Jean Imbert to create the “Petit Jean” Culinary Experience at Disneyland Paris

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From Saturday 7 April 2018 French chef Jean Imbert will take over the kitchen of the Founder’s Club at the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris. For a period of two months he will present a special culinary dining experience with a menu called “Petit Jean” which has been developed as a culinary trip inspired by classic Disney Films.

Gastronomy has always been a key part of Disney cartoons, with some scenes remembered by entire generations and by tapping into his childhood memories and respecting his culinary convictions (organic local products and committed suppliers) Jean Imbert has created a unique menu of 12 original recipes.

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Jean Imbert got a taste for cooking at an early age and made it a way to express himself.

After years of concocting dishes for friends and family whilst on holiday in Sables-D’or-les-Pins in Brittany, the young man enrolled at the famous Institut Paul Bocuse in Lyon after passing his baccalaureate exams. He had several placements working with top chefs during his course such as Michel Rostang in Paris and Antoine Westermann (Le Buerehiesel restaurant) in Strasbourg. Five years after beginning his culinary journey, Jean Imbert left the large teams behind to open his own restaurant, l’Acajou.

He became a chef-owner at the tender age of 22. He won Top Chef, a cooking programme on French TVs M6, in 2012 and grabbed the public’s attention. Popular for his cheery nature and creativity, he is now one of France’s favourite chefs and guests love joining him to try his bold local dishes.

For the “Petit Jean” dining experience, Jean Imbert was inspired by cult dishes such as the spaghetti from Lady and The Tramp reinterpreted with pasta with organic eggs and Limousin farmed calf . Organic vegetables will be used in the Ratatouille de Rémy, and the Gâteau de la Belle au Bois Dormant will be made with only organic ingredients.

Matching wines will also be offered and the selections will highlight vine growers engaged with bio-dynamic and vegan products.

This special pop up restaurant is part of an approach is part of a desire by Disneyland Paris for visitors to consume seasonal, fresh and natural products.

The two and a half hour “Petit Jean” Culinary Experience by Jean Imbert will open every evening from Tuesday to Saturday and will run from 7 April to 7 June 2018 with services at 18:30 and 21:00 at the Disneyland Hotel.

The 12 course tasting menu will include 5 organic wines and a glass of Lanson Green Label Champagne will cost €150 and a 5 course Childrens menu will available at €36.

The “Petit Jean” Culinary Experience is targeted at Disneyland Hotel guests, but other guests will be able to book three days in advance if availability remains. To book call the Disneyland Paris Dining Reservation Service on 00 33 1 60 30 40 50.

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Marvel: Super Heroes United a spectacular new show for Disneyland Paris

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Disneyland Paris Reveals First Look of an Epic New Show for Its Incredible Marvel Summer of Super Heroes Season.

This summer, Marvel Super Heroes are landing at Walt Disney Studios Park for the Marvel Summer of Super Heroes season at Disneyland Paris. Spider-Man, Black Panther, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow and the Guardians of the Galaxy will all be there for another never-before-seen season, with multiple shows and experiences that promise to be EPIC! A brand new innovative stage show will be the main event, giving guests a truly immersive experience with their favourite Super Heroes.

This seasonal event is the beginning of a broader, long-term presence of the Marvel universe at Disneyland Paris, including a new Marvel-themed area and attraction, as well as the first Disney Hotel to showcase the thrilling world of the Avengers, Spider-Man and more rolling out in 2020. These new Marvel experiences are just one of the ways Walt Disney Parks and Resorts continues to bring immersive worlds to life for guests around the globe.

“Marvel: Super Heroes United”: a spectacular innovative production

Among the new additions for this summer, the Marvel: Super Heroes United show will bring together favourite Marvel Super Heroes for a new live show with cutting-edge technology. This live-action super-production mixes a huge 400 m² stage with one of the biggest LED screens in Europe, incredible special effects and, for the first time, in a Disney Park, the indoor use of drones beneath unbelievable aerial choreography for a truly spectacular show.

Imagine… You’re sitting in your chair with projections all around you, before some of the biggest Marvel Super Heroes on the stage, surrounded by breathtaking special effects for a unique and immersive experience. Marvel: Super Heroes United uses the latest technology to create a fully-immersive world.

