Disney themed face masks launched at Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris has launched a range of fabric face masks made in France, and will donate 100% of the profits to the Grand Hôpital de l’Est Francilien!

Made in France and sold at 6€ each, these masks meet the requirements of AFNOR and French government recommendations with guaranteed effectiveness up to 15 washes.

They will be available in two sizes – Small and Large – and four different designs (Mickey, Minnie, Stitch and Marvel), a fun way to encourage an essential barrier gesture.

The profits will be donated to the Grand Hôpital de l’Est Francilien, which includes the Marne-la-Vallée, Meaux, Coulommiers and Jouarre establishments.

This operation is a continuation of the initiatives launched during the exceptional closure of the parks, which include donations of food, protective equipment and other medical supplies to caregivers and people in need.

Increase of COVID-19 cases forces Hong Kong Disneyland to temporarily close.

Hong Kong Disneyland reopened on June 18, after being closed since late January.  Credit Kin Cheung/Associated Press

As Disneyland Paris prepares to reopen its gates to the public tomorrow (15 July 2020) Hong Kong Disneyland which reopened on 18 June has shut down again after Hong Kong tightened its social distancing measures following a rise of new coronavirus COVID-19 cases in the city.

“As required by the government and health authorities in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong, Hong Kong Disneyland park will temporarily close from July 15,” a Disney spokesperson said.

The hotels at the Hong Kong Disneyland resort will remain open with “adjusted levels of services,” according to the spokesperson.

“They have put in place enhanced health and safety measures that reflect the guidance of health and government authorities, such as social distancing measures and increased cleaning and sanitization,” the statement read.

The closure of Hong Kong Disneyland comes just days after the Walt Disney Company reopened the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida despite a surging number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Josh D’Amaro  the new chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products — says the Walt Disney World resort is safe for guests.

“We are in a new normal,” D’Amaro said in an interview last week CNN. “The world is a different place, but we feel really prepared to operate in this new environment.”

On Monday, Florida officials reported 12,624 new infections, one of the largest daily jumps in the state since the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic began.

Authorities in California have halted Disney’s plan to reopen their Disneyland Resort in Anaheim this Friday after an increase in coronavirus COVID-19 cases in the state. 

Disney Pulls The Plug on UK Television Channels.

Disney+ will become the exclusive home of Disney Channel content in the United Kingdom from 1 October 2020.

The Walt Disney Company today announced their decision to close down their entertainment channels at the end of September 2020  bringing to an end 25 years of broadcasting in the United Kingdom.

From 1 October 2020 the Disney+ online streaming service which launched in the UK on 24 March 2020 will become the exclusive home of all new and archived content from the Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior.

“From 1 October,  Disney+ will become the exclusive home for content from the Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior in the UK.” The Company said in a statement.

“The direct-to-consumer service, which garnered more than 54.5 million subscribers worldwide in its first seven months, will now premiere all the latest films, series and specials from the three Disney Channels, along with offering a rich and expansive back catalogue of Disney Channel titles in the UK, including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Descendants 3 and Phineas and Ferb.”

“The Walt Disney Company remains committed to our kids channels business and continues to execute distribution agreements for Disney channels in many markets where Disney+ is also available, with the goal of giving our fans multiple entry points to our storytelling,” the company added.

The Disney Channel launched in the United Kingdom on 1 October 1995  and was the first Disney Channel to broadcast outside the United States.

Natural history and wildlife channel National Geographic and entertainment channel Fox will continue to broadcast in the UK.

Disneyland Paris to Reopen on 15 July 2020

In a communication sent yesterday by Disneyland Paris to members of the resorts exclusive Euro Disney Club, the French theme park has announce a phased reopening of the resort starting with the Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel and the Disney Village as of Wednesday 15 July 2020. 

The reopening of Disneyland Paris is in line with guidance from Frenchk government and health authorities and has been discussed with Union Representatives from the Comité Social et Economique (CSE).  

In addition, and subject to the continued evolution of the situation, Disneyland Paris also announced the scheduled phased reopening of several other Disney hotels including Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne on 20 July, Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe on 3 August and the Disneyland Hotel on 7 September.  Disney’s Sequoia Lodge Hotel and Disney’s Davy Crocket Ranch will remain closed during the summer with reopening dates announced at a later time.

Natacha Rafalski,
President of Disneyland Paris

All of us at Disneyland Paris are excited to be on the path to reopening over the next few weeks,” said Natacha Rafalski, President of Disneyland Paris. 

