June 2016 Disneyland Paris Trading Pins

This months Trading Pin poster has been released by Disneyland Paris.

The Tsum Tsum pin releases continue next month with four more cutie Tsum Tsum pins available.

For the Star Wars fans a Leia loves Han Solo pin is released and I think the one that everyone will be after next month will be the limited edition Finding Dory pin, which is released at the Pueblo Trading Post on 18 June.

Junes Pin Trading event is being held on 25 June and is themed to the new Walt Disney Studios show Mickey & the Magician.   It’s being held in Times Square in the Hotel New York Convention Centre between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM

The Disney Magic arrives in Liverpool


The Disney Magic carrying 2,700 passengers and 950 Cast Members and Crew docked at the Liverpool Cruise Terminal in the early hours of this morning.

The Disney Cruise Line ships visit to Liverpool is part of it’s  14 night East Bound Transatlantic cruise which departed from Boston on 15 May 2016.

The Disney Magic is scheduled to depart Liverpool at 6.15 PM today and is set to return to the city on 12 June 2016 as part of its 12 night British Isles Cruise around Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland and France where it will depart Dover on 5 June 2016 and will visit Newcastle, Invergordon, Kirkwall, Greenock, Liverpool, Dublin, Le Harve and Guernsey.

Disneyland Paris to hear verdict on discrimination case


Euro Disney S.C.A. is due to hear this week whether offering jobs as performers at Disneyland Paris only to “European” candidates amounted to discrimination.

The trial, triggered by a complaint from anti-racism groups, has taken nine years to reach its conclusion at a courtroom in Meaux, near the park to the east of Paris.

A guilty verdict carries a possible  €225,000 fine (£171,500 / US$251,500).

The theme park placed job adverts in the commuter paper ’20 Minutes’ in 2006, looking for “Cast Members” but stipulating that they had to be “of European nationality.”

French activist group SOS Racisme claimed the adverts were discriminatory and made an official complaint in February 2007.

Euro Disney S.C.A. said the advert was a one-off that had been badly worded. Adverts for the same positions placed at job centres and on its official website did not use the same wording.

Prosecutors called for the case to be dropped in 2013, but a group of former SOS Racisme campaigners appealed the decision.

“We hope Disney will finally be convicted for one of its numerous acts of racial discrimination,” said Samuel Thomas, who made the initial complaint and appeal.

Since the early 2000s, Thomas has launched several complaints against the company which has a turnover of 1.3 billion euros and employs 15,000 people.

His group says it has gathered testimony from employees indicating that “candidates from working-class neighbourhoods around Paris are not welcome at Euro Disney because they are very largely from Africa.”

Euro Disney says it has some 100 nationalities speaking 20 languages among its staff, and won a “Diversity Label” status from the government in 2008 in recognition of its efforts to build a mixed workforce.

Source: AFP

Disneyland Paris 9th most visited theme park in the world.


The Themed Entertainment Association has published their 2015 Global Attractions Attendance Report and Disneyland Paris has been listed as the 9th most visited theme park in the world,  and  number one in  Europe with 10.3 million visitors. The report  is the definitive annual attendance study for the themed entertainment and museum industries.

The Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris came 5th in the list of top 20 theme parks in Europe with 4.4 million visitors.

Euro Disney S.C.A. calculate their attendance figures on a ‘first click’ basis.  So if a Guest enters the Disneyland Park during Extra Magic Hours  then park hops and  visits Walt Disney Studios, their entry is not counted in the total number of visitors to the Walt Disney Studios Park that day as they had already entered the Disneyland Park first.

In the last 10 years between 2005 – 2015 the Disneyland Park has seen a 0.2% change in attendance,  while the Walt Disney Studios Park,  which has seen increased investment by Euro Disney S.C.A. with the opening of the Toy Story Playland with it’s three new attractions  in 2010 and with Ratatouille: The Adventure in 2014 saw a change of 7.8%.

