1 million Euros stolen from Disneyland Paris tourists by Romania pickpockets.

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Seven women and five men, most of whom are Roma people from Romania who were sending their children to steal from tourists’ pockets in the Disneyland Paris area, will stand trial in France for allegedly being involved in a criminal network, according to AFP, reports local News.ro.

As previously reported in February, the gang is believed to have stolen around 1 million euros worth of foreign currency, luxury jewelry or phones from tourists. However, the total damage is not known for sure as many foreign victims have not filed a complaint. A thousand thefts were recorded in six months.

The investigation was opened in 2015 when the Chessy Commissariat in Seine-et-Marne found a strong increase in thefts and robberies committed by young Roma near Disneyland Paris and the Regional Express Train (RER) network that serves the resort. The pickpockets were also present in the Val d’Europe commercial center.

The minors were stealing from people’s pockets in broad daylight, acting in groups of three or four, said Commissioner Jérôme Georges. One of them was distracting the victim while a second one was stealing from his pockets. A third one was in charge of making the stolen goods disappear.

Marian Tinca, 57, and his former wife Maria Iamandita, 51, both of them from Craiova, were leading the gang.

The French court’s ruling is expected on Friday, reports local News.ro. some of the defendants risk up to 30 years in prison.

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Goofy’s Skeletoon Street Party launches at Disneyland Paris 

After weeks of rumours and speculation Disneyland Paris finally published their Halloween press release yesterday evening.

Sadly some of the rumours circulating appear to be true and this years Halloween season will be a cut down affair with no Halloween Cavalcade or Disney Villains show to entertain guests during the resorts spooky season.


Halloween and Goofy’s Skeletoon Street Party: two October celebrations at Disneyland Paris

From 1 October 2017, Disneyland Park will give you chills with two special experiences: Halloween with the highly-anticipated return of the famous Disney Villains, and “Goofy’s Skeletoon Street Party”, a colourful new event at Frontierland where skeletons and

Goofy will party together…

Welcome to Goofy’s Skeletoon Street Party

Who said October was just for fright? Imagine a colourful skeleton party that’s full of fun. That’s exactly what Goofy wanted to create for the new season. This year, dressed up all in bones, he’ll set the tempo at Frontierland with his troupe. They will invite you to party with them in a setting where you will find yourself face to face with colourful and funny skeletons.

We’re also pleased to announce the arrival of two friends who we rarely see at Disneyland Paris: José Carioca and Panchito Pistoles, Donald’s sidekicks in the film The Three Caballeros.

Lastly, Mickey and Minnie will also make an appearance for truly splendid meet ‘n’ greets.

The return of the Disney Villains and Halloween thrills


Want to meet the Disney Villains you love to hate? The Disneyland Park will delight you with an all-new, previously unseen parade: Mickey’s Halloween Tricycle Gang.

Happening every day on Main Street, U.S.A, Disney Villains and many other Disney Characters will entice you along the Halloween spirits’ route, perched on their quirky tricycles.

 If you want to face them and strike a pose with them, you will love the encounters with the Disney Villains. Fantasyland has a treat in store for you with the witch from Snow White, The Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland) and, of course, Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), who’ll be making a spine-chilling appearance in the Castle Courtyard – which has been overrun by a huge bramble…

Jafar (Aladdin) and Captain Hook (Peter Pan) will also be there, in Adventureland, and Cruella (101 Dalmatians) will be making an appearance at the Walt Disney Studios Park.

Frontierland will also be packed full of ghosts and pumpkins – making it the perfect place to celebrate Halloween this year. And if you like witches, you’ll love Daisy’s costume!

Come to Disneyland Paris from 1 October to 5 November 2017 for a new season and twice more fun with Halloween and Goofy’s Skeletoon Street Party.

More information available soon on news.disneylandparis.com.

Extra Magic Hours cut at Disneyland Paris

From October 2017 Disneyland Paris will see drastically reduced park opening hours for Disney Hotel guests when changes to the resorts Extra Magic Hours are introduced.

‪From 1 October 2017 the changes will see Extra Magic Hours reduced from two hours to one, but will see both the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios open at the resort between 09:00 – 10:00 exclusively for Disney Hotel guests and Annual Pass holders.

In the Disneyland Park five attractions in Fantasyland will be open:  Le Carrousel de Lancelot, Dumbo the Flying Elephant,  Peter Pan’s Flight, Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups and the Princess Pavilion.

At the Walt Disney Studios –  Park Ratatouille: The Adventure and Crushe’s Coaster will be operating.

Previously the Disneyland Park was open from 08:00 – 10:00 for Disney Hotel guests. With the general admission allowed into Main Street U.S.A. at 09:30 and the Walt Disney Studios Park opened to guests at 09:30.     This gave onsite Disney Hotel guests the benefit of two hours additional park time each day.

The news of the reduction in EMH hours has caused considerable concern and outrage to many Disneyland Paris fans and holiday makers, who have already booked their holidays at the resort. With many complaining that they are effectively loosing four hours Park time during a five night say.

The recent decision to remove hotel breakfasts from the cost of standard rooms in Disney hotels and now the reduction in EMH will surely make many guests consider the benefits of staying at a onsite Disney Hotel in the future.  Especially when much cheaper partner hotels are just a free shuttle bus ride away.

The reduction in EMH are the first major budget cuts seen at the resort since The Walt Disney Company took control of Disneyland Paris in June 2017 after they were successful in their Cash Tender Offer, squeezing out the small minority shareholders of Euro Disney S.C.A.

