Disney Illuminations and Frozen show suspended for three weeks from 3 January 2022.

Disney illuminations at
Disneyland Paris

In line with the recent update of the French governments COVID-19 regulations, Disneyland Paris has announced the following amendments to their programme from 3 January 2022.

The nighttime fireworks spectacular Disney Illuminations will be suspended for three weeks.

Frozen: A Musical Invitation

The Frozen: A Musical Invitation show in the Walt Disney Studios Park will be replaced by a photo spot for three weeks.

The Christmas Parade will no longer perform show stops.

The resorts bars will begin a Table Service operation from 3 January 2022.

Golf Disneyland Paris to be stripped of Disney branding.

Golf Disneyland Paris

As the budget cuts implemented by the CEO of The Walt Disney Company Bob Chapek, continue to impact The Parks, Experiences and Products division. The latest victim is Golf Disneyland Paris at the Disneyland Paris resort in France.

The popular golf club at Disneyland Paris, owned by Euro Disney SCA, is to be stripped of it’s Disneyland Paris branding and transferred to a third-party company to operate.

The Club House
Golf Disneyland Paris

Located on Rue de la Mare Houleuse, Magny-le-Hongre, adjacent to the Radisson Blu Hotel and Marriott’s Village d’ll-de-France, the Golf Disneyland Paris complex is home to three 9-hole golf courses and includes ‘The Club House’ building that houses the Pro-Shop and Club House Grill restaurant and bar.

Golf Disneyland Paris looses its Disney branding on 1 January 2022.

The Disneyland Hotel Prepares For Its Royal Transformation

The iconic Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris.

As the ambitious reimagining of the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland Paris has just started, the resort reveals new details about this royal transformation.

The massive transformation of Disneyland Hotel – the flagship icon located at the entrance to Disneyland Park – has just begun after several months of preparation following the announcement in April 2021.

The Disneyland Hotel sits above the entrance to the Disneyland Park.

This early phase has readied the site for the works to come, in particular emptying the hotel of its furniture with many pieces made available to Cast Members.

As part of the resort’s ongoing efforts to support the surrounding community, Disneyland Paris also took this opportunity to donate more than 1,500 furniture pieces to three organizations supporting local communities.


With the progress of this exciting project, Disneyland Paris continues its strategy of enhancing the Guest experience through innovation and a commitment to excellence, infusing even more Disney franchises and storytelling in this 5-star hotel for a renewed and even more immersive experience.

Artist impression of the new royal themed bedrooms
at the Disneyland Hotel.

When it reopens, the Disneyland Hotel will take on a royal theme and become the true kingdom of many Disney Princesses and Princes, with beautifully decorated rooms and suites inspired by animated classics such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, as well as more recent hits such as Tangled and Frozen.

New guest rooms will benefit from magical Disney touches like this Tangled-inspired mirror.

The Tangled-inspired mirror being installed in guest bedrooms.

At the same time, all hotel areas will be upgraded and redesigned to offer enhanced accommodations with upgraded technologies, from online check-in to in-room connectivity.

There will also be expansions to the boutique and fitness areas, featuring an extended pool, spa and gym.

The existing swimming pool at the
Disneyland Hotel will be extended.

Young guests can rest assured that the Princess for a Day experience will return… reimagined for a comeback providing an even more royal experience.

The culinary offering will be improved and even extend into the lobby. An additional lounge will also be created to provide hotel guests even more choice in how they spend their stay, along with tasty food and beverage offerings.

The lobby of the Disneyland Hotel is being redesigned to include
a guest lounge.

The hotel’s exterior will retain its charming Victorian lines and continue to blend harmoniously into the world of Disneyland Paris’ Main Street, U.S.A. with the facades, roofs and woodwork to be completely refurbished, as well as the hotel’s parking area and a new entry sequence.

This enchanting reimagining of the hotel is sure to surprise and delight both loyal and new Guests in search of immersion and impeccable service at Disneyland Paris.

Follow Salon Mickey for regular updates on this ambitious project which, after the recent opening of Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, marking the next step in the Disneyland Paris Hotel transformation plan.

Disney On Ice “Find Your Hero” show cancelled at O2, London.

Disney On Ice has today announced the cancellation of the Disney On Ice presents “Find Your Hero” ice show scheduled to be held at the O2, London.

The show scheduled to run between the 24th to 30th December 2021 has been forced to cancel due to Covid-19 enforced absences within the cast and crew.

Disney On Ice will begin processing automatic refunds shortly.

British and US travellers to Disneyland Paris to pay €7 ETIAS fee.

British and US travellers to Disneyland Paris will have pay €7.00 per person and pre-register their details in order to enter the European Union from late next year.

The European Travel and Information and Authorisation Scheme (ETIAS) will enable citizens of 63 non-EU countries to visit the EU Schengen area with travel pre-authorisation, rather than a full visa.

The European Commission confirmed in 2018 that, from late 2022, the UK will be part of ETIAS, meaning that Brits aged between 18 and 70 will have to pre-register their details before any trip, as well as pay the €7.00 levy.

The ETIAS system is expected to process the vast majority of applications automatically but in some cases it may take up to 30 days.

If approved, the ETIAS authorisation will be valid for three years or until the expiry date of your passport if earlier.

