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Ratatouille Open House

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Remy is moving in his new home at the Walt Disney Studios in Disneyland Paris.

The new attraction “Ratatouille: The Adventure – L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy” is planned to open on July 10th. This weekend however is a big press event. DLP.Info will report live via Twitter and Facebook account throughout the weekend!

Make sure to follow us there as we share the arrival of Remy at his new home.

Management changes ahead

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Following yesterday’s breaking news from the US that Daniel Delcourt is about to return to Disneyland Paris in a leading position the rumor mill went into overdrive … the good part about that: slowly but surely it seems to get clearer which position he is about to take over – and it does not seem to the the position of Philippe Gas as CEO of Euro Disney S.A.S. Instead in the meantime the majority of sources state that he is about to replace Joe Schott. That would mean he becomes the “Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer”. Joe Schott moved into that position in December 2009 coming from Walt Disney Attractions Japan with experience at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort Anaheim.

Please note that Disneyland Paris has not yet confirmed this management change in an official press release to our knowledge.

Management shake up at Disneyland Paris?

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

For the latest inside scoops concerning the Disneyland Resort Anaheim MiceAge has long established itself – in particular the updates by Al Lutz are a hot topic among fans (for various reasons). The latest story by him was only published today, April 29, under the title “Disneyland Executive Shuffle“. However, what starts out a your “usual” report about a shuffle of management members in charge at the Disneyland Resort Anaheim then suddenly includes hot news for Disneyland Paris as well. Al Lutz writes: “after a few short years in America, Disneyland Resort Hotels VP Daniel Delcourt will return back to France with a promotion to head up Disneyland Resort Paris“.

Al LutzThe article leaves no room for speculation that Daniel Delcourt will return to Disneyland Paris – which means he and his wife have to relocate from Newport Beach, CA – it is rather ambiguous as far as his new position in Paris is concerned. At the time of publication of this news (04/29, 4:15 pm CET DST) neither the websites of the Anaheim resort nor of the Paris resort reflect the management shuffle reported by MiceAgeAl Lutz. However, the statement could be read as implying that Daniel Delcourt may replace Philippe Gas, the current CEO of Euro Disney S.A.S. – at least in midterm. In any case we should learn this soon as any management change of the magnitude implied by MiceAge’sAl Lutz’ statement has to be announced by Disneyland Paris publicly as well…

 Please note our follow-up report published April 30 concerning the latest rumors about the position Daniel Delcourt may take over!

More on Daniel Delcourt:

The married Belgian graduated from the Hotel School of Namur, Belgium, having earned his degree in Hotel Management and holding a master’s degree in Food and Beverage Management. According to his public LinkedIn profile Daniel Delcourt started his Disney career in April 1996 as “Food and Beverages Manager” at Disneyland Paris (04.06 – 09.97), before becoming “Operations Manager Disney Village” (09.97 – 01.99), which led to the position of “Ranch Davy Crockett and Disneyland Paris Golf Course General Manager” (02.99 – 06.2000), followed by “Hotel Sequoia Lodge and Disneyland Paris Golf Course General Manager” (06.2000 – 06.02), “Entertainment Operations Director” (06.02. – 06.04) and “Production/Operations/Techniques/Support Logistics Entertainment Director” (01.02 – 12.06) and finally “Hotels and Business Solution Vice President” (01.07 – 04.12) before moving to Anaheim, CA, for the position of “Vice President Resort Hotels and Downtown Disney District” (as of 04.12). As described on the public affairs website of the Disneyland Resort Anaheim, “in this role, Daniel oversees the operation of three resort hotels, including two AAA Four Diamond accredited locations, as well as over 20 acres of exciting restaurants, shops and nightclubs in the Downtown Disney district“.

Just a thought…

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Usually we only publish hard fact and news as well as the occasional rumor in this section of DLP.info – therefore I would like to point you to our “other” blog today, the Mousekingdom Blog. Yes, that blog may not be as active as we (and hopefully you) would want it to be but just yesterday we posted about the upcoming sequel to the Disney Channel hit “Disney Teen Beach Movie” – and also included some thoughts on the potential of this franchise for the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris … let us know what you think about it!

P.S.: there is also another new post about Robert Iger’s statements concerning additional investment in the Shanghai Disney Resort … while fans of Disneyland Paris continue to hope for more money from TWDC for “their home resort”.

 

Get ready for Spiderman

Monday, April 14th, 2014

As reported by DEADLINE Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, stars of the upcoming Marvel / Sony feature “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ recently visited Disneyland Paris as part of their international promotion tour for the movie. Deadline goes on showing off a French advertising poster for the latest offering of the resort, the meet’n'greet with Spiderman – you can find it online at http://www-deadline-com.vimg.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Spiderman-Castle-Background_A3_FR__140414074112.jpg.

Interestingly the poster shows off Spiderman next to Sleeping Beauty Castle – despite the meet’n'greet being located in the Walt Disney Studios park, taking over the former terrace of the Blockbuster Café most recently used as “overflow” Annual Passport office during busy times. According to the latest rumors, Spiderman will start greeting guests in his new “lair” on April 19. Rumors stated that the meet’n'greet is only scheduled till mid-July, however, the French poster used by Deadlinenow identifies July 14 as more specific end-date.

