Time to Sparkle as youngsters and famous friends jet off to Disneyland

Time to Sparkle as youngsters and famous friends jet off to Disneyland

Forty deserving youngsters found time to sparkle as they jetted off with British Airways from London City Airport last week to join in the 25th anniversary celebrations at Disneyland Paris.

The children and adults from three London charities were joined by some famous friends including Alesha Dixon, Stacey Solomon, Joe Swash, Louie Spence and TOWIE’s Lydia Bright, for the magical day out.

This is the fourth year that British Airways and Disneyland Paris have teamed up to organise a day trip direct from the Docklands and this year it was children from Body and Soul, Fight for Peace and Oasis Children’s Venture who joined the fun.

All three charities are supported by Flying Start, British Airways’ global charity partnership with Comic Relief. Since the partnership began in 2010 the airline has raised more than £14.5 million to help sick and disadvantaged children around the world.

The special passengers flew to Paris on the private flight for the day in Disneyland Paris where they enjoyed personal meet and greets with some of the characters, including Mickey Mouse, enjoyed  lunch with the stars then spent the afternoon on the attractions before flying home last night.

They also enjoyed Disney Stars on Parade, a brand new parade to celebrate the park’s 25th anniversary, and two new shows The Starlit Princess Waltz and Mickey presents "Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris.

Community outreach and charitable giving has been a priority activity for Disneyland Paris since the resort opened in 1992.  Disney magic is shared through the Disney VoluntEARS programme, whereby employees donate their time and talents to others through outreach events.

In total, 1,123 Disney VoluntEARS gave over 15,274 hours to community service in 2016. The same year, Disneyland Paris offered its support to more than 300 different European associations, with over 1,000 community outreach events organised and supported every year including onsite day events, wishes granted to children, and visits to medical centres.

About Disneyland Paris

Europe’s number one tourist destination, Disneyland Paris has welcomed more than 320 million visits since opening in 1992 (13.4 million visits in 2016).

The resort boasts two spectacular theme parks (Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park) and seven themed Disney hotels with 5,800 rooms (more than 2,700 rooms are available in Selected and Associated Hotels). 

Two full-service convention centers and a world-class 27-hole golf course are also present. In addition to this, the destination is home to Disney Village - one of the largest entertainment complexes in the Ile-de-France region. 

Spread over more than 30,000m², Disney Village proposes themed dining, shopping and cinema experiences.  Disneyland Paris comprises 59 attractions, 63 shops, and 55 restaurants.

For more information, please visit http://www.disneylandparis.co.uk/