Disney’s Illuminations set to return at Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris is preparing a programme full of surprises for the Christmas season, including a brand-new Christmas parade that will magically transform at night.

Disneyland Paris will also celebrate the return of the resorts nighttime spectacular Disney’s Illuminations on December 21.

This October The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands show is returning.

Overhaul of the Disability Access at Disneyland Paris announced.

Disneyland Paris will be introducing a new Disability Access scheme from Friday 3 December 2021.

The new scheme will see a total overhaul of Disability Access protocols at Disney’s European resort.

The Disability Priority Card and Easy Access Card processes are being updated to increase the number of accessible attractions at the resort with the mandatory carer requirement to ride many attractions being removed.

New colour coded categories focusing on what guests can do rather than what they cannot is to be introduced.

For the first time guests with a disability will be able to apply for a Disability Access Pass before their visit to the resort via an online questionnaire on the Disneyland Paris website.

Under the new scheme Disability Passes will feature a photograph of the bearer with a QR code, which will be scanned by Cast Members at attractions to verify the validity of the card and to assign ride return times.

One change that will raise some concerns will be the removal of the existing 10% discount for disabled guests and their free carer tickets. This will l be replaced by a 25% discount for both the disabled guest and their carer.

Further details of the new scheme will be announced closer to its implementation.

RIP Disney Store, you will be missed.

By Jonathan Lewis-Jones  10/10/2021

All that remains of the Disney Store at the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre in Cambridge, England is an empty retail unit.

The pop-up store opened in 2019 and closed last month as part of the controversial decision by The Walt Disney Company to move retail operations online and close the majority of their Disney Stores in North America and Europe.

“While consumer behavior has shifted toward online shopping, the global pandemic has changed what consumers expect from a retailer,” Stephanie Young, President of Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, at the Walt Disney Company said in a statement.

“Over the past few years, we’ve been focused on meeting consumers where they are already spending their time, such as the expansion of Disney store shop-in-shops around the world,” Young said. “We now plan to create a more flexible, interconnected e-commerce experience that gives consumers easy access to unique, high-quality products across all our franchises.”

The only Disney store remaining open in the United Kingdom is the flagship Disney Store in Oxford Street London.

The closings don’t affect the more than the 600 stores inside the Disney theme parks and other locations, including the Disney shops inside third-party stores.

Disney Stores in Asia remain unaffected by the move where consumer spending on the high street remains strong, especially in China and Japan.

The London Resort theme park to start construction in 2022.

The London Resort

The London Resort Company has announced that building work on its proposed London Resort theme park in Kent will commence in 2022 when the planning application is expected to be accepted.

The theme park will be built inside The London Resort development on 29.5 hectares of land in the Swanscombe Peninsula, Kent, England.

The project, encompassing houses, hotels with 3,500 rooms and shopping districts, is estimated to cost £3.5 billion.

The project will be the first theme park of its kind in Europe to be built from scratch since Disneyland Paris opened in 1992.

London Resort Company CEO PY Gerbeau said: “To all the naysayers and doom-mongers, the London Resort is going ahead, as planned.”

He added: “It is a day to celebrate British innovation and technological wizardry”.

The plans for the park have it set to open by 2024, although the specific date is not yet known.

However, The London Resort Company have plans to make this a two park resort, with the first park opening in 2024, followed by and the second park in 2029, after another five years of further development.

“We will be the first theme park across Europe to be built from scratch in nearly 30 years.”

The London Resort theme park will open in 2024.

70 per cent of the park’s attractions are to be built under shelter, future visitors need not worry about the temperamental English weather.

The resort will be made up of six separate ‘lands’ and visitors will enter through a grand plaza, where they will be greeted by a range of shops, restaurants and hotels, before leading them through to an area known as ‘The High Street’.

Following on from this, visitors will find ‘The Studios’, which will be set with “the exhilarating thrills of big, blockbuster features” and designed to look like a warehouse business park.

To the north, visitors will discover ‘The Woods’ – an area described by The London Resort Company as where the “young-at-heart will be invited to step through the pages of a storybook” and into a fairytale.

Another area is known as ‘The Kingdom’, where visitors can explore an immersive land filled with history and magic such as castles and swords, as well as dragons, sorcery and mythical Arthurian legends.

Other regions include ‘The Isles’ which feature thrill rides, and ‘The Jungle’, which is designed to be an overgrown, strange and mystical land for visitors to explore.

The sixth land will be known as ‘Star Port’ and will be focused on creating a futuristic experience for visitors, along with several rides to enjoy.

Liverpool Disney Store to close this week.

Liverpool One shopping centre.

The Liverpool Disney Store is closing its doors this week after more than a decade at the Liverpool ONE shopping centre.

The Disney Store has informed customers of its impending closure ‘on or before’ this Friday 8 October 2021.

The Liverpool ONE shop has a large sign outside, in a nod to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which says: “Thank you for being our guest”.

The notice continues: “This store will close on or before Friday 8th October. You’ll still be able to find amazing items from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic plus lots more magic at shopDisney.co.uk.”

During the 1990s Liverpool’s original Disney Store was located in Clayton Square before relocating to the Liverpool ONE shopping centre in 2008.

