Disneyland Paris the 4th most visited theme park in the world

The TEA (Themed Entertainment Association) has released their rankings and attendance figures for 2009.   The report covers all theme parks world wide.  Again Disneyland Paris is listed as the fourth most visited theme park in the world with 12,740,000 visitors up 0.4% from 2008 when it had 12,688,000 visitors.

Walt Dinsey Studios is listed as 8th in Europe for 2009 with 2,655,000 visitors up 1.6% from 2008 when  2,612,000 visitors visited the park.

Here is the list of the top 10 theme parks world wide.
1) MAGIC KINGDOM at Walt Disney World – 17,233,000
2) DISNEYLAND – 15,900,000
3) TOKYO DISNEYLAND – 13,646,000
4) DISNEYLAND PARK at Disneyland Paris – 12,740,000
5) TOKYO DISNEY SEA – 12,004,000
6) EPCOT at Walt Disney World – 10,990,000
7) DISNEY’S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS at Walt Disney World – 9,700,000
8) DISNEY’S ANIMAL KINGDOM at Walt Disney World – 9,590,000
10) EVERLAND (South Korea) – 6,169,000

Here are the top 20 visitor numbers for theme parks in Europe.

1) DISNEYLAND PARK, France – 12,740,000
2) EUROPA PARK , Germany – 4,250,000
3) DE EFTELING , Netherlands – 4,000,000
4) TIVOLI GARDENS, Denmark – 3,870,000
5) LISEBERG, Sweden – 3,150,000
6) PORT AVENTURA,, Spain – 3,000,000
7) GARDALAND, Italy – 2,900,000
8) WALT DISNEY STUDIOS PARK, France – 2,655,000
9) ALTON TOWERS, UK – 2,650,000
10) PHANTASIALAND, Germany -1,950,000
11) LEGOLAND WINDSOR, UK – 1,900,000
12) THORPE PARK, UK – 1,870,000
13) PARC ASTERIX, France – 1,820,000
14) FUTUROSCOPE, France – 1,700,000
15) LEGOLAND BILLUND, Denmark – 1,650,000
16) MIRABILANDIA, Italy – 1,624,000
17) PARQUE DE ATRACCIONES, Spain – 1,500,000
18) HEIDE PARK, Germany – ,400,000
19) DUINRELL / ATTRAKTIEPARK, Netherlands – 1,349,000

To see the complete report visit http://www.themeit.com/

Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years Of Magic

Join the celebration as 65 of Disney’s unforgettable characters, from 18 beloved stories come to life this year as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!
This years ice show features Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and all the Disney Princesses.
Guests will be thrilled by exciting moments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you’ll remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!   Tickets for the shows are availble from Ticketmaster.

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! Tour:

Braehead Arena, Glasgow
10th – 19th September 2010

Trent FM Arena Nottingham
1st – 3rd October 2010

Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
5th – 10th October 2010

M.E.N. Arena, Manchester
13th – 17th October 2010

The O2 Arena, London
20th – 31st October 2010

The NIA, Birmingham
3rd – 14th November 2010

Sheffield Arena
16th – 21st November 2010

Captain EO set course for July 2010 return?

Rumours of a return of Michael Jackson’s Captain EO to Disneyland Paris have surfaced on the Disneyland Central Plaza forum from a Cast Member that works on the Buzz Lightyear and Orbitron rides. 
The rumours are that Honey I shrunk the Audience is closing at the end of April and Captain EO is making a return to the theatre from July 2010 for a one year run.  Former Disney Imagineer Tim Delaney mentioned the possible return of Captian EO in an interview he did for the Season Pass Podcast a few weeks ago.
The attraction now entitled Captain EO Tribute re-opened at Disneyland park in Anaheim, California on 23 February 2010 and it’s return has been a huge success. 
After the death of Michael Jackson on 25 June 2009, Captain EO regained popularity on the Internet. For several years, fans had petitioned Disney to bring back the attraction and Jackson’s death had brought this campaign to a peak.
Soon afterward, Disney officials were seen in Disneyland Anaheim at the Magic Eye Theater and reportedly held a private screening of Captain EO to determine if it could be shown again.
On 18 December 2009 it was announced that Captain EO would return to Tomorrowland at Disneyland in Anaheim beginning in February 2010. Social and Print Media Manager Heather Hust Rivera from Disneyland Resorts confirmed this on the DisneyParks Blog and stated that Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! would be closing.
Honey, I Shrunk the Audience hosted its final public showing in the Anaheim Magic Eye Theater (Now named the Tomorrowland Theater) at midnight on 4 January 2010 to make way for the Michael Jackson film’s return. It is reported that Captain EO will return to Tokyo Disneyland in the near future.

Suicides shock at Disneyland Paris

The Independent newspaper is reporting the sad news of the suicide of two Disneyland Paris Park employees.

Suicides shock at Disneyland Paris
By Cheryl Roussel in Paris. 

Disneyland Paris is investigating after two park employees committed suicide in the past six weeks, under working conditions which a trade union described as “humiliating”.
A chef hanged himself at his home near Paris last Friday, on the same day he was due to return to work after a period of sick leave. According to the Disneyland branch of the trade union federation, Force Ouvrière, the worker, in his 40s, had told colleagues he wanted to leave his job because he was struggling with demands to “increase figures with fewer resources”.
Disneyland Paris directors have denied the suicide was work-related and said that it should not be made “a symbol of something it isn’t.” It added that the chef had been “highly appreciated by his managers” and well-integrated with fellow employees.
The company has organised a meeting with the chef’s fellow employees to discuss the suicide and its possible causes.
Trade union representative, Mary Lyn Lesueur, acknowledged the man’s personal problems contributed to his death but insisted that, “it’s certain that there is a real management problem at Disney”.
The worker was not the first Disneyland chef to commit suicide in recent weeks. On 21 February a 30-year-old chef de partie (line cook) from the park threw himself in front of a train after working in conditions which a trade union spokesman called “humiliating”.
Only the day before, a 22-year-old employee had threatened to commit suicide within the park itself. Disneyland directors immediately voted to open an investigation to “identify possible factors of stress or harassment” which could have led to the first suicide.
Stress-related suicides became a much-discussed issue in France last year after it was revealed that France Télécom had been hit by a spate of suicides. Trade union leaders blamed job cuts and a brutal management culture at the company, where at least 44 members of staff have taken their own lives since 2008.
The French government approved Eurodisney’s approach to work-related stress just days before the first suicide.

Exclusive Pin Signing Event comes to Milton Keynes.

There will be an exclusive Pin Signing Event at the Disney Store, Milton Keynes on Saturday 17 April 2010. 
This will be the first ever UK Pin Signing taking place on the launch day of the first Pin in the new Sword Series.  The event will give Pin Traders the opportunity to meet Disney artist Kim Raymond and be the first to see the new Sword Series of Pins! The Sword Series is a Limited Edition of 1250 made up of 6 Pins showing some of the greatest Disney Heroes and Heroines.

On the day there will be a special Limited Edition Shield containing the complete Sword Series and an additional Completer Pin. Plus, Kim Raymond will be instore on the day to sign your Shield in person. There will only be 200 of this Shield and Completer Pin produced and they will be sold on a first come first served basis. Guests can begin to arrive at the store from 9am and will be given a wristband to hold their place in the queue.

The Shield with Pins will cost £45 and there will also be an opportunity to trade Pins with your fellow collectors and some other surprises on the day!