With persistence rumours of reduced Halloween and Christmas seasonal entertainment offerings at Disneyland Paris this year, many fans and regular guests have started to worry that the much hyped takeover of the loss making Paris resort by The Walt Disney Company which many fans had hoped would see major investment and improvements to the parks may not materialise.

Unfortunately this does appear to be the case, and the introduction of these reduced Extra Magic Hours I fear are just the start of major budget cuts at Disneyland Paris.

TWDC FY2017 Q3 results sees an increase in attendance at Disneyland Paris.

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Yesterday The Walt Disney Company released their third quarter earnings for the fiscal year 2017 and the full FY2017 Q3 results can be downloaded here.

The opening statement and the section concerning the Parks and Resorts division which will be of interest to Disneyland Paris fans and ex-Euro Disney S.C.A. shareholders are reproduced below.

The total revenue of the Parks and Resorts division was $13,748 million in the nine months ending 1 July 2017,  a 9% increase upon last year,   and   the  divisions operating income was $3,028 million an increase of 17% on least year.

TWDC are reporting operating income growth at  Disneyland Paris with higher  guest spending and attendance, partially offset by higher costs for new guest offerings (shows and parades), including the 25th Anniversary celebration. The increase in guest spending is primarily due to higher average ticket prices and increases in food, beverage and merchandise spending.

TWDC also reported a 6% decrease in net income,  dropping to $108 million which was attributable to noncontrolling interests for the quarter driven by the impact of lower net income at ESPN, partially offset by the impact of improvements at Shanghai Disney Resort and Disneyland Paris.  The Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests is determined on income after royalties and management fees, financing costs and income taxes.

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Anniversary years at Disneyland Paris normally see an increase in visitors which then fall off, a similar spike happened during the 20th Anniversary celebrations which were extended to take advantage of the increase in visitor numbers.

Whether Disneyland Paris can continue to attract higher visitor numbers once the 25th Anniversary celebrations have ended next year will have to be seen.

Next year will see two major attractions at the resort The Phantom Manor and Big Thunder Mountain go into rehabilitation at the same time, which will seriously effect Frontierland, and will see increasing waiting times at the parks other E-ticket rides.

Will Guests avoid visiting the park during this period, I guess we will just have to wait and see.  Hopefully Disneyland Paris can continue the increase in visitor numbers into next year.

 


 

THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY REPORTS
THIRD QUARTER AND NINE MONTHS EARNINGS FOR FISCAL 2017

BURBANK, Calif. – The Walt Disney Company today reported quarterly earnings for its third fiscal quarter ended July 1, 2017. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter decreased 5% to $1.51 from $1.59 in the prior-year quarter. Excluding certain items affecting comparability(1), EPS for the quarter decreased 2% to $1.58 from $1.62 in the prior-year quarter. Diluted EPS for the nine months ended July 1, 2017 decreased to $4.55 from $4.63. Excluding certain items affecting comparability(1), EPS for the nine months increased to $4.63 from $4.61.

“Today we announced a strategic shift in the way we distribute our content. The media landscape is increasingly defined by direct relationships between content creators and consumers, and our control of BAMTech’s full array of innovative technology will give us the power to forge those connections, along with the flexibility to quickly adapt to shifts in the market,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “This acquisition and the launch of our direct-to-consumer services mark an entirely new growth strategy for the Company, one that takes advantage of the incredible opportunity that changing technology provides us to leverage the strength of our great brands.”

“Our results for the quarter reflect the underlying strength of our brands and franchises, and our continued investment in high-quality content. Our ability to successfully execute on our core strategy, coupled with our plans for new direct-to-consumer offerings, give us continued confidence in our ability to drive shareholder value,” said Christine M. McCarthy, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Walt Disney Company.

Parks and Resorts

Parks and Resorts revenues for the quarter increased 12% to $4.9 billion and segment operating income increased 18% to $1,168 million. Operating income growth for the quarter reflected an increase at our international operations, while results at our domestic operations were comparable to the prior-year quarter. Segment results benefited from the timing of the Easter holiday, which fell in the third quarter of the current year compared to the second quarter of the prior year.

Operating income growth at our international operations was due to increases at Shanghai Disney Resort and Disneyland Paris. The increase at Shanghai Disney Resort reflected a full quarter of operations in the current year compared to the prior-year quarter, which included pre-opening costs. Higher operating income at Disneyland Paris was due to increases in guest spending and attendance, partially offset by higher costs for new guest offerings, including the 25th Anniversary celebration. The increase in guest spending was primarily due to higher average ticket prices and increases in food, beverage and merchandise spending.

At our domestic operations increased costs were essentially offset by increases in guest spending and volumes. Higher costs were primarily due to labor and other cost inflation, increased operations support costs, new guest offerings and the dry-dock of the Disney Fantasy in the current quarter. Costs for new guest offerings were driven by the launch of the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, including the related marketing costs. Guest spending growth was due to increases in average ticket prices for sailings on our cruise ships and admission to our theme parks, as well as higher average daily hotel room rates and food and beverage spending. Higher volumes were due to attendance growth, partially offset by a decrease in occupied room nights and lower passenger cruise days due to the dry-dock of the Disney Fantasy. The decrease in occupied room nights was due to refurbishments and conversions to vacation club units

New Club Actionnaires membership cards to be distributed in September.

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Le Club Actionnaires at Disneyland Paris will commence the distribution of new membership cards which will be valid  for 10 years to all existing members of the shareholders club in September 2017.

The Shareholders Club office will close on 30 September 2017 and the  Cast Members from the department will be assigned to other posts.

A Cast Member from another department (Annual Passports Office or from Communications) will then be assigned to deal with any problems related to the new cards, and the replacement of lost cards and general membership issues.