Monday, February 27, 2017

Breaking News : Disneyland Paris Launch Four New Annual Pass !



Today Disneyland Paris presents a totally new program of annual passports, renamed « Annual Pass » starting Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Considering that Annual Pass is a sensitive subject for all DLP fans exceptionally this article will be both in French and English! Thanks to Max, D&M contributor and DLP Welcome webmaster for the whole thing!

Aujourd’hui Disneyland Paris présente un renouveau total dans son programme de passeports annuels, renommé en « Pass Annuel » mis en vente dès mercredi 29 Mars 2017 à la place de l’existant.

Premier changement, le nombre. On passe de 3 à 4 « Pass » ajoutant une complexité dans le choix et les détails, mais se comprend avec l’arrivée de grands privilèges!

Deuxième changement, les Pass eux-mêmes. La bande magnétique disparait, comme pour la majorité des tickets vendus sur les parcs (bientôt un changement des tourniquets ?) laissant place à une face décorée et les informations d’usages au verso! Une carte simple et sobre mais efficace avec des couleurs (bleu, argent, or ou noir) pour permettre de distinguer les différentes catégories de pass.

Troisième et derniers changement (outre l’augmentation des prix et les différences dans les avantages) est la mise en place de nouveaux privilèges et services, uniques au monde sur une destination Disney!

First change the number of different pass. There will be 4 different « Pass » ( instead of 3 ) adding complexity in choice and details, but it comes with the introduction of great privileges!

Second change, the Pass themselves. The magnetic band disappears, as for the majority of the tickets sold on the parks (soon a change of the turnstiles?) giving way to a face decorated and the classic information on the back! A simple and sober but effective card with colors (blue, silver, gold or black) to distinguish different categories of pass.

Third and last change ( in addition to the increase in prices and the differences in benefits ) is the implementation of new privileges and services, unique in the world on a Disney destination!



Voici les nouveaux Pass : Here are the new Pass:

Pass Discovery:

Vendu 139€ pour 150 jours d’accès dans l’année, ce Pass est parfait pour les étudiants et personnes vivant près de Disneyland Paris en pouvant aller facilement sur les parcs en semaine.

Sold for € 139 and 150 days of access in the year, this Pass is perfect for students and people living near Disneyland Paris who can easily go to the parks during the week.



Pass Magic Flex :

Vendu 189€ pour 300 jours d’accès, cet abonnement propose les premiers avantages comme le parking Disney, -10% aux boutiques ou le PhotoPass en option à 55€.

Sold for € 189 and 300 days of access, this subscription offers the first advantages as the Disney parking, -10% to the shops or the PhotoPass optional at € 55.



Pass Magic Plus :

Vendu 249€ pour 350 jours d’accès, cet abonnement reprend les avantages du Magic Flex avec en plus, -10% dans les restaurants, l’accès aux heures de magie en plus, le PhotoPass en option à 49€ ou encore -20% pour le diner spectacle « La Légende de Buffalo Bill ». Le Magic Plus offre également les premiers privilèges comme 10 billets 1jour/2 parcs par an à 39€ chacun, des invitations aux événements ou encore une entrée privative aux tourniquets des deux parcs.

Sold for € 249 and 350 days of access, this pass includes the advantage of Magic Flex with more: -10% in restaurants, access to Extra Magic Hours, the PhotoPass optionally €49 or 20% for the dinner and show « The legend of Buffalo Bill ». The Magic Plus also offers the first privileges as 10 tickets 1 day/2 parks per year to € 39 each, invitations to events and a private entrance at the turnstiles of the two parks.



Pass Infinity :

Vendu 399€ pour 365 jours d’accès par an, ce Pass a été créé pour les visiteurs désirant vivre une expérience exclusive. Cet abonnement offres des avantages avec -15% aux restaurants, -20% dans les boutiques, un accès à une zone réservée au parking Disney permettant d’être garé au plus près des parcs, mais aussi le PhotoPass offert. L’Infinity offre également plus de privilèges comme 20 billets 1jour/2 parcs par an à 35€ chacun, une inscription prioritaire aux événements jusqu'à 48 heures avant et une entrée privative aux tourniquets des deux parcs.