Gusteau has arrived

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Gusteaus Sign

Saturday the large light up sign for Gusteau’s restaurant was installed above the buildings of the new Parisian area in the Walt Disney Studios as the exterior work is racing toward the finish line.

Gusteaus-Sign-01While the head of Gusteau’s above the “tunnel” connecting the Parisian street / plaza with Toy Story Playland is still behind a cover (that was installed prior to the grand opening of Toy Story Playland) the huge light up sign visible already from the entrance of Toy Story Playland now gives all guests with a bit of Disney Pixar knowledge a clear hint about the theme of the area and attraction to open later this year.

Gusteau

Remy’s Previews and Soft Openings

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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It is almost time for Remy to make Disneyland his new playground. The opening of the Ratatouille attraction is getting closer and everybody is waiting with anticipation (we at DLP.info are).

But before the official opening there will be some special preview dates. Cast Members will be able to ride the attraction on the 23th of June while regular park guest might get the chance to test the new attraction as from Saturday 28 of June.

Start planning your trip to see Remy in Action. Beware though that these are soft opening dates and there is no guarantee that you will be able to ride it on those days.

Paris is Almost Ready

Friday, February 14th, 2014

RatatouilleFeb2014-1Paris is almost completely built. Or should we say a little part of Paris within the Walt Disney Studios. Also known as the new facade to the new Ratatouille attraction. With the progress done so far you can already see how it will turn out. It looks good already but will look fantastic once done. Only until summer before we will see the finished product. Enjoy the pictures, where you can see a team hard at work so it will all be ready in time.

RatatouilleFeb2014-2One thing we do notice is the Costuming building sticking out above the facade. Let’s see if they get this hidden once the area is completed.

The opening dates are still unknown. Even during the Shareholders meeting no dates were given. And if a guest tried to convince Philippe Gas to spill the beans, he would not budge and only say that we need to be patience until summer time.

Old Temple Going Down

Friday, February 14th, 2014

IndianaNEW1 The big guns are out!

The Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril is closed down for a big overhaul. They are bringing down the temple so they can build a new one. To be able to take it down big cranes and tools are needed.

So while Disney likes to put all the work behind the green fences, they can’t hide the big machines. Once you enter Adventureland you’ll see the big crane sticking out above the temple.

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IndianaNEW2The works have started at the beginning of January. With the big overhaul like this, that will get us a new temple and loop, we are looking at another couple of months before the work will be ready and we can all start enjoying this adventure again.

 

Short Fun Recap of the Shareholders Meeting

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Going to a Shareholders meeting, even if it is the Euro Disney S.C.A. general meeting, you can expect to hear the boring financial numbers. However the Disney fans still hope to get some news or something magical for the future. Even if it was just the opening date for the new Ratatouille attraction. But it was not mend to be and most of the 2 hours was related to the business side of the company. But it wasn’t all gloom and doom as we did get some fun stuff added in the mix.

The start things off, and after we got the legal stuff out of the way, Philippe Gas talked about the fiscal year 2013. As expected, Disneyland’s numbers are still in the red, but even then they can make it sound good with 22 million reduction in net loss, and blaming the crisis for a 7% loss in visitors. Of course this is all true and the majority of the shareholders attending seem to be in piece with it. The company is showing they are working hard to improve these numbers, even in these harsh times. Investing in the future is the key word. Already spend 510 million dollar in the last three years on quality improvement they are looking at the long term solution for the company. According to Philippe Gas there is some improvement in the crisis with possible growth in UK visitors, German visitors and the Middle East. Another group they are targeting is Russia. There seems to be a big market, ready to come over to Paris. Another positive note, even with lower attendance, was the overall spending of the guests; 4% more per guest in the park and 2% more per guest in the hotel.

But enough about the numbers. We want the fun part and it was Tom Fizgerald who took care of it by talking briefly about Ratatouille, the new attraction for the Walt Disney Studios. It was a short presentation but it showed us some new artwork, parts of the attraction in the workshop, Computers and the ride vehicle. Most of these can be found back on our facebook page. Go and have a look for a series of pictures. The presentation ended with a short show. A bunch of dancing chefs, Remy and of course Mickey and Minnie passed by too. Unfortunately the show was over before you know it. Too short! But we were here for other reasons.
After all this it was time for the voting of the resolutions. Boring stuff, but it has to be done. For those interested we advice to visit the EuroDisney S.C.A. website to see what the shareholders had to vote for. Mostly related to accepting the fiscal balance, shares related items and accepting the people to stay on the supervisory board.

Once that was out of the way the real fun started. The Q&A. Well, real fun! Not really. As usual many of the same people as the previous year came to the front and didn’t really bring anything to the table. They had personal issues, and while they have the right to address them, this is not the right platform. Luckily there were people who did bring up valid points and questions. Some wanted to know why the share is so low as he thought it was under valuated, when can we expect dividend, future of the company and more. But Philippe Gass did get annoyed with a couple of the people. One of them going as far as to say that nothing is done here and they are puppets of the Disney company in the US. Philippe defended the company strongly advising the man to stop and look for conspiracy where there are none. Shareholders were on Mr. Gass side and when that man return to his place words with other shareholders were exchanged who thought it would be a better idea for him to leave.

This year was a lot shorter than the usual years. The one negative thing was the venue. Cinemagique is not really the right place. Let’s hope next year back in one of the hotels with a nice breakfast and nicer gifts. Although free park tickets were given to all attending, and that is always great.

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