Disney Pulls The Plug on UK Television Channels.

Disney+ will become the exclusive home of Disney Channel content in the United Kingdom from 1 October 2020.

The Walt Disney Company today announced their decision to close down their entertainment channels at the end of September 2020  bringing to an end 25 years of broadcasting in the United Kingdom.

From 1 October 2020 the Disney+ online streaming service which launched in the UK on 24 March 2020 will become the exclusive home of all new and archived content from the Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior.

“From 1 October,  Disney+ will become the exclusive home for content from the Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior in the UK.” The Company said in a statement.

“The direct-to-consumer service, which garnered more than 54.5 million subscribers worldwide in its first seven months, will now premiere all the latest films, series and specials from the three Disney Channels, along with offering a rich and expansive back catalogue of Disney Channel titles in the UK, including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Descendants 3 and Phineas and Ferb.”

“The Walt Disney Company remains committed to our kids channels business and continues to execute distribution agreements for Disney channels in many markets where Disney+ is also available, with the goal of giving our fans multiple entry points to our storytelling,” the company added.

The Disney Channel launched in the United Kingdom on 1 October 1995  and was the first Disney Channel to broadcast outside the United States.

Natural history and wildlife channel National Geographic and entertainment channel Fox will continue to broadcast in the UK.

Disneyland Paris to Reopen on 15 July 2020

In a communication sent yesterday by Disneyland Paris to members of the resorts exclusive Euro Disney Club, the French theme park has announce a phased reopening of the resort starting with the Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel and the Disney Village as of Wednesday 15 July 2020. 

The reopening of Disneyland Paris is in line with guidance from Frenchk government and health authorities and has been discussed with Union Representatives from the Comité Social et Economique (CSE).  

In addition, and subject to the continued evolution of the situation, Disneyland Paris also announced the scheduled phased reopening of several other Disney hotels including Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne on 20 July, Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe on 3 August and the Disneyland Hotel on 7 September.  Disney’s Sequoia Lodge Hotel and Disney’s Davy Crocket Ranch will remain closed during the summer with reopening dates announced at a later time.

Natacha Rafalski,
President of Disneyland Paris

All of us at Disneyland Paris are excited to be on the path to reopening over the next few weeks,” said Natacha Rafalski, President of Disneyland Paris. 

Making magic means even more, as we reflect on the resilience of our cast members and community, the enthusiasm of our guests and fans, and the positive momentum of many reopenings in the tourism industry across Europe. We are looking forward to again enjoy.” 

We are thrilled to see one of the main tourism destinations in Europe and largest single site employer in France reopen to guests and its employees,” said Sophie Huberson, Executive Director of Le Syndicat National des Espaces de Loisirs, d’Attractions et Culturels (SNELAC). “This is an important milestone for the tourism and leisure industry in France and will be a critical step in our industry’s recovery.”  SNELAC is the organization representing theme parks, leisure and cultural areas in France.

Natacha Rafalski Euro Disney SCA President, Daniel Delcourt Chief Operating Officer and Marco Bernini Vice President of Park Operations were recently spotted at Disneyland Paris being guided through potential reopening procedures.

Safety Measures and Experience

The phased reopening will incorporate a deliberate approach, with enhanced health and safety measures implemented for both cast members and guests. This will include limits on attendance and require advanced ticketing reservations to accommodate controlled guest density that supports government guidance on physical distancing. As a result, some experiences, shows or events will not be available or may be modified upon reopening depending on the evolution of the safety and sanitary measures and recommendations from public authorities. This includes offerings such as Disney Stars on Parade and Disney Illuminations night time spectacular which will return at a later date. 

The Lion King: Rhythms of the Pride Lands and Jungle Book Jive—two top-rated entertainment spectaculars—will return later in the summer. While character meet and greets will be temporarily unavailable, characters will be in the parks in new ways to entertain and delight guests. Other experiences such as playgrounds and makeover experiences will remain temporarily unavailable.  Additionally, FastPass services will be suspended in order to allow for the necessary queue management on attractions. 

Cast members and guests ages 11 and older will also be required to wear face coverings while at the resort.  More information on specific measures are available on www.disneylandparis.com

Ticketing and Reservation System

As Disneyland Paris welcomes guests back to the magic with a limited number of tickets available each day during the initial reopening, a new online reservation system will be available in early July. To ensure admission, guests in possession of or buying non-dated tickets, and Annual Pass holders, will need to register on this new online reservation system to obtain a reservation for park entry prior to their arrival. Guests who already have a dated ticket, do not need to register and reserve a date.  Likewise, guests with packages that include park admittance will receive admission for the duration of their stay and do not need to use the new online reservation system.

Tickets and packages are now on sale on the resort’s website, Disneyland Paris call center and official travel partner channels, with a limited number of tickets available each day during the initial reopening phase. Ticket sales will not be available on site.

To provide guests with maximum flexibility, new booking conditions are now available to include cancellations and modifications without fees (excluding transport) on stays in the Disney Hotels anytime up to seven days before the arrival date.  Specific details are available on www.disneylandparis.com.  

As Disneyland Paris readies for reopening, guests are invited to check www.disneylandparis.com for the latest information. Fans and guests can continue to experience the magic of Disneyland Paris through athome.DisneylandParis.com, and use #DisneyMagicMoments on social media to share their stories. 

Concerning the reopening of Salon Mickey lounge.

We will send you soon a new communication with some information concerning the date and the conditions of the reopening of Salon Mickey.

Is Disneyland Paris Reopening On 15 July 2020?

It appears that Disneyland Paris will be reopening to Disney Hotel Guests on the 15 July 2020.

The move comes following a two day meeting held between Disneyland Paris management and Cast Member Unions last week to discuss the reopening of the resort.

Natacha Rafalski Euro Disney SCA President, Daniel Delcourt Chief Operating Officer and Marco Bernini Vice President of Park Operations were recently spotted at Disneyland Paris being guided through potential reopening procedures.

This date has been mentioned by a number of Disneyland Paris fan pages and the Disneyland Paris website is now accepting hotel bookings from 15 July 2020 onwards.

No official announcement regarding the reopening of Disney’s European resort has yet been made by Disneyland Paris or the Walt Disney Company.

Disneyland Paris 2020 Run Weekend Cancelled.

Disneyland Paris has announced that the 2020 Run Weekend has been cancelled.

The 5th Disneyland Paris Run Weekend that was scheduled to be held between 24-27 September 2020 will now be held in the autumn of 2021.

Guests can choose to either maintain their package reservation without the Disneyland Paris Run Weekend features, whereupon the price the of the Run Weekend will be refunded, or, cancel their package reservation, whereupon they will receive a full refund.

Guests must fill out a form on the Disneyland Paris website with their choice before 19 June 2020, otherwise both the package reservation and Run Weekend features will be cancelled and refunded automatically.

Disneyland Paris will publish the form and further information on their website later today.