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Disney Announces Transformative Multi-Year Expansion for Disneyland Paris

PARIS, February 27, 2018 – Today, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Robert A. Iger announced plans for a 2 billion euro, multi-year expansion for Disneyland Paris alongside French President Emmanuel Macron at the Palais de l’Elysée in Paris.  The new development will include 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 and underscores the Company’s commitment to the long-term success of the resort as Disney’s brand beacon in Europe.

“We’re very excited about the future of Disneyland Paris and continue to invest in its long-term success,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company.  “The resort is already the leading tourist destination in Europe, and the transformative expansion we announced today will add even more of our beloved characters and unparalleled storytelling to create new lands, attractions and entertainment that further elevate the guest experience and drive new opportunities for tourism in this dynamic region.”

The new areas will infuse some of Disney’s most popular stories and characters into this unique destination, building upon the success of the resort’s 25th Anniversary celebration and continuing to enhance the guest experience for millions of Europeans.

With over 320 million visits since 1992 and representing 6.2 percent of France’s tourism income, Disneyland Paris has played a key leadership role in tourism for the region. The resort continues to be a powerful driver of economic and social development with over 16,000 employees representing 100 nationalities.  This investment will help make the region even more dynamic and appealing and open up more opportunities for French and European citizens in the tourism industry.

The multi-year development will roll out in phases beginning in 2021, significantly expanding the Walt Disney Studios Park.  In addition to the three new areas, the creative vision includes a new lake, which will be the focal point for entertainment experiences and will also connect each of the new park areas.

In the spring of 2017, Disneyland Paris kicked off its 25th Anniversary celebration including new entertainment and experiences for guests.  The resort also completed a two-year refurbishment program, updating and renovating many of the classic attractions in the parks, as well as opening multiple new entertainment shows such as Mickey and the Magician, which won a 2017 International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions theme park industry award for “Best Theatrical Production.”  Additionally, several major renovations took place at the resort’s hotels including Disney’s Newport Bay Club, which is now a four-star hotel.

Just this month, Disneyland Paris announced plans for a new Marvel-themed attraction that will be coming to the Walt Disney Studios, part of the new Marvel area development.  In 2020, the resort will open Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, a reimagining of Disney’s Hotel New York that will showcase the inspiring worlds of Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider-Man, among others. And this summer, the Marvel Summer of Super Heroes seasonal event will take place at Disneyland Paris, where guests can meet their favourite heroes and experience new live entertainment.

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Val d’Europe reaffirms its economic attractiveness thanks to the arrival of several new companies to the region

Val d’Europe, 11 December 2019 – Comprised of a major tourist center and a quality urban area, Val d’Europe has become the main center of development in the eastern suburbs of Paris. Halfway through its development, the area already has nearly 500,000 m² of offices and business premises developed or under development and is positioned as a territory of the future. Following the recent announcement of the arrival of Crédit Agricole’s regional headquarters and its 420 employees, Val d’Europe is continuing its dynamic development by welcoming the arrival of Deloitte University EMEA, an exceptional European centre that will deliver leading-edge training. The arrival of Deloitte University EMEA continues the growth of the region and is a dynamic addition for the territory. 

A strong year for the territory

Since 1987, Disneyland Paris, through Real Estate Development by Euro Disney and together with its public and private partners, has developed the components necessary for the economical and social balance of the territory of Val d’Europe, from urban harmony to commercialization. With its many assets including accessibility and an atypical living environment, Val d’Europe is a territory with unique opportunities for all businesses, from small to big.

The economic heart of the zone is driven by the various tourist developments that make Val d’Europe Europe’s number one tourist destination. Disneyland Paris is a driver of tourism for the region and a real economic and social powerhouse for the zone, with more than 17,000 employees. In 2018, the Walt Disney Company announced a major investment plan of over 2 billion euros to expand and develop the Walt Disney Studios Park, the extension work of which has begun, and which continues to accelerate the virtuous dynamics of a zone combining a tourist destination on a European scale, with excellence in urban development.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”13875″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At the center of the collaboration between different public and private players, Val d’Europe is now home to 35,000 jobs and 35,000 inhabitants, significant for an area that is less than 20 years old, and with plans to increase these figures to 60,000 jobs and 60,000 inhabitants, over time. The real estate development of the zone continued this year with the total supply of more than 500 shops and services in the most dynamic city in France in terms of the establishment of companies (6,500 establishments), the average occupancy rate of which is 99%.

