Lavazza becomes the official Coffee Partner at Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris, the number one tourist destination in Europe, has officially chosen Lavazza Group, one of the world’s most important coffee roasters, as its new Official Partner for Coffee through its iconic brands Lavazza – synonymous with authentic Italian coffee all over the world – and Carte Noire – the leading coffee brand in the retail market in France.

The five-year partnership agreement signed between Disneyland Paris and Lavazza Group will strengthen the resort’s hot beverage offer and will support the sustainability vision promoted by Disneyland Paris. As official partner, Lavazza products and services will be available across the entire resort providing unique quality and taste to Disneyland Paris guests coming from all around the world.

By choosing La Reserva de ¡Tierra! – a range containing coffees from territories and communities involved in social responsibility projects, promoted and managed by Lavazza Foundation – Disneyland Paris is proud to offer its guests Rainforest Alliance Certified™ products, an NGO which promotes the rights and well-being of workers’ communities, supporting farms to meet rigorous social and environmental standard.

Lavazza will also develop exclusive and tasty recipes for Disneyland Paris in collaboration with the resort’s chefs, designed to complement its uniquely immersive themed dining experience. For example, guests can now discover four new delicious oat-based drink recipes at The Coffee Grinder, Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland Park.

This partnership also means Lavazza Group – through its brands Lavazza and Carte Noire – and Disneyland Paris will have joint marketing and communication campaigns throughout Europe. These activations will showcase the optimism, spontaneity and creativity that characterize the two companies.

“We share many values with Disneyland Paris: the search for excellence, innovation, passion and, of course, fun,” said Mauro Mantovani, Chief Commercial Officer Lavazza Group “This agreement, which is part of Lavazza’s internationalization strategy, reaffirms that France is a key market for us and gives us the opportunity to further showcase our quality products to an international audience.”

“As Disneyland Paris is celebrating its 30th Anniversary, we are delighted to have Lavazza Group by our side to celebrate the beginning of this new era for the resort,” said Laure Albouy, Vice President Business Strategy & Integration of Disneyland Paris. “Our companies, that have a strong set of shared values around excellence and passion will now create joint marketing activations throughout Europe. And of course, our guests now have the pleasure to enjoy the Lavazza coffee experiences across the resort.”

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The Muppet Christmas Carol song ‘When Love Is Gone’ restored for 30th Anniversary.

In celebration of The Muppet Christmas Carol’s 30th anniversary, Director Brian Henson has restored the Paul Williams-penned song ‘When Love Is Gone’ to a new high definition remaster of the classic Muppet’s Christmas film.

Originally cut from the cinematic release the song made an appearance in early U.K. video releases before disappearing again in later DVD and broadcast versions of the film.

When the film was due for a high-definition remaster, Henson went back to find the missing scene, but it had been lost. “Disney post-production couldn’t believe it,” Henson remembered. “They said, ‘Brian, it’s got to be here. Nothing can leave the Technicolor lab.”

A two-year search ensued, but to no avail – until they went back to the 1991 production negatives. “What we did was we found that reel with the song back in, so it’s just as good as the negative really,” Henson said. “Now the film has been put back together and it’s so beautiful to hear what Paul did. It’s just a wonderful balance that’s so achingly beautiful.”

The Muppet Christmas Carol will be available from 9 December 2022 on Disney’s streaming service Disney+.

Disneyland Paris Pride returns for 2023

Disneyland Paris Pride is returning to the resort next year and tickets are now on sale.

The Walt Disney Studios Park will be hosting the only official Disney Pride party on 17 June 2023 from 20:00 – 02:00.

Disney promises that guests will be “swept up into a vibrant and friendly atmosphere bursting with magic specially created for this incredible occasion.”

The event will include an exclusive parade, live performances from famous artists, the chance to ride attractions late into the night, and meet-and-greets with Mickey, Minnie and their friends.

Disneyland Paris Pride is a hard ticket event, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

A standard ticket will cost 94€ and a Plus ticket will cost 119€, with the added benefit of access to Walt Disney Studios from 16:00.

Lion King dance show tribute at Disneyland Paris to passed away mum.

