Disneyland Hotel to under go a Disney Princesses and Princes makeover.

Disneyland Paris has announced the acceleration of its hotel refurbishment programme by embarking on a transformation of the Disneyland Hotel, which will strengthen its flagship status at the resort and offer guests an even greater five-star experience.

The hotel is known not only for its privileged position at the entrance of Parc Disneyland, but also for its impeccable service that has propelled it to be a firm guest favorite and the iconic resort hotel of Disneyland Paris.

The elegant Victorian architecture that guests have come to know when approaching Parc Disneyland will remain, while the Disney magic that guests love will be enhanced.

The Disneyland Hotel will be refurbished with a royal theme and become the home of many favorite Disney Princesses and Princes, from classics like Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, but also the recent favourites Frozen and Tangled.

The hotels public areas will be reimagined to pay homage to these beloved films and their characters, while all hotel rooms and suites will be entirely rethemed to offer an immersive experience with refined, creative décor and magical touches that will surprise the whole family, as only Disney can do.

“At Disneyland Paris, we create enchanting experiences for all ages,” says Sylvie Massara, Walt Disney Imagineering Paris – Design and Show Quality. “The completely refurbished Disneyland Hotel will do just that, immersing guests in a timeless royal atmosphere. Guests will be welcomed with unique refinement as soon as they enter the lobby and will stay in rooms and suites with elegant décor celebrating Disney Princesses and Princes.”

To meet and exceed the ever-evolving expectations of the resorts guests, the layout of the hotel’s public spaces will be improved. With equipment in the rooms also being enhanced to provide improved, personalised services implementing the latest technologies for even greater guest comfort.

Guests will benefit from a larger swimming pool area, indulge in an expanded spa and dine in updated restaurants and bars – all adding up to a most magical experience the five-star Disneyland Hotel can offer.

“When it reopens, the Disneyland Hotel will offer to our guests an enhanced experience even more worthy of the prestigious French five-star hotel rating,” adds Tomás Feier, General Manager of the Disneyland Hotel. “We are proud to welcome a lot of repeat visitors at our iconic hotel, and we want them to be immersed in a 360-degree experience using the power of beloved Disney fairytales, with an array of brave and kind heroines as a central theme. Our loyal guests expect to be enchanted and surprised by their stay each time they visit us, and we take pride in delivering impeccable service to create memorable moments. A full Disneyland Paris experience can truly be achieved only when staying in one of our themed hotels, and we cannot wait to welcome guests to the Disneyland Hotel after its transformation.”

It is expected that the Disneyland Hotel will be closed to guests for a minimum of two-years while the long overdue refurbishment takes place.

Disney Cruise Line announces U.K. Staycation cruises.

The Disney Cruise Line will be operating U.K. Staycation cruises for the first-time this summer.

The limited 2, 3 and 4 night cruises will depart on select dates from Liverpool and Southampton aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship.

The Staycation sailings are exclusive to United Kingdom residents and will allow passengers to embark on a brand-new Disney experience.

“Our teams are bringing tremendous ingenuity and fun to these new cruises, tailoring them with care to the times we are living in, yet filling them with everything you’d expect from Disney, from great service and entertainment to immersive dining experiences and magic for the whole family,” Disney Cruise Line president Thomas Mazloum said.

Sailing from Liverpool and Southampton passengers will be immersed in Disney storytelling, thanks to an amazing collection of onboard entertainment, dining and recreation for the entire family, with all the care you’d expect from Disney.

Passengers will remain aboard the Disney Magic throughout the sailings.

Further information and prices will be released by the Disney Cruise Line when booking opens on 19 April 2021.

Liverpool Departure Dates:

2 Nights
13 & 18 July

3 Nights
15, 20, 27, 30 July

4 Nights
23 July

Southampton Departure Dates:

2 Nights
4, 16, 18, 30 August
1 September

3 Nights
6, 13, 20, 27 August

4 Nights:
9, & 23 August

*All dates are subject to change by the Disney Cruise Line and HM Government travel restrictions.