It is particularly due to its international influence and its exceptional accessibility that Val d’Europe is today a major complex and the choice of many companies who see it as a place of the future, capable of hosting large projects – innovative, creative, multi-faceted projects that increase the virtuous dynamics already at play.

“Today, Val d’Europe is a leading economic center, and enjoys exceptional growth, both in terms of jobs and the establishment of businesses. The quality of life and the exceptional transport facilities help make this area a key hub,” says Christophe Giral, Euro Disney’s Real Estate Director.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The establishment of Deloitte University EMEA only confirms the attractiveness of Val d’Europe

Following the recent announcement of the arrival of Crédit Agricole’s regional headquarters and its 420 employees, Val d’Europe is continuing its dynamic development by welcoming the arrival of Deloitte University EMEA, an exceptional European centre that will deliver leading-edge training.

After holding a European competition, Val d’Europe was selected amongst 88 European sites by Deloitte to set up its training centre. Deemed the most efficient European site in terms of accessibility, with its TGV Hub 8 minutes from Roissy and its public transport, the quality of the location and the dynamism of the zone,

Val d’Europe has proved to be an ideal choice for training programmes.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”13876″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]This project is emblematic for France, Greater Paris and Val d’Europe, which thus confirms its position as a major urban centre.

Led with the support of the public partners at the highest level of the State and the support of the Region, the Department of Seine et Marne, the public development establishment of sector IV of Marne-la-Vallée (Val d’Europe) EpaFrance, Val d’Europe Agglomération and the communities, this introduction is testament to the will of all to contribute fully to the economic attractiveness of Val d’Europe.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]New projects in Val-d’Europe City Centre and International Business Park

The urban centre, thanks to its excellent accessibility with two RER (express train) stations, one of which is interconnected to a single international hub in France, allows quick access to the province as well as to major French and international cities.

The International Business Park is also undergoing dynamic development thanks to flexible land opportunities for all types of projects. Located 7 minutes by bus from the city centre, its infinitely adaptable and evolving nature allows it to accommodate both VSBs and major accounts requiring large work areas associated with advanced technology.

While “Village By CA Brie Picardie” chose Val d’Europe as the location for its new village on the themes of the tourism economy, the construction of the sustainable city, and the food industry, Bosch Rexroth moved to Val d’Europe to develop its sales offices and showroom to better respond to its current activities.

Sonepar, for its part, is establishing its sales agency, and enchanted by the effervescence of urban life, with its many green and wooded areas, and the excellent accessibility of Val d’Europe, it also holds all its board of directors’ meetings here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”13877″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Val d’Europe also has the installation of GRDF this year, which has chosen Val d’Europe to bring together its five Seine-et-Marne agencies and make it the technical site of eastern Paris and Sunclear, which has established its offices and warehouses here, while the numerous new signatories during the year have confirmed the growing interest of our real estate partners for the territory:

– In February, the signing of Phase II of Faraday Park in Serris. A mixed business activity/office park composed of four buildings, with a floor area ranging from 910 m² to 2,211 m², phase II is now 60% sold.

– In March and September, two new signings with Spirit Entreprises to develop the Spirit Business Cluster in Val d’Europe, a mixed programme (business activities/offices), located in Bailly-Romainvilliers and which will eventually provide various different buildings with a total floor area of 22,370 m² on a plot of around 4.81 hectares.

– In September, EGC Galopin consolidated its business activity within Val d’Europe by acquiring a 5,600 m² property in Bailly-Romainvilliers to build two office buildings and workshops with a floor area of ​​approximately 1,900 m².

– In December, the signing of Phase II of the Business Villas with Cloud au Clos de Vignettes as the location for a new mixed-use office (30%) /business activities (70%) project consisting of 6 business villas (from 460 m² to 1,160 m²).

Thanks to its dynamism, its quality of life and its quality architecture, Val d’Europe has become the main development centre in the eastern suburbs of Paris, with a high satisfaction rate, 86% of managers expressing satisfaction with their business installations.

“The work carried out in consultation with the State and the local public authorities has enabled a zone to emerge with a truly international scope. Euro Disney and its public partners have combined their strengths to develop an extraordinary urban project,” says Damien Audric, Director of Euro Disney Development.

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Construction site activity resumes at Disneyland Paris

Following the announcement of Disneyland Paris’s phased reopening starting July 15, construction and refurbishment work for ongoing projects resume this week across the resort. This relaunch includes including works at the Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel as well as projects developed by the local Walt Disney Imagineering team, such as future Land Avengers Campus and upcoming attractions Cars Route 66 Road Trip and Disney Junior Dream Factory.

