[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In 1965, when Disneyland celebrated its tencennial in California, Walt Disney had the will to create a legacy program named the “Disney Ambassador Program”. Since then, the tradition continues in all Disney Resorts around the world.
Walt Disney was involved in several monumental projects and was overwhelmed with requests for personal appearances and to host special guests. He decided to appoint a spokesperson to serve as the official representative of all Disneyland Cast Members.
Tour Guide Julie Reihm was selected by Walt Disney himself to serve as the first official Ambassador. The role proved to be so beneficial, the Disneyland Resort has continued to select Ambassadors ever since. At Walt Disney World, an Ambassador was in place on opening day in 1971, a tradition that has followed with subsequent park openings.
The history and importance of this program embodies Walt Disney’s legacy to share the magic of Disney with the world.
For the opening of our resort in 1992, Sabine Marcon was the first Ambassador of Disneyland Paris. Since then, two ambassadors are selected for a two-year program to represent the talent and diversity of our resort Cast Members during public, internal, media or charity events. They also are the godmothers and godfathers of the Disney VoluntEARS.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][TS-VCSC-Youtube content_youtube=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6X3MLyqlWNo&feature=youtu.be”][/vc_column][/vc_row]
On June 1, 1995, Space Mountain – De la Terre à la Lune opened its doors at Disneyland Paris.
25 years later, we are excited to give you a glimpse into the creative process that led to the creation of this unique attraction, and how it evolved over the years.
Space Mountain: From the Earth to the Stars – A conversation with the Imagineers is our first virtual masterclass. Watch and listen to some Imagineers from around the world as they discuss, from home, the creative process to bring the attraction to life. You will also learn how the original Space Mountain spurred innovation into many exciting Disney attractions around the world, and hear several personal memories along the way!
If you’re a fan of Disney Parks attractions and Walt Disney Imagineering, you don’t want to miss this up-close conversation… right at home!
The panel, recorded on May 20, includes:
- Tom Fitzgerald – Portfolio Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
- Yves Ben Yeta – Director Creative Development, Walt Disney Imagineering
- Ann Morrow Johnson – Executive producer/Creative director, Walt Disney Imagineering
- Luc Mayrand – Portfolio Creative Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering
What is Imagineering in a Box?
Imagineering in a Box is a free, online program available through Khan Academy and is part of Disney’s commitment to helping today’s youth create the future they imagine by providing them with inspiration and opportunity through transformative programming. Modules compile expertise of Disney Imagineers from hundreds of career disciplines
around the world to share with users of all ages.
As part of the 32 educational videos, the program leverages Disney’s expertise in science, technology, engineering, arts and math to help close the opportunity gap and set up youth for success, and allows users to create themed experiences.
What are the modules about?
The first module focuses on how Imagineers create themed lands to bring stories to life. Users are encouraged to brainstorm and design their own themed land and refine it throughout this lesson.
The art and engineering of attraction design is the second module for this series. Users design a concept for their own attraction and put their idea to the test in a ride simulator exercise.
The third lesson covers how Imagineers bring dimensional characters to life.
Users will design their own character prototype and practice animating it.
What is Walt Disney Imagineering?
Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is the creative and engineering force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide, along with overseeing merchandise product development and Disney’s games and publishing businesses.
Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. As an innovation-driven business, Disney Imagineers imagine and develop immersive experiences that connect with people all over the world. Disney is
committed to helping today’s youth create the future they imagine by providing them with inspiration and opportunity through transformative programming.
What is Khan Academy?
Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy’s mastery learning system and content platform includes thousands of exercises, videos, and articles that cover a range of K-12 subjects and is always free for teachers, students, parents, and learners.
More than 18 million learners use Khan Academy every month. Khan Academy relies upon donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals around the world. For more information, please visit khanacademy.org
Every year, on European Heritage Days – or Journées du Patrimoine – musems and monuments open their doors so that visitors can discover great treasures in France and in Europe. This weekend in Paris and Île-de-France, many museums, monuments, castles and other cultural places open their doors for free so that you can enjoy entertainment, guided tours and exhibitions. For the third year in a row, Disneyland Paris will participate in the event, celebrating its craftsmanship and artistic heritage virtually during a weekend-long celebration.
Disneyland Paris boasts 28 years of expertise in the field of entertainment. The creativity and meticulous work of “lmagineers” – who design Disney resorts – never cease to take our guests on a journey into completely immersive experiences.
With parades, musical shows and entertainment of all kinds, Disneyland Paris also serves as a rich and diverse stage that is reimagined over the seasons, mobilizing hundreds of artists with diverse specialties. From the rooftops of the Fuente del Oro restaurant during the Zorro show in the summer of 1993, to the stages of Central Plaza, the destination is a true open-air theater! Since the opening of Disneyland Park in 1992, more than 80 parades and cavalcades have taken place.
This year, everyone can discover online:
- A video guided tour dedicated to the cultural heritage and artistic inspirations of our theme parks, highlighting the architecture, history and local craftsmanship of Europe’s leading tourist destination through three focuses: Sleeping Beauty Castle and Discoveryland at Disneyland Park, and Place de Rémy at Walt Disney Studios Park.
- A video report on the costumes of Audio-Animatronics in our theme parks.
- A virtual exhibit offering a retrospective of fabulous stage costumes, parade floats and unpublished photographs, led by a director at the resort who will answer audience questions asked through stories on Disneyland Paris’ Instagram.
Disneyland Paris’ Heritage: Behind-the-Scenes of the Attractions
Did you know that sailors from Pirates of the Caribbean, spirits from Phantom Manor and all the stars at Disneyland Paris attractions are meticulously taken care of every day backstage? Our Audio-Animatronics and still figures require careful treatment, maintaining the magic every day for more than 28 years.
Every morning, a team of dressmakers go for a round of inspection to make sure everything is in perfect shape and take care of every costume adjustment or update that is required. They work hand-in-hand with teams from Figure Finishing and Walt Disney Imagineering to preserve the heritage of Europe’s number one tourist destination.
Which phantom requires costume adjustments? What are the new techniques to use? Are the Seven Dwarfs’ beards always impeccable? Which pirate needs a new black light painting? Find out all answers and more with this new exclusive video.
Relax and refresh your senses and immerse yourself in the beautiful landscapes of Disneyland Paris. Showcasing the talent and the works of Disneyland Paris Cast Members and Imagineers, ZEN Moments invites you to a voyage through the beauties and uniqueness of our destination, into the lands built by the imagination, creativity and talents of our teams.
While we were hoping to be able to reopen during the Christmas holiday season, the latest government measures announced for France do not allow us to deliver the Disneyland Paris experience and therefore the destination will remain closed until 12 February 2021.
We look forward to welcoming you upon our reopening. In the meantime, if you have a booking with us during the period we are closed, please check here for our latest commercial conditions.
We thank you for your continued loyalty and understanding.