The Disney Magic at Sea.

The Disney Magic

We have been following the course the Disney Cruise Line ship the Disney Magic has sailed on her maiden Disney Magic at Sea Staycation cruise from Liverpool this week.

The Disney Magic sailed out of Liverpool at 20:07 on 15 July 2021, crossing the Irish Sea passing the Isle of Man on a course towards Newcastle County Down.

The ship then headed south following the Irish coast towards Rosslare where she then changed course and headed back up the Irish coast towards Newcastle again.

The Disney Magic then changed course to cross the Irish Sea towards the coast of North Wales, headed around Anglesey then sailed back into Liverpool.

The Disney Magic was cruising at a speed of 9 knots (10/11 mph) and docked in Liverpool this morning at 04:32 (18 July 2021).

Sanitary Pass required to visit Disneyland Paris from 21 July 2021.

Disneyland Paris has released the below statement following the revised COVID-19 legislation announced by French President Emmanuel Macron on 12 July 2021.

⚠️ Important Information ⚠️

The French President Macron recently addressed the nation to unveil new measures meant to mitigate the spread of Covid across the country. Among these measures, he confirmed that a sanitary pass will be required as of July 21st for all leisure and cultural locations gathering more than 50 people. We remain open and our flexible commercial conditions continue to apply. We will adjust our operations to comply with the new measures and provide more updates as soon as possible. Due to a very high volume of calls, you may experience longer delays than usual when trying to contact us. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to welcoming you soon at Disneyland Paris.

Last updated (13/07/2021; 4:30 PM)

Disney Stores to close throughout the UK.

The Walt Disney Company are closing their Disney Stores in the United Kingdom with only the flagship Oxford Street store in London remaining open.

The move by Disney Consumer Products to close the UK’s remaining 33 Disney Stores reflects the changing shopping habits of consumers by preferring to shop online rather than visiting bricks and mortar stores.

In a statement released by Disney Stores, a spokesperson said: “We are currently in consultation with an initial group of stores in the UK”.

The news comes just months after Disney announced plans to significantly reduce the number of stores in North America and mainland Europe as part of its new strategy to focus on online sales.

Speaking of the North American store closures earlier this year, Stephanie Young, President of Disney’s Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, said: “The global pandemic has changed what consumers expect from a retailer. We now plan to create a more flexible, interconnected eCommerce experience that gives consumers easy access to unique, high-quality products across all our franchises.”

Although there has been no official statement on the UK store closures, the Disney Store website has responded to inquiries suggesting that it may be moving towards partnerships with existing and third party retailers in the future, rather than running standalone stores. “We constantly evaluate our Disney Stores to ensure we’re in the right sites to be able to provide magical experiences for our guests,” reads a comment on the website. “As a result, we are creating new Disney destinations with various retail partners, but we may close some existing stores. You’ll still be able to shop in our other Disney Stores and online.”

The Disney Stores in Watford, Warrington and Aberdeen closed earlier this year, while stores in Bromley and Westfield Stratford closed in June.

Cast Members at other UK Disney Stores have taken to social media to share that they have been given notice and told that their stores will soon be closing.

It is believed that the closure programme will be completed by 21 September 2021.

Heinz becomes an Official Partner of Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris has officially chosen The Kraft Heinz Company, with its unique Heinz portfolio of sauces, as its Official Condiments Partner across the entire resort, including its two Disney Parks, Disney Village and its Disney Hotels frequented by guests from across France and Europe.

The much-loved iconic American brand Heinz, which celebrated its 150-year anniversary in 2019, will also develop, as the partnership progresses, exclusive and delicious recipes for Disneyland Paris in collaboration with the resort’s chefs, designed to complement its uniquely immersive themed dining experience. All condiments will be produced in Kraft Heinz’s manufacturing facilities in Europe, including the company’s French plant in Seclin.

This marks a strategic partnership between two international leaders who embody excellence, quality and joy to create memorable moments for people across the globe, and underlines Disneyland Paris’s confidence in the value of a new dedicated condiment offering for its guests. It’s an innovative way to approach a 360° consumer experience, where food plays a vital role, and it is the first time ever Disneyland Paris has signed a partnership for condiments.