                      % Change
                      2005-2015      2015         2010         2005
Disneyland Park          0.2%        10,360,000   10,500,000   10,200,000
Walt Disney Studios      7.8%         4,440,000    4,500,000    2,100,000

In Europe theme park attendance shows a bit of growth, except in the United Kingdom where both Merlin Entertainments resorts Alton Towers and Thrope Park saw a significant decrease in visitor numbers.    Alton Towers  saw attendance numbers  drop by  -25.2%  in 2015 and this is most likely due to the Smiler rollercoaster accident in June 2015 in which 16 people were injured, four with significant life changing injures.  This incident  forced the closure of the park while accident investigations were carried out.    Merlin’s Thrope Park also suffered -11.9% drop in attendance.

In North American Disney and Universal theme parks performed very well with an impressive 5.9% increase in attendance numbers.  Disney was up 6% in attendance and alone accounted for nearly 40% of the growth by the top six US operators – Disney, Universal, Sea World, Six Flags, Cedar Fair and Merlin.

Globally the theme park market in China is booming with four parks seeing very significant increases in visitor numbers resulting in a 6.9% attendance increase at theme parks in mainland China.  Opening in just a just a few weeks time will be The Shanghai Disney Resort and this park opening is expected to be a watershed event and it is expected to do very well and have a positive effects on the region.  Possibly to the decrement of Hong Kong Disneyland which saw attendance drop by -9.3%.  The future attendance figures of Hong Kong Disneyland remain uncertain in the short term while  the spot light is shining on Disney’s newest theme in Shanghai.

Below are the rankings of the top 25 theme parks worldwide and the top 20 for Europe.

25 Top Theme Parks Worldwide 
                                      Change %     2015          2014
 1 MAGIC KINGDOM, Walt Disney World     6.0%       20,492,000    19,332,000
 2 DISNEYLAND, Anaheim, USA             9.0%       18,278,000    16,769,000
 3 TOKYO DISNEYLAND, Japan             -4.0%       16,600,000    17,300,000
 4 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN, Japan      17.8%       13,900,000    11,800,000
 5 TOKYO DISNEY SEA, Tokyo, Japan      -3.5%       13,600,000    14,100,000
 6 EPCOT, Walt Disney World             3.0%       11,798,000    11,454,000
 7 DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM, WDW         5.0%       10,922,000    10,402,000
 8 DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS, WDW      5.0%       10,828,000    10,312,000 
 9 DISNEYLAND PARIS, France             4.2%       10,360,000     9,940,000
10 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, Orlando          16.0%        9,585,000     8,263,000
11 DISNEY'S CALIFORNIAN ADVENTURE, USA  7.0%        9,383,000     8,769,000
12 ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE, Orlando, USA   8.0%        8,792,000     8,141,000
13 CHIMELONG OCEAN KINGDOM, China      36.0%        7,486,000     5,504,000
14 EVERLAND, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea   0.6%        7,423,000     7,381,000
15 OCEAN PARK, Hong Kong               -5.2%        7,387,000     7,792,000
16 LOTTE WORLD, Seoul, South Korea     -3.9%        7,310,000     7,606,000
17 HANGZHOU SONGCHENG PARK, China      25.5%        7,289,000     5,810,000
18 UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD, USA     4.0%        7,097,000     6,824,000
19 HONG KONG DISNEYLAND, Hong Kong     -9.3%        6,800,000     7,500,000
20 NAGASHIMA SPA LAND, Japan            4.3%        5,870,000     5,630,000
21 EUROPA-PARK, Rust, Germany          10.0%        5,500,000     5,000,000
22 SEAWORLD FLORIDA, Orlando, USA       2.0%        4,777,000     4,683,000
23 TIVOLI GARDENS, Copenhagen, Denmark  5.7%        4,733,000     4,478,000
24 DE EFTELING, The Netherlands         6.4%        4,680,000     4,400,000
25 SONGCHENG LIJIANG ROMANCE, China   170.4%        4,678,000     1,730,000
TOP 25 TOTAL ATTENDANCE 2015                      235,568,000   220,920,000
TOP 25 TOTAL ATTENDANCE 2014            5.4%      223,450,000  

