International Women’s Day: Discover the Women Behind the Magic at Disneyland Paris

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the achievements of women! While Disneyland Paris has an ongoing commitment to gender equality among its core pillars for diversity and inclusion, this important date around the world is yet another opportunity to engage with our Cast Members, our guests and the local community on one of our key values as an international and multicultural company.

In honor of the occasion, Disneyland Paris is spotlighting female Cast Members with incredible backgrounds who work in diverse roles across the resort to help bring the magic to life for our guests in unique ways. We will be sharing these profiles throughout the week right here on Disneyland Paris News and on our Twitter, showcasing different perspectives on what gender equality looks like at Disneyland Paris, while providing inspiration for future generations to come!

We are starting with Maëva Arlandis, a technical coordinator at Disneyland Paris’s Animation workshop who joined the company in October 2019 after earning degrees in robotic engineering and artificial intelligence. She is now responsible for looking after the Audio-Animatronics in our parks! Find out more about Maëva’s exciting job in the video below.

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Next up we’re going to meet Claire Salmon, a producer for the new Disney Junior Dream Factory show coming to Walt Disney Studios Park this year. Claire began her career at Disneyland Paris in 1995, working in the stores with a summer contract. After four years in different locations across the resort, she turned to the live show industry. For 13 years, she worked in the Business Solutions teams using her know-how for events. In 2015, she joined the Entertainment Production Show teams as a producer, where she worked on shows like The Forest of Enchantment and Frozen: A Musical Invitation.

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Today we’re getting to know Emmanuelle Bartczak, a security hostess at Disneyland Paris. Emmanuelle started working in the Emporium shops in 2006 and left to work for Disney Cruise Line before returning to the resort’s Central Reservations Office and later joining the Security Prevention Safety and Health department.

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Our next profile features Gabriella De Felice, who started her career at Disneyland Paris before the opening in 1992, at Disneyland Hotel’s Bell Desk as a Luggage Hostess. After following an internal management program, she worked at several hotels across the resort, later joining the Workforce Insights team and the Disneyland Paris Event Group. Gabriella is now a project coordinator for the Hotels & Resorts Product department, where she is working on the opening of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel.

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And last but not least, we’re meeting Yousra Achouri, a senior IT manager at Disneyland Paris. She joined the company in 2007 and worked her way through the department to reach her current position in 2015, where she leads a multicultural team to lead IT solutions for the Customer Management sector.

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Did you know that half of all Cast Members at Disneyland Paris are women, and 43% of managers and above are women too? Women are working across all areas of our business and at every level. Our Cast Members represent many diverse nationalities, speak many languages and work in a wide range of professions. And for the second year in a row, Disneyland Paris has disclosed a score of 94/100 on the annual Gender Equality Index, which aims to measure a company’s commitment to providing an environment based on gender equality to their employees.

Learn more about our approach to diversity and inclusion by visiting Our Commitments page or follow us on Twitter to see what actions we’re taking!

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