“Disneyland Paris is committed to providing an exceptional Guest experience with magical memories that last a lifetime, and our dining experience is an integral part of that,” said Laure Albouy, Vice President Business Strategy & Integration for Disneyland Paris.“Created in 1869, the Heinz brand of condiments is a standard bearer that has stood the test of time. Offering the best products and service is how we deliver on our commitment to quality, and to that end, we are delighted to partner with The Kraft Heinz Company.”

As the Official Condiment Partner, Heinz will also work with Disneyland Paris to develop surprising and creative marketing and communications campaigns throughout Europe. This unique association taking shape outside the resort is a wonderful opportunity to enhance these two beloved brands!

“We are delighted with this alliance, which demonstrates the confidence that Disneyland Paris has in us” said Jacques Pradels, Chief Sales Officer International for The Kraft Heinz Company. “This collaboration highlights the quality of our products. It’s representative of a transformative way of aligning forces with our customers to brilliantly activate in both food service and retail, delivering the maximum value for them for all occasions. Our purpose is to Make Life Delicious for all our stakeholders, and this is a clear example of how this can happen”.

Salon Mickey Lounge to reopen on 17 June 2021

Disneyland Paris has announced today that the exclusive Salon Mickey Lounge will reopen to Euro Disney Club members on 17 June 2021.

Salon Mickey will reopen together with the Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel and the Disney Village.

The resorts reopening will follow enhanced health and safety measures.

A look inside Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel.

Originally opened in 1992 as part of the Euro Disneyland resort Hotel New York was designed by postmodern architect Michael Graves who was awarded the Driehaus Prize in 2011.

Featuring early 20th century Art Deco it was designed to echo the essence and feel of New York City with the exterior of the hotel itself is a stylised skyscraper filled skyline.

Having undergone a huge multi million Euro makeover the 4-star hotel has been renamed “Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel” which is the very point of the makeover – exhibiting comic artistry and influence and thus turning the hotel into a musuem of modern comic book art.

As Walt Disney Imagineering conceptor-stage director Tom Müller explains, “over 110 artists have been called in” for a never-before-seen “exhibition” that will evolve since the idea – according to Müller – is to “continue the installation of artworks within the hotel even after the opening“. The idea being to “call out to visitors through art“.

A concept to the extreme since between the hotel and the convention center, a genuine art gallery stands: the Jack Kirby Legacy Gallery that – as its name suggests – pays tribute to one of the greatest creators of Marvel comic superheroes, alongside Joe Simon and Stan Lee such as Captain America, The Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, Hulk and the Avengers.

Within this gallery, temporary exhibitions will be displayed related to the Marvel universe. Movie releases, land and ride concept-art from Disney theme parks around the world, and as many topics as the gallery and the hotel are willing tackle.

Within the rotunda, a special tribute is paid to Jack Kirby with the exhibition of a permanent collection including 21 comics covers drawn by the legendary artist.

A new area taking guests “to the heart of the action and the epic adventures of their favorite superheroes, from Doctor Strange’s mystic arts to Spider-Man’s vertiginous exploits”.

No less than 476 standard rooms, 65 executive rooms and 8 standard suites await superhero fans. A rehabilitation made possible by the exclusive collaboration between Disneyland Paris, Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios.

Hotel Lobby

Now courtesy of Sortir à Paris we can finally take a glimpse inside the newly refurbished Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel.

As for restaurants, there will be two of them, the Downtown Restaurant offering an all-you-can-eat buffet and gathering the greatest number of artworks in the hotel, and the Manhattan Restaurant with a mouthwatering menu and seated service.

Downtown Restaurant
Manhattan Restaurant

Note that in the latter, a massive 110kg chandelier which consists of 225 pieces of blow glass from Bohemia, designed in a studio in Prague, catches people’s eyes as soon as they enter the restaurant.

A genuine work of art that required two years of work, from the design to the set up including creation and echoing – because of its framework – to Asgard, Thor’s natal world.

Bleecker Street Lounge

There are two bars the Bleecker Street Lounge a very New-York-inspired style and inspired by Doctor Strange’s universe, and the Skyline Bar, a typically New-York bar that looks a bit like Tony Stark’s apartment.

The two bars will be providing a range of cocktails with and without alcohol, and they are quite playful: the Skyline Bar is offering an alcohol-free green coloured drink inspired the Hulk, while the Bleecker Street Lounge pays tribute to the Supreme Sorcerer with a levitating cocktail…!

