Mousemeets 2010

As Christmas comes to a close our freinds over at the DisneyBrit podcast have been busy organising a fun filled Disney fan convention that will be held in May next year.

Mousemeets 2010 will be held in Manchester at the Crowne Plaza Hotel over the May Bank Holiday weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd May 2010.

Events announced so far for the weekend include:

  • Guest Speakers
  • A Trivia Quiz
  • A Disney Marketplace
  • A Pin Trading event
  • A Charity Silent Auction
  • The chance to dress up as your favourite Disney characters
  • A private screening of a Disney movie at the Printworks Odeon

Tickets for the weekend are priced at £9.75 each and are available from

At the time of writing  nearly 40% of the tickets for the event have already been sold already.

Strike actions forces cancelation of Once Upon a Dream Parade

Yesterday, December 23rd, 2009, the three unions representing cast members of Disneyland Paris, cfdt, CFTC and UNSA, called their members for a strike. However, contradicting earlier internal statements that their actions wouldn’t impact the experience and seasonal magic of guests in the two packed parks the unions took the action on-stage.
Which resulted in the canceled performances of Disney’s Stars’n’Cars in the Walt Disney Studios Park and the Once Upon a Dream Parade in the Disneyland Park.  
Just minutes after 5 pm, the time scheduled for the start of the parade, the park officially announced that today’s Once Upon a Dream Parade had to be cancelled!
The striking cast members walked down Main Street, U.S.A. from Town Square, voicing their demands in a strike march to large crowds of guests along the parade route.
Immediately following the announcement the guests lining the parade route in the cold weather – many of them waiting already for an hour to get a good viewing spot – started to boo and hiss. Apparently guests were extremly upset and an agressive atmosphere aimed directly at the striking cast members is took hold. The negative reaction is clearly not limited to single guests but has taken hold of the vast majority (if not nearly all) guests as the unions destroy their christmas vist to Disneyland Paris..

Source: DLP.Info

UK Carnival Queens head for Disneyland Paris

Carnival Queens from all over the UK will be heading to Disneyland Paris in January to take part in the UK Carnival Queen 2010 event.   Carnival Queens, Juniors and Senior Princesses their friends and familys will be visiting the resort between 24th – 28th January 2010 for an opportunity to be part of this prestigious Crowning Event 
Entrants spend two days in both the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios during which time they will be judged on how they interact with the public and with the other participants.

Eurostar services suspended

More than 2,000 people were trapped in the Channel Tunnel on Friday night after five Eurostar trains broke down due to temperature variations. 

Some passangers returning from Disneyland Paris were stuck on trains for up to 16 hours. Many passangers complained about the lack of information and supplies such food and toilet paper, while the heat and close conditions led to some to force open doors to get more air to breathe.

Following the disruption to its services over the last 36 hours, Eurostar did not want to cause its passengers any further disruption and will be conducting a programme of ‘test-trains’ which will not carry passengers today to better understand the problems that have been occurring.

Eurostar said “We are committed to restoring our services as soon as possible but our key priority is the safety and comfort of our customers”. Eurostar are advising travellers to change their tickets for travel on a later date or have their tickets refunded.

The company has confirmed that they will be offering travellers who suffered major delays on their train services on Friday or Saturday £150 compensation per passenger in addition to a refund on their tickets and a free return ticket.

Free Screening of The Princess and the Frog

10,000 tickets have been released for a free screening of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

A selection of Odeon cinema’s around the country will open their doors on Sunday 3rd Jaunary and screen the new movie four weeks before its release in the UK.

To get tickets you must buy a copy of today’s Mail on Sunday and visit and enter the code 558324.

Disneyland Resort Paris launches private dinner experiences

Disneyland Resort Paris’s corporate events arm Business Solutions has launched 16 private theme-park dinner experiences for groups.
The events are available for groups of up to 360 delegates and offer live musical entertainment and venues based on themes such as ‘old Mexico’ or the ‘mythical kingdom of Agrabah’.
Business Solutions director Eloi Courcoux said: “These new dinner options address the planner’s need for events that are both affordable and creative. And while they offer spectacular value, they also make attendees feel like true VIPs.”

Source: C&IT Magazine

Roy E. Disney Passes Away at the Age of 79

Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney whose powerful behind-the-scenes influence on The Walt Disney Co. led to the departure of former chief Michael Eisner, has died. He was 79. The company announced that Disney died Wednesday in Newport Beach, Calif., after a yearlong bout with stomach cancer.
Company president and chief executive Bob Iger said Disney was “much more than a valued 56-year company veteran.”
“Roy’s true passion and focus were preserving and building upon the amazing legacy of Disney animation that was started by his father and uncle,” Iger said in a statement. “Roy’s commitment to the art of animation was unparalleled and will always remain his personal legacy and one of his greatest contributions to Disney’s past, present and future.”
Although he generally stayed out of the spotlight, Roy Disney didn’t hesitate to lead a successful campaign in 1984 to oust Walt Disney’s son-in-law after concluding he was leading the company in the wrong direction.
Nearly 20 years later, he launched another successful shareholders revolt, this time against Eisner, the man he’d helped bring in after the previous ouster.
Eisner and his wife issued a statement expressing their sympathies immediately after the company confirmed Disney’s death.
Born in 1930, Roy Disney had practically grown up with the company. His uncle Walt Disney and his father, Roy O. Disney, had co-founded the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio seven years before, later renaming it The Walt Disney Co.

