Pixar in Concert to tour UK in 2019

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Pixar in Concert will be touring the UK in April 2019, featuring award-winning music from the likes of by Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, and Thomas Newman.
Music from films such as Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Cars, Cars 2, Incredibles 2, Monsters Inc, Monsters University, Brave, Finding Dory, and Coco, will be performed live to a compilation of excerpts from the titles on a giant screen, in a visually stunning, high-definition, multi-media show.
The tour will be visiting Brighton, Manchester, London and Birmingham and tickets are available here.
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Natacha Rafalski appointed Présidente of Disneyland Paris

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Disneyland Paris announced yesterday (12 December 2018) that Catherine Powell has been replaced by  Natacha Rafalski as Présidente of Disneyland Paris, effective immediately.

The promotion of Natacha Rafalski sees Daniel Delcourt,  Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Disneyland Paris once again overlooked for promotion.

Natacha Rafalski has had a 23-year career with The Walt Disney Company, holding a variety of senior leadership positions throughout the world. She joined the Disneyland Paris team in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer after the departure of the resorts long standing CFO Mark Stead.   Since then she has taken on responsibility for real estate, transformation, corporate alliances and operating participants.

The announcement comes from Catherine Powell, who recently served as Présidente of the resort before being promoted to President of the Disney Parks Western Region in March 2018 and now has responsibility for Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris.

“It is a very exciting time for Disneyland Paris as we continue to transform our organization and move forward with the expansion of our resort,” said Catherine Powell. “Natacha has proven to be an exceptional leader with a global viewpoint who has the versatility and experience needed to lead the continued success of Disneyland Paris.”

In this role Natacha Rafalski will be responsible for bringing Disney magic to life for nearly 15 million guests each year at Disneyland Paris, Europe’s top tourist destination and the beacon of Disney in the region. She leads a multinational team of 16,000 Cast Members and oversees two theme parks, eight themed hotels, a 27-hole golf course and Disney Village, a themed dining entertainment and shopping destination. She will also oversee the ambitious expansion plan for The Walt Disney Studios Park announced earlier this year.

“I am incredibly honoured and excited to assume this position at such a transformational time for the resort,” said Natacha Rafalski. “France holds a special place in my heart, and I’m looking forward to leading and growing the business as we continue to build on and expand the promise of Europe’s top tourist destination.”

Prior to joining the Disneyland Paris team Natacha Rafalski was CFO for The Walt Disney Company Greater China headquartered in Shanghai between October 2013 and October 2017.  During that time, she provided instrumental leadership related to various major strategic initiatives and spearheaded work that continues to drive long-term financial growth to that region.

She began her career with Disney in 1995 and has held various positions in corporate treasury and finance including a key role on the Shanghai Disney Resort negotiation team. Prior to this she held roles that included oversight for corporate finance and projects related to Disneyland Paris.

Natacha Rafalski has been a key champion and leader for Diversity and Inclusion at Disneyland Paris, establishing a woman’s leadership group, D Elles P and encouraging Cast Members to form a network dedicated to women. In addition to the many initiatives she continues to lead for Disneyland Paris, she was among the 2017 winners of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 16th Annual Women Worth Watching® Awards.

Natacha Rafalski was born in Montreal, Canada, and raised just outside of Paris, France. She holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles and a B.A. in Mathematics/Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California.

Disneyland Paris reveals new image of Marvel-themed area coming to Walt Disney Studios Park 

Today (10 December 2018), Disneyland Paris revealed a new image illustrating the Marvel-themed area coming to Walt Disney Studios Park.

This new area will allow guests to encounter the heroes in new and exciting ways, from the mystic arts of Doctor Strange to the gravity defying feats of Spider-Man.

Guests will also experience the latest in Pym Technology with Ant-Man and Wasp and be wowed as Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Captain America and more leap into action.

In addition to heroic encounters, new attractions, thrilling entertainment and dining, guests will experience a reimagined Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which will become a high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure.

Get ready to assemble alongside Earth’s mightiest heroes to protect the world… recruitment begins soon.

