Catherine Powell to leave Disneyland Paris for new Parks & Resorts promotion

Thursday, 22nd March 2018

Catherine Powell at Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary opening ceremony

Catherine Powell has been promoted from her role as Présidente of Disneyland Paris operating group, Euro Disney S.C.A., to lead the entire newly-titled “Western Region” of Disney Parks & Resorts.

In her new role, Catherine will oversee both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World in Florida as well as Disneyland Paris, reporting to Disney Parks & Resorts chief Bob Chapek.

Until a successor is announced to take Disneyland Paris into its next era, Catherine will continue in her current position alongside these new responsibilities.

The move is part of a wider management restructure within this arm of The Walt Disney Company, apparently echoing what has been a successful management structure for the “Eastern” division of parks.

In a statement today, Catherine Powell commented: “I wanted to thank everyone for their kind congratulations. My role is expanding as I take on the running of the parks in California and Florida in addition to Disneyland Paris. I am moving but not leaving! I am and will always remain attached to Disneyland Paris.”

Catherine Powell and Bob Chapek at Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary opening ceremony

Watch: Catherine Powell and Bob Chapek open Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary

Having joined the Euro Disney group to manage Disneyland Paris in April 2016, Catherine leaves it a throughly changed resort.

Now a wholly-owned part of The Walt Disney Company, the resort has seen new initiatives such as Star Wars Season of the Force and Marvel Summer of Super Heroes usher in a new era of far closer integration with both Disney itself and fellow Disney resorts, finally keeping pace with the demands of visitors.

Though no fully new-build attractions have been opened during Catherine’s term, she leaves with an enormous revitalisation project complete and one of its biggest ever expansions signed and sealed. Her successor will need to ensure that those assets remain looking freshly-polished and that the $2 billion transformation of Walt Disney Studios Park proves value for money for its new parent.

But the most important transformation has already happened: not spades in the ground but spiritual. Disneyland Paris is now well ahead with a journey to improve the quality of everything and everyone it touches. Closer to the standards of its American cousins, closer to the desires of its European visitors.

In short, not bad for two years’ work. Félicitations, Catherine!

Catherine Powell at Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary celebration

Disney Parks tease upcoming Marvel lands: Paris confirmed for 2020 onwards

Tuesday, 20th March 2018

Disney Parks tease upcoming Marvel lands: Paris confirmed for 2020 onwards

The opening year of the Iron Man and Avengers retheme of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith at Disneyland Paris has been confirmed as 2020, with new poster artworks also teasing the Marvel lands due to arrive at Disneyland Resort and Hong Hong Disneyland around the same time.

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Marvel: Super Heroes United live show to feature indoor drones: first details

Tuesday, 20th March 2018

Disneyland Paris Marvel: Super Heroes United live show to feature indoor drones: first details

Disneyland Paris has revealed the first artwork and technical details for Marvel: Super Heroes United, the live stage experience launching for Marvel Summer of Super Heroes and taking the place of CinéMagique. In a worldwide Disney Parks first, it’ll feature drones inside the theatre.

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Pandora signs Disneyland Paris deal for exclusive charms, new boutique

Monday, 19th March 2018

Pandora signs Disneyland Paris deal for exclusive charms, new boutique

Jewellery company Pandora has extended its Disney partnership with a new multi-year deal for Disneyland Paris, bringing exclusive new editions of its popular charms, a new boutique and sponsorship of Disney Illuminations nighttime spectacular.

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Resort VP hints at plan to “renew Disney Village”: what can we expect?

Thursday, 8th March 2018

Disneyland Paris hints at plan to renew Disney Village with redevelopment, expansion

A senior member of Disneyland Paris management has suggested a plan to renew Disney Village will be “the next step” after recent park renovations, sparking much speculation about the entertainment district’s future.

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Bob Iger and Emmanuel Macron discuss biggest ever Disneyland Paris investment

Wednesday, 28th February 2018

Bob Iger met Emmanuel Macron to discuss biggest Disneyland Paris investment ever

Disney’s CEO met the French president yesterday to unveil the company’s 2 billion euro expansion of Disneyland Paris, the biggest single investment since the opening of the Parisian resort.

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2bn euros to transform Walt Disney Studios Park: new Star Wars, Marvel, Frozen lands announced

Tuesday, 27th February 2018

2bn euros to transform Walt Disney Studios Park: new Star Wars, Marvel, Frozen lands announced

The day every Disneyland Paris fan has waited for is here. Walt Disney Studios Park is set to be transformed and expanded with an enormous 2 billion euro masterplan bringing new Star Wars, Marvel and Frozen lands.

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Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster to become “completely new” Marvel attraction

Monday, 12th February 2018

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster to become "completely new" Marvel attraction at Disneyland Paris

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith at Walt Disney Studios Park will close to become a “completely new Marvel-themed attraction,” Disneyland Paris has announced today.

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Watch: Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration

Tuesday, 11th April 2017

Exactly 25 years ago today on 12th April 1992, Disneyland Paris opened its gates to visitors. Streaming live online from 9am (8am), join an exceptional 25th Anniversary Grand Celebration to honour this historic occasion!

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Marvel attractions confirmed in 10 year Disneyland Paris investment plan

Thursday, 30th March 2017

Marvel attractions coming to Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris is looking to invest €2.1 billion in new and upgraded facilities across the resort over the next ten years — including Marvel attractions at Walt Disney Studios Park, a Shareholders Meeting document confirms.

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