Two years before Roy E. Disney was born, the company gave birth to its iconic cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. While Walt was the company’s creative genius, his brother was the one in charge of the company’s finances.
Starting in the 1950s, the younger Roy Disney worked for years in the family business as an editor, screenwriter and producer. Two short films he worked on were nominated for Academy Awards: the 1959 “Mysteries of the Deep,” which he wrote, was nominated as best live action short, and the 2003 film “Destino,” which he co-produced, was nominated as best animated short.
Despite his heritage, Roy Disney never got the chance to lead the company as his father and uncle had. But as an investor who grew his Disney stock into a billion-dollar fortune, he ultimately had a huge impact on the company’s destiny.
In 1984, dissatisfied with the leadership Walt’s son-in-law Ron Miller was providing, Disney resigned from the company’s board of directors and sought investors to back a bid to install new management. (Miller was the husband of Diane Disney Miller, Roy’s cousin.)
His efforts resulted in the hiring of Eisner and Frank Wells, who led the company as a team until Wells died in 1994.
During that time, Disney rejoined the board and rose to become the company’s vice chairman and chairman of its animation division, where he helped oversee the making of such hit films as 1994’s “The Lion King.”
He also became a savvy investor over the years, forming Shamrock Holdings with his friend and fellow Disney board member Stanley Gold in 1978. The fund grew to become a major investor in California real estate, the state of Israel and other entertainment and media companies.
In his spare time he bought a castle in Ireland and indulged his passion for yacht racing, setting several speed records. For years he was a fixture at the Transpacific Yacht Race between California and Hawaii.
After years of dissatisfaction with Eisner’s leadership and the company’s lagging stock price, Disney and Gold resigned their board seats in 2003 and launched a shareholder revolt.
In his resignation letter, Disney called for Eisner’s ouster, complaining that on his watch the company’s standards had declined, particularly at theme parks like California’s Disneyland and Florida’s Walt Disney World.
Initially rebuffed, Disney rallied small investors and enthusiasts who responded to his folksy complaints about peeling paint at the theme parks and his anger at being told he would have to leave the board because he was too old.
“One of the reasons for my leaving, other than the fact that they fired me, was that I saw that quality slipping away from us,” Disney told a 2004 meeting of memorabilia collectors.
Slowly, Disney built support for his cause, and at the company’s annual shareholders meeting in 2004 he received a standing ovation.
Shareholders eventually delivered an unprecedented rebuke to Eisner, withholding 45 percent of votes cast for his re-election to the board.
The chief executive was later stripped of his role as board chairman and announced his retirement in 2005, a year before his contract was up.
Disney initially opposed Iger, Eisner’s successor, but they reconciled and in 2005 Iger named Disney a board member emeritus and welcomed him back to company events.
Born in Los Angeles on Jan. 10, 1930, Roy Edward Disney was Roy and Edna Disney’s only child. As an adult, he often wore a mustache, which gave him a striking resemblance to his legendary uncle.
After graduating from Pomona College in 1951, he briefly worked at NBC as an assistant editor on the “Dragnet” TV series.
Disney was also an active philanthropist, supporting the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, a school founded by his father and uncle.
In 1999, he matched a gift from The Walt Disney Co. to establish an experimental theater space as part of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The theater was named the Roy and Edna Disney-CalArts Theater or Redcat.
Mark Murphy, executive director of the Redcat Theater, said Disney always had a “kind smile and a twinkle in his eye regardless of the topic on the agenda.”
In 2005, Disney pledged $10 million to establish the Roy and Patricia Disney Cancer Center at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

Source: Associated Press.

Earl of Sandwich for Disney Village

An Earl of Sandwich resturant as been been approved by Chessy town council for construction at the  Disney Village at Disnelyland Paris.   The two-storey Art Deco style sandwich shop modelled on a vaguely British theme is planing to open at the end  2010.   The resturant will be localted in a new building over looking Lake Disney on the corner between the Rainforest Cafe and the marina, opposite Café Mickey.
Earl of Sandwich which launched at Downtown Disney in Walt Disney World in 2004 is a US franchise chain of restaurants founded by the 11th Earl of Sandwich  John Montagu, who’s  ancestor the 4th Earl of Sandwich popularised the sandwich in Great Britain in the 1800s. 

Photos by Mouetto – Disney Central Plaza

Cambridge shortlisted to be twinned with Walt Disney World

Cambridge could become a ‘Mickey Mouse’ city after it was shortlisted to be twinned with Disney World.  The city could be world’s first place to be twinned with Walt Disney World in Florida.
It was nominated by Alice Marshall, 19, who is studying teaching and early childhood studies at Anglia Ruskin University.
The city is on a shortlist of 25 and the winner will be announced on Monday 7th  December.
Alice was one of 500 people from across the UK who nominated their home towns. If successful, Cambridge will be announced as having official “Walt Disney World Twinned Town” status and a party will be held in Florida in January to celebrate.
And Alice will jet off to Walt Disney World for the official twinning ceremony presided over by the mayor of Main Street, USA in the fairytale Magic Kingdom.
Alice told the Cambridge Evening News: “It was just one of those silly things you do when you’re bored. I have lived in Cambridge for 10 years and I think it’s the best. It’s just a bit of fun.”
A Disney spokeswoman said: “Alice’s striking, photographic entry was selected for the evident pride she has for her town and for the UK”.  “Competition for the coveted title was fierce and the shortlist will now go before a team of judges, including TV star Angellica Bell, to select the winning place.”
Cambridge is up against 24 other cities and towns including Bury St Edmunds, Aberdeen, Blackpool, Brighton, Bristol, Chester, Edinburgh, Kettering, Lincoln, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Norwich and Swindon.

Source: Cambridge Evening News