Disneyland Paris to reopen on 17 June 2021

Euro Disney SCA President Natacha Rafalski has announced that the Disneyland Paris resort will reopen to guests on 17 June 2021.

Both Parc Disneyland and The Walt Disney Studios Park, the Disney Village and Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel will reopen on Thursday 17 June 2021.

Disney’s New York Hotel: The Art of Marvel will open to guests on Monday 21 June 2021.

Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne will be reopening its doors to guests on Thursday 1 July 2021 with Disney’s Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch set to reopen on Sunday 13 July 2021.

Rediscovering Disneyland exhibition and auction.

The Van Eaton Galleries located in Sherman Oaks, California, USA is hosting a Disney Parks exhibition and auction entitled “Rediscovering Disneyland”.

The exhibition which runs until 19 May 2021 brings together nearly 1,200 artifacts from the history of Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and the other Disney Parks around the world.

For many Disney fans the highlight of the collection will be the loan agreement signed by Walt Disney and his wife Lillian Disney in 1954 relating to the $60,000 Walt borrowed against his own life insurance policy in order to build Disneyland.

Other items in the collection include a Mark VII Autopia Vehicle Body, a vintage Cast Member costume from Club 33, and a hand-crafted mosaic display that was once part of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Hand-written and signed sheet music for ‘It’s a Small World’ by the Sherman Brothers and Disneyland parking lot signs, as well as a plethora of park signage, props, costumes, furniture, and much more that celebrates the incredible history of Disneyland and its creator, Walt Disney.

For more information about the exhibition and auction, including the free 376 page online auction catalog visit the Van Eaton Galleries website: https://vegalleries.com/releases/rediscovering-disneyland

The auction will be streamed live on 22 & 23 May 2021.

Disney Magic visits Southampton

Disney Magic arriving at Southampton

The Disney Magic cruise ship docked in Southampton today (Sunday 9 May 2021) to take on crew and supplies.

A large crowd gathered on the waters edge in Mayflower Park to view the Disney Cruise Line ship.

The Disney Magic was docked at the City Cruise Terminal and departed at 21:00 to sail to Dover.

The Disney Magic will commence sailing with passengers onboard from July to October departing from Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle and London Tilbury.

Disneyland Hotel to under go a Disney Princesses and Princes makeover.

Disneyland Paris has announced the acceleration of its hotel refurbishment programme by embarking on a transformation of the Disneyland Hotel, which will strengthen its flagship status at the resort and offer guests an even greater five-star experience.

The hotel is known not only for its privileged position at the entrance of Parc Disneyland, but also for its impeccable service that has propelled it to be a firm guest favorite and the iconic resort hotel of Disneyland Paris.

The elegant Victorian architecture that guests have come to know when approaching Parc Disneyland will remain, while the Disney magic that guests love will be enhanced.

The Disneyland Hotel will be refurbished with a royal theme and become the home of many favorite Disney Princesses and Princes, from classics like Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, but also the recent favourites Frozen and Tangled.

The hotels public areas will be reimagined to pay homage to these beloved films and their characters, while all hotel rooms and suites will be entirely rethemed to offer an immersive experience with refined, creative décor and magical touches that will surprise the whole family, as only Disney can do.

“At Disneyland Paris, we create enchanting experiences for all ages,” says Sylvie Massara, Walt Disney Imagineering Paris – Design and Show Quality. “The completely refurbished Disneyland Hotel will do just that, immersing guests in a timeless royal atmosphere. Guests will be welcomed with unique refinement as soon as they enter the lobby and will stay in rooms and suites with elegant décor celebrating Disney Princesses and Princes.”

To meet and exceed the ever-evolving expectations of the resorts guests, the layout of the hotel’s public spaces will be improved. With equipment in the rooms also being enhanced to provide improved, personalised services implementing the latest technologies for even greater guest comfort.

Guests will benefit from a larger swimming pool area, indulge in an expanded spa and dine in updated restaurants and bars – all adding up to a most magical experience the five-star Disneyland Hotel can offer.

“When it reopens, the Disneyland Hotel will offer to our guests an enhanced experience even more worthy of the prestigious French five-star hotel rating,” adds Tomás Feier, General Manager of the Disneyland Hotel. “We are proud to welcome a lot of repeat visitors at our iconic hotel, and we want them to be immersed in a 360-degree experience using the power of beloved Disney fairytales, with an array of brave and kind heroines as a central theme. Our loyal guests expect to be enchanted and surprised by their stay each time they visit us, and we take pride in delivering impeccable service to create memorable moments. A full Disneyland Paris experience can truly be achieved only when staying in one of our themed hotels, and we cannot wait to welcome guests to the Disneyland Hotel after its transformation.”

It is expected that the Disneyland Hotel will be closed to guests for a minimum of two-years while the long overdue refurbishment takes place.

Disney Cruise Line announces U.K. Staycation cruises.

The Disney Cruise Line will be operating U.K. Staycation cruises for the first-time this summer.

The limited 2, 3 and 4 night cruises will depart on select dates from Liverpool and Southampton aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship.

The Staycation sailings are exclusive to United Kingdom residents and will allow passengers to embark on a brand-new Disney experience.

“Our teams are bringing tremendous ingenuity and fun to these new cruises, tailoring them with care to the times we are living in, yet filling them with everything you’d expect from Disney, from great service and entertainment to immersive dining experiences and magic for the whole family,” Disney Cruise Line president Thomas Mazloum said.

