June 2015 Disneyland Paris Pin Releases.

 

Frozen fever arrives this month at Disneyland Paris with the launch of the resorts much anticipated Frozen Summer Fun season on 1 June 2015.

To compliment this several Frozen themed trading pins are being released in celelibration.

Also to be released is a 20th aniversary Space Mountain pin, an Avengers pin and a pin for the new Disney●Pixar movie Inside Out.

This months Pin Trading Night will be held on 26 June 2015 at Disney’s Sequia Lodge Hotel in the Beaver Creak Tavern from 6pm. 

TWDC increases it’s ownership of Disneyland Paris to 78.90%

The Walt Disney Company now own 78.90% of Disneyland Paris, with their shareholding of  Euro Disney S.C.A. now standing at 618,540,791 shares.

Below is a breakdown of shareholders compiled by  APPAED (Association des Petits Porteurs d’Actions EuroDisney).

DIRECT HOLDERS
The WALT DISNEY Company    
(EDL Holding Company LLC)      618 540 791      78,90%
Kingdom Holding Co              38 976 490       4,98%
Ledbury Capital Partners LP      8 109 570       1,04%
Euro Disney SCA                    584 466       0,075%  
                          
MUTUAL FUNDS
Invesco Funds Series 4 Continental European 
Small Cap Equity                  5 049 135       0,65%
GAM Funds - Global Diversified    1 652 260       0,21%
GAM Funds - UK Diversified        1 161 380       0,15%
Invesco Perpetual Sm. Cos. & Mkts
Invt. Ser-Gbl. Smaller Cos.         805 519       0,10%
Government Pension Fund - Global    516 124       0,07%
Invesco Funds Series 4 - 
Global Small Cap Equity             371 775       0,05%
DFA Continental 
Small Company Series                 68 806       0,008%
John Hancock II - 
International Small Company Fund     34 160       0,004%
Tredje AP Fonden                     25 814       0,003%
Metropolitan Series - Met/Dimensional
Intl. Small Company Por.             21 522       0,002%

INSTITUTIONS
Invesco Asset Management Ltd.    21 105 711       2,69%
Financière de l'Échiquier SA      8 200 000       1,05%
Invesco Advisers, Inc.            5 049 135       0,65%
GAM London Ltd.                   2 813 640       0,36%
Norges Bank Investment Management   516 124       0,07%
Dimensional Fund Advisors LP        162 870       0,02%
George V Asset Management SA         16 311       0,001%
La Mondiale (Investment Portfolio)   14 196       0,001%
Dimensional Fund Advisors Ltd.        9 835       0,0005%

Disneyland Paris and the magical world of pricing discrimination.

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Disneyland Paris sets its prices according to the nationality of it’s customers, according to a lengthy  investigation carried out by a Belgian member of the European Parliament.

Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella who is in charge of consumer protection, in the EU has discovered that the pricing policy of Disneyland Paris on its websites vary depending on the country of origin of the customers.

After a year long investigation he has discovered that Italian visitors to the resort  are the most disadvantaged.

According to a statement released by the PS MEP, a French or Belgian family will pay an average of €865 for a two-night stay, against €1,204 if Romania (+ 29%), €1,272 if German (+ 32%), and even €1,339 euros if Italian (+ 36%) for the same room.

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“Despite the current European rules, European consumers are still too often victims of discrimination. It is sometimes obvious, sometimes less as when the question of the nationality or country of residence hides behind the requirements for the country issuing of credit cards, place of delivery or IP address, ” said Marc Tarabella.

To justify these disparities, the Disneyland Paris says it uses a holiday calendar to calculate it’s prices. Quoted by France Info , Cathy Pianon, Communications Director, explains: “I admit that unit prices are based on school holidays or special days like St. Patrick’s Day  are used to regulate supply and demand, it is the same when you go on vacation, it’s cheaper in June than in July and August. “

An argument refuted by the MEP which pointed out that the comparative periods made during Christmas or the summer, when all Europeans are on holiday, reveal the same gap.

Disneyland Paris has denied that  such a discrimination tariff exists.

Source: l echo touristique

Join us live next weekend from Disneyland Paris

Join us next weekend as the Salon Mickey team comprising of Sharon, Duffy, ShellieMay and myself report live from the Frozen Summer Fun press preview at Parc Disneyland.  

