The Enchanted Advent Calendar arrives at Disneyland Paris

New this year from December 1st to the 25th, at the foot of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, at Disneyland Paris is the Enchanted Advent Calendar which is highlighting the festive and original creations from Les Délices de Minnie and products from the resort’s  boutiques. 

The Advent Calendar is the result of a  collaborative effort from the resorts Food & Beverage, Merchandise, and Entertainment teams.

Every day when the Disneyland Park opens, the mayor of Main Street, U.S.A. and his assistant will pick a lucky child to open one of the calendar’s windows using a crank handle. 

Behind each window is a Golden Ticket which the child can swap for an enchanted surprise – mouthwatering Christmas sweets, or a gift from our boutiques in the spirit of the season! 

These carefully-selected products will also be available in some of the resort’s retail or restauration points, sometimes for a limited time. All the ingredients for an unforgettable Christmas!

The Advent calendar can be found on Central Plaza, is 2.04 metres wide and 4m10 high.

The Walt Disney Company Fourth Quarter And Full Year Earnings For Fiscal Year 2017


BURBANK, Calif.–The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) reported the earnings for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2017 yesterday (9 November 2017).

Diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the fourth quarter increased 3% from $1.10 in the prior-year quarter to $1.13 in the current quarter. Excluding certain items affecting comparability, EPS for the quarter decreased 3% from $1.10 in the prior-year quarter to $1.07. Diluted EPS for the year decreased from $5.73 in the prior year to $5.69. Excluding certain items affecting comparability, EPS for the year decreased from $5.72 in the prior year to $5.70.

“No other entertainment company is better equipped to navigate the ever-evolving media landscape, thanks to our unparalleled collection of brands and franchises and our ability to leverage IP across our entire company,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “We look forward to launching our first direct-to-consumer streaming service in the new year, and we will continue to invest for the future and take the smart risks required to deliver shareholder value.”

During the Earnings Results webcast,  it was  mentioned that this year Disneyland Paris (alongside Shanghai) was responsible for the increase in Parks and Resorts revenue – increase in all key areas (Attendance, Guest spending and hotel occupancy) partially offset by increased 25th investment and losses tied in with Villages Nature Resort.   Bob Iger also stated that “Disneyland Paris has had a full corporate restructure suitable to expand and grow this business”

The full report can be found here,  the section of interest to Disneyland Paris fans will of course be the Parks and Resorts summary which is reproduced below.

Parks and Resorts

Parks and Resorts revenues for the quarter increased 6% to $4.7 billion, and segment operating income increased 7% to $746 million. Operating income growth for the quarter was due to an increase at our international operations, partially offset by a decrease at our domestic operations, which were unfavorably impacted by Hurricane Irma. As a result of the hurricane, Walt Disney World Resort was closed for two days, and we canceled three cruise itineraries and shortened two others. Results at our international operations were due to growth at Disneyland Paris and Shanghai Disney Resort.

The improvement at Disneyland Paris reflected increases in attendance, guest spending and occupied room nights, partially offset by higher costs, driven by the 25th Anniversary celebration, and a loss from its 50% joint venture interest in Villages Nature.

Guest spending growth was primarily due to higher average ticket prices and food and beverage spending. The increase at Shanghai Disney Resort was due to attendance growth and lower marketing costs, partially offset by lower average ticket prices. The decrease in marketing costs reflected costs associated with the grand opening of Shanghai Disney Resort in the prior year.

The decrease in operating income at our domestic operations was driven by lower results at Walt Disney World Resort, partially offset by an increase at our cruise line, growth at Disneyland Resort and higher sales of vacation club units.

Lower results at Walt Disney World Resort were driven by higher costs and fewer occupied room nights, partially offset by growth in guest spending and attendance, although both were negatively impacted by Hurricane Irma. Higher costs were primarily due to increases in labor and employee benefits, depreciation and marketing. Guest spending growth was due to increased food and beverage spending and higher average daily hotel room rates. Available hotel room nights were lower due to refurbishments and conversions to vacation club units.

Growth at our cruise line resulted from higher average ticket prices.

Higher results at Disneyland Resort were due to increases in guest spending and attendance, partially offset by higher costs for new guest offerings and marketing. The increase in guest spending was primarily due to higher average ticket prices.



Official Go-Disneyland Paris Forum to close.

Disneyland Paris announced today that it will be closing its official internet trip planning Forum Go-Disneyland Paris on 30 November 2017.

The resort said “As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the quality of our website, we’re going to make a few changes to our Go-Disneyland Paris Forum”.

For technical reasons Disney will be unable to maintain all the site’s current features whilst these changes are being prepared.

Consequently they will switch the website to a “read only” mode, which means users will no longer be able to post messages but will be able to read existing content until their new, updated, more user-friendly Forum is launched at a later date.

Disney Store Pops Up in Cambridge

This weekend ​we took a wander around the new Cambridge Pop Up Disney Store located on the first floor of the Grand Arcade shopping centre in St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge.

Considering it was a wet Saturday morning the store was quite busy.

Although it is a Pop Up store the good news is that the it will be open for at least a year.

Cambridge Disney Store
First Floor
Grand Arcade
St Andrew’s Street

The opening hours are:

Monday 9am–6pm
Tuesday 9am–6pm
Wednesday 9am–8pm
Thursday 9am–6pm
Friday 9am–6pm
Saturday 9am–7pm
Sunday 11am–5pm

Purge by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman sees former Euro Disney rescuer HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal arrested.


Former Euro Disney S.C.A. shareholder HRH Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, has been arrested today for corruption and money laundering charges in what appears to be a purge by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.

The Prince saved Disneyland Paris from bankruptcy and closure in 1994 when the Kingdom Holding Company bought a 10% stake in Euro Disney.  He also took part in several further recapitalisations and cash tender offers of the loss making resort, the most recent in 2014 before selling his shares to The Walt Disney Company this summer.

King Salman removed a host of prominent officials in a sweeping crackdown on Saturday.  Billionaire HRH Al-Waleed bin Talal, a member of the royal Saudi family, and one of the biggest shareholders of The Walt Disney Company, Citi Group, News Corp, Apple, and Twitter along with ten other senior princes, and some 38 ministers, were arrested on orders from the new anti-corruption committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi news outlets, including Al Arabiya, reported Al-Waleed bin Talal, was among those arrested.

In 2015, Bin Talal announced he would donate his entire fortune to help build a “better world of tolerance, acceptance, equality and opportunity for all.”