Mais ce qui rend ce Pass plus unique est la mise en place d’un service de conciergerie qui permet de réserver 48h avant votre visite sur le parc un emplacement VIP pour voir la Disney Stars on Parade ou encore une demie journée aux piscines des hôtels Disney’s Hotel New York, Disney’s Newport Bay Club ou le Disney’s Sequoia Lodge.

Sold for € 399 and 365 days of access per year, this Pass has been created for people who want an exclusive experience. This membership offers benefits with -15% in restaurants, -20% off in stores, access to a private area in the Disney parking to be parked as close to the parks, but also offered the PhotoPass. Infinity also offers more privileges as 20 tickets 1 day/2 parks per year at € 35 each, priority registration to events up to 48 hours before and a private entrance to the turnstiles of the two parks.

But what makes this Pass most unique is the implementation of a Concierge service which allows to book 48 h before your visit to the park a VIP location to see the « Disney Stars on Parade » or « Disney Illuminations », a half day in the pool of the Disney’s Hotel New York, Disney’s Newport Bay Club Hotel or the Disney’s Sequoia Lodge.



Comparaison :

Si on devait comparer les passeports annuels actuels aux nouveaux formats proposés, on peut facilement comparer les Passeports existants aux trois premiers Pass de la nouvelle gamme. Le premier élément est la légère augmentation tarifaire et le second est la réduction des avantages. Il faut le dire cette mise en place s’explique par la nécessité pour Disney d’avoir un programme encore plus rentable, influencé par ce qui se pratique dans les autres parcs Disney dans le monde et sur le marché européen.

If we want to compare the current annual passports to the new proposed formats, one can easily compare the existing passports to the first three new passeports of the new range. The first element is the slight rate increase and the second is the reduction of benefits. Must say this development is explained by the need for Disney to have a more profitable program, influenced by what is done in the others Disney parks in the world and on the European market.



Bien qu’encore perfectible, les Passeport Infinity sont intéressant, les avantages vont au-delà du passeport Dream et les privilèges associés sont une première pour le groupe Disney. Infinty, au-delà de briller par un nom et une offre intéressante est proposé également à un prix raisonnable en comparaison aux pratiques des autres parcs Disney dans le monde. Mais, marché européen oblige, il faut s’aligner sur la concurrence pour exister. En effet, les grands concurrents comme PortAventura, Europa Park, Efteling ou encore Phantasia Land proposent des passeports annuels à 169€, 195€, 170€ et 185€. Disney doit donc s’aligner, ce qu’il fait avec les Pass Discovery, Magic Flex et Magic Plus et offre égallement la possibilité d’une expérience exclusive avec le Pass Infinity, pour être en plus, Privilégié.

Ainsi, avec tous ces avantages et au vue du marché européen, le prix proposé par Disney pour le Pass Infinity à 399€ se trouve à un prix « normal » aux vues des avantages.

Par ailleurs, le passeport peut être perfectible. Ce qui nous ferait succomber seraient des avantages comme le FastPass VIP (accès illimité à la file express avec un ami) et l’accès réservé aux contrôles des sacs, près de l’accès des Cast Members. Ces deux avantages seraient de véritables privilèges qu’il serait intéressant de développer dans un avenir proche en plus des bonnes idées déjà mises en place.

Although still perfectible, the Infinity passport is interesting, as the benefits go beyond the Dream passport and the associated privileges are a first for the Disneyland Paris. Infinity offers are reasonably priced compared to the practices of the others Disney parks in the world. But we are in the European market, so it must align with the competition which exist. Indeed, the major competitors like PortAventura, Europa Park, Efteling or Phantasia Land offer annual passports at €169, €195, €170 and €185. Disney must line up, and that's what he does with the Pass Discovery, Magic Flex and Magic Plus and offers also the possibility of an exclusive experience with the Infinity Pass, to be more privileged.

So, with all these advantages and at the view of the European market, the price by Disney for its Pass Infinity at €399 is a « normal » price.

