyland Paris is committed to providing an exceptional Guest experience with magical memories that last a lifetime, and our dining experience is an integral part of that,” said Laure Albouy, Vice President Business Strategy & Integration for Disneyland Paris. “Created in 1869, the Heinz brand of condiments is a standard bearer that has stood the test of time. Offering the best products and service is how we deliver on our commitment to quality, and to that end, we are delighted to partner with The Kraft Heinz Company.”
As the Official Condiment Partner, Heinz will also work with Disneyland Paris to develop surprising and creative marketing and communications campaigns throughout Europe. This unique association taking shape outside the resort is a wonderful opportunity to enhance these two beloved brands!
“We are delighted with this alliance, which demonstrates the confidence that Disneyland Paris has in us” said Jacques Pradels, Chief Sales Officer International for The Kraft Heinz Company. “This collaboration highlights the quality of our products. It’s representative of a transformative way of aligning forces with our customers to brilliantly activate in both food service and retail, delivering the maximum value for them for all occasions. Our purpose is to Make Life Delicious for all our stakeholders, and this is a clear example of how this can happen”.
Disneyland Paris’ commitment to sustainable waste management continues well beyond Marne-la-Vallée, as seen in the latest collaboration between Ecovidrio, a non-profit organisation responsible for glass recycling in Spain, and Europe’s leading tourist destination.
As part of a one-of-a-kind awareness-raising campaign – “Dreams matter more than ever… so does glass recycling!” – themed recycling points bearing the likeness of popular Disney, Marvel and Pixar characters took over the streets of 17 major Spanish cities: Madrid, Bilbao, Málaga, La Coruña, Salamanca, Logroño, Gijón, Castellón, Huelva, Alicante, Tarragona, Gerona, Albacete, Murcia, León, Córdoba and Almería.
“With this initiative, we want to bring the magic of recycling to the young, and not so young, members of the household. At a time when consumption is on the rise during the summer, we must not forget that small gestures such as going to one’s green garbage can every day help a great deal in our fight against climate change,” said Borja Martiarena, Ecovidrio Marketing Director.
From July 13 to August 5 – the best time of the year to spend time outdoors – no less than 120 points were set up with the support of city councils to raise awareness of the importance of glass recycling in a fun way. Of that number, 52 were installed in Madrid, bringing a touch of magic to glass recycling.
“Disney’s commitment to the environment is a tradition in our company, which began with Walt Disney himself and which we continue every day. We are very excited about this project across so many Spanish cities this summer, with the help of Ecovidrio. It is our duty as a leading entertainment company to inspire the entire community, especially children,” said Laure Glatron, General Manager of Disneyland Paris for Spain and Portugal.
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