Celebration Quest Treasure Hunt to launch at Disneyland Paris.

Building on a relationship that dates back more than 30 years, Orange and Disneyland® Paris are once again teaming up to offer guests a unique, digital and interactive experience:

Celebration Quest, a sparkling treasure hunt that will take guests to the four corners of both Disney No Parks and plunge them into the heart of some of its best kept secrets.

Disneyland® Paris and Orange invite you to take part in a brand-new interactive adventure inside the Disney® Parks during the 30th Anniversary celebrations. Download the free “Celebration Quest” app and immerse yourself in an exclusive treasure hunt that unlocks the magic of 30 years in the making. Magical stays and 5G smartphones to win

The concept:

Download the app from the App Store and Google Play Store throughout the resorts 30th Anniversary and play only inside of the Disney Parks.

Digital treasure hunt with 30 puzzles, spread across the 2 Disney Parks: 25 in Disneyland® Park (5 in each Land) and 5 in Walt Disney Studios® Park.

Each puzzle solved (by scanning a decor element with the phone’s camera and/or answering a question) will unlock a digital badge and a fun fact about the location you’re in.
When a puzzle is too complex or a location is inaccessible, it is possible to use the “Magic Book”, a joker allowing you to obtain a badge without solving the puzzle.

Five of these badges are “rare” and constitute the “Treasure Hunt”, the other 25 constitute the “Collection”.

After solving a certain group of puzzles, an exclusive photo filter is unlocked, allowing guests to take a photo with their favourite characters in their 30th Anniversary costume. There are severn photo filters to unlock in total: one per land of the Disneyland Park, one for the Walt Disney Studios Park® and one for the “Treasure Hunt”.

After completing the “Treasure Hunt” and/or the “Collection”, access is given to a draw to win stays at Disneyland Paris, Park tickets or 5G smartphones.

46,000 solar panels installed over Disneyland Paris guest parking lot.

After 18 months’ work, the first section of the Disneyland Paris Guest Parking solar canopy plant is now operational.

Over 46,000 solar panels have been installed, providing shade for over 7,000 parking spaces. They already generate 10 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, which is enough to power a town of over 4,800 people

Once it’s completed in 2023, the Disneyland Paris solar plant will be one of the biggest in Europe, and will help reduce the Val d’Europe region’s annual CO2 emissions by 890 tons.

Geoff Morrell leaves Disney after just three months.

Geoff Morrell

Geoff Morrell, the chief corporate affairs officer for The Walt Disney Company, is leaving after just three months on the job “to pursue other opportunities,” Morrell and Disney CEO Bob Chapek told staff on Friday.

“After three months in this new role, it has become clear to me that for a number of reasons it is not the right fit,” Morrell told employees in an email.

The former BP executive and Bush-era Pentagon spokesman joined Disney earlier this year in the new role, which included oversight of Disney’s communications, government relations and public policy efforts.

All three of those areas were tested in recent months as the company navigated fallout from its response to Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill. After initially arguing that Disney should remain as apolitical as possible, Chapek and the company dealt with backlash from employees who felt that it did not have their backs.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

Disney says Florida liable for $2 billion bond debt.

The Walt Disney Company has hit back at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over his decision to strip the Reedy Creek Improvement District of special privileges, saying that there is a clause in its original contract that stipulates that the state of Florida is responsible for its $2 billion bond debt.

Democrats have slammed DeSantis’ decision as petty retaliation for Disney’s opposition to his so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, warning that homeowners could face tax bills if they have to absorb costs from the company, though details are far from clear.

The devil is in the details and we don’t yet today have the details,’ said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, whose county is partially home to Walt Disney World.

He added it would be ‘catastrophic for our budget’ if the county had to assume the costs for public safety at the theme park resort.

The winding down of Reedy Creek Improvement District – the name of the private body that oversees the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando – would leave the state liable for the $2 billion in bond debts currently held by the TWDC.

The dissolving of Reedy Creek could result in households in Orange County and Osceola County will become financially liable for between $2,200 and $2,800 per year for the annual administration costs of Walt Disney World and Disney’s $2 billion bond debt.

Disney Premier Access Ultimate to launch at Disneyland Paris.

Following the introduction of Disney Premier Access last year, Disneyland Paris will launch Disney Premier Access Ultimate this summer, an optional digital service that provides guests with one-time expedited access to 12 of their most popular attractions across both parks, starting at 90€ / £75 per person.

Disney Premier Access Ultimate will allow guests to enjoy the ability to skip the regular attraction queue line, in addition to Disney Premier Access One which remains available for individual attractions.

Disney Premier Access Ultimate serves yet another option for guests who wish to further customise their resort experience and can be booked on the same day, or in advance through the Disneyland Paris website, mobile application, and some travel agencies.

The following attractions are included with Disney Premier Access Ultimate:
Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
Peter Pan’s Flight
Big Thunder Mountain
Phantom Manor
Crush’s Coaster
Ratatouille: The Adventure
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Cars ROAD TRIP.

