Season Of The Force – Press Release

Disneyland Paris released an official press release today for the Season of the Force which is being held at the resort between 14 January 2017 until  26 March 2017.

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SEASON OF THE FORCE

in 2017 at Disneyland® Paris

 – From 14 January to 26 March 2017 –

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From 14 January to 26 March 2017, Disneyland® Paris will host THE SEASON OF THE FORCE, a unique celebration of the galactic saga.

Imagine a one-time-only experience, coming face-to-face with Captain Phasma or a stormtrooper patrol; imagine activities designed to transport guests to a galaxy far, far away; imagine an evening show performed under the stars, to the backdrop of imposing architecture.

Walt Disney Studios® Park will be at the heart of this upcoming celebration, with a whole host of events that fans will simply love, but that’s not all:

Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration”

At nightfall, Walt Disney Studios Park will light up with iconic STAR WARS™ colours as part of a new show specially designed for Disneyland® Paris. Star Wars: A Galactic Celebration” is set to be a breath-taking spectacle of light and sound featuring projections and special effects, along with many more surprises. Heroes from the world of Star Wars, such as Chewbacca and R2-D2, as well as the likes of Kylo Ren, Darth Maul, Darth Vader and many more, will be there in person, to the great delight of guests. Iconic characters from the Empire, the First Order and of course the Resistance will all make an appearance on stage, adding an incredible dimension to this show that pays tribute to the Star Wars saga through its heroes. A one-time event not to be missed. Only from 14 January to 26 March 2017.

Before this amazing evening event gets underway, many other experiences await to transport guests from Walt Disney Studios® Park to a galaxy far, far away…

From the “First Order March” and the “Stormtroopers Patrol” to “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away”

From 14 January to 26 March 2017, the days at Walt Disney Studios® Park will be marked by epic appearances of heroes straight from the world of Star Wars. Kicking it all off will be the “First Order March”, led by Captain Phasma. This will be followed by the daytime performance of “Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away”, which puts the spotlight on a number of iconic characters from the saga, such as Darth Vader and Kylo Ren, to name but a few. Lastly, guests will be thrilled to find themselves face-to-face with a stormtrooper patrol, and even able to interact with it!

The Jedi take centre stage at Disneyland® Park

To bring balance to the Force, Jedi Masters will be ready and waiting every day to train young Padawans, aged from 7 to 12 years, at the Jedi Training Academy (Vidéopolis® – Discoveryland). From 12 January to 4 May 2017, this special training course will take them to the very heart of the world of Star Wars and let them walk side-by-side with heroes from the saga.

Heroes from the world of Star Wars are certainly set to take centre stage at Disneyland Paris. “SEASON OF THE FORCE”: an unmissable immersive experience for the youngest Padawans and the oldest Jedi alike. From 14 January to 26 March 2017.

French Police foil terrorist attack against Disneyland Paris

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French Police have foiled a terrorist attack against Disneyland Paris after seven men were arrested in the French city of Strasbourg and the southern city of Marseille during major counter-terrorism raids last weekend.

The Isis terror cell which consisted of French, Moroccan and Afghan nationalities planned to attack Disneyland Paris and the Champs Elysees Christmas market on 1 December Police sources said.

The suspects who were detained after an eight-month investigation by French counter-terror officers also planned to target France’s counter-intelligence services hub, the Police crime-investigation headquarters and the nearby high court building, a source close to the inquiry told Reuters.

The targets and the date of the planned assault were taken from information found on a smartphone, police sources said.   Security sources confirmed some of the suspects had fought in Syria and were linked to the Isis cell which carried out the Paris attacks in November 2015, which left 130 people dead.

Disneyland Paris said in a statement that the safety and security of its guests is ‘our number one priority’, adding: ‘We work closely with state and local authorities, and constantly review the security measures we have in place.’

Two handguns, an automatic pistol, a machine pistol and jihadist propaganda were found during the raids.

Disneyland Paris Cannabis Suppliers Arrested

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Two men from  Bailly-Romainvilliers area of Seine-et-Marne aged 25 and 35 have been arrested by Police officers from Chessy Police Station who were investigating a cannabis reselling network.

Between December 2015 and November 2016, the two men are suspected of selling more than 6 kg of cannabis to Disneyland Paris Cast Members who live in the residences near the resort.

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Police telephone tapping made it possible to identify about fifteen of their consumers. The oldest of the two traffickers supplied the cannabis, while the younger man found their “customers” among the employees of the resort.

