Disney Dreams! returns to Disneyland Paris.

Disney Dreams! nighttime spectacular at Disneyland Paris

For the Grand Finale of the Disneyland Paris resort’s 30th Anniversary celebration, the fan favourite nighttime spectacular “Disney Dreams!” will make its big comeback – giving a new generation of guests the opportunity to discover the iconic nighttime finale projection, fireworks and laser light show.

Beginning April 12th, 2023, “Disney Dreams!” will once again amaze guests each night at Parc Disneyland by taking them on a magical and emotional journey following the “Disney D-Light” drone show – a powerful combination of experiences that will result in an unforgettable nighttime sequence.

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London Resort sees management changes and reduced planning application for 2023.

The London Resort, the proposed theme park and resort project planned for Swanscombe, Kent has today announced that the Project will submit a revised and much reduced application in 2023.

They have also confirmed that the footprint of the project no longer proposes to spread across the entirety of the Swanscombe Peninsula rather on parts of it, taking into account Natural England’s SSSI designation and have further reshuffled the board.

PY Gerbeau has decided to step back from his role as fulltime CEO of LRCH following the withdrawal of the DCO application earlier this year. PY’s contribution and insight has been greatly appreciated and we look forward to him continuing to advise the Project as he pursues his portfolio career.

Steve Norris, Chairman of LRCH said: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with LRCH for more than a decade now. Progress has not been easy or straightforward. We have faced a number of issues which have delayed us including a designation by Natural England as a SSS, and being forced to revise our entire transport strategy. PY was a great leader and we are very grateful to him for his contribution. He helped us develop our business plan and brought some great insight into the history of the leisure industry.”

“What I am pleased to confirm, is that following a comprehensive review and total change of the approach the project will undergo further financial restructuring in Q1 2023 and will thereafter be on a firm footing to move forward. It will be funded, has a realistic and deliverable business plan and compelling partnerships with global brands. It’s time to move forward at pace with our new application.

We have benefitted from a first-class team at the London Resort, but after this tumultuous year, it’s time for a comprehensive reset and refocus. We will be changing the proposals significantly, but remain wholly committed to delivering in Swanscombe. There is huge scope for exciting destination leisure development and we will share more as we move forward next year.”

Other changes to the Board include the departures of Alan Crane and Ahmed Al Aiban who we thank for their time with us.

Disney’s CEO Bob Iger sends a holiday message to the fans.

Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger has sent a holiday message to D23 members filled optimism about 2023, and the Disney100 celebration.

“As we approach the end of 2022, I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to the biggest Disney fans in the world – all of you.

Disney is fortunate to have the most devoted and enthusiastic fans, and I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when I visited Disneyland Resort and attended the Candlelight Processional. It was invigorating to be surrounded by so many guests who make what we do possible. We love your passion for our company and your enthusiasm for what we create, and we will continue to do our best to exceed your highest expectations.

As you know, next year Disney will mark its 100th anniversary. We are immeasurably grateful to the generations of fans all around the globe who have invited our stories and characters into their lives, and we look forward to celebrating the groundbreaking moments, the cherished memories, and the creative visionaries that made Disney the most beloved name in entertainment over the past century.

During the coming year, D23 will launch a slate of exciting events to mark this historic milestone. More information can be found here.

Looking at all the opportunities ahead, I can honestly say there has never been a better time to be a Disney fan. It is an extraordinary privilege to lead this remarkable company again, and I am so grateful for your continued passion for Disney. On behalf of all of us at The Walt Disney Company, I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy and prosperous New Year.”

Best,

Disneyland Paris sells its stake in Les Villages Nature.

Euro Disney S.C.A. the owner and operator of Disneyland Paris has sold its 50% share in Les Villages Nature Paris resort to Center Parcs Europe.

Les Villages Nature resort located just a short drive away from Disneyland Paris, was a 50/50 joint venture between Pierre & Vacances – Center Parcs Europe and Euro Disney S.C.A.

The sale by Disney of its 50% share in Les Villages Nature follows a financial restructuring of Pierre & Vacances – Center Parcs Europe.

Developed on 120 hectares (297 acres) opposite the Disney Davy Crockett Ranch, Villages Nature Paris comprises of 868 cottages and apartments in three settings, and the Aqualagon an outdoor geothermal lagoon, heated all year-round.

The financial restructuring of Pierre & Vacances sees with it the capital financing for 193 new cottages at the resort together with the construction of a wild river. Both projects are scheduled to be completed by 2025.

King Ludwig’s Castle to be replaced with The Royal Pub.

Concept artwork of The Royal Pub

As Disneyland Paris continues to introduce new experiences around the resort, refurbishment works will start soon on a new British restaurant concept set to open in February 2023 in Disney Village.

An entirely new concept, The Royal Pub will serve the best of traditional English fare and will be operated by renowned Groupe Bertrand, a resort’s longtime partner who manages other locations in Disney Village and some famous restaurants in Paris.

The new concept will transform the existing King Ludwig’s Castle restaurant and bar. The Construction teams will give the location a fresh look, with updates both to the terrace and facade – including a new entrance – to the inside atmosphere and a renovated bar area.

Whether you’re craving tasty finger and comfort food, with a great selection of craft beers, all-day breakfasts, generous fish & chips, Guinness-braised beef, authentic pies, flatbreads, toasted sandwiches, and salad bowls, or the yummiest desserts in town, you won’t want to miss The Royal Pub and its warm and lively ambiance during your next visit to Disneyland Paris.

Fans of King Ludwig’s Castle will be able to enjoy a last chance opportunity to experience it before its closure on January 8, 2023.

As Disneyland Paris continues a multi-year transformation of its parks and hotels, nearby in Disney Village, the first major step in a multiyear transformation plan for an enhanced guest experience is underway with Groupe Bertrand who will also operate Rosalie, a brand new French Brasserie for which construction works are about to begin.

When this new family restaurant opens in late 2023, it will offer gorgeous lake views and an elegant atmosphere. The Royal Pub will stay open during this period and will continue to evolve over time in line with this transformation.

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.

A five-year partnership agreement has been signed between
Disneyland Paris and Lavazza Group

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.”

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.”