As previously reported all the Disney Stores in the UK are set to close except the London flagship store in Oxford Street.

Scarlett Johansson and Disney settle “Black Widow” legal dispute.

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.

Variety are reporting that Disney and Scarlett Johansson have settled their legal dispute over the release of “Black Widow”.

Johansson sued The Walt Disney Company two months ago, accusing them of breaching her contract with Marvel Studios when Disney offered the movie on the Disney+ streaming service while the Marvel superhero movie was still showing in cinemas.

Johansson’s management team said the decision meant that she was deprived of potential earnings of $50 million.

Details of the deal between Disney and Johansson have not been disclosed.

Black Widow is the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

TWDC revealed in a filing in August that “Black Widow” had grossed $125 million on streaming, in addition to its $367 million box office gross.

Johansson has said that she was pleased to have resolved her differences with Disney and looked forward to further collaboration.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team,” her statement said.

“I’m very pleased that we have been able to come to a mutual agreement with Scarlett Johansson regarding Black Widow,” Alan Bergman, content chairman for Disney Studios, said in a statement.

“We appreciate her contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and look forward to working together on a number of upcoming projects, including Disney’s Tower of Terror,” he added.

Warner Bros., which released its entire 2021 film slate with the same hybrid model, paid out handsome sums to compensate its stars for lost revenue.

Duffy’s new friend LinaBell to debut at Shanghai Disney Resort.

Duffy’s new friend LinaBell the fox will make her official debut at the Shanghai Disney Resort on 29 September 2021, making for an exciting Duffy Month surprise!

The Shanghai Disney Resort made the official announced this week during Duffy Month welcoming LinaBell the fox into the Disney friend of Duffy family.

LinaBell will make her debut at the other resorts where Duffy and Friends appear starting in Autumn 2022.

Disneyland Paris and Credit Mutuel renewal their Official Partnership.

Disneyland Paris and Credit Mutuel has announce the renewal of their partnership for the next three years.

The partnership which began in 2008 has seen Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale as the sponsor of the Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy attraction at the Walt Disney Studios Park.

“We are happy, through the renewal of this partnership, to contribute to the influence of Paris and France alongside Disneyland® Paris, the leading tourist destination in Europe. More than ever, it is important to be able to inspire our members and customers, young and old, thanks to the magic of Disney, through exclusive offers reserved for them, ” says Daniel Baal , CEO of Crédit Mutuel Alliance Fédérale.

“We are delighted with the renewed confidence of Crédit Mutuel and with this new alliance which will promote our two brands through the many joint operations that will
emerge , said Laure Albouy , Vice-President of Business Integration and Strategy at Disneyland® Paris.

New UK sticker to be required for driving in Europe.

UK identifier to replace GB from
28 September 2021

If you intend to drive to Disneyland Paris after the 28 September 2021 you will require a new car sticker for driving in Europe.

There have been a lot of big changes in travel between Europe and the UK since the end of the Brexit transition period, but now the British Government has introduced another – a new sticker requirement for British drivers.

If you intend to drive your British vehicle in France – or anywhere else in the EU – you will now need a “UK” sticker on your car.

This replaces the GB sticker or magnet that was previously needed when driving abroad, and the UK government guidance states: “If you have a GB sticker, cover or remove it.”

The new rule will come into effect on 28th September 2021 for British registered vehicles driving in the EU.

The government specifies: “You will need to display a UK sticker clearly on the rear of your vehicle if your number plate has any of the following:
GB identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack)
Euro symbol
National flag of England, Scotland or Wales
Numbers and letters only – no flag or identifier

“If your number plate includes the UK identifier with the Union flag (also known as the Union Jack), you do not need a UK sticker.

The British government has also registered UK – rather than GB – as its new international symbol for traffic.

The UN said it had received “a notification stating that the United Kingdom is changing the distinguishing sign that it had previously selected for display in international traffic on vehicles registered in the United Kingdom, from ‘GB’ to ‘UK’”.

The difference between Great Britain and the UK is the inclusion of Northern Ireland – GB refers only to England, Scotland and Wales while UK is England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The new UK stickers will be available online, and in post offices and garages for around £2.00.

Clearly displaying the country of origin of your vehicle is an international requirement and if you are stopped by French police without one you can be issued with an on-the-spot fine

Although it’s unclear how bothered French police will be about the intricacies of UK v GB.

Ed Asner dies aged 91

Ed Asner portrayed Carl Fredricksen in the 2009 Pixar film Up.

Actor Ed Asner passed away peacefully Sunday morning (29 August 2021 surrounded by family, it has been announced. He was 91.

The former president of the Screen Actors Guild, Asner is best known to Disney fans for his role as widower Carl Fredricksen who flies his house to Paradise Falls in the Pixar Animation Studios 2009 film Up.

Asner is also known for playing fictional newspaper editor Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s and Santa Claus in Will Ferrell’s 2003 film Elf.

Asner was born in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1929, almost became a newsman in real life. He studied journalism at the University of Chicago until a professor told him there was little money to be made in the profession.

He quickly switched to drama, debuting as the martyred Thomas Becket in a campus production of TS Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral.

He dropped out of university , going to work as a taxi driver and other jobs before being drafted in 1951 where he served with the US Army Signal Corps in France.