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December 5

December 5, 1990 – Espace Euro Disney Opens

“When the dream becomes reality.”

On December 5, 1990, the preview center for Euro Disney, known as Espace Euro Disney, opened. At the time, the concept of Euro Disney was under intense pressure and scrutiny by the French, and this preview center was opened to introduce the French to the park. It was built to drum up interest and act as a marketing center, showing off concept art and small models of coming attractions. by the time the park opened in 1992, the space was no longer needed, and the main Disney elements of the building were taken down. The center officially closed on March 22, 1992.

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October 25

October 25, 2000 – The Shopping Center Val d’Europe Opens Next to Disneyland Paris

“Discover Val d’Europe where there are over 150 shops catering to your every need, giving you a shopping experience like no other!”

On October 25, 2000, the international shopping center Val d’Europe opened right next to Disneyland Paris. Leased to SEGECE, the factory outlet mall features stores ranging from the Apple Store to La Grand Récré. The shopping center also features the region’s largest aquarium, which is home to over 350 varieties of sea creature. The center is a mere five minute bus ride from Disneyland Paris park.

August 17

August 17, 2010 – The Toy Story Playland Area Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Thanks to the creative minds of Pixar Studios and our Disney Imagineers, Guests of all ages can now feel what it’s like to be shrunk to the size of a toy and to become literally part of the Toy Story universe in Andy’s backyard.”

On August 17, 2010, the Toy Story Playland area opened in the Walt Disney Studios Park of Disneyland Paris. Based on the Toy Story franchise, the area contains three main attractions: Toy Story Parachute Drop, Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin, and RC Racer. These attractions give guests the impression that they have shrunk down to the size of a toy and are on adventures with Buzz and Woody. A similar area opened in Hong Kong Disneyland and is called Toy Story Land.

July 4

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July 4, 1994 – The Attraction Les Mystères du Nautilus Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Continue your quest through Discoveryland and navigate your crew to Jules Verne’s Nautilus for a tour with a tentacular surprise.”

On July 4, 1994, the walk-through attraction Les Mystères du Nautilus opened in Disneyland Paris. Based on the live-action feature film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this Discoveryland attraction allows guests to board Captain Nemo’s submarine, the Nautilus, and learn the secrets of what lies below the surface of the water.

June 6

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June 6, 2002 – The Restaurant Café des Cascadeurs Opens in Walt Disney Studios Paris

“Café des Cascadeurs: where Hollywood’s bravest fill up on courage.”

On June 6, 2002, the quick service restaurant Café des Cascadeurs opened in Walt Disney Studios Paris. The restaurant is themed like a 1950s diner, featuring a beef, chicken, or veggie burger, along with Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for dessert.

April 12

April 12, 1992 – The Merchandise Store Sir Mickey’s Boutique Opens in Disneyland Paris

“Cross the stone floor to claim your prized Disney toy, accessory or plush.”

On April 12, 1992, the merchandise store Sir Mickey’s Boutique opened in Disneyland Paris’ Fantasyland. The store, decorated in the style of classic Disney short films Mickey and the Beanstalk and Brave Little Tailor, mainly sells toys and plush dolls, along with a limited variety of related accessories. A similar store opened in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park in 1996, replacing the Mickey’s Christmas Carol and The AristoCats shops.

April 11

April 11, 2008 –Disney Announces Philippe Gas as President of Euro Disney S.A.S

“Together with the strong international management team, Philippe is committed to the Company’s long-term strategy and to its continued growth as Europe’s number 1 tourist destination.” – Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts James A. Rasulo

On April 11, 2008, an announcement was released that Philippe Gas was named to the top position of President of Euro Disney S.A.S, the management company and operator of Disneyland Paris. Gas was named to succeed Karl Holz, who was moving on to a new position as President of New Vacation Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Gas joined Disney in 1991 after completing his law degree from the University of Paris Assas, working as a finance controller and as part of the opening team of Disneyland Paris, then known as Euro Disney. After a promotion in 1997 to the Director of Corporate Compensation, Gas moved to the Walt Disney Company Headquarters in Burbank, California. He had another promotion in 2000 to the Regional Vice President of Human Resources for The Walt Disney Company Asia-Pacific, overseeing HR practices in 13 countries, including Japan and Hong Kong. He returned to Disneyland Paris in 2004 as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, and continued to climb the organization until he was named the Executive Vice President of Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide in 2006. Gas was scheduled to fully assume his new appointment as president on September 1, 2008.