“I’m very happy to welcome back our Cast Members, Imagineers and contractors to restart construction work on exciting new experiences to entertain and delight guests for years to come,” said Natacha Rafalski, President of Disneyland Paris.

The health and safety of Imagineers and the many Cast Members, contractors and vendors on various job sites remains the top priority. To that end, the Construction team at Imagineering Paris has put in place enhanced precautionary measures such as the wearing of face coverings and physical distancing which reflect guidance from the French government, health authorities and industry peers.

“We are thrilled to gradually ramp up these construction sites and do what we are passionate about – creating new Disney magic for guests to enjoy,” said David Wilson, Site Portfolio Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering in Paris. “We are grateful for the continued dialogue with French authorities, as well as for the unwavering trust of our industry partners and vendors who have proven to be resilient and agile, enabling us to progress on other aspects of these new attractions and experiences over the past several months.”

Some of the works includes two brand-new experiences at Walt Disney Studios Park where guests can live new adventures: Disney Junior Dream Factory and Cars Route 66 Road Trip. These hand-picked stories which appeal to young children will mark a first step in the transformation and reinvention of the park. Work has also resumed on the nearly complete Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, a reimagined four-star hotel with contemporary New York style, and on Avengers Campus at Walt Disney Studios Park.

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Disneyland Paris Officially Welcomes Back Guests Today

Phased reopening includes controlled capacity, enhanced health and safety protocols and a new online reservation system for advanced ticketing 

On July 15, Disneyland Paris welcomed guests back, marking the occasion this morning in a special reopening ceremony. The phased reopening of Disneyland Paris begins with Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney Village and Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel, including enhanced health and safety measures in line with guidance from the French government and health authorities.

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Les visiteurs de retour à Disneyland Paris

The special re-opening moment was hosted by Natacha Rafalski, President of Disneyland Paris, on Main Street, U.S.A. with Sleeping Beauty Castle as a backdrop alongside Disney characters in the company of cast members, including “Magic Keepers” who cared for the resort during the closure.

“This much-anticipated day is the result of an incredible team effort, from our cast members who are at the heart of the magic of our resort, to our public partners who have continued to provide us with invaluable support,” said Natacha Rafalski. “Today marks the beginning of a new chapter at Disneyland Paris, where giving our guests the opportunity to share happy moments with family and friends has never been more meaningful.”

The reopening of Disneyland Paris is also a chance to continue the resort’s ongoing commitment to support its local communities. On Aug. 4, Disney VoluntEARS will welcome 300 children from the Île-de-France region and their families to experience a day at Disneyland Park. This is in addition to the more than €1.5 million worth of donations in food and medical-related supplies to the local community and the planting of thousands of flowers to recognize and honor local hospital staff and help beautify the community over the past few months.

Health and Safety Measures

Disneyland Paris remains committed to the well-being of guests and cast members, and as such has reimagined the resort experience, implementing updated health and safety policies in line with French government and health authorities recommendations, along with the resort’s team of health experts.

This approach brings together numerous measures to help promote health and safety, including limited and managed attendance, reduced capacity to support physical distancing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures across the resort including high-touch areas, new policies, practices and training for cast members to help carry out health and safety measures, and requiring face coverings for guests ages 11 and older, cast members and contractors. More information is available at www.disneylandparis.com

Guest Experience

At reopening, guests will find some experiences have been adjusted and others will be temporarily unavailable or return at a later date, but the timeless magic and unique storytelling will remain. Thrill seekers can ride iconic attractions such as Big Thunder Mountain, Hyperspace Mountain, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, while families can glide over Neverland in Peter Pan’s Flight, zoom alongside Lightning McQueen in Cars Quatre Roues Rallye and learn to fly at Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

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C’est reparti pour un tour à bord de Dumbo The Flying Elephant

Characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests, while one-of-a-kind dining and unique shopping experiences will return throughout the resort. The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands and Jungle Book Jive – two top-rated entertainment spectaculars – will also return later this summer. Guests can also look forward to exciting upcoming experiences at Disneyland Paris such as the new Cars Route 66 Road Trip and Disney Junior Dream Factory, the entirely reimagined Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel and the return of exclusive events planned for 2021 like Disneyland Paris Pride, Electroland and Disneyland Paris Run Weekend, not to mention the much-anticipated Avengers Campus coming in the future.