20 Top Theme Parks Europe 
                                      Change %     2015           2014
 1 DISNEYLAND PARK, PARIS, France       4.2%       10,360,000     9,940,000
 2 EUROPA-PARK, Rust, Germany          10.0%        5,500,000     5,000,000
 3 TIVOLI GARDENS, Denmark              5.7%        4,733,000     4,478,000  
 4 DE EFTELING, The Netherlands         6.4%        4,680,000     4,400,000
 5 WALT DISNEY STUDIOS PARK, France     4.2%        4,440,000     4,260,000 
 6 PORT AVENTURA, Spain                 2.9%        3,600,000     3,500,000
 7 LISEBERG, Sweden                     0.0%        3,100,000     3,100,000
 8 GARDALAND, Italy                     3.6%        2,850,000     2,750,000
 9 LEGOLAND WINDSOR, United Kingdom     2.3%        2,250,000     2,200,000
10 LEGOLAND BILLUND, Billund, Denmark   6.5%        2,050,000     1,925,000
   PUY DU FOU, Les Epesses, France      7.2%        2,050,000     1,912,000
12 ALTON TOWERS, United Kingdom       -25.2%        1,925,000     2,575,000 
13 PHANTASIALAND, Germany               3.0%        1,900,000     1,845,000
14 PARC ASTERIX, France                 2.8%        1,850,000     1,800,000
   THORPE PARK, United Kingdom        -11.9%        1,850,000     2,100,000
16 FUTUROSCOPE, France                  8.1%        1,800,000     1,665,000
17 PARQUE WARNER, Spain                12.4%        1,641,000     1,460,000
18 CHESSINGTON WORLD OF ADVENTURES, UK  2.5%        1,640,000     1,600,000
19 HEIDE PARK, Germany                  3.4%        1,525,000     1,475,000
20 GRÖNA LUND, Sweden                  11.4%        1,461,000     1,311,000
TOP 20 TOTAL ATTENDANCE 2015                       61,205,000     59,296,000
TOP 20 TOTAL ATTENDANCE 2014            2.8%       59,535,000 


Source:  Themed Entertainment Association

Summer Break Party 2 

On Saturday 9 July 2016, from 11:00 PM until 5:00 AM in the morning, Crédit Mutuel will host the “Summer Break Party #2” at the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris.

That night the Studios will vibrate to the rhythm of Electro, Pop, and House music!

On the main stage, an exceptional line-up of some of France’s top DJ’s will be spinning the decks including the quartet Cotton Claw, the Parisian duo Ofenbach and the young and talented DJ Hugel.

Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile to appear at Brands Hatch’s SpeedFest IV.

Lightning McQueen, the hotshot hero of Disney-Pixar’s Cars movies, will return to American SpeedFest IV at Brands Hatch on 11-12 June 2016 as one of the star draws in the event’s massive off-track show.

McQueen, hero of the Cars movies, will be joined once again by his best friend Mater and SpeedFest debutant Finn McMissile. All three cars will be on prime display on both Saturday and Sunday in a dedicated area for famous cars from the silver screen.

Lightning McQueen, resplendent his iconic ‘Rust-eze Red’ livery with his famous number 95 and go-faster lightning stripes emblazoned on the side, will be the star attraction, but Mater, McQueen’s best friend, is equally popular and his trademark toothy grin will make a second appearance at SpeedFest.

Meanwhile Finn McMissile, the dapper British secret agent car voiced by Michael Caine in Cars 2, is a completely new addition.


All three cars have been loaned to the circuit by Disney-Pixar and will be available for photo opportunities. Under-13s go free at SpeedFest, so this is a great opportunity for parents to bring the little ones along to pose with some of their favourite film characters!

