From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Thomas Smith
Ever wondered what happens to the coins that guests toss into the fountains at Disneyland Paris? For 27 years, the resort has donated every coin – and even more collected from cast members – as part of its work with the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris – Hôpitaux de France to support its annual Pièces Jaunes (“Yellow Coins”) campaign for hospitals across the country.
Today, Disneyland Paris had the chance to go even further by welcoming 300 children and their families from 18 hospitals and establishments supported by the foundation for a special day-long event in celebration of the 2020 Pièces Jaunes campaign along with Brigitte Macron, the foundation’s chairwoman and wife of the French president, as well as Didier Descamps, godfather of the 2020 campaign.
The kids had the chance to see the resort’s brand-new Frozen Celebration, ride some of their favorite attractions and paint giant Disney-themed frescos with the help of Disney VoluntEARS to hang on the walls of hospital pediatric wards. There was even a private concert in Disneyland Park with special performances by Vianney, Joyce Jonathan, Kendji Girac, Christophe Maé, Boulevard des Airs and Claudio Capéo.
Here at Disney Parks, our mission is to bring joy and magic to children and their families, so it’s days like these that are truly magical. Of course, this day is just one of many! Since 1991, more than 40,000 hospitalized children have been visited by Disney VoluntEARS from Disneyland Paris, and the year 2020 will mean even more visits to pediatric wards across France. In 2019 alone, Disneyland Paris had more than 1,500 community outreach actions with more than 100 European non-profits.
This year is only just beginning! Stay tuned for more updates on our community actions here at Disneyland Paris.