Sunday, February 26, 2017

DLP CEO Catherine Powell and France President François Hollande Celebrate 30 Years of Euro Disney Convention with France - Full Video

Thirty years ago, The Walt Disney Company and the French Government signed a Main Agreement to develop tourism with the creation and operation of Euro Disney in France. In 1987, the signature of the Main Agreement ( see picture below ) was hopeful but also had real commitments to the development of the Ile de France region. At the opening of Euro Disney in 1992, Disneyland Paris became the first European tourism destination in the most visited country in the world since the 1980's, France.

For Disneyland Paris, the year 2017 is a double anniversary. The destination celebrate 25 years since its opening and the 30 years of its unique partnership with the French State. On February 25, Disneyland Paris received the visit of France President, François Hollande, a first since 1994 for a president. Discover this institutional and significant moment in the history of the company which ties these two unique partners - the State represented by François Hollande and the Disney group represented by Disneyland Paris CEO, Catherine Powell.

France is a great source of inspiration for Disney through its culture in the company and in the artistic field. The castle of Disneyland Paris, for example, is inspired by the towers of the castle of Lucey, the roofs recall the hospices of Beaune, the colonnades of Saint-Séverin church in Paris « and, Yes, our Castle monsieur the President is French and our company too, and especially proud to be French » said Catherine Powell. Furthermore she reminded that Walt Disney descended directly from a French family living in Isigny, a town where its specialty is the production of butter and « only butter of Isigny are used in all Disney parks in the world ».

At Disneyland Paris, more 100 nationalities and 20 spoken languages work together every day on the Resort. Disney offers more than 500 differents trades that contribute to the diversity of jobs and the integration of various profiles, but also, revive some art jobs disappearing like fine gold gilding or painting letters.

In addition, a dynamic recruitment policy is at the origin of a virtuous circle for the entire sector of tourism. Also, for one job created at Disneyland Paris, nearly 3 jobs are created outside, particularly in hotels, restaurants and other services near the Park.

Catherine Powell also declared that « in 30 years two theme parks were built, but also more than 8,500 hotel rooms, 2 Convention centers, a golf, a Disney Village center and 115 restaurants and shops. Disneyland Paris has become the first European tourism destination.»

Disneyland Paris was also pleased to participate fully in the economy of the country with more than 68 billion euros generated. From the point of view of employment, Disneyland Paris is now the largest employer in France, with 15 000 employees and up to 56,000 direct, indirect and induced jobs, generated each year. The company also relies on a network of 3,000 suppliers in France and abroad, with whom she has made more than 13.7 billion euros of purchases, including 82.3% in France.

It’s a very good conclusion for tourism and for the development of France, » declared François Hollande, because Disney allowed to create « a rich economic fabric ». Then the President said that Disneyland Paris is a gift to Paris for a new light on it’s attractiveness, since 52% of its international visitors enjoy their visits to the Park after discovering emblematic places of the capital. The company allow to offer to visitors from the all over world a more complete tourist offer during their stay in France.

François Hollande welcomes this anniversary which has allowed the development of the East of Paris. Mr Hollande said that the action of the State in the years to come will continue with the project of the Grand Paris Express or the Arc Express TGV, allowing the creation of 60 stations and many metro lines to facilitate the movement of tourists and inhabitants in the Paris region. The two projects are an investment of more than 26 billion euros.

You represent 6.2% of tourism revenue of the France. It is considerable, he said referring to the 7.1 billion tax and taxes generated by the site. Disneyland Paris is a gateway for France and a brand who benefits across our country » said François Hollande. « We managed through the years, to create this relationship of trust between the State and a great private actor like Disney.»

In conclusion, François Hollande declared « here I want to thank the company you represent, Madam ( Catherine Powell ) because she allowed to have in France the first European Park»

Finally Catherine Powell’s last words were to the attention of François Hollande « as you can see Mr President, Disneyland Paris is committed to succeed in France, and more, the success of France. ». « This is the spirit of this Main Agreement that we welcome today » before concluding : « Long live France, and more than ever, long live Paris and France ».

Disneyland Paris is a unique model of success with more than 30 years of experience in the cooperation between the State and the companies."

And here is the video of Catherine Powell and François Hollande speeches at DLP Newport Bay Convention center:

Pictures and video: copyright DLP Welcome

Friday, February 24, 2017

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Merchandise Now Available in Main Street U.S.A Shops

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary merchandise arrived and is now available in Main Street U.S.A shops and Max, D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster has plenty of pictures of the items for us! Lot of new T-Shirts, mugs, hats, and Tinkerbell! Note that this is a first round of 25th Ann merchandise and for sure there is many more merch coming soon in the park!

Stay tuned on Disney and more as more news about Disneyland Paris will be posted soon! In the meantime, talking about merchandise i remind you that the gorgeous Disneyland Paris book is still available and it's the last copies of a book that will not be reprinted so make sure to order your copy now!

The DLP book is currently at 60€ for the English regular edition and 75€ for the last copies of the French Collector's edition. Additional shipping worldwide for both editions  is 19€, except for Belgium or Italy for which it is 29€.