Once the pre-authorisation has been approved, British passport holders will be allowed to stay in Europe up to 90 days.

ETIAS requirements will be in place for any trip to Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia, San Marino, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Malta, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Vatican City, plus the non-Schengen micro-states of Andorra and Monaco.

It is expected the ETIAS visa waiver to enter into operation at the end of 2022, but ETIAS travel authorization will not be mandatory until 2023.

A six month grace period is planned to allow eligible travellers to become familiar with the new system.

Further information available from:
https://www.schengenvisainfo.com

France to close borders to United Kingdom holidaymakers from Saturday 18 December 2021.

The French government has announced new restrictive measures for visitors from the United Kingdom commencing on Saturday 18 December 2021, which will force the cancellation of many peoples Disneyland Paris Christmas Holidays.

• All visitors traveling to France from the United Kingdom must have a valid reason. [Holidays to Disneyland Paris are no longer included as valid reason].

• Presentation of a negative antigen test (lateral flow) or negative PCR test, completed less than 24 hours at French border control.

• 7 days quarantine upon arrival in France. This will be reduced to 2 days upon a second negative test.

• Those departing France for the United Kingdom will also need a valid reason. [Returning home is included as a valid reason].

Those travellers from the United Kingdom already in France by Friday evening will be allowed to continue their vacations.

Eurostar cancels direct services to Disneyland Paris until end of March 2022.

Eurostar

Eurostar has announced that all direct train services between London St. Pancras International to Marne-la-Vallée Chessy / Disneyland Paris have been cancelled until the end of March 2022.

Passengers will now have to change at Paris Gare du Nord for services to Marne-la-Vallée Chessy for Disneyland Paris.

A spokesman for Eurostar said: “Our direct trains from London St. Pancras to Disneyland Paris are cancelled until the end of March next year”.

“This isn’t a new decision, as we gradually increase our services, we need to focus on our core routes between capital cities where demand is strongest.”

They added: “Travellers can still make their way to Disneyland Paris by rail, with a simple onward connection in Paris Nord”.

Eurostar have also announced an amendment to their terms and conditions of carriage allowing ticket holders with tickets valid until 10 January 2022, to change their bookings up until the time of departure with no additional administration fees.

Disneyland Paris COVID-19 Test Centre.

Following the recent announcement of the enhanced entry requirements for international travellers entering the United Kingdom, or British citizens returning to the United Kingdom from Disneyland Paris will be relieved to know that they will be able to take a PCR test at the COVID-19 testing facility operated by Loxamed in the Disney Village.

The testing centre is open 7 days a week from 08:00 to 20:00 and is located in the former Buffalo Bills Wild West Show building.

Prices as of 4 December 2021

PCR-Nasopharyngeal test with results received between 12 to 24 hours via email €63.89 (£55.00).

Fast PCR-Nasopharyngeal test with results by 03:00 via email €103.89 (£88.00).

The update entry requirements come into force from 04:00 on 7 December 2021, when all travellers aged 12 and over, regardless of their vacation status will require to submit a negative COVID-19 lateral flow or PCR test result within 48 hours of their departure to the United Kingdom.

Travellers who receive a positive test result will have to quarantine in France at their own expense until they are no longer contagious and test negative before onward travel to the United Kingdom would be permissible.

Susan Arnold Elected Chairman of The Walt Disney Company.

Susan Arnold

I The Walt Disney Company has elected Susan Arnold as Chairman of its board.

Arnold has been a Disney board member for 14 years, and will succeed Bob Iger at the end of this year.

Susan Arnold is the first woman to chair the board for the first time in the company’s 98-year history.

For the last eight years Ms Arnold has been an executive at the Carlyle Group, having previously held roles at consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble and global fast food chain McDonald’s.

Bob Iger, who stepped down as Disney’s Chief Executive Officer in 2020 after 15 years in the role, will leave the company by the end of this month.

During his time as Chief Executive of Disney, Iger made a number of major acquisitions, including Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Euro Disney SCA (the owners of Disneyland Paris) and 21st Century Fox.

Iger was also instrumental in Disney opening its first theme park and resort in mainland China in 2016, the Shanghai Disneyland Resort.

Several other key Walt Disney Company executives have announced plans to leave by the end of this year, including Walt Disney Studios head Alan Horn, President and Chief Creative Officer of Disney Branded Television Gary Marsh, and Company General Counsel Alan Braverman.

This huge loss of corporate and executive talent that are also leaving TWDC with Iger is quite worrying.

Over the last 15 years this talent pool has seen Disney transform into the corporate giant it is today.

Under Iger, Disney saw the creation of initiative attractions at its theme parks. The expansions of existing lands and the creation of whole new lands including Star Wars: Galaxy Edge and the Marvel: Avengers Campus together with content from new Disney movies and Disney+ tv shows created.

With 32,000 redundancies (many in the creative industries) implemented by Bob Chapek throughout the whole of The Walt Disney Company since he assumed his role of CEO and the closure of Disney Stores worldwide, I fear that the current creative brain drain and loss of corporate executive talent will result in imagination stagnation and further operational budget cuts at Disney for years ahead. As Chapek, a self-confessed numbers man runs the company to increase profits for the benefit of its shareholders to the decrement of its consumers and theme park visitors.