At the request of several DFC members who will be out of town to attend the 40th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World, registration for the Disneyland Paris event is being deferred to October 10, 2011.
This will also allow our Disneyland Paris Business Solutions team a few more days to finalize pricing for meals.
It is somewhat challenging to price this event on a required breakeven basis given the current economic problems in Europe which impact the currency exchange rate between our dollar and the euro. It takes about $1.36 to buy a euro today and we won't be paying Disney for a while. We will probably add a modest buffer to our typical slightly-above-cost margin to err on the safe side and provide attendees with a Disneyland Paris gift card at the time of the event to the extent that excess funds are left over.
The basic event package will cover group activities in the parks on Wednesday, April 11 through Friday, April 13, 2012. This will primarily be a daily gathering for lunch, possibly including a group tour, reception, and similar activities whose details will be finalized and announced in the coming weeks. Anita and Gary Schaengold will be flying to Paris on October 26 to meet with our cast team, discuss additional details, and walk the event. Your having an amazing experience is very important and the cast at Disneyland Paris has been excitedly using their imagination to help plan things.
We do have some additional information to share:
Although there wil not be any a la carte single day participation in the basic meals/event package, you will be able to add a 3 day park hopper ticket at 112 euros per adult (plus VAT - value added tax) rather than the public rate of 180 euros plus VAT.
As mentioned previously, we will be able to centralize our participants' hotel reservations on property. The Business Solutions team will provide a dedicated website link for our members to make their own on-line hotel reservations. A written confirmation will be provided to each member. Please note there will be a 10 euros registration fee per reservation. Rates include continental breakfast served in one of the restaurants of each of the hotels. Rates do not include hotel tax calculated per person and per night. Most rooms have 2 double beds. The hotels are positioned as a rectangle, connected by pedestrian paths. A free transport service links the hotels and the train station at the entrance to the parks.
You can visit the Disneyland Paris website to view each of the hotels on property to help you decide where you may wish to stay. www.disneylandparis.co.uk. Keeping in mind that things may be subject to change, we are being offered the following 4 choices:
Hotel New York at 201.00 euros per night plus VAT of about 11 euros. Regular price is 398.00 euros per night plus VAT.
Newport Bay Club at 179.00 euros per night plus VAT of about 10 euros. Regular price is 334.00 euros per night plus VAT.
Sequoia Lodge at 163 euros per night plus VAT of about 9 euros. Regular price is 306.00 euros per night plus VAT.
Disneyland Paris Hotel at 426 euros per night plus VAT. Regular price is 779.00 euros per night plus VAT.
Because some pricing is only available six months in advance, we are also still waiting on choices and cost options for the side trip into Paris on Saturday, April 14 for those who may be interested.
Watch for an additional update and the registration form in the next few weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Anita, our Special Events Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gary Schaengold, at email@example.com.