Disneyland Paris welcomed Fleur Pellerin, Secretary of Commerce, of Tourism Promotion and of the French abroad, to celebrate the opening to the public of Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Remy on 10 July 2014. The inauguration was an opportunity to pay tribute to the appeal that France has, as the world’s leading tourist destination, with Disneyland Paris, Europe’s number one tourist destination.
During the inauguration, Fleur Pellerin welcomed “this new investment in our territory that included 44 French companies, of which 34 from the Ile-de-France region and 11 from Seine-et-Marne, and to create 200 new permanent jobs, not to mention the nearly 4,000 French artisans who worked on the project. The attraction which, like the movie, places Paris, its cuisine and its know-how on the frontline, is an asset for our tourism appeal.”
The unique relationship between Disney and France stretches back well before the very first agreement signed with the State in 1987 which initiated the building of the theme park located 20 miles to the east of Paris.
Walt Disney’s ancestors originally came from the village of Isigny-sur-Mer in Normandy. Even the name Disney is derived from “d’Isigny” (French for “from Isigny”). In the 1950s, the tales of Charles Perrault inspired the animated films Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Since then, a host of French artists and designers have worked with Disneyland Paris to produce unique creations, from chefs Christophe Michalak, Thierry Marx and Paul Bocuse, to fashion designer Chantal Thomass.