Purchasing Disney Premier Access gives guests expedited access to the chosen attraction(s) but does not guarantee immediate access.

Disney Dream to cruise European waters in 2023.

Disney Dream

In 2023 for its first-ever summer season in Europe, the Disney Cruise Line ship, Disney Dream will call on a wide variety of destinations among the most treasured in the world.

With sailings anywhere from four to eleven nights, the Disney Dream will sail from Barcelona and Rome to picturesque ports of call throughout the Mediterranean, including a first-ever seven-night sailing to the Greek Isles with stops in the ever-popular ports of Santorini and Mykonos.

The late summer / autumn 2023 departures of the Disney Dream from Southampton will feature cruises to a wealth of destinations including Spain, France, the British Isles, Norway and Iceland.

New ports of call include the postcard-worthy La Rochelle, France and two new ports in Norway – Skjolden, home to a wealth of natural attractions, and Sandnes, a small city just outside the metropolis of Stavanger known for its outdoor activities.

Disney’s self-governing Reedy Creek Improvement District under threat.

Reedy Creek Improvement District founded in 1967.

Florida legislators have today passed a bill that revokes The Walt Disney Company’s self-governing Reedy Creek Improvement District in a move widely seen as tit-for-tat for the company’s opposition to the new state law limiting discussion of LGBTQ+ issues in schools, AKA the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

The bill now heads to the desk of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is all but guaranteed to sign it.

The 70-to-38 vote by the Republican-led state House to do away with the special tax district that allows Disney to self-govern the 40 square miles on the outskirts of Orange and Osceola counties Orlando where the Walt Disney World theme park complex is located.

Walt Disney

The Florida legislature established the Reedy Creek Improvement District in 1967 as a private government controlled by Walt Disney World.

The special district granted Disney the authority to provide government services such as zoning, fire protection, utilities and infrastructure.

The district’s long-term bonded debt totaled more than $977 million as of September, according to tReedy Creek’s annual financial report. State Sen. Stewart tweeted that removing the district “could transfer $2 Billion debt from Disney to taxpayers” and could have “an enormous impact on Orange & Osceola residents.”

Reedy Creek Improvement District Resort Area Map.

The Ready Creek Improvement Act was signed into law in May 1967 by Governor Claude Kirk in response to lobbying efforts by Disney. The entertainment giant proposed building a recreation-oriented development on 25,000 acres of property in a remote area of Central Florida’s Orange and Osceola counties, which consisted of 38.5 square miles of largely uninhabited pasture and swamp land.

Orange and Osceola County did not have the services or resources needed to bring the project to life, so the state legislature worked with Disney to establish the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a special taxing district that allows the company to act with the same authority and responsibility as a county government. 

The district covers Disney’s four Florida theme parks, two water parks and one sports complex, 175 lane miles of roadway, 67 miles of waterway, the cities of Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, an environmental science laboratory, an electric power-generating and distribution facility, a natural gas distribution system, water and wastewater collection and treatment facilities, a solid waste and recyclables collection & transfer system and over 40,000 hotel rooms and hundreds of restaurants and retail stores.

Avengers Deployment Vehicle arrives at Disneyland Paris.

Stark Industries has always sought to make the impossible possible. The company’s mission statement is to bring to life innovations that only exist in our wildest dreams, in order to identify, recruit and train the next generation of Super Heroes. Today, CEO Tony Stark takes a new leap forward and introduces a new high-tech revolution.

Only months after the Quinjet landed at Disneyland Paris, Stark Industries unveils today the first exclusive images of the Avengers Deployment Vehicle or “ADV”. Designed by Tony Stark in collaboration with Shuri from Wakanda Design Group, the Avengers Deployment Vehicle will deploy Super Heroes to various key locations throughout the Avengers Campus, in the Walt Disney Studios part for them to meet new recruits and jump swiftly into action.

Avengers Deployment Vehicle

Stark Industries once again pushed back the boundaries of creativity. The vehicle was designed following a futurist aesthetic and equipped with cutting-edge technology. The sleek look and feel reflects Tony Stark’s sophisticated definition of style and the ambition that defines the Avengers. The Avengers logo is a strong identity marker. As for the oversized wheels and the angular-shaped bodywork, they symbolize strength and power – just what users look for in a vehicle that is powered by Wakandan Vibranium. This ultra-resilient energy source flows through all elements of the ADV and protects the driver and cargo alike.

Side doors allow for swift access into the vehicle – and will quench recruits’ curiosity as they peek into the interior and greet Super Heroes aboard. A great way to inspire new recruits as they cross paths with the vehicle amidst training!

The Avengers Deployment Vehicle has newly been delivered to Avengers Campus. It only awaits Super Heroes to power it up, for the greatest joy of future recruits. Come and hear its motors hum this summer at Avengers Campus!

The Avengers Campus, in the Walt Disney Studios Park is scheduled to open this summer at Disneyland Paris.