For all orders send me an email with your shipping address at:

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The book is still available but we are entering the final copies - especially for the French edition - so order your copy while it last as the book will NOT be reprinted!

Disneyland Paris Book

Never seen the book? Watch the video below showing each of the 320 pages of the book!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Disneyland Paris Star Tours : The Adventure Continues Video

Disneyland Paris released a new video to promote Star Tours : The Adventure Continues coming to DLP Discoveryland at the end of March. Imagineer Tom Fitzgerald present the whole thing but the most important is the announcement that guests riding Star Tours : The Adventure Continues will be able to enjoy adventures which take place in the SEVEN Star Wars movies. Yes, you've read it well, the new Star Tours at DLP will include a new ride movie linked to Star Wars : The Force Awakens. So, for those of you who wondered if this would be the case, the answer is yes!

Video: copyright Disney

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Watch WDI Imagineer Joe Rhode Explaining Why Pandora: The World of Avatar Fit Well in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Disney released a new WDI video about Pandora: The World of Avatar in which WDI Imagineer Joe Rohde explains why this Avatar land will fit well into Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Apparently Disney heard the many voices who, since more than five years, had doubts that Animal Kingdom was the right place for Pandora: The World of Avatar. Personally, i never had any problems with adding an Avatar land at DAK, at least on the vegetal angle of Pandora, which is quite tropical. As you'll see in the video below Joe Rhode has some good points and i agree with him.

That said, for anyone who have watched Avatar - and that's a LOT of people as the movie is still the most successful movie in cinema history - and although they remember the luminescent plants of the planet, the movie was about a story between humans and Navi's - indeed fighting to preserve their planet. There was also animals on Pandora and among them the now famous Banshees on the back of which future Pandora guests will enjoy a memorable flying ride.

Video: copyright Disney

Three New Posters for Pirates of Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales !

Three new posters for Pirates of Caribbean : Dead Men Tell No Tales!

Pictures: copyright Disney

Sunday, February 19, 2017

New Pandora : the Workd of Avatar Commercial Shows Pandora's Na’vi River Journey ride

Disney released a new 15 seconds commercial for Pandora : the Workd of Avatar, and this time it shows some ride footage of the Na’vi River Journey ride !!!
"Experience a mystical Pandoran river where every moment tells a story. Expeditions to Pandora begin May 27 from Disney’s Animal Kingdom."

I remind you the other commercial for Pandora's other ride "Flight of Passage", but this one was not showing the ride itself but footage from James Cameron's Avatar.

Video: copyright Disney

Thursday, February 16, 2017

New Concept-Art for Star Tours : The Adventures Continue Opening March 26 at DLP Discoveryland !

Full DLP press release and new concept-art for Star Tours : The Adventures Continue opening March 26 at DLP Discoveryland!

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
A new exciting experience for the 25th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris Opening at Disneyland Paris® on 26 March 2017

To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, Disneyland Paris® is offering a new and completely redesigned version of the Star Tours attraction. Introducing Star Tours: The Adventures Continue*.

Twenty five years ago, Disneyland® Park opened on the edge of Paris, offering millions of Europeans the opportunity to enjoy extraordinary experiences. Since it first appeared in Discoveryland®, Star Tours has established itself as a flagship attraction. Its mission: to take guests on a spectacular voyage to the heart of the Star WarsTM films.

26 March 2017: Star Tours: The Adventures Continue* has a number of surprises in store, with a
new experience, new destinations, a new pilot, new characters, new technologies and more. The attraction returns with an all-new, action-packed intergalactic voyage, all in 3D. Epic.

New journeys in 3D to better explore the galaxy far, far away...

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue* announces the arrival of a multitude of new scenes from the Star WarsTM saga. With more than 70 different mission combinations, it invites guests to enjoy an experience that is unique every flight. They never know where the Force might take them.

Each of the multiple destinations offers its own surprises, with journeys through the worlds of Jakku, Naboo, Hoth, Tatooine, the Death Star and much more...
Guests travel through the galaxy with a new pilot, C-3PO himself!  And along the way they meet heroes never encountered until now. And watch out for Darth Vader... each scenario, journey and unexpected development is random to ensure guests can enjoy an original experience every time.

Full immersion and an action-packed flight

With state-of-the-art technology, flight simulators, digital 3D, Audio-Animatronics characters, special effects in the cockpit and epic music, guests are fully immersed in the universe of the Star WarsTM films. Episodes I to VII inclusive.

They get ready to join the Rebellion aboard a Starspeeder 1000. The ship is meant to be piloted by droid AC-38, but in the end it is C-3PO behind the controls at take-off. From this point, there are more surprises to come... And while these surprises can help guests meet up with Princess Leia, Yoda, Boba Fett to name a few, one thing is certain: each flight will become a very memorable experience!

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue* brings together more Star WarsTM heroes, villains, planets, battles, ships, and even more droids than ever before! The surprises just keep coming! Come to Discoveryland at Disneyland® Park on 26 March 2017... and may the Force be with You!