Short Fun Recap of the Shareholders Meeting

February 12th, 2014 by Andy

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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Shareholder Meeting live on Twitter and Facebook

February 9th, 2014 by Andy

logo-ShareholdersThis week, on Wednesday 12th Februari, the general shareholder meeting for EuroDisney S.C.A. will be held at Disneyland Paris. While we will get to see some figures and explanation around it we will also get some information on future plans, titbits or other small news.  While we don’t expect anything mayor it will still be fun to see some information of Ratatouille pass by and other Disney fun. Any surprises  we will get to hear or see during the event? We will tweet live about via our twitter page and will also update our facebook page and keep you up to date. See you at the meet!

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The world of Ratatouille

January 1st, 2014 by Andy

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It has been a long wait but it is finally time; the opening of the highly anticipated new attraction at the Studios. Ratatouille is set to open in the summer of 2014. Get ready for this new experience where guests will travel inside the world of the most famous French cook, Remy. Expect more news once we come closer to the opening date of this new experience in Paris.

Below the official Press release from Disneyland Resort Paris

The world of Ratatouille comes to Disneyland Paris in 2014

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Happy New Year

January 1st, 2014 by Andy

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To all our Disney friends from around the world, we wish you all the best for 2014. May all your Disney wishes come true! We wish everybody a happy new year and hope to share a lot of Disney magic in the coming year. See you in the parks or somewhere on the World Wide Web where we can all enjoy the magic of Disney together.

Happy New Year!

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It’s All in the Spooky Details

October 8th, 2013 by Andy

PhantomM1One of the most stunning, although a little spooky, sights in Disneyland is the beautiful Phantom Manor. A house full of little details; inside the house as well as outside of the house. During the last refurbishment the “ghosts” have added another little gem. Before entering the premises you are greeted by a Cast Member who has himself a little shelter, just in case of some rainy weather. You can find it on the left hand side, next to the gates.

During the rehab a new little wink has been added on the side of this small building. A stone face of a lady surrounded with six snakes. Who is this lady? Is it Medusa, Leota or another person, ready to add an extra new scary story to the Phantom Manor? It is all in the details, the spooky details!

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New Look for the Disney Hotels: The Future

October 2nd, 2013 by Andy

Now that we’ve seen what Disney has done so far in part one, and are working on now in part two, it is time to look at the other hotels in the resort that have not been part of the big refurbishment plan.

Disneys-Hotel-New-York-15Disney’s Hotel New York will undergo some big changed to. While no inside yet on what to expect some of secrets are already revealed. The Hotel has an iconic view, but it looks like the facade will get a big overhaul. Not yet clear how, but the hotel might be looking a lot different in the future. Another big change that might come is some more rooms to the hotel. Although this would only be tackled in phase 4, the hotel might get some extra capacity added. It is not clear yet where and how, but an expansion seems most likely. Research and concept work has started on the project, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet for the hotel’s refurbishment.

The first three phases will take care of the facade, the rooms and the other places of the hotel. Again executive rooms will be added and one can expect to see another private club for those guests staying here. More news will surely come our way in the future and we will of course make sure to follow it up and talk about it here.

Once this project is done the Disneyland hotel will be next, but nothing has been said about this project yet.

All hotels will also have Wi-Fi by then. This has been enrolled in both the Disneyland and New York hotels, but all other places will get these too. What better way to keep in contact with the home front while relaxing in one of Disney’s hotels.

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Indiana Jones in Stone

October 2nd, 2013 by Andy

Indiana-Jones019Indiana Jones et Temple du Péril was never intended to be an attraction to stay on forever. It was going to be a space filler for the park that should have seen a replacement by now. With that in mind it wasn’t a necessity to use the best materials to build the temple surrounding the coaster. But times have changed and the roller coaster is here to stay. But the temple has seen better days and before it would really turn into ruins, Disney has decided to close the attraction somewhere in 2014 for 6 months so they can take the whole temple down and rebuild it from scratch using stones and other more durable materials.

While this rehab is on more changes will come. This time to the attraction itself. The loop will be taken out and will be replaced with a new improved loop. There are no plans to make it run backwards again, but you’ll have to be quick anyway if you want to ride through the original temple. With that being said, once the new temple is up, regular guest might not even noticed that anything has changed as the plan is the rebuild the new temple using the blueprints of the existing one.

Once Indiana is happy with the new temple, Big Thunder Mountain might be next to get another big rehab.

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New Look for the Disney Hotels: The Present

October 1st, 2013 by Andy

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Yesterday we talked about the projects from the past, today we look at what we can expect to see done at the moment or very near future. As said yesterday, Santa Fee is almost done so at the moment this could also be seen as the hotel that fits into this day’s topic, the present. DNPB2But it won’t be long before it is done and we will get to see another hotel covered in scaffoldings very, very soon. Planned for fall is the Disney’s Newport Bay Club. Everything will get done and by the time they are finished this hotel will look and feel as a whole new place. The work will be divided into three separate projects. First we will see the closure of the East wing, after that the centre will be looked after and it all ends in the West wing and the pool area.