After being held for several days, the pair were brought before the Meaux Criminal Court.

Source: LeParisien

Is another financial rescue for Euro Disney on the way?


The association of small Euro Disney shareholders APPAED had a meeting with Chief Financial Officer Mark Stead on 15 November 2016 to ask questions regarding this years financial results for Disneyland Paris. 

The situation of the group is giving APPAED great cause for concern.

The recent depreciation of the Groups assets affects Euro Disney Associés, the operational company of the Parks as well as EDL Hotels. 

It is reported that the total equity of Euro Disney Associés is presently inferior to its share capital. 

The Group has to find a solution to recapitalize within the next two years, some technical possibilities would be:

  • Complete or partial debt waiver 
  •  Reconstitution of equity capital

A full report of the meeting will appear on the APPAED website soon.

Three days of celebrations at  Disneyland Paris for birthday boy Mickey Mouse.

Mickey Mouse celebrates his birthday on the 18th November and Disneyland Paris is celebrating the occasion with three days of celebrations.

The will be a special Mickey Mouse Birthday pre-parade being held on 18, 19 and 20 November.  It’s being held 30 minutes before the main Magic on Parade so get to the parade route early.


And in The Lucky Nugget Saloon in Frontierland you will be able to enjoy special Mickey cupcakes available on November 18 and 19 only.

Happy Birthday Mickey!

Nighttime Drones over Disney Springs

Here is a preview of Disney Imagineering’s newest nighttime creation as it takes flight over Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort, Florida.

This rehearsal of a new computerized drone show celebrates the Christmas season with massive 3D images created in the sky by flying drones choreographed to music.

Is this the future of the nighttime Disney spectaculars to come?

Could seasonal opening be the way forward for Disneyland Paris?

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Courtesy of DLPTODAY.com

Following the publication on Thursday of this years  financial results for Euro Disney S.C.A. who posted a record loss of €858 million, is it time for Disneyland Paris to reconsider its all year round operation?

Since the the resort opened in 1992 Disneyland Paris has generated  an average operating loss of over €100 million a year with an average attendance of 13 million visitors. Considering the resort is the largest visitor attraction in Europe after nearly 25 years Euro Disney  is still unable to operate the resort in a way to make a profit or break even.

In the last 24 years the resort has had to be rescued from bankruptcy several times, the most recent instance being just last year.  In its history Disneyland Paris has only made an operating profit once.

The Euro Disney Group  is in debt to the tune of €1.135 billion to The Walt Disney Company which rescued the park from closure last year with a Recapitalisation and Cash Tender Offer rescue plan.  Even after this rescue the Group still has to keep borrowing money from The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) to keep operational. This fiscal year they borrowed a further €130 million from the €350 million standby revolving credit facility granted to them by TWDC.  That is quite a large overdraft to have.

TWDC  has agreed to waive the payment of royalties and  management fees for the next two years in order to provide Disneyland Paris with more liquidity.  For fiscal years 2016 & 2015, royalties and management fees paid to TWDC  were €75 million and €83 million, respectively.

This years initiative of trying to increase revenue by charging for breakfast  at the resorts hotels has gone down like a lead balloon with their regular visitors. Increasing  the ticket prices and hotel room rates year on year is obviously not having the desired effect as the result appears to be the lowering of guest spending at the resort.

Disneyland Paris is just not attracting the number of visitors it needs to become a successful business. The terror attacks in France and Belgium, plus continued political uncertainty in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe are not helping to increase visitor numbers to  the parks to levels where the resort is financial secure and viable.

Maybe now is the time for the Euro Disney Group and The Walt Disney Company to seriously consider only opening the theme parks  in the spring, summer and autumn seasons once the 25th Anniversary celebrations are finished in 2018.

With the exception of December when the resorts popular Christmas celebrations are running, visitor numbers in these winter months are very poor. Resulting in huge costs in keep the theme parks and hotels open when very few guests visit the resort.

Closing the park in the poorly attended winter months of November, January, February and early March is a business model used by the other major theme park operators throughout northern Europe and it is very successful for them.

By closing both theme parks in the winter, operating costs would reduce and it would allow the resort to carryout maintenance and refurbishments to the attractions and theme parks when the resort is closed to the public.

Disneyland Paris needs to do something radical within the next nine years to increase its income and lower its operational costs to enable them to  repayment of the €1.135 billion loan from The Walt Disney Company or it will once again have to turn to the banks and financial institutions to borrow money on the open market forcing them to pay crippling interest rates to service  its debts.  Further increasing the resorts operational costs and risking  the threat of bankruptcy and closure once again.