The magic of video projections allows guests to move between worlds. You will travel with Doctor Strange to the “Sanctum Sanctorum,” visit Dr. Abraham Erskine’s lab (creator of the Super Soldier Serum used by Steve Rogers aka Captain America), and even enter the sanctuary of the evil villain Thanos.

In this brand new story, Thanos will bring trouble to the Avengers and their allies after finding a way to manipulate them, turning them against each another. Thanos succeeds in distracting the Avengers from their top priority which is to protect all mankind. Luckily, the Heroes will unite to thwart his evil plans. With a few more twists and turns the ultimate battle between good and evil prevails.

Backstage at… Marvel: Super Heroes United

• A huge stage measuring over 400 m²

• A projection area measuring 1,000 m²

• One of Europe’s largest LED screens

• A 180° video experience with over 30 video projectors

• Special effects and scenic pyrotechnics

• 80 light projectors and moving stage sets The Studio Theatre at Walt Disney
Studios Park has been completely reimagined to welcome this show and its
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• From initial studies to the end of construction, this project will involve almost 300 professionals.

• During the season, the show will be performed up to 5 times per day.

The Marvel Summer of Super Heroes seasonal event will be held at the Walt Disney Studios Park from 10 June through 30 September 2018.

 


 

A Growing Marvel Presence at Disneyland Paris

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In February, The Walt Disney Company announced plans for a 2 billion euro, multiyear expansion for Disneyland Paris. The new development will include a transformation of the Walt Disney Studios Park, adding three new areas that are based on Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars, along with multiple new attractions and live entertainment experiences.

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Additionally, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will be completely reimagined into a new Marvel-themed attraction where riders will team up with Iron Man and their favourite Avengers on a high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure.

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And Disney’s Hotel New York will soon be reimagined to become Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, becoming the first Disney Hotel to showcase the thrilling world of the Avengers. With exclusive artwork and a new design, it will be a residence fit for Tony Stark himself.

15,000 Euros stolen during Armed Raid at Radisson Blu Hotel at Disneyland Paris.

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In the early hours of Tuesday 20 March 2018, three hooded men stormed the Radisson Blu Hotel at Disneyland Paris.

The robbers threatened the hotels two receptionists with a gun forcing them to reveal the location of the hotels safe.

The men then proceeded to break  into the hotels safe with drills stealing 15,000 Euros in cash.  The robbers then made their escaped in a car.

Both women escaped unharmed, and no one else was injured.

The Police at Meaux are conducting an investigation.

Source: SFR

Catherine Powell to leave Disneyland Paris

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Catherine Powell, President of Euro Disney S.C.A.  will be leaving Disneyland Paris this summer to take up a new role as head of  Disney Parks & Resorts Western Region overseeing the operations of The Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris.

Her promotion will see her relocate to California and reporting directly to Bob Chapek, Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products.

“I wanted to thank everyone for their kind congratulations. My role is expanding as I take on the running of the parks in California and Florida in addition to Disneyland Paris. I am moving but not leaving! I am and will always remain attached to Disneyland Paris.”— C. Powell

There is no news yet on who will place Powell as the new head of Disneyland Paris.

 

 

A Preview of the Festival of Pirates & Princesses at Disneyland Paris

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On the 7 March 2018 Disneyland Paris hosted a party at the famous Palais Garnier in Paris for the resorts forthcoming “Festival of Pirates and Princesses”, and we are pleased to share with you some video and photographs of the event.

You can live a Princess fairy tale or set sail on a buccaneering Pirate voyage, at Disneyland Paris between 31st March to 31st May 2018.

 

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Disney Shareholders reject $148.5 million Compensation Plan for CEO Bob Iger.

Walt Disney Company shareholders rejected an executive compensation plan that could reward Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger with up to $48.5 million a year over four years plus an equity grant worth about $100 million, in a non-binding vote on Thursday at the companies annual shareholders meeting.  Iger received a compensation package of  $36.3 million in the last fiscal year.

The total compensation is tied to the closing of Disney’s planned $52.4 billion acquisition of film and TV assets from Twenty-First Century Fox and meeting performance targets.

