Walt Disney’s dreams are all about sharing. He dreamed of families spending quality time and sharing fun moments together. And it was to offer everyone access to this that Walt began his company’s first outreach activities. The Community Relations department at Disneyland Paris keeps that tradition alive by transforming each day into a celebration for children and families in challenging situations. Countless events have been carried out by the team over the last twenty years.
There are the hospital visits. When Mickey takes a surprise trip to the hospital in Lagny-sur-Marne, for example. Or when Minnie goes on a hug-a-thon at the Purpan hospital in Toulouse. And what about the wildlife workshops with the African musicians at the Robert Debré hospital? Or the first time that the kids from Paris’s Necker-Enfants Malades hospital met Duffy the Disney Bear.
There are also tons of opportunities to party in the parks – which we jump at. Our Journées de Solidarité events see us inviting kids to celebrate specific themes. Around 6,500 were invited to celebrate Mickey’s 65th birthday, for example. Then, on World First Aid Day, our young guests learned lifesaving skills – as well as enjoying our attractions. During our Children’s Summits, kids from around the world met to imagine the world of tomorrow.
Last but very far from least, our 800 Disney VoluntEARS are ready to support outreach events with more than 100 partner associations. That means we’ve worked on Téléthon, fundraising concerts for Restaurants du Cœur and Tout le Monde Chante contre le Cancer, as well as outreach sales for Unicef and national events including Virades de l’espoir.
Each of these events has helped stock our treasure chest of memories over the last twenty years – memories for those who have helped, contributed and benefited. And we’re not ready to stop now.