A summary of the 2016 Euro Disney results.

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Euro Disney S.C.A. the operators of Disneyland Paris published their 2016 annual results yesterday evening and as many were expecting they did not make good reading.

The unfavourable economic conditions for the tourism industry in the Paris region has effected the resort severely resulting in record losses for the company.

Euro Disney has increased its annual net loss by more than eight times due  to a significant depreciation of its assets, and revenues for the Fiscal Year 2016 were €1,278 million, a decrease of 7% compared to the prior year.

In this gloomy context, the parent company, The Walt Disney Company, has agreed to waive the payment of royalties and  management fees for two years in order to provide the group with more liquidity.  For Fiscal Years 2016 & 2015, royalties and management fees paid to The Walt Disney Company were €75 million and €83 million, respectively.

For the financial year 2016, the net loss of the consolidated group increased to €858 million, compared with a net loss of €102 million for the previous year.  The Group drew €130 million under the €350 million standby revolving credit facility granted by The Walt Disney Company.

Due to the downfall of tourism industry in the region, which contributed to the deterioration in the Group’s operating results for 2016, the group tested the depreciation of all Term assets and determined that these assets had lost some of their value.

As a result, Euro Disney recorded an asset impairment charge of €565 million for the fiscal year 2016. This impairment of assets has no impact on the Group’s cash or cash flows.

The EBITDA loss amounted to €34 million after a positive result of €141 million in 2015. Operating expenses increased 5% to €0.52 billion, reflecting continued improvements in the proposed visitor experience, salaries and additional security costs.

Theme park revenues decreased 10% to €722 million, reflecting a 10% decline in theme park attendance. This decrease is attributable to a decrease in the number of visitors from all the Group’s key European markets.

Hotel and Disney Village revenues decreased by 4% to €505 million, reflecting a 2-point decrease in hotel occupancy, a 1% decrease in average spending per room and a 2% decrease in Disney Village turnover.

The resort is now €1.135 billion in debt.  Having already spent  €193 million improving the guest experience and refurbishing the resorts attractions in preparation for the upcoming celebration of 25th Anniversary next year their only hope is that visitor numbers start to increase next year.

A further reduction in visitor numbers next year and further increased losses will not be sustainable for a resort which was only rescued from closure in 2015.

The full press release for the 2016 results can be found here:
http://corporate.disneylandparis.com/CORP/EN/Neutral/Images/uk-2016-11-10-FY16-Press-release.pdf

Reinforcement of the no smoking policy at Disneyland Paris

Euro Disney Shareholders were informed of the reinforcement of the no smoking policy at Disneyland Paris in a communication sent with yesterday’s annual results.

They were informed that the resort is reinforcing the application of its no smoking policy across the Parks from September 2016, with more robust information for guests and additional resources for Cast Members.

Disneyland Paris admitted that  not all their  guests respected the smoking ban at the Theme Parks at the moment – in spite of assigned Smoking Areas.

They were informed that the ban is in line with the current legislation in France and is part of the global anti-tobacco policy of The Walt Disney Company.

The decision is aimed at protecting  Guests, especially the young ones, from the damaging effects of tobacco and also the security problems related with Guests overcrowding in certain areas.

To improve the effectiveness of the policy, the management team at Disneyland® Paris has decided to develop a wide-scale communication plan for the reinforcement and application of the no smoking policy in the Parks starting 15 September 2016. This will also apply to electronic cigarettes.

For a number of years now, the resort has provided specially designated Smoking Areas at the Theme Parks for smokers.

Smoking Areas are also shown on maps. These areas have bins with ash trays and benches. Some are covered and all are signposted.

Starting this summer, more posters have been located along the route to the Park entrance turnstiles, especially at the travellators’ at the Guest Car Park and bag check points.

Themed information panels are also being developed for providing information to Guests at the Parks but keeping in line with the themes and stories behind the lands.

The screens in the Disney shuttles that connect the Parks and Disney Hotels are now streaming messages informing Guests about the no smoking policy of Disneyland Paris. The stickers on the municipal bins in the Parks are being updated with a no smoking logo.

Operational Cast Members in contact with  Guests will be receiving resources to help them in their daily interactions and a training guide based on the Four Keys has been created by the Produit et Développement Parc Opérations teams, where leaders will find advice to give to their teams on how to deal with a Guest who is smoking in an area where the ban is in place: the Courtesy Key.