SpeedFest’s increased activities on the Saturday this year encompasses the addition of extra off-track content, with more display cars, monster truck shows and rides and other family-friendly attractions taking place throughout the whole weekend.

Lightning McQueen’s real-life counterparts will be in action across both days too in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, Europe’s top-level stock car championship, which features machines inspired by the world-famous Sprint Cup. Sunday, however, will remain the Main Event day, with a full programme of racing, demos, live music and a show-stopping opening ceremony prior to the main Euro NASCAR race.

Brands Hatch Motorsport Events Manager David Willey commented: “I’m thrilled to confirm that Disney-Pixar’s Lightning McQueen and Mater are returning to Brands Hatch for American SpeedFest IV! And I’m particularly delighted that we’ve been able to secure Finn McMissile for this year’s event too, even if he is already causing me to suffer from moustache envy!

“The Disney-Pixar Cars were one of the biggest draws at last year’s event and securing them for another year strengthens a line-up which is already looking to be our biggest and best yet. We’ve already confirmed some stunning historic racing cars, display cars, and off-track highlights and we’ve got much more in the pipeline too!”

Admission to the event is free of charge for under-13s, whilst there’s a discounted rate for 13-15-year olds. Adult tickets are £23 online.

For more information, or to book telephone  0843 453 9000 or click here.

Source: SpeedFest

The abandoned Anasazi Ruins playground of Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe


Located on the banks of the man-made Rio Grande river in an American south-western  desert environment sits Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe.   The hotel welcomed its first Guests on 12 April 1992 with the opening of the Euro Disney Resort as Disneyland Paris used to be called.


Designed in a Pueblo Revival style to evoke the atmosphere of a New Mexico motel by Albuquerque based architect Antoine Predock, the 1,000 bedroom Hotel Santa Fe  is divided into 58 adobe-style pueblos accommodation blocks.



To accompany the desert motel theme of cactuses and neon signs, a portrait of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Man with no name’ from Sergio Leone’s “Dollars” trilogy of movies featured on the drive-in-movie screen located  on the roof of the main hotel building.

During a two year long refurbishment of the hotel which was completed in 2013, characters from the Disney-Pixar Cars  movie franchise were added to the hotels interior and exterior décor and Clint Eastwood was removed to be replaced by Lightning McQueen and Sally Carrera.


During the re-theming the original pueblo trails of Artifacts, Water, Monuments and Legends were replaced with  Luigi, Mater, McQueen and Sally respectively.



Also removed  were the rusting 1932 Plymouth, a 1946 Chevy pick-up truck and a 1957 Ford Fairlane located in the desert around the pueblos.


Removed from the hotels maps today but still featured on the Disneyland Paris iPhone and Android App is the abandoned Anasazi Ruins children’s playground.  Often overlooked by hotel Guests the playground could be accessed from its external steps or via the rotunda observation deck of the main building which houses the Reception, La Cantina restaurant and the Rio Grande bar.


The playground resembled the ruins of an ancient Anasazi village and was considered by some to be the most beautiful playground of the entire resort.

The Anasazi ruins are the modern day remnants of the first known civilization in Santa Fe.  These ruins, though smaller in size, are no less of a discovery for those who are willing to venture into the past.



Now sadly the  Anasazi Ruins playground lies abandoned, overgrown and forgotten.

















It would be wonderful if the Anasazi Ruins could be restored to their former glory returning a much needed children’s playground to Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe.

Shareholders screening of The Jungle Book 

The Euro Disney S.C.A. Shareholders Club is inviting members and three guests to a screening of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book (in French version only) at 7:45 pm  on Friday 10  June 2016 at CinéMagique in the Walt Disney Studios  Park at Disneyland Paris.

Registration is open to all members of the Shareholders Club who hold a valid membership card.

To attend this screening, shareholders should  log onto “Your Personal Space” on the Shareholders Club Internet by 6 June 2016.