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The Bradford dance school Paris Cherise Dance Company, recently paid tribute to honour the life of Michelle Davis, mum to six-year-old dancer Sarabi Robinson in a special Lion King themed dance routine at Disneyland Paris as part of the Disney Performing Arts programme.

The 18 dancers from West Bowling were joined by 14 other students from Holyhead for the performance.

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“One of our parents who was meant to be coming with us sadly passed away,” dance school owner Paris Cherise Braithwaite-Hamilton told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus newspaper.

“Her favourite film was (the) Lion King. She even named her daughter Sarabi after it.”

“She always thrived for her daughter just to be the best she can be. It was just so special to have that opportunity.”

Paris added: “It was really successful. All the girls really enjoyed it. Disney asked us if we’d be auditioning to come back again which is such a nice thought.”

Disneyland Paris and Orange renew partnership until 2027.

While April 12, 2022, marked the 30th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris, it also represented a 30-year milestone of partnership with French and European telecommunication leader Orange which has now been renewed until 2027 with the common goal of enriching the Disneyland Paris guest experience while introducing Disney magic in Orange clients’ daily lives.

Since 1992, Disneyland Paris has partnered with Orange to allow millions of guests to connect and share their magical memories from the happiest place on earth.  

In recent years, this joint collaboration brought to life many exclusive and innovative experiences for both Disneyland Paris guests and Orange clients to enjoy, including virtual reality games and augmented reality apps, as well as special decor and activations inside Orange flagship stores. 

This collaboration also means continually improving Wi-Fi and mobile network access across the entire resort to benefit guests and Cast Members, such as the recent integration of Wi-Fi hotspots in the new Marvel Avengers Campus which were jointly designed by Orange and Walt Disney Imagineering – a team which brings Disney experiences to life with innovation and storytelling.

Orange’s technical know-how coupled with Disneyland Paris’ unique sense of storytelling has led to the development of immersive digital experiences, such as the recent Celebration Quest app which takes guests on a treasure hunt across both Disney Parks, to solve no less than 30 puzzles, discover well-kept secrets and unlock exclusive surprises. 

More than 60,000 people have joined this fun-filled quest at Disneyland Paris so far. 

Augmented reality app The Lost Artifact is another notable joint activation which invited more than 15,000 guests to discover Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel from a unique point of view.

In addition to these existing experiences and initiatives, new joint marketing campaigns and innovative activations are expected in the coming years, offering a magical experience to consumers throughout France and Europe. Moreover, our common ambition will lead us to keep improving Wi-Fi and 5G networks across Disneyland Paris in the years to come.

“More than ever, Disneyland Paris is looking toward the future. Our partnership with Orange – a global brand committed to digital innovation and sustainability – is an excellent embodiment of our ambitions,” said Laure Albouy, Vice President Business Strategy & Integration for Disneyland Paris. “We are excited to further a collaboration that has benefited our Guests and Cast Members over the last 30 years, with even more opportunities to come.”

“We are delighted to continue to partner with Disneyland Paris, sharing our expertise and know-how to help make the experience even better for guests across the resort”, said Gaëlle Le Vu, Director of Communications and CSR at Orange France.

Dreams building under construction at Disneyland Paris.

Cast Member ‘Dreams’ Building under construction.

The first bricks of the new Disneyland Paris “Dreams” building have been laid backstage at Parc Disneyland, behind the Star Tours attraction adjacent to the North car park.

The “Dreams” building once completed will bring together several Cast Member services including a costume department for Adventureland, Fantasyland, and Discoveryland.

The current costume department in the Imaginations building will be dedicated to Cast Members of the Walt Disney Studios Park, Main Street USA and Frontierland.

As for the buildings name “Dreams”, it is in reference to the unforgettable nighttime show “Disney Dreams! “.

Robert A. Iger returns to lead The Walt Disney Company as Chief Executive Officer.

Bob Iger returns as CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

Bob Iger has replaced Bob Chapek as Disney’s CEO, in a shocking turn of events a The Walt Disney Company, which has been in turmoil ever since Iger stepped down as CEO in February 2020.

The shakeup that has caught the entertainment industry, and Wall Street by surprise was confirmed by the board of directors of The Walt Disney Company late Sunday (20 November 2022).

There had been rumblings of a shakeup in the senior leadership of the company, but the prospect of Iger returning to the CEO job seemed extremely far-fetched.