Making magic means even more, as we reflect on the resilience of our cast members and community, the enthusiasm of our guests and fans, and the positive momentum of many reopenings in the tourism industry across Europe. We are looking forward to again enjoy.” 

We are thrilled to see one of the main tourism destinations in Europe and largest single site employer in France reopen to guests and its employees,” said Sophie Huberson, Executive Director of Le Syndicat National des Espaces de Loisirs, d’Attractions et Culturels (SNELAC). “This is an important milestone for the tourism and leisure industry in France and will be a critical step in our industry’s recovery.”  SNELAC is the organization representing theme parks, leisure and cultural areas in France.

Natacha Rafalski Euro Disney SCA President, Daniel Delcourt Chief Operating Officer and Marco Bernini Vice President of Park Operations were recently spotted at Disneyland Paris being guided through potential reopening procedures.

Safety Measures and Experience

The phased reopening will incorporate a deliberate approach, with enhanced health and safety measures implemented for both cast members and guests. This will include limits on attendance and require advanced ticketing reservations to accommodate controlled guest density that supports government guidance on physical distancing. As a result, some experiences, shows or events will not be available or may be modified upon reopening depending on the evolution of the safety and sanitary measures and recommendations from public authorities. This includes offerings such as Disney Stars on Parade and Disney Illuminations night time spectacular which will return at a later date. 

The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands and Jungle Book Jive—two top-rated entertainment spectaculars—will return later in the summer. While character meet and greets will be temporarily unavailable, characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests. Other experiences such as playgrounds and makeover experiences will remain temporarily unavailable.  Additionally, FastPass services will be suspended in order to allow for the necessary queue management on attractions. 

Cast members and guests ages 11 and older will also be required to wear face coverings while at the resort.  More information on specific measures are available on www.disneylandparis.com

Ticketing and Reservation System

As Disneyland Paris welcomes guests back to the magic with a limited number of tickets available each day during the initial reopening, a new online reservation system will be available in early July. To ensure admission, guests in possession of or buying non-dated tickets, and Annual Pass holders, will need to register on this new online reservation system to obtain a reservation for park entry prior to their arrival. Guests who already have a dated ticket, do not need to register and reserve a date.  Likewise, guests with packages that include park admittance will receive admission for the duration of their stay and do not need to use the new online reservation system.

Tickets and packages are now on sale on the resort’s website, Disneyland Paris call center and official travel partner channels, with a limited number of tickets available each day during the initial reopening phase. Ticket sales will not be available on site.

To provide guests with maximum flexibility, new booking conditions are now available to include cancellations and modifications without fees (excluding transport) on stays in the Disney Hotels anytime up to seven days before the arrival date.  Specific details are available on www.disneylandparis.com.  

As Disneyland Paris readies for reopening, guests are invited to check www.disneylandparis.com for the latest information. Fans and guests can continue to experience the magic of Disneyland Paris through athome.DisneylandParis.com, and use #DisneyMagicMoments on social media to share their stories. 

Concerning the reopening of Salon Mickey lounge.

We will send you soon a new communication with some information concerning the date and the conditions of the reopening of Salon Mickey.

Is Disneyland Paris Reopening On 15 July 2020?

It appears that Disneyland Paris will be reopening to Disney Hotel Guests on the 15 July 2020.

The move comes following a two day meeting held between Disneyland Paris management and Cast Member Unions last week to discuss the reopening of the resort.

Natacha Rafalski Euro Disney SCA President, Daniel Delcourt Chief Operating Officer and Marco Bernini Vice President of Park Operations were recently spotted at Disneyland Paris being guided through potential reopening procedures.

This date has been mentioned by a number of Disneyland Paris fan pages and the Disneyland Paris website is now accepting hotel bookings from 15 July 2020 onwards.

No official announcement regarding the reopening of Disney’s European resort has yet been made by Disneyland Paris or the Walt Disney Company.

Disneyland Paris 2020 Run Weekend Cancelled.

Disneyland Paris has announced that the 2020 Run Weekend has been cancelled.

The 5th Disneyland Paris Run Weekend that was scheduled to be held between 24-27 September 2020 will now be held in the autumn of 2021.

Guests can choose to either maintain their package reservation without the Disneyland Paris Run Weekend features, whereupon the price the of the Run Weekend will be refunded, or, cancel their package reservation, whereupon they will receive a full refund.

