Disney donates $5 million towards the Notre-Dame rebuilding project.

Following Monday’s tragic fire at France’s Notre-Dame de Paris medieval Catholic cathedral the Walt Disney Company has today announced a $5 million donation to the rebuilding project.

Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said “Notre-Dame is a beacon of hope and beauty that has defined the heart of Paris and the soul of France for centuries, inspiring awe and reverence for its art and architecture and for its enduring place in human history.

The Walt Disney Company stands with our friends and neighbors in the community, offering our heartfelt support as well as a $5 million donation for the restoration of this irreplaceable masterpiece”.

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Renault F1 Team to hold Demonstration Runs at Disneyland Paris

The Renault F1 Team has confirmed a second edition of the hugely popular pre-French Grand Prix roadshow programme. The roadshow will be the curtain-raiser to the French Grand Prix, which will be held at Le Castellet on 23 June.

The team will bring the excitement and passion of F1 to 15 cities across France, starting with two exceptional demonstration runs of the E20 Formula 1 car at Disneyland Paris on the 6 & 7 April 2019.

E20 driving duties will be split across Renault F1 Team’s race driver line-up of Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hülkenberg, Sergey Sirotkin and Jack Aitken, while the Renault Sport Academy drivers will also take turns behind the wheel.

Adding to the excitement, Renault’s breath-taking GT racer, the Renault R.S.01, will join the E20 on the roads, while the public will have the opportunity to watch live pit stops, try out driving simulators and Batak pro challenges and meet the Renault drivers.

Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport Racing said “We are pleased to join forces with the French Grand Prix to bring the excitement of Formula 1 to the French public for a second consecutive year. The success of the roadshow last year was unprecedented, with thousands of people attending each demo run. This year with a larger programme even more people can discover and experience the sport for themselves.”

Escalator Fault Causes Panic at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris was put into a state of security lock-down last night (Saturday 23 March 2019) when an escalator at Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station malfunctioned causing a loud bang.

Panicking passangers and Disneyland Paris guests fleed the area amid fears the ‘blast’ noise from the breakdown was a terror attack.

The incident happened at approximately 9:00 PM when an electrical transformer in an escalator at Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station malfunctioned causing a very loud bang.

The resulting loud noise caused a panic amoungst passangers and guests in the adjacent Disney Village leisure complex in Disneyland Paris which resulted in several reported injuries.

There were fears of explosions and even gunshots, but a spokesman for the RER station at Marne la Vallee said: ‘It seems that a malfunctioning escalator has caused the problems’.
‘It began working erratically, and causing loud noises. It may be that some people have been hurt in this accident.’

Police and soldiers were seen rushing to the area around the station and visitors in the Disney Village were briefly confined in the restaurants, bars and shops.

A spokesman for Disneyland Paris said: ‘There has been no explosions, no shootings, no injuries. It a false alarm’.

‘Please don’t read any rumours or stories that over exaggerate – the lock-down and police attendance were standard procedure following any sort of incident.’

Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy train station handles 16,000 passangers a day and is very frequently forced to close due to security alerts because of unattended baggage.

Worldwide Engineering Brigade to replace Armageddon – Les Effets Speciaux at the Walt Disney Studios Park

The Avengers are setting up new Headquarters and training facilities around the globe to inspire all potential recruits willing to step up and become something more.

As part of this global initiative, Tony Stark has founded the Worldwide Engineering Brigade — or WEB for short— to develop advancements in super-powered technology, including new enhancements to Spider-Man’s suit as their debut project.

By bringing together the world’s brightest young inventors, the WEB is creating new interfaces that will empower all of us to join the ranks of Earth’s Mightiest.

Disneyland Paris yesturday (21 March 2019) released the below message from Scot Drake, Creative Executive Marvel Global Portfolio, on the exciting new WEB – Worldwide Engineering Brigade project which will be built at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris as a replacement for the much loved Armageddon – Les Effets Speciaux attraction.

“As I shared with you just a few months ago, Walt Disney Imagineering’s Global Marvel Portfolio is working closely with our partners across Studios and Entertainment to create exciting experiences and attractions where you can join fan-favorite Super Heroes at Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris.

One of the best parts of my job is getting to collaborate with a diverse group of talented Imagineers, all pushing to bring this incredible universe to life, in a way that is authentic to this iconic brand. Developing new and innovative technologies, telling new stories and creating experiences that allow our guests to play an active role alongside these extraordinary characters is our core mission.

Today, I’m happy to be able to share more details on an immersive, interactive experience coming to Disney California Adventure park at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney Studios park at Disneyland Paris.

Both parks will feature an exciting new attraction where guests of all ages can join the heroes in action. We are expanding our story universe by creating a new organization, the Worldwide Engineering Brigade, to be our setting for this experience. Though WEB is grounded in classic characters like Peter Parker, it is an organization that we can all be a part of – one that invites us to engage with these iconic heroes like never before.

Besides introducing WEB, we can’t wait to debut a brand-new, cutting-edge interface as part of this fun, interactive attraction. Through a blend of never-before-seen technology and practical effects, guests will get to experience for themselves what it is like to have the abilities of a Super Hero.

This adventure will blend seamlessly into the story of the new lands we’re creating at both Disney California Adventure park and Walt Disney Studios park, where there will be surprises at every turn!

I’m personally most excited to see Spider-Man swinging through these lands in a new suit that you can see now at Walt Disney Studios Park, soon at Disney California Adventure park, and at other locations in the future. We were thrilled to partner with Ryan Meinerding, Head of Visual Development at Marvel Studios, to create this stunning new suit design.

And the feeling is mutual. According to Ryan, “It has been the highlight of my career to design all of Spider-Man’s suits for the most recent films. Bringing him to life through Tony Stark’s capable design aesthetic was a true joy, but working with the Walt Disney Imagineering team to develop a look for Spidey that reflects the innovation of a team of young geniuses really brings him to a new level. And knowing that park guests can get up close to that suit and really take in all the detail the astounding Imagineers packed into it means that we have truly brought a new version of the character to life.”

We are proud to be creating new homes for these characters – where guests can live their own adventures alongside fan-favorite Super Heroes.

Recruitment begins soon, so get ready to assemble and find your power!”

Disney Closes $71.3 Billion Deal for 21st Century Fox

The Walt Disney Company took possession of 21st Century Fox at 12:02 a.m. ET today (20 March 2019) in a deal costing $71.3 billion (£54 billion).

The assets changing hands in the deal include: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Family, and Fox Animation; Fox’s television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions, and Fox21; FX Networks; National Geographic Partners; Fox Networks Group International; Star India; and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Tata Sky, and Endemol Shine Group.

Shareholders from both companies approved Walt Disney’s bid to acquire 21st Century Fox’s assets on 27 July 2018, but the deal required regulatory approval in several global markets.

“This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us — one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders,” Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger said in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

“Combining Disney’s and 21st Century Fox’s wealth of creative content and proven talent creates the preeminent global entertainment company, well positioned to lead in an incredibly dynamic and transformative era.”

Using fiscal-year 2017 data, Disney said in a regulatory filing that the new assets could quickly add about $19.3 billion in annual revenue and $1.6 billion in net income. In that fiscal year, Disney reported $55.1 billion in revenue and $9.4 billion in net income.

Disney has promised $2 billion in cost savings from the Fox takeover, with some in the industry expecting up to 10,000 redundancies.