Sailing from Liverpool and Southampton passengers will be immersed in Disney storytelling, thanks to an amazing collection of onboard entertainment, dining and recreation for the entire family, with all the care you’d expect from Disney.

Passengers will remain aboard the Disney Magic throughout the sailings.

Further information and prices will be released by the Disney Cruise Line when booking opens on 19 April 2021.

Liverpool Departure Dates:

2 Nights
13 & 18 July

3 Nights
15, 20, 27, 30 July

4 Nights
23 July

Southampton Departure Dates:

2 Nights
4, 16, 18, 30 August
1 September

3 Nights
6, 13, 20, 27 August

4 Nights:
9, & 23 August

*All dates are subject to change by the Disney Cruise Line and HM Government travel restrictions.

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast refurbished at Disneyland Paris.

The Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast attraction at Disneyland Paris has undergone a major refurbishment while the theme park has been closed to Guests.

The major refurbishment included the complete re-painting and modernising of the interior and exterior of the ride.

The lighting effects throughout the attraction have been replaced with LED lighting and the interactive targets have also been replaced.

The attraction also sees the creation of a new design for the entrance to the ride.

“To infinity and beyond!”

Disney Village to be renamed Downtown Disney.

Disneyland Paris has announced the renaming of the resorts Disney Village shopping, dining and entertainment complex to Downtown Disney.

“The rebranding of the Disney Village to Downtown Disney is an exciting part of The Walt Disney Company’s €2 billion investment project of the Disneyland Paris resort” said Euro Disney SCA Executive Lirpa Loof.

It has previously been confirmed by Disneyland Paris that the Disney Village will receive a major redesign and expansion.

The renaming of the Disney Village to Downtown Disney is not unprecedented as the resorts entertainment district was originally  named Festival Disney when the then Euro Disney Resort opened on 12 April 1992.

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April reopening of Disneyland Paris Postponed.

Disneyland Paris has announced the cancellation of their scheduled reopening on the 2 April 2021 in a statement published on the resorts website today.

“Due to prevailing conditions and travel restrictions across Europe, Disneyland Paris will not reopen on April 2 as initially planned. We are optimistic that we will be able to reopen soon, and we will share updates when possible.”

“If you have a booking with us, you will have flexibility to modify your arrival date or cancel your reservation without fees up until the last moment before your planned arrival.”

“We truly appreciate your continued understanding and cannot wait to welcome you again.”

Disneyland Paris cancels Pride, Electroland and the Run Weekend.

Disneyland Paris has announced the cancellation of the following events scheduled to be held at the resort this year:

Disneyland Paris Pride (12 June 2021)
Electroland (2 – 4 July 2021)
Disneyland Paris Run Weekend (Autumn 2021)

This announcement comes as no surprise to Salon Mickey as further reports reach us that Euro Disney SCA Management have made several requests to The Walt Disney Company for Disneyland Paris to remain closed for the majority of 2021.

We understand that the requests were made to enable the resort to continue with the maintenance and refurbishment works required in preparation for the celebration of the resorts 30th Anniversary in 2022.

Health and safety concerns raised by Unions regarding the protection of Cast Members and Guests from the COVID-19 virus were also referenced.

Also highlighted was the inability of Guests with existing bookings being unable to visit the French Disney resort due to the travel restrictions implemented within France and by neighbouring countries.

To date we understand Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Inc. have refused to accept these requests and have instructed Disneyland Paris to re-open as soon as the French authorities allow.

To date Disneyland Paris is scheduled to re-open on 2 April 2021.

The British government announced on Monday that they plan to allow the re-opening of theme parks in England no earlier than 12 April 2021.

The earliest date people from England will be allowed to travel abroad for a holiday is expected to be 17 May 2021, but it is unknown what rules will implemented when holidays abroad are once again allowed.

The regional governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not yet made any announcements regarding their plans for allowing foreign holidays.

Will Eurostar Survive the COVID-19 Pandemic?

London business leaders have written to the British government calling for financial support for struggling cross-Channel train operator Eurostar, the operator of the direct train service from London to Disneyland Paris.

Eurostar reported in November that passenger numbers had dropped 95% since March 2020. 

A spokesman for Eurostar described the current situation as “very serious”.  He said: “Without additional funding from government there is a real risk to the survival of Eurostar –  the green gateway to Europe.”

Abandoned Eurostar train located in Valenciennes, France.

The train company which formerly ran two trains an hour from London to Europe now operates just two services a day from London to Paris and Brussels.

Eurostar chief executive Jacques Damas wrote in November that there was a “risk that this iconic service will be left to fail, threatening jobs, connectivity and reversing the progress to reduce travel emissions.”

He said that €200 million had been already secured from its shareholders, but he called for more help from the British government.

Eurostar is 55% owned by French rail operator SNCF, and 40% by Patina Rail LLP, a consortium made up of Canadian-based Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ) owning 30% and the infrastructure investments fund Hermes Infrastructure owning 10% of the company and Belgian railway SNCB owning 5%.

Eurostar has transported more than 190 million passengers between Britain and mainland Europe since its launched in 1994 and  currently employs 1,200 people in the United Kingdom.

The British government sold its stake in Eurostar for £757.1 milion in 2015.