Posts Tagged ‘Disneyland Paris’

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“.

New Look for the Disney Hotels: The Present

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

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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

French, English, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, and German

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

What have all these six languages in common? Most DLP fans and collectors will be able to tell you: these are languages in which the official park maps are available. However, in the meantime the wording of this answer requires extra special care – because it is not “these are the languages” but only “these are languages”. Why? Because the resort has just added a seventh language to the mix!

Reacting to the increasing number of high-rolling Russian speaking guests (many of which are staying at the top-of-the-line Disneyland Hotel and are spending top amounts) the resort is now offering the map for both parks in Russian as well. However, while the Russian guests are some of the resort’s big spenders their number is still comparatively low. Therefore, the resort is only producing a limited print run of Russian maps. To avoid running low on these due to collectors / fans picking too many Russian maps up as well as guests by mistake choosing the wrong language they Russian maps can not be found at the regular displays under the Main Street Station / inside the doors of Studio 1. Instead Russian maps are solely available for pick up at the City Hall respectively Guest Service on the Frontlot.

Royal Court asking for Reservations

Monday, April 29th, 2013

The Disney Princesses holding court at their new palatial home next to the exit of it’s a small world have been a smash hit with the guests since the heralds opened the door to allow the first guests into the new royal indoor setting. Unfortunately being popular also translates in long lines. During the past year Disneyland Paris therefore tried various methods to help keep the waiting time short for guests. Right now it seems that management has made its decision and has brought back the “reservation” system full time.

With immediate effect guests will only be admitted to the royal meet’n'greets with the princesses at the Disney Princess Pavilion with prior reservation. The reservations are handed out at the Old Mill in Fantasyland, where a waiting line is established for this purpose (in the area originally used for the line for the small ferris wheel that had been mounted to the back of the Old Mill). Reservations are made available several times daily at specific times as designated on the signage at the Old Mill resp. the Disney Princess Pavilion. However, we strongly recommend to show up early prior to the designated times and line up to receive the reservations. Only one member per party is allowed into the line but must present theme park passports for all members of his party for whom he wants to make a reservations.

The reservations are then checked by the royal heralds at the entrance to the pavilion. It should be noted that the reservations do not grant immediate or express access to the meet’n'greet. Guests should still expect a line to meet with their favorite Disney Princess. Also, per visit to the Disney Princess Pavilion guests can only meet one Disney Princess. A similar “reservation” system was in place for “The Legend of The Lion King” show at the Videopolis during parts of its run to deal with the huge lines the show used to draw.

It is important to note that the new “reservation only” system does ONLY apply to the meet’n'greets at the Disney Princess Pavilion in Fantasyland. All other meet’n'greets including those with Disney Princesses remain on a “first come first meet” basis.

21 and counting

Friday, April 12th, 2013

21 years of magic and fun … today, April 12, Disneyland Paris celebrates its 21st anniversary … or if you go with Pin Trading the 20th anniversary of the castle being decorated as giant cake for the occassion of the resort’s first anniversary.

While most guests most probably will not note this occassion with the 20th anniversary celebrations being extended well into fall 2013 this nevertheless is reason to celebrate … and to thank the resort and all its cast members over the years for 21 years of magic & fun, laughter & great memories, dreams come true … THANK YOU … and now on for many more years and many memories to be created!

P.S.: and DLP.info sure will be happy to be your guide to the magic of Disneyland Paris in the future as well.

Shareholders’ Meeting LIVE

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Looking for up-to-date info from the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting of Disneyland Paris (EuroDisney S.C.A.) taking place Thursday, February 28th, 2013? Don’t worry – DLP.info got you covered as we tweet live from the event at our official Twitter account Mousekingdom!

Magic Everywhere – including your CD player

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Last Saturday the resort finally released the theme song of its 20th Anniversary celebration as single CD: “Magic Everywhere”. The song also is the theme song and the sole soundtrack of the new “Disney Magic on Parade” from Disneyland Park. The CD release had been anticipated already in time for the parade’s premiere but was obviously delayed.

The single CD contains two tracks, each runnin 4:04. The first track is the pop song version as heard during the parade, the second track is the instrumental version. In other words: the single release follows the same concept as the single releases of prior parade theme songs. No confirmed word yet, concerning other CD releases for later this year by the resort … but if you hear anything, let us know!

The Rat Is Busy

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Buzz Lightyear is all the strong willed space ranger – he won’t be distracted by the work going on to its left, instead he keeps his eyes focused straight ahead and greets the guests walking from Toon Plaza toward ToyStory Playland as if nothing would be happening.

However, guests will surely notice the changes as the Parisian street to the right of Buzz Lightyear has been closed off. Already two cranes are turning busily over the construction site behind the resort’s costuming workshop where the park’s next big addition is about to go vertical: the Ratatouille dark ride.

The actual roadway part of the Parisian street is separated by a blue construction fence from the sidewalk with the benches, detailed lighting fixtures and trees. A look over the blue gates erected as part of the construction fence shows that the cobble stone surface of the roadway has been covered with wood planks to prevent any damage from heavy equipment that might drive over it during the construction phase of the dark ride and surrounding area.

Ratatouille UPDATE – via Brad Bird (updated!)

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

With the construction crane visible from inside both parks and the Parisian street that functions as the exit / back entrance for guests into Toy Story Playland closed off with a blue wooden gate the construction of the park’s next addition has entered a serious phase. That the new attraction would be based on the Disney Pixar feature Ratatouille had been rumored since the Toy Story Playland construction phase and had been confirmed most recently repeatedly by the resort and by Brad Bird, director of the 2007 hit movie.

Now Brad Bird has taken to Twitter once again to provide his followers with an update on the progress at Disneyland Paris. His exact words: “$ limitations made theater build not viable. 3D version of RATATOUILLE done and waiting. Ride in works.

So the dark ride (which will be the first dark ride for the Walt Disney Studios) is still “in works” – which reflects the construction that can be witnessed by guests every day inside the park and confirms that there was no change to the general idea on short notice.

However, Brad Bird confirmed also via Twitter that the Ratatouille dark ride which will open at the Walt Disney Studios was just one of two attractions that had been planned based on the hit movie for the resort. The other one was the theater (mentioned in his earlier tweet of last night) that was cancelled for financial reasons. A 3D conversion of Ratatouille apparently already has been created for this (now cancelled) theater attraction.

UPDATE: Brad Bird seems to be rather upbeat about what the Walt Disney Studios will get – the ride – as he stated via Twitter last night as well: “The ride will be cool.”

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