What can be cuter that Frozen themed Meerpups?

What can be cuter than a little meerpup?  How about two meerpups dressed up as characters from Disney’s Frozen.

Compare The Market are offering free Frozen themed meerpups if you purchase insurance through their website between 22nd December 2016 and 3rd March 2017.

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So If your looking for Home, Motor or Pet insurance why not give them a try and you could soon be hugging a little Oleg as Olaf or Ayana as Elsa.

Shareholders Club screening of Vaiana / Moana.

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The Euro Disney S.C.A. Shareholders Club is hosting  an exclusive Shareholders Club members screening of John Musker and Ron Clements newest Walt Disney Animation Studios animated movie: Vaiana / Moana  on Friday 20  January 2017 at 8:00 PM at the CinéMagique theatre in the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris.

Shareholders who wish to register their interest in attending the event should visit the Your Personal Space section of the Euro Disney Shareholders Club website.

Shareholders will be able to bring three friends / family members with them and the screening will be held in French.

Two new Villages Nature promotional videos released.

The Villages Nature resort which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017 have released two a new promotional videos this month.

The  €500  million resort which is located just 20 minutes away from Disneyland Paris opposite the Davy Crockett Ranch is a joint venture between Euro Disney S.C.A.  and Pierre & Vacances-Center Parcs.

Developed over 120 hectares at its opening, Villages Nature  includes 916 cottages and apartments and will offer several areas for discovery, recreation, and relaxation, including its Aqualagoon, Lakeside  Promenade, Extraordinary Gardens, BelleVie Farm, and the Enchanted Forest.

Big Thunder Mountain reopens.

Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland Paris was officially reopened this morning after a  year long refurbishment.

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Delcourt, Mickey, Minnie & the Frontierland Cast Members took part in the ceremony and our friends from ED92 were there to capture the occasion.


To celebrate the reopening a special edition of The Thunder Mesa Daily Messenger was  published for the occasion.

Photo Credit: ED92

Friday Night is ‘Disney’ Music Night

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On Friday 16 December at 8:00 PM on BBC Radio 2  John Barrowman hosts an evening of Disney’s Broadway Hits from the Royal Albert Hall.

An all star cast from Broadway including Scarlet Strallen, Ashley Brown, Joshua Strickland, Alton Fitzgerald White, Merle Dandridge, together with the London cast of Aladdin, sing songs from ‘Beauty and the Beast’, ‘Mary Poppins’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Tarzan’, ‘Aida’, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ and many more, including the Tony Award winning ‘Newsies’.

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Aladdin composer Alan Menken

The concert also features a special guest appearance by one of Disney’s masters of music, the musical theatre and film composer – Alan Menken (Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Little Shop of Horrors, Tangled, Hercules).

The show was recorded at the Royal Albert Hall on 23 October 2016 with the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Keith Lockhart.

The show will be available to listen again after the broadcast from the BBC website.

Walt Week: Celebrating a Legacy of Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation.

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15 December marks the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s passing, and to honor the man,  The Walt Disney Company and D23, The Official Disney Fan Club, will be celebrating Walt Disney’s legacy of imagination, creativity and innovation with a variety of initiatives and homages throughout the  company during “Walt Week”, December 5 – 15, 2016, 50 years after Walt Disney’s passing.

Disney Theme Parks around the world are invited to take part in the celebration with a special “Walt Disney Message Board” that will be available to Guests visiting the Parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

The message board will serve as a platform for Guests to write a special message and / or memory to share with others (Message examples might include: a special Disney memory or a “thank you” to Walt Disney).

There will be a message board, located inside the gates of the each Park, and will only be available on December 15, 2017.  At Disneyland Paris, it will be installed in Liberty Arcade, near the Statue of Liberty Tableau.

How does it work?  

Guests will write special messages on magnetic Mickey-­shaped icons and place them on  the  memory  board  for  all  to  see.   Think  of  a  giant  autograph  wall  with  lots  of  Post-­It  notes.   The memory board is three-­dimensional and the Mickey-­shaped icons can be placed throughout the board. After December 15th, the boards from each Park will be packed away and shipped to the D23 offices in Burbank where they will be reconditioned to be displayed  at the D23 Expo in Anaheim in July 2017.

Euro Disney Shareholders battle with Walt Disney over Disneyland Paris licensing fees

CITY A.M. on Sunday also reported on the legal action being taken by French hedge fund Charity Investment Asset Management against The Walt Disney Company and Euro Disney S.C.A.

Happiest place on earth no more: Shareholders in Euro Disney battle with Walt Disney over licensing fees

Walt Disney has charged Euro Disney nearly €1bn in licensing fees over the past decade, and minority shareholders have had enough, saying the American entertainment giant is preventing the owner of Disneyland Paris from making a profit.

Reports show Charity Investment Asset Management (CIAM), a French hedge fund, said Walt Disney scooped €930m (£780m) in royalties allowing Euro Disney to use characters like Mickey Mouse at a rate at least three times the standard market practice.

CIAM has taken the company to French criminal courts for misuse of corporate assets, publication of inaccurate accounts and misleading information, while fighting a second civil case for shareholders to be reimbursed the nearly €1bn of overpaid fees.

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The firm has also said Walt Disney hid the value of 5,000 acres of land around Paris which Euro Disney is developing. Walt Disney offered €1.25 a share, but CIAM said the land was independently valued at €1.9bn, which works out to €2.40 a share.

The struggling theme park had a particularly tough year as terrorist attacks in Paris caused tourism figures to slump. It lost €858m in the year to September 30.

Walt Disney said the action was “utterly without merit”.

The animated cartoon creator doubled its stake to 77 per cent last year after a debt-for-equity swap was approved by French officials.