The surprise non-binding vote came at Disney’s annual 2018 shareholder meeting in Houston on Thursday, which was also picketed by Disneyland Resort workers, including some whose unions are negotiating new contracts with the company demanding the company provide a “living wage.”

The demonstration was the latest effort by a coalition of unions at the Anaheim theme parks that is pushing Disney executives to raise wages for the resort’s 30,000 workers during a profitable period for the media giant.

Standing in front of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, the demonstrators held up signs reading “#stopdisneypoverty” among other slogans.

Disney’s executive pay plan was opposed by 52% of shareholders, with 44% in favor and 4% abstaining. Shareholders otherwise fell in line with the board of directors’ recommendations.

Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company said “Disney’s creative and financial success reflects the dedication of our cast members around the world, the strength of our stellar management team, and the support of a world-class board willing to take the bold, strategic steps required to achieve our greatest potential,”

“Our pending acquisition of 21st Century Fox will expand our ability to drive long-term value as an extraordinary entertainment company with the content, the platforms and the reach to meet the growing demands of consumers around the world.”

Based on preliminary results, all Disney Directors standing for election were elected to the Board: Susan E. Arnold; Mary T. Barra; Safra A. Catz; John S. Chen; Francis A. deSouza; Robert A. Iger; Maria Elena Lagomasino; Fred H. Langhammer; Aylwin B. Lewis; and Mark G. Parker.

“When considering the strategic acquisition of 21st Century Fox, and its direct contribution to long-term shareholder value, the Board decided it was imperative that Bob Iger remain as Chairman and CEO through 2021 to provide the vision and proven leadership required to successfully complete and integrate the largest, most complex acquisition in the Company’s history.

21st Century Fox similarly believed that Bob’s continued stewardship was essential for the deal,” said Aylwin B. Lewis, Chair of the Board’s Compensation Committee. “Bob’s track record of creating tremendous value for shareholders speaks for itself, with a total shareholder return of 414% and an increase in Disney’s market capitalisation from $46 billion to $156 billion during his tenure. The Board accepts the result of today’s non-binding vote and will take it under advisement for future CEO compensation. We believe that the terms of Bob’s extension are in the best interests of our company and our shareholders, and essential to Disney’s ability to effectively maximize long-term value from this extraordinary acquisition.”

Shareholders agreed with the Board in rejecting two shareholder proposals, one regarding lobbying disclosure and the other regarding the Company’s proxy access bylaw.

Shareholders ratified the appointment of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the Company’s independent registered public accountants for the fiscal year ending September 29, 2018, and also re-approved the terms of a previously adopted executive performance plan.

Pursuant to the tenure policy in the Company’s corporate governance guidelines, Robert W. Matschullat did not stand for re-election, and, as noted earlier in the year, Sheryl K. Sandberg and Jack Dorsey did not stand for re-election.

“I want to thank Bob, Sheryl and Jack for their wise counsel, support and friendship over the years, and I join the entire board in expressing our sincere appreciation to each of them for their service,” Mr. Iger said. “We all were saddened by the recent passing of Orin Smith, who had served as our Lead Director since 2012. A man of great integrity and kindness, Orin helped lead our company through a transformative era of growth, ensuring we’ll continue to entertain the world for generations to come, and he will be missed by all who knew him.”

Final voting tallies from this year’s annual meeting are subject to certification by the Company’s inspector of elections, and will be included in the Company’s report to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within a week.

London Resort theme parks 3,500 hotel rooms to be operated by Intercontinental Hotel Group.

London Resort Company Holdings the group behind the proposed £3.5 billion ‘London Resort’ theme park, has brought in a new group of senior staff to push forward with the project.

The Intercontinental Hotel Group, the owners of Crowne Plaza and the Holiday Inn Express group of hotels has been brought on board to operate the resort’s 3,500 hotel rooms.

Humphrey Percy, group CEO of the project’s parent company Kuwaiti European Holdings, said he is confident that plans will be approved and affordable.

“We have the financial backing to take us all the way through that process,” he added.

The company is due to make an application for planning permission this year.

If the Government approves the plans, the park will be built in the Swanscombe Peninsula in Dartford, Kent and could be open in 2023.