As part of a €2 billion, multi-year expansion plan, this immersive area marks a first step in the transformation of Walt Disney Studios Park, with three new areas based on Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars.

Fans won’t have to wait for the new area, though, to experience more Marvel at Disneyland Paris.

After the first Marvel Season of Super Heroes last summer, Captain America, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Widow return for a second edition in 2019, filled with epic adventures, joined by new heroes such as Captain Marvel and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Beyond the Parks, Disney’s Hotel New York will be reimagined to become Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel in 2020, becoming the first Disney hotel to showcase and celebrate the history and new exciting ways to explore the visual world of Marvel.

After the first Marvel Season of Super Heroes last summer, Captain America, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Widow return for a second edition in 2019, filled with epic adventures, joined by new heroes such as Captain Marvel and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Beyond the Parks, Disney’s Hotel New York will be reimagined to become Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel in 2020, becoming the first Disney hotel to showcase and celebrate the history and new exciting ways to explore the visual world of Marvel.

We are back!

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You may have noticed that Salon Mickey has started posting Disney news again after hanging up our Mouse Ears in August.

The four month break we took has given Duffy and I some time to reflect upon our retirement.
During a long discussion this weekend where many glowtinis were consumed, I came to the conclusion the bear was missing the limelight and attention he used to receive when his photo was posted on social media.
Yes the bear has a big ego!
But please don’t tell him we know.

It will only go to his head, and he will start demanding a Castle Club suite in the Disneyland Hotel during our future trips to Disneyland Paris.

We were very pleased to receive so many messages of thanks, and support when we announced we were hanging up our Mouse Ears after ten years of blogging about Disneyland Paris.

But the many emails asking us to consider coming out of retirement and start blogging about Disney again were magical to read.
The Disney community is just so fantastic!

We were honoured each time one of these amazing messages appeared in our in-box.

So we have decided to return and re-join the Disney blogging community.
We felt there is still a gap in the Disney fan community for a blog that covers the financial and corporate side of Disney and Disneyland Pairs.
Most importantly we felt we should report on the things that will have an effect on UK visitors to Disneyland Paris now that Brexit is on the horizon.
So after a gap of 116 days, I am very happy to report that Duffy and I have put back on our Mouse Ears and the sounds of ‘Dancin’ A Catchy Rhythm’ can once again be heard in the virtual Salon Mickey lounge.
Best wishes
Jonathan & Duffy

Now it’s time to say goodbye….

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Ten years ago today on the 3rd August 2008 we published our very first blog post welcoming readers into the Salon Mickey lounge. Since then we have reported on the good, the bad and the ugly from Disneyland Paris and The Walt Disney Company.

We have delved into the financial accounts of Euro Disney S.C.A. with the help of Mark Stead, the resorts Chief Financial Officer and reported on the recapitalisations and debt refinancing that kept Disneyland Paris from bankruptcy and closure.

Last year we covered the Simplified Cash Tender Offer and buy out of Euro Disney shareholders which resulted in The Walt Disney Company taking over Disneyland Paris and securing its financial future.

In the last 10 years we have reported on the very poor state of repair of the resort when the banks and financial institutions had a controlling stake, the years of financial losses, the huge refurbishments and the announcements of new attractions and lands. The most exciting of which is yet to come, the expansion of the Walt Disney Studios Park.

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During the decade I have spent writing Salon Mickey I have had great pleasure in meeting several heads of Disneyland Paris including Philippe Gas, CEO of Euro Disney S.A.S, his successor Tom Wolber, President of Euro Disney S.A.S, and most recently Catherine Powell, President of Euro Disney S.C.A.

Over the years we have also met some wonderful fellow Disney fans that I am proud to call friends.

Back in 2008 we created the blog with the aim of keeping the small Euro Disney S.C.A. shareholders up to date with the latest developments at Disneyland Paris, and since the takeover of the resort last year by The Walt Disney Company, Euro Disney’s shareholders are no more.

Therefore we have decided upon this the 10th anniversary of our very first blog post that it is time to hang up our Mouse Ears and say goodbye.