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Point Selfie avec Kristoff et Sven

Guests wishing to visit Disneyland Paris who have non-dated tickets or Annual Passes will need to register on a new online reservation system to receive a reservation for park entry prior to their arrival. Guests who already have a dated ticket or a package that includes park entry do not need to register and reserve a date. More information on park reservations is available at www.disneylandparis.com.

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Mickey est de retour au Parc Disneyland
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A look back at the recent enhancements of the Disneyland Paris mobile app

With the evolution of health measures and the new way for our guests to enjoy our destination, the team in charge of the official mobile application has developed the latter in order to make it a personal concierge accessible at the tip of a finger, which stands out as an essential tool for a visit or a stay within our resort. Let’s take a look back at the latest updates to the application.

Discover above three of the new visuals which are the subject of an on-site campaign, from the Visitor Parking to the entrance of our two Disney Parks.

New features : Book a table: allows our visitors to book – whether in advance or at the last minute – a restaurant (table service or all-you-can-eat buffet) within our destination, and even to modify their reservation (s) . Digital menu: allows our visitors to view the menus of the restaurants at our resort. Personalized Recommendations: a new feature that comes in the form of four questions asked to guests to then determine attraction or entertainment recommendations based on their preferences in terms of thrill level or franchise (Star Wars, Marvel, etc. ) found in the park experiences. Profile: allows our guests to create, or access their Disney account, to view their annual tickets or passes, restaurant reservations, attraction preferences, etc.

To download the app, go to the App Store or Google Play. Other new features will be added to the application very soon.

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New Standby Pass Coming to the Disneyland Paris App for Popular Attractions

Starting October 6, Disneyland Paris will test a new digital tool called Standby Pass that will help optimize the amount of time guests spend in queue lines for some of our most popular attractions at both Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.

Since reopening, Disneyland Paris has introduced a series of new operational measures and procedures to better accommodate health and safety for guests and Cast. Standby Pass taps into technology to help address guest concerns about long lines, crowding and physical distancing, while also advancing the resort’s ongoing digital transformation.

This new service will be launched on the Official Disneyland Paris App starting with Crush’s Coaster and be rolled out progressively over the coming weeks to Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Big Thunder Mountain, Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, Autopia, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Ratatouille: The Adventure.

With Standby Pass, guests can book a timeslot to enter the physical queue line of an attraction via the Official Disneyland Paris App and return to the queue line at a designated time during certain periods of the day, subject to availability and dependent on day-to-day needs in the parks. When it is activated, only guests with a Standby Pass will be able to visit the selected attractions. Access without a Standby Pass will be possible for some time every morning and evening.

While Standby Pass does not provide immediate access to an attraction, it does allow guests to spend part of their queue time for attractions outside of the physical queue enjoying other experiences in the parks and reinforces physical distancing. Standby Pass is just the latest technology being implemented across the resort, as we are always looking for ways to improve the guest experience and continue to learn and adjust our offerings.

How It Works

Guests must first download the Official Disneyland Paris App and create a Disney Account (age 18 and older required). Once this is complete, guests can register their park tickets or passes on their account, then click ‘Get a Standby Pass’ and follow the instructions on the screen. Standby Pass will only be available for guests who are in the parks, subject to the service being activated at selected attraction(s), and can be reserved for one attraction at a time. One guest can reserve a Standby Pass for their entire group at once.

Each Standby Pass corresponds to a 30-minute return time window for guests to arrive at the attraction entrance. Upon returning with a Standby Pass, guests will need to show their Standby Pass QR code stored in the Standby Pass wallet under the ‘Profile’ section of the App, then wait in the physical queue line for the approximate amount of time posted on the official App and at the attraction entrance.

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One of the Largest European Solar Canopy Plants Coming to Disneyland Paris

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).

For more information on Disneyland Paris environmental efforts, visit: https://disneylandparis-news.com/en/our-commitments/environment/.

*Estimate obtained according to the Life Assessment methodology recommended by ADEME and carried out by Urbasolar.

** According to RTE / CRE report 2018 and INSEE 2019

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Information about Disneyland Paris

In line with latest direction from the French authorities, Disneyland Paris will be closing end of day on October 29th.

In anticipation of celebrating the Christmas holiday season we will be taking reservations from December 19 – January 3 and hope to be open based on prevailing conditions and government guidance at that time.

Disneyland Paris will be closed from January 4 through February 12.

Please check back on the website for regular updates. If you have a booking with us during the above-mentioned periods, 
please check here for our latest commercial conditions.

We thank you for your continued loyalty and understanding during this difficult period.

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TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF DISNEYLAND PARIS

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.