Daniel Delcourt: this is the story of a Belgian!

At Disneyland Paris, anything is possible! Like for example, a Belgian who would come and serve plates at the Sequoia Lodge, and end up a few years later at the number 2 position of the resort.

The story behind the man

His studies and first steps in the world of work

Between 1976 and 1981, the man from Namur, Belgium, studied for a master’s degree in hotel management. Following these studies, he will hold various positions of sports animator and others in a chain of Villages Vacances.

His first steps at Disney

And it was in 1996 that his journey together with the Disney Company began. It is at the Sequoia Lodge that Mr. Delcourt will make his first steps as a waiter. The idea that Disneyland Paris allows all its employees to evolve within it germinates in the mind of our man of the day: he will not have to wait for long to see his career take an important turn. First director of the hotel’s restaurant, he will be entrusted with the management of a second establishment. Still in the same vein, he soon became director of the Disney Village. This post will not be deprived of challenges, indeed at the time, strong social tensions were present within the commercial artery.

His rise to fame

With proof of the ingenuity of Daniel Delcourt, the company will again call on its services to manage the Davy Crockett Ranch, then the Disneyland Paris Golf Course. This is when he will be offered the position of director of the entertainment division, which he will hold for 5 years.

Afterwards, the hotel industry will catch up with our man. In January 2007, he will be appointed to the position of hotel manager of the destination. Under his management until April 2012, the employees of the 7 hotels watch over the 5,800 rooms.

With a new successful experience, a post in the enchanted Californian kingdom awaits him! It is as the new Vice-president of the American hotels but also of Downtown Disney that he will cross the Atlantic to settle on Anaheim’s side for a little more than 8 years. It will rule over 3 hotels (or no less than 2,473 rooms), 13 restaurants and 19 shops. He will also be heavily involved on the environmental side of the Orange County Park, and will also be appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Hotel and Housing Managers of the region.

In June 2014, Disneyland Paris offers him the role of Vice-Director of Operations. Until today, he is in charge of the creative vision of the destination. It’s on him that relies the supervision of the strategy and of the development of the shows, seasons, atmospheres of the Parisian Resort. .

 

How not to be admiring this man’s career, starting at the bottom of the ladder to be now number two of the destination. The ingenuity of the native Namurois and his involvement are no strangers to his success and his rapid rise.

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