Starspeeder 1000 resin model launched at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris today (28 December 2018) launched a new model of the iconic Starspeeder 1000 in their Discoveryland Star Traders store in the Disneyland Park.

Priced at €149.00 the resin model of the famous starship from the recently refurbished Star Wars themed Star Tours ride is 30 cm high, has light-up functions and can be removed from its base, which incorporates the design of the entrance to the attraction at Disneyland Paris.

This latest collectable is a product of a close collaboration between the resorts Merchandise Collectibles Teams and Walt Disney Imagineering, who provided the original 3D plans that led to the models design.

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Where Magic Gets Real campaign launched by Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris has launched its new brand campaign Where Magic Gets Real with The Little Duck advertisement created by BECT Paris.

The resort published the following description for the new campaign and The Little Duck advertisement on it’s YouTube channel.

There’s a place where all the magic of Disney -its enchanting tales, its incredible stories – exists for real: Disneyland Paris.

This epic saga, blending together love, humor and courage, is aimed at all those -big and small -who grew up with a Disney idol whom they still wish one day to meet.

At Disneyland Paris, magic is for real.

#WhereMagicGetsReal

Lion King & Jungle Festival teaser image released by Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris has unveiled the first teaser image for next summer’s Lion King & Jungle Festival.

If you love festive and adventurous fun, you’ll go bananas for The Lion King & Jungle Festival, a brand new all-swinging, all-dancing season mesmerising Disneyland Paris from 30th June to 22nd September 2019.

This is your chance to ‘oobee doo’, shake a tail feather and feel the rhythm of a bouncing jungle habitat overgrown with fresh new shows and immersive experiences alongside a tribe of friends from The Lion King and The Jungle Book, such as Timon & Pumbaa, Baloo and King Louie.

Pixar in Concert to tour UK in 2019

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Pixar in Concert will be touring the UK in April 2019, featuring award-winning music from the likes of by Randy Newman, Michael Giacchino, and Thomas Newman.
Music from films such as Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Ratatouille, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Cars, Cars 2, Incredibles 2, Monsters Inc, Monsters University, Brave, Finding Dory, and Coco, will be performed live to a compilation of excerpts from the titles on a giant screen, in a visually stunning, high-definition, multi-media show.
The tour will be visiting Brighton, Manchester, London and Birmingham and tickets are available here.

Natacha Rafalski appointed Présidente of Disneyland Paris

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By: J Lewis-Jones

Disneyland Paris announced yesterday (12 December 2018) that Catherine Powell has been replaced by Natacha Rafalski as Présidente of Disneyland Paris, effective immediately.

The promotion of Natacha Rafalski sees Daniel Delcourt, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Disneyland Paris once again overlooked for promotion.

Natacha Rafalski has had a 23-year career with The Walt Disney Company, holding a variety of senior leadership positions throughout the world. She joined the Disneyland Paris team in 2017 as Chief Financial Officer after the departure of the resorts long standing CFO Mark Stead. Since then she has taken on responsibility for real estate, transformation, corporate alliances and operating participants.

The announcement comes from Catherine Powell, who recently served as Présidente of the resort before being promoted to President of the Disney Parks Western Region in March 2018 and now has responsibility for Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris.

“It is a very exciting time for Disneyland Paris as we continue to transform our organization and move forward with the expansion of our resort,” said Catherine Powell. “Natacha has proven to be an exceptional leader with a global viewpoint who has the versatility and experience needed to lead the continued success of Disneyland Paris.”

In this role Natacha Rafalski will be responsible for bringing Disney magic to life for nearly 15 million guests each year at Disneyland Paris, Europe’s top tourist destination and the beacon of Disney in the region. She leads a multinational team of 16,000 Cast Members and oversees two theme parks, eight themed hotels, a 27-hole golf course and Disney Village, a themed dining entertainment and shopping destination. She will also oversee the ambitious expansion plan for The Walt Disney Studios Park announced earlier this year.

“I am incredibly honoured and excited to assume this position at such a transformational time for the resort,” said Natacha Rafalski. “France holds a special place in my heart, and I’m looking forward to leading and growing the business as we continue to build on and expand the promise of Europe’s top tourist destination.”

Prior to joining the Disneyland Paris team Natacha Rafalski was CFO for The Walt Disney Company Greater China headquartered in Shanghai between October 2013 and October 2017. During that time, she provided instrumental leadership related to various major strategic initiatives and spearheaded work that continues to drive long-term financial growth to that region.

She began her career with Disney in 1995 and has held various positions in corporate treasury and finance including a key role on the Shanghai Disney Resort negotiation team. Prior to this she held roles that included oversight for corporate finance and projects related to Disneyland Paris.

Natacha Rafalski has been a key champion and leader for Diversity and Inclusion at Disneyland Paris, establishing a woman’s leadership group, D Elles P and encouraging Cast Members to form a network dedicated to women. In addition to the many initiatives she continues to lead for Disneyland Paris, she was among the 2017 winners of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 16th Annual Women Worth Watching® Awards.

Natacha Rafalski was born in Montreal, Canada, and raised just outside of Paris, France. She holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California at Los Angeles and a B.A. in Mathematics/Economics, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of California.

Disneyland Paris reveals new image of Marvel-themed area coming to Walt Disney Studios Park 

Today (10 December 2018), Disneyland Paris revealed a new image illustrating the Marvel-themed area coming to Walt Disney Studios Park.

This new area will allow guests to encounter the heroes in new and exciting ways, from the mystic arts of Doctor Strange to the gravity defying feats of Spider-Man.

Guests will also experience the latest in Pym Technology with Ant-Man and Wasp and be wowed as Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Captain America and more leap into action.

In addition to heroic encounters, new attractions, thrilling entertainment and dining, guests will experience a reimagined Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, which will become a high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure.

Get ready to assemble alongside Earth’s mightiest heroes to protect the world… recruitment begins soon.

As part of a €2 billion, multi-year expansion plan, this immersive area marks a first step in the transformation of Walt Disney Studios Park, with three new areas based on Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars.

Fans won’t have to wait for the new area, though, to experience more Marvel at Disneyland Paris.

After the first Marvel Season of Super Heroes last summer, Captain America, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Widow return for a second edition in 2019, filled with epic adventures, joined by new heroes such as Captain Marvel and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Beyond the Parks, Disney’s Hotel New York will be reimagined to become Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel in 2020, becoming the first Disney hotel to showcase and celebrate the history and new exciting ways to explore the visual world of Marvel.

After the first Marvel Season of Super Heroes last summer, Captain America, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Widow return for a second edition in 2019, filled with epic adventures, joined by new heroes such as Captain Marvel and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Beyond the Parks, Disney’s Hotel New York will be reimagined to become Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel in 2020, becoming the first Disney hotel to showcase and celebrate the history and new exciting ways to explore the visual world of Marvel.