Disneyland Paris has released the below statement following the revised COVID-19 legislation announced by French President Emmanuel Macron on 12 July 2021.
⚠️ Important Information ⚠️
The French President Macron recently addressed the nation to unveil new measures meant to mitigate the spread of Covid across the country. Among these measures, he confirmed that a sanitary pass will be required as of July 21st for all leisure and cultural locations gathering more than 50 people. We remain open and our flexible commercial conditions continue to apply. We will adjust our operations to comply with the new measures and provide more updates as soon as possible. Due to a very high volume of calls, you may experience longer delays than usual when trying to contact us. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to welcoming you soon at Disneyland Paris.
The Walt Disney Company are closing their Disney Stores in the United Kingdom with only the flagship Oxford Street store in London remaining open.
The move by Disney Consumer Products to close the UK’s remaining 33 Disney Stores reflects the changing shopping habits of consumers by preferring to shop online rather than visiting bricks and mortar stores.
In a statement released by Disney Stores, a spokesperson said: “We are currently in consultation with an initial group of stores in the UK”.
The news comes just months after Disney announced plans to significantly reduce the number of stores in North America and mainland Europe as part of its new strategy to focus on online sales.
Speaking of the North American store closures earlier this year, Stephanie Young, President of Disney’s Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, said: “The global pandemic has changed what consumers expect from a retailer. We now plan to create a more flexible, interconnected eCommerce experience that gives consumers easy access to unique, high-quality products across all our franchises.”
Although there has been no official statement on the UK store closures, the Disney Store website has responded to inquiries suggesting that it may be moving towards partnerships with existing and third party retailers in the future, rather than running standalone stores. “We constantly evaluate our Disney Stores to ensure we’re in the right sites to be able to provide magical experiences for our guests,” reads a comment on the website. “As a result, we are creating new Disney destinations with various retail partners, but we may close some existing stores. You’ll still be able to shop in our other Disney Stores and online.”
The Disney Stores in Watford, Warrington and Aberdeen closed earlier this year, while stores in Bromley and Westfield Stratford closed in June.
Cast Members at other UK Disney Stores have taken to social media to share that they have been given notice and told that their stores will soon be closing.
It is believed that the closure programme will be completed by 21 September 2021.
Disneyland Paris has officially chosen The Kraft Heinz Company, with its unique Heinz portfolio of sauces, as its Official Condiments Partner across the entire resort, including its two Disney Parks, Disney Village and its Disney Hotels frequented by guests from across France and Europe.
The much-loved iconic American brand Heinz, which celebrated its 150-year anniversary in 2019, will also develop, as the partnership progresses, exclusive and delicious recipes for Disneyland Paris in collaboration with the resort’s chefs, designed to complement its uniquely immersive themed dining experience. All condiments will be produced in Kraft Heinz’s manufacturing facilities in Europe, including the company’s French plant in Seclin.
This marks a strategic partnership between two international leaders who embody excellence, quality and joy to create memorable moments for people across the globe, and underlines Disneyland Paris’s confidence in the value of a new dedicated condiment offering for its guests. It’s an innovative way to approach a 360° consumer experience, where food plays a vital role, and it is the first time ever Disneyland Paris has signed a partnership for condiments.
“Disneyland Paris is committed to providing an exceptional Guest experience with magical memories that last a lifetime, and our dining experience is an integral part of that,” said Laure Albouy, Vice President Business Strategy & Integration for Disneyland Paris.“Created in 1869, the Heinz brand of condiments is a standard bearer that has stood the test of time. Offering the best products and service is how we deliver on our commitment to quality, and to that end, we are delighted to partner with The Kraft Heinz Company.”
As the Official Condiment Partner, Heinz will also work with Disneyland Paris to develop surprising and creative marketing and communications campaigns throughout Europe. This unique association taking shape outside the resort is a wonderful opportunity to enhance these two beloved brands!
“We are delighted with this alliance, which demonstrates the confidence that Disneyland Paris has in us” said Jacques Pradels, Chief Sales Officer International for The Kraft Heinz Company. “This collaboration highlights the quality of our products. It’s representative of a transformative way of aligning forces with our customers to brilliantly activate in both food service and retail, delivering the maximum value for them for all occasions. Our purpose is to Make Life Delicious for all our stakeholders, and this is a clear example of how this can happen”.