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus health crisis no details have been unveiled for the possibility of non-hotel guests to be able to visit the hotels restaurants or have a drink at the bars. For now only residents of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel can enjoy the hotels facilities.

Skyline Bar

In terms of decoration, limited editions will be displayed in different rooms and suites while the public areas will get works exhibited from: comics, movies, posters, sculptures, Iron Man armor, storyboards, props and costumes will be displayed within the hotel for a total immersion experience.

Marvel Design Studio

As for families, children-friendly places have been created such as the Marvel Design Studio offering your kids to learn how to draww their favourite Marvel superheroes, the Hero Training Academy an outdoor sports area with basketball, yoga and, fitness classes.

The Super Hero Station will be offering hotel guests the opportunity to Meet ‘n Greet with Spider-Man and last but not least, the Marvel Photos Stations enable hotel guests to be photographed within a scene straight from the Marvel universe.

Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel opens on 21 June 2021, and to celebrate an exclusive launch offer is available for bookings made by 29 July 2021 for a stays up to 30 March 2022.

Guests who book prior to this date will receive an exclusive and limited edition Marvel artwork by artist Matt Ferguson and a complimentary alcohol-free cocktail from one of the hotels bars.

Further information about the hotel and how to book a stay visit the hotels website.

Disney to close 100 international TV channels as Disney+ hits 103.6 million global subscribers.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek

The Walt Disney Company plans to close 100 of its international television channels over the next twelve months as it takes advantage of its subscription based streaming service Disney+ TWDC CEO Bob Chapek told the JPMorgan Chase & Co technology and media conference this week.

The company closed 30 of its television channels in the Fiscal Year 2020 including all their Disney Channels in the United Kingdom.

Recently Disney has commenced the closure of its local versions of the Fox channel moving its contents to the Star brand on the Disney+ platform.

The company has also started to close its sports channels in southeast Asia where cricket coverage on the Hotstar service, available in India, has helped secure 30% of the 103.6 million global subscribers to Disney+.

Disneyland Paris to reopen on 17 June 2021

Euro Disney SCA President Natacha Rafalski has announced that the Disneyland Paris resort will reopen to guests on 17 June 2021.

Both Parc Disneyland and The Walt Disney Studios Park, the Disney Village and Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel will reopen on Thursday 17 June 2021.

Disney’s New York Hotel: The Art of Marvel will open to guests on Monday 21 June 2021.

Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne will be reopening its doors to guests on Thursday 1 July 2021 with Disney’s Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch set to reopen on Sunday 13 July 2021.

Rediscovering Disneyland exhibition and auction.

The Van Eaton Galleries located in Sherman Oaks, California, USA is hosting a Disney Parks exhibition and auction entitled “Rediscovering Disneyland”.

The exhibition which runs until 19 May 2021 brings together nearly 1,200 artifacts from the history of Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the other Disney Parks around the world.

For many Disney fans the highlight of the collection will be the loan agreement signed by Walt Disney and his wife Lillian Disney in 1954 relating to the $60,000 Walt borrowed against his own life insurance policy in order to build Disneyland.

Other items in the collection include a Mark VII Autopia Vehicle Body, a vintage Cast Member costume from Club 33, and a hand-crafted mosaic display that was once part of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Hand-written and signed sheet music for ‘It’s a Small World’ by the Sherman Brothers and Disneyland parking lot signs, as well as a plethora of park signage, props, costumes, furniture, and much more that celebrates the incredible history of Disneyland and its creator, Walt Disney.

For more information about the exhibition and auction, including the free 376 page online auction catalog visit the Van Eaton Galleries website: https://vegalleries.com/releases/rediscovering-disneyland

The auction will be streamed live on 22 & 23 May 2021.

Disney Magic visits Southampton

Disney Magic arriving at Southampton

The Disney Magic cruise ship docked in Southampton today (Sunday 9 May 2021) to take on crew and supplies.

A large crowd gathered on the waters edge in Mayflower Park to view the Disney Cruise Line ship.

The Disney Magic was docked at the City Cruise Terminal and departed at 21:00 to sail to Dover.

The Disney Magic will commence sailing with passengers onboard from July to October departing from Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle and London Tilbury.