I would like to thank Disneyland Paris, especially the Cast Members from Le Club Actionnaires the Euro Disney Shareholders Club, and Mathias from Disneyland Paris Internal Communications for all their help and assistance over the years in making this blog possible.

Most importantly of all I would like to thank YOU our readers for following us.

THANK YOU AND GOODBYE!

Jonathan & Duffy

21st Century Fox And Disney Stockholders Approve Acquisition By Disney

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NEW YORK, New York, July 27, 2018—Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. (“21st Century Fox”—NASDAQ: FOXA, FOX) and The Walt Disney Company (“Disney”—NYSE: DIS) announced that, at separate special meetings today, stockholders of the two companies approved all proposals related to Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox. The proposals included the adoption by 21st Century Fox stockholders of the merger agreement with Disney (the “Disney Merger Agreement”) and the distribution merger agreement for the spin-off of new “Fox.” Disney stockholders approved the issuance of new common stock that will be distributed to 21st Century Fox stockholders as part of the acquisition.

“Combining the 21CF businesses with Disney and establishing new ‘Fox’ will unlock significant value for our shareholders,” said Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman, 21st Century Fox. “We are grateful to our shareholders for approving this transaction. I want to thank all of our executives and colleagues for their enormous contributions in building 21st Century Fox over the past decades. With their help, we expect the enlarged Disney and new ‘Fox’ companies will be pre-eminent in the entertainment and media industries.”

“We’re incredibly pleased that shareholders of both companies have granted approval for us to move forward, and are confident in our ability to create significant long-term value through this acquisition of Fox’s premier assets,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company.  “We remain grateful to Rupert Murdoch and to the rest of the 21st Century Fox board for entrusting us with the future of these extraordinary businesses, and look forward to welcoming 21st Century Fox’s stellar talent to Disney and ultimately integrating our businesses to provide consumers around the world with more appealing content and entertainment options.”

Under the Disney Merger Agreement, 21st Century Fox stockholders may elect to receive $38 per share in either cash or shares of New Disney, a new holding company that will become the parent of both Disney and 21st Century Fox (the consideration may be subject to adjustment for certain tax liabilities). The overall mix of consideration paid to 21st Century Fox stockholders will be approximately 50% cash and 50% stock. The stock consideration is subject to a collar, which will ensure that 21st Century Fox stockholders will receive consideration equal to $38 in value if the average Disney stock price at closing is between $93.53 and $114.32. Disney expects to pay a total of about $35.7 billion in cash and issue approximately 343 million New Disney shares to 21st Century Fox stockholders. As a result, current 21st Century Fox stockholders will own a 17-20% stake in New Disney on a pro forma basis.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Justice entered into a consent decree with Disney and 21st Century Fox that allows the transaction to proceed, while requiring the sale of the Fox Sports Regional Networks.  Completion of the transaction is subject to a number of non-U.S. merger and other regulatory reviews, and other customary closing conditions.

Final voting tallies from the 21st Century Fox and Disney special meetings are subject to certification by the companies’ respective inspectors of elections, and will be included in reports to be filed by 21st Century Fox and Disney with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Aloha e ‘Olu!

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Duffy’s new friend ‘Olu is making his global debut at Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawaii today (27 July 2018) and here is the story how Duffy meets his latest friend ‘Olu.

As Mickey and Duffy sailed the islands on a quest to find the perfect birthday present for ShellieMay, rhythmic sounds of an ‘ukulele called to them over the ocean, leading them to a cozy cove and to ‘Olu, a kindhearted turtle playing happy music.

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‘Olu smiled and shyly greeted Duffy, “I play my ‘ukulele to make songs of love. Want to sing with me?” ‘Olu strummed a beautiful song for his new friends. “That will be the perfect present for ShellieMay!” said Duffy excitedly. Off to the party they went, singing the special song together for their birthday friend.

An exclusive new line of merchandise for ‘Olu the kindhearted ukulele-playing turtle launches today at Kalepa’s shop starting at 07:00 at the  Aulani, Disney Resort & Spa, in Ko Olina, Hawaii.

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