Chapek’s ouster follows a third-quarter earnings report that spooked Wall Street, as spending on content and marketing for Disney’s direct-to-consumer platforms hit its projected peak of $1.5 billion in fiscal 2022.

Bob Chapek, former Chief Executive Officer of Disney, speaking at the 2022 Disney Legends Awards during Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, September 9, 2022.
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Even though TWDC had previously warned Wall Street of losses of that scale, and even as Disney+ posted subscriber growth for the quarter, the lines of red-ink on the balance books still took a toll on Disney’s stock price.

Shares fell well below the $100 mark, to $86 in days following the publication of the financial report.

“I am extremely optimistic for the future of this great company and thrilled to be asked by the Board to return as its CEO,” Iger said in a statement upon his surprise return to The Walt Disney Company.

“Disney and its incomparable brands and franchises hold a special place in the hearts of so many people around the globe—most especially in the hearts of our employees, whose dedication to this company and its mission is an inspiration. I am deeply honored to be asked to again lead this remarkable team, with a clear mission focused on creative excellence to inspire generations through unrivaled, bold storytelling.”

In a memo to staffers issued late Sunday, Iger elaborated on his own sense of “amazement” at returning to his old position.

Dear Fellow Employees and Cast Members,

It is with an incredible sense of gratitude and humility—and, I must admit, a bit of amazement—that I write to you this evening with the news that I am returning to The Walt Disney Company as Chief Executive Officer.

When I look at the creative success of our teams across our Studios, Disney General Entertainment, ESPN and International, the rapid growth of our streaming services, the phenomenal reimagining and rebound of our Parks, the continued great work of ABC News, and so many other achievements across our businesses, I am in awe of your accomplishments and I am excited to embark with you on many new endeavors.

I know this company has asked so much of you during the past three years, and these times certainly remain quite challenging, but as you have heard me say before, I am an optimist, and if I learned one thing from my years at Disney, it is that even in the face of uncertainty—perhaps especially in the face of uncertainty—our employees and Cast Members achieve the impossible.

You will be hearing more from me and your leaders tomorrow and in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, allow me to express my deep gratitude for all that you do. Disney holds a special place in the hearts of people around the globe thanks to you, and your dedication to this company and its mission to bring joy to people through great storytelling is an inspiration to me every single day.

Bob Iger

Disney acquires world’s largest cruise ship.

Global Dream II

Disney has confirmed that it has acquired the world’s largest cruise ship, saving it from the scrapyard.

Global Dream II, has been purchased by Disney after 10 months on the market. The ship built to carry 9,000 passengers over 20 decks of luxury facilities including an outdoor waterpark and a cinema has never left the dock after the company that built it shipbuilder MV Werften filed for bankruptcy in January 2022.

Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said: “Disney cruise ships provide the unique opportunity to bring Disney magic to fans no matter where they are, and the addition of this ship will make a Disney Cruise Line vacation accessible to more families than ever before.”

The company said it had plans to “reimagine” the giant vessel before it joins Disney Cruise Line in 2025.

Disney confirmed it had bought the vessel for a “favourable price” but has not reveal how much.

The pre-Disney design provided for 2,350 passenger cabins allowing for 9,000 passengers, 4,700 of those in lower berths. Her crew was to be 2200.

Disney’s announcement of the acquisition stated her expected passenger capacity to be around 6,000 passengers, with a crew of approximately 2,300.

12 Marvel Disney100 covers to be released in 2023.

As part of the year-long Disney 100 Years of Wonder celebration, Marvel will release a total of 12 Disney/Marvel mash-up variant covers (also available in black and white) throughout 2023.

The covers will begin arriving in comic book stores with The Amazing Spider-Man (2022) #17 on 11th January 2023.

“The variant program in honor of Disney100 will celebrate Marvel’s past, present, and future through the classic What If lens with a fantastic reimagining of Marvel’s most classic comic book covers,” Marvel Comics said in a release.

“These first-of-its-kind art pieces will see Disney’s iconic characters immersed in the magic of Marvel storytelling as they pay homage to legendary moments in the Marvel Comics mythos, including Captain America assembling Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers #4, as well as the groundbreaking debut issues of Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk.”