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This is the third in a series of articles on Euro Disney Resort, currently under construction approximately 20 miles east of Paris, France, in the new town of Marne-la-Vallee. Previous articles concerned the evolution of the project through contract signing, and the development of the Theme Park. —Ed.

Visitors to a Disney Theme Park expect to find themselves immersed in lavishly themed “lands” where they become part of the story being woven around them. Visitors who decide to spend the night—or more—at Euro Disney Resort will find that their themed experience doesn’t end when they leave the Park.

Overnight accommodations available on opening day will include six elaborately themed hotels and a campground, for a total of 5,200 rooms, 180 campsites and 400 bungalows (trailers).

Vice President of Resort Operations for Euro Disney, Daniel Coccoli, who joined the project in June 1989, is very excited about being on the Resort team and the challenges they face. He is particularly enthusiastic about the opportunity — through a highly motivated, energetic staff, working in uniquely themed hotels — to establish a new standard in the hospitality industry in Europe, an environment that has conducted business in a traditional manner for centuries.

“Only Disney can pull this off!” exclaims Coccoli, who has over 18 years experience with a successful French hotel company, managing their chains in France, Brazil (where he opened 18 hotels) and, most recently, Manhattan, New York.

“Then, Disney called,” he says. “It was difficult to leave my company after all those years. I had a big decision to make. But Disney is a very, very special company with such a great image that I decided to go for this new challenge.”

In Coccoli’s view, the entire Resort team is becoming stronger with the challenges of the project, learning how to work together, even with different backgrounds, to meet the same objective: to open a unique resort by spring ’92.
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