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We will be posting photos and sharing our experiences of the new Frozen themed summer season at Disneyland Paris on the blog, and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

So tune in on Saturday 30 May, Sunday 31 May and Monday 1 June for a fun filled Frozen extravaganza live from Disneyland Paris.

Annual Pass PhotoPass+ to launch 26 May 2015

  
The much delayed PhotoPass+ service for annual pass holders will launch on the 26 May 2015.

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+ until to 3 July.

Dublin plays host to Disneyland Paris Open Auditions.

  
Disneyland® Paris’ Talent Casting department is organising a Characters and Parades audition in Dublin on  Friday 5th June  2015 at 10am at  Dance Ireland, Dance House, Foley Street, Dublin.

“We are looking for enthusiastic and highly energetic people to perform as our famous characters and to participate in our wonderful parade and cavalcades!”

Dancing & non dancing roles available ~ All heights are welcome.
Male look-alikes / dancing roles*
Aladdin, Dr Facilier, Flynn Rider, Peter Pan, Prince Charming, Prince Eric, Prince Naveen, Snow White’s, Belle’s and Sleeping Beauty’s Princes.
Female look-alikes / dancing roles*
Anna, Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Elsa, Jasmine, Merida, Mulan, Princess Tiana, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White.
30 Female and 15 Male specific roles available for the following dates:
OPEN ENDED (Full-time) contracts for certain profiles starting between June & September 2015.
TEMPORARY (Seasonal) contracts starting between June and July, ending between the beginning of September 2015 and January 2016, for particular roles.

MyMagic+ to be introduced to Disney Parks worldwide.

  

ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) – The mobile technology that helps Walt Disney theme park guests beat lines and pay for Mickey Mouse ears at the company’s flagship resort in Florida will expand in some form to other Disney resorts, Chief Operating Officer Tom Staggs said.

The $1 billion MyMagic+ program features wristbands and a mobile app that let Walt Disney World visitors unlock hotel room doors, pay for food and merchandise, and book dinner reservations or ride times.

  

The technology aims to help people plan trips in advance, move more quickly through the park and personalize visits. More than 11 million wristbands, called MagicBands, have been used.

“The folks who are saying the MyMagic+ experience is excellent is the vast, vast majority of folks who are using it, and that, we know, is good for our business,” Staggs said on Thursday.

Staggs spoke in an interview on the patio of an apartment once occupied by Walt Disney at the Disneyland Resort, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

The executive ran the Disney parks and resorts division from 2010 until his promotion in February to chief operating officer, which put him in the lead to succeed Chief Executive Bob Iger in 2018.

The parks unit’s earnings have climbed over the past few years as Disney invested billions to add Cars Land at the Anaheim resort, expanded Fantasyland at Walt Disney World, built a new cruise ship and made other improvements.

For the six months that ended March 28, operating income rose 22 percent to $1.4 billion. It is Disney’s second-largest division.

Adding new technology is one way Disney aims to keep the business growing.

  

“We will bring variations on MyMagic+ to our parks and other businesses around the world,” Staggs said.

He said it was “possible” the use of the MagicBands will be enabled at parks outside of Walt Disney World. The company also is exploring if other wearable technology could offer some of the same functions as consumers adopt new products such as the Apple Watch.

“We are really open to doing that,” Staggs said, though he said there were no plans specifically for the Apple Watch.

As part of its 60th anniversary, Disneyland is unveiling new night-time entertainment including a fireworks show that adds projections inside the park. Classic characters such as Mickey will appear along with new ones such as Anna and Elsa from blockbuster movie “Frozen,” part of Disney’s strategy of bringing its hit franchises into the parks.

Disneyland Paris refurbishments until September 2016

The Disneyland Paris  has published a schedule of the resorts refurbishments from July 2015 to September 2016.

Visit the Disneyland Paris website Experience Enhancement Plan page for further information.

 

Please remember that the above list are only those rides closed as part of the Experience Enhancement Plan. 

Other ride closures may also be taking place at the same time as part of the resorts standard maintain programme. 

 You can find out which rides are closed during your visit on the Disneyland Paris website.

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend Promo Video

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The marketing of next years Disneyland Paris half marathon which is being organised by Christophe Josserand, Special Events Manager (Sport Business) of Disneyland Paris Business Solutions and runDisney moved up a gear today with the launch of a promotional video for the event and a  Facebook Events page.

You can sign up for more information about the event here which will be held between 23 – 25  September 2016.

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