May 2015 Trading Pin Releases

There is a nice selection of trading pins   being released at Disneyland Paris in May.

There is no new attraction pin next month but the two Star Wars pins look nice, especially the Stitch ‘May The 4th Be With You’.  I can see this one becoming quite collectable in the future.  The new character Square pins are quite cute too.

Finally next months Pin Trading Event on the 30 May at Hotel New York is sold out.

The Taxi Quads return to Hotel New York


The electrical Taxi Quads have made a return to the rink at Hotel New York until 30 September 2015 inclusive.

The Taxi Quads are open to children from 3 to 12 years and the price is 5 € / a circuit.  They will operate from 4:00 PM  to 10:00 PM  on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, and then daily during the school holidays.

This activity is subject to weather conditions and may be suspended without notice.

Refurbishment Roundup

Image by DisneylandBerry

Here is a Disneyland Paris refurbishment update collated by Cafe Fantasia using information tweeted from  lnsideDLParis and DisneylandBerry.

All dates are subject to change without notice.

Past Dates:

11 January 2015 – Videopolis closed

11 January 2015 – Space Mountain Mission 2 closed

11 January 2015 – Les Mysteres du Nautilus closed

9 March 2015 – Phantom Manor closed

1 April 2015 – Scaffolding started coming down on the Silver Spur Steakhouse

3 April 2015 – Phantom Manor reopened (after a one month refurbishment)

4 April 2015 – CinéMagique re-opened with a digital projection system installed

7 April 2015 – Preparation started on The Lucky Nugget Saloon refurbishment

11 April 2015 – Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing reopened (Molly Brown operating)

13 April 2015 – Captain Eo closed it’s doors for the final time.

25  April 2015 – Dumbo the Flying Elephant reopened (after a two month refurbishment)

Upcoming Dates:

27 April 2015 – Le Carrousel de Lancelot closes

11 May 2015 – Flying Carpets Over Agrabah closes

29 June 2015 – Discoveryland Theatre opens (Captain EO’s replacement)

Late June 2015 – Scaffolding comes down on Newport Bay Club

3 July 2015 – Adventureland Bazaar reopens (after a three month refurbishment)

11 July 2015 – Flying Carpets Over Agrabah reopens (after a two month refurbishment)

11 July 2015 – Videopolis reopens with Jedi Training Academy (after a six month refurbishment)

24 July 2015 – Space Mountain reopens (after a seven month refurbishment)

25 July 2015 – Le Carrousel de Lancelot reopens (after a three month refurbishment)

27 July 2015 – It’s a Small World closes

September 2015 until April 2016 – Disneyland Railroad closed for refurbishment

September 2015 until April 2016 – Adventure Isle closes for refurbishment

September 2015 until April 2016 – La Cabane des Robinson closed for refurbishment

November 2015 to April 2016 – Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing closed for refurbishment

2 November 2015 to November 2016 – Big Thunder Mountain closes for refurbishment

19 December 2015 – It’s a Small World reopens (after a five month refurbishment)

February 2016 – Star Tours closes

29 April 2016 – Adventure Isle reopens (after a six month refurbishment)

Summer 2016 – New show to open in Studio 3, Walt Disney Studios (replacement for Animagique)

24 February 2017 – Star Tours: The Adventures Continue opens (after a twelve month refurbishment)

Source: Cafe Fantasia,  lnsideDLParis and DisneylandBerry.

Annual Pass PhotoPass+ to launch 4 May 2015

Disneyland Paris have released further details on the new PhotoPass+ service for annual pass holders.  The new service will launch on the 4 May 2015, and the pass will be valid for one year from the date of activation.

The new year long PhotoPass+ for Dream annual pass holders will cost 39.99€ and 44.99€ for Fantasy and Francilian pass holders.

The passes will be available from the below boutiques and annual pass holders will need to inform the Cast Member at the cash register that they wish to receive the one year PhotoPass+ and show their annual pass when purchasing.

  • New Century Notions – Flora’s Boutique, Main Street U.S.A., Parc Disneyland
  • Ribbons & Bows Hat Shop, Main Street U.S.A., Parc Disneyland
  • Constellations, Discoveryland, Parc Disneyland
  • Walt Disney Studio Store, Front Lot, Walt Disney Studios
  • World of Disney, Disney Village

The good news for annual pass holders is that they will receive an introductory  discount of 10€ off when they purchase the annual PhotoPass+  between 4 May to 3 July.

Annual PhotoPass+ to launch at Disneyland Paris

Cafe Mickey are reporting that from the 4 May 2015, Disneyland Paris will launch an annual Disney PhotoPass+ for Annual Passholders which will allow multiple use for a whole year.

Presently once activated PhotoPass+ lasts for 10 days and costs 49.99€.

The good news for annual pass holders is that they will receive an introductory  discount on the new annual photo pass of 10 between 4 May to 3 July.

The annual PhotoPass+ for Dream annual pass holders will cost 39.99€ and 44.99€ for Fantasy and Francilian annual pass holders.

Euro Disney shareholding as of 20 April 2015


It’s always interesting to know the share  ownership statistics of Disneyland Paris,  so here is the latest breakdown for Euro Disney S.C.A. as of the 20 April 2015.

The major thing that jumps out at you is that The Walt Disney Company now own over 77% of Disneyland Paris.

Company                                Shares        %

The Walt Disney Company              606,275,358   77.40
Kingdom Holding Company               38,976,490    4.98
Invesco Asset Management Ltd.         21,105,711    2.69
Ledbury Capital Partners LLP           8,109,570    1.04
Invesco Advisers, Inc.                 4,787,207    0.61
GAM London Ltd.                        2,813,640    0.36
State Street Global Advisors Ltd.        193,515    0.18
Euro Disney SCA                          584,466    0.075
Norges Bank Investment Management        516,124    0.066
GO ETF Solutions LLP                     169,206    0.022

Many thanks to Edith from APPAED (Association des Petits Porteurs d’Actions EuroDisney) for this very interesting data.


Latest shareholding composition of Euro Disney S.C.A.


On the 10 April 2015 the shareholding composition of Euro Disney S.C.A. according to zonebourse stood at:

The Walt Disney Company             591,974,718     75.60% 
Kingdom Holding Company              38,976,490      4.98% 
Invesco Asset Management Ltd.        21,105,711      2.69% 
Ledbury Capital Partners LLP          8,109,570      1.04% 
Invesco Advisers, Inc.                4,787,207      0.61% 
GAM London Ltd.                       2,813,640      0.36% 
Euro Disney SCA                         584,466      0.075% 
Norges Bank Investment Management       516,124      0.066% 
Dimensional Fund Advisors LP            167,735      0.021% 
BBVA Asset Management SA SGIIC           32,621      0.0042%

It is interesting to note that neither Morgan Stanley or CIMA are mentioned in this report.

Star Wars The Force Awakens London telecast


Yesterday afternoon we attend The Empire IMAX Cinema in Leicester Square, London for the live telecast of Star Wars The Force Awakens panel hosted by JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy from the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, California.

The London telecast was one of 35 special fan events which took place across 23 countries and hundreds of excited Star Wars fans traveled from all over the United Kingdom to attend the event,  which was hosted by Star Wars actor Warwick Davis who played Wicket the Ewok in The Return of the Jedi.

As well as the live screening of the The Force Awakens panel from Anaheim, fans were treated to a premier of the latest trailer for the movie which will hit cinema screen across the world on 18 December.

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