Furthermore, the Passport can be improved with the advantages like the FastPass VIP (the express queue line unlimited with a friend) and access of bags controls with the Cast Members (and win more 40mn at the entrance of the resort in the big days). These two benefits would be a real privileges that it would be interesting to develop in the near future with good ideas already in place.



Nouvelles conditions:

L’arrivée de la nouvelle gamme de passeport fait entrer de nouvelles conditions:

Programme actuel : « Passeport Annuel » : Parrainage : 1 an offert au passeport en cours de validité Renouvellement Passeport : 6 mois offerts

Nouveau programme dès le 29 mars 2017 : « Pass Annuel » : Parrainage : 6 mois offerts au Pass Renouvellement Pass : 4 mois offerts Offre de lancement : Pour tout nouveau détenteur de Pass, il sera offert 1 mois à votre abonnement Discovery, Magic Flex ou Magic Plus (soit 13 mois de validité) et 2 mois offerts pour le Pass Infinity (soit 14 mois au prix de 12). Transition : Pour les détenteurs du Passeport Annuel (programme actuel) voulant aller vers le Pass Annuel (nouveau programme), il vous sera possible de demander un échange : Le passeport Classic pour un Pass Discovery, Le passeport Fantasy pour un Pass Magic Flex Le passeport Dream pour un Pass Magic Plus.

Il vous sera également possible d’échanger un passeport Dream pour un Magic Plus. Par contre si vous désirez un Pass Infinity, vous devrez alors payer la différence, soit 150€. Dès lors, vous passerez d’un Passeport Dream au Pass Infinity. Et surprise, une carte cadeau d’une valeur de 25 € vous sera offerte pour cette transition, valable pour les achats en boutique dans les parcs Disney.

New conditions: The arrival of the new range of passport brought new conditions: Current program: « Annual Passport »: Sponsorship: 1 year of free extension Passport Renewal: 6 months free

New program from March 29, 2017: « Annual Pass »: Sponsorship : 6 months free extension Renewal Pass: 4 months free Launch offer : For all new Pass holder, will be offered 1 month for a subscription to Discovery, Magic Flex or Magic more (finaly13-month validity) and 2 months free for Pass Infinity (14 months for the price of 12). Transition: For holders of the « annual passport » (current program) wanting to move to the « Annual Pass » (new program), it will be possible to request an interchange: The Passport Classic for a Pass Discovery, The Passport Fantasy for a Pass Magic Flex The Passport Dream for a Pass Magic Plus. You can interchange a passport Dream for a Magic Plus. However if you want a Pass Infinity, then you will need to pay the difference between the Magic Plus and the Infinity, € 150. Therefore, your pass of the « Passport Dream » to « Pass Infinity ». And surprise, a gift card from a value of €25 will be offered for this type of transition, which is valid for in-store purchases in the parks.



Que retenir ? What have we learned?
Disney dans son nouveau programme a actualisé son offre voulant développer un éventail de choix, plus complet pour ses visiteurs, accessibles à toutes les bourses en donnant la possibilité à ceux qui désirent et le peuvent, une expérience exclusive et privilégiée.

Disney in its new program has updated its offering, wanting to develop a range of choice more complete for its visitors, accessible to all budgets, giving the opportunity to those who want to and can, an exclusive and privileged experience.

En attendant la mise en place du programme Pass Annuel, tout achat de l’ancienne gamme de passeport avant le 29 mars 2017 sera toujours renouvelable aux mêmes conditions après introduction du nouveau produit jusqu’à la date limite inscrite sur le contrat de vente.

Pending the implementation of the new Annual Pass program, any purchase of the old range of passports before March 29, 2017 will be always renewable on the same terms after introduction of the new product until the date limit on the sales contract.

Pictures: copyright Disney

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: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

Payment can be done with Paypal, credit card or bank transfer. Paypal payment of the amount ( including shipping ) can be sent directly to: neverlandeditions@gmail.com or by using the Paypal button below. Do NOT use the Paypal button on the right column which is not coded with these special prices. For others payment by credit card or bank transfer, please send me an email first at: neverlandeditions@gmail.com

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