DNPB3The whole outside part of the building will be taken down. All panels you see now will be removed and replaced. Everything will be double layered to give the hotel the best possible insulation. Like this costs can be saved when regulating the hotels heating depending on the weather conditions in this sometimes cold part of Europe. While this might not be that visual to guests, other changes will. Colour scheme will be close to the one we know from the hotel, but there will be some more blue added into the facade’s look, taking away a little of that grey feeling it has now.

DNPB4The rooms look amazing. A couple of mock up room have been installed and they give a clear view of what to expect. The colour are still related to the maritime atmosphere, but have again been notched up a little. White and blue are still there but some warmer colours are thrown into the mix. Especially inside the executive room where more browns are added to the mix. For example the beds in the regular room will remain white while the upscale rooms will have the brown frames. On top of the walls, borders with Disney themes will be added. You’ll see Captain Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Pluto in some artwork being their silly selves.

The hotel will also get another and new breakfast place to take care of the big traffic that needs to go through during the busy morning and just like Sequoia Lodge a special upscale club will be added for those that want some extra quality and quiet time.

DNPB5The project is a massive undertaking and will take a while to finish and might put some strain on the bookings as we are talking about a closure of 524 rooms in the first phase, just over 150 rooms in the second phase and 419 rooms in the last phase. These are big numbers that need to be placed in other locations during the refurbishment. So if this hotel is high on your list and you will visit the resort during fall you better book now. (But be aware that works are going on).

Make sure to visit us again tomorrow to look at the rest of the hotels in part three, the Future.

Pictures courtesy of Filip Van Tyghem

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A Crush for One

October 1st, 2013 by Andy

Crushs-Coaster-02Crush’s Coaster is one of the most popular attractions of the Walt Disney Studios in Disneyland Paris. Lines are always very long. During high season lines can become well over 90 minutes and even hit the dreaded 2 hour waiting time. Up to today there have been no signs for a FastPass system or a line for the single rider. While a FastPass system would not work on this type of coaster, as it would push the regular waiting line well behind the 2 hour queue line, there is some good news for the single riders. In the near future, when the next rehab is planned, the attraction will not only get a new and better regular queue line, but it will also get a special single riders line. With the new queue line no car will be leaving the station anymore unless it is full. From then onwards a party of three will automatically get a fourth rider in their vehicle. Disney is anticipating some extra hourly capacity as vehicles will, from then onwards, always be full.

There is no date know when the rehab will start.

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New Look for the Disney Hotels: the past

September 30th, 2013 by Andy

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DSLSuite1When visiting Disneyland Paris, it is always more magical when you can stay on property. The Disney hotels are part of the magic and to make sure guest will have the best possible experience Disney will always try to make sure that their hotel are the top of the range. While it can happen that some things get a little dated, Disney will put a plan in motion to make sure the hotels will be looked after on a regular basis. This can be from small maintenance up to big rehabs. The hotel rehab is a big undertaking, one that needs planning far into the future. And that is exactly what Disney did. They put a plan in motion that is forged all the way up to 2020.

GoldenForestClubCheckIn1Three of the seven Disney hotels are done or nearly done. The Disney Sequoia Lodge has been given a big overhaul with the exterior looking phenomenal. But what is even more beautiful is the interior and the rooms where the Bambi theme is prominently displayed for the new look. One special project that has been added are the executive rooms. Not only do the look stunning, guests staying at this room have their own check in counter and their own private Lounge. The Golden Forest Club has been created for those guests that want that little bit special. GoldenForestLounge1Although it does come with a much higher price, if you value some extra quality and like some extra serenity but love the outdoor feeling the Sequoia Lodge is all about than this is the place for you. The club offers a private room for breakfast, including the visit of the Disney characters. The nice thing about this is that you will not need a allocated hour reserved for your breakfast and that you can show up whenever you are ready. DSLSuite2In the evening there is also a nice lounge opened for the Golden Forest Club guests where a selection of free drinks are served. For those that really like to go big, try and book a suite. These suites are amazing, specious an beautiful. They have a kingside bed and pull out sofa’s, two televisions, seating area and all the room you need to make your stay extra special.

SantaFe2Santa Fee is another place that is almost ready. The buildings have been given an updated look. Although still using earthly colours, they are now added in tiers making the hotel look a lot more inviting as it did before. The theme of the hotels has been a little adapted too. Although Cars seem to have taken over, it is more adapted to the Route 66 feeling. But if you look around the top of the building you will see some familiar faces. Or should we say headlights? The rooms look amazing with vivid colours, more Cars theme and traffic cones used for the lighting fittings. SantaFe3There are some great family rooms where there is one big bed and two pull out sofa’s. These can sleep up to 6 people and are mainly two rooms put together as one. The rooms have 2 entrances with the same room number, two bathrooms and a nice seating area. The Santa Fee is very close to completing their refurbishment project.

SantaFe4Another place that already has seen been changes is the Disney’s Davy Crockett Ranch. To give an idea of what has been done back in 2010’s refurbishment here some info. The bungalows have been replaced with new once with a more modern look and big windows that can slide open onto the porch. The new cabins all have air-conditioning and two showers instead of the bath. On the now elevated terrace is your own private barbecue. But all of this sounds like old news. More interesting are the future plans for the other hotels. Well make sure to come back tomorrow for part two, the present, before we go to the third part, the future, of the hotel news.

Pictures courtesy of Filip Van Tyghem

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