Guests must fill out a form on the Disneyland Paris website with their choice before 19 June 2020, otherwise both the package reservation and Run Weekend features will be cancelled and refunded automatically.

Disneyland Paris will publish the form and further information on their website later today.

Josh D’Amaro named Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Josh D’Amaro

Josh D’Amaro former Walt Disney World President has been named Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, succeeding Bob Chapek, who became CEO of The Walt Disney Company earlier this year in February 2020.

Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company announced that Josh D’Amaro has been named Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, and Rebecca Campbell has been named Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International. Mr. D’Amaro and Ms. Campbell will report to Mr. Chapek.

Rebecca Campbell

“I am certain he will take Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products segment – home to some of our company’s most iconic and beloved businesses – to exciting new heights in the years to come.”

“Our company is very fortunate to have a deep bench of talent and we’re extremely pleased to welcome these two exceptionally qualified Disney veterans to our senior management team,” Mr. Chapek said.

“Both Josh and Rebecca have more than two decades of leadership experience with the Company, a keen understanding of our brands and businesses, and a shared passion and vision for delivering extraordinary entertainment and one-of-a-kind experiences.”

VE Day and Disney’s Contribution To The War Effort

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of ‘Victory in Europe Day’ when the war against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end.

During World War II, Walt Disney Studio’s was heavily involved in the war effort by producing propaganda films for the US government and training films for the Army and Navy. 

Disney also created insignias for all branches of the armed forces.

If you want to find out more about Disney’s involvement in World War II the book “Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War
by John Baxter will be an excellent addition to your Disney book collection.

Leaked Cast Member FAQ Reveals Disneyland Paris Reopening Plans.

Euro Disney SCA has revealed details of the reopening process for Disneyland Paris in a leaked FAQ document sent to Cast Members.

The leaked document which is published below doesn’t reveal any details on the possible reopening date of the restort but one important detail is included.

Disneyland Paris believes that the restort does not fall under the ban on gatherings of over 5,000 people that runs until September 2020 as outlined by France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe last week.

When do you expect our destination to reopen?

We look forward to welcoming guests as soon as it is advisable but it is still too early to announce a reopening date.

Public or private gatherings are limited to 10 people until June 1. Could our destination reopen on June 2?

We are working closely with other Disney Parks, public authorities, our social partners and our reopening plans will be presented to our CSE (Social and Economic Council).

It is still too early to announce a reopening date, as the situation is still evolving.

Events involving more that 5,000 people will not be able to take place before September 2020. Given that Disneyland Paris hosts more than 5,000 guests and Cast, does this mean that Disneyland Paris will not open by then?

That restriction to 5,000 people mentioned by Edouard Philippe is related to one-off events that must be declared to the Prefecture in advance – like festivals, professional fairs, sporting events, soccer matches etc. It is our understanding that our destination is not affected by this measure. We will continue to work closely with the authorities to adjust our plans based on their latest recommendations and therefore, we might need to be adjust our operations when we re-open. For more information about this restriction not related to Disneyland Paris, please visit the sites of the public authorities.

The Prime Minister also announced that the major sporting events will not take place before September. Could the Run Disney be called into question?

The Disneyland Paris Run Weekend is scheduled to take place from September 24 to 27. We will continue to adjust our operation and events based on updated public and health authority guidance.

What are the elements taken into account in these reopening plans?

Our reopening approach include considerations for all elements of the Cast and Guest Experience, including physical distancing, cleaning measures, etc. as well as government and health authority guidance. As always, the safety of our Cast Members and Guests are at the forefront of our approach to reopening. We will share more with you as soon as possible.

When will these plans be released?

We will share more specific plans when we are able. It is still too early to share the reopening plans. Plans are in accordance with government guidance and must be shared with our CSE (Social and Economic Council).

Businesses are allowed to reopen on May 11. Why not reopen the Disney Village shops?

We will continue to assess the situation and share more information when we are able to do so. The government shared it will discuss reopening plans for bars and restaurants at the end of May.

Re-opening of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel Postponed.

Disneyland Paris has announced that the scheduled reopening of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel on 15th June 2020 has been postponed.

In line with French government safety measures, the continuing refurbishment of the hotel has been temporarily suspended and no new opening date has yet to be announced.

Disneyland Paris said it hopes to be able to share further information, once it has been advised by the French authorities that construction and refurbishment works at the hotel can continue.