Shares in the company have lost more than 90 per cent of their value since the company went public in 1989.

CIAM’s co-founder Anne-Sophie d’Andlau said the firm thinks Walt Disney plans to take Euro Disney out of the market without properly valuing the company.

CIAM slams Walt Disney as ‘Scrooges’.

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Yesterdays Telegraph published an article about the legal action being taken by French hedge fund Charity & Investment Merger Arbitrage Fund (CIAM) against Euro Disney S.C.A. and The Walt Disney Company.

It appears that Anne-Sophie D’Andlau founder of CIMA was in London last week and spoke about the legal action CIAM is  taking against The Walt Disney Company in the French criminal courts for misuse of corporate assets, publication of inaccurate accounts and misleading information.

In the civil courts, CIAM is fighting for shareholders to be reimbursed for €930m of fees overpaid by Euro Disney. The company has also taken its case against Disney’s 2015 €1.25 Recapitalisation share offer to the Supreme Court.

This year Disneyland Pairs  posted a record  loss of €858 million, which included an impairment charge for the Group’s assets of €565 million.

We have been covering this story for quite some time, you can read the back ground to the case here.

Activist fund slams Walt Disney ‘Scrooges’

An activist investor has declared war on Walt Disney, vowing to claw back almost €1bn in “egregious fees” levelled against its struggling French offshoot.

French asset manager CIAM has accused the Mickey Mouse creator of crippling the spin-off Disneyland Paris theme park with grossly inflated costs in an effort to increase its 77pc stake on the cheap.

“Euro Disney’s roller coasters are nothing compared to the scary ride that its shareholders have been taken on,” said CIAM founder Anne-Sophie D’Andlau in London last week.

Walt Disney imposes fees on Euro Disney for using its animated characters, but the fund says the rates are at least three times standard market practice. The fund also accused Walt Disney of deliberately concealing the eye-watering value of Euro Disney’s extensive land rights in areas surrounding Paris in order to make a low-ball buyout offer of €1.25 a share as part of a €1bn restructuring launched in 2015.
The value of Euro Disney’s 2,200 hectares has been independently valued at upwards of €1.9bn or about €2.40 a share, making the park worth at least three times the Walt Disney offer, CIAM says.

“It seems as though Walt Disney has spent a bit too much time studying its own Scrooge McDuck cartoons,” she quipped.

In the civil courts, CIAM is fighting for shareholders to be reimbursed for €930m of fees overpaid by Euro Disney. The company has also taken its case against Disney’s €1.25 a share offer to the Supreme Court.

Walt Disney has previously dismissed the action as “utterly without merit”.

Euro Disney, the company which operates the resort, has never made a profit despite attracting 15m visitors a year, making it Europe’s biggest tourist destination, Ms D’Andlau said.

Instead, shares in the company have shed 99pc of their value since the company went public in 1989.

Ms D’Andlau claims this is because Walt Disney siphoned a total of €930m (£780m) out of the company through artificially high licensing and royalty fees over the past decade.

Walt Disney imposes fees on Euro Disney for using its animated characters, but the fund says the rates are at least three times standard market practice. The fund also accused Walt Disney of deliberately concealing the eye-watering value of Euro Disney’s extensive land rights in areas surrounding Paris in order to make a low-ball buyout offer of €1.25 a share as part of a €1bn restructuring launched in 2015.

The value of Euro Disney’s 2,200 hectares has been independently valued at upwards of €1.9bn or about €2.40 a share, making the park worth at least three times the Walt Disney offer, CIAM says.

“It seems as though Walt Disney has spent a bit too much time studying its own Scrooge McDuck cartoons,” she quipped.

The activist fund has launched a three-pronged legal assault on Walt Disney, taking the parent company to the French criminal courts for misuse of corporate assets, publication of inaccurate accounts and misleading information.

In the civil courts, CIAM is fighting for shareholders to be reimbursed for €930m of fees overpaid by Euro Disney. The company has also taken its case against Disney’s €1.25 a share offer to the Supreme Court.

Walt Disney has previously dismissed the action as “utterly without merit”.

Disney Business Solutions to host the 100th edition of the M&I Forum

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Disneyland Paris Business Solutions is  to organise and host the 100th edition of the M&I Forum, a not-to-be-missed meeting for professionals in the events and business travel sectors.  The event  will run from March 28 to April 1, 2017 at Disneyland Paris.
Some 360 fully hosted buyers, each selected for the size of their investment budget, will be attending at the leading integrated Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events (MICE) destination in Europe. Over four days at Disney’s Newport Bay Club hotel and convention centre they will meet with more than 150 global suppliers, including hotels, groups, conference centers, DMCs and CVBs.

Organised by Worldwide Events, the M&I Forum offers daytime business meetings, cocktail receptions, gala dinners and activities to promote professional networking.

Richard Barnes, CEO of Worldwide Events said: “We are delighted to be hosting our 100th Forum at Disneyland Paris, especially during the 25th anniversary of this extraordinary resort. The flexibility and professionalism of the Disney Business Solutions team will allow us to make the Forum a really special celebration of the MICE industry as a whole, as well as a superb opportunity to build fruitful and lasting business relationships.”

Emotion will play a key part in this 100th edition thanks to the event and storytelling expertise of Disney Business Solutions, which will be offering tours of its sites, surprises, innovations and special evenings at the very heart of its unique, magical venues.

Nicolas Dupeux, Director of Disney Business Solutions, said: “As a leader, Disney Business Solutions is heavily committed to breathing new life into the MICE sector. We are pulling together all our expertise and opening up our premises to make this event an exceptional opportunity for networking, boosting business tourism in Paris and across France.”