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.

Disney Elects Susan Arnold as Chairman.

The Walt Disney Company has elected Susan Arnold to Chair its Board.

Susan Arnold

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 its 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 and fast food giant McDonald’s.

“As I step into this new role as chairman of the board, I look forward to continuing to serve the long-term interests of Disney’s shareholders and working closely with CEO Bob Chapek as he builds upon the company’s century-long legacy of creative excellence and innovation,” Ms Arnold said in a statement.

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, the Shanghai Disneyland Resort in 2016.

Several other key Walt Disney Company Executives have announced plans to leave the Company 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.

Negative COVID-19 test to be required to enter France from UK.

Gabriel Attal
French government spokesman

France has announced strict new rules for travellers arriving in the country from non-European Union countries.

Visiting Disneyland Paris from Saturday 4 December 2021 will become more difficult for travellers from the United Kingdom, who will now be require to provide a negative COVID-19 test to enter France – vaccinated or not.

Travellers arriving into France from 4 December 2021 from any country outside the European Union or Schengen zone must have a negative COVID-19 test, regardless of their vaccination status, French government spokesman Gabriel Attal announced on Wednesday 1 December 2021.

A PCR test but must have been taken within the previous 48 hours.

Travellers from within the EU or Schengen zone will only need a test if they are not vaccinated, but the test must have been taken within the previous 24 hours.

Gabriel Attal did not clarify whether the rules would apply to children, but current rules on testing require tests only for children aged 11 and over, so we are waiting for clarification from the French government on that issue.

The move is part of a number of measures aimed at tackling a new surge of COVID-19 infections and worries caused by the newly detected Omicron variant.

Following the announcement Attal said that decisions regarding travel within the European Union would be coordinated by European leaders later this week.

MagicALL – Disneyland Paris updates disability access policy.

Disneyland Paris has today published the resorts updated disability access policy entitled MagicALL which comes into force on 3 December 2021.

The controversial new disability access policy sees the launch the new Priority Card and Easy Access Card and the removal of free caregiver park tickets to those who require a full time caregiver.

You will however be able to send your medication certificate in advance online to Disneyland Paris upto a month before your stay for review.

Unfortunately you will still be required to bring these documents with you in person to City Hall or to the Concierge Desk or the Reception Desk of your Disney hotel to receive your Priority Card or Easy Access Card.

In a statement published on the resorts website Disneyland Paris has said they are committed to providing a magical experience for all their Guests.

MagicALL is an approach to accessibility that is intended to empower those with disabilities and special needs through a collection of offerings and services provided for Guests, Cast Members and the community.

The resort will apparently continue to address a diverse range of disabilities and special needs – including hearing, mental motor and visual – to deliver an exceptional guest experience.

Disney says MagicALL will encompasses how they think about their attractions, entertainment, shopping, dining, hotels, transportation and even booking process, with dedicated Cast Members to provide support every step of the way.

Further information can be found on the Disneyland Paris website at:

https://www.disneylandparis.com/en-gb/guest-services/accessibility-at-disneylandparis/

Cast Members Demonstrate at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris Cast Members from the CGT Union were demonstrating in Parc Disneyland yesterday (Tuesday 9 November 2021) in an ongoing dispute over the French government’s reform to unemployment benefits.

The demonstration held in front of the Castle is part of a continuing campaign of action by leading French trade unions including the CGT, FO, Solidaires and the FSU who are calling for all workers across the public and private sectors, as well as students, to down tools on Tuesdays.

The CFDT, which has the largest Cast Member membership of any trade union at Disneyland Paris, has not called upon its members to strike.

Disney+ Day at Disneyland Paris

On Friday 12th November Disney+ Day is coming to Disneyland Paris with a special celebration taking place at the Walt Disney Studios Park.

Park guests can strut the blue carpet in true Hollywood style, stopping along the way for selfies with Disney Characters dressed in blue for the occasion.

Relax in Studio 1 at the Golden Age of Hollywood themed Restaurant en Coulisse – and indulge in a complimentary Disney+ Day-inspired treat offered with each menu item purchased.

Disney+ Day photo locations will be available with special Character appearances (both in-person and virtual); and to culminate the celebration, enjoy Walt Disney Studios Park for an 30 extra minutes with a grand finale illuminating Hollywood Tower Hotel in blue.