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast refurbished at Disneyland Paris.

The Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast attraction at Disneyland Paris has undergone a major refurbishment while the theme park has been closed to Guests.

The major refurbishment included the complete re-painting and modernising of the interior and exterior of the ride.

The lighting effects throughout the attraction have been replaced with LED lighting and the interactive targets have also been replaced.

The attraction also sees the creation of a new design for the entrance to the ride.

“To infinity and beyond!”

Disney Village to be renamed Downtown Disney.

Disneyland Paris has announced the renaming of the resorts Disney Village shopping, dining and entertainment complex to Downtown Disney.

“The rebranding of the Disney Village to Downtown Disney is an exciting part of The Walt Disney Company’s €2 billion investment project of the Disneyland Paris resort” said Euro Disney SCA Executive Lirpa Loof.

It has previously been confirmed by Disneyland Paris that the Disney Village will receive a major redesign and expansion.

The renaming of the Disney Village to Downtown Disney is not unprecedented as the resorts entertainment district was originally  named Festival Disney when the then Euro Disney Resort opened on 12 April 1992.

We hope you enjoyed our
2021 April Fools’ Day prank.

April reopening of Disneyland Paris Postponed.

Disneyland Paris has announced the cancellation of their scheduled reopening on the 2 April 2021 in a statement published on the resorts website today.

“Due to prevailing conditions and travel restrictions across Europe, Disneyland Paris will not reopen on April 2 as initially planned. We are optimistic that we will be able to reopen soon, and we will share updates when possible.”

“If you have a booking with us, you will have flexibility to modify your arrival date or cancel your reservation without fees up until the last moment before your planned arrival.”

“We truly appreciate your continued understanding and cannot wait to welcome you again.”

Disneyland Paris cancels Pride, Electroland and the Run Weekend.

Disneyland Paris has announced the cancellation of the following events scheduled to be held at the resort this year:

Disneyland Paris Pride (12 June 2021)
Electroland (2 – 4 July 2021)
Disneyland Paris Run Weekend (Autumn 2021)

This announcement comes as no surprise to Salon Mickey as further reports reach us that Euro Disney SCA Management have made several requests to The Walt Disney Company for Disneyland Paris to remain closed for the majority of 2021.

We understand that the requests were made to enable the resort to continue with the maintenance and refurbishment works required in preparation for the celebration of the resorts 30th Anniversary in 2022.

Health and safety concerns raised by Unions regarding the protection of Cast Members and Guests from the COVID-19 virus were also referenced.

Also highlighted was the inability of Guests with existing bookings being unable to visit the French Disney resort due to the travel restrictions implemented within France and by neighbouring countries.

To date we understand Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Inc. have refused to accept these requests and have instructed Disneyland Paris to re-open as soon as the French authorities allow.

To date Disneyland Paris is scheduled to re-open on 2 April 2021.

The British government announced on Monday that they plan to allow the re-opening of theme parks in England no earlier than 12 April 2021.

The earliest date people from England will be allowed to travel abroad for a holiday is expected to be 17 May 2021, but it is unknown what rules will implemented when holidays abroad are once again allowed.

The regional governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet made any announcements regarding their plans for allowing foreign holidays.

Will Eurostar Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic?

London business leaders have written to the British government calling for financial support for struggling cross-Channel train operator Eurostar, the operator of the direct train service from London to Disneyland Paris.

Eurostar reported in November that passenger numbers had dropped 95% since March 2020. 

A spokesman for Eurostar described the current situation as “very serious”.  He said: “Without additional funding from government there is a real risk to the survival of Eurostar –  the green gateway to Europe.”

Abandoned Eurostar train located in Valenciennes, France.

The train company which formerly ran two trains an hour from London to Europe now operates just two services a day from London to Paris and Brussels.

Eurostar chief executive Jacques Damas wrote in November that there was a “risk that this iconic service will be left to fail, threatening jobs, connectivity and reversing the progress to reduce travel emissions.”

He said that €200 million had been already secured from its shareholders, but he called for more help from the British government.

Eurostar is 55% owned by French rail operator SNCF, and 40% by Patina Rail LLP, a consortium made up of Canadian-based Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) owning 30% and the infrastructure investments fund Hermes Infrastructure owning 10% of the company and Belgian railway SNCB owning 5%.

Eurostar has transported more than 190 million passengers between Britain and mainland Europe since its launched in 1994 and  currently employs 1,200 people in the United Kingdom.

The British government sold its stake in Eurostar for £757.1 milion in 2015.

Disneyland Paris President Natacha Rafalski sends a message to Cast Members.

Natacha Rafalski

Following today’s announcement of the temporary closure of Disneyland Paris, Natacha Rafalski, Présidente of Euro Disney S.C.A released the following Cast Culture Communication to the resorts Cast Members.

“Hello everyone,

I really would have liked to be able to address you this morning directly by video, but I wanted to share this information with you as soon as possible.

Yesterday evening, you surely watched the speech of President Emmanuel Macron who shared the government’s plan for a re-containment. These announcements will directly impact many businesses, including ours.

Following the latest measures taken by the French authorities, Disneyland Paris will be closed from the evening of October 29. In anticipation of the Christmas holidays, reservations remain open for stays from December 19, 2020 to January 3, 2021. We hope to be open during this period, if conditions are met and government decisions allow. Disneyland Paris will be closed from January 4 to February 12, 2021 inclusive.

I know how much this announcement affects each and every one of us. And I also know how much this will affect our visitors all the more when I think of the positive feedback they have given us during their recent visit to us. Since our reopening in July, we have been able to reinvent the experience of our visitors and bring the magic to life in our Parks, our Hotels and at Disney Village.

And our Disney Halloween Festival is a great illustration of all this creativity, with these selfie spots that our visitors loved. You have all worked so hard to provide an exceptional environment for our visitors, and I want to tell you how grateful the entire management team and I are for all that you have accomplished, namely providing an incredible visitor experience while enforcing the sanitary measures in place every day.

While our destination will once again close temporarily, I wanted to remind you that we have already committed to extending the use of short-time working until the end of December, and we will meet the members of the CSE and the social partners for the extend until early next year.

I imagine you have some questions. Be aware that your leader will contact you shortly to give you more details on the situation.

In the meantime, thank you for continuing to show up on your hire or telecommute as you have been doing until now. All Cast Members who experience a change of status will receive a communication on their electronic HR safe. Just be aware that these notifications may take several days and run until the end of next week as teams are currently working on managing our temporary shutdown and its implications.

Once again, we are focused on the future of our business and, working alongside social partners to define the best possible options for all of our Cast Members, our visitors and our destination. The exceptional resilience of our company is second to none and I have clear confidence in our future.

The last two weeks of the All Saints holidays have shown that our visitors want to visit us, even during such a complicated period. This confirms our reasons for being optimistic and positive about how we will bounce back from this crisis and I know that you all play a vital role in this dynamic.

We have been able to constantly adjust our way of working, to show an incredible agility and capacity to adapt to this situation … as never we could have done in the past.

You can sincerely be proud of what has been achieved so far. I promise once again to share any important information with you as soon as possible.

In the meantime, continue to take care of yourself and your loved ones and continue to support each other.

Natacha Rafalski”

Disneyland Paris to close until 12 Friday 2021.

Disneyland Paris has confirmed today that the resort will temporarily close from 30 October 2020 until 12 February 2021 due to the French Governments COVID-19 lockdown which commences tomorrow.

Disney also announced that an attempt will be made to reopen the Disneyland Paris resort for a very brief Christmas